Jul 3rd

Musings-by-the-Sea

By ling wong

 

As part of our relocation from Santa Monica to SF Bay Area, we took the boys on a road trip up the Pacific Coast.

During our stay at Carmel-by-the-Sea, I sent the boys to the Monterey Aquarium and went on an 8-mile walking meditation/exploration along the shoreline…

Even though it’s peak tourist season, I managed to get off the beaten path and found a stretch of desolate beach with no one in sight (but a 4-bar LTE reception!!)

Listening to the wind and the waves, and staring at the endless stretch of the Pacific Ocean proved to be the best way to silence the voices and noises in the monkey mind.

All of a sudden, the to-do’s and metrics and processes and best-practices don’t matter anymore. You know, stuff that us “business coaches” talk about…

In the face of something so vast and timeless, I couldn’t help but question the stuff we have a tendency to “white-knuckle” about day in and day out.

It’s not to say that those things are not important, but it’s a reminder not to put the cart in front of the horse.

It is a reminder to get clear on what is important.

Why the heck did you get into business in the first place? It’s not to build a list; it’s not to launch a podcast; it’s not to get 10 clients in 30 days.

For many of my peeps and for myself, being in business is a means to find our place in the world.

We find an anchor for our identity through our work (that goes much deeper than a “title”) – an anchor that gives us a constant so we feel safe to live a life of untethered FREEDOM.

***

One of my core value is approaching business as an art form, which I talked about with Miki Strong who interviewed me in the Unemployable Women Podcast.

We jammed about why ditching cookie cutter anything is your ticket to success; what Business Artistry is and why you want it; and how to infuse your personality in everything you do and design your own “Winning Formula” for success in business – your way.

Miki injected a load of her wisdom from being a seasoned entrepreneur – I know you will enjoy the conversation. >> Take a listen here.

 

About Ling

Ling is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients find their Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to work it, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

 

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

Jun 26th

Are You a Reluctant Wanderlust in Business?

By ling wong

Are you a multi-talented, multi-passionate person who finds it hard to “commit” to doing “just one thing”?

Sometimes I feel like a loser when I couldn’t just “stick with it” when something ceases to give me a deep sense of excitement and purpose. Some may call it ADD.

Do you identify with being a “wanderlust” in life – not only having a desire to travel physically but also (and more importantly) to embark on a personal journey that involves experiencing all parts of SELF and all aspects of LIFE?

In different stages of my life, and especially in my own business, sometimes the tension between the strong pull to EXPERIMENT, to DARE, to chase FREEDOM, and the fear that comes up when I untether from the “known” would tear me apart.

Do you know the wanderlust part of you and the primal part of you may be at odds with each other, resulting in conflicting/self-sabotaging behaviors that hold of you back from soaring in your business?

Sometimes the restlessness eats me up as it turns into a nervous energy. Sometimes I fall into the comparison trap when I see my college classmates climb up the corporate ladder and score impressive titles. Sometimes I just feel plain lost and doubt… why can’t I just be everyone else and “settle down?”

The Predicament of being a Reluctant Wanderlust in Business

 

I bummed around a lot during college and grad school – east coast, west coast, England, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Scandinavia, Eastern Bloc, Russia, Australia, China, Japan, Tibet, the Patagonia…

… with the sense of exploration and adventure often comes the urge to find Home. Not necessarily a physical location, but a sense of belonging that gives a feeling of anchor, certainty and security: a reference point for life.

I have been on the quest for finding my place in the world in a way that gives me an anchor so I can be free to explore.

Most recently I am finding it through the process of refining my belief and conviction, owning my message and expressing it through my business. Always, a work in progress.

 

COMMITMENT. FREEDOM. ANCHORED. EXPERIMENT.
HOME. WANDERLUST.

What some consider to be a daring experiment may be judged by others as “hopping from one thing to another” or being a flake.

It’s hard enough when the judgment comes from outside of us. But it can be downright self-sabotaging when the conflict comes from within ourselves.

The tension created by Commitment vs. Abandonment, the longing to Trust vs. the need for Certainty sends mix messages – to our selves, to others, and to the universe.

The conflict turns us into Reluctant Wanderlusts.

I don’t know about you but I have heard enough of those “free calls” to encounter quite a few of them talking about “commitment”… and, ha, to commit you just pull out your credit card and pay the money… only if it’s that easy!

