She said it, I said it, you should say it, too

I watched something recently that sparked a huge reaction in me. It was a TED talk with the amazing Shonda Rhimes about her year of saying yes. You can watch the talk here and I really encourage you to do so. It’s a dose of inspiration you need today.

She spoke about saying yes to everything for a year. Things that were out of her comfort zone like appearing on live television or speaking in public, and also things at home with her daughters, like playtime, even when she was too busy to think or on her way out the door.

It changed her life in so many ways and she explained that making the change and spending more time with her daughters and more time to ‘play’ in general, didn’t affect her work. She still found the time she needed to create, and as you know, she creates amazing television that we can’t wait to watch every week (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, etc.).

I have also been saying yes this year. I’ve attended a lot of events that I might not have before due to “not having time” or “not seeing results.” Silly excuses, honestly.

I stopped worrying so much about the outcome and instead, simply enjoyed the experience.

Because I said yes…

I spent more quality time with my husband, my kids, my family and my friends…

I met wonderful and fascinating people…

I made relationships to last a lifetime…

I learned new things and grew professionally and personally…

I signed clients I didn’t even know were out there…

I began to see a shift in my business that will change SSC forever…

I was happier, more energetic, more inspired, more creative and became a better wife, mom and business owner

I had no idea the impact that one, tiny, yet powerful word would have on my life.

If you are reading this today, I want you to start saying yes. Start small. Accept an invitation to a new networking event. Take a seat on that panel discussion. Take a day trip with your kids. Spend a romantic night on the town with your spouse. Say yes to the things that are scary AND to the things that thrill you.

We grow in many different ways in our life. We grow taller, we grow more mature, we grow in our knowledge. Learn to grow in the areas that don’t come as naturally. Grow into yourself, grow out of your fears and grow into the person you want to be.

I’m with you every step of the way. Feel free to reach out to me anytime you want to talk at support@slatersuccesscoaching.com

What Your Garden Can Teach You About Business

Spring is a magical time of the year, especially for us East Coasters. Even What Your Garden Can Teach You About Business - Ivy Slater
though this winter was pretty mild, barring a few storms, it was cold and we are ready for spring dresses, sandals, sunglasses and iced coffee.

We are getting outside again… grilling dinner, taking a walk, cutting the lawn. We are back in tune with nature. We are entering a new season, a season full of potential. I LOVE Spring and planting a garden is one of my favorite Spring things to do.

I’ve talked before about how growing your business is very much like growing a garden. Let’s break down the letters in SPRING and use these tips to make this quarter count.

Spread Seeds 
We plant seeds in the garden, just like we should be planting in our business. Potential clients, speaking events, launches. Figure out what your garden looks like and start planting the ideas/seeds NOW for the rest of 2016.

Prepare 
Just as you prepare soil, prepare your business foundation. Need more team members to support your growth, need to travel more extensively, need more time off? Figure it out and get a defined plan in place before you take action steps.

React 
Understand what’s working and what’s not. Animals ate your veggies, then move on to something else. In business, react to the plans you’ve put in place, take action or course correct and move forward accordingly. If a plan falls through, it’s just one flower in an entire bunch.

Invest 
A garden doesn’t grow overnight. You invest the time and energy into the process. Do the same thing in your business. Invest in time, talent, personal development, whatever the magic ingredient is that your business needs to grow.

Nurture 
A garden needs constant care. You plant, you water, you dig, you weed. Nurture your business in the same way. Your leads, your team, yourself, your ideas, your follow-up. Make sure each piece is receiving the proper care it craves.

Grow 
Finally, the hard work has paid off and your garden has grown! Your business will be blossoming, too, if you’ve followed the steps above. Now, it’s time to celebrate!


Think SPRING and tell me what step you will work on this week. Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page.

Ivy

Create The Circumstances You Desire

I came across this George Bernard Shaw quote and it really stuck with me…

Create The Circumstances You Desire

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” – George Bernard Shaw

Wow! Powerful statement and so very true. And I see this in successful people every single day.

Instead of blaming her former employer for laying her off, Lisa went and started her own business.

