Category Archives: Women Entrepreneurs

Amazing Opportunity To Create Success For Yourself And Others!

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“The minute you alter your perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to change.” ~Marilee Zdenek 

Hello Fabulous Women!

I want to let you know about an amazing new opportunity for anyone who has a passion for helping people succeed.  It’s called TotalCoach, and I have never seen anything like it, but you cannot wait: I was just informed this fr-ee offer is live now and may not last more than a few days.

So what about you — do you have a passion for helping other people succeed? 

Would you like to quickly turn that passion into a profitable coaching business? ($100,000/year has happened for complete beginners!)

It’s never been easier, here’s why:

My friend, #1 best-selling author Mike Litman, has transformed his passion for helping others into an $8 million business. His success is an inspiration, and is one reason I have been a fan of his and read his newsletter for years. It took him 7 years of struggle before he “cracked the code.” Lucky for you, you don’t have to struggle like this:

He’s going to break it down, step-by-step and show you exactly how he did it from start to finish, and how you can too. 

A lot of people give away their “secrets.” But Mike is different: He is famous for his down-to-earth, supportive, no-frills guidance… and that’s why his students have made over $30,000,000 in combined profit (he’s got some big names on that list!)

And he wants to give you the entire blueprint to try for free.

It gets better: His blueprint includes EVERYTHING (and I mean everything) you need to get started: a custom website, hosting, training, blog, autoresponder, support, traffic tools… and much more… all part of this fr-ee offer! 

Trust me on this. You’ll kick yourself if you miss this chance:

http://totalcoach.com/blueprint/?axa=2627

To your success,

–Ann

P.S. When you follow that link, you will read about some incredible success stories from people like you. Everyday people who have quit their jobs, who are making more than $8,000 a month, and who have finally found the personal fulfillment they’ve always dreamed of. One guy’s first sale was $4,200! A complete beginner!

It’s your turn:

http://totalcoach.com/blueprint/?axa=2627

On Track and On Purpose Coaching, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

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And The Winner Is…

 

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“Love is the time and space where ‘I’ give myself the right to be extraordinary.” ~Julia Kristeva

Hello Fabulous Women!

Welcome to the You Totally Rock! Awards.  (Also known as the Most Long Overdue Awards.)

So put on your virtual tiara and have a seat.  It’s finally time…

“And the Winner is…”

A hush falls over the crowd.

Presenter Ann Hession, looking ravishing in her virtual designer gown, opens the envelope and looks inside.

She grins.

“And the winner is …. YOU!”

The audience erupts, everyone eager to show you how much they agree, you are the winner, because you, my friend and fellow fabulous woman, you TOTALLY ROCK!

And it’s about time you get acknowledged for it!

Here’s what your reviews say:

You rock because you listen.  You really listen.

You rock because you take the extra time to do it right, whether anyone notices or not.

You rock because you make the people in your life smile when they think of you.

You rock because you do the right thing even when others don’t, and that makes a difference.

You rock because you have the courage to recreate yourself, to push yourself to grow and develop every day. Or at least most days!

You rock because you won’t settle for second best for the people you love. 

You rock because you are honest, caring and kind, even when things aren’t going your way, and that is a huge gift to everyone who knows you.

You rock because you take a stand for people, even when they won’t for themselves.

You rock because, when you are with them, people know they matter.

You rock because you are YOU, the best darn you the world has ever seen, precious, irreplaceable, and long overdue for this acknowledgement.

So get up on that stage, girlfriend, and accept this YOU TOTALLY ROCK! Award.  Yes, that’s right, you with the virtual tiara on your head, walk up there now and take it, it’s yours.

Take it in.  As a friend of mine says, “Let the love in, and let the love out.”  You deserve this award, and so much more.

Have a fabulous, rocking good day, and don’t forget to pass it on and let the precious people in your life know that they totally rock, too.  Let the love in, let the love out.  What a great way to start your weekend!

