Make Work What's Not Working - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

4 Simple Steps to Make What’s Not Working Work

Can you make what’s not working work?

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The saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. But what if it is broke? How can you make work what’s not working?

It’s currently summer where I live. And I can totally appreciate when life gets in the way of your best-laid plans. You might have lost momentum. Or maybe you bit off more than you can handle (that’s usually me!) But loss of momentum, interruptions, or overwhelm doesn’t have to dictate the success or failure of your ventures. In fact, having the growth mindset to take what was working may not just impact the success of this project, goal, or system…it may have a lasting impact on the project, goals, and systems to come.

When you can find your way back on track, you can learn from your past effort. And reinvest in those beneficial projects, goals, and systems that weren’t working or stopped working. If you use the 4 steps we’ll talk about today to evaluate what you’ve done instead of throwing in the towel, you can figure out how to get back on track. I mean, you’ve already put some time, energy, and effort in…why not pick up where you left off rather than recreating the wheel.

Just because it didn’t work out the way you planned or you didn’t completely finish a project doesn’t mean you should stop. I know it can feel like it takes more effort to pick up and keep going but trust me…starting over is waaay more time and energy consuming.

Don’t Wait to Address What’s Not Working

And I know many of you moms out there may be experiencing a bit of a summer business slump when your kids are home. There’s more fun stuff to do. The world is starting to open up again. It may feel like working toward your goals, whether they are for yourself or for your business, can just wait. Or you might feel discouraged, like nothing is working, or you can’t change so why bother.

But the fact is…you aren’t broke. You can do this. It doesn’t have to wait until your kids go back to school. Or until you have more of this or less of that. You can restructure your project, goal, or system to work for you…And finally make that change or improvement to your life that you desire.

When you restructure your project, goal, or system, you can stay motivated because you’ve adapted to what is going to work for you. And you know that if things aren’t working quite right, you can always hit the reset button again. As an example, I start each quarter with a marketing plan. But I only print 2 weeks of checksheets at a time. This is so I can evaluate, restructure, and lean into what’s working. Rather than continuing to put effort into something that isn’t getting me results. On a daily basis, you can feel productive and fulfilled.

And when you feel more productive and fulfilled, it impacts those around you. The mom that finishes the class feels more confident and can serve her clients better. She feels better about how she looks actually gets in the pool with her kids. Or she commits to her daily plan gets work done. And her evenings, weekends, or days off are for self-care or family time. You can be this mom.

How to Make Work What’s Not Working

Let’s rev the engine back up on those projects, goals, or systems you’ve let stall on the side of the road. Here are 4 R’s you can use to make what’s not working finally work for you…

  1. Revisit… Try to look at your project, goal, or system with fresh eyes. Make a list of what did work, so you can keep those parts. And what didn’t work, so you can figure out a different way to make things work.
  2. Review…Really clarify the benefits of why you wanted to do this in the first place. Will it help you attract more clients? Can it prove to yourself you can make money while serving customers? Will it help you work more efficiently so you can complete your work and leave it at your desk? Dig deep into your why for your project, goal, or system. You can use that as motivation if you start to falter again.
  3. Rework… We are now clear on what did work and why we want to do this. It’s time to rework the parts that didn’t quite work for us previously. Were you trying to do too much in one day? Did you need to break the goal or project into smaller, more manageable parts? Is there a different route you can take if your current path isn’t working?
  4. Reinvest… You now have a fresh, new plan of action for your project, goal, or system. Let’s reinvest your time, energy, and effort. Make specific time to take action on a daily, weekly, or regular basis. Create checklists so you can see the progress you’re making. And, maybe most importantly, celebrate each milestone so you can recognize the progress you’re making and stay invested.

Your action step to help you make work what’s not working is to follow the 4 R’s…Revisit your project, goal, or system to make a list of what was working and what was not. Review your “why”. Clarify the benefits and rewards of this project, goal, or system to stay motivated when your energy is waning. Rework those parts or steps that tripped you up the last time. Brainstorm alternate routes for you to accomplish your goal or do what you need to do. And finally, reinvest. You now have a new strategy complete with aligned steps and clear motivation. It’s time to make time for the work on your project, goal, or system.


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How to Say No - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Say “No” and Why You Need To

Do you need to learn how to say “no” more often?

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It’s the final episode in my goal setting series. We’ve talked about clarifying our purpose or our why when it comes to our goals. We created a clear plan and then scheduled the steps in that plan along with finding someone to hold us accountable. And today we finish up by talking 2 letters that can make a huge difference in your ability to reach your goals and maintain boundaries to protect your time, energy and effort. And those two letters are N and O. That’s right, we are talking how to say “NO” and why it is important to learn to do this as a business owner and as a mom.

