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Why Time Management Tools May Not Solve Your Productivity Challenge

Why Time Management Tools May Not Solve Your Productivity Challenge

There are many time management tools and productivity hacks available on the Internet these days. It seems the more time-poor we get, the more we try to use those tools and hacks, the more overwhelmed we become!

  • Managing our time well doesn’t mean we are being effective and efficient. If you manage your time well checking things off a to-do list that doesn’t matter or contribute to the growth of you – whether it’s personally, for your business or career – it’s still time wasted.
  • To make sure we are being productive on the right thing, we have to figure out our vision and goals, then find our strength so we can use the most efficient and effective means to help us get where we want to go.
  • Being efficient and effective is not about having a cookie-cutter blueprint or a me-too tactic. You need the right strategies and a customized plan to give you the biggest bang for you time- and energy-bucks.
  • The best way to make your business and life run efficiently is to tap into your strength, and design structures and systems to maximize the income-producing potential of your strong suits.

It is easy to talk a good game about tapping into our strengths and being in the flow. But putting it into practice can take some mindset muscle.

Growing up, many of us were conditioned to be “humble” or not to show off our strengths. A lot of times, we discount ourselves thinking the things that come so naturally to us is not valuable, it is “just how things are done.”

As a result, we are not deploying our genius in a way that will make our lives so much easier, while at the same time generate more income.

We have to stop beating ourselves up for “not measuring up” in areas that are not our strengths. We have to stop fearing that we are “not good enough” because we are not “well-rounded”. We have to stop feeling that we have to do everything everyone tells us, and excel in every single one.

Stop spending time, energy and money on making your weakness “better.” It will be mediocre at best and mediocrity is not where you excel.

If something is not your natural strength, you can outsource it. You can find a partner with complimentary talents. You can structure your business so you spend minimal time in those areas.

But it doesn’t mean you look the other way. Knowing your challenges can help you set up systems and routine to mitigate those weak links.

Over to you – how can you structure your business to tap into your strengths so you can be more effective and efficient? Share with us in the comments below!

About the Author, Ling Wong

Ling Wong

Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth so they can build a purposeful and profitable Personality-Driven business that is a full expression of their creativity and individuality.

Ling helps her clients claim their entrepreneurial identity and architect their personal brand story, then translate them into offerings and marketing communication that sell through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training.

Find Ling and download her free "Monetize Your Truth" Mindset + Marketing training bundle at
www.business-soulwork.com/gift/


How To Stop Wasting Time and Money on Business Programs

Time to Get Clear

As entrepreneurs, we constantly try to learn more about business and marketing so we can advance our businesses. However, many people get sidetracked by trainings and programs that send them down the rabbit hole of busy work and end up wasting their precious time, money and energy on knowledge and information that are not aligned with their vision and passion.

In the first couple of years in my business, I spent thousands and thousands of dollars on trainings and programs.

A few out of genuine passion for learning and growth, but many out of FEAR … fear of not knowing enough, fear of missing out (triggered by some scarcity tactic or caught in the comparison trap), fear of not doing the “right” things and therefore being criticized or judged… etc.

I was looking for some “$297 magic bullet” outside of me for clarity. I was thinking if I had a “tried-and-true” blueprint I could numb out with the “doing” – make myself feel good about checking things off the list – and thereby spare myself from the “soul-searching” hard work that ultimately creates the foundation for a fulfilling business.

I was rushing ahead without knowing where I was going.

Finally I put myself on a “program diet.” I dug through my hard drive and found $6,591 worth of training materials I had not been able to deploy meaningfully and successfully – in fact they might have done more harm than good

  • Some of them added a bunch of ideas to the “stuff I know” compartment in my brain but got me frozen in information overload.
  • Some sent me down the path of doing a load of busy work that ultimately, detoured me from my big vision.
  • Some left me with folders full of half-done assignments that added to the confusion and analysis paralysis.
  • Some even drove me into the comparison trap, getting me to wonder what was wrong with me because I didn’t get the results “as advertised.”

I felt like a faceless number being spat out from the other end of the “guru” factory line, regurgitating the same stuff just like everyone else.

Until I stopped, and returned to the core of my business – ME! The clarity about how I want to express who I am – my vision, passion, value and superpowers – through my business.

I am not alone – I have worked with many coaches, consultants and service professionals who have taken those $1,997 or $3,497 programs, sitting on a load of other $297 or $497 trainings, and still struggle.