“Commitment” on a superficial level can feel binding to us who has a fierce streak of wanderlust. How do we discern being committed from “staying put” out of fears or past/outdated conditioning?

When are we going to stop beating ourselves up from not being able to “stick with it”… just because others manage to stay in the same job for 10 years?

What is being daring, adventurous and open to experimenting to uncover a deeper part of us, to challenge the status quo and to stretch ourselves; and what is just plain “avoidance” – running away from what we have to face in order to expand and grow (but feel hard and gut-wrenching)?

The lower chakras’ need for certainty and safety fighting the upper chakras’ desire for inspiration and expansion creates conflicts that muddle up our energy and make everything feels like we have one foot on the gas and one foot on the break.

How do we commit, without feeling being tethered? How do we make the wanderlust in us and our need for certainty play nice together so we can finally lift the foot from the break?

With the propensity toward “freedom” also comes the intense desire to find “home.” Without properly defining what each one means, we fall prey to internal conflict that keeps us from moving forward.

 

Can “wanderlust” and “home” co-exist?

1. Accept

Accept that we have that wanderlust part in us, and we have the “cave(wo)men” part in us. They are all parts of us being us and denial or avoidance will only create more tension that triggers self-sabotaging behaviors.

We need to have ALL of us on board for the actions we need to take, in order for the actions to be aligned, meaningful and impactful.

2. Commit

Commit to BEING someone, not to DOING something.

Make that commitment to yourself, not to someone else.

Commit to an identity and use it to guide actions. This can be exceptionally freeing because there is room for possibilities, adventure and experiment.

It’s like Pilates – when we have a strong core, we can do all sorts of thing things with our limbs and we can still be steady and balanced.

3. Anchor

Life is dynamic, not static. To soar upward, there needs to be a grounded-ness.

We need some kind of reference point, or else we can be just plain lost.

But you are free to choose your anchor. What can give you an unwavering reference point so you can feel SAFE in the world?

If the “primal” part of you doesn’t feel its need for “safety” acknowledged, the subconscious mind (which affects 95% of our thoughts!) can throw a thousand “blocks” at you.

Is this anchor something you can hold onto, something you have “control” over? If it depends on other people or external circumstances, you can get into a shaky situation when the rug gets pulled out under you.

4. Find your place in the world

This is “home” (which doesn’t mean a physical location); this is your CORE message. When you know what you are about, you develop a deep Trust to give you a sense of Inevitability that serves as rocket fuel behind all your intentions and actions.

In Tad Hargrave’s book The Niching Nest, he wrote how “niching”, in its truest and broadest sense, is about finding our role in the community, our place in the world.

When you can articulate your core message into how you fit into the larger ecosystem (aka, how you create value and why you are relevant to the community you want to serve), you have found home through your business endeavor – a “home” that allows you to be YOU anywhere in the world.

When you find the WORDS to talk about how your conviction is translated into your work, you turn the inkling in your Guts into something your “logical mind” can get on board with.

When you find the WORDS so you can step up to own what you do, you voice it and set the intention for it to materialize.

When you get your entire SELF on board, you find a renewed excitement and commitment for your business.

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidLing is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients find their Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to work it, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

Jun 24th

How To Increase Facebook Post Reach For $0

By ling wong

Get step-by-step instruction on how to produce your video, what you need to know about posting videos to Facebook, and how you can make your vid work much harder beyond Facebook here

 

About Ling

Ling is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients find their Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to work it, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here

Jun 17th

Time Management and Productivity Tools May Not Make You More Effective

By ling wong

 

Resources:

Article on how to be more effective and efficient in your business by tapping into your strength – read here.

Article on how to identify and monetize your superpowers – read here.

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidLing is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients find their Message, nail the WORDS that sell and design a Plan to work it, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

 

Jun 8th

I am Retiring...

By ling wong

In retrospect, I would have done this announcement months ago. But…

It’s one thing to talk about narrowing down our niche, our offerings etc. so our message can be more focused, but it’s something totally different when it’s time to do it.

It’s not that we don’t understand the “marketing” rationale behind it.

For most, it’s the “holding on” and the fears.

Many months ago, I had the realization that even though I have had much success helping clients with their mindset and marketing – it was too broad.

Not as BOLD as I want it to be. Not as laser-focused as my intention.

