Get Paid to be You

Could you stop for a moment and imagine what it would be like to get paid to just be YOU.

Imagine someone paying you to wake up, to speak uplifting words, and to spread your laugh and your light? Imagine getting a paycheck to write, draw, cook, run marathons, speak, shoot videos, act, dance, invent, CREATE!

I have often come to points in my work where I felt unfulfilled- like I was going through the motions, but not really enjoying what I was doing, and I believe we should all enjoy the work we put our time and effort into.

I remember a couple of years ago, I saw this meme make its way around social media:

I thought, “Oh my gosh, I LOVE Pinterest, and I LOVE wine!” I was running social media campaigns for various clients around Austin, so I offered a “Pinterest Package” where I ran there Pinterest pages, and I purposely did all my pinning after my kids went to bed so I could Pin and drink wine.

Sounds silly, but it was an exercise in shedding ideas or beliefs that did not work for me. I felt like my work should be something I enjoyed, and I didn’t like the idea that work should be something we trudged through or dreaded. If there was a way I could alter systems or processes to be more enjoyable, I wanted to find it.

Since then, I have shifted my work, my business, and my art to be more enjoyable and more fulfilling.

That doesn’t mean that everything is butterflies and unicorns all the time. But it means that I became aware of how my work affected me energy, how my energy effected my work, and how there are plenty of ways to receive money and abundance by just being myself and doing what I enjoy. One thought at a time. One decision at a time.

In the last several months…

I make lists every Monday morning of my goals and intentions. (Side note, I am hosting an online workshop introducing some of these strategies. Follow the link to receive your access link.)

One of the first things I write at the top of my paper is “I have fun. I enjoy my work and my business. I get paid to be me. My work days flow easily.”

When I receive emails “out of the blue” from people wanting to hire me for marketing or coaching services, I know they aren’t REALLY “out of the blue”. I had a thought. I created an intention. The Universe Delivered.

So how do you get paid to be YOU?

  • Choose something that makes you feel happy or fulfilled. You can figure this out in two ways. Think of something that you do that makes you lose track of time. Or think of where your mind wonders most frequently. If you like baking, you are always thinking of baking recipes or Pinning recipes, or you volunteer to be the one to bring baked goods to social gatherings, pay attention to this.
  • Shift your thoughts from “I could never get paid to do this” to “Wouldn’t it be nice if I got paid to do this?” Imagine actually getting paid to do what you enjoy. You don’t have to change a thing about your daily routine, but just imagine, daydream, create thoughts that make you smile or make you feel excited.
  • Set an intention. Decide that you will deliberately spend more time cultivating your talent, hobby, gift, or whatever you enjoy. Do this for no other reasons besides the fact that it brings you happiness and fulfillment.
  • Take action. This can be very small- actually I recommend small. If you have a big dream of writing a New York Times best seller, just write a short story. Start a blog. Send a story to a small email list of family and friends. Write a poem. Write a letter to yourself. Buy a book full of writing prompts. By taking an action, you are putting energy into what ever you are focused on, and when it’s something you love or are passionate about, it’s like that energy is multiplied by many times.
  • Go easy. Don’t get hung up on details or the future or “what if’s”. Don’t worry about whether or not you will own a business or start a  bakery or write a book or end world hunger or how you will get paid to do any of these things. Enjoy where you are and trust that moeny will follow.

As for practical advice

Ok, so you have a hobby, a mission, a talent, a cause- something about YOU that makes YOU feel YOUer than YOU. And you would like to somehow get paid for it. Even if it is just supplemental income, how do you go about that? Here are some ideas. ALL of them, I have used to earn money doing what I love at one point in my business or in my art.

  • Start a blog.
  • Join a group or club- even an online group is beneficial.
  • Set up a couple of paintings or photographs at a local bazaar or art/craft show.
  • Start an ideas notebook for capturing story ideas.
  • Volunteer for a cause that is important to you.
  • Start a Facebook page.
  • Speak or tell your story to people who need to hear it most.
  • Write a short story.
  • Have a bake sale. (Holidays and fundraisers are great for this!)
  • Offer to write a guest post for someone.
  • Buy a train or plane ticket to a place that inspires you. (Some of my best art has come from the emotions of seeing a new or inspiring place.)
  • DO SOMETHING- make, bake, write, draw, create, create, create! And give it away. At first.

