Resetting for 2017; What’s Your Why?

It’s 5:45 a.m. and I’ve only been in bed since 1:30.

Still, I’ve been tossing and turning for the last 90 minutes or so. Can’t say what woke me up. Brain just wouldn’t shut down. I should be dog-tired and hungry for sleep. Instead, I finally decide to get up a full 15 minutes before my alarm goes off to iron my clothes. Guess I’ll be crashing late morning or early this afternoon if I don’t get a really good breakfast.

You ever had nights like those? Do you even remember what your mind was busy with? I don’t think I would… not if I weren’t blogging. It’s easy for your mind to sweep things like that under your blind spot, if you know what I mean.

It’s a thousand and one little big things.

Pretty good… actually

Here I am on paradise, where hundreds of thousands of people flock to every year from colder places. I love it. The beauty of it. It’s a charming and fascinating people and culture. There’s so much to see. I know folks who save for years to come over and experience this at least once.

And I have my fun. Don’t get me wrong. There’s this passion for Latin dance that’s defined a lot of my leisure time over the last 15 years or so. I’ve four beautiful grown children, two still in college. I’ve friends and family scattered all over the globe, particularly in the U.S. and Caribbean islands.

But talk about blind spots! A failed marriage, a toddler grandson on distant shores I’ve yet to meet; a granddaughter who’s going to have her teenage years behind her in the blink of an eye. All this didn’t develop overnight. I’m sure at some point I’ll tell you more.. when more of the wounds have become scars.

Suffice to say right now that I’ve lived a charmed life without too many regrets. I can look the man in the mirror and be OK with the choices I’ve made.

But being OK with your past choices doesn’t mean you’re satisfied. Those milestones I put aside for family are still out there.. and they beckon brighter than ever. This is the stuff I loose sleep over.

There’s work to be done and morning’s taking too long.

What’s your challenge?

How about you? What makes you loose sleep at night? Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. Stuff is going to happen…stuff that will make you ecstatic one day, yet wring your arms in frustration the next.

Then there’s the stuff that you know you have to get done.  One of them will be your nemesis. You’ll find yourself questioning the person in the mirror about why she keeps putting off something so fricking important, day after day after week and maybe even months.

Maybe that’s why you claw and bite at the cuticles around your fingernails. Dunno for sure. I hope one of you guys can help me out with useful suggestions to conquer that one (Yeah I was projecting). Obviously, my inner game being slightly off has something to do with it. Those blind spots. Now it’s planning time of year again–time to get honest about that one thing you need to be doing most.

2017 has to be a whole lot different than some of the stuff that went down in 2016. Don’t you agree?

What’s in this for you?

One-Root was an experiment I got started partly because I knew that at some point, I’d have to focus on one of several different pathways I liked. I thought it best to blog several of them until the bird that flies reveals itself.

The Parenting thing hasn’t really run its course. In fact, its not even past the first phase, but it has to continue on the back-burner for a little while yet. Next up is a whole series leading to an online course for parents of toddlers.  That’s for March or somewhere thereabouts.

The photography thing will remain a hobby.  You’ll notice the site isn’t even being maintained. The local/Caribbean region media/news thing is for further down the road. The old articles are still there, but the images are having issues. Hope to get to those soon.

The Facebook page for Teach Life Skills gets more organic traffic than anything I’m doing online.  But for now, my only intention there is to keep doing what I do daily with teenage students on my job. Where my own personal life is concerned, I need a coach myself. When I’ve turned enough corners to start coaching adults, I’ll let you know.

Marketing…. particularly the shift from outbound to inbound, is what I was feeling as 2016 drew to a close. Before long, it will have its own website. Stay tuned.

It’s time to build a tribe and help them make more money.  Hopefully that includes you. There’s more important things than money of course, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

In the meantime, if a friend or family member has a traditional business, or works for a larger company, you can go ahead and give them a heads up too. The marketing strategies and tactics I’m going to delve into are based on age-old principles that won’t ever change…unless some alien species starts changing our gene-pool or something like that.

