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You need them to accomplish your goals – accountability partners!

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This week I “acquired” another accountability partner. It is my other brother. My first accountability partner is another brother – seriously. I think soon I’ll be working with a 3rd brother as well. Might as well start improving as family, right?

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We need each other to work toward our goals

Each Friday we get on the phone and talk or just send a series of text messages about whatever goal we worked on that particular week.  Last Friday I encouraged one brother to get the MBA he says will give him confidence (and his wife as well).  I asked him what step he was going to take toward the goal. He decided to narrow down the college search to a short list.

Was he prepared on Friday? Yes, not finished, but yes. In fact, we were late talking because he was having conversations with a series of college counselors that morning.  Awesome!

Does it matter that he probably did most of the research on Friday? No! If he didn’t have me to check in with the task probably would have gone on for months!

Yet, even more important than realizing that he has more research to do is one important psychological change – he had more confidence in himself. In fact, he was actually feeling momentum in other areas of his life as a result.

People I know (including me in the past) laugh about how many coaches and mentors there are out there “saturating” the market. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we may find that we all could use someone who gives individual support, asks the right questions and holds us accountable with a touch of tough love.

I take this whole approach a step further and determine a goal for myself as well. After all, we are accountability PARTNERS.

This week my brother will be creating an updated list of requirements that are important for his college of choice. I will get back to researching colleges as well – for an EdD. Yep, I need to take this next step in education.

We’ll talk on Friday for 30 minutes. This brother prefers a phone call.

As for the other brother? We’ll text. I guess we are in maintenance mode now with our accountability.

Find a Partner

I started partnering with my brothers. Normally I’d say get someone who isn’t related to you or a close friend. It kind of helps to have a little professional distance and don’t we all feel a little extra push to perform well for those outside our close circle?

Ask friends, co-workers or other connections if they know of someone who is willing to commit. It can even be someone from your online connections that appears (through their online comments or posts) to be interested in personal improvement and goal setting.

Set up a weekly time…and time limit

Fridays are best for me, but you may want the kick start of a Monday meeting. Whatever works best for both of you. Oh, and set a time limit. It can be great to get off on side topics, but if the communication gets too long you might start dreading the experience. I’d suggest 30 minutes or less most of the time unless you really need to get into some heavy details on a particular topic.

Select a preferred communication method

It is awesome being in 2013! We can talk on the phone, email, text, write on a Facebook wall, send a tweet. Set up whatever works for both of you. Perhaps you will start with weekly phone calls and then realize you are at a point where a simple text interchange will work. Just make sure that it works for both of you.

Keep it simple…you aren’t a shrink

You aren’t each others shrink. Keep it simple. Focus on the goal. Ask questions of each other. Share an experience. Don’t get into all the spousal issues, your private health issues, or gossip about your co-workers. You may mention these items casually, but keep in the context of the goal you have committed to keep. Be supportive of each other and encourage each other to get the right help for any outside issues that need to be addressed.

You are partners – both should have a goal

Once again, you are not a shrink. Why don’t both of you make a goal? All of us have areas for improvement and growth. Plus, it keeps you both on semi-equal footing and both have the chance to learn and share along the way.

Record your progress and thoughts

Sometimes we underestimate how far we’ve come. Sometimes we need to reflect on our own experiences to gain confidence on our progress. Keep a journal. Write an email to yourself. Set up a private blog. Record your thoughts, your goals, your progress or whatever. It may become a valuable tool to you in those times of weakness or in discovering your interests and values.

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Good luck!

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Villager Heidi – Health Coach of All the Sanity in Me!

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Website: http://www.allthesanityinme.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook/ASanerLife

Heidi has actually been a member of Nudge Village for a long time! She’s always been available to share her knowledge, insights and support. So we are excited to finally highlight Heidi’s primary business here on our site.

Heidi is a jack of all trades and master of many, which is a rare gift. She’s great at leading projects, recruiting, marketing, and moving forward great ideas! But, we are highlighting her here today as a health coach for her company All the Sanity in Me.

Heidi will teach you all about the right foods to eat, the power of essential oils to assist in bettering your health (who knew this was an option?), great ways to exercise and tips to keep balance with life, family and beliefs. She’s a consultant for Beachbody and doTerra oils which are both wildly successful ventures because they work …as evidence by the many lives they have changed already.

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We are excited to finally highlight Heidi and welcome her to Nudge Village!

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Villager Tanya – Personal Brand Strategist

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Website: http://about.me/tanyasmith (links to website, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook)

Products: http://www.bepromotable.com/products/

We met Tanya through a Facebook group and invited her to ours! She always has such great information and ideas to share that we wanted to make sure we introduced her to you!

More about Tanya

Tanya is a personal brand strategist. As the founder of Be Promotable, she “helps coaches, consultants, and other service-based solopreneurs apply smart promotion and marketing techniques. A gifted business strategist with a unique analytical style. Tanya’s specialty is in sharing step-by-step strategies and internet technologies that raise the visibility of entrepreneurs so they can market themselves as power players in their industry.”