You will know when the time is right to begin charging or accepting money for what ever your project is. It will probably be about the time that people request your work or your presence. Your passion will attract money and abundance. There will always be ways to break down extravagant goals or dreams you have into small, manageable, believable, actionable steps. I do it all the time, and I teach my clients to do the same thing. It doesn’t happen all at once, but in a year or 3, you will see a major shift.

How do I know this?

Three years ago, I was divorced, and in an empty apartment with 2 kids, no job, no money, no car, and a dream. I enjoyed writing and painting and I was fascinated with marketing. So I took steps to sell my paintings, and for the first few months, art and small side marketing and writing jobs paid my bills.

Three years later, I STILL get paid to do what I enjoy, plus I get to help women all over North America to do the same thing! But it all started  with a thought, a choice, an intention, and momentum backed with some action.

Now it’s your turn. Go ahead and do this exercise with something small and build up from there. I’ll be here to cheer you along, and if you need help or guidance, email me autumn (at) bodhileafmedia (dot) com.

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Process #1- Decide to be a Deliberate Creator of Your Life

Do you know how amazing you are? I mean really. Do you ever just stop and ponder how freaking fabulous you are? Because you should. You are full of love, light and potential that you can unlock and enjoy any time you wish. You can be successful in your business and happy in your home, and you will come to find that it really isn’t difficult at all!

One of the most amazing things you can learn on your journey is that you are free. Fabulous and free. No one has pre-destined you to a life of hardship and failure. There is nothing in your life you “have to” deal with and feel negatively about. Even circumstances that seem unchangeable can actually become completely different with a little mind-shift. You are in control of your own life and you can direct it any way you choose. When you forget this, and sort of let circumstances take over your life for you, you can feel overwhelmed, victimized, sad, or a host of other negative emotions. But when you remember that you are free to be exactly who you are- wonderful, happy, successful, prosperous, energetic, and healthy, it puts a different spin on things for you.

Let’s shift a thought pattern we often have real fast before we go further.

Do you ever think, “It’s hard for me to be happy, and I have to work hard for things to work out in my favor”?

Instead, think this way: “Well-being is the basis of my life. I wake up happy and I go to bed happy. Things always work out for me. Life is easy and enjoyable for me.” See, now doesn’t that feel a little nicer? You may not believe it just yet, but that’s ok; we’ll get there.

Deliberate Creating

What is deliberate creating all about? Simply put, it is choosing a thought or feeling that sends you in a good-feeling, positive direction, and then backing it up with an action. This is tricky at first because our thoughts are often just responding to something you are observing. For example, if you observe a story on the news where people are fighting a war, your thoughts will be of grief, sadness, or disbelief. However, if you are watching YouTube videos of cats doing ridiculous things (one of my favorite past times!), your thoughts will be more of happiness, joy, or anticipation for the next funny clip.

So let’s say you want to laugh and enjoy a happy feeling. Would you turn on the news or watch cat videos (assuming you like cats, of course)? You would watch the cat videos! You would choose the happier visual that spark a happier thought, which evokes a happier response from you, and voila! You have made a deliberate decision  o create something positive, and backed up that decision with an action.

This is a very small example, but very important to note, because as you go through out your day, you will be faced with numerous situations that cause a thought, a feeling, or a response from you. As you choose something better for yourself in very small areas, you find it easier to do this in bigger areas. That’s a pretty simple 4 step process- Acknowledge, Choose, Act, Enjoy!

Examples of my Own Deliberate Creation

Once I set the tone in my day , I have the ability to create better outcomes for myself. My thoughts are backed up by an action- usually small- that helps launch my thought, feeling, or my day in the direction I want. Instead of just accepting things I don’t like and letting those situations upset me, I offer a new thought, back it up by a different action, and receive a different result.

1. I used to wake up dreading having to get out of bed. To be honest, I didn’t want to fight with my kids to get them out the door to school. It felt like every morning was such a battle. When I learned about the process of deliberate creation, I applied it to my morning routine with my kids. I just decided to make mornings better. Simple as that. I laid clothes out and packed backpacks the night before. I woke up in the morning and instead of dreading it and rushing around, I simply woke everyone up 15 minutes early. I put some fun music on. We sang and danced while we got ready, and then we got out the door without any tears. It worked!

