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The Problem With Business Coaching
I frequently encounter people who tell me that they have a business coach yet they are not getting the results they’re wanting or expecting. Typically, their investment in business coaching is centered around increasing sales and generating greater income. Can you relate? 

If this has happened for you, you may feel confused, frustrated and may be blaming your coach for not fulfilling his or her promise to you. You may even become so resentful about the money you spent, that you've become skeptical about all programs focused on empowering you to succeed in your business.

If this describes your situation (past or present), I urge you to read this article very carefully because it will likely save you thousands of dollars of wasted money on services that cannot work for you as well as years of frustration regarding your business.

I find it rare for new and even experienced entrepreneurs to have an accurate big picture view of business which makes it near impossible to make a proper assessment of services being offered and whether one is a good fit for you.

More often than not, I find that entrepreneurs are clueless about the many moving parts of a successful business and treat the whole thing in a ridiculously simplistic fashion. Most of the time they seek a quick band-aid solution because they’re financially stressed and need cash flow quickly to pay their bills. This mindset does not bode well for success because operating in survival energy makes it difficult to attract people who will pay for your services.

If this describes you, it is time to press PAUSE and get a solid source of short term income that allows you to cover your basic living expenses and eliminate your anxiety about money. In some instances, you can crank up short-term cash flow in your existing business but you will need to take a real hard look at the workability of this situation and avoid pie-in-the-sky thinking that will work against you!

So let’s say you’ve handled your short-term cash flow reasonably well and you now feel ready to grow your business to where you want it to be. What’s the best place to start and how can you use a program of mentorship, training and coaching effectively? The first and absolutely most critical step is to adopt a big picture view of your business and see it holistically with YOU being an integral part of the equation. 

Adopting a Big Picture View
This involves looking at each component starting with yourself. 
 
Personal Alignment
Why are you pursuing this business? 
Besides the obvious, (to make money) why this business? 
What does it mean to you? 
Does it allow you to feel fulfilled in some way? 
Is it aligned with your purpose and passion? 
Do you have experience in this area and does it utilize your skills or gifts in some manner? 
Do you have a gut level feeling that this business is optimum for you emotionally, creatively and spiritually? 
It is critical that you be honest with yourself about these questions before proceeding further. We call this the alignment step. Make sure your business idea satisfies all these criteria before proceeding further. 
 
Viability
The next area of assessment needs to focus on the viability of your product or service. You need to ask yourself: 
 
What is your existing or planned product or service?
Does it fill a real need?
What problem does it solve? 
Does it deliver real value that justifies a good price point like $2000 or higher? If not, you could be spinning your wheels and not making a profit. If and when this happens, you could get very discouraged and lose confidence, then become doubtful about your chances for success and doubtful anyone can help you. I see this phenonenon frequently.

The long and short of it is make sure you have a viable service people want and need. Speak to your potential clients and get their feedback. Work with a few people at low-cost to establish “proof of concept“ so you know you’re not wasting your time. Please note that you can do all things without spending any money on coaching!

There’s a huge trap here that I want to be sure you know about. Many entrepreneurs become so enamored with their product that they never check to see if it is marketable and will be profitable. Just because someone else is doing something and making money does not mean it will work for you. Take the time to clarify the steps before moving forward.

Marketing
How are you going to market your product or service? Are you planning on winging it and hoping for the best? Is your idea of sales convincing people your product is great for them? If yes to either of these, you're headed for a proverbial train wreck. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

Another possibility is that you are a spiritually oriented and believe that God or Spirit will provide everything you need if you just do your visualizations and affirmations, prayers and practice gratitude, etc. If this describes you, you are seriously deluded and likely headed for a similar train wreck. 
 
I say this not because these spiritual practices are unimportant, but because they need to be integrated with solid, proven business tools and systems, guidance and inner work in order to achieve the results you want. The greatest tragedy i see are people with a genuine calling or passion who never fulfill their mission because their initial steps are unsuccessful and they become so emotionally broken, they do not trust anyone to help them in the future. Don’t do this to yourself!

The Problem With Business Coaching
Most people who call themselves business or life coaches are oblivious to many of the above distinctions and/or have little to no experience with them. However, since they too are usually hungry for new clients, they will likely sell you on the idea that they can help you make money but will usually ignore the big picture issues. 
 
Coaches will often ask you to set goals, then challenge you to complete them while ignoring many of the critical big picture aspects of your situation. They often make the critical mistake of assuming that the business you’re in is right for you and never check into your deeper motivations.
 
Your joint lack of a big picture view combined with the lack of proven systems and templates is a recipe for great dissapointment. In the vast majority of cases, this process becomes little more than an elaborate band-aid which at best, will produce some short-term benefits yet leave you stuck in the same place where you began.