Often I get clients who really appreciated and benefited from my superpowers to help them get clarity, find the words and have a plan – which is a blast; but sometimes the relationship didn’t hit the sweet spot and I was just dying to do more for them.

I KNOW where my sweet spot is. I KNOW what my superpowers are. I KNOW who can benefit most from my work.

I KNOW it’s time to put a stake in the ground and claim that “thing” I want to be known for.

No more doing “general” stuff because I am afraid I may lose a few clients.

No more holding back because I am afraid people will walk away.

No more hiding behind cookie-cutter anything because well, I am just plain scared at times.

Recent changes in my personal life and the uncanny “LETTING GO” message from my little one signaled time for a clean slate.

Nope, I am not going to turn into someone else, or talking about something else.

Just shredding baggage that no longer contributes to who I want to BE in my business so the same message can become more powerful. More poignant. More Guts.

Part of the process was to take a good look at the myriad of services I offer.

And I have decided to wipe ‘em all clean.

I am RETIRING all of my current 1:1 offerings.

Yep, ALL of them.

I will be taking them down on Monday June 22. If any of them has been calling to you and you KNOW you want to work with me on those particular areas, now is a good time to jump on. (And you also catch me before the pricing adjustment!)

  • Ka-Ching! Clarity Session – Detonate your blocks and get you unstuck with insights that will inspire and motivate your next step. We will get to the Soul of your business… fast.
  • Nail Your Message VIP Intensive – Stand out from the crowd and crush your competition; Create marketing communications that gets you clients; Confidently and effectively talk about your biz in any situation.
  • Have Me In Your Back Pocket – a second opinion, a GUT check, a creativity injection, a fresh perspective, a mindset breakthrough, a swoosh of clarity, a pinch of Soul, or an SOS exactly when you need it to get out of the rut fast.
  • Clarity + Alignment + Action – Step up and claim your purpose, value and superpowers; and translate them into offerings and marketing communications that sell.
  • The Psychic Copy Rehab – Get your sales page resuscitated. I pulled it off the shelf because priced it crazy low. I am dusting it off one more time for the next few days.

Oh, if you want to get started sooner rather than later, don’t wait till the last minute. I can only get a few folks started before taking a week off for my upcoming relocation and road trip up the Pacific coast with the kiddos.

Got Qs? Wondering what is the best choice for YOU? Shoot me an email and I will get back to you pronto.

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidLing is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients translate their vision, purpose and superpowers into practical strategies, compelling offerings and effective communication that sell, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

Jun 7th

Feeling Overwhelmed? Do this:

By ling wong

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidLing is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients translate their vision, purpose and superpowers into practical strategies, compelling offerings and effective communication that sell, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

Jun 2nd

My Unsubscribe Rate Dropped By 50% - Here Is Why...

By ling wong

Long story short - my kid gave me the Frozen Treatment.

Here is the long story:

This personal experience has a few poignant lessons that I hope, will open up space for you.

If you have been struggling with doing a lot of busywork but getting patchy results; if you feel like you are losing the drive; if you so want to release some blocks but can’t seem to dig your way out; if you are white-knuckling about something but have no idea why; or, if you just want to know what I did to get my recent articles to go gangbuster and halved my weekly newsletter unsubscribe rate – then there is a piece for you.

***

When I first got news about our impending move, everything in my business got “out of whack.” Something was pulling me back.

I wanted so badly to do things differently, yet I got sucked back into the “old” (comfortable) way. I was going through the motion… and short on inspiration.

I was white-knuckling onto some old way of thinking that is no longer true to who I want to BE in my business. But I wasn’t able to let go of it.

The misalignment led to distraction, avoidance and numbing out with busywork that lacked focus.

I wrote out a bunch of “marketing projects” that looked good on paper but didn’t tickle me at all. They just made me feel overwhelmed and incompetent.

Then I got curious. Step back and wondered…

The impending shake-up in my personal life is affecting every aspect of my life… part of me wants to hold onto something I “know”, something I can do “with my eyes closed” in other areas of my life for safety. (In this case, in my business.)

I was looking to find comfort in the “what used to be.” I resorted to busywork that gave me the illusion of being productive in my business so I could hold on to some constant and reassurance amidst the change.

When I saw the warning signs of misalignment and distraction, I asked what’s going on at a deeper level? Why was I tensing up? Why was I trying to swim upstream?

