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When people hear that this year I took 2 weeks off every 3 months, they are shocked. One very analytical client wrote, “Ok, how does this work? You’ll be off all appointments and coaching 3 full months this year?!” I replied with a chuckle, “Yeah, isn’t it great?”
Today I want to share with you how to take more time off, make more money, play more, enjoy your life and build a big business all at the same time. You can do it simply and you can do it now.
First things first.
How do you feel when I say I am taking this much time off? Do you feel like that is good for others but it would never happen to you? Does your blood pressure rise? Do you feel anger or even jealousy? Oh come on now, be honest. I had ALL of those feelings in my past of building businesses. When someone told me 20 years ago that it would be a good plan to have at least 6 months of all expenses tucked away for an emergency the first thing that flew out of my mouth was, “Well I’d like to have just one week, thank you very much!” Can you relate?
It would frustrate me when people said to take time off, rest more, relax and take good care of myself. I was STRIVING to build a big business and chasing my dream! For goodness sake I’ll sleep when I am dead! And sadly, dead I almost was. Crashed. Ready to kick it all in. Forget it. Give up, this is a pipe dream and to be very blatantly honestly, these words flew out of my mouth,
“There is no way in hell I will EVER build a business, ever again.”
But God. WOW. God had a different plan and HE TAUGHT me how to rest, prosper and grow even when I’m NOT working.
Taking time off and really enjoying it takes much more than just a big bankroll. It takes a big belief. You have to first change your beliefs about time off and time on. Sadly, the corporate mindset has programmed so many people to ONLY enjoy time off and to resent time on that most people live for weekends. What a pathetic way to live. Sad. But let’s examine this statement for what it is.
Time off and time on is a corporate mentality that infers that we disconnect our personal lives from our business lives. This is the path of most people in a job. Even if they own their own business, many budding entrepreneurs are merely living their life like the business is their boss and they are the worst paid, most undervalued employee! It’s time that we begin to turn ourselves FULLY onto what God designed. You will never find in His plan of success a disengagement of our talents, gifts or abilities and you will NEVER find a plan of leading us away from family, fun and the things we enjoy.
Hard work becomes an amazing pleasure when you are living the way you were designed to live.
People tell me every day they ‘Wish they could take time off’ or they ‘Sure do hope they can quit their job one day to live a life of freedom.’ This reveals a bigger problem then just a lack of real business understanding. It shows someone who doesn’t know who they are, what they want or what they should be doing in the world.
When you come to a point where your greatest strength is showing up daily in business, your work will be a real pleasure and you won’t have to recover after a hard day’s effort and accomplishment! You’ll enjoy your time off and enjoy your days in the office and the disconnect will no longer occur. You will stop feeling guilty when you get brilliant marketing plans in the middle of a Sunday church service and you won’t feel like it is a horrific sin to have big dreams at night about building a huge multi-million dollar enterprise!
Learning to live free begins with learning to know what YOU want your life to look like. My life this year has 3 months off. It has 3 months where I can devour a ton of books, walk along beaches, sleep in, parasail in Maui, go snorkeling with turtles, buy dresses in high end boutiques and even get more than one Louis Vuitton handbag, paid with cash without any regret! It includes giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to the poor, investing my time, talent and abilities into hundreds of thousands of our clients lives and being FULLY ON when I step into my office, whenever I map that out to be.
So, how do YOU get to take two weeks off and stay afloat and on task? Here are a few tips to get you started-
#1- Your beliefs about taking this time for yourself has to be a big priority.
You can’t keep putting yourself last. YOU my friend, are the biggest asset in your business. Take good care of you. Eat right, get enough sleep, take good supplements, keep a clean heart and steward YOU like it’s the biggest gift you’ve ever been given, because, truly it is.
Give yourself time to breathe. Give yourself time to live and stop, right now, letting others dictate what is best for you. I realize it can be a big change, I’ve been there…. at first you might feel like a drug addict looking for a vein when your entire life has been designed to please and pattern yourself after the expectations everyone else had of you, HOWEVER, I’m also here to say YOU CAN DO IT. If I did, you can , too.
#2- Start small and give yourself time off now.
One of the most pathetic things I see people do is ‘shoot for something they can’t do and give up what they can do’. Don’t be that way. Start now, today, and schedule a 3-day weekend every 2 months. Tell your pulse to slow down and get over it. IT’S TIME.
Schedule a 3-day weekend where you take Friday away from everything. Then spin it up a bit and take Monday off, with a Sat, Sun and Mon off!
Get it on the schedule and pay strict attention to this, like you would a doctors appointment you can’t miss! If you don’t do this, you might end up with some doctors appointments and eventually you’ll have to do it anyways, so do it now.
Last year I took off 9 weeks during the year and it was one of the biggest breakthroughs I’ve ever had in my life and business, personally. That didn’t happen however until I ‘increased my faith’ and took some 3-day weekends prior to a long 10 day vacation.
Do it now.
#3- Be accountable to a coach. Listen, I’m not pitching myself to you. If you have someone you can work with and they are helping you get big results in your business AND your life, great! But if you don’t, you had better start taking this more seriously. You can’t keep making yourself accountable to a bunch of peers who aren’t doing what you want to do!
Put self-imposed constraints around yourself. This is how Olympic athletes, executives, aspiring writers, singers and anyone who has a goal that is beyond the norm gets the job done.
You can’t keep living your life like everyone else if you want to live a totally different life!
Schedule the time and make it something that can’t be changed. Your family will feel loved. Your spouse will be so excited! But more than even all of these amazing results you’ll gain, you will tell YOURSELF that you are valuable by getting someone to hold you accountable and then accomplish your goal.