Don’t get me wrong, most trainings and programs deliver a lot of value, and I am all for constantly acquiring new skills and knowledge. However, based on my experience talking to those who have gone through those programs, I found that a couple of things are often overlooked:

  1. Clarity and Solid Foundation
     
    These folks cannot give me a confident answer to the foundational questions I make sure all my private clients can confidently answer so they have a solid foundation for their businesses.
     
    They don’t have clarity they need to design a business that reflects their passion, vision and superpowers. They haven’t built a rock solid platform so they know how to articulate “what they do and how they do it” in a way that allows them to sell their products and programs confidently.
     
    Often, the pace and wide range of topics covered by these programs make it easy for us to gloss over certain things we are not willing to dig in and look at – the very things that would trigger fears and discomfort in us, yet the breakthrough will take us where we truly want to go.
  2. Where’s the Money?
     
    Many of these folks don’t have a unique offering that reflects the needs of their ideal clients and their passion, expertise and superpowers.
     
    Why? Because they have not dug deep enough in a way that translates what they know and who they ARE into business strategies and marketing communication.
     
    Because they were not guided to do the mindset work so they can step up and claim their superpowers and uniqueness.
     
    Just writing down your passion, vision, or superpowers on paper is not enough. You can journal till you turn blue, but nothing happens if you don’t have something you can sell and have the confidence to sell it!
     
    Moreover, many people get sucked into chasing after the marketing bright shiny objects,  yet forget to think about where the marketing leads to! If the product or service at the end of the “narrative” does not speak to the potential clients, all the time and money put into marketing is for naught.
     
    Plus, like it or not, many training programs (intentionally or not) foster a certain level of conformity, instead of helping participants step up and be unapologetically unique.
     
    Just taking someone’s 1-/3-/6-month program or some webpage templates and plop it into your website may work for a while, but eventually it will flop because it doesn’t reflect your value, passion and superpowers.
     
    Your superpowers are what make YOU special. Claiming it helps you stand out, make competition a non-issue and command a premium pricing.

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It doesn’t mean we don’t invest in any program or training. It just means we need to find the clarity to help us discern what is right for us, so we can build a solid foundation for a profitable, sustainable and fulfilling business.

This level of Ultra-CLARITY is where your big bucks lie.

Getting to this level of clarity takes time, effort, and courage. Not because you have to slave over a task for hours on end, but because you have to face all parts of you – the good, the bad and the ugly.

You can no longer numb out with busy work. You can no longer hide behind templates, checklist or blueprints.

You cannot buy this Clarity for $297, you have to work it.

Entrepreneurial endeavor does not come in a box. We have to put in the work, dig into ourselves so our business is an expression of our personality, value and vision.

About the Author, Ling Wong

Ling Wong

Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth so they can build a purposeful and profitable Personality-Driven business that is a full expression of their creativity and individuality.

Ling helps her clients claim their entrepreneurial identity and architect their personal brand story, then translate them into offerings and marketing communication that sell through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training.

Find Ling and download her free "Monetize Your Truth" Mindset + Marketing training bundle at
www.business-soulwork.com/gift/


How To Leverage Your Money Personality To Grow Your Business (Pt 2)

Who Are You?

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how to leverage your money personality to grow your business, and the specifics of four Money Archetypes – the Accumulator, the Alchemist, the Celebrity and the Connector.

Today, I will show you the strengths and challenges of the remaining four archetypes. Before we do that, here is a refresher:

  • We mainly work with your top 3 archetypes – the top one is most prominent, while the second and third will serve to support your top archetype to attain its highest expression. (We also use the last one in deeper work such as overcoming resistance.)
  • No one archetype is better at business or has the ability to create more wealth than others. You will be able to generate wealth when you tap into your archetypes’ strengths and live to their highest expressions.
  • You are not doomed by your challenges – always remember that your gifts are stronger than your challenges.

(note: If you want to be absolutely certain about your own blend of money archetypes, you can download a free assessment kit here.)

MAVERICK

Your Characteristics:

  • You are attracted to “get rich” opportunities;
  • You are willing to take a financial risk in exchange for a potential big win;
  • You are happy to stand out from the crowd;
  • You have courage and tenacity when it comes to generating income;
  • You tend to be rebellious and like to show others what you’re made of;
  • You usually don’t cave in to the opinion of others;
  • You are always looking at how to gain a financial advantage;
  • You pay great attention to the ups and downs of your numbers;
  • You are often drawn to becoming the hero for the underdog, modeling for them what’s possible.

Your Strength in Business: You can deal with financial complexities and you are a natural when it comes to pricing.

Leverage Your Strength: Take the necessary risks to create “big wins” for your business. Trust your guts when you price your products and services.

