Why It’s Important to Trust Your Hired Team

Why It’s Important to Trust Your Hired Team

When you reach the point in your business that you need to bring on employees or hire out projects to other professionals the biggest hurdle is finding people you can trust. Many business owners will stall their growth because they never find the right people or they have one bad experience and do not want to dip their toe back into the hiring pool. So, why is it so important to find people who you trust? 

They are Working on Your Business

When you hire an employee or another business to perform a job you are handing over a piece of the brand you have built. You are giving another person responsibility that can affect your business positively or negatively. You need to have a trusting relationship rather quickly to get the most out of the work. If you do not trust your hires you won’t want to hand projects over, which means you are still doing all the work. 

They See Behind the Scenes 

New team members are often privy to the backend of your business. Strategy, intellectual property, financials are shared so the team member can do their job effectively. Since a lot of behind the scenes business information is sensitive, you want to make sure you are hiring trustworthy individuals/professionals who understand professional discretion. It is also a good idea to have NDA’s created and signed if that makes sense for your business. 

They Need to be Receptive to Feedback and Input

Working with a team member or a hired professional has to be a two-way street with a lot of communication. You are hiring for a job or project and the person you are working with needs to be open to your feedback and willing to listen and understand your business needs. This type of communication comes from a relationship built on trust and great communication. If you do not build trust with the people you are hiring you will never believe they care about your thoughts, needs, and concerns. Alternatively, if you have open communication with a lot of trust you can look forward to a long-term relationship that will benefit your business for the long haul. 

Even though finding the right people for your business can be challenging, there is a lot of benefit to seeking out the right people and building trust. They can help grow your business faster than you can on your own and free your time to focus on the aspects of your business that only you as the owner and CEO can attend too. 

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50 More Amazing Journal Prompts

50 More Amazing Journal Prompts

We wanted to share 50 more thought provoking journal prompts to help you get started or dive deeper into your journaling practice!

1. What are your top 5 values in life?

2. What are your best character traits?

3. What is something nobody knows about you? Why have you kept it a secret?

4. Write about an important person in your life who you are grateful for. What do you admire about this person, why have they had such an impact on your life, and what would you like to tell them?

5. What is your biggest fear, and what about it makes you feel scared?

6. What makes you feel fulfilled?

7. When something good or bad happens, who is the first person you want to tell, and why?

8. Discuss 5 things you wish others knew about you.

9. What quote or saying inspires you when you need it most?

10. Look at yourself in the mirror and then write out 3-5 physical traits you love about yourself, and why.

11. What do you want people to remember most about you when you’re gone?

12. What inspires you?

13. Who is your mentor, why do you look up to him/her, and what has he/she taught you?

14. What is your 5-year plan? Map out all of the things you need to do to reach your goals.

15. Do you have any unhealthy habits that are holding you back from your goals? How can you overcome them?

16. What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?

17. What shocked you most about motherhood?

18. Describe your biggest achievement as a mom. How did it make you feel?

19. When your kids look back on their childhood, what 3 things do you hope they remember most?

20. Write a letter to your pre-mom self telling her all the things you wish she knew.

21. How has your mom shaped you as a mother?

22. What are your favorite family traditions?

23. Discuss a time you felt you failed a mother. If you could have a do-over, what would you change about the situation?

24. Describe 5+ things about your child(ren) that make you proud.

25. List the 5 people you spend the most time with, why, and how they’re affecting you — your behaviors, your thoughts, your life.

26. List the top 5 people you admire, and why.

27. Who is your favorite person in all the world and why?

28. What is your favorite song/musical piece and why?

29. List your top 5 favorite books/movies, and why.

30. If you didn’t have to worry about money or people’s opinions, what would you do with your life?

31. How do you spend your time? On a weekday? On a weekend?

32. What is a book you wish someone would write?

33. What is the next thing you want to learn? And to what degree?

34. Define the following: Success. Wisdom. Love. Faith. Truth. Courage. Joy

35. List all the things you think you SHOULD do, that you don’t want to do.

36. Or the opposite: what you SHOULD NOT do, that you do. Why?

37. If your house burned to the ground, what are the top 1–3 things you would want to save? (not including people — assume your family is outside already)

38. What do you need today?

39. What time of day are you most productive? Why do you think that is?

40. What has been inspiring you lately?

41. What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t gotten around to it? What is stopping you?

42. What was the last scary decision you made? What did it feel like? Do you think you made the right choice?

43. What’s the last good habit you developed? How did you do it?

44. Write as if you’re seeing someone in your life for the very first time.

45. Write to, or about the last person you kissed.

46. Listen to an old song and write the emotions that come forth.

47. Consider what you would change in your life, write a letter to your younger self based on those things.

48. Write a stranger’s story.

49. Make a ‘happy moments’ list and write a scene from one of those times.

50. Write about a conversation you’re longing to have.

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I Get So Emotional!