2. Recently, I was not enjoying my mornings in my work. I felt like I was dragging on some of my projects, and I wished I could be outside or swimming in the ocean, or riding my bike. I guess I had always been taught that after your kids are dropped off to school, you go to work, and that’s that. But I read an article by Richard Branson, where he talked about doing things he enjoyed before he worked, and it made his work day flow a lot better. So I tried it. I started going for a morning run, swim, or bike ride. I traded my feelings of dread and procrastination for excitement and anticipation by choosing to do something I enjoyed before beginning my work day. My thoughts went from, “I wish I was in the ocean right now…” to “After this delicious swim, I can’t wait to tackle my article for my client this morning!” Now, I probably get 2-3 times MORE work done each work day.

3. A couple of years ago, I hit a rough patch with my income. I was having a hard time being able to afford all the fresh food, and fruits and veggies I wanted, and started buying “regular” goods instead of organic that I preferred and I skipped all the yummy snacks I wanted. I started hating going to the grocery store. I felt like it was unfair that I couldn’t afford the food I wanted to buy, and thought patterns like that lead to a victim mentality, which is a dangerous path to travel down. So before I went to the store one day, I simply changed what I was telling myself. Instead of thinking, “I hate that I can’t make all the meals I want to,” I thought, “I can and will purchase fresh ingredients for 3 meals.” To make sure that thought was backed up with some action, I did NOT purchase things at the store that I didn’t absolutely need, including any kind of packaged/processed foods. I felt good about the food I bought and the meals I prepared that week, and every week seemed to get a little easier. Before I knew it, I had enough money to get “the good stuff” and I was buying all the fresh food we could fit into the fridge. Even now, I ALWAYS have a bowl of fresh fruit on our counter top for anyone to enjoy.

An Exercise For You

It often helps to remind yourself that you are a fabulous, free human being who can choose anything you want for yourself. Youy can create businesses and make dreams come true, and make all the money you want and travel anywhere you want! But let’s start small. When the SMALLEST area of our lives is working out well, doesn’t it just make EVERYTHING seem easier? Seriously- when my coffee maker brews coffee without the grounds getting caught in the filter, I know my morning is gonna be easy-peasy. But if it clogs, ooooh is that a mood-killer! 😉

  • Choose something in your day that you often dread having to deal with or take care of- morning routines, a particular task at work, paying bills, doing laundry (or any house chore you don’t care for), homework with the kids, interacting with a relative or co-worker, etc.
  • Acknowledge how this task makes you feel.
  • Choose a thought about said situation or task that would make you feel better when you encounter it.
  • Back up your more positive thought by affirmative action.
  • Enjoy your creation.

Let me interject a note here. Sometimes, the situation itself isn’t exactly “changeable”. I didn’t like fighting with my kids to get them out the door in the mornings, but it’s not like I could STOP doing that right? So sometimes the action is not to change the situation, but to change your approach or reaction to it. Just a little note to keep in mind.

Now then! Get out there, you fabulous deliberate creators, and make some positive adjustment to your life today! Let me know how it worked out for you in the comments below, or feel free to ask questions!

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Abraham Hicks- Systems and Processes Intro

People ask me almost daily what systems and processes I use in my business and personal life to be so happy and fulfilled all the time. To be honest, I’m not floating on Cloud 9 every second of every day, but I have mastered a few techniques that minimize negative moods and keep me balanced most days.

One of the most life-changing books I read and applied to my life has been Ask and it is Given by Abraham Hicks (Jerry and Esther Hicks).

 

I used to struggle in my business, trying to “get” clients. This book taught me to let them come.

I used to struggle to “fight” depression. This book taught me to allow happiness.

I used to struggle in motherhood, trying to get my kids to do what I said. This book helped me lay a foundation of gentle understanding parenting, that has completely changed my relationship with my kids.

I used to have issues with my partner, felt inadequate in my purpose or calling, felt unfulfilled going through day-to-day routines, never had enough time or energy o do what I wanted, fought sicknesses, always felt broke, and the list goes on and on.

After a couple years of studying the techniques taught in this book, and applying them where I felt they would be most helpful, I started taking notes on what worked for me. When people ask me how I accomplished something, how I changed something that seemed impossible to change, or how I had a breakthrough in my personal or business life, now I pass on these exercises.