Tanya practices what she preaches. Take a look at her websites and her credentials. Her websites are unique from each other, but maintain similar elements that combine to complete her personal brand. And, check out her credentials – MBA, Certified Purposeful Branding & Marketing Coach ™, Certified Career Management Coach ™, Certified Leadership & Talent Management Coach ™, Professional in HR (PHR), Reach Certified Online Identity Strategist and more. She is constantly learning to stay abreast in her field.

We look forward to hearing more from Tanya in our Facebook group and as she continues to grow her business online. Plus, she often shares free webinars and tools with potential clients. So, stay tuned as we announce those to you.

Welcome to Nudge Village Tanya!

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Villager Barbara – Heath and Life Coach

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Website: http://www.BijaCoaching.com for my Life & Wellness Coaching business, Bija Coaching. I have done a little branching out over the last decade to add to the life and business coaching and I added Holistic food coaching to the mix. Because of that I started blogging about living a fresh lifestyle with Eat Fresh In The City at http://www.EatFreshInTheCity.com. Recently I decided to add a component of health and fitness to my clients – and since I am working on my fitness certifications currently I needed an option. I became an Independent fitness coach with Beachbody – and that is http://www.JumpOnFitness.com.
Other Website Projects: Part of the new Launching Women group – http://www.LaunchingWomen.com

What motivated you to start your own business? A little over a decade ago I was working for a company – and the CEO was the catalyst for me starting my own business. He treated women disrespectful, and I finally realized that I had the knowledge that was bringing the businesses I worked for huge year over year successes. So why was I making them all of the money. I started out doing graphic design and brand awareness, and had a children’s store. I finally figured out that the life coaching was my calling, and my soul purpose was to help others. That is when I turned the focus onto Bija Coaching.

When did you start your business?  I started my business initially a decade ago.

When did you realize you had a talent/interest in your particular area? I have always been the ‘fix-it’ girl. What I mean by that is when a friend had a problem, I would want to reach out and fix it. I’ve also always been very connected to others in a manner that seemed to allow me to just know what they needed. This inner voice has guided me well in life, and I see it as a gift. As a life coach I don’t need to work slowly like a therapist would, and I would not work with someone I feel needs a licensed therapist. I love nothing more than pushing someone to reach their full potential, and to really discover who they are.

Do you do this full-time or part-time?  I go back and forth between full-time and part-time. My daughter is my priority  – and so much of my business growth has been the automation of my services to clients so that I can work with more consumers large scale – and still have the time when I feel there is someone that I need to work with one-on-one. I generally would love to spend more time on business, but at this point, it’s family first.

What lessons have you learned along the way? What would you tell someone just starting out? The first lesson I learned in business was that partnerships had better be gold or they are a contract waiting to be broken. In the 90’s I owned a salon in downtown Salt Lake City, and it was a partnership that ended badly. I think that you have to know the emotional being of each partner, because business always ends up being emotional at some point. So if you cannot be your emotional self with your partner without being judged or manipulated – it’s not a partnership that is going to work. Also, things happen. All of the things you never thought would happen do happen. Realize that you can’t change things that happen, but you can change how you react to it.

When I was in cosmetology school I had built up a great client list. I was planning on purchasing a salon out of school, and I was told that I shouldn’t expect my clients to follow me. And to my surprise they did follow me. I always worked with “educating” my clients and not “selling” my products. This practice has continued to serve me well. I’m not a salesman, nor do I want to become one. Never try to sell your clients – educate them and they will follow.

How do you market your business? Any particular ideas that worked best for you? When working in Seattle I had a client call me. She had purchased a stroller, and it was the wrong color. She was so upset. If you’ve never been pregnant, you may not understand the emotional state that a color can create when you are weeks away from delivery. I not only got her the correct stroller, but I sent it to her on the island express because she was due in a few weeks and I didn’t want her traveling. I received a Thank You card that I still have in my office because it meant so much to me. Customers remember when they have a great experience. So always do what you can to give them that experience.

How do you market your business? Any particular ideas that worked best for you? I am a firm believer in guerrilla marketing. When I worked in Seattle running multiple children’s stores I brought in a local music studio to do free “demo” classes on Saturdays. I also had a once a month “free photo session” with a local photographer for customers. I also partnered with Boeing and Microsoft to offer a discount to their employees. None of these cost me any money, and yet brought in customers and gave them the knowledge that we cared about being their partner. I love using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, online forums and groups to showcase my business. I get lots of world of mouth referrals, and on occasion I do use print advertising, but only on a targeted campaign. I think taking part in expos and creating partnerships with other business owners to share costs of creating these sort of events are always a great way to market at the best cost.

Do you have questions for other entrepreneurs? Need help with anything? I have struggled with finding a video editing software that I like. What are the other network members finding that they are having success with? And why do they use it?

Any special offers to share with our readers?

A) Get 20% off our Soulutions Program available either on the website http://www.facebook.com/BijaCoaching or on the Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/BijaCoaching when you use the code: nudgevillage at checkout (Currently on sale – so it’s a huge discount to begin with right now!)