Learning to confidently say no to tasks, people, or opportunities that don’t serve you frees you up for the tasks, people, and opportunities that do. You start to control your time and energy rather than feeling tapped out by constantly meeting the needs and goals of others.

If you are aware of your priorities and learn to evaluate if a task or opportunity serves you, you can learn to boldly say “no” without the need for explanation or excuses.

You might be thinking “saying no feels so negative. I want to be a positive person.” Or “I don’t want to disappoint people”. Maybe even “I’m afraid if I say no I’ll miss out on an opportunity”. And I totally get that. I’ve been working on my “saying yes too much” recovery for many years.

But I love this quote from author Paolo Coehlo…

“When you say ‘Yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘No’ to yourself.”

Maybe it helps if we think of it as being a “yes to you” person rather than a “no” person.

How to Tell if You Need to Say “Yes to You” More

Do you feel tapped out? Do you feel like you don’t have time for yourself or your family? Are you working with people who don’t bring you joy or surrounded by clients who don’t respect your boundaries? Do you feel like you give and give without feeling appreciated? Maybe like you spend so much time fulfilling everyone else’s to-do list that you don’t have time to tackle the priorities or goals on yours?

A practice of confidently saying “no” helps you make time for yourself and your family. It helps you work on your personal and work goals because you aren’t filling your days with tasks you’ve reluctantly agreed to do for other people. And while saying “no” might feel negative, you will start to recognize how positive it feels to fill your day with tasks, people, and opportunities that fill your cup. That help you maintain your positive energy.

On a daily basis, you will feel like you are in control of your schedule. You make the rules. You create a business and family life based on your goals and priorities, not feeling guilty or obligated or at the whim of others.

And when you prioritize your priorities at work, you are able to complete the truly important tasks and turn off work, and tune into family. You can prioritize the quality time with your family, your spouse and your friends versus feeling overwhelmed by obligations to people or tasks that aren’t on your VIP list.

Learn How to Say “No”

But where do you even start being “yes to you” person. How do you tell if a task or opportunity should be a “yes” or a “no” if you are so used to saying yes? I’m going to give you 10 questions to ask yourself to help you determine if you say “yes” or “no”

  1. Do you want to do this?
  2. Does it require your specific expertise?
  3. Do you have time in your schedule for this?
  4. Does this align with your values?
  5. Will it take time away from yourself or your family?
  6. Will it take time away from your work?
  7. Is it a priority?
  8. Will it take time away from something else that is a priority?
  9. Could someone else do this?
  10. Will there be an opportunity for me to do this in the future?

What these 10 questions help you do is slow down and evaluate opportunities before you answer. They help you think of alternate ways you could be involved. For instance, if it doesn’t require your expertise and it would take time away from something that is a priority, could you delegate it to a member of your team. If there is an opportunity to do it again in the future, can you get on the list for the next time around?

Ok. So now you have a system to determine if you should say “no”. But how do you actually do it if it doesn’t feel comfortable? Or you still have that nagging voice saying “you’re going to let people down”? Or they can’t do it without you.”

You practice.

Say it in the mirror. Start by saying “no” to easy no’s. Recognize the times you are saying “yes” and find yourself wishing you said “no”. Commit that feeling to memory so you don’t get roped in again.

The more you practice slowing down and taking time before you make commitments, the easier the no will become. You will start to see progress on the goals you’ve set because you are focusing time and energy on tasks that help you. Rather than spreading yourself too thin. You will start making time for yourself, your family, and your friends again. You will start saying “yes to you” and your goals, your priorities, and your values.

This Week’s Family Fun Tip

This week’s family fun tip comes via last week’s guest on 5 Questions with a Mom Entrepreneur, Luana HueSing. Luana mentioned in our episode that they do weekly family meals with her mother. I noticed in her IG stories Friday that they created a tabletop nacho bar this week. It seemed like a fun option for any of us planning some stay at home Super Bowl activities or just a fun Friday night like Luana.

If you haven’t seen the TikTok trend yet, you start by covering a table with foil. Both to protect the table and for easier cleanup. Make a line of tortilla chips down the center of the foil. Then layer on your favorite nacho toppings….meats, beans, tomatoes, queso, lettuce, jalapenos, guacamole. A pro tip I read is to use queso versus shredded cheese since you can’t melt the cheese in the over. Unless you have a really big oven. Once you’ve layered all your favorite toppings, dig in!