Thanks, you’ve been great! (Exit music plays…)

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose Coaching, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

The Power of Purpose

Entrepreneurial Quotes of the Day:

“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.” ~Zig Ziglar

“What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose.” ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton 

Hello Fabulous Women!

I am passionate and committed about the value and power of coaching, and here’s why.

One of the most common things I hear from the women who contact me about my business coaching services is that they are suffering from a lack of clarity.  And I do mean suffering – I can hear it in their voices. 

They say, “I just wish I knew what I really wanted.” 

And to make matters worse, they are usually blaming themselves for not knowing what they want – there’s this feeling that they are supposed to know what they want, and so they think there must be something wrong with them if they don’t.  (There isn’t!)

Interestingly, sometimes even those women who tell me they do know what they want are not truly any more clear.  I know that because, when I probe a bit further with them, they often can’t give me any clear details about what they want.  They say that they want more money, more success, less stress, but they can’t create a clear picture of what that would look like or what it means to them.

I strongly believe that this lack of clarity is the biggest obstacle in most people’s lives, including their business lives.  It’s the “something missing” that would make all the difference in the world if it were present.

I also believe that what creates clarity, and the only thing that creates clarity on a lasting basis, is Purpose.  Having a strong sense of personal purpose, knowing not only what you want but why you want it, feeling connected to what matters to you the most in life – that creates a clarity and power that can withstand anything that life throws at you.

Sometimes when I talk about this with prospective clients, it resonates with them immediately.  They seem to recognize that what I’m talking about is truly what has been missing for them.  Others, frankly, shy away from the idea of having a personal sense of purpose.  They say that there must be some other, better, easier way to get clear and know what they really want.

Maybe they are right, but if so, I have yet to see the evidence of it.  Everything I have experienced as a coach and in my life tells me that there is nothing more essential and foundational to having a fulfilling and successful life than having a strong sense of purpose.  It’s a declaration to yourself and to the world of why you are here on this planet. 

That is why my coaching – yes, my business coaching – involves helping each and every client create and declare a powerful and succinct personal statement of purpose.  And I promise you this: any business you create or career you pursue that is created out of that sense of personal purpose will be a business or career that will give you not only success but also joy and fulfillment in your life. 

I created my own statement of purpose nearly three years ago.  My purpose in life is to inspire and empower people to discover and fulfill their purpose in life, with passion, ease and joy! 

Now let me tell you something else:  I created that statement of purpose approximately 30 seconds before I declared that I was a coach.  After thinking about being a coach for years, that clarity of purpose is what gave me the power to declare it and make it so. 

And that clarity of purpose is the same reason why I had my first three coaching clients in less than a month after that declaration.  Nothing else changed.  I didn’t suddenly have more training or preparation, I didn’t know anything more than before.  The only difference was, I created and declared my purpose, and that transformed me from someone who was stuck thinking about something – for years – into someone who was unstoppable in making it happen.

And here’s something else for you to know.  Less than nine months later, if you typed “women’s business coach” into Google, you would have found me on the first page, at the #9 spot.  Not too shabby!  Today, by the way, I’m at #1 on Google for those keywords, and have been for over a year.  That’s the Power of Purpose, in life and in business.

So my question for each of you today is, What Is Your Purpose?  Why are you here?  No one else in the world has the right to declare an answer to that question except you.  How will you answer it?

I know that some of you have an answer to that question, because I was working with you when you created it!  Others may have a partial answer, and some may feel that they have no idea at all. 

If you, like many women I talk to, are feeling that painful lack of clarity, I hope that this has helped you to see what is missing, and to know that do you have it in your power to create it for yourself. 

If I can do it, so can you.  You can create it for yourself, but it doesn’t have to be by yourself – I know I couldn’t have created my purpose on my own.  It took someone really pushing me and coaching me, believe me!  That’s what coaching provides, and that is literally what I am here on this planet to do.  For you.