I Get So Emotional!

Emotions are the spice of life; they are so fun and can really make you feel alive! What happens though when the emotions or feelings we are experiencing are overwhelming and seem like they are taking over our lives, even to the point where we are not able to think clearly or function at our best, or worse the emotions are in the drivers seat of our life.

Here are a few ideas that can help you see what is happening a little more clearly and give you tips that can help you use your emotions to your advantage.

It is perfectly fine and even encouraged to seek help from your doctor if your emotions are continually spiking out of control and you are not able to calm yourself to a place where you can work with your emotions and feelings.

When emotions run high, logic runs low. If you are in a situation that is troubling, or you are triggered by something that creates stress or strong feelings, these moments can spin your emotions out of control.

  • There are many grounding techniques that can calm your body down from the stress of the situation or circumstance. Research grounding techniques and find one that works for you, this will help you be prepared for these moments ahead of time.
  • Breathing is the first place to start. Breath in slowly and hold if for a few seconds and visualize the stress leaving your body as you exhale. Repeat several times. Sometimes, it takes a few minutes of focused breathing to calm you down, but it works amazingly.
  • Once your body is calmer, you can activate your mind better so it can go to work for you. Focus your thoughts and use logic to get going forward again. Think it through in a best-case scenario, and sometimes it helps to think about the situation as if you were on the outside looking in. Remember that your focused thoughts influence your decisions and feelings which propel you into your actions and results.

Of course, emotions are a part of life. We need our feelings to help us heal from things and experience all the ups and downs of life. Often it is our feelings that help propel us forward. However, unchecked and overwhelming feelings that spin out of control and raise the stress in our body can do harm and even do the opposite of helping us. If we do not use them in a positive way, they can deture us from achieving what we want. Focus your thoughts, feel what you feel to heal and then get back up and get going using your miracle mind.

about

Rae Ann Hall

 

Rae Ann Hall is the founder of Forward Principles. She is an author, speaker, and a mindset/results coach. Having had success in the business world as well as overcoming major adversities in her personal life, she brings an authentic message with a lot of heart and passion. She teaches actionable ways to get past difficulties, getting you results and motivating you to get after your dreams. Her own experiences of bringing her pain into purpose, inspires others to do the same.

Her honor is coaching people and encouraging them by providing practical tools and Forward Principles to get inspired and motivated. She helps people discover ways they can put action toward their goals through her "Result Cycle" Process. It is a thrill for her to see her clients push past limiting beliefs by tapping into their inner strength, and living their life on purpose with passion.

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What Was I Thinking?

What Was I Thinking?

Have you ever walked away from a mistake or situation and asked yourself, “What was I thinking?”. I am guessing you have because most of us have asked ourselves that question at one point or another. It turns out, that is the best question we could ask ourselves!

Focused Thoughts

Our focused thoughts are the breeding ground for our success. In any given situation, the only thing we can control is how we think about it. When we focus our thoughts on positivity, thinking about solutions and open ourselves up to challenge limiting beliefs, we’ve walked through a door leading us to better decisions, feelings, and a more desired result.

Our Miracle Mind

Sometimes we get in our own way by confusing our mind. We want success, a loving relationship, fulfillment, a great career, or whatever the dream is; but then a doubt enters our mind and we start believing it. Our mind goes to work to prove that limiting belief by looking for evidence that the negative belief is correct. Our mind is logical and wants to be right.

Stop, Pause and Re-Direct

When we feel doubt arising – STOP, PAUSE, and RE-DIRECT your thoughts. In that very moment, catch yourself and stop the limiting belief, flip it to a better thought to focus on that will produce what you really want. Give your mind all great things to work with, all the amazing possibilities. Continue to re-direct as many times as you can. Let your mind go to work for you. It will search for everything you need to make it happen. It will prove you right that you are successful, happy, resourceful and highly capable.

