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Life can be overwhelming and the day-to-day grind can leave you feeling stuck, but it doesn't have to be that way. The Christy Wright Show will fire you up so you can break through limitations to create a life you love and are proud of. You will build confidence in yourself and the God who created you.

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Ep 22: The Key to Knowing Who You Are: Getting Back to You Part 1 with Kristi McLelland
46:06

The Key to Knowing Who You Are: Getting Back to You Part 1

 


0:51 Do You Know Who God Is?

10:50 How to Better Understand Who God Is with Kristi McLelland

37:10 One Important Thing You Need to Know About God


Resources

Christy's New Devotional - Living True: 40 Days to Get Back to You
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We want to hear your feedback about The Christy Wright Show! Email us at hello@christywright.com to let us know what you think of the show.


 

It can be easy to get so caught up in the day-to-day busyness of our lives that we forget who we really are. Today, we’re going to be talking about how to get back to you. Then, I get to sit down with my good friend (and amazing Bible teacher) Kristi McLelland. Kristi has impacted my life in more ways than I can count. I just know you’ll love her. I want to end the show with a few questions to help you get to know God even better.

 

Do You Know Who God Is?

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of life, isn’t it? You change the diapers, get the snacks, prep the lunches, and try to make it to the meetings. Then one day you stop, look up, and realize you’ve lost your spark or the thing that makes you you.

If you want to get back to you, you need to know four things:

  1. Who God is
  2. Who you are
  3. Where you are
  4. Where you're going

If you know these four things, and if you can reset and refocus, you can get back to you and the truth of who you are and who you were created to be. When you try to figure out who you are without having an accurate picture of God, it's like looking in a blurry mirror—you can't see yourself, and you can't see what you're doing now. You can never get back to you until you understand the one who created you.

 

How to Better Understand Who God Is with Kristi McLelland

Y’all, I’m so excited about today’s interview with Kristi McLelland. Kristi is a brilliant Bible teacher and loves to serve as the bridge between the Western world and the lands of the Bible. Kristi and I dive into the topic of who God is. We talk about:

  • Asking yourself a specific question every time you read the Bible
  • Posturing yourself to receive
  • Believing that God is a Father who runs after you
  • Meeting God in desert places

 

One Important Thing You Need to Know About God

“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)

This verse is such an amazing reminder that God isn’t this distant, critical, unkind God in heaven. He’s a dad. He's your dad. He loves you like a father loves a child. And regardless of what your relationship is like with your earthly father, your father in heaven is so far beyond anything you could ever imagine.

I want you to sit with these questions as you journal and pray about this and consider what it means for you:

  1. What’s your relationship like with your earthly father?
  2. How has that helped or hindered your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
  3. What does God tell you about himself in His Word?
Oct 27, 2020
Ep 21: How to Start Your Personal Growth
26:18

How to Start Your Personal Growth

 


0:49 Why It’s Okay to Be Bad at Something

10:37 The Best Thing to Invest In

18:37 Are You Growing?


Resources

Business Boutique Conference
The Business Boutique Conference is right around the corner. Get your in-person or livestream ticket before it’s too late! https://bit.ly/37037Cj

We want to hear your feedback about The Christy Wright Show! Email us at hello@christywright.com to let us know what you think of the show.


 

What keeps you from investing in yourself? What keeps you from growing? All of us have challenges in our lives. But if we don’t understand how to overcome these challenges, we’re never going to grow. Today, we’re talking about how to grow as a person and a leader. Then, I’m going to unpack an article on why you should invest in yourself. And finally, we’ll spend some time journaling about the areas in your life you need to grow.

 

Why It’s Okay to Be Bad at Something

In order to grow, we have to get outside of our comfort zones. We have to be willing to invest in ourselves and learn something brand new. One of my favorite ways to grow and become better is by surrounding myself with people who are better at things than I am. I love to seek out people who are really good in certain areas of their lives that I want to be good at and ask them to hang out. Yes, it's humbling—but that's where growth happens.

If you want to be better in any area of your life, you've got to be willing to be the small fish in the big pond. You've got to be willing to get outside your box and your comfort zone and invest in yourself to learn something new.

 

The Best Thing to Invest In

I want to spend a few minutes unpacking an article I saw recently on Forbes.com called Why You Should Invest in Yourself by Amy Modglin. This article is a great reminder that the things we struggle with are actually really common to most of us. But if we don't understand how to overcome these challenges and barriers, we're never actually going to grow.

In the article, Amy shared about a lack of confidence she had and the fear that kept her from investing in herself. She said that all changed when her friend and mentor, John Maxwell, said, “Growth doesn’t just happen.” Amy’s biggest barrier was being afraid she wasn’t worth it. She wasn’t investing in herself.

The same thing is true for you and me. You're not going to get to somewhere new by doing the same thing you're doing today. You have to do something different. You have to invest in yourself. Remember: You get to have a say in who you become, but you've got to do something about it. You can't just sit on the sidelines. You have to take the reins. You have to get in the game. You have to read a book, get a coach, go to a conference. You have to do something. You are worth it.

 

Are You Growing?

Today, I want you to spend some time reading Ephesians 4:1–16. This passage is saying just grow to grow. Not to be better than others. Not to be impressive. Grow so that you’re not tossed back and forth. Grow so that you have a solid foundation. Grow to become more and more like the God who created you. Grow to become more like Christ.

I want to give you a few questions to consider as you journal, as you pray about this, and as you think about what this means for you in your faith walk.

  1. How do you grow?
  2. How have you matured in the last year?
  3. How are you growing in love?
Oct 20, 2020
Ep 20: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You with Chip Dodd
40:52

What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You

 


0:54 How to Understand Your Feelings

7:22 What Most People Don’t Realize About Their Feelings with Chip Dodd

35:42 What Emotions Are You Feeling Right Now?


Resources

Christy Wright's Goal Planner
Grow as a person, build confidence, manage your schedule, and crush your goals with Christy’s brand-new 2021 Goal Planner!
https://bit.ly/3nCoCif

Business Boutique Conference Live Stream
If you’ve been wanting to earn extra income for your family, the Business Boutique Conference will give you everything you need to work on your business dreams. Get your in-person or livestream ticket!
https://bit.ly/36PHTH2

5 Day Confidence Boost
Sign up for Christy's Confidence Boost to get five days of encouragement focused on helping you become a more confident you!
https://bit.ly/3lz4fAX

We want to hear your feedback about The Christy Wright Show! Email us at hello@christywright.com to let us know what you think of the show.


 

We all have feelings. And I have a lot of them. In fact, I have so many feelings, my feelings have feelings. Today, we’re going to talk about—yep, you guessed it—feelings and the appropriate (and important) role they have in our lives. Chip Dodd, bestselling author of The Voice of the Heart and other brilliant books, joins us to talk about feelings, vulnerability and the responsibility we all have to own them. Then, we’ll pull out our journals as we process our emotions and feelings.

 

How to Understand Your Feelings

Whenever we face an issue or problem, it’s easy to try to fix the issue at the surface level. But what’s interesting is that often times, what’s on the surface of the issue isn’t even the problem itself. No matter what the problem is, there’s always a root. But you have to be willing to uncover it layer by layer by layer. And if you can get to that deeper layer—if you slink it to the root of what's really going on—you can solve it. It’s there that you can find healing, deeper communication, intimacy and connection.

The question you need to be asking yourself and others is simple: Why? And then keep repeating it until you get to the root. You’ll sound a little like a broken record, but you know what? It works. Keep asking why. It's going to bring you to the core of what's going on inside you. It's an effective coaching technique, but it also helps you become self-aware and build closer relationships with every single person around you.

 

What Most People Don’t Realize About Their Feelings with Chip Dodd

Chip Dodd, author of the amazing book The Voice of the Heart, is here with me today to talk about the import role of feelings in our lives.  

Chip and I talk about:

  • The feelings God has given to us to live fully between the areas of grief and celebration
  • How to be emotionally vulnerable and develop emotional resilience
  • How we can use our feelings as tools to take ownership of our hearts and lives
  • Learning to trust your feelings through identification, exploration and expression

 

What Emotions Are You Feeling Right Now?

“Jesus wept.” — John 11:35 (NIV)

I don't know about you, but to me, it’s so moving to consider that Jesus had feelings. Jesus wasn't an emotional iceberg. He had feelings, highs and lows, emotions and pulls. Just before that verse, it says Jesus “was deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John 11:33, NIV). And then He wept. I want share that with you today as an encouragement that you're not alone.

So, I've got some journal questions for you as you process your own emotions and feelings right where you are.

  1. How does it feel to consider that Jesus had emotions and feelings just like you?
  2. What emotions are you feeling right now?
  3. Why do you feel that way? And after you write down that answer, ask again—why? I want you to continue asking yourself why until you get to the deepest root layer of what’s really going on inside.
Oct 13, 2020
Ep 19: The Right Way to Build Your Confidence
32:37

The Right Way to Build Your Confidence

 


0:49 What Confidence Actually Looks Like

9:47 How to Be a More Confident Business Owner

26:43 What Does Confidence Mean to You?


Resources

Business Boutique Academy
Do you have a small business or side hustle? If so, you know business can be overwhelming and lonely. But it doesn’t have to be! With the right training and support, there’s nothing you can’t do. Join thousands of women inside the Business Boutique Academy, where you'll get the training, support and confidence you need to succeed. Enrollment is only open until October 8, so don't miss your chance to join!
https://bit.ly/33UnFc8

We want to hear your feedback about The Christy Wright Show! Email us at hello@christywright.com to let us know what you think of the show.


