Posts Categorized: Productivity

What’s Your Money Story??

Posted on by Selena Soo, in 'Money/Career, Productivity'

 

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Growing up, did you ever hear the saying “Money doesn’t grow on trees” or “Money is the root of all evil”?

Most of us have conflicting feelings about money. We want more of it, yet over the years we’ve been programmed to think it’s bad.

As an entrepreneur, it’s especially important to have healthy thoughts about money. For example, if you feel guilty about charging high prices for your services, you end up getting clients who aren’t willing to pay what you’re worth. No fun, right?

Changing your conflicting thoughts about money requires you figure out your old “money story.” Last weekend, I went to a conference called Money 2.0 in Atlanta, where we spent a whole day figuring out our old money stories — and creating new, more empowering ones.

Let me share my old money story with you:

One of my first jobs out of college was at a nonprofit, where I worked extremely long hours but was making very little money. Without realizing it, I equated helping people with making no money. Making money and helping people felt at odds with each other.

Because of my old money story, I felt conflicted about how much to charge my clients when I first started my business. While I would give my all to my clients, I would feel guilty charging them premium prices for my services. Over time, however, I’ve realized that in order to have a healthy business and healthy client relationships, it’s important that my prices reflect the true value of my work.

So now, my new money story is: The more my clients invest in themselves and in me, the bigger impact we make in the world.

I believe in this so strongly, and as a result, today I have a thriving business that I love.

What has also really helped is surrounding myself with successful entrepreneurs who have a healthy relationship with money.

For instance, my friend Kavita J. Patel is a relationship expert who has helped hundreds of women find love that lasts.

People rave about her work, and she’s coached top executives from places like Google and Amazon.

This year, Kavita has already crossed the multiple six-figure mark in her business, and it’s only June! I’m so proud of her. She’s the perfect example of someone who makes a great living, while making a huge difference in people’s lives.

So now I have two questions for you:

  • Do you have a healthy relationship with money?
  • If not, what is a more empowering way of thinking about money?

If you need some inspiration, here are a few positive money stories I heard at the conference:

  • My services can and will change lives – they are worth every dollar.
  • My self worth grows with my net worth
  • Making money is a fun adventure!
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Is this helpful? I would love to know if this message resonated, and I would love to hear any thoughts you have about your relationship with money.

Warmly,

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How to Thrive as an Entrepreneur

Posted on by Selena Soo, in 'Money/Career, Productivity'

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Every entrepreneur will agree that starting a business is hard work, but here’s the good news: there are short-cuts to success.

It’s a myth that you need to struggle for years & years before your business takes off. The truth is, if you focus on the right things, you can start making pretty good money right away.

Now you might be asking, “Selena, how do I do that?”

My answer? Learn from the super successful. 

Learn from the people who are experts in their field. The people who were once in your shoes, but have since figured out how to build a thriving, sustainable business.

For those of you interested in learning more, I encourage you to check out a special online event my friend Jordana Jaffe has created. It’s called “The New Entrepreneur’s Business Blueprint.”

If you sign up here, you’ll get access to exclusive interviews that will teach you how to generate consistent cash flow, make a big impact, and keep the faith during your first two years of business.

There is also a special interview with me about networking. I share some of my biggest secrets on how to develop relationships with influencers to get more clients and position yourself as a leader in your field.

I think you’ll really love this, so don’t forget to sign upAlso, stay tuned for an email later this week about my upcoming intern workshop! 

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Feeling overwhelmed?

Posted on by Selena Soo, in 'Productivity, Self-care'

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Right now, all of my entrepreneur friends are starting to get really busy. Maybe something is in the air, because I’m feeling it too. Are you?

For many of us, being busy tends to lead to being overwhelmed. The unfortunate thing is that when most of us feel overwhelmed, we tend to just complain. We feel bad about our situation, but take very little action to change it.

Someone wise once told me that overwhelm is a pile of decisions waiting to be made. How true! When we have too much on our plate, we don’t have the energy to make decisions and deal with what comes our way.

My favorite way to combat overwhelm is delegation, which is something I’ve become very good at. Before business school and starting my own company, I worked at a women’s nonprofit for three years. I loved my job, but I had an endless amount of work. I found myself working late evenings and most weekends. Out of necessity, I hired two full-time interns. It changed my life. It gave me breathing room.

Now I’d love to hear from you:
           •Is there a place in your life where you’re feeling overwhelmed?
           •Are there projects or tasks that you could delegate that would give you immediate relief?
           •If yes, then who would you bring on to help you?

Let me know — I would love to hear from you!