If you are feeling that “something’s missing,” then take on answering this question, “What Is My Purpose?”  Whether you do it through coaching or not, consider that your life does depend on it.  Not your existence – after all, many people exist for many years without ever knowing their purpose.  Having a life is much more than having an existence

And if you have ever thought about coaching but never taken action, make today the day.  Take advantage of my free 45 minute coaching call.  When you really think about it, isn’t it a bit absurd to spend a lifetime here on this earth and never declare for yourself why?

Have a fabulous, purposeful day,

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

Help for That Stiff Neck and Those Aching Shoulders

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to deal with them.” ~ Phyllis Battome

Hello Fabulous Women!

Spending hours in front of the computer and typing and clicking until your neck hurts, your shoulders ache and your fingers cramp up can be a reality of working in today’s world.  I want to share a couple of great stretches/exercises with you all, to help relieve strain and pain in your neck and shoulders and upper back. 

I have chronic pain in my neck and shoulders, largely as a result of having been a massage therapist myself for many years, and now exacerbated by all the time I spend on the computer.  I’m afraid that I have quite a bit of repetitive strain injury, primarily on the right side, but the left is not so great either!

Hopefully none of you has quite the level of discomfort that I do, but I expect it’s a pretty safe bet that a fair number of you have at least some pain and stiffness on a regular basis. 

There are two stretches/exercise that I highly recommend.  Now, before you ask yourself why I’m still in pain when I have these two great techniques, let me just confess a little something.  I know these two stretches work extremely well, but I can’t even remember the last time I did them. 

Yes, that’s right, another sterling example of the fact that knowing what to do and actually doing it are not the same thing. 

Today I got straight with myself about the fact that I am not taking care of myself anyway near the way I know how to, and committed to a fresh new start with these poor, much abused neck and shoulders of mine.  How about you?  Ready to make a change and provide your body with some relief?

Here are the two most effective stretches I have yet to come across:

The Eagle – Amplified:

The first is a modified version of a yoga pose usually known as the Eagle.  Standing up, bend your elbows and hold your hands in front of your face, palms facing each other, fingers pointing up.  Keeping your fingers pointing up, cross your left elbow over your right elbow.  As best you can, bring your right hand toward your body, and wrap it around your left forearm, laying your right palm on the inside of your left wrist or even partway up onto your left palm, as far as you can.  Here is a picture:

eaglearmsdesk

Some of you will be able to do this with some ease, others may only be able to do a small part to start – don’t worry, whatever you can do will work to begin stretching you to the next level.

Once you have gotten into the position as best you can, you can vastly increase the effectiveness of this stretch by moving around in the following ways while still holding the pose:

First, raise your hands and arms slowly toward the ceiling, keeping the post intact.  Hold for a few seconds and then return to the original position.

Second, unbend your elbows slightly, pushing your hands out away from your body, still held together in pose.  Return to original position.

Third, push elbows slowly out away from your body, pulling hands toward your face, while at the same time bending slowly forward from the waist.  You should feel a great stretch along the sides of your body from your lower spine right up to your shoulders. Return.

Fourth, swing your arms, in position, toward the right, twisting slowly at the waist, up the spine and through the shoulders.  Do the same to the left. Return.

When you are done, repeat the whole sequence beginning with getting into the pose with your right elbow crossing over on top of your left one.  Once you have done this a few times and know what you are doing, you can go through the whole sequence, once on each side, in only 2-3 minutes.

The Wall Waist Squeeze

This exercise is the best thing I know for opening up the front of your shoulders and chest, counteracting all the time we spend hunched forward.  A lot of pain and tension that you feel in the back of your shoulders is actually caused by tightness in the muscles in the front, and a particular muscle (pectoralis minor) that connects the front and back of your shoulders.