 

The reality of running a business is that you’re going to run into things you just don’t know how to do. So, today, we’re talking about building confidence. No matter how much we talk about confidence, we always have more to learn. I also get to sit down with Academy member Sarah Lewis to talk about how she can build her confidence in business. Finally, we’ll take some time to journal and reflect.

 

What Confidence Actually Looks Like

The idea of confidence can be so hard to grasp. Why is that? I’ve been reflecting on this recently, and here’s what I’ve found: Confidence looks like courage, sounds like leadership, and feels like peace.

Confident people seem like they have it all together. But you know what? They don’t have it all figured out, but they do have courage. They’re willing to put themselves out there, willing to fail, and willing to do it scared.

Your confidence doesn't have to come from your situation or your circumstances. It doesn’t even have to come from you. The true source of confidence is in the God that created you to begin with, and that feels like peace.

 

How to Be a More Confident Business Owner

My good friend and Academy member Sarah Lewis is joining me in the studio today to talk about growing confidence as a business owner. So often, we buy into the lie that we need to be good at everything to be confident, especially in our businesses. But the truth is that you can’t be good at everything. You’re not going to be good at every single thing, and you’re not going to do it all perfectly. I hope you’re encouraged by our conversation and inspired to find confidence in the things you’re good at too.

 

What Does Confidence Mean to You?

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. — Hebrews 10:35–36 (NIV)

Confidence doesn't come from our circumstances. True confidence comes from who we are in God. And when we remember that, we have every reason in the world to be confident, to be at peace, to have courage, to be bold, to feel secure, and to be comfortable in our own skin. I hope you take some time today to journal and work through these questions:

  1. In what areas of your life are you most confident now?
  2. What habits help you build your confidence?
  3. What Scriptures help you feel confident? What Bible verses do you cling to?
  4. What is confidence to you? Define it.
Oct 06, 2020
Ep 18: Don’t Let THIS Steal Your Joy with Dr. John Delony
42:00

Don’t Let THIS Steal Your Joy

 


0:53 You’re Unhappy, and THIS Might Be Why

8:04 Is This the Root of Your Anxiety? with Dr. John Delony

37:13 Why You Should Stop Hiding Your Feelings


Resources

Business Boutique Academy
The Business Boutique Academy opens October 5! Whether you’ve been in business for a while or you’re starting out with an idea and want to make some extra income, this community is for you! Join thousands of women inside the Academy, where you’ll get the training, support and confidence you need to succeed. Join the waitlist today!
https://bit.ly/3k24HXG

Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
My brand-new 2021 Goal Planner is here to help you grow as a person, build confidence, manage your schedule, and crush your goals. Get your copy before they’re gone!
https://bit.ly/3m7OB0c

We want to hear your feedback about The Christy Wright Show! Email us at hello@christywright.com to let us know what you think of the show.


 

Do you ever feel like you can’t celebrate or be sad because you might hurt someone else’s feelings? Maybe you’re sad but you know “someone has it worse,” or you got a promotion, but you don’t want to be too happy because someone out there lost their job. Of course you’ve felt that way. We all have. That’s why we’re talking about how you have permission to feel your feelings. Today, I’m chatting with my good friend and fellow Ramsey Personality Dr. John Delony to dig into this on a deeper level. Then, we’ll finish out with some journal questions.

 

You’re Unhappy, and THIS Might Be Why

I’ve seen this weird thing going on in our culture. We’ve become so codependent as a culture that we don’t allow anyone to feel anything because it's not something enough. You can't celebrate the blessings in your life for fear of hurting someone else. And by the way, you can’t feel pain either, because you know someone else has it worse.

The truth is, you can honor your feelings and, at the same time, honor the feelings of others. Our tendency to compare our pain is really doing a disservice to everyone. Two things can be true at the same time. You can be happy for someone else and sad for you. You can be happy for yourself and sad for someone else. It doesn't have to be mutually exclusive.

 

Is This the Root of Your Anxiety? with Dr. John Delony

I’m so excited because my good friend and fellow Ramsey Personality Dr. John Delony is joining us today to talk about:

  • Our culture’s addiction to problems
  • How comparative grief can destroy our relationships
  • The importance of relationships and being present with others

 

Why You Should Stop Hiding Your Feelings

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.” — Romans 12:15­–16 (NIV)

We live in a world that’s so polarizing and where everything’s an extreme. And it becomes really difficult to not only honor where you are in your life and your feelings, but also honor others. You can rejoice with people that are rejoicing—even if you don't feel like rejoicing in your own life. You can mourn with people that are mourning—even if you don't have anything to be sad about yourself. You can honor others' feelings and honor your own at the same time.

So, I want to give you some questions to journal and pray about as you apply this to your life:

  1. What’s something you're mourning right now that maybe you've been holding back on because you don't feel like those feelings are valid?
  2. What’s something you're so excited about but scared to share?
  3. How can you honor your feelings this week and, at the same time, honor others' feelings?
Sep 29, 2020
Ep 17: Seven Ways to Stop Feeling Stressed with Rebekah Lyons
43:35

Seven Ways to Stop Feeling Stressed

 


1:16 Stressed Out All the Time? Do This.

13:16 Why Stress Doesn’t Have to Control Your Life with Rebekah Lyons

34:54 Here’s What the Bible Says About Stress


Resources

Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
Grow as a person, build confidence, manage your schedule, and crush your goals with my brand-new 2021 Goal Planner. Get your copy today!
https://bit.ly/3bVTg0G

Business Boutique Conference
Have a side hustle or business? Then don’t miss our Business Boutique Conference, where you’ll get an actionable plan for your goals and the confidence and inspiration to see them through. Get your ticket to join us in Nashville or via livestream.
https://bit.ly/2ZCvl1h


 

Fear, stress and overwhelm are a part of life—especially this year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to deal with them. Today, we’re going to talk about practical ways you can calm your nerves and stop feeling so stressed. Then, bestselling author Rebekah Lyons joins us to chat about tangible things we can actually do to ease our anxiety. And finally, we’ll close with some journal questions on what the Bible says about stress.

 

Stressed Out All the Time? Do This.

This year, more than ever, we know that we can't control a lot of things that we want to control. But the good news is, even though you can't totally control all the external stressors in your life, you can still calm your nerves. That’s why I’m going to give you seven ideas to help you relieve your stress, remove your anxiety, and calm yourself down.

 

Why Stress Doesn’t Have to Control Your Life with Rebekah Lyons

Author Rebekah Lyons joins me to talk about her book Rhythms of Renewal and how to trade stress and anxiety for a life of peace and purpose. We talk about:

  • Why you need rhythms in your life
  • How to take inventory of your life
  • Practical ways to combat stress when you feel trapped in a life that’s overwhelming

 

Here’s What the Bible Says About Stress

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. — Philippians 4:6–8 (NIV)

Here are some journal questions to think about and pray about as you process these verses and apply them in your life:

  • What’s stressing you out?
  • Write down a prayer presenting those requests to God.
  • What’s true in your life? What’s pure, excellent, praiseworthy or admirable?
Sep 22, 2020
Ep 16: The Problem You Don’t Know You Have with Ian Cron
42:50

The Problem You Don’t Know You Have

 


0:45 Has Fear and Misinformation Taken Over? Let’s Change That!

11:17 Why It’s Important to Remember What’s True With Ellie Holcomb

36:10 This word is in the Bible over 150 times. (Do you know what it is?)


Resources

Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
My brand-new 2021 Goal Planner is here to help you get results in your life. This planner will help you grow as a person, build confidence, manage your schedule, and crush your goals. This is the tool you need to make this year what you want it to be. Get your copy today!
https://bit.ly/2YRN3gP

Business Boutique Conference
If you’ve been wanting to earn extra income for your family, the Business Boutique Conference will give you everything you need to start working on your business dreams. And for the first time ever, we’re taking our annual three-day conference virtual! Get your livestream ticket today.
https://bit.ly/2YQ0rST


 

So often in our lives, it can be tempting to use our personalities as an excuse for acting a certain way. Did I catch your attention? I hope so, because this is something we are all guilty of. Yep—today on the show, we’re talking about how to know where you need to grow. And then I get to sit down with my good friend and bestselling author Ian Cron to learn about the Enneagram and how you can understand your weaknesses and what you need to work on.

 

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You

We all have blind spots, don’t we? When we start to look at the blind spots in our lives, we open up so many opportunities for growth. It’s not a fun process, but it’s an opportunity to grow in maturity, wisdom and faith. But we can’t grow and mature if we don’t know the areas where we need to grow and mature. So today, we’re going to talk about three tips that will help you identify your blind spots and areas you need to grow in so you can become the person you were created to be.

 

Let’s Talk About the Enneagram with Ian Cron

Have you ever thought about your motivations in life? Your motivations are rooted in your personality traits. Ian Cron, bestselling author of the popular Enneagram book The Road Back to You, joins me today to discuss how you can use the Enneagram to identify your blind spots. Ian and I also talk about how important self-awareness is for growth.

 

Are You Ready to Be a Better Person?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. — James 1:2–4 (NIV)

When I’ve gone through “wilderness” seasons, I remember feeling like I was far from God and even forgotten by Him. I don't know if you're in a season of feeling like everything is wrong and you're just looking for the emergency exit. If you're feeling like that, I hear you. And I've been there. But I also want to encourage you: Something might be happening right now in the valley that is going to produce fruit in your life. And even though you can’t see it right now, you might be closer to God than you ever imagined—even if it doesn’t feel like it.

So, I want to give you some journal questions to think about and reflect on regardless of what season of life you might be in:

  1. What areas of your life do you need to grow in?
  2. How does it feel to think about your weaknesses?
  3. Now that you’ve identified where you need to grow, what are you going to do about it?
Sep 15, 2020
Ep 15: You Need to Change THIS About Yourself with Anthony ONeal
44:13

You Need to Change THIS About Yourself

 


1:03 How to Stop Thinking in Extremes

9:56 Black Lives Matter, Racism, and Our Culture—Let’s Talk About It with Anthony ONeal

37:02 Do You Know Your Blind Spots?