Photo Courtesy of Stupid Food on Reddit

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Schedule & Accountability When Goal Setting - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why Schedules & Accountability are Important When Goal Setting

Do you think about your schedule or accountability when goal setting?

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Scheduling and accountability provide the checks when goal setting for your business or home. Writing your tasks on a schedule carves out specific times to work on specific tasks related to the improvements you would like to make. Finding accountability means it is more than just you checking in on yourself when it comes to the progress you are making.

People who commit to scheduling time for their goals and finding a partner or group to meet with and hold them accountable see up to a 95% success rate with the goals they commit to complete. This according to a study by The American Society of Training and Development. In fact, that same study from the ASTD found a 65% success rate by just telling someone your goals. See why scheduling and accountability are important?

You don’t have to do this alone. Whether you need professional coaching to meet business goals or friendship support in fitness goals, the rewards for reaching your goals are no less if you find a support network to help you get there.

You may think that no one cares what you are trying to accomplish. Or you don’t want bother someone. But trust me when I tell you, your friends and family care about your happiness. They want to share in your success. And if it isn’t your friends or family, that is what the coaching industry is here for. That is why there are coaches to help you eat healthy. To train for a half marathon. To market your business or create a membership. And my personal favorite…to help you to make the most of your time, energy and effort you so can have more fun! When you commit to an accountability buddy and commit to the time it takes to complete your goal, you will succeed.

And that success begets more success. Accomplishing your goals builds confidence to try more things and reach even further when it comes to your business and home life.

Creating a schedule of the tasks you need to complete to reach your goals helps you know exactly what you need to do when. And checking in with your accountability means you are more likely to complete those tasks.

And as I’ve said in the past 2 goal setting episodes, you accomplishing your goals benefits both you and those around you. From feeling healthier and having more energy when you are with your family, to making more money and feel less stressed about your finances, to showing up for your clients or co-workers as a better, more confident you…so many people benefit when you reach your goals. Improvement is never selfish.

How to Start Scheduling & Find Accountability When Goal Setting

So let’s talk steps to schedule time to work on your goals and find accountability to keep you on track…

First, when it comes to scheduling, set aside specific time for a specific purpose. And the more specific about the task and time you can be, the better. Last week we talked about breaking your goal into manageable tasks.

For instance, if you want to add 100 new members to your membership, you figure out your quarterly, monthly, than weekly goals. And let’s say you want to 2 new members to your group this week. You know that direct outreach via DMs works well for bringing in new members. So you will schedule time at 10am each day to send 10 DMs to potential new members. You are assigning a specific task…sending DMs…to a specific time on your schedule…10 am each day.

Or maybe you want to run your first ½ marathon. You have a training schedule that lays out how many runs and the length of each run for the weeks leading up to the race. Rather than just hanging the schedule on the fridge and leaving your training to “if you get around to it”, create specific times on your schedule to do your runs. Create reminders or alarms so that you can stay on track.

And speaking of staying on track, our second tactic for goal success is accountability. Your accountability buddy is there for the expressed purpose of keeping you moving towards your goal. Because even with the best schedule or calendar or reminders, it is easy to talk yourself out of running 2 miles when it’s cold outside. Or sending DMs when you feel like no one is responding.

Our accountability keeps us going when we want to wallow about how long progress is taking or that we want to give up because it doesn’t really matter. Some people find success with friends or family members. Simply asking “hey, I have a goal to do ____________ this year. I’ll be doing X, Y, & Z to reach this goal. Could you check in on me to keep me on track?” Some of us, myself included, need a bit more. We need someone with expertise in the area we’d like to make our change. Hiring accountability says you are serious about your change. Hiring accountability says you need an expert. You could spend more time spinning your wheels or you could cut to the chase and hire someone who makes it their life’s work to help people like you reach goals like you’ve set.

In conclusion, as that enthusiasm for your 2021 goals starts to wane the deeper we get into January, I’d love for you to invest in these success tactics I’ve shared today. Get the tasks you need to meet your goals on your schedule. The more specific you can be about what you will do and when you will do it the better.

And find or hire accountability. Tell your spouse. Tell your best friend. Join a group. Hire a coach. Find that person or people who will make sure your stay on track and meet the goals you’ve set.

And if those goals include working more productively or streamlining your workday so you make the most of your time, energy, and effort, I want to help you. Let’s jump on a free 15-minute call to see how I can help you reach your goals in 2021. You can book your free call at bit.ly/bsmbookacall.

This Week’s Family Fun Tip

This week’s tip is something I love to consult when I am trying to think of fun activities. It’s called the National Day Calendar and you can find it at nationaldaycalendar.com. Trust me when I tell you, there is something you can celebrate with your family every day.

