Sometimes I wonder if it’s a bad thing that I’m so obsessed with my business, my work, with building an audience & sharing my thoughts, experiences, opinions, knowledge, passion & stories with the world…
And then I wonder why I wonder if it’s bad that I’m obsessed with those things. 🤔
Was it a belief that was gifted to me by someone who does not share the same creator / performer / entrepreneur personality type?
Likely yes. But that’s ok.👌🏼
And then that’s what reminds me once again that it’s not a bad thing to want these things, and there’s nothing wrong with me.
I am simply a creator, and us creators love to SHARE OUR CREATIONS. 🙌🏼
In fact the entire reason we create is so that people can enjoy our creations.
Musicians want to share their songs, music, gifts, words etc with an audience. 🎵
Authors need people to read their stories! 📚
Film-makers want to share their visions… 🎥
And entrepreneurs need to share their passions, products, creations & offerings with their clients who will benefit from them!!
It’s literally in my DNA, to desire an audience to read my words, watch my videos, and to benefit from my ideas!
Any time I try to suppress the urge, or, if I run out of available time to dream, create & share…
I lose myself again.
Depression creeps back in.
I’m out of alignment with who I was born to be. ☹️
Creators NEED an audience to consume their creations. Performers crave fans.
And non-creatives, non-performers need entertainers to entertain them throughout their lives!
So if you were born with the desire to be a star, to build an audience, to share your unique flavour & gifts with the world… 🌟
Then bloody well stop questioning yourself and start speaking your truth, owning your purpose, and shining your light to bring some brightness to the darkness of those who need you! 🌞
Guess what!? I have FINISHED the video I told you about and if you have time, you should definitely check it out today!
Actually, even if you don’t have time, you should make the time…BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS
If you own a business that is not currently highly profitable or scalable, then continuing to “work work work” every day trying to grow it is actually going to get you nowhere other than *burnout city*
In order to actually experience financial freedom, your business needs to be able to make enough profit to both pay you a good wage to live on, AND have profit left over to reinvest into the growth of the business.
And that’s the reason why I made this video. It’s about how to grow your business to the level where it can pay you a 6 figure salary! (Which is totally possible by the way, with the right goals & strategy in place)!
And… of course you’ll need to be focussed on long term growth and be someone who is prepared to put in years to get to this point. It’s not something that can happen overnight! But it will happen if you stay focussed on the right things!
Ready to watch it?
Enjoy, love Carissa x
If you’re seriously serious about GROWING, it’ll be a good use of your time today… Here’s the link!
I had an email today from a beautiful, talented entrepreneur who knows she is holding herself back from growth due to fear, and feelings of not being worthy of the life that she wants to live…
And I replied to her email telling her this:
Aww xxxxx, I love you thank you for your honesty, and truly it has been a hard journey for me to give myself permission along the way to step into the life I now live.
I have worked with many many coaches and mentors myself to help me get to the place I am at now so I do understand how challenging it can be.
I think my primary piece of advice for you in regards to not valuing your own time or worth, is to actually continually take the focus OFF YOURSELF.
This is what works best for me when I start to doubt myself or feel anxiety or low self worth etc (which still happens to me a lot).
Ok so what I suggest you try is that you FOCUS ON THE RESULT YOU WANT FOR YOUR CLIENTS and create a mission that is bigger than yourself.
That is actually how you get everything for yourself along the way.
I don’t wake up every morning thinking “I need to get more clients and make more money” , actually, sometimes I do…
But then I go into fear / panic / self doubt mode, which is why I switch it around to:
“I NEED TO HELP PEOPLE GROW THEIR BUSINESSES AND IMPROVE THEIR LIVES” and then that becomes the motivation for my marketing and advertising, because I know I can’t help anyone if I keep everything to myself and wait for people to find me…
Do you have a current goal for “I want to help X amount of people to achieve Z result?” 💕
Love, Carissa xo.
are you anything like me?
I have always been an entrepreneur obsessed with GROWTH, I strive to live the “go big or go home” life, and I really enjoy connecting with and helping people who are similar.
I’m always pushing myself in all areas of my life and business.
I’m not afraid to fail. It’s how I learn what doesn’t work and it continually steers me further towards what does!
And I know there are people out there who are comfortable staying small, or they want to only go to a certain level and then stay there, or for some reason they think they “can’t” or “shouldn’t” grow…
Or that it’s greedy, bad, evil, unnecessary, whatever belief they have chosen to justify their smallness…
But I just feel like, because of the way that I am, I a actually sometimes feel like I am WASTING my passion and talent and gifts by trying to encourage and push and motivate and help people who are not already naturally motivated and HUNGRY for growth.