Resources

Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
My brand-new 2021 Goal Planner is here to help you get results in your life. This planner will help you grow as a person, build confidence, manage your schedule, and crush your goals. This is the tool you need to make this year what you want it to be. Get your copy today!
https://bit.ly/2EAg0aj

Business Boutique Conference
If you’ve been wanting to earn extra income for your family, the Business Boutique Conference will give you everything you need to start working on your business dreams. And for the first time ever, we’re taking our annual three-day conference virtual! Get your livestream ticket today.
https://bit.ly/3gAAZ9N


 

We live in a society where everyone thinks their opinion and perspective on an issue is the right one. In this episode, we’re going to talk about Black Lives Matter, racism and our culture. My good friend and fellow Ramsey Personality Anthony ONeal joins me to dig into these hard conversations. Then, I’ll give you some questions as you process how to cultivate humility and learn from others who see things differently than you.

 

How to Stop Thinking in Extremes

We live in a culture of extremes where everything is polarizing. You’re either for something or against it. You’re either pro-this or anti-that. And in these extremes, everyone is shouting how their information, opinion and perspective is right—whether it’s about race, politics, social issues or economic issues.

At the root of this thinking is pride—regardless of where you stand, what you believe, which political party you're affiliated with, what your race is or where you live. That’s why I want to leave you with a challenge that will help you consider the possibility that you might not have all the answers and learn to value people who see things differently than you.

 

Black Lives Matter, Racism, and Our Culture—Let’s Talk About It with Anthony ONeal

I sit down with my good friend, fellow Ramsey Personality and bestselling author Anthony ONeal to talk about racism and our culture, along with how to:

  • Cultivate humility
  • Lean into hard conversations
  • Become more aware of your blind spots
  • Appreciate perspectives different from your own
  • Be a voice of unity

 

Do You Know Your Blind Spots?

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” —Matthew 7:3–5 (NIV)

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you process these verses:

  • What comes to mind when you think about the plank in your own eye?
  • What are some questions you can ask to lean into the conversation and learn?
  • What’s one practical way you’re going to demonstrate humility this week?
Sep 08, 2020
Ep 14: Stop Believing These Lies with Ellie Holcomb
38:29

Stop Believing These Lies

 


0:51 Has Fear and Misinformation Taken Over? Let’s Change That!

12:22 Why It’s Important to Remember What’s True With Ellie Holcomb

29:48 This word is in the Bible over 150 times. (Do you know what it is?)


Resources

Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
My brand-new 2021 Goal Planner is here to help you get results in your life. This planner will help you grow as a person, build confidence, manage your schedule, and crush your goals. This is the tool you need to make this year what you want it to be. Get you copy today!
https://bit.ly/2QcvFi9

Business Boutique Conference
If you’ve been wanting to earn extra income for your family, the Business Boutique Conference will give you everything you need to start working on your business dreams. And for the first time ever, we’re taking our annual three-day conference virtual! Get your livestream ticket today.
https://bit.ly/3l4csh2


 

In today’s world, it can be so difficult to make decisions because we don’t know what’s true. In this episode, we’ll talk about what keeps us from remembering the truth and how to cut through misinformation and the lies we tell ourselves. I also sit down with Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb to talk about her new children’s book, Don’t Forget to Remember. Then, I’ll give you some questions as you process this idea of remembering what’s true.

 

Has Fear and Misinformation Taken Over? Let’s Change That!

When we don’t know what’s true, it can be hard to make the best decisions for ourselves and our families. On top of that, there are many things that can make it difficult to even discern what’s true, like our own fear or the unlimited misinformation we have at our fingertips. Often, we even make up our own false narratives and tell ourselves things like, I’m always going to be a failure. I’m not smart. I’m not going to amount to anything.

Y’all, it’s so important to identify the things that can cloud our judgement and keep us from the truth. Because when we can identify them, we can cut through them and get back to the one source of truth, which is the truth that’s found in God’s Word.

 

Why It’s Important to Remember What’s True With Ellie Holcomb

I sit down with my friend and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb to talk about her new children’s book, Don’t Forget to Remember. As a mom, there are many things that you have to remind your kids to do, like wash your hands and be kind. But it’s also important to remind our kids (and ourselves!) the truth that we’re loved by a God who made us on purpose for a purpose.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why it’s important to remember what’s true
  • How to cut through misinformation and the lies we tell ourselves
  • How to anchor ourselves to one source of truth

 

This word is in the Bible over 150 times. (Do you know what it is?)

“Remember the Lord your God . . .” This is in Deuteronomy again and again. If God says something over and over again, it’s probably because He knows we’re going to forget. The truth is, the real root of what’s going on when I’m scared and worried is that I’ve forgotten that God is good and faithful and loves me.

Here are some questions to ask yourself as you process the importance of remembering the Lord your God:

  • What are times when God has been faithful in the past?
  • What are truths you can build your life on?
  • Where do you need God to be faithful?
Sep 01, 2020
Ep 13: How to Live the Life You Want
44:43

How to Live the Life You Want

 


0:42 Are You Chasing the Wrong Goals in Your Life?

9:34 Stop Focusing on Things That Don’t Matter

36:22 Can You Answer This Difficult Question? 


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Is the life you’re living the life you actually want? Have you ever taken the time to stop and just reflect on your life? If not, it’s time to figure out what you want and set goals to get there. I had the opportunity to sit down with longtime Academy member Pam Hook to talk about the goals she has for her life and business. Here’s a hint: One always affects the other. Then, we’ll grab a pen and some paper to journal through what this looks like in our own lives and businesses.

 

Are You Chasing the Wrong Goals in Your Life?

One of the most common questions I get is about goal setting: How do I know what goals to set?

We get ideas in our head about how we want to grow or what we want to learn, so we set a goal. But here's the problem: It might be a goal that’s great for someone else, but it doesn't mean it's the right goal for you.

If you want to know where to get direction for your goals, you need to start by answering one simple question: What do you want?

Your answer to this question will determine your goals. When you start to visualize where you want to be and what you want your life to look like, that informs the goals you set to get there.

Here’s the truth: If you don’t define your finish line, you’ll never cross it. If you don’t take the time to set goals for your life, you’ll end up living your entire life pursuing someone else’s version of success.

 

Stop Focusing on Things That Don’t Matter

I’m so excited because Pam Hook, one of our longtime Business Boutique Academy members, is joining me on the show today to talk about goal setting. Pam and I got to sit knee to knee and dig into her goals. At the end of the session, Pam was able to go home with more clarity on the next right steps for her life and her small business. Here are a few takeaways that might resonate with you too:

  • Your business goals and spiritual goals aren’t separate goals. One always affects the other.
  • You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.
  • You have to say no to some things in order to say yes to the right things.

 

Can You Answer This Difficult Question?

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. —Psalm 37:4 (ESV)

What's so beautiful about this verse is that it reminds us that as we seek Him, get to know Him, and lean into Him, He will show us what the desires of our hearts are. He will open your eyes to things you didn't even know you wanted, to goals you didn't even consider, and to dreams that never crossed your mind before. He will do that because He loves you, and He has good plans for you.

As we look to God, seek Him, and stay connected to Him, He shows us more of who we are and who He called us to be. He shows us the life He created us to live and the plans that He has for us.

Remember: It's not on your shoulders to have it all figured out.

Take some time to write down your answers to these questions as you process and put this into practice:

  1. How do you feel about what you want?
  2. Is it hard or easy to answer the question: What do you want?
  3. How does it feel to consider that God cares about what you want?

What do you want? Write down the things that come to mind, the dreams that swell up in your heart, and the ideas in your head.

Aug 25, 2020
Ep 12: The Secret to Success Isn’t What You Think with Bethany Hamilton
42:34

The Secret to Success Isn’t What You Think

 


0:56 You Need This When Life Knocks You Down.

12:38 How to Become Unstoppable with Bethany Hamilton

33:55 Feel Like Giving Up? Start Here.


Resources

Christy's 5-Day Confidence Boost
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Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
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Today, we’re talking about the secret to success, and I guarantee you, it's not what you think. And then I get to sit down and have an awesome conversation with the amazing Bethany Hamilton. You've probably heard of her—she’s a professional surfer, inspirational speaker, author, mom and wife. Her incredible story will inspire you. Then, I’ll take you through some journal questions on the idea of perseverance when you feel like giving up.

 

You Need This When Life Knocks You Down.

When it comes to reaching goals, pushing past limits, and trying new things, we often look to successful people to give us a formula we can follow. But so often, we’re looking to the wrong things. We think it’s their financial status, the relationships they have, the connections they make, what family they were born into, or even how they’re uniquely wired.

And while some of that may be true, those are not the true indicators of success. It comes down to one word. Are you ready for it? Perseverance. It’s about pushing through and being willing to try again. And again. And again. It's persistence and never giving up.

When we fail or fall down, it hurts. It bruises our ego and wounds our hope for the future. And that voice in our head starts to get really loud: Never again. I'm not going to do that again. I'm not going to risk that again. I'm not going to put myself out there like that again. See, that's proof. I never should’ve done that. See, that was dangerous. See, I wasn't cut out for that. See, I told you.

We look at our failures and mistakes, and we use them as proof of why we never should’ve done the thing to begin with.

I had a speaking event where I absolutely bombed—like, I wanted to disappear behind the podium. I cried the entire drive back to Nashville and told myself, Never again. I'll never speak again. I'll never walk on a stage. I'll never put myself out there like that to be embarrassed or humiliated again. Never again. But I did. And I'm so glad I did, because the number one reason I've been able to do anything I do is because I was willing to try again.