I wanted to do a blog series on exactly what these strategies are and how I applied them to my own life because although the book is an excellent guide, sometimes we need a regular person to make it seem practical for us.

I have helped a lot of people one-on-one to grasp some of these, so hopefully, you all can use these as well.

Here is what you can look forward to in the next blog series I am preparing to share with you. They will be explanations and real life applications for you to use any way you choose. I will link each blog to this post as they come.

Decisions to be a Deliberate Creator of Your Life

Emotional Set Points

Rampage of Appreciation

Magical Creation Box

Creative Workshop

Virtual Reality

The Prosperity Game

Process of meditation

Evaluating Dreams

Book of Positive Aspects

Scripting

Place Mat Process

Segment Intending (One of my favorites!)

Wouldn’t it be Nice Game (One of my other favorites!)

Which Thought Feels better?

Clearing Clutter for Clarity

The Wallet Process

Pivoting

Focus Wheel Process

Finding the Feeling Place

Releasing Resistance to Becoming Debt Free

Turning it Over to the Manager

Reclaiming One’s Natural State of Health

Moving up the Emotional Scale

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Practical Uses for Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis is a practice that can be used to alter emotions, behaviors, thought patterns and attitudes. But how practical is it really?

In our last blog post, we discussed how to practice self hypnosis, but how can we use this practically in our every day lives?

First, let’s talk about some reasons you may want to use self hypnosis. Then we can talk about how to apply this technique to work for you.

1. Choose a Reason

  • Pain management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Weight loss
  • Asthma
  • Skin conditions
  • Signs of aging
  • Wealth
  • Jobs or careers
  • Relaxation
  • Motivation
  • Stop smoking
  • Stress
  • Childbirth
  • Child raising

Of course you can come up with your own ideas- any area you would like to see a change or improvement in.

2.) Decide on a goal.

Clarify what you want to work on and be specific. If your goal has to do with weight loss, write down a POSITIVE, MANEAGABLE statement about weight loss. For example, instead of “I need to lose 20 pounds,” write, “I will shed 20 pounds in 60 days.”  Make sure you set goals that are achievable. If they are long-term goals, it may be helpful to break them down into steps. You could write “I will shed 10 pounds in 30 days,” followed by “I will shed another 10 pounds in the next 30 days.” Or “I will shed 20 pounds by my daughter’s wedding date.”

3.) Decide on the imagery you want to use.

If your goal is weight loss, envision yourself on a beach in a swimsuit you are proud to wear or on a date with your significant other in a dress you feel beautiful in.  Imagine a scene that you would want to see in “real life”- something that encompasses your goal and the feelings that will accompany meeting that goal.

4.) Write out your hypnotic suggestions for your goal.

You may follow a script such as the one below, and insert your imagery and goals in it. One exercise I recommend is the red-balloon technique, which I wrote about in my book Your Journey to Happiness, and I will include the mental exercise version below.

“I am relaxing my body, becoming limp and lose. I am comfortable and warm from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. With each breath, I am becoming more relaxed. With each sound I head, I am becoming more relaxed. My comfort and warmth is deepening as I count down from 5. 5, relax… 4, deeper… 3, calmer… 2, breathing deeper… 1. I now see myself waking up in the morning, feeling _____ (how do you want to feel right now?). I am surrounded by ______ and _______. I smell ______. I can touch ______.  I can imagine that I am _____ (either alone or state who is with you).  I am calm, relaxed and happy.  I am holding a big red balloon that symbolizes _____ (the issue). There is not a single cloud in the sky. I am in the middle of _____ (a field, a beach, a mountain, etc.). I am holding on to this balloon, but as as I breathe deeply, I release it into the sky. With this balloon, I am releasing ear, anxiety, worry, doubt (add any negative emotion you may hold on to associated with the issue at hand). I now feel as if a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I watch as this balloon flies further and further in the distance. When I am ready, I will count back up to 5, and open my eyes. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”

This technique can be used every day, even multiple times a day. You may add or change your imagery, and you may even be more specific in time. Enjoy this time in your mind. Remember that you are the creator of every single experience you have.

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Self Hypnosis- 6 Minute Beginner’s Guide

When I first began studying the Law of Attraction, I realized how much of my world (all of it to be exact) is created in my mind. I had heard the quote “Change your thoughts, change your world,” but I don’t think I fully grasped the meaning or the power behind that true statement.