And it’s not like I need to be the person that tries to motivate people either
Because there are a BAZILIAN other coaches, mentors, motivational people out there who help with the fluffy feel good stuff… and I like it, sure, but I don’t feel like it’s what I am meant to do…
I like to get down and dirty and directly to the point of what you need to do and who you need to BE if you want to build a successful business, and if you’re HUNGRY FOR IT..
So, while this thought has just come to me, I’m deciding to just send it to you…
And while there is a part of me that is legit TERRIFIED of upsetting people by saying “sorry, if you are not prepared to scale, you’re not my person” it feels like the right thing to do, and so I’m following the feeling, as always.
It doesn’t mean that I can’t and won’t still attempt to motivate people to GROW, because I KNOW that some of you that are keeping yourself small actually secretly do want to go big, and maybe you just need to see or hear the right message that’s going to encourage you to GO FOR IT…
But I’m deciding I am no longer going to hand-hold or try to help people if they’re not already obsessed with going ALL-IN on their own business already.
Like, if you doubt the fact that you can grow, or you think that ‘maybe a big successful profitable business is not for me’ then no, I am not your person.
Why is this message coming through me right now? Well, I think I know.
Like all the messages that come through me, this one just popped into my head and wanted me to write it down and share it.
I asked why this was the right time to share it and the answer I got was “BECAUSE CARISSA, YOU YOURSELF LIKE TO WORK WITH AND FOLLOW AND SUBSCRIBE TO MENTORS WHO ARE LIKE THIS!”
And yes, intuition, or higher self, or spirit guide, or whoever you are; you are right.
While I obviously love working on my mindset along the way, I always prefer to work with coaches and follow people online who completely OWN THE FACT that they want to go big, that they are DRIVEN, that they are obsessed with their business, and that they want to make a lot of money and experience financial and time-based freedom.
IT INSPIRES ME! I want to learn from people who have DONE IT and who are actively still DOING IT themselves…
And that’s how I always have been!
I didn’t just get my home based business successful and profitable, I fucking opened 5 stores, sold them, imported my own brand of products and sold it internationally, created online training courses, a nationwide mobile service, have run tonnes of online courses and coaching programs over the last 5 years…
And I’m not sharing “what I’ve done” to boast, I’m saying THAT’S WHO I AM.
I will not stop growing, I can’t, I don’t want to, and I don’t think I should…
And I WANT TO BE A MENTOR FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME.
The ones who other people think should “settle down” and “just be happy with what they have” but no… that’s not us.
We actually can’t do that.
We are the inventors, the hunters, the mad scientists, the rockstars, the creative geniuses of the business world.
We are BORN THIS WAY and it’s actually not possible to “turn it off” and be satisfied living any kind of “normal” life…
Like, why would you want to do that when there is SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY these days to live the best fucking life you can? WHYYYYYYY???
And so, because of this, I want to help inspire people who WANT TO SCALE…
And ideally, not just people who want to scale to 6 figures or multi 6 figures (although that is often the initial goal)…
I have a new personal mission to help people like me PAY THEMSELVES A FUCKING 6 FIGURE SALARY, BIATCH.
(not sorry for the swearing, it’s just coming out of me, I can’t even help it)!
Like, is your business even successful though if you are not paying yourself from it?
I remember for the first few years of my business I didn’t pay myself, all the money went back into growth, and I know that’s normal when you are relatively new, BUT, by doing that I never had any money left over!
When I started paying myself, that’s when I actually was able to experience financial freedom.
I’m thinking of creating a video this week, called “HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS THAT CAN PAY YOU A 6 FIGURE SALARY”
Would you like me to do that for you?
If you are this kind of super driven, go big or go home, mad scientist, crazy in the brain entrepreneur who is IN IT FOR LIFE BECAUSE IT’S JUST WHO YOU ARE!
Please reply to this email, tell me about the craziest thing you’ve done so far in business (just for fun), and let me know if you want me to send you the video when I’ve finished recording it. (No charge)!
Love Carissa xo
Do you ever feel like you have so many things to do, so many options in your mind, so many decisions to make…
That you just go around and around and around in your head overthinking everything so much that you don’t DO ANYTHING!?
It’s called analysis paralysis and it’s just another form of procrastination…
(It can be especially bad for those of us who have tonnes of ideas and chronic shiny object syndrome)!