It’s all about perseverance. Just simply getting back up, dusting yourself off, and being willing to show up again and hold your head high—even when you're embarrassed.

 

How to Become Unstoppable with Bethany Hamilton

Y’all, Bethany Hamilton joined me today to talk about becoming unstoppable. Bethany is a professional surfer, wife, mom, author and inspirational speaker. You may remember her story from the movie Unstoppable. Bethany had to learn how to persevere through the unimaginable. I know her story will inspire you to keep going and approach life with gratitude. Here are some highlights from our conversation:

  • Developing confidence through challenges
  • Getting back on the surfboard after her shark attack
  • Thinking outside the box of what we think is possible
  • Approaching life with gratitude and maximizing the life you have
  • Setting boundaries that will help you love the life you live

 

Feel Like Giving Up? Start Here.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. — Romans 5:3–4 (NIV)

Perseverance is not just a leadership quality. It’s a biblical truth. And perseverance isn't just a quality that some people are born with. It's not just a leadership trait. It's a choice when you face obstacles. When you go through hard times, or when you experience heartbreak or tragedy, you have a choice of how you respond.

You could have a million excuses (many of which would be valid), or you could be grateful—you could persevere. You could find a way to get up and try again. You have no idea how that one action, decision or choice in how you respond to your suffering can change the trajectory of your life and the lives around you. Imagine the people you could influence and inspire because you chose to persevere through your suffering.

Perseverance produces character. I want character, don't you? Character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint. We’re called to be hopeful. This is what God created us to do, and who He created us to be.

I would love for you to pause, pray and reflect as you journal through these questions:

  1. When you face a really hard time, setback, failure or mistake, how do you normally respond?
  2. What are you afraid off when it comes to trying again?
  3. What small action can you take to do it scared?
Aug 18, 2020
Ep 11: What to Do When Your Heart Is Broken with Jonathan Pitts
42:18

What to Do When Your Heart Is Broken

 


0:51 Do This When You Feel Hopeless

12:59 How to Overcome Loss with Jonathan Pitts

35:17 Remember This When Life Is Hard . . .


Resources

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Christy Wright 2021 Goal Planner
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On today’s show, we’re talking about trusting God . . . even when your heart has been broken. Then, my friend Jonathan Pitts is joining us to talk about his story of faith. He’s the executive pastor of Church of the City here in Nashville, and I know you’re going to be unbelievably encouraged by his story. Finally, we’ll spend some time journaling through what it looks like to have peace that passes all understanding. Let’s go!

 

Do This When You Feel Hopeless 

We’ve all had disappointments in our lives. I’ve had my heart broken in many different ways. I’ve been in the hospital with my 3-year-old as he was hooked up to all these monitors to see if he was going to be okay. And he was. But at that moment I was terrified. I've lost family members. I've had family members and close friends go through tragedies in their life. I’ve also gone through seasons of darkness and wilderness where I felt like God didn't see me and didn't remember me and wondered if He was mad at me.

Have you felt like that? Have you gone through disappointments or heartbreaks or tragedies? The kind where all you can think in those moments (even if you’ve had a lifetime of faith) is, God, where are you? Do you even see me? Do you even hear me? Do you know what I'm going through?

We look to our heartbreak and draw conclusions about the character of God. But when you look at Scripture, God never said it would be easy. There’s example after example of disappointment, trials, valleys, temptations and seasons of darkness. It’s full of people feeling lost and scared and forgotten. It's full of those moments when we feel like He doesn't see us, or that He's left us or abandoned us. Or maybe it’s that He's just not good.

But you know what? Scripture also reminds us that even though we’ll go through those seasons, God is with us. Even though we’ll go through darkness, God is good. And even though we’ll go through seasons where we’re full of fear and anxiety of the unknown and experience heartbreak, disappointment and tragedy, He sees us, He's with us, and He’s still good.

 

How to Overcome Loss with Jonathan Pitts

I’m so excited to be sitting down with Jonathan Pitts today. He’s the executive pastor of Church of the City in Nashville, co-author of Emptied: Experiencing the Fullness of a Poured-Out Marriage, and President of For Girls Like You. Jonathan had to learn how to trust God after losing his wife Wynter Pitts. His story of faith despite the hardest circumstances really moved me, and I know it will move you too. Here are a few highlights from our conversation:

  • Centering yourself on the present—especially when your heart is broken
  • Choosing a posture of gratitude, even in hard times
  • Knowing who you are and whose you are
  • Having hope despite life’s disappointments
  • Believing that God works all things out for good

 

Remember This When Life Is Hard . . . 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 (NIV)

There are so many things in life that we want but can’t necessarily have. We can’t have control or every desire fulfilled. We can’t always have our plans work out exactly as we want them to. Things aren’t always going to be easy. But what Jesus reminds us again and again is that we can have peace that passes all understanding despite our circumstances, our heartbreak and our tragedy. Remember: This world is not our home. We will have trouble, but God is still good—He is with us and He is for us.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you process what it means to have faith—even in your heartbreak.

  1. Think back on some past times when you’ve been disappointed and remember where God showed up. Write down specific examples of how God carried you during those difficult times.
  2. How did you change as a result of that suffering, tragedy, disappointment or heartbreak? What changed in you?
  3. How did going through that actually strengthen your faith?
  4. Where do you need God to show up right now?
Aug 11, 2020
Ep 10: Is Life Balance Impossible? Here’s the Truth. with Elisabeth Hasselbeck
45:19

Is Life Balance Impossible? Here’s the Truth.

 


0:48 Why Your Life Never Feels Balanced

10:10 What’s Important in Your Life? with Elisabeth Hasselbeck

35:35 What Does Life Balance Mean to You?


Resources

Christy's 25 Ways to Protect Your Time Tool
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Is life balance possible? What does life balance even mean? Here’s a hint: It’s not about doing everything for an equal amount of time. In this episode, we’ll cover what life balance really is and how to achieve it. Plus, I sit down with Elisabeth Hasselbeck to talk about what life balance looks like in different seasons. Then we’ll spend some time journaling about how to balance your life in your current season.

 

Why Your Life Never Feels Balanced

I think we have a lot of really mixed up ideas about what life balance is. A lot of people think that life balance is doing everything for an equal amount of time—where work takes 50% of your time and home life is the other 50%. But that’s not balance. Life balance is about doing the right thing at the right time and being 100% present where you are.

And it’s also something you have to define for yourself. Your version of life balance is the only version that matters because it’s your life. It doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. At the end of the day, what’s most important is that you are spending your one life on what's most important to you. When you do that, you are creating and achieving your own version of life balance.

 

What’s Important in Your Life? with Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has such a cool story. She’s been a cast member on Survivor. She’s been a host on The View and Fox & Friends. She’s a New York Times bestselling author. She’s CBO (Chief Breakfast Officer) for her kids. And she has a lot of amazing wisdom on how to achieve life balance.

In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • Navigating life balance in different seasons
  • Finding purpose and passion in everyday tasks
  • Slowing down and focusing on the present
  • Choosing peace over balance

 

What Does Life Balance Mean to You?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  — Colossians 3:23 (NIV)

I’ve been through so many seasons in life that didn’t feel balanced or purposeful. I’m willing to bet you’ve been there too. In hindsight, I can see a lot of things that God was doing. But in other seasons, I’m still not sure what the why was. All I know is this: It’s up to you to treat your season as if it has purpose. Work at it with all your heart as if you are working for the Lord and not for men.

Use these journal questions to think about how this applies to your life:

  1. What season are you in right now?
  2. What are some ways you can work through this season as if you're working for the Lord and not for others?
  3. What are some ways you can create a sense of balance, even if your world feels out of balance right now?
Aug 04, 2020
Ep 9: How to Get More Energy (Hint: It’s Not More Coffee!)
31:13

How to Get More Energy (Hint: It’s Not More Coffee!)

 


0:54 Five Ways to Boost Your Energy Right Now

12:48 Managing Energy vs. Time: Which Is better?

22:44 This Is Too Much to Handle Alone


Resources

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We’ve been talking about the outer layer of the Core of Confidence and how to value your resources—your time, money and energy. In this episode, we’re focusing on how to manage your energy. To start, I’ll give you five specific things you can do right now to boost your energy. Spoiler: Drinking more coffee isn’t one of them. I’ll also unpack an article that talks about how managing your energy might be even more important than managing your time. Then we’ll spend some time journaling about how to keep going when you feel exhausted.

 

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy Right Now

A lot of people waste their energy by focusing on the things that don't matter, and then they don't have energy left over for the things that do. I'm not just talking about time or money or your attention. I'm also talking about effort and enthusiasm. Let’s be honest: Coffee can only do so much.

The reality is that our energy is finite—at some point, it’s going to run out. That's why I want to give you five specific things you can do this week to not only manage your energy, but also boost it.

 

Managing Energy vs. Time: Which Is better?

I want to highlight an article I read the other day by the Harvard Business Review called “Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time.” Specifically, I want to talk about where it says that energy can be “systematically expanded and regularly renewed by establishing specific rituals—behaviors that are intentionally practiced and precisely scheduled, with the goal of making them unconscious and automatic as quickly as possible.”

This is fascinating to me, and what's so amazing is that I found this article after I started my own rituals. See, you already have enough to worry about in a given day, am I right? Your brain is already working hard to keep up with your work, your business, your goals, your relationships and your to-do list. That takes energy!

That’s why it’s so important to do things that create structure. Go to bed early. Wake up early. And stop giving your brain more than it needs to work on. You’ll have more peace and freedom by creating rituals that give you real results in your life and with your energy.