Guard Your Thoughts

Because our mind is actively working for us, it is imparitive that we guard our thoughts. Imagine your mind as a garden. Would you plant seeds that produce something you would never eat or want to look at? Would you leave your plants unattended and let weeds choke the growth of the plant? Of course not. So, get to planting the right thoughts and weed out those which would thwart your goals or your positive self image.

What You Think About, Comes About

Taking time to meditate and focusing your thoughts on positive possibilities is feeding your mind good things to work with. Pondering on new information or teachings, and thinking of solutions, has a great impact on your mind for getting a better outcome. Pick a topic that you feel would help your personal growth, then go research all you can from experts on the topic. Ponder what you have read and meditate on it. Open your mind to new ideas and inspiration that motivates you. Look for ways to implement what you are learning. Implement one idea with action until it becomes a part of your productive life. Then add another and so forth. You will grow exponentially when you take time to feed your mind with positive thoughts of change and growth.

Go forward in strength knowing you can truly create the life you want, one thought at a time, one decision at a time, and one action at a time, getting the best results for your empowered life.

about

Rae Ann Hall

 

Rae Ann Hall is the founder of Forward Principles. She is an author, speaker, and a mindset/results coach. Having had success in the business world as well as overcoming major adversities in her personal life, she brings an authentic message with a lot of heart and passion. She teaches actionable ways to get past difficulties, getting you results and motivating you to get after your dreams. Her own experiences of bringing her pain into purpose, inspires others to do the same.

Her honor is coaching people and encouraging them by providing practical tools and Forward Principles to get inspired and motivated. She helps people discover ways they can put action toward their goals through her "Result Cycle" Process. It is a thrill for her to see her clients push past limiting beliefs by tapping into their inner strength, and living their life on purpose with passion.

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Why Hiring Professionals Is Better for Business

Why Hiring Professionals Is Better for Business

As business owners, we are resourceful people. When we first started our businesses we were likely doing everything ourselves. Sales, accounting, marketing, hr, design where all hats that we once wore. It is understandable to be in all of those roles in the beginning when there is no extra cash and you are truly bootstrapping your new venture. At some point in your entrepreneurial journey, you will want to scale to bring in more clients and more profit and it is impossible if you are still playing every role in your company. When you reach this point it is probably time to look at hiring out roles and jobs. This can be challenging for those who have done the work in the past and think they still can or they do not want to pay the price of hiring professionals. Today we want to tell you three HUGE benefits to hiring the right professionals and how it can help your business grow. 

Saves Time & Money

 We have all heard the saying time is money. For entrepreneurs this is the truth, time is a finite resource that we can never get back and we have to be careful how we spend ours. When you are not an expert or even well versed in something it takes you longer to do it. Let’s take website design as an example. Anyone can muddle their way through designing a website. You can spend hours and hours until you have something passible and feel like you accomplished something and saved money. In reality, you exchanged your time, which as the owner of your business is EXTREMELY valuable,  to create something that is not going to achieve the results you want. 

On the other hand, if you hire out your web design project you bring on an expert who can create something in a shorter amount of time that is going to get you the results you are looking for. When you start to value your time as a fleeting resource you can see how valuable it is to only spend it where you will have the most impact. You can make the money to hire the right professionals, but you cannot recoup time spent on a project that is not in your wheelhouse. 

Job is Done Right the First Time

 When you take on a project or a role that requires a lot of knowledge such as web design or social media marketing not only do you have to do the project work you also have to teach yourself all the tools that are needed to do the work. This leaves a lot of room for error and for many people they have to do the same project multiple times until it is correct. The beauty of hiring a professional is that they know the tools of their trade and they will get it right the first time. They are not going to need a month to learn how to use their tools, they can hit the ground running, complete your job and do it right. 

Allows You to Focus on Your Strengths

 You likely started your business to provide a specific product or service that you are passionate about. This passion is your zone of genius, your strength and where you excel. It is also the area that brings profit into your business and for some of you the only area you cannot outsource. Successful business owners work in their zone of genius and hire out the other things that are outside of that zone. If you are spending countless hours working on your website, creating social media posts or writing content it takes you out of the revenue generating activities that only you can do. 

It can be stressful to hire a team of professionals to help you, but if you are looking for growth and more profit it is necessary. When you find the right people they will care about your business and work hard to get you to the next level with you as the leader. You are the CEO of your business and your role is to be the visionary and steer the ship, hire the right people and you will get to your destination even faster!  

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