It’s very simple:

Stand with your back against a wall, with your head, shoulders and buttocks all touching the wall.  Raise your arms straight out to your sides and bend your elbows so your hands are pointing up, and press your whole arms against the wall, so that your shoulders, elbows and the back of your hands are all touching the wall.

Now, keeping your head, shoulders, arms, hands and buttocks all in continuous contact with the wall, slowly squeeze your elbows down toward your waist.  *Be sure to keep everything still touching the wall – if you are not paying attention, some parts of your body will come forward and you will lose the effectiveness of this exercise.*

Squeeze your elbows down to your waist as far as you can while still maintaining full contact with the wall, then return to the starting position. Repeat at least ten times, working up to doing fifty squeezes in a row.

Well, I had to do all of those several times to make sure I was describing them all correctly, and I do feel much better!  So will you – give them a try!  The more often you do them, the better you will feel.  I have committed to doing them at least once a day before I start work, and I have a reminder set on my computer so I won’t forget – how about you?

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

Three Things

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“Do not fear mistakes, there are none.” ~Miles Davis

Hello Fabulous Women!

I have a great challenge for you today!  Take this one on and you will be delighted with what happens.

First, let me tell you what this came from.  A couple of weeks ago, I had some time on my hands as I was waiting for someone, and I pulled out a piece of paper and started to make a list of projects at home that I wanted to get done.  Just the little things, things I could do myself.

For those of you who are homeowners, and perhaps also for those who aren’t, you won’t be surprised to hear that I had at least 20 items on that list within about 5 minutes.  Re-caulk the shower, touch up the paint where it chipped, reorganize that cupboard, put contact paper on those two shelves, scrape the paint off the glass panes on the door we re-painted two years ago but never cleaned off the excess paint – etc.

All little things, most of which take 30 minutes or less to do, some of which have needed doing for literally years, but which I had somehow NOT DONE.

I got inspired and decided to pick a few and just do them.  I didn’t have to readjust my life, I didn’t have to let something else go undone, all I had to do was just decide to do them and go.

So my shower is re-caulked, my bathroom re-painted, the paint is off the glass, the ivy is trimmed back, and so on. 

There’s plenty more, believe me, but I have gotten on a roll and I’m not stopping.  And the reason I’m not stopping is that, not only am I happier with my home, but the fact is, as soon as I started completing all these little projects around my house, things started to shift in my business as well.

Almost like magic, new women’s business coaching clients started to show up, previous clients reappeared and hired me for further coaching, business contacts called me with ideas and help for marketing and development. 

All of this without me doing anything different in the realm of my business at all. 

Now, I can’t tell you that I know for a fact that these things are connected, but I do know that this is not the first time I have experienced this is my life.  It seems to me that every time I have started to create order and progress in one part of my life, it has always had this kind of ripple effect. 

When we get ourselves “unstuck” in one area, it spreads to the rest of our lives as well, and new opportunities and connections begin to show up all over the place.

Okay, ladies, whether you are now thinking that you know exactly what I mean, or if you are thinking that this is all a little too “woo woo” for you, it doesn’t matter, my challenge to you is the same:

Sit yourself down and make a list of unfinished/unstarted projects.  Little things, things that are easily do-able if you just decided to do them.  It doesn’t have to be household stuff, it can be in any area of your life, but I do suggest the home, because our home environments have an enormous impact on us.  Those unfinished things at home are draining your energy every time you look at them, I guarantee it.

Make your list, and then pick three things on the list and just do them.  Now, today, over the weekend, whatever makes sense for the size of the project, but just do them.

Go ahead, take it on.  The absolute worst thing that could happen is that you will be very happy to have those three projects completed.  You’ll smile and feel energized every time you walk past that newly painted trim or that beautifully organized closet. 

Even better, you’ll probably find, as I have, that things start to happen elsewhere as well – new business, new ideas, new opportunities showing up. 

So get in action on your three things.

And then keep your eye out for that ripple effect.  Who knows what will show up?

Have a fabulous day!