There are several simple ways to beat it and overcome it though, and I’m going to share with you some of the top ways that have helped me to build multi 6 & 7 figure businesses at the same time as my thoughts acting like a roller coaster that never stops.
1️⃣ Pen and Paper are your best friend if you have a brain like this!! 🧠
If you keep it all inside your head all the thoughts get tangled up like a big pile of old jewellery you shoved in a box years ago and when you try to untangle it you find yourself getting so frustrated you become tempted to rip the fucking thing apart and eventually just shove it back in the box and give up.
By writing down all your ideas, plans, decisions you need to make – you are able to SEE them clearly in front of you and it allows you to remove the tangle from your mind.
2️⃣ Once you’ve done your brain dump 💩 you then need to remind yourself what your primary goal is right now.
And you want to circle or highlight the ideas or projects that are actually going to get you closer to that goal.
If your goal is to increase sales for the week, then things like “writing an ad”, “emailing your database” and “following up with leads” would be good things to prioritise…
Whereas things like “update the about section on website” are probably not going to help you make sales quite as fast.
3️⃣ Make yourself a new (small) list of between 1-3 things to focus on that are all going to get you closer to your current goal, put the rest aside for now, it will still be there later… 📝
And give yourself a timeframe for each thing. Book in the time to do it in your calendar and stick to it (this is where practicing self discipline comes in)! ⏳
Because I have young kids, I usually set myself a “one thing per day” goal and as long as I get one productive activity done per day, I feel accomplished and know I am making progress toward my current goal. ✅
Does this help?
Do you have any other strategies or tips to help with analysis paralysis?
Love, Carissa xo.
I was asked to speak at an event held by Calvin Coyles on the strategy I have used over the last few years to grow my Facebook group to over 16,000 members, and how I use the group to grow my business.
Over the last couple of years my group has helped me bring in close to $3M in revenue, and it just keeps growing and helping me generate leads every single day.
I just loved speaking at this event and helping the audience to understand the power of having a Facebook group for business, and I really hope it inspires you to grow your audience of ideal clients and sell to them in a new and more *FUN* way after watching this!
I always wanted to build a business that allowed me to have time and freedom to spend with my kids when I had them.
I wanted a business I could choose when I worked and what I worked on and from where.
And I know a lot of other people want the same (because they tell me) but then they don’t DO the things to make it actually real.
I remember telling my mum when I was 16 that I was going to work from home. She worried and thought that I should get a ‘proper job’ and I did… for a couple of years…
But soon enough I was fully self employed, became an employer myself (actually I hired someone to help in my business before I quit my day job) and started building and running my business from home while my team serviced the clients.
The important thing to realise about this is it was a CHOICE I MADE and you can make it too.
There were always clients who only wanted me. There were always team members who preferred when I was there. There were always friends and family members who had their own opinions…
But I know what I want for MY LIFE and I know how I work best.
And that is from home, or from anywhere else (now surrounded by those beautiful babies I was going to have) xo
You can make the choice too to set up your business to allow you to work the way YOU want to. Just remember, it’s a choice. ✌
Love, Carissa xo.
When you think about spending money, are you more focused on the cost, or the return?
When I got serious about improving my financial situation in my business, I had to change the way I thought about spending money…
I’d been brought up to go for the “cheaper” or best value option my whole life. I’d been taught to save, to be skeptical, and to be careful with what I spend my money on, to make “smart” choices…
However, when I became ready to go ALL IN on growth and profitability in my business, I made a huge shift in my money mindset and stopped seeing the way I spent my money as a cost (both in business & my personal life).
When I spent money on books, courses and coaches, I made sure focussed more on the end result I was going to get from implementing what I learned…
When I spent money on clothes, food & personal training, I made sure I focussed on how those things were going to make me FEEL vs how much they cost…
(Sometimes these days I buy things if I know they’ll make me feel good because I know the way I feel directly affects my results in business and just my day to day life)!
Most years I spend tens of thousands on coaching, because I know that what I learn can make me hundreds of thousands…
Sometimes I spend my money on crystals and jewellery and home decor that makes me feel good when I look at it and reminds me why I bought it (to make me feel good) and so then I feel good 🙂
Everything that you spend your money (and your time) on both has a cost and a return…
Start focusing on the return more than the cost and watch how things change from now on!
Are you doing this currently??
Or is it something you need to work on?
Love, Carissa xo.