Your Potential Challenge: Getting yourself into a financial roller coaster at the expense of financial security.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Have a plan to create a stable, “bread-and-butter” income and make a point to execute it before going after high-risk ventures.

NURTURER

Your Characteristics:

  • You appreciate money yet feel you need to over-give for every penny you bring in;
  • Your natural generosity includes wanting to protect, shelter or nurture others financially;
  • You are responsible with your personal finances but often attract people who need your help, financially and otherwise;
  • You are likely motivated to give generously to help others in need, often at the expense of yourself or your financial wellbeing;
  • You have good money habits but either don’t have much saved or may carry debt because of helping others;
  • You can be taken advantage of financially by others or secretly feel resentful because what you give is not reciprocated;
  • Your may rely on compassion, giving and “being there” for others to affirm your self-worth;
  • You tend to create emotionally entangled, dependent financial relationships;
  • You find it painful to set financial boundaries with people you care about;
  • You find asking for what your products or services are worth requires every ounce of courage you possess.

Your Strength in Business: You inspire loyalty in others and you are gifted at building teams to support your work.

Leverage Your Strength: Don’t try to do it all – get the support you need to grow.

Your Potential Challenge: Over-delivering, undercharging, constantly discounting your services because “the client needs my help”.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Do the inner work to strengthen your boundaries and empower your voice around money so you don’t fall into codependent relationships.

ROMANTIC

Your Characteristics:

  • You like to spend money to “feel good”, to pamper yourself;
  • You believe money is to be enjoyed and dislike being told “no”;
  • You often don’t see the point in saving money, as life is to be enjoyed;
  • You often avoid making changes in your money behavior, even when you know it would benefit you;
  • You like to spoil the people you care about with lavish or abundant gifts;
  • You may shrug off your money habits, telling yourself you’re not good with money.

Your Strength in Business: You are awesome at pampering your clients and great at sales.

Leverage Your Strength: Find the shortest path to getting people into enrollment/sales conversation with you.

Your Potential Challenge: Ignoring your finances.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Set up as much system as you can to manage your bills and finances. Put regular “money dates” on your calendar and make it a habit.

RULER

Your Characteristics:

  • You rarely feel satisfied you’ve made enough, continually challenging yourself to achieve higher financial goals;
  • Your business dominates most of your time and attention;
  • You may be driven by the fear of losing control of your money, power and identity;
  • You’re reluctant to pull money out of your business and are often cautious about spending;
  • You love empowering people and enriching lives through your business;
  • You thrive on creating, innovating and building something of lasting value;
  • You tend to accumulate financial resources to help you feel safe and protected;
  • You may believe what you’re creating now will bring you happiness in the future, often driving you to overwork;
  • You are a natural and passionate leader people want to follow, giving you the prestige and reputation you desire.

 Your Strength in Business: You can plan the hack out of everything, see how all the details come together and you are great at marketing.

Leverage Your Strength: You have the chops to build an empire and orchestrate many moving parts.

Your Potential Challenge: Being a workaholic, sucked into the “numbers” and losing sight of what is truly important to you.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Schedule down time, trust that after some R&R you will come back stronger.

Applying this information to your personal circumstances will open up a whole new perspective for you to relate to money and how you grow your business. You can stop beating yourself up for things you are not naturally good at and spend more time doing those that leverage your strength so you can build a business that taps into your genius.

Again, if you want to be absolutely certain about your own money archetypes, you can download a free assessment kit here.

About the Author, Ling Wong

Ling Wong

Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth so they can build a purposeful and profitable Personality-Driven business that is a full expression of their creativity and individuality.

Ling helps her clients claim their entrepreneurial identity and architect their personal brand story, then translate them into offerings and marketing communication that sell through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training.

Find Ling and download her free "Monetize Your Truth" Mindset + Marketing training bundle at
www.business-soulwork.com/gift/


How To Leverage Your Money Personality To Grow Your Business

Human hand with a pot watering growing money tree

Money and business are inseparable – knowing your money personality will give you the insights to run your business in a way that taps in to your strength and help you put measures in place to mitigate your challenges.

I do a lot of money mindset work with my clients. After they gain awareness of their money personality and how each archetype interacts with the others, they are able to hone in on opportunities that plays to their strength and comfortably say “no” to projects that are not tapping into their gifts.

The best part is, they no longer feel that they have to do everything everyone says so they can allocate time, effort and resources to do what’s right for them (and delegate the rest!) – cutting a lot of overwhelm out of how they run and grow their businesses.

Moreover, when you understand and accept your archetypes, you no longer beat yourself up for not “measuring up” to things that are not your gifts, and start appreciating your very own blend of genius. This creates an important mindset shift that will help open up more possibilities.