Get a coach and be accountable with your actions. Stop trying to do things alone. And just a side tip…. stop working with coaches who work 24/7, are always available by phone, email, and any other connection you’d happen to have! Start working with people who have the kind of life you want! It makes a world of difference.
#4- Get a grip on how you’re living your life now.
Time management is not the key, life design is the goal. There are hundreds of thousands of people I’ve personally met through our client base, our social media connections, live events and beyond who confess that they ‘have the latest planner’ and still feel completely out of control.
Remember, you have to associate enormous pleasure with getting your life back in control. Enormous pain should be what you attach to being all over the place and constantly feeling bad about how you feel. It all starts with a decision.
Quit hanging out on free Facebook groups where everyone is talking about supporting everyone else and no one is going anywhere. Get a kitchen timer and “Hit the floor RUNNING” everyday, setting the timer to one full hour of full on hard work!”
Schedule breaks, be honest with yourself, write out that To Do list and do whatever it takes to get it DONE!
If you want to take two weeks off every 3 weeks it’s not going to happen because God drops a new life on top of the one you’re now struggling in like some wild “Wizard Of Oz” fantasy. It will happen because you planned it, you did what it takes to make it happen. You worked hard and put away some extra money so that you can take the time off and you did whatever it takes to live the life you are dreaming of.
We are so grateful to have a large community growing here at A Real Change International.
I’m so honored to be able to encourage you, work with you and make a big change in the world, all of us working together to make it a reality. It’s time, my friends, it’s time. 2016 is the YEAR where the dreams you’ve been praying about are going to be MANIFEST before your very eyes.
Now go do what it takes to make it happen. I’ve given you clear step by step strategies that can get anyone off to the best start!
Ready.. set… GO! 🙂
P.S. If you currently lack the skill set to run a profitable and sustainable business, I just did something really radical in my Inner Circle Mastermind and Small Business Academy! I added at no additional cost 60+ full length classes. NO ONE can ever say, “I’ll take your classes when I have money Sandi” because I just made them available for free in my already ridiculous priced Inner Circle! Just $77 and you could CHANGE YOUR LIFE and take as much time off as you like. If you’re not an Inner Circle Member yet, what are you waiting for? The price goes up on October 1st, so don’t delay! www.arealchange.com/innercircle
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It’s 3:15 am.
I’ve actually been awake since 1 am.
My mind and body are still finding their way in my new life and schedule. Fell asleep into a hard sleep around 9 pm and woke up at 1am thinking it was already time to go to work.
My house is quiet. But it’s quiet during the day too, with all the kids grown and gone. But the silence now is more peaceful than it has ever been before. Newness. Presence. I’m never alone.
My divorce has been a nightmare.
For many years I did what all Christian women who believe in the sanctity of marriage do. I believed, prayed, submitted, got counseling, fasted, intercession, and cried out to God till my eyes nearly bled as much as my heart. The hardness of a heart can destroy one’s dreams. It makes words fly, hands raise, distance grow and eventually breaks the very covenant you committed to. I knew there were real problems by our first year. One day, I’ll write my book of how I stayed in that marriage for 23 years because my life long soul battle wouldn’t let me lose or quit on my dreams. Little did I know, not even God required that.
But it’s been hard. Not so much because of pain or sadness, no…I lived that out for the last 5-10 years. No, it’s hard because of how long it takes to get simple things done in a court of law. Dear God, our worst sides come out when they’re forced to face reality. Dragging along, it’s been almost a year now. Things will be final in just a few days. My sighs of relief are long and hard…… and I’m waking up in the middle of the night more often again.
It’s not the sleepless, stressful waking up kinda thing. It’s the kinda thing where I wake up at 2 am with a headline for a campaign for a client I can’t forget, or an idea for a sales page I am downloading from heaven or the idea to write a blog post about what’s really going on and truly allowing my writing gifts to grow again. Songs are flowing again. Words are coming and dreams are growing and the multi-colored visions in my mind are growing again! Praise GOD I’m waking up at 1 am, again!
It’s life. It’s freedom. There’s fire in my heart again and dreams in my eyes.
Even this won’t hold me down. No, actually, it’s elevated me. It’s given me much wisdom and courage and ……. grace. To see into today and have hope for tomorrow, as I never have before.
We might not write about pain like the ones I’ve felt during the last 20 years in our little girl journals. But I find great peace and comfort knowing that the God of all comfort watches over me. He is the restorer of the years, the mender of our hearts, and the One who teaches us to dance in the midst of our storm. It is to Him that I run and find rest. Real rest.
Love you my friends,
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I’ve been coaching for over 17 years. But it wasn’t until I launched my first BIG coaching program in 2010 that sold out in 24 hours and wrote more than $450,000 into my bank account that I began to really understand WHAT it takes to not only run a successful coaching practice, but how to do build one that you can enjoy for a long time.
One-on-one coaching has always been what I thought was the“doorway” to a successful business. At least that’s what all the other gurus taught.
The biggest challenge that most coaches will encounter is this: Burnout.
They will hear from all the experts that as long as they have enough seats in their program sold they will always be wealthy. They map out their “My Biggest Successful Coaching Program Profit Map” and before you know it, the desire to impact people’s lives is overtaken by a desire to make money.
NOW we enter the nightmare.
The program is now designed by “How much money can I make” and not, “How can I impact people’s lives in a big way.” Filling seats becomes the goal and getting a credit card from a client that goes through is what defines success. UGH.
Let me show you how to STOP selling your time and energy while building a hugely successful coaching program. YOU decide who to coach because they are qualified to work with you AND you are able to help them achieve success. No more low balling your prices and no more selling more seats than you have time to handle!
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