What’s the Solution?
For starters, do NOT hire any business coach. Instead, educate yourself on the nature of business and do your own honest self assessment using the key points mentioned here as a guide.

5 Essential Secrets to Making Money Doing What You Love
To help you get started with your self-assessment and holistic business education, we recommend viewing our video at http://www.lifecraftingprogram.com/5secrets. Take careful notes and score yourself in each of the five areas. This will provide you with a baseline or starting point you can use to create a roadmap and plan.

If, after completing these steps, you resonate with the ideas in the video and you’re serious about applying the 5 secrets to your life and business, we invite you to schedule a complimentary strategy session with us at http://www.lifecraftingprogram.com/strategysession.

Important: this is NOT for business coaching! It is to help you create your own roadmap and gain clarity and confidence about moving forward.

Our Facebook group can be a great resource for you. Join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifecrafting and let’s get acquainted. I look forward to connecting with you and supporting you in making money doing what you LOVE.

 
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Discover Your Unique Business Superpowers

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Are you yearning to launch or build an ideal business based on your passion and gifts but unsure whether you have the needed focus, skills, talents, determination and drive to make it happen?

Our quiz will help you discover your unique business superpowers AND exactly how you can apply them to get started on this most important adventure of your life. You will also receive a special gift for taking our quiz. Enjoy!


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Jun
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Building Wealth With the New Money of the 21st Century

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Would you like to create a new path towards greater wealth and financial freedom? My intention in this blog post is to share a relatively new development in the global financial landscape that will allow this to become possible. Like with many things, there is a critical time window so i recommend that you read this carefully, do the research you need to do for yourself and then take action. I want to begin with a brief summary of how money has worked on this planet for the past several hundred years. It is one of the most misunderstood aspects of our lives. 
 
What is Money?
In reality, it is nothing more than “agreement". Money is what everybody agrees has value. A long time ago gold and silver coins had value, spices had value, cattle had value and eventually pieces of paper with ink on it came to have value. The value is only a function of what you can do with the item, it’s usefulness and how it can be traded for the things in life that you want or need.
 
Over the centuries, people in power have sought to control money. By having this control they pretty much control everything. Our founding fathers warned us to only have money authorized directly by Congress and never allow any private interests to influence or control or money.
 
Federal Reserve Act
Unfortunately, the signing of the Federal Reserve act in 1913 by Woodrow Wilson, put the control of money in the hands of a highly unscrupulous group of bankers. You can learn about this story in many places and I will be happy to point you to the information. Ever since, our money system has been based on fraud and US dollars essentially created out of nothing. The global money game is simply an extension of this game.
 
The US dollar is an instrument of debt. If you can create money from nothing, loan it to someone and charge them interest over 30 years to repay it back, you have essentially created a debt slave. As shocking as it may sound, this is how our system works.
 
Total Control
The powers that be have been seeking to control every single financial transaction that takes place everywhere on the planet and now they are close to being able to do just that. The one remaining obstacle is cash. This is the reason for the "war on cash". Do a google search on this phrase and you will learn what is being done to eliminate this one remaining obstacle to total control. As long as we have banks and centralized control, we are never free and eternally slaves. 
 
Breakthrough
By now you’re probably thinking that I would not be writing any of this if there wasn’t something new to share. That is correct! For the first time in several hundred years something has arisen with the capability of returning the power to the people and allowing us to restore our constitutional right to privacy. 
 
The New Money
Around 2009, a new technology was invented which opened the floodgates to a new kind of money, one that is impervious to 3rd party control and intervention. The technology is called the Blockchain. While it is technologically complex, we do not need to understand the intricacies of blockchain in order to take advantage of it. Blockchain has given rise to many digital currencies, the most common of which is Bitcoin.
 
Bitcoin
In just a few short years since its inception, Bitcoin has grown in value from pennies to now over $2500 for just one coin. Why? Because Bitcoin (abbrev BTC) for the first time allows two individuals virtually anywhere on the planet to complete a financial transaction that remains private—known only to those 2 people. 
 
The way this is achieved is totally genius and… you can learn about this if you wish. The fees for the transaction are minimal and are used simply to pay people for doing the work of maintaining the blockchain. In this manner, the system becomes virtually self sustaining and self managing. Even just 15 years ago none of this would have ever been conceived of as possible but here it is. 
 
Without having to pay fees to banks or credit card companies, the benefits of Bitcoin are huge and when you add in the privacy factor, Bitcoin blows away other conventional forms of money. As more and more businesses accept Bitcoin for products and services, the more valuable Bitcoin becomes.
 
Significant Upward Growth
Because of the huge advantages of Bitcoin, the desirability and demand for it has been increasing steadily and... as you know, when demand increases the price rises, in this case significantly. 
 
