Seeing Possibility (The ‘P’ Series)

This week our ‘P’ is Possibility. And it’s one of my favorite words.

When I begin working with an entrepreneur or a sales team or a corporate group, I always ask them about the goals they want to achieve.

For an entrepreneur, it’s a lot about the lifestyle they want. The possibility of living life on their own terms. The possibility of doing something they believe in, something that makes a difference in the world. The possibility of doing what they love full time and making the money they deserve while doing it.

For a sales team or a corporate group, it’s the possibility of better communication. The possibility of more sales. The possibility of understanding and utilizing the power of relationships. The possibility of enjoying their work, their career and being excited again to show up on Monday mornings.

During this upcoming holiday season, possibility is all around us on a personal level, as well. The possibility to be nicer and kinder to all around us. The possibility to be more generous and giving to those in need. The possibility to take time to appreciate the moments we spend with family and friends that we might not get to see all year.

Possibility is a word that means ‘a thing that may happen.’ You have the strength to turn all of those possibilities into realities.

An Audrey Hepburn quote came to mind as I was writing this…

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.”

Let that sink in and live that today!

If the possibility of seeing out of the box and building a business is on your mind. If the possibility of reaching a bit higher and further than is comfortable is something you want to do. If the possibility of changing your life or your organization for a new and brighter future is what you want, get on my calendar and let’s chat.

Introducing The ‘P’ Series (this is going to be pretty fun)

Remember all those ‘P’ words I talked about a few weeks ago? I realized that many of them deserve their own newsletter. So for the rest of the year, that is exactly what we are going to do.

First up…PROCESS + PLAN.

I wanted to start here because these are really the foundation for everything in your solo business or your organization.

Without a process and a plan, nothing is achieved.

Think about a project right now that you or your organization want to accomplish in 2018.

Ask yourself these questions.

  1. Have I clearly defined the project and why I’m doing it?
  2. Do I know who else on my team needs to be involved?
  3. What are the main obstacles I might encounter?
  4. When does this project need to be completed?
  5. What software or outside sources will I need to use?
  6. What is the budget?
  7. What are the action items around each step of the project?

Lucky #7 is the key question.

It was most likely easy to answer the first six. But when it comes to action – when it comes to the process and the plan – it’s easy to get stuck. The way around this is to break down the project into manageable tasks and set deadlines and action steps around each.

Looking to the very end of the project will only cause stress, overwhelm and confusion. Celebrating each mark on the giant line of success is the best way to stay motivated, clear and on track.

One of our major projects here at SSC for 2018 (you’ll hear about it soon) has already been in the process and planning stages for months. It’s been a team effort and we have been looking at every stride we make and taking the time to recognize the achievements. We are simply enjoying the ride!

If it’s time for that one project you just haven’t been able to make happen to finally come to life, let’s chat.

With a process and a plan – that project will soon become a new reality!

A Lesson from Mom

This past weekend I learned so much, spending a bunch of quality time with my Mother.

A couple of weeks ago, the day after I came back from BTC, my Mom was put in the hospital. What was a bad cold quickly put her down, literally passing out in the doctor’s office. I want to thank everyone from the SSC community for the well wishes I received. Mom is on the mend and everything turned out fine.

Now on to the point of this week’s newsletter, what I learned, and how I hope you take this advice and move forward in your life and business continuing to grow and learn everyday.

For those of you that follow me, you know that I love a good goal. And I learned that practice from my mom, who has a pretty important goal herself these days. She has a trip planned to Las Vegas in early July with her girlfriends. The ladies range from their young to mid 80’s and are unstoppable when it comes to living life to the fullest.

To achieve her goal of taking the trip and really enjoying it, my mom needs to build back her strength.

As I write this newsletter, I remember her saying to me over the weekend, “This is hard Ivy, everything is so much of an effort.”

WOW, lesson learned, thanks MOM!

Growing a business and staying on course is hard, it’s challenging. And you know as well as I do, that some days you just want to avoid doing what you have to do.

For those of you who do it anyway, you’re going to achieve your goals. But for those of you who avoid the tasks, STOP, and listen to this…

This weekend my Mom, who is more tired than all of us and still not off medication from being sick, is setting her sights on her goal.

She baked a chocolate cake for my son because it’s his favorite, pushed herself to get up and walk and swim, helped me in the kitchen, did laundry, and everything else that needed done when you have a home filled with family and friends.

When she shared with me privately, “This is hard, everything is an effort,” I asked her what she really wanted.

Her answer, “I am putting on my bathing suit and going swimming. Vegas is going to be great!”

When things get tough, look towards your goals and take the next steps to achieve them, no matter what.  You can do it! My Mom is an inspiration to me, find your inspiration and make it happen.

Share what your next steps will be on the Facebook Page and LinkedIn page. I am here for you, supporting you always and joining with you as you reach new heights.

Cheers to your Success.


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.