For instance, the day this episode is release, January 19th is World Popcorn Day. Tomorrow, January 20th is National Cheese Lover’s Day. And this coming Saturday, January 24th is both National Peanut Butter Day AND Beer Can Appreciation Day. I love to use these days to create easy, fun activities with my family. So be sure to check out the National Day Calendar as you fill out your family fun bucket list every month. And don’t forget you can pick up your free copy of my Monthly Family Fun Bucket List by clicking below.


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Create a Plan for Goal Setting Success - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

How to Create a Plan for Goal Setting Success

Have you made a goal setting plan yet?

If not, I’ll make sure you make one today. Because when we take the time to plot the steps it takes to reach the goals we’ve set out, we see a clear path from where we are now to where we want to go.

Making a change, especially a major change, can feel exciting at first. But when that initial energy wanes, a clearly defined path helps you to continue to move forward rather than wasting the energy on indecision or overwhelm.

Take the time now, while these goals are fresh and you are feeling super motivated, to plot your path. To figure out your first steps. And maybe even to problem solve for predictable bumps along the route. Then you, too, can increase your likelihood to succeed.

Up until now, when you sit down to write goals at the beginning of the year or whenever you write your goals, you might simply say “I want to increase my membership to 100 members”. Or “I want to lose 25 lbs”. You may even brainstorm some ways to market yourself to a new audience. Or meal plan for healthy food. But without a long term strategy or plan, it is easy to lose momentum.

And right now, that momentum is high. But honestly, raise your hand if you say to yourself “this time it will be different. This time I will stick to it. This time I’m ready.” And then life gets in the way. Or maybe you get in the way of yourself.

Creating a clear path for you to reach your goal helps you know what your next step will be when you feel overwhelmed. You don’t have to know how you’ll lose all 25 pounds, just how you’ll lose 2 lbs this week. You don’t need to figure out where 100 people will come for your group, just where you can reach the next 5.

A goal setting plan gives you the exact steps you need to take on a daily or weekly basis. Stop wondering how you’re going to jump from A to Z today, and just focus on getting from A to B.

And as we talked about in last week’s episode about knowing your why for wanting to set this goal, so often you are not the only person affected when you succeed. Achieving your goals helps you make more money, have more energy, feel more confident, and show up better for your family and yourself.

How to Create a Plan for Goal Setting Success

So let’s dive into a quick exercise you can do to help create your goal setting plan and succeed at making the positive changes you desire in 2021. The example I’m giving today is for business related goals but you could definitely use this same process for any large goal you’d like to break into smaller, more manageable parts.

To clearly define the path to your goal, start from the goal itself. Let’s take our example of gaining 100 new members in our membership program over the next year….

How many new members do we want to add for each quarter of 2021? Let’s assume we’ll add to our numbers throughout the year. So we will add 15 new members in Q1, 20 in Q2, 25 in Q3 and 40 in Q4.

Next, we’ll look at those 15 members we want to add in Q1. This means we want to add 5 new members in each of January, February, and March. When you break it down weekly, you’ll want to add 1-2 people to your membership each week. Just 1-2 people.

And now, what can you do on a daily basis to nurture your community and bring 1 person into your membership this week. You can do that. You can TOTALLY do that. Like the saying “Think Macro, Act Micro.”

Figure out what those smalls steps you can take on a daily and weekly basis are that can bring you close to your goal. And, here’s the important part, WRITE IT DOWN. You’ve got too much on your plate, mama. You need a record of the steps you’ve created. And after you’ve written it down, it needs to go on your schedule. Bonus points if you share your plan with a coach or accountability buddy to keep you on track. In next week’s episode, we’ll dive deeper into scheduling and accountability in case you need some support around that.

I do want to leave you with one more important step as you create your plan of action and next steps for your 2021 goals. Think about what might trip you up.

Do you have vacations planned?

Does your family participate in sports or other activities?

What are the chances you or someone in your family falls ill?

Think about what has tripped you up in the past. What’s knocked you off your goal setting horse? Then plan how you’ll overcome it this time. Do you need to build in time to reset each month? Do you need accountability? What activities will take you away from your work or make it hard to get back in the rhythm? Know what can sabotage your success and pre-plan a way to stay on track.

So in review..when it comes to goal setting, creating a clear plan helps you break your goal down into more manageable steps. Then you can add those steps to your daily or weekly schedule. A plan also helps you know your next step so you don’t have to waste time and energy trying to figure it out. Time and energy that could be spent taking action instead.