What old beliefs and conditionings were coming up? What’s up with that white knuckle gripping and that sound of nail screeching? What is it that I was holding on for dear life?

We all have that little piece in us that resists change; that crave the comfort of certainty, of the predictable.

I realized I could not fight that part of me. It is only negative – defined as fear and resistance – if I judge them to be so.

What if I stop trying to push a boulder up a mountain and do “what’s in front of me,” and let it be “easy”?

(My old conditionings include “I have to work hard and prove that I have earned it.” So I choose some uphill battle when I default to old settings.)

What if I just surrender and stop worrying about the 108 permutations of what could go wrong? What if I stop trying to compensate the uncertainly in one area of my life with being a control freak in another?

What if… I just allow the deck to be cleared?

I dropped all the “big projects” conceived to “keep up the appearance.”

I took the time to clear the deck. Refocus. Make space. Breathe. Appreciate. One foot in front of the other. Let go of the need to over-compensate.

This could be the hardest thing for a Type-A person with a side of FOMO (me!)

Universe started to scream at me. Signs popped up everywhere…

I started running but overdid it… and ended up with Patellar tendonitis (say it 10 times fast.)

The body is literal – STOP running, it says. Stop running away from what truly matters. Stop chasing the bring shiny object.

The best remedy is Epsom salt bath… which means I have to SLOW DOWN, sit still, breathe and drink wine ;) for 20 minutes every evening. Jeez, that was news!

I started using essential oils to help with the swelling and inflammation. Turns out the ones that are most helpful are those I use to Release Fears – in particular, the fears of losing control and the fear of being vulnerable!!

I just spent 2.5 hours on the phone with various preschools and movers. All the logistics means I have less time to work on/in my business.

I have to get really clear on what matters. Holding onto busywork as a security blanket simply becomes not possible.

Here is the wildest bit:
my kid gave me the Frozen Treatment

My 2.5-yo son never likes hates Frozen (he goes somewhere else when his brother watches the movie. Normally those two are inseparable.)

One morning he hummed “let it go, let it go…” when I was in the midst of asking myself, “why do I feel stuck? What do I need to release?”

He has NEVER sung that tune before, and he hasn’t since that day.

Trippy, right? I was told to just LET IT GO – doesn’t matter what “it” is!

That was it. Let the old way of doing things go. Doesn’t matter what “it” is that I have to release… because it doesn’t matter!

Often times we rehash and dissect and keep beating the dead horse about what we need to release to “move forward”… but what if we just DECLARE that it’s over and move on?

Why keep digging that hole if all we want is to get the hell out?

“Any energy you’re wasting trying to get “unblocked” or to get rid of something is energy you’re not using to live.” ~ Denise Dee

 

Do I still complain about things being intentionally slow during the cosmic re-juggle? YES! My monkey mind is totally Type A and likes to go 200 mph. There are days when it feels like I am sitting on pins.

What if… I do something different this time and SIT WITH IT?

Discernment and Discipline are the secret weapon to stay on course and counter the lure of busywork.

After sitting in “limbo” for a couple of weeks, a sense of trust and peace washed over me.

The space is emerging, prepping for the next big thing. Inner knowing tells me it will unfold on its own time – strong-arming is only going to add stress and slow the process.

Am I sitting around toiling my thumb? NO! I do what’s in front of me, guided by the sense of a bigger vision, rather than micro-managing every little piece.

(Micro-managing = crimping the flow & possibilities.)

Taking the eyes off “micro-managing” and zooming out has given me a broader perspective…

It is NOT about “doing the thing”… or the “thing.”
It is about tapping into the Energy of the action.

I tossed all the planning, content marketing best practice and “oh, you gotta have a CTA for each post” stuff out the window, and just wrote. Create from the Guts.
(Caution – you have to learn the rules before you break the rules.)

The articles I wrote after this shift went gangbuster.

The unsubscribe rate to my newsletter dropped by half.

***

Trust – your Soul won’t get you to sit in the fire if there is nothing good for you at the other end.

 

(btw, If you want a few concrete tips on lowering you unsubscribe rate – here they are.)

 

Now it’s your turn: if you are numbing out with busywork or “white-knuckling” with no apparent reason in your business… look at other areas of your life and see if you are compensating changes and uncertainty in one by micro-managing in another.

Share your thoughts in the comment here!