In this 2-part series, I am going to share with you the 8 Money Archetypes – their characteristics (so you can identify if that’s you), as well as their strength and challenges in business. If you want to be absolutely certain about your own blend of money archetypes, you can download a free assessment kit here.

Before we dig into each archetype, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • We mainly work with your top 3 archetypes – the top one is most prominent, and the second and third will serve to support your top archetype to attain its highest expression. (We also use the last one in deeper work such as overcoming resistance.)
  • No one archetype is better at business or has the ability to create more wealth than others. You will be able to generate wealth when you tap into the strength and live to your archetypes’ highest expressions.
  • You are not doomed by your challenges – always remember that your gifts are stronger than your challenges.

In today’s post, we will review 4 archetypes, and we will go over the other 4 in our next installment:

ACCUMULATOR

Your Characteristics:

  • You are careful to live below your means;
  • you feel a great emotional connection about saving money;
  • you feel anxious, worried or reluctant about spending money;
  • you like to be frugal;
  • you rarely carry debt;
  • you are amazing at saving money;
  • you may be driven to save out of fear of being dependent or losing personal freedom.

Your Strength in Business: You know every single penny coming into and out of your business and you are excellent in managing your money.

Leverage Your Strength: You have the discipline to create financial independence and won’t “lose your pants” to some risky ventures – go ahead, take some calculated risks.

Your Potential Challenge: Obsessing with numbers and losing sight of what is important (what do you want your business to do for you?)

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Develop “trust” and let go of the inner control freak. Remember, money is just numbers if it’s sitting in your bank account!

ALCHEMIST

Your Characteristics:

  • You are attracted to unconventional or alternative ways of making money;
  • you are more about social justice and leading a movement than making money;
  • you may feel a love/hate relationship with money;
  • you find yourself relying on others for financial support from time to time;
  • you inwardly feel vulnerable or insecure about your ability to create income;
  • you find it easy to empower others to believe in themselves;
  • you are talented at attracting money in unusual ways;
  • you never seem to have enough money to support the causes that are important to you.

Your Strength in Business: You are a visionary and you can come up with a ton of awesome ideas.

Leverage Your Strength: Inspire others and develop a loyal following by sharing your big vision.

Your Potential Challenge: Overwhelmed by all the ideas you come up with and losing touch with the practical, day-to-day income-generating activities.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Develop a filter – a set of rules – to vet your ideas so you prioritize the income-producing projects that are aligned with your vision.

CELEBRITY

Your Characteristics:

  • You value money as a tool to achieve the status, image and recognition you want;
  • you have no problem spending money to enhance your image; you love to stand out in the crowd and impress people;
  • you often have a charismatic or magnetic personality; you may project an image of wealth and success that might not match your bank account balance;
  • you love being recognized for your generosity; your business often includes a lot of visibility, celebrity or making a big impression;
  • you may feel that by showing wealth you can protect yourself from the negative opinions or judgment of others.

Your Strength in Business: You are the “big shot” and you are very comfortable being in the limelight.

Leverage Your Strength: Use your charisma and visibility to lead and inspire.

Your Potential Challenge: You may spend money lavishly on things to keep up the appearance.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Trust that you will be loved and accepted even if you are not putting on a show.

CONNECTOR

Your Characteristics:

  • Your connection to others helps you create long-term relationships that can generate income;
  • you are happy when someone else is making financial decisions for you;
  • you care more about heart to heart connections than about making money;
  • you are optimistic about money situations although you may avoid facing them at times;
  • you may at times feel disempowered or inadequate about money.

Your Strength in Business: You are the master in building relationships that leads to long-term benefits and profits.

Leverage Your Strength: Pump up your effort in networking, doing joint venture partnerships for list building, product launches and referrals.

Your Potential Challenge: Not having an empowered voice around money.

Overcome Your Kryptonite: Work on your money mindset and get to the core of why you may be uncomfortable around money talks.

In our next installment, we will look at Maverick, Nurturer, Romantic and Ruler.

Applying this information to your personal circumstances will open up a whole new perspective for you to relate to money and how you grow your business. Again, if you want to be absolutely certain about your own money archetypes, you can download a free assessment kit here.

About the Author, Ling Wong

Ling Wong

Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth so they can build a purposeful and profitable Personality-Driven business that is a full expression of their creativity and individuality.

Ling helps her clients claim their entrepreneurial identity and architect their personal brand story, then translate them into offerings and marketing communication that sell through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training.

Find Ling and download her free "Monetize Your Truth" Mindset + Marketing training bundle at
www.business-soulwork.com/gift/