And finally, think about what’s attributed to falling off track in the past. Is there a way you can pre-plan or pre-problem solve for when these challenges arise? And just like knowing your next steps, having that “in case of difficulty plan” in place will save your time and energy. Use that time and energy for the actions to reach your goal, rather than wasting it figuring out how you’re going to get back on track.

This week’s Family Fun Tip

Want to hunker down, snuggle up and watch some super hero movies? This week’s Family Fun Tip was suggested by @LiveRealFit on Instagram. She shared the post below from @memezar featuring how to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order. Not the order they were released in theatres, but the order they happened in our timeline. Click the picture below to save to your Instagram account.

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Why Know Your Why - Business Savvy Mama Podcast

Why You Need to Know Your Why

Do you know your why for your goals?

If you are like many entrepreneurs I know, you’ve got a LONG list of goals you’d like to accomplish in the coming year. And you’re fresh off some time away and raring to get started on making these changes.  I also know that after more than 11 years as an entrepreneur, even the best-laid goal setting strategies lose momentum.

But never fear, my fellow business savvy mamas, that is exactly why we are talking about why today. Specifically your why. Your purpose for setting goals. The root of the reason you want to make a change. 

You may be asking “why do I need to know why?”

Because that purpose is what is going to keep you motivated when you’ve lost momentum. It will pull you back in when you want to give up.

German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’ How many of us get tripped up in HOW we will meet our goals? How can we make more money? How can we find time to exercise or meal plan to eat healthier?

Focusing on your why…the purpose behind the change you want to make helps to keep you motivated when it feels like you can’t figure out HOW you are going to do it.

If you can take time to clarify your why when you are planning what you want to do and how you are going to do it, you will have tools you need to stay motivated.

In the past, you might have sat down at the beginning of the year or whenever you are looking to set some goals and made a list. You might have even broke those goals down in manageable pieces so make it not seem so overwhelming.

And even if you feel like you have planned, scheduled and made your tasks manageable, the momentum will start to wane at some point if you haven’t put yourself in the right mindset to make these changes in your life.

When you align the “what” of your goal with “why” you want to achieve it, you have a positive mindset tool in your back pocket to keep you motivated.

When you complete the simple exercise we are going to talk about in a minute, you can pull out and review you purpose on a daily basis to help you continue to invest in these positive life changes.

And rarely will meeting these goals only improve your life…when you make more money, it benefits your family and your team. Maybe even your clients because you are able to better invest in yourself. When you change your eating habits or start exercising, you can show up better for your spouse and your family. If you make good on your goal to travel more you benefit the travel industries. And perhaps inspire another mom entrepreneur to live their best life.

So how about it…ready to get super clear on your why so you can stay motivated and meet your goals?

How to Clarify and Know Your Why When Setting Goals

There are tons of books, YouTube videos and blog posts with super deep dives on discovering your purpose. And if you are interested in diving deeper, I highly recommend checking out both Start with Why and Find Your Why by Simon Sinek.

But for those of you just tip-toeing into the world of aligning your goals with your purpose, I have a simple exercise to help you clarify why you want to make this change. Because all goals are changes we want to make. The exercise also serves as a tool to help you stay motivated when you want to give in. And it’s as simple as grabbing a pen and paper…or the notes app on your phone and filling in the blank

I want to _________________ because _________________.

Then repeat over and over for every reason you want to make the change. I want to make $100,000 this year because it will help me pay off debt. I want to make $100,000 this year because I want to take my family on a dream vacation. Or I want to make $100,000 this year because I want to buy a new car.

Or maybe I want to lose 20 lbs because I want to feel better about myself in photos. I want to lose 20lbs because I want to feel comfortable in my clothes. I want to lose 20lbs so I can keep up with my active children.

There is no right or wrong to WHY you want to change. The important thing is squeeze every ounce of because out of your brain for your list. Then I want you to keep this list somewhere that is easily accessible. Those days when you don’t feel like putting in the work. Or going to the gym. Or settling for one glass of wine. Pull out the list and remember WHY you are working for this change. Every victory, no matter how small, gets you closer to completing your goal.

Ready to take action on achieving your goals? Let’s get super clear on your why. Fill in the blanks for “I want to _______________ because ____________” for as many reasons as you can possibly think of that you will benefit from this change. Then keep that list where you can review it regularly to keep your why, your purpose front of mind.

This week’s Family Fun Tip

Check out 1000hoursoutside.com to download trackers for both 100 and 1000 hours. 1000 Hours Outside was created by Ginny Yurich, a mom to 5 who wanted to help you set aside screen and get outside.

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