Selena

P.S. For those of you in NYC, save the date for Wednesday, 3/27 at 6:30pm. I’ll be hosting a live, free workshop on how to find great interns. For those of you outside of NYC, not to worry! I’ll be sending you some tips in an upcoming newsletter to help you do the same. =)

The most important question I ask myself

Posted on by Selena Soo, in 'Productivity'

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My friend Jim Kwik recently compiled 100 pieces of advice to make 2013 your best year ever. I wanted to share some of it with you today.

For those of you who don’t know Jim, he’s one of the most extraordinary networkers on the planet. A typical week for him is playing tennis with Richard Branson, having a long lunch with Tony Hsieh (founder of Zappos), and then an afternoon meeting with Steve Forbes. He’s an incredibly generous person, and I’m grateful to count him as a friend.

So when Jim asked for my #1 success tip for 2013, this is what I sent him:

When struggling to make a decision, just ask yourself this question: “What would my highest self do in this moment?” This question will always lead you to the right answer.

Now you may be asking, “What is my highest self?”
Your highest self is your wisest, most courageous, and most loving self.

Asking myself this question on a regular basis has made a tremendous difference in my life.
Here’s why —

The quality of our life is determined by the decisions we make, moment by moment. With each action we take, we create our future.

Let me show you two examples of where and how this question has helped me make the right choices:

Working out

  • Exercise is one of those funny things. We often dread it, but after we finish it we almost always feel amazing. At the end of the workday, I’ll be resting in my bed and think, “I should probably exercise right now.”
  • In the past I would try to ignore that voice, but today I just ask myself the question, “What would my highest self do in this moment?” It clarifies everything.
  • Sometimes the answer is, “Yes, it’s time to work out. Even though I don’t feel like it, I know it’s what’s best for me” and then I put on my running shoes. Other days it’s, “Your body really needs to rest. Take the day off.”
  • Taking care of my body and energy level are so important to living my best life. Asking myself this powerful question has helped me make the right choices to do that.

Personal & Professional Relationships

  • I treasure the people in my life — my family, friends, and professional relationships. However, I’ve found that the more you care about someone, the more deeply they are able to hurt you. Whenever I find myself having a strong negative emotion (i.e. I’m feeling angry or upset with someone), my natural reaction is to act out.
  • But when I ask myself, “What would my highest self do in this moment?” I start to soften. I start to see things from the other person’s perspective. I start to approach the situation from a place of kindness and compassion. I start to forgive.
  • It’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s incredibly hard! But I find that asking myself this question is the fastest way to access my highest self and do the right thing in the moment.

What about you — do you like this tip? Is there a way you can apply this to your life right now? Let me know in the comments below.

All the best,
Selena

Elevate Your Brand (Course Announcement)!

Posted on by Selena Soo, in 'Event Alert!, Productivity'


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I’m excited to share that I’m relaunching Elevate Your Brand this February.

 Teaching this course was the biggest highlight for me in 2012. I loved learning about my students’ businesses, working closely with them to solve their biggest marketing challenges, and developing personal relationships with them.

Since teaching the course I’ve been asking myself, what can I do to make it even better? How can I add as much value as possible? What is the best way to deliver this content?

I’m a big believer in getting feedback. So last week I reached out to about 20 of my friends and newsletter subscribers to learn more about their businesses. I asked them three questions:

1) What are your top three business goals for 2013?
2)  What is holding you back from achieving these goals?
3)  What kind of help do you need to reach those goals?

The answers were eye-opening and informative.

A main theme that emerged was time management and focus, especially when it comes to marketing. Almost everyone I heard from was struggling with this.

I understand and I can relate. Marketing our businesses can feel like a full-time job. It can be overwhelming to think about the myriad of things we could  be doing (speaking, guest blogging, making videos, Facebooking, tweeting, networking, rebranding, building/updating our websites, getting on TV and in magazines).

But the most important question is this — which of these activities is actually going to get me results? What is the smartest, most high-leveraged use of my time?

Oftentimes it depends. It depends on what your specific goals are and what stage your business is in. The unfortunate thing is, it’s rarely obvious. Many of us are spinning our wheels — working extremely hard but making no real progress. We’re just trying a little bit of everything. Unfortunately, this makes us feel more confused than ever before!

Elevate Your Brand is different from other marketing courses for a few key reasons:

1) Personalized support & small group environment

  • All of the students in my last course had invested in digital products, virtual classes, and conferences to help them grow their businesses. These can be wonderful ways to learn, but my students often felt anonymous in these environments.
  • Elevate Your Brand is the complete opposite.  I spend weeks before the class even begins reviewing my students’ websites and materials, coming up with ideas and solutions specifically for them, and tailoring the content to their needs.