B) When you order Shakeology HD  (http://myshakeology.com/bijacoaching) during the February or March you’ll receive a) free shipping every month, b) 2 FREE workout DVD’s in your first shipment, c) FREE Shakeology Shaker cup in your second shipment – and you’ll be entered to win the Total Body Solution – Learn how fitness trainer Debbie Siebers, recovers from her own aches, pains, and injuries. In Total Body Solution she’ll show you how the right exercises can prevent and help heal injuries. The secret to health, is staying healthy so that you can continue to do the things you love.

C) Sign up to let me be your FREE Fitness Coach – http://bijacoaching.com/fitclub/wordpress/?page_id=43 – and I’ll help you reach your fitness goals. It’s Mind-Body-Soul; and you need all three to fully connect with your life.

Can we come back and interview you again in a few months to find out what “next steps” you’ve taken in your business adventures? I’d love to talk in a few months to see where I’ve gotten with some of the projects I am currently working on, and to see how my clients are reacting to the new fitness line of products available.

Thanks for letting me share with the group. I really appreciate being able to connect with everyone on a more personal level.

~Barbara Christensen, Your Solutions Coach
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Welcome to Nudge Village Barbara!

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Villager Heather – Life Coach

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Main Website: http://www.heathermadder.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/HeatherMadder

Coaching Packages: http://www.heathermadder.com/coaching-programs/

Note: Heather is extremely busy and so she’s allowed us to draw excerpts from information that she already has out on the web.

Overarching Goal: My objectives are quite simply to assist others to:

1. Unlock their Divine-self

2. Heal their injuries & limitations

3. Be empowered to live their life mission (through effective, quick, powerful tools.)

I teach people how to stay at home and reach the world.

“You see, most of us have a life mission, a work, a calling, something we are here to do that changes people’s lives.  We spend a lot of time learning our skill, but aren’t quite sure how to get our solutions to other people.  My specialty is to teach you how to reach as many people as possible, in the least amount of time, and consequently make money while doing it.  Money isn’t the why–but it does happen to be a part of the how.

Here’s the WHY…

1. So you can develop your gifts & talents, which expands and explodes you as a person.

2. So you can offer those gifts to others, which changes the lives of individuals, and changes the world as a whole.

3. So you can get your “work” done in as little time as possible so you can be with your family, which is the most important thing you’ll ever do.

4. So you can provide for yourself & those you love where ‘surviving’ is not an issue for you.  When you are financially thriving you are free to give to God, your family, others and you can experience life without fear & painful limitations of scarcity.

5. So you can connect to and live from your highest Spirit-self and inspire others to do the same.

How did you get started?  I am a stay at home mom of four inspiring children and married to my soul mate, David. For five years, I worked part time as an author, public speaker and talk radio host teaching spiritual principles to thousands of people…and barely paying my bills. I didn’t see my own blind spots. I had a lot of talent & passion, but I had no idea how to run a business and I had poverty programs inside keeping me stuck.

One day I had a mentor walk into my life and open the door to the business world.  I began to see that because I could not run a business and generate money, I was virtually in a box where I could reaching very few people at a deep level.  My business deficit was because of my own fears and scarcity and also out of  alignment with the abundance of God.  So I decided to change.

Soon, I was being coached weekly from business gurus who ran multi-million dollar companies.  I became a spiritual life coach to 5 different business executives and in turn some of those people became my business coaches.   My mentors paid over $500,000 for their own trainings.  They loved the life coaching I had to offer and wanted to teach me how to blow up my business so I could reach more people with what I knew.  It was a good exchange.

For 14 months, I became a dedicated and serious student of business, internet marketing, social media, systems, and client fulfillment. I soaked in everything I could and then I adapted it around my family-first, God-centered life.

While still staying at home working part time, I soon began to sell tens of thousands of dollars of products & coaching by implementing simple tools & systems.  In fact, last month, I sold nearly $50,000 dollars in coaching programs.  When I unlocked the door in business, I could suddenly afford to hire people to do mundane things like mailing my books and folding my socks that once ate up my time with my family.  I even began volunteering in my kid’s classrooms, which I never felt I had time to do before.  Business skills & the ensuing prosperity didn’t take me away from my family, it brought me closer to them!

And the whole experience brought me into a more intimate relationship with God.  I am a firm believer that we are created by a God who loves us and wants us to grow in every way possible.  I soon began to see that if my heart was pure, He would bless me in all my righteous desires–not just in my family and my spiritual commitments, but also in my desires to help others through my business.

I play in a unique world where Spirituality and Business join together.

Some people call all this stuff we do, “business.” It is. But I love to call it… Conscious Creation.

Whatever the name, it’s a sure-fire way to change the world in a big way. And flow joy, power, and abundance (well, money) back to you. So, bring some fire baby.

Let’s see what we can build and find that way together.

Lots of love & light,

Heather”

Welcome to Nudge Village Heather!