 

This Is Too Much to Handle Alone

I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

The truth is, we can do things to boost our energy. We can do things that give us real results in our life. But we're still going to go through times that are hard. I’ve been through them, and I’m sure you have too. When we're in those seasons—or even when we're in really good times—it’s important to remember that the number one source of strength and renewal of our energy is God.

Here are a few journal questions to help you process this:

  1. What feels too big for you to handle right now?
  2. How have you been trying to get through that?
  3. How have you experienced God’s strength in you in the past?
  4. How do you need God to show up and strengthen you right now?
Jul 28, 2020
Ep 8: What You Know About Money Is Wrong
30:21

What You Know About Money Is Wrong

 


0:44 Not Living the Life You Want? Change This Habit.

12:00 Most Americans Are Now Doing This. Are You?

28:29 Are You Stressed About Money? Let’s Change That.


Resources

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We’re continuing to talk through the outer layer of the Core of Confidence: Valuing Your Resources. And as you know, our resources include time, money and even energy. We’re going to do a deep dive into the topic of managing our money in ways that bring glory to God. We’re also going to dig into current events and highlight some good news that came out of this pandemic. Finally, we’ll spend some time journaling on what this looks like for you. Let’s go!

 

Not Living the Life You Want? Change This Habit.

Y’all, I’ve made some massive mistakes with money.

Growing up, I never really heard the word no very often. But that led to some problems when I got older. I didn’t understand that you had to make choices with your money, live within your means, use a budget, and save for things you really want.

For years, I chose to live a life of barely getting by and putting most of my paychecks toward debt and payments. I called my mom often, asking her to put money in my bank account because I couldn’t make it to my next payday. But one day when I was around 24 years old, I had to call my mom again to ask her to put money in my bank account.

I was so fed up. I knew I couldn't live like this. I knew that I wanted nothing more in my life than the dignity of paying for my own lifestyle, my own expenses and my own bills.

That day, something in me changed. I decided I was going to work really, really hard to get out of debt. So, I tackled it like you tackle anything—one tiny step at a time. And exactly one week before I got engaged to my husband, Matt, I became debt-free. I made that final payment.

I won’t ever forget how it felt to feel that freedom. I won’t ever forget how it felt to know that when I got paid on Friday, I was going to actually get to keep my money. I won’t forget how it felt to go into my engagement completely debt-free. But I also will never forget the shame and the fear that haunted me every single payday.

We’ve all bought into this lie that this is just how it is. But I want to tell you that there’s a different way to live life. You don't have to struggle with your money forever. You don't have to barely get by. You don't have to feel fear when you check the mailbox.

But in order for that to happen, you have to decide that you're going to do something different. You have to have that moment that I had and say, Never again. I'm not going to live like this anymore. I'm not going to depend on credit cards. I'm not going to be sinking in debt up to my eyeballs. Never again.

Today, you have to think long term, not short term. Make the decision to change your life. When you do, you won’t just change your life—you’ll change your entire family tree.

I know you can do it, and I can't wait to watch you win.

 

Most Americans Are Now Doing This. Are You?

In America, people are stockpiling their cash and savings rates are going up.

I think we can all come to the conclusion that this is happening because of the pandemic and the current state of the economy. This is a really important topic in light of what we're talking about when it comes to managing your money.

See, we've had this wake-up call during the pandemic like nothing we've ever experienced in our generation. These wake-up calls give us an opportunity to do something different. And until you have a reason to do something different, you’re not going to change. You're just going to keep getting by.

And one of the things that the pandemic created in our world is a new perspective. It created an opportunity for you to think about how you manage your money. Let it be a wake-up call to actually save some money in an emergency fund. That way, the next time something like this happens, there will be a cushion between you and rock bottom.

 

Are You Stressed About Money? Let’s Change That.

“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)

“The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” Proverbs 21:20 (TLB)

It’s really tempting to just spend whatever you make or whatever’s in your bank account. If you've got it, you can spend it. I love how these verses shine a light on this. The wise man or woman has stores of food and oil. The wise man or woman saves and has a cushion—some extra stored away for a rainy day. There’s wisdom in saving and being prepared.

I want to be wise. I know you do too. So, I want to give you some questions to put this into practice. Process these questions and let them sink into your spirit. You can have actual change in your life, in your habits, and in your bank accounts.

  1. What were you taught about money growing up?
  2. How do you feel about it? Write down your feelings around money.
  3. What stresses you out about money? Let's get really specific here.
  4. What would it take for you to make a change?
Jul 21, 2020
Ep 7: You Need to Avoid These Time Traps
39:21

You Need to Avoid These Time Traps

 


0:47 Most People Do This 100 Times a Day. Do You? 

13:30 Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Watch This. 

31:41 Do You Feel Guilty About How You Spend Your Time? 


Resources

25 Ways to Protect Your Time

If you don’t protect what matters to you, no one else will. That’s why I created a list of 25 ways to protect your time—so you can say no without causing any hurt feelings. The next time a friend or family member asks you to add something to your already full plate, you can politely pass with confidence. Download the guide now for free!

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Today on the show, we’re working through the outer layer of the Core of Confidence, talking about what it looks like to value our resources by focusing on time management—the thing we all struggle with every single day of our lives. Then one of our longtime Academy members, Misty McCraw, joins me for a live coaching session on what it looks like to manage our time by deciding what’s most important. Finally, we’ll dive in and spend some time journaling on what this looks like for you. Let’s go!

 

Most People Do This 100 Times a Day. Do You?

We constantly think that we just need more time. But you know what? That's actually not the problem. The problem is not the amount of time that we have. The problem is how we use it. We all have the exact same number of hours in a day, so we can't get more time. But what we can do is change how we use the time that we have. So where are you spending your time?

Here are my top three time wasters:

  • People pleasing
  • Being the hero
  • Checking out

Spending our one life on what we care about sounds so simple doesn’t it? But it’s so hard to do because of these time traps. We end up spending all of our time over here when what we actually care about is over there. There’s a gap between what we care about and what we actually spend our life on.

My challenge for you is to look at your life through the lens of priorities. It's not about doing everything for an equal amount of time. Life balance is about doing the right things at the right time. What matters is that you spend your one life on what's most important to you.

 

Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Live Coaching with Misty McCraw

We’re doing something brand new: Misty McCraw (a longtime Academy member) joins me in the studio today for live coaching! Misty shares some of her biggest struggles when it comes to time management. I coach her as we sort through her priorities together and find out what it looks like to be successful when it comes to managing the endless to-do list.

 

Do You Feel Guilty About How You Spend Your Time?

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” — 2 Corinthians 9:7–8 (NIV)

This verse usually refers to giving with tithes and offerings. But I think it’s also a great reminder when it comes to how we use our time. We should spend our time on things that are important to us—on things that God has placed in front of us—and not out of guilt or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Your life is made up of how you spend your time. I think it's important to God that we are good stewards with the time He has given us. Write down your answers to these questions:

  1. What steals your time the most?
  2. Where do you feel guilt or resentment around how you spend your time?
  3. What are your top priorities? What's most important to you? You only get to pick a couple.
  4. Does your calendar reflect what you just wrote down as your most important priorities?
  5. What changes do you sense that God might be asking you to make when it comes to how you spend your time?
Jul 14, 2020
Ep 6: Need More Time, Money and Energy? Here’s the Solution. with Michael Hyatt
40:16

Need More Time, Money and Energy? Here’s the Solution.

 


0:44 Three Things You Need to Value More

12:00 The Secret to Protecting Your Time with Michael Hyatt

28:29 Are You Wasting Your Resources?


Resources

25 Ways to Protect Your Time

If you don’t protect what matters to you, no one else will. That’s why I created a list of 25 ways to protect your time—so you can say no without causing any hurt feelings. The next time a friend or family member asks you to add something to your already full plate, you can politely pass with confidence. Download the guide now for free!

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As we continue to work through the outer layer of the Core of Confidence, we’re diving into what it looks like to value our resources—our time, money and energy. Bestselling author and productivity expert Michael Hyatt joins me to discuss what it actually looks like to manage your resources, like your calendar and productivity. Then, we’re going to process it all through a few journal questions about becoming better stewards of our time, money and energy. Let’s dive in!

 

Three Things You Need to Value More

Here’s what I’ve noticed: There’s a major difference in my life when I value something and when I don’t. One of the most limited resources we have is our time, but it’s often the thing we value the least, treating it like it’s limitless.

God calls us to be good stewards of our time, money and energy. But when it comes to actually doing that, we feel anxious, stressed and frustrated. There’s a disconnect between what you care about and what your life actually reflects.

Life balance isn't about doing everything for an equal amount of time. It's about doing the right things at the right time and living from your values. It's about spending your one life on what you actually care about.

When you’re living from your values, you’ll be less stressed and more confident. Why? Because you’re choosing to be intentional with what God has given you. And as you learn to value your resources and strengthen that muscle overtime, you’ll look up and realize you not only like yourself, but you also actually like the life that you’re living.

 

The Secret to Protecting Your Time with Michael Hyatt

Today, I’m chatting with bestselling author Michael Hyatt. Michael is brilliant when it comes to time management and productivity, so we’re unpacking what it looks like to value your resources—especially your time. Here are some key points from our conversation:

  • Debunking the “hustle fallacy”
  • The possibility of winning at home and work
  • Finding success in time management
  • Giving yourself permission to be present
  • Being generous with your resources without burning out

 

Are You Wasting Your Resources?

Our Scripture of the week comes from Matthew 25:14–30 called The Parable of the Talents.