The graph at http://www.coindesk.com/price/ shows the recent increase in value. Considering the revolutionary nature of Bitcoin, the growth projections of so many experts and the versatility and privacy it offers, I’ve reached the conclusion that Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, i.e. Blockchain assets represent an ideal vehicle for having your “new” 21st century money work for you!
 
How Do I Get Started?
There are many ways of purchasing Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies. I encourage you to do the research on all facets of this new field and decide what approach feels best to you. If you would to discuss my helping you with this process, please email me at howard@lifecraftingprogram.com. Place Bitcoin in the Subject Line and in the body of the email what you’re most seeking or needing now. I will get back to you shortly. You can Buy Bitcoin Here.

New Developments
We now have some new cryptocoin related opportunities that will definitely get you on the fast track to having Your Money Working For You. Send an email to us to learn more. Thanks for participating in this conversation! I welcome your comments!
 
 
 
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One of the simplest yet most profound correlations I observe is between people's patterns, practices of communication and literally everything else. 

For example, do you know someone who is important to you yet they disappear for weeks or months with no explanation? You try to reconnect but get little response? I've heard some people call this going dark. This is a form of relationship sabotage. Being busy as a reason is pure bullcrap. It takes 10 seconds to communicate a response like "busy now, lets connect Tuesday" or "I need alone time now".

Another classic pattern is one of withholding. You or they withhold thoughts or feelings for fear that the other will be offended, become angry and maybe want to end the relationship. This is devastating and is the single most frequent cause of relationships ending, not just romantic ones but friendships and professional relationships like coaching, counseling, teaching, mentoring. Withholding is absolute sabotage. 

In a coaching or mentoring relationship these patterns are so destructive that they invariably cause the "client" to become resentful, demonize their coach even while the coach is doing everything in their power to support the individual. Sound familiar?

Fortunately, there are several powerful and elegant solutions to these patterns but they require a willingness and a commitment from all parties to be responsible and address the issues that are present. They require a willingness to deal responsibly with your feelings and stop operating as a victim. When there's a long standing pattern of victimization, it can take time and inner work to shift it.

If you'd like to learn more about this, I invite you to email me at howard@lifecraftingprogram.com and place the word "communication" in the subject line, or join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lifecrafting. These are the kinds of transformational tools we share in our community.

The bottom line here is to treat each person in your life like the sacred treasure that they are. How you deal with them is how you deal with everything else. If you want make changes, improvements in your life a great place to start is with your relationships.

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Imagine that you're in an airplane flying over the city of Atlanta and that your compass heading is set to take you to San Francisco. Now you make a 3 degree shift in your compass heading. This changes your destination to Los Angeles which is over 1000 miles from where you were headed before.

What does this little story tell you about making shifts in your life now? It demonstrates the incredible power of making a small, seemingly insignificant shift in your direction. You will soon see that this idea is critical to understand if you're pursuing an important life goal or vision.

Let's apply the 3 degree shift to something concrete. Suppose you have a goal that is important to you but your current path is not taking you closer to your goal. You feel discouraged because you cannot see realistically HOW you can get to your destination from where you're standing. For example, you might be in an entry level job earning a low salary while your future life vision is to have your own business doing something radically different from what you're doing now.

This is where the 3 degree shift reveals its magic. Ask yourself: what small shift can I make now, perhaps with the help of some supportive people in my life, that will get me moving towards my desired destination? If you can't think of what this could be, ask some of your friends. Chances are good that they will be able to see some things you're not seeing.

With the help of some interaction or coaching, you'll be able to identify and create a small shift of only 3 degrees in your course heading. Now project yourself forward on your new compass heading. Notice how this simple shift is pointing you much more in your desired direction. What do you see that's different? Chances are good that you now see a bigger possibility for the future, an easier path ahead and an increased confidence in moving to where you want to be. 

So now you may be saying to yourself "okay, I get the 3 degree shift idea but where am I going to find a skilled coach or someone able to guide me on making this shift? Great question! I have some good news for you! This is exactly the kind of thing that happens in our Complimentary Strategy Session.

In the Strategy Session, you'll gain clarity on where you're presently headed, where you actually want to be and from this we create the shift. Part of it will be strategic, part practical and a part perceptual, emotional, maybe all of the above. The Strategy Session has a value of $495 but we're offering it for a limited time to a select group of people who are motivated to create shifts for themselves.

What excites me most about the 3 degree shift is that once you've experienced it, you can create another one pretty easily and then another. I'm sure you can extrapolate the implications of carrying this further. How do you schedule your Strategy Session? Just click here, complete the form and you're in! I appreciate you posting comments and questions. 

 

 

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