The more I studied, the more I ran across the term “self hypnosis”, and to be honest, the term scared me a little. I didn’t like the idea of someone else’s suggestions controlling me, and the thought of doing it to myself was even scarier. What if I hypnotized myself by thinking about being some kind of animal, and I can’t snap out of it?!

Of course, this is not at all what self-hypnosis is. Hypnosis is simply a deeply focused state that makes you more aware of suggestions and allows you to be more receptive to those suggestions.

The very first time I practiced self hypnosis, I was in my bedroom, depressed and broke. I felt lost career-wise, and didn’t know what steps I needed to take to get myself out of a hole. I wanted to enjoy my life, and be excited for my future, but something wasn’t clicking right in my brain.

What changed?

When I came across Mind Secrets and The Silva System, I felt more at ease in beginning this practice, and now it is second nature to me. I have used it to beat depression and anxiety. I have used it to bring my body and mind to a more healthy state when both were suffering. I also used it during an all natural at-home childbirth- my entire labor and delivery was only 2.5 hours with the use of self hypnosis.

A Beginner’s Exercise

The idea in the beginning is to feel relaxed in your practice. This will help you achieve deeper, more effective results as you continue. But for now, I want you to feel comfortable with being relaxed, letting go of what ever is currently troubling you, and reaching for a better feeling.

Step 1. Go somewhere quiet. 1 minute.

You want as few interruptions as possible. Turn off the computer, cell phone, and anything that makes noise. If you have kids, do this while they are sleeping or at school.

Step 2. Get comfortable. 1 minute.

You may either sit or lie down. My first time I chose to sit up. Since then, I prefer to be in a meditative position or laying down. Choose a position that will allow you to relax completely, every part of your body (see next step).

Step 3. Let go of tension. 1 minute.

With your eyes closed, release any tension in your forehead or eyes. Open your mouth just slightly if you are clenching your jaw. Close it gently and press your tongue at the top of your mouth to maintain relaxation in your jaw. Take a deep breath in, while slowly counting to 4. Exhale deeply and slowly while counting to 8. Release any old air in your lungs, and allow your chest to feel relaxed. Release tension in your shoulders, and hands. Make sure your hands are laying flat and relaxed, not clenched. Continue to breathe deeply, and allow your legs, your knees, your feet to relax. Your feet can flop over to one side or the other- whatever feels comfortable and relaxing. Assess your whole body. Once you feel completely relaxed and at ease, continue with the next step.

Step 4. Enter your place of bliss. 2 minutes. 

Picture yourself in a happy place, either real or imaginary, where you can drift off into a calm place in your mind. Absorb the peace around you, while you create the scene around you. Feel the air. Listen to the sounds you wish to hear in your place of bliss- animals, wateer, trees, laughter, humming, music, whatever sounds make you feel the most relaxed. Engage all 5 of your senses here if you can. Sink down deeper into yourself and your vision of your happy place. Shut out the world around you, and focus on the image you are creating. Feel the peace, the calmness. Drift down, dream, breathe, and enjoy…

Step 5. Come back. 1 minute. 

Once you have achieved a state of ease and relaxation, you may choose to remain in this relaxed state and enjoy this time, or you can breathe yourself back to alert consciousness. Simply take a deep breath in counting slowly to 4. Then exhale slowly counting to 8 while telling yourself that once you reach the number 8, you will open your eyes and feel awake and alert.

As you count, notice your eyes beginning to flutter and begin to partially open. Take a moment to let yourself become re-oriented with your environment before walking around or leaving your quiet space.

Is there more?

There are many self hypnosis exercises and techniques, but this is the first one I used, and the simplest one to be introduced to while learning to be comfortable with the concept.

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Introduction to Self Hypnosis

A couple of weeks ago, I sent an email to everyone on my email list asking them what they wanted free information about, and I gave a few examples of topics I have studied in depth. I was surprised to find that so many people were interested in self hypnosis, so I wanted to do a blog series on different methods and benefits of self-hypnosis.

What is Self Hypnosis

Self hypnosis is a state of mind in which you are operating at a heightened state of focused concentration. Using this method of concentration, you can change thought patterns, rid yourself of destructive habits, achieve a new level of relaxation, lose weight, sleep better, control debilitating issues like anxiety or depression, and de-stress. It is often compared to or coupled with meditation.