My giant wall calendar is coming back out
With my shiny object syndrome scatter-brain of never ending ideas I find it REALLY USEFUL to be able to see everything that is coming up right in front of me…
It stops me from over-committing or saying “yes” to too many things.
It helps me plan out events and marketing and meetings and business things in advance (and not forget about them)…
And it makes me feel like a ‘proper’ business owner… whatever that is…
I also use google calendar, but more for the ‘day to day’ things I have to do and I use 10,000 journals all at once (by my bed, in my bag, in the car, in the office, under the pram) for any time I need to remove thoughts from my brain and see them clearly in front of my eyes.
I often NEED to do a brain dump before bed most nights to avoid laying awake thinking of all the things…
The more you can REMOVE from your crazy brain, and the more often, the better you will feel and the more clearly you will be able to focus…
Especially if you are a “visionary” type who can never stop coming up with ideas and wants to do everything at once all the time.
I wanted to share this with you today incase you are like me and feel something like this could help you too…
Here is a link to the same Calendar I have: https://amzn.to/2YOXkb2
how do you feel about selling your products and services?
Are you totally confident and thinking thoughts like: “yes, this will really help my audience / clients and be exactly what they want and need, so of course I’m going to tell them about it!”
Or are you more like: “eeek, I might annoy people if I offer them things or ask if they want to buy it or if I run too many ads or promotions or send too many emails etc”
I’m going to be totally honest with you here and tell you that personally I alternate between both of those thought patterns frequently.
In fact, it is a DAILY WAR inside my brain to continually choose confidence in any area of my life.
Any time I make a video or write a post, and especially when I launch a new course or coaching program or event or book… there is a part of me that is like “don’t do it, you might annoy people”
But then the other part of me that is like “but Carissa, you can’t actually really help them unless they pay you because remember, people don’t deeply value FREE” (it’s true they don’t).
There is a saying I love that goes “when people pay, they pay attention – and when people pay MORE, they pay MORE attention…”
If you think about purchases you have made in your life, I’m sure you will agree.
When you spend a lot of money on something, you tend to give it more love and energy and take care of it better… however, when something is really cheap or free, you often don’t really look after it well or get the most out of it…
A good example is a cheap gym membership vs a personal trainer…
If I’m paying $80 per session I am going to show up to exercise!
If I’m paying $18 per week… even if I have “unlimited group fitness classes and 24/7hr access included” pfffftt… I’m sleeping in…
But usually, this fear of selling that myself and many people I’ve met both share, normally comes from a deep fear of rejection…
Maybe because someone you loved so deeply in the past broke up with you and shattered your heart…
Maybe because you were left out of groups or picked on in school.
Maybe because you so deeply craved your parents praise and approval and you never got it…
You may have learned subconsciously over time that it’s safer to play small and there’s less risk of being hurt or being told “no” if you never ask or never act…
It’s a bit sad really, isn’t it?
When you realise you could be helping so many more people but the fear of being rejected by some of them holds you back from trying to help any of them…
So my question to you today is, do you know that you should be more confidently selling your products and services??
It really is the only way you are going to make more money and get ahead financially.
Is it scary?
Well, it can be if you let fear win and focus on the people that aren’t going to like you or what you have to offer them (it’s guaranteed to happen so you’ve just got to accept it really).
If you own a business, you NEED to confidently know (and remind yourself daily) that your products and services are going to change people’s lives, and with that mentality, act as the expert at what you do and tell your people what you have got for them and why they need it and what it’s going to do for them…
This is something that I have decided to start practicing more myself, in a sort of “sales experiment” for a new program I want to launch later this year, which is all about successful and feel good selling.
And I’m letting you know about it now, because, in my emails and posts from now on, you might start to notice more offers from me in the P.S section at the end of some of them.
You are absolutely in no way obligated to buy anything I might offer, you are most welcome to just continue to read my emails and watch my free tips and stories and posts etc
Or you are also totally welcome to unsubscribe at any time if you never want to hear from me again and don’t want my help.
It’s your life! You’ve gotta make the choices that are right for you!
(Actually, on my instagram @coffeewithcarissa I am starting to share more business, mindset and manifestation reminders lately – the things I tell myself remind myself of regularly to stay focussed on the right things & stay in a positive headspace & high vibe – because people keep asking me how I do that)
So if you’re not connected with me on insta yet, come on over and connect and turn on notifications so I can do my best to keep you feeling good and productive more often 🙂
And I’d love to know how you feel about SELLING currently too, is what I spoke about above something you can relate to?
Let me know.
Love Carissa xo