Instead of working 60+ hours a week and never seeing her kids, Tammy decided to evaluate her finances and drop down to part-time.

Instead of feeling lonely as a stay-at-home mom, Megan joined support groups and is now the president of her community parent program.

These women changed their circumstances to work for them and I encourage all of my clients to do the same exact thing.

You are never stuck.

You are never without options.

You are never at the end of your rope.

I know it can feel that way and I’ve been there.  

But that is the time to reach out to a coach, mentor, friend or family member and figure out your next steps. Figure out how to create the circumstances and the life that you desire.

All the cliche statements like “it’s never too late” and “never give up” and “age is only a number” may be overused or even annoying, but guess what, I absolutely believe in them.

I started Slater Success Coaching when my kids were in their teens, it was the second chapter of my business and parenting life. I had already experienced success in the printing business and I created an entirely new venture for myself because I wanted to make new circumstances.

I wanted flexibility, a steady income and to live my passion.

I wanted something challenging.

I wanted to make a difference.

And I did it. 

And you can do it. 

I know that for a fact. 

We start my “7-Day Money Challenge, It’s Only Money Game” next week and I want you to join me. This is one way to live out the action of making new circumstances. Getting comfortable with your money is a fantastic place to start.


What circumstances do you want to make happen for your life right now? Tell me on the SSC Facebook Page and/or LinkedIn page.

 

Ivy

Wow, I did all of that?!

 

It’s that time of year when we find ourselves reflecting back on the year we’ve

had. If you remember last week, I told you about my big, wall calendar that I bring out to plan the year ahead. Well, I pulled out the calendar from 2015 and started to go over each month, each day, and look at the amazing and fantastic year I celebrated.

I held numerous webinars; hosted live events; spoke at a variety of networking events; traveled for work events, while adding in some family visits at the same time (combining personal and business in the best way possible);

hired new team members; worked with existing and new clients that make me love what I do every day; celebrated a milestone anniversary with my husband; took many glorious vacations; spent quality time with family during holidays and reunions; spent time with my mom cooking and shopping and just being girls; watched my kids grow into the super adults they are becoming; and SO MUCH MORE.

Even just this past weekend, the whole family was together to celebrate my husband’s birthday and we got these great photos.

Not one of my memories were bad ones. And I’m sure some things happened that weren’t that great, like technical glitches or travel fiascos or team issues. But I focused on the positive, the beautiful, the life changing memories, and the negative ones just melted away.

Celebrate what has gone right for you in 2015, both personally and professionally. I bet you’ll find that each month brought something to the table.

I suggest sitting down and going through your year, taking a moment to remember and rejoice in the successes. You’ll be in such a positive frame of mind, that it will be the perfect time to start your 2016 planning. If you need help with that, don’t hesitate to reach out! Email us at support@slatersuccesscoaching.com.

Years tend to fly the older we get, and it’s tough to remember all the little details that made that year so grand. I know your business went through some changes, some good, some maybe not so good. Look at the good and see the difference in where you are now, to where you were last December. I guarantee you’ve made strides and accomplished goals you never dreamed.

I’m proud that I was part of your 2015 and I look forward to getting to know more and more about you as the years go on. Thank you for reading, responding and giving me feedback and suggestions. Your voices and your words bring me so much joy.


Please tell me your biggest accomplishments of 2015 on the  SSC Facebook Page and LinkedIn pages and let’s celebrate them together!

Cheers to your Success.

Ivy

Did you say YES this week?

Last week we talked about the challenges of saying YES over the easyway out of saying NO. I wanted to follow up and ask you, what did you say YES to this week? I shared a personal story about figuring out a way to meet my son in Utah for a ski trip. Remember, I was challenged to Go Big or Go Home by my kids. And even though that ski trip and other situations like it have been difficult to figure out logistically, I said YES. I made the Big Commitment.

That’s just one recent example of saying YES. Over the last several years, I have said YES a lot. Let’s take a look at what YES has done for my business:

After twenty years of running a successful printing business, I said YES to going back to school and getting certified as a professional coach.

Why this was scary: Money was tight. I had no prior experience. There was no guarantee this was ever going to work out.