We have an opportunity and a responsibility to be faithful with what we've been given and to be wise stewards of our money, time and what we put our energy, efforts and talents into. Think about what this means in your life, both spiritually and practically, and write down your answers to these questions:

  1. Which do you tend to do more? Do you tend to be overly generous, or maybe even wasteful with your resources, where you just kind of spend it without thinking? Or do you tend to hold your resources with closed fists?
  2. Where do you sense God is trying to help you grow when it comes to your resources?
  3. Write down a prayer asking God to show you how he wants you to spend your resources: your time, money, energy, focus and effort.
Jul 07, 2020
Ep 5: The Number One Rule of Relationships with Les Parrott
45:39

The Number One Rule of Relationships

 


0:48 The Quality of Your Life Depends on This One Thing

13:33 Here’s the Real Problem With Your Relationships With Les Parrott

37:44 Are You Getting This Right?


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Today, we're continuing our journey through the Core of Confidence and talking about honoring our relationships as we work on ourselves from the inside out. Then, my good friend and bestselling author Les Parrott sits down with me to talk about healthy relationships and principles from his new book (that I’m absolutely loving!). Later on, we’ll unpack the Golden Rule and how we can incorporate that into our relationships. Let’s jump in!

 

The Quality of Your Life Depends on This One Thing

Relationships make up every aspect of our lives. But the reality is, life is messy and people are imperfect. So, when it comes to honoring the relationships in your life, how do you speak the truth and be loving instead of harsh?

Here’s a rule of thumb I like to use in my relationships: the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would want to be treated. It's so simple, right? But it's so hard to do because you can't control how someone treats you. What you can control is how you treat them. You can do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

To break it down even further, here are three really simple and tactical things you can do to put the Golden Rule into practice when it comes to your relationships:

  1. Appreciate everything.
  2. Believe the best.
  3. Communicate everything.

 

Here’s the Real Problem With Your Relationships with Les Parrott

Today on the show, I’m chatting with my good friend and bestselling author Les Parrott. Les just published a new book called Healthy Me, Healthy Us. I’m loving it, and I know you will too. Les and I talked about his new book and what it looks like to honor your relationships. Here are a few highlights:

  • Our relationships can only be as healthy as we are.
  • Every one of us has a choice to change.
  • Instead of finding the right person, we need to focus on becoming the right person.
  • We have to overcome the “disease to please.”
  • It’s essential that we learn to live with empathy.

 

Are You Getting This Right?

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” — Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

We've been talking a lot about honoring your relationships. We know we can't control other people, but we can control ourselves. So, I want to ask you a few questions to help you put this into practice:

  1. When is it really hard for you to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you?”
  2. What type of person do you want to be? What are the characteristics that you want to display? Write down five.
  3. How can you practice those qualities (even when it's hard)? Write down some different things that are going to help you actually live that out.
  4. What are some ways you see God shaping you?
Jun 30, 2020
Ep 4: Most Women Hate This… with Lisa Bevere
47:55

Most Women Hate This…

 


0:46 Stop Being Mean to This Friend

13:03 One Thing You Need to Stop Obsessing About with Lisa Bevere

37:02 The Gift You’re Missing Out On...


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Welcome to The Christy Wright Show! Today, we’re going to jump into talking about how you can appreciate your body—this one body you’ve been given. I know this is a topic that starts to make all of us feel pretty uncomfortable, but y’all, it’s that important. Lisa Bevere is joining me today to unpack what it looks like to really like and appreciate the body you’ve been given.

 

Stop Being Mean to This Friend

We all have this negative voice in our heads that tell us we’re not enough . . . not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not young enough, and the list goes on. And we always think, “If I looked like that, I wouldn’t have these thoughts.” But it doesn’t matter what you look like, because no one is exempt from it.

The way you talk to yourself affects your sense of confidence and joy. It affects who you are and what you do in this life more than you can possibly imagine. It affects the example you set for your children, friends and even your coworkers. So, it’s time to change the narrative. It’s time to start appreciating this one body God gave you to live in.

Scripture says your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). Your body was created by God, and I guarantee you that He doesn’t make mistakes. I believe that He loves your body. He even likes it. And He probably wants you to love it and like it as well. Think about it: Would you ever treat your friend how you’re treating yourself? It's time you actually become friends with your body, appreciate it, and celebrate it.  

So, if you're going to build confidence in yourself and the God who created you—if you're going to get back to yourself and live this amazing life that God has for you—you have to start appreciating this one body you've been given.

 

One Thing You Need to Stop Obsessing About with Lisa Bevere

I’m so excited to hang out with Lisa Bevere today as we talk about what it looks like to appreciate your body. Lisa is the bestselling author of several books, and she just recently published a new women’s devotional called Strong. Here are a few highlights from our conversation:

  • The myth women believe about their bodies
  • How easily the number on the scale can become an idol
  • Why you should appreciate your body right now
  • How to steward your body and your health . . . without obsessing over them

 

The Gift You’re Missing Out On…

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” —1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NIV)

You are not your own. You were bought at a price. I love this idea of a different layer of responsibility, not only because it obviously affects how we think about ourselves and our sense of confidence, but it's also a command from God who loves us very much. He knows what's best for us. He knows what we need. He knows what we were created for. So He gives us commands and instructions in His words. And one of the commands is to honor God with your body. Today, I want you to be really honest with yourself as you write down the answers to these questions:

  • How do you normally think about your body? How do you normally talk to it?
  • Would you ever talk to someone you love like that?
  • What do you appreciate about your body? (Make a list and write down every single thing.)
  • What are some practical ways you can honor God with your body?
Jun 23, 2020
Ep 3: The Lies You’re Believing (And Don’t Even Realize) with Jennie Allen
46:11

The lies you’re believing (and don’t even realize)

 


0:56 Are your thoughts beating you up? Let’s change that.

16:35 The shocking truth about 80% of your thoughts with Jennie Allen

37:05 How you can stop your toxic thoughts


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Welcome to The Christy Wright Show!

We're continuing to work through The Core of Confidence as we learn what it looks like to work on ourselves from the inside out. And today, we’re taking a deep dive into what it looks like to protect your mind by learning how to control your thoughts. Jennie Allen, my good friend and bestselling author, joins us to chat about her new book and the topic of taking every thought captive. Then, we’ll journal together, digging a little deeper into what protecting your mind actually looks like for you. Let’s go!

We all have stories and narratives that play in the background of our minds all day, every day. Some of them are true, but many of them are not. And you know, it doesn’t really matter what is true if you don’t believe it, because what you believe is what you experience—whether it’s true or not. The stories you believe and the thoughts that you accept and hold matter. The stories you believe in and the thoughts you have . . . they shape your behavior. They shape your reality. And they make up your life.

God has a lot to say about our thoughts—what we think about and what we set our minds on.

 

Romans 12:2 (NIV) says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Isn't that what we all want—God's will? What is God’s plans for us? What is God's direction?

The Bible says you’ll find it when you renew your mind. That means it's possible to renew your mind. It's possible to have new thoughts. It's possible to retrain your brain to find the truth in the lies and to break through the stories and limitations that have been holding you back. It's possible. It wouldn't say it if it wasn't possible. And that, my friend, is good news for me and you.

I’m so excited to chat with Jennie Allen, my good friend and bestselling author. Jennie just launched her new book called Get Out of Your Head. Join us as we work through what it looks like to protect our thoughts by taking every thought captive. We cover:

  • Having control over your thoughts
  • Who is most susceptible to toxic thoughts
  • The three main lies we believe
  • What it looks like to take every thought captive

 

Jun 16, 2020
Ep 2: Feeling Overwhelmed? Start Here. with Annie F. Downs
40:44

Feeling overwhelmed? Start here.

 


1:14 Do you feel like you’ve lost control of your life? Here’s what needs to change.

9:32 Why you should make faith a priority in your life with Annie F. Downs

33:00 Are you tired of trying to fix everything in your life? Do this.


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Welcome to The Christy Wright Show! In each episode, I’m going to give you everything you need to help you break through limitations that are holding you back and keeping you stuck. You never know, you might just surprise yourself as you see what new possibilities open for you.

In episode one, we talked about The Core of Confidence framework and what it looks like to work on yourself from the inside out. This week, we’re talking about starting where it all begins: your spirit.

Everything starts and ends with God. To work on yourself from the inside out, you have to start with the deepest, most important part of you: your spirit. Today, we’re talking about what it looks like to make faith your foundation. Join me and Annie F. Downs as we talk about what it looks like to live that out. Then, I’ll give you some questions so you can process how you can live out your faith in your own life.

 

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE LOST CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE? Here’s what needs to change.

Everything starts and ends with God. He’s who we live for. And our faith is what we live from.

In Matthew 22:37–40 (NIV), Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

To work from the inside out, you have to start with the deepest, most important part of you, which is your foundation of faith. It's not just a piece of the pie. It's not a label we give ourselves like wife, mother, leader, author . . . and it’s certainly not created equal with everything else.

Instead, your faith should be the filter that you put everything else through. It should be the source of your energy, your direction and your decisions. You were created and designed for your relationship with God to be the very foundation you build your life on. Everything starts there.

 

MAKING FAITH A PRIORITY WITH ANNIE F. DOWNS

Today, I’m sitting down with my good friend, bestselling author, and brilliant Bible teacher Annie F. Downs. Annie and I are talking about what it looks like to build a foundation of faith in our lives, including:

  • Making faith the source of your life, not just a piece
  • Learning the difference between running ahead of God and going with God
  • Seeking God first above all else
  • Building spiritual disciplines

 

ARE YOU TIRED OF TRYING TO FIX EVERYTHING?

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” — John 15:4 (NIV)

I love the idea of remaining. It’s so simple to understand but hard to do. We've been talking about what it looks like to build a foundation of faith, and one of the simplest (but most important) things that we can do is to simply remain in our relationship with the Lord.