This is important though. Online marketing may use modern tech and social media, but people are still people. The human brain still operates the same way. Show me any digital marketing tactic that’s working well and I can show you the old-school equivalent of it. Knowing how the human race behaves is important for today’s business leader to know…period. Look forward to that too. It’s stuff you will take to the bank regardless of how you use Facebook, Google, Snapchat, linkedIn or whatever.

January BooksIs it all finally coming together?

Can I tell you? Maybe it’s the universe conspiring. All of a sudden, these books and resources are popping up in my world. Stephen Covey’s “First Thing First” slid from a pile stacked behind me. Then someone on a podcast recommended “Essentialism.” I started sucking that from while driving.

Which prompted me to go find an unread kindle summary called “The One Thing,” from Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. Just what I needed to hear at the end of 2016! A few days later, while clearing the stack of half-read books right on my desk, Keven Kruse’s “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management presented itself.”  Then I remembered I’d only read the first third of “Living Forward” from Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy.

Too much to be a coincidence, right? I intend to finish reading all of them before the quarter is over. One less blind spot!

Yeah.. I’d definitely say the Universe is conspiring. And I’m excited about 2017 because of it. Truth be known however, is that the business I’m about to jump in requires that I not only share these things with you, but try my best to get you past YOUR blind spots as well. So how about it? What about YOUR journey. Get a hold of at least one of those books I mentioned. You’ll thank me.

And if you want some big tips I gleaned from any of them, let me know. That’s what the comment section below is for.

There’s been limited feedback from the health/caregivers community locally. But I’m also encouraged by folks close to me who have their ears close to the ground when it comes to business and commerce. Most of their advice are variations of  me throwing excessive caution to the wind and just put what I’ve learned over the last 7 years into practice. Makes sense. Folks need to see some results they can follow.

Truth is sometimes easy to recognize if it’s clear enough. But producing content consistently is the foundation for good inbound marketing. And if the parenting space has taught me anything, it’s that I’ve yet to find my stride where content production is concerned. So this year I’m going to be using an outfit called JVZoo  to help me churn out the content you will need to become a savvy online marketer.

More about all this in a future post too. First I have to figure out what I’ll be doing about video. And a podcast is somewhere in the mix. Can’t start all that at the same time.

Or can I? Need to talk to my coach. There are neat re-purposing tricks I hope to share with you at some point too.

Protecting the asset

It’s now 11:30. I didn’t get that breakfast I wanted, but I’m still not nodding at my desk yet. Cutting edge scientific research keep uncovering new and amazing things about how our bodies and minds work. Look carefully and you’ll notice an overall shift from mass-produced foods, to foods grown and processed in ways that are hundreds, if not thousands of years old.

As for productivity, out of all the tips out there, the most basic and important is the principle of protecting your #1 asset… your own body and mind. If you’re not in that habit as yet, no success you achieve will last.

Thank goodness for my supplements. That’s where my late-morning-energy-without-breakfast is coming from. Everyone has their favorite things. But I like the fact that every single element in these products can be traced back to a farm and folks who believed in 100% organic, decades before organic became sexy. You can go to my online store and check them out.  I’ll appreciate it and so will you. The site looks very simple, but there are links everywhere to take you deeper to some of the coolest physical products on the planet.  They’re all premium stuff I use every day and swear by.

If you live in the U.S. you can order them right on the site and they’ll be delivered in a few days.  Contact me if you’re not living in the U.S., or if your’e interested in getting them at cost-price.. or even in selling them and adding to your bottom-line.

Now is a good time to look at your life as an entrepreneur. Last year I put together a list of questions from a number of resources I had gathered over the years. Asking the right questions of yourself is really essential when doing any kind of planning. I’ve put together a list of some of those questions in a neat little workbook you can use as you think about what happened in 2016, and what needs to happen in 2017. Just click below.

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Let’s go crush 2017!


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