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidLing is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients translate their vision, purpose and superpowers into practical strategies, compelling offerings and effective communication that sell, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

May 28th

The Intuitive-Brainiac Secret to Making Better & Faster Decisions

By ling wong

Indecisions are open loops, which means they are energy-suckers. They distract us from other things that may be more important. We can all be more effective if we make better decisions, faster.

Some get caught in indecision when they feel they don’t have enough information. Or they overload themselves with data and facts that got them stuck in overthinking, or analysis-paralysis.

Others have sufficient information and even a mile-long pros-and-cons list. But they can’t determine how to move forward because the “data” is saying one thing, but they got a “pit in the stomach” about that direction.

When I came upon tough decisions, I used to frantically collect as much data as I could, and make exhaustive pros-and-cons lists. Usually it would drag on till the last minute when I HAVE to decide.

At that point I got so sick of pondering, tossed caution into the wind and went with my Guts. The same gut feeling I had from the beginning!

If I had trusted my guts from the get go, I would have saved a load of time and energy… and still reach the same decision… ha!

Can You Be an Intuitive-Brainiac?

“Following our intuition” is easier said than done. Our society prefers “data” and “facts” – the tangible information we can put our fingers on.

Don’t get me wrong, we need data and facts.

Not only do they provide insights into the objective environment in which we operate, they also get our “logical” minds on board.

When we make a decision with which our entire self is not on board, we won’t be able to put the right energy behind it to make the action effective and unstoppable.

(There lies the problem with some who just shove their “logical” mind to the side and label “ego” as a bad thing, shooing it away instead of listening to what it has to tell us. It IS part of us and without the ego, we will all be drooling in a corner. But that’s for another day.)

But sometimes, we HIDE behind “facts” and “data”…

… thinking if we base our decision on the “objective”, we have something to point our fingers to when things don’t work out!

With “facts” and “data”, we can point to the “concrete” stuff on paper (or the screen) and we don’t have to get into the deeper part of us that we KNOW to be true when others question our decisions.

The left brain’s inclination towards “facts” and “data” (which are human constructs, often more subjective than they are portrayed!) can get us stuck in analysis-paralysis, and block us from accessing the other side of our brain to help us make holistic decisions.

But c’mon, the right brain ain’t going down without a fight! So it gives you that “pit in the stomach” so you feel like you are stuck in the middle.

We have been told that decisiveness is a hallmark of successful people… so we beat ourselves up when we are stuck in indecision!

(ok, yes, that’s true. But how interesting that I heard it most often in those “free trainings” when someone is trying to sell us something with fast decision discount…)

This self-doubt further erodes the trust we have in ourselves.

So what to do? How can we have the best of both worlds?

Indecisiveness

 

Trusting our Guts and tapping into our intuition when we have sufficient information can help us make better and faster decisions.

But how do you cultivate that Trust? How do you know Trust will help you make good decisions? How can you make sure your intuition is working on your behalf when making “logical” decisions?

How to make decisions utilizing both right brain AND left brain

(I got really skilled in this left-brain-right-brain thing when I studied architecture in Harvard… it’s magical when both sides of the brain are equally fired up.)

I don’t advocate making blind decisions and flying by the seat of our pants. What I find to work really well is to collect a healthy amount of data, absorb it, then forget about it.

Yes, completely forget about it – take your mind off, don’t even think about it, do something different and let your intuition work its magic.

But first we need to give our intuition something good to work with. Otherwise, it’s like putting raw materials into a faulty machine.

That “something good” is the Clarity and Conviction – they are your internal guiding system.

When you are fully immersed in your clarity and conviction that stem from the deepest part of, you KNOW what to do. You do what feels right and in alignment with your Truth (even if it’s not the easy thing to do.)

Now you can ask your intuition to tap into the Clarity to help you make aligned decisions – the kind of big picture, holistic decision that the over-analysis of discrete facts and data can’t give you.

After the big picture decision is made, now fold in the information, facts and data (aka “left brain stuff”) to support the tactical actions for a solid plan that is aligned with your SELF.

Now you know what to do, and you know the actions will support your highest good, instead of being just busywork.

See, your left brain and right brain can play nice, be productive and make you a better decision-maker!

Your turn – what is stickiest for you when it comes to decision making? Leave a comment below, and share how you are going to make better and faster decisions!