What Self Hypnosis is Not

If you are anything like me, the first image you had in your mind when you were introduced to self hypnosis was someone making another person cluck like a chicken, eat strange foods, or do something bizarre in front of a group of on-lookers. This is fiction. You are in control of your mind and body at ALL TIMES during self hypnosis. Some people may be more inclined to respond to suggestions during hypnosis, but no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. You will not be asleep. You are not unconscious. You are not under anyone’s spell. You will not do anything you don’t want to do.

You are Hypnotized Every Single Day!

Have you ever watched TV or a movie and not noticed anything else going on around you? Have you ever been driving and suddenly realized you missed your exit, weren’t paying attention, or forgot where you were going? Have you ever been daydreaming and suddenly snapped to, wondering where the time went? These are all examples of hypnosis- states of consciousness in which you are awake and in control of yourself, but your attention becomes intensely focused.

In This Series…

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing self hypnosis techniques, how to use them to benefit any area of your life, how I have personally used these techniques, testimonials, books, and more. You will walk away with in-depth knowledge of how to use self hypnosis to improve any area of your life. In the mean time, I’m offering a FREE report on unlocking self-hypnosis secrets, which can be sent directly to your email.

 

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300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating {Book}

I love plant based recipes. I am a big believer in promoting what you love instead of bashing what you hate. This is something we practice in our family and in my business every single day, so why should our meals and snack time be any different? Instead of focusing on foods I “can’t” eat to stay healthy, I like to focus on what I “can” eat to be healthy.

Since I have been a mom, and even more especially since I have been pregnant this time (38 weeks now!), I’ve been on an almost constant search for healthy, natural ways to eat, increase energy, and feel better daily. Plant based recipes are easy and refreshing to addto our meal rotations.

You hear people talk about diet and exercise, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start- what kind of diet? What types of exercise?

I say do what ever feels best to you. I despise weight-lifting, so I don’t lift weights. I DO, however, lift kids, so it’s almost the same thing, right?

As far as eating goes, I am not a big meat eater, and neither are my kids, so we love organic, plant based recipes.  Of course, no one is forcing us to cut out meats, dairy, or oils, but implementing plant-based meals even a couple times a week makes a big difference in how we feel, so we enjoy the challenge.

I usually don’t buy recipe books, but I love this one, Forks Over Knives, 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating. It’s full of 300 ideas that even kids enjoy: Breakfasts, Salads, Soups and Stews, Pasta and Noodle Dishes, Stir-Fried, Grilled and Hashed Vegetables,  Baked and Stuffed Vegetables, The Amazing Bean, Great Grains, and Desserts! Plus, I’m a huge fan of the documentary, Forks Over Knives, the film that preceded this book.

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Healing Qualities of Water

Water is a critical substance that all life must have in order to exist. Our planet and our bodies are made primarily of water, yet few of us get enough of it or pay much attention to when, how often, or how it is consumed. But are you aware of the almost ‘magical’ healing qualities of water?

Laura Silva Quesada recently wrote an interesting piece about research conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto on the healing qualities of water. If you have not heard of Dr. Emoto, he is a brilliant thinker who has gained worldwide acclaim through his groundbreaking research and discovery that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. He has written several books about the properties and importance of water in a way I never even thought about.
Below is Laura Silva Quesada’s summary of some of Dr. Emoto’s discoveries and experiments in the healing qualities of water, so definitely take a few minutes to check it out.

Healing-Qualities-of-Water– Free PDF Document

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4 Things to Keep in Mind When Pitching a Proposal to a Potential Client

When pitching a proposal to a new client, I found myself wanting their business so bad that I was willing to say, “Yes,” to anything they wanted. I was trying really hard to earn their business and just hope that they would be happy with what I could produce. But while challenging, it caused me a lot of stress and anxiety. I worried that I couldn’t perform to their standards, that I would lose their business, and that my business will have failed a client. Plus, I was all over the place trying to figure out how to please them, instead of focusing on what I was really good at. “Fake it til you make it” has its place, but it’s not a good way to run an entire business.