Remaining can be so hard. But God is saying that a life of faith means a life of trust. It means letting go and holding every aspect of what you do and what you have with open hands so God can put what He wants in your life and take what He wants out of it. Our only job is to remain in Him.

So, I want to lead you through a few journal questions. I encourage you to pray about your answers to these questions as you process what it means for you to remain in Jesus:

  1. What do you tend to do first? Do you seek God for what you need, or do you tend to try to fix things yourself?
  2. If you tend to pray and look to God first—or if you’re like me, and you tend to try and fix things yourself—how does that usually turn out? What are the patterns you see in your life?
  3. What gets in the way of you putting your faith first?
  4. What are some simple things you could do to seek God first and build a foundation of faith?

My hope for you would be that as you answer these questions, you begin to cultivate this habit of remaining in the Lord. And that it not only becomes easier for you, but it also becomes something you actually experience every single day.

Jun 09, 2020
Ep 1: Ready to Boost Your Confidence? Here’s How. with Rachel Cruze
39:54

Ready to Boost Your Confidence? Here’s How.

 


3:00 The Real Way to Build Confidence

17:23 How Do You Work on Yourself with Rachel Cruze

30:42 What Part of Your Life Can You Control


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Today’s the day: The Christy Wright Show is here! This is something God laid on my heart a while ago, and I truly believe it’s going to have a huge impact. Don’t worry, we’re still going to help you pursue your dreams, build your business, and reach your goals. But we’re also going to help you with your life. Because let’s face it: You don’t have a business life and a home life. You have ONE life. And that’s what this show’s all about.

In each episode, I’m going to give you everything you need to help you break through limitations that are holding you back and keeping you stuck. And once you step outside that box, you might just surprise yourself. I'm really excited to see what new possibilities this opens for you, what God might be doing in your life, and what He has to say.

I’ll be here to point you toward truth, perspective and the motivation you need to live the life God’s calling you to—whether that’s making money doing what you love or something completely different.

Y’all, I’m so excited to see what God’s going to do in and through you as you take this step of faith with us.

 

The Real Way to Build Confidence

Real life-change happens when you work on yourself from the inside out. That’s why I want to introduce you to the framework I use to help others do just that. It’s called the Core of Confidence. This framework is made up of five stages that help you build confidence in yourself and the God who created you. Let’s take a look:

  1. Start with your spirit.
  2. Protect your mind.
  3. Take care of your body.
  4. Work on your relationships.
  5. Work on your resources—your time, money and energy.

 

How Do You Work on Yourself with Rachel Cruze

Y’all, I’m so excited because one of my best friends is here to talk about one of our favorite topics: working on yourself. Rachel Cruze is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and host of The Rachel Cruze Show. We covered a lot of ground in our conversation, but here are some of my favorite takeaways:

  • What it looks like to invest in yourself and grow as a person
  • How to be intentional with your time
  • Why taking time to work on yourself isn’t selfish

I know that I’m such a better mom, I’m such a better wife, I’m such a better friend when I’m functioning out of the whole person of who I am.” — Rachel Cruze

 

What Part of Your Life Can You Control

Many of you know that I’m really big on journaling. I think it’s so powerful when you take the ideas in your head and the dreams in your heart and get them down on paper. When I journal, I end up writing down thoughts and feelings I didn’t even know I had. And more than that, it’s an opportunity for God to show up and lead.

So, let’s jump in and spend some time journaling about today’s Scripture.

Galatians 6:4–5 (NIV) says, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.”

Work through these questions below, taking the time to pause, pray and journal:

  • When you try to fix others, how do you feel?
  • How do you feel when you think about controlling you?
  • Which area of your life are you most excited to work on?
  • Which area of your life are you nervous to work on?
  • What does it mean to you to do the creative best with your own life?
Jun 02, 2020
Welcome to The Christy Wright Show!
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Hey y'all! I know life can be overwhelming and the day-to-day grind can leave you feeling stuck, but it doesn't have to be that way. The Christy Wright Show will fire you up so you can break through limitations to create a life you love and are proud of. You will build confidence in yourself and the God who created you.

May 26, 2020
BB Ep 97: Having Faith in Different Seasons
55:51

Having Faith in Different Seasons

 


2:12 Having Faith in Different Seasons

4:15 Three Ways to Live Out Your Faith for Yourself and Others

16:13 Having Faith When Life Gets Hard with Amanda Bible Williams

50:30 Encouragement: God Can Use Your Crumbs


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Having faith often looks different in different seasons of life.

And sometimes I have this pattern in my life where I might go a season—a few weeks, a month, maybe even a few months—without going to church. This is embarrassing to admit, but life gets hard. You have babies . . . You get sick . . . Sometimes it's just tough to get there.

But every single time I go back to church after one of these seasons, I notice something: I have this mindset that I'm doing it for God. I'm going to be a good Christian. I'm going to go to church. I'm going to get my brownie points. I'm going make God so happy with me because I'm showing up. And every single time I go back, I experience the same feeling: I was there for me.

God invites me to church. God invites me into His story and into His plans. Not because He needs me, but for me—because I benefit from it.

I don't know if you’ve ever experienced something similar, but I think it's really common to believe that about anything we do. Whether it’s going to church, reading our Bible, praying, or even giving our time, we start to believe the lie that we’re doing it for God.

But the truth is that it’s for us. God is all powerful. He doesn’t need you or me. He doesn’t need our money, time or talents. He doesn’t need anything. He’s God! He can move mountains, raise the dead, heal the blind, and part red seas. He can do anything. But He chooses to invite us into His story, and it’s for our benefit.

I want to give you three things that you can do to live out your faith in different seasons. And as you step into God's plan and God's calling and God's purpose for you, you’ll experience the ripple effect in the kingdom and in yourself.

You'll be amazed at how He peels away these layers of pride and wounds and selfishness and sin we didn't even know were there. But as long as we have faith and live it out, we're growing to become more like Him.

3 Ways to Live Out Your Faith for Yourself and Others:

So, let's talk about three really simple things that you can do to live out your faith for yourself and others.

1. Show up.

Matthew 18:20 (NIV) says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Sometimes the best gift you can give someone is your presence.

When God is in you, you can show up and show Him to people just by being present. Your presence is a gift and a ministry to the people in your life.

So, just show up. Show up at church. Show up for your friends and family. Show up when someone needs help with their kids. Show up when someone needs a meal. Show up when someone just wants to sit and talk. Just be there for people.

2. Give

When you give, God is inviting you to open your hands and hold your life, your time, your talents, your money, your energy, your plans, and your agendas with open hands. I believe God calls us to live a life with this posture with open hands where we can freely give and also freely receive.

So, what does that look like for you? Here’s what I know: Every time I give, I think I'm doing it for God and others. And every time, it changes me more than it changes them.

3. Pray

Did you know that God actually moves on your behalf when you pray? I don't know about you, but sometimes when I pray, it can feel like I’m just going through the motions. But that’s not true! When you pray, it actually changes things!

If you're feeling stuck, helpless or stagnant in your faith, you might feel like prayer is the last thing you want to do. But I want to remind you that Scripture is full of examples of how God moves in response to His children. God changes things on behalf of his people when they pray. He can't wait to hear from you and hear your heart as you talk to Him with boldness with confidence.

These simple things are easy ways for you to live out your faith no matter the season: show up, give and pray. When you do these things, you live out your faith as a light to a dark world for other people to see with Jesus helping, leading and guiding you every step of the way.

Having Faith When Life Gets Hard with Amanda Bible Williams

Y’all, I cannot wait for you to listen to my conversation with Amanda Bible Williams today as we talk about faith. Amanda is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer of She Reads Truth. She Reads Truth is a worldwide community of women who are on mission to read God’s Word together every single day.

On this episode, Amanda and I talk about:

  • How She Reads Truth began, and how it’s grown into what it is today
  • The questions you should ask yourself when you’re faced with a big decision
  • How to read the Bible—especially when you don’t know where to start
  • How to understand Scripture without being a Bible teacher
  • How to know that God is good, especially when life is hard

Encouragement: God Can Use Your Crumbs

I don't know about you all, but I’ve gone through seasons of my life where I’ve just felt like I don't have anything to give. I want to give. I want to help people. I want to make a difference. I want to show up. I want to do all these things that I feel God calling me to do. But sometimes, I’m just empty, exhausted, burnt out or going through a tough wilderness in my own faith walk. So, how in the world can God use me when I’m struggling to have faith on my own?

About six years ago, I was going through one of these wilderness seasons in my own life. I had been serving as a leader with Young Life on top of working all the time for a nonprofit. It was my last year serving, and I just felt like my heart wasn’t in it. I felt like a hypocrite. I was leading and teaching these high school students, and I didn’t even have it together myself.

All I had to offer were crumbs for these kids. And I remember God saying, I can use crumbs. I can use what you have.

Friend: God can use you—even when you feel like you don't have much to give. God can use what you have right now. You might be going through a tough season just like I was. You might feel like you have nothing to offer. He can use you with what you have right now. Today. Don't discount yourself. You don't have to have it all together.

My friend Christine Caine always says, “God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” If God's calling you, it’s because He wants to use you—even if all you have to offer are crumbs.

May 19, 2020
Be True to You by Being Willing to Go
07:57

Today, we're diving into Part 5 of our series, and it’s all about being willing to go. You have to be willing to go when God opens the door. After He's prepared you and humbled you, and after you've let go of things, you have to be willing to actually step through the open door in front of you. You've been prepared. You've been humbled. You've been faithful. But when God opens that door, you can't just stand there. You can't just stare at it. You can't be scared. You can't be stuck. You've got to be willing to actually step through the door that God has for you.