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidLing is an Intuitive Brainiac. Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients translate their vision, purpose and superpowers into practical strategies, compelling offerings and effective communication that sell, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

May 21st

Overwhelmed? Feeling Everything Is Spinning "Out of Control"?

By ling wong

 

Resource:

 

About Ling

May 2014 - polaroidThrough her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients translate their vision, purpose and superpowers into practical strategies, compelling offerings and effective communication that sell, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

May 18th

Tired of Doing Busywork and Getting Patchy Results?

By ling wong

You have invested thousands of dollars in programs and trainings. You are working your butt off on your business day in and day out. You follow the instructions to a T. You do everything by the book. Sometimes you make a few sales, get a few clients… sometimes you don’t. There seems to be no rhyme or reason.

You can’t figure out why, and it is frustrating the hell out of you because society has trained us to operate on the binary system of “do something –> see outcome.”

So you keep pushing through – gather MORE information, implement MORE tactics, spend MORE time and money on MORE trainings and tools that promise the magic bullet.

It’s not just about the money – you get a few clients here and there and you are doing ok. But the emotional roller coaster and the feast and famine cycle make this business thing no longer fun, motivating or inspiring.

You feel like you are chasing your tail on the hamster wheel. You are tired of the busywork and ready to do what really matters to YOU. But HOW? You have tried everything under the sun!

Q: How do I stop chasing my tail on the hamster wheel?

A: JUST STOP!

You have the CHOICE to hop off. You have the freedom to say “no mas!” You have the power to pull the plug.

Strip down, back to basics. Keep It Simple Sunshine.

Question is – are you WILLING to?

You KNOW you need that space to reset and refocus. You KNOW the answer is not going to come from another $297 training. You KNOW you need to make room for clarity to come through.

But your fear- and lack-based monkey mind keeps driving you down the rabbit hole of busywork.

The monkey mind is operating on past experience. If the do-do-do has been your M.O. and that’s what you know to do – and were rewarded for – you will be driven to take the default action.

Schools train us to do-do-do. Jobs measure our worth by how much we cough up. The idea of being “productive” for most is about checking stuff off a list. We have become trained monkeys pulling levers without understanding what the machine is doing.

The hamster wheel may be exhausting, but in a (weird) way, it’s “safe” from a psychological perspective. You know the drill, and it’s easy on the mind.

Getting off the hamster wheel and stopping the busywork can be scary.

Have you been measuring how much you are “worth” and how “good” you are by how much you produce? If so, stopping the “production” and being still can be the hardest thing because you stop feeding the “validation crack” to your monkey mind.

Have you been hiding behind “templates, blueprints and checklist” so when it doesn’t work you have something to “blame”? If so, breaking out of the mold to do what truly matters can trigger the fear of being not good enough or being criticized (by others and worse, by yourself.)

Are you afraid of the silence? When you cut the cord, when you throw yourself down the void… the unknown, the free falling, and the uncertainty can trigger some primal fears and insecurity.

How to Detox from Busywork

When you get off the hamster wheel and stop “doing” so you can make room to really listen to what YOU already KNOW, it can feel like withdrawal. Every time I do that I get symptoms of allergies – for real.

Stop doing the busywork doesn’t mean you stop progressing. It’s progress that doesn’t come in the form of checking stuff off the list and going through the motion. You may have to redefine “progress” to fully embrace the value of this process.

To permanently get off the hamster wheel, you need to get clear on what YOU are about.

Step up and own your big vision.

Figure out what makes YOU tick – who do you want to work withWhat really puts you in the flow? And, how you delivering it so there is not a single iota of dragging-your-feet-ness?

What do aligned actions look like for YOU?

What fears do you have to overcome so you don’t get swayed by bright shiny objects?

The process boils down to:

Clarity –> Discernment –> Aligned Action

Rinse and repeat.

Less is more.

 

About Ling

Through her unique blend of Business + Marketing coaching with a Mindset + Psychic Twist, Ling Wong helps Maverick Entrepreneurs nail their message, claim their superpowers and muster up the GUTS to monetize their Truth.

Ling helps her clients translate their vision, purpose and superpowers into practical strategies, compelling offerings and effective communication that sell, through her intuitive yet rigorous iterative process born out of her Harvard Design School training and 10 years of experience in the online marketing industry.

Find Ling and download her free “Monetize Your Truth” Mindset + Marketing training bundle here.

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