Do you spend more time worrying about your business than earning money in your business? I know I used to. If I added up all of the hours I used to worry about my business and how to make it work, I’d probably have a whole year of my life back! That’s not even counting the sleepless nights laying in bed wondering why what I was doing wasn’t working and what I could possibly do to make it work.
I loved my career. I was really passionate about helping others be healthy, so why weren’t my ideal clients just showing up? I started to blame myself.
Maybe, I wasn’t doing the whole “law of attraction” thing right. If I suddenly felt down or frustrated about my business or the fact that the bills were flooding in and I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for them, I would freak out even more. Then, I would worry that my sadness would mean that I was going to make attracting clients even harder. What a roller coaster! Can you relate to that?
The Truth About Worry
The truth is, if you’re worrying a lot, it’s because you probably do have something that’s eating away at you underneath the surface. Sometimes it’s an emotion that needs to be brought to the surface, or sometimes it’s a limiting belief that’s been festering in there for years, but you’re worried because you really aren’t sure how to make your business work and you’re not sure what tomorrow will bring if you don’t figure it out soon. Totally valid. But what can you do to make it go away?
Say Goodbye to Business Blues
You want to make sure you get to the root of the worry – is it something else that at first seems unrelated to your business that needs to be uncovered? Is it something that seems to stop you from achieving success in whatever you attempt? Make sure to check in with yourself and ask your intuition where your worry is coming from.
If you think your worry is directly related to the fact that you aren’t making money in your business and you don’t feel like you have a plan in place to turn it around, then I’m going to ask you to stop worrying and start earning. What I mean is, the worry is not going to get you anywhere quick. But turning your worry into an action will.
Stop Worrying and Start Earning
So, how do you stop worrying and start earning? Here are a few of my favorite tips to get you into earning-action mode:
1. Act from Where You Want to Be
We tend to make decisions based off of where we are in our current situations. We want to be in a new place, but everything we do comes from how we are seeing our world now. For example, you don’t invest in marketing because you don’t think your business can afford it. Well, when will your business be able to afford marketing then? When instead, you have to ask yourself, How would a successful business owner act in this situation? When you start acting from where you want to be, what happens is, you actually rise up and meet yourself in that new place.
It can be scary. I’m not suggesting you do everything at once. You have to take small steps forward (and sometimes big leaps of faith forward, too!) toward where you want to be so you can get there. I remember when I invested thousands of dollars in an entrepreneurial coaching program. I was shaking in my boots, but at the same time my heart told me it was going to be okay and I knew that I needed to do it to be able to play a bigger game. I look back at that experience and realize how far I’ve come since then. I acted from where I wanted to be and from where I truly knew I deserved to be.
2. Put a Plan in Place
Most people feel full of worry because they don’t see a way out. There’s no light at the end of the tunnel; the dark space starts to get a little spooky. If you put a plan in place though, you don’t have to wonder what is going to happen tomorrow or next week or next month in your business.
You stop living day-to-day and start growing because you are following a roadmap. Of course, you have to have the right roadmap – you don’t want a map of New York City when you’re in L.A. The roadmaps that I use in my business I call my Program Pipeline Blueprint and Revenue Roadmap. They guide me every day, every month and every year. But even if you don’t feel confident about your own map, you can start filling in what you want to be doing in your business and setting goals and timelines. Then, do what I recommend in #3….
3. Back Into It
Backing into your plan is one of the best ways to create a solid foundation. Let’s say you want to earn $100,000 next year. That is totally doable, so don’t change the number on me! Well, what would that mean on a monthly basis for you? Divide 100,000 by 12 and you get $8,333.33 per month. Sounds a little easier than 100K right?
Now keep breaking this down. What would that be on a weekly basis? $2,083 per week. (I don’t know about you, but I’m using a calculator.) Now you “Back Into It”. How many clients or programs or products would you have to sell each week to earn $2,083? I’m not suggesting you charge weekly, by the way, this is just a formula to help you see that it’s totally possible to achieve your dream of living out your passion and being successful and financially stable at the same time. You can apply this same formula to various programs or products. And then you want to plug them back into your roadmap so you know when, where, how and to whom to offer them to.
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP is committed to supporting Wellness Coaches to create success and share the message of wellness across the globe. If you’re passionate about holistic health and wellness, inspiring others to be healthy and creating a career you love, then learn more by downloading our gift to you – The Wellness Coach Career Kit.