1. Sell yourself. You are a person. You own a business. The business is a reflection of you, a part of you, an extension of you. You are either part of the brand, or you are the brand, so it’s ok to be you. I answered an ad for social media management, and one of the things the client asked for in their ad was a human being, not a big business. They wanted personal, so I gave them personal. I didn’t send her a resume with all of my credentials and past projects. Instead, I told her a personal story that gave her good reasons to consider me, and ended briefly with my website, a link to testimonials, and ways to contact me. A few days later, the woman who posted the ad said she really connected with what I wrote to her, and I was one of the few people who received a phone interview.

2. Under-promise, over-deliver. I don’t necessarily under-promise, but I do tell a client exactly what they can expect from me. It’s discussed on the phone and written in a contract. They can bullet point exactly what I am supposed to do for them. But the exciting part is when I really connect with them and their business. I come up with creative ideas that fit their social media or marketing strategy perfectly. I can bring a perspective to them that they may not have considered before. And I always have a little something special for each client, so they know they are getting value from having Bodhi Leaf on their team. It can be as simple as making a profile picture FINALLY fit in the space Facebook provided for them. You would be surprised at how often this is a problem. It’s the little things.

3. Always, always, always keep your word. One client told me “I hired this one girl because she said she could deliver the moon and the stars, but she just gave me sort of a flicker and then nothing.” No one wants fluff and false promises. Clients hire you to do a job, and if you say you can do it, you better deliver. This is mostly about establishing trust with your client because without it, your business relationship will only go so far (and probably not even THAT far).

4. If you can’t do something, say it. Well you don’t have to outright tell them you have no freaking clue. But if a client sends an email with a question, at least you have a little time to find an answer for them. If you get stuck on the spot (one reason I hate phone meetings!), then honestly say you aren’t exactly sure, but once the call is over, you will promptly find an answer for them. Throw in a couple of answers or options if the situation allows. People like choices. If you are meeting with a potential client, and you KNOW you cannot do what they are asking you to do, you may be able to pretend long enough to get them to sign with you, but be prepared to either learn a new skill super fast, lose a client super fast, or outsource it. But even that last option is tricky. (More on that topic coming soon.)

So tell me- what is y0ur “fake it til you make it” limit? We all have one!

How to Manage your Own Social Media- eBook Topics

Social media management is one of those areas of marketing that either really works for you or it really doesn’t.  But for most people I meet, they are caught somewhere in the middle with a vague idea of social media for business, but not really a good idea of how to make it work for them.

There are three main types of customers I come in contact with on a daily basis:

1. Those who hire a 3rd party social media manager and are actively involved in the planning process
2. Those who hire a 3rd party social media manager and have zero input
3. Those who want to manage it in-house, but don’t know how, so they don’t do anything

The 2nd and 3rd types see little to no value to their social media campaigns, and this is unfortunate because there is such an enormous benefit to tapping into social media. Most business owners know this, but are unsure of what steps to take to make social media work for them. Do they manage pages by themselves? Do they hire someone? Do they buy 15 books only to be more confused than when they started? Or just forget the whole thing and let the benefits of a strong social media campaign pass them up? The answer to all of these is usually “yes” at one point or another.

At Bodhi Leaf, we have been working on a comprehensive (inexpensive!) eBook just to help small businesses with their social media.

Who will this ebook benefit?

  • Business owners who want to understand which social media platforms are best for them
  • Business owners who want to manage their social media strategy in-house
  • Business owners who want to hire 3rd party social media managers but also want to be actively involved in their strategies
  • Business owners who want to use FREE resources to create a community of customers

What will this eBook offer?

  • Information on exactly how to get started with your social media campaign
  • How to plan your social media strategy
  • How to choose whether in-house or 3rd party management is best for you
  • Templates and free online resources to make it all seamless and easy to manage
  • Information on which pages are the most beneficial for specific businesses and niches
  • Tips for enhancing your experience on social media pages
  • Ways to create, build, and maintain healthy relationships with your online community
  • Ways to target your audience
  • Ways to sell your products and services without being “sales-y”
  • How to measure your efforts
  • How to adjust strategies
  • Timelines, tips, tricks
  • Definitions of social media lingo #whatarehashtags
  • …and more

Because this book is for YOU…

What would you like to know? Are you completely lost when it comes to planning the social media portion of your overall marketing campaign? Do you just need to fill in a few blanks? Do you need answers to specific questions? Do you need a good social media foundation? Leave them in the comment section below or email them to autumn@bodhileafmedia.com.