2) Clarity & focus

  • Elevate Your Brand is designed to help you get you clear and focused. I’ll be offering you plenty of marketing and publicity strategies, but more importantly, I’ll be helping you choose the right ones for your unique situation and business.
  • By narrowing your focus to just a few key things, you’ll get more done and have more time left over. I want to help you take things OFF your to-do list!

3) Relationship-focused

  • When it comes to business, I believe that nothing is more important than relationships. I’ve developed a unique way of building relationships — with influencers, mentors, the media, my peers, and my students and clients. I want to show you this new way of doing business that is a lot easier and more fun!

On Thursday I’ll be emailing you more specifics about Elevate Your Brand. This exclusive program is open to 8 – 10 women who’d like to work personally with me to take their business for the next level.

If you’d like more information and are not already on my newsletter list, you can sign up directly below.

I look forward to sharing more with you very soon!
Selena

Make 2013 Your Year of Miracles!

Posted on by Selena Soo, in 'Empowerment, Productivity'

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Happy New Year everyone!

Today I wanted to share a special guest post from my friend Gabrielle Bernstein, who was recently featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation spiritual thought leader.

Gabby is widely known as a “miracle worker,” helping people free themselves from emotional pain by shifting their perceptions from fear to love. Gabby’s techniques can help you in ANY area of life where you might be struggling — whether it be relationships, health, or career.

If you’d like to tap into greater happiness and abundance in 2013, I encourage you to check out her new book “May Cause Miracles: A Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.” When you order her book, you also get four special gifts to help you start your 2013 on the right foot.

Wishing you all a miraculous 2013!

 

How to Live a Miraculous Life

Many of us long for a life of happiness and peace, but we don’t believe we can have it. The great paradox is that our lack of faith in love and miracles is what blocks us from receiving love and miracles.

If we want to live a miraculous life, we must raise the volume on the loving voice within us and turn down the volume on our fear.

The first step in choosing love over fear is to understand your fear. As a student of A Course in Miracles I learned to become the witness to my fear-based thoughts. Each time I feel fear set in, I step outside my thoughts and actions, and witness my behavior. When you witness your fears, you can see how delusional they actually are.

Once you’ve gained clarity about your fears, the next step is willingness. A Course in Miracles says that the slightest willingness is all you need to receive the guidance to change. Willingness raises your consciousness of new possibilities and ignites what I call your ~ing (your inner guide). Your ~ing is the voice of love, your inspiration and your intuition.

This guidance will come in different forms: intuition, inspiration, and even synchronicities. We can experience intuition as a strong inner knowing that offers us guidance. Inspiration can be a feeling of flow and excitement that comes through in moments when our thoughts and actions are aligned with love. Then there are moments of synchronicity, which are really cool—like when you’re thinking about your mother and she calls.

The three other key components to living a miraculous life are gratitude, forgiveness and love. Forgiveness guides us to cleanse ourselves of fear and shines light on the darkness of our worries, doubts and suspicions. Instead of seeing ourselves as victims, we can forgive and be set free.

Then comes gratitude. Gratitude is the only attitude for the miracle worker. Living a grateful life creates more abundance, acceptance and appreciation.

Finally, there is love—the most crucial ingredient. A Course in Miracles teaches that the only thing missing in any situation is love, and where there is fear there is no love. Therefore, living with an open heart and embracing love as our true purpose is essential to living a miraculous life.

The payoff for sticking to these principles is that the more you choose forgiveness, gratitude and love, the more miracles you experience. If you’re wondering what I mean by “miracle,” it’s simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love. A miracle can be the moment you choose to forgive your ex, or the moment you recognize that losing your job was not a tragedy but an opportunity to follow your true calling.

My dedication to living this way has changed every area of my life. I’ve let go of addictions. I’ve learned to choose forgiveness instead of resentment. Fear of financial insecurity has lifted. Today I see obstacles as opportunities and know that the Universe has my back. Most importantly, I feel a sense of certainty that there is a power greater than myself supporting my every move.

Want to achieve these groovy results? Join me on the journey of new perceptions! In my new book, May Cause Miracles, I outline a 40-day Guide of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change. Commit to a powerful journey inward and live a miraculous life. As the new year approaches, think BIG. Choose to make 2013 the year in
which you start living a life full of miracles. I’ll help you do it.

Order May Cause Miracles today and get Gabrielle’s free course on How to Create What You Want in 2013.

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