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

I Like Mike

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.” ~ George Eliot

Hello Fabulous Women!

I like Mike a lot – Mike Litman, that is.  Mike is a coach and trainer and I love reading his blogs.  He has a great way with words and a gift for taking an important concept and bottom lining it in a way that has a palpable impact. 

For example, one of my favorite quotes related to creating financial/business success is from Mike:

“Every level of income demands a new you.”  Isn’t that great?  It just cuts to the chase to make the point that to create something new, it’s yourself you have to recreate.  Love it.

I was prompted to direct you all to check out Mike Litman today because of the most recent blog post he wrote, “Why Self Discipline Is Tough And How To Make it Easier.”   Mike writes with his usual honesty and clarity about the realities of making changes in our lives and what makes a difference.

As a women’s business coach, I love what Mike has to say about the importance of creating a vision and the immediate impact that has on our lives here and now.  It inspired me to “go back to the future” and revisit my own five year vision of my life, and believe me, that has already impacted my life today. 

I highly recommend this post to all of you.  As Mike says, put on your Nike’s and run over to his blog to read it: Mike Litman. 

Go ahead, read Mike’s post, and I also highly recommend subscribing to his blog, because if you are looking for inspiration, support and motivation for creating success, Mike is one of the best out there.  Enjoy, and let yourself get inspired!

Have a fabulous day!

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose Coaching, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach

The Sisters of Sizzle

Entrepreneurial Quote of the Day:

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” ~Oscar Wilde

Hello Fabulous Women!

I absolutely love hearing about all the cool things that you all are up to.   And I also love to spread the word and maybe make some fruitful and fun connections between all the great women out there!  So here’s a shout out for Elise Kloter and Jill Pagano, the Sisters of Sizzle, who have a fabulous radio show called “A Life on Fire.”

“A Life on Fire” is not your average talk radio.  As the Sisters say, “We love connecting you to the people who are living their dreams and helping us to do it too. From finding your joy to finding your soulmate, from great health to great sex, we are here to uncover the secrets and break out of the box, all with laughter, compassion and love.”

So what do they talk about on “A Life on Fire?”  Seems like just about everything from startups to feng shui, from relationships and dating to finding your passion, from women entrepreneurs to personal empowerment.  Jill and Elise hash it all out with humor, insight and straight talk.  They have also created a powerhouse group of regular monthly contributors called Team Sizzle.  Team Sizzle members are people “who serve and improve the lives of others through their passionate businesses.”

Sound like some women you might want to hang out with? Check out their next show!

You can listen to the Sisters of Sizzle live online every Wednesday from 3-4PM Pacific time.  You can also listen to any of their previous broadcasts online, if you miss a show or that time doesn’t work for you.

Upcoming shows:

 September 23, 2009

Team Sizzle: Nicole Ohebshalom, Radiant Living Wellness, www.radiantlivingwellness.com

Featured Guest: Victoria Likes, author of Manage Your Remodel and Save Money. Great (experienced) advice on how to manage a home remodel so your dreams come true without turning into a home remodel nightmare!

September 30, 2009

Team Sizzle: Candice Shutter, of Shine Your Brilliance, www.shineportal.com

Featured Guest: YOU! Call-in show, share your thoughts, ask your questions, lots of giveaways

October 7th, 2009

Guest: Team Sizzle Stylist Kim Crumpler with highlights from fashion week and benefits of creating a style vision board.

Some previous shows you can listen to online include topics such as feng shui, creating life balance, overcoming underearning (!), living fully at any age, wellness and much, much more. So go ahead and check out the Sisters of Sizzle, and let your friends know, too!

One more thing, ladies — think you may be interested in having your product or service featured on the infamous Sizzle List?  Contact Elise or Jill at info@sistersofsizzle.com to find out how!

Let’s get sizzlin’!

–Ann

On Track and On Purpose, Business Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs, Business Woman Coach