When SSC was a new venture for me and I was not making money and struggling to grow, I said YES to investing in high-level coaching.

Why this was scary: The only money I had saved was my son’s first year of college fund. I had to say YES, make the commitment, and put the money towards the coaching. I called my husband in tears, literally shaking at what I had done, but he quickly put me at ease. He asked me if I believed I had made a good investment, and I knew the answer was YES. He asked me if I was committed to making this happen, and again I said YES. He told me it was only money, not to cry, and follow through. His support was paramount.

This year, I was asked to join a new program put out by Suzanne Evans called SURGE. This was another of those Go Big or Go Home moments.

Why this was scary: As successful as SSC has become, I would be the little fish in this big pond of other business owners. It was a major time and financial commitment. But I jumped in with a HELL YES attitude and made the decision to expand my team to support me in reaching my new goals for 2015.

I understand that growth only happens when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, when you make the commitment and the decision to say YES. I made goals when I started this business and those are important for my life and my family. We are about to close the first quarter of the fiscal year and Spring weather is on its way. After such a rough winter here in the North East, I know I’m ready to see more of that sunshine and ready to see what the rest of the year has in store for me.

So to my SSC community, I want you to revisit your goals. Identify what you are committing to and working towards in the second quarter. Stretch yourself and your business to say YES. Then go to the SSC Facebook Page and tell me what you are saying YES to.

For my second quarter, I have said YES to sponsoring several events, speaking at new places as well as some old, (see below) and doing a live event in NYC.

Just say YES. Yes Equals Success.

Cheers to your Success.

It’s Easier To Say No Than To Say Yes

Is that subject line throwing you off? What do you mean, Ivy? It’s much easier to say Yes, isn’t it? You just agree and you say Yes. No often represents taking a stand and that’s usually harder to do. Don’t you think?

Let me show you another way to look at this and explain why Yes is truly much harder.

Take a look at this photo. It was taken in the Canyons in Park City, Utah, a place I just left to come back here to reality, to the office. Why was I there? Well, my son was on Spring Break and he asked if my husband and I would like to meet him out there and ski for a few days before he met up with friends.

Most of you know that I have quite the busy schedule. And my husband doesn’t have it any easier; in fact he’s just coming into his busy season.

This was not a planned and budgeted vacation. This was an added expense. If you’ve never gone on a trip like this before, let me tell you, it can get expensive. Lift tickets, highly-priced mountain food, incidentals – no matter how prepared you think you are, you’ll always need something else.

If you thought it was going to be cold skiing, it’s warm. It you prepared for spring skiing, it’s cold. Just a few years ago, we went on a “spring ski” and found ourselves in the middle of a blizzard.

All of this was swimming around in my head as my son awaited our response. No was clearly the easy way out. There were a dozen valid excuses we could have given him. But, we didn’t say No. We said YES!

We cleared our schedules, allotted some funds, and took a trip that will leave us with lasting memories and precious quality time with our son.

Yes is a challenge. Yes means making a commitment. Yes means figuring it out barring all other obstacles and challenges.

The same is true when you invest in your business and other things that are really important to you. The key word behind Yes is commitment.

No is really an easy way out. Don’t take the easy trail down the mountain.Don’t miss out on the experiences all around you. Don’t forget the purpose of it all and how sometimes saying Yes is both the hardest and best decision you can make.

My son once told me, “Mom, Go Big or Go Home.” After spending time with him, I know why I’m a Yes person. He would say Yes. He would make the commitment, find the time, figure it out. And for that, I am so very proud of him.

I have said Yes a lot in my life and in my business. And boy, are those three little letters worth it. I have put 100% commitment behind those words and you can, too.

What do you say Yes to in your business? In your life? What are you putting 100% commitment behind? Share with me on the SSC Facebook Page.

I’ll be the first: I’m ready to say Yes anytime I can spend an extra day with family. I just had a blast being with them, enjoying the outdoors, and stepping away from the office. I am returning with a renewed sense of energy, feeling creative, and ready for a productive week ahead.

Cheers to your Success.

Ivy