You know, whenever I first got started speaking, I had no experience, no training, no certification, and no plans to be a speaker. Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey’s daughter) had been booked to speak at a conference all over the country in different cities every single day. It was a crazy travel schedule. She was newly out of college, and it was basically two weeks before she was supposed to go on the road.

Dave looked at the schedule and said, “Hey, this is not what we agreed to. This is more than we agreed to. You (me, Christy) have to go back to the conference and tell them she can only do half of the events.” That was a problem. The events started in two weeks, and they thought they had Rachel for 20 dates. I had to be the bearer of bad news. I got on the phone and said, “Hey, I'm so sorry. She's all of the events, but she can do 10 of them, and you can pick whichever 10.”

I'll never forget what Chase (the man on the other end of the line) said to me. He said, “Christy, what am I going to do? I've got her booked for 20 different dates. What am I going to do with the other ones?” And I said, “I'll do them.” And he said, “Can you speak?” I said, “I think so.” You know, I’d never in my life. I just saw a problem and came up with a solution. There was a door that opened in front of me, and I walked through it. I can fix this. I can figure it out. I can make it up as I go. I'm just going say yes to this opportunity before I know how. Did I know how to speak to an audience? No. But I said yes before I knew how.

So, when God opens a door in front of you, you've got to be willing to walk through it. You've got to be willing to go before you know how to say yes. Even if you're not sure how it's going play out, assume that you can. In the absence of information, don't assume there's a rule that you're breaking. Don't assume there's a reason you can't. Assume that you can. And then if you can't, you'll figure it out. God will open doors in front of you, but you’ve got to be willing to go—even if you're scared. Even if you're unsure. Even if you're insecure. Even if you don't know how it's all going to play out. Even if you don't have a perfect plan and a perfect path and a guarantee that it's going to be successful. You've got to be willing to go.

This makes me think about the story of when the Israelites went to explore the Promised Land in the Old Testament. This is the land that God had promised to them, but they would not go and fight for it. They had their part to do. They had to walk through the door. Like the Israelites, we’re participants in this life with God, and even in the plans that he has for us. But an entire generation missed out on the Promised Land—missed out on the plan and the promise that God had for them—because they wouldn't walk through the door. God told the Israelites where He was taking them, that He had gone before them, and that the land was theirs, but they still wouldn’t walk through the door. They wouldn’t go.

Man, that's a powerful lesson. I don't know about you, but I want to be someone that walks through the door. I don't want to miss out on what God has for me over there because I'm scared. Yes, it's scary. You know why? Because the life God has for you is bigger and better than you can imagine. It's more exciting. It's new. It's different. Yes, it's a little bit scary. Yes, it's a little bit unknown. But you know what? If God said it, He will do it. If God opened that door, it’s because He wants you to walk through it.

[share]God’s not limited by your limitations. God’s not limited by your lack of confidence. God’s not limited by your lack of resources or talents. God’s not limited by you.[/share]

So, as we explore five ways to be true to you—five ways for you to step into this bigger, better, more awesome life that God has for you—you have to be willing to go. You have to be willing to say yes before you know how. You have to assume that you can. You have to be willing to step through—even if you don't know how it's going to play out, and even if you don't have a perfect plan. Even if you aren't qualified, certified or confident . . . it doesn't matter. God’s not limited by your limitations. God’s not limited by your lack of confidence. God’s not limited by your lack of resources or talents. God’s not limited by you.

God has something for you to do on the other side of that door. All you have to do is walk through it. That's it. He’ll provide what you need every step of the way. But you have to be the one to take the steps.

Journal Questions:

Write down where you might be sensing that God wants you to go.

  • Where do you feel an urge? A nudge? A prompting or a stirring in your spirit?

  • Is there a door that's been open in front of you, but you're just too nervous to walk through it?

  • Is there an opportunity that you've had your eye on, but it just feels a little scary and new?

I want you to write that down. I want you to pray about it. I want you to think about it. I want you to ask God what He has in front of you, and then ask Him for the courage to walk through that door.

It's amazing that God not only has these amazing plans for us, but that He also invites us to be participants in those plans. I pray that this encourages you to not only be true to you, but I hope it also builds confidence in who you are and confidence in the God who created you.

May 15, 2020
Be True to You by Being Willing to Let Go
08:37

Right now, I'm in this season of purging with three small kids. I'm constantly going through closets and toy bins. And when I sit down to do this, I get a little sad. I think about Conley’s sentimental things, or Carter’s shoes that he’s outgrown, or Mary Grace’s newborn onesies. I get a little sad that these seasons of our lives are ending. Even if some of those seasons were hard—like those sleepless nights of the newborn stage.

But you know what? We experience this often. I get really sentimental when something's over. Whether I loved a season or not, I find that there’s something about endings that makes it hard to let go.

I worked at the YMCA for three years. During that time, I worked so hard and so many hours to the point of burnout. So, when this season of my life was ending—when I was leaving a job that my heart had not been in for a while, where I was working every night, every weekend, every week on the holidays—I still felt sad. And I still felt sad even though I was going to a job where I was going to have some balance. I was so excited about where I was going, and yet still sad it was over—still sad to leave behind those relationships, and that season of life, and everything that it represented.

Life can be like that. Endings can be hard and sad. But you know what? Endings make new beginnings possible. Endings make that new thing that God is doing in your life possible.

So, if you're going to live a life true to you and step into this bigger, better, more awesome life that God has for you, you have to be willing to let go of what's behind and what’s no longer right for you.

Friend, you've got to be willing to let some things go. If all we focus on are the endings, we’re going to be sad and filled with regret. But I don't want you to miss the truth of endings: Endings make new beginnings possible. God has something for you, but He cannot put it in your hands until He takes something out.

Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) says:

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

Journal Question:

Write down an area of your life where God might be urging you to let go of something.

May 13, 2020
Be True to You by Being Willing to Be Humbled
08:28

Being humbled is not fun. Have you ever gone through a season where God was humbling you?

Being humbled hurts—it hurts to your core. It’s more vulnerable than you ever want to be and stings deeper than you ever want to feel. And just when you think you can't take another hit, the hits just keep coming (because that's just what happens in those seasons).

The truth is: God cares more about who you're becoming than where you're going.

Hebrews 12:11 (NIV) says:

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

It seems painful, but your loving Father disciplines because He loves you. And He loves me. And if you're going to be true to you and the person that God created you to be in this bigger, better life, He's going to have to do some things in you before you're ready for it, or even before you can handle it.

[share]God cares more about who you're becoming than where you're going.[/share]

Being humbled is not a one and done type of thing. We're going to go through multiple seasons of this in life. Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, describes these seasons as valleys of humiliation.

Friend, if you’re in a season of humbling right now or a valley of humiliation, God sees you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) says:

“The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

He’s with you in this valley. And I know it's hard, and I know it hurts, but take comfort in the fact that God sees you, and He’s with you. This season’s not forever. He's doing something in you.

I love the Bible verse Isaiah 60:22 (NLT) that says:

“At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.”

Yes, you and I need to work hard. It’s up to us to steward what He's given us. It's up to us to be faithful. But it's not all up to us, because we would point back and go, Look how good I did. Look at everything I accomplished. Look how strong and smart and clever and talented I am. No, no. God says that you should work hard with what He’s given you, but when the time’s right, He’ll make it happen.

So, you've got to be willing to be humbled. Be willing to go through those hard seasons. Be willing to be faithful when it hurts, and when you feel lost, and when you feel wronged, and when you feel abandoned. Be willing to be faithful even there in the valley, because it’s not forever.

But God is doing something in you in that valley to prepare you for what’s next.

Journal Questions:

I want you to simply ask yourself:

  • Where do I need to be humbled?

  • What does it look like for me to set my pride aside and be humbled before God and what He's doing right now?

Remember: God’s preparing you for something in this life that’s bigger, better and more awesome than you could ever imagine.

May 11, 2020
Be True to You by Being Willing to Work Really Hard
07:25

In Part 1, we talked about being willing to experiment. Today, we’re building on that as we talk about being willing to work really hard.

Now, I know this doesn't sound fun, right? Like, who needs more to do? But I want to reframe that for you, because hard work, believe it or not, actually has more unbelievable benefits than you could ever imagine.

So many people come up to me at book signings, out in public, or even in coaching calls, and they say, “Christy, I want to do what you do. I want to be a speaker.” I always respond by asking, “What do you want to say? Who have you spoken to? Who have you talked to? Have you spoken for your local church? Have you spoken for a local community group, or even just a book club or ministry?” They say, “No, no, no. I want to speak on big stages. I want to be a professional speaker.” I'm like, “I hear you, but that's where you start. You start by being faithful in the small things. You start by working hard when no one's watching. You start with the humility of someone who’s willing to do the hard work in the beginning for the payoff later on.”

What areas of your life do you need to work really hard in because you're in a season of just getting started? If you've got this idea in your head about a life that you want to lead, it's going to take hard work.

But we can't just coast through life and expect to wake up one day with an amazing marathon time, amazing business, amazing career, amazing marriage, amazing kids or amazing friendships. It takes hard work.

It takes being willing to be faithful in the things that don't seem like they matter—those small, insignificant things, and those things that are too unimpressive to post about on Facebook. It’s about just showing up and being faithful in the small things that no one ever sees. It's that hard work that not only creates the result you want, but also creates the person in you that you want to be.

[share]The results that you want to achieve and the person you want to become will happen when you put in the hard work.[/share]

I'm a different person today, not because of the big stage, but because of who I became when no one was watching. It was speaking at Kentucky county libraries on a Friday night for three people, or family reunions, or high school reunions, or the events where it was seated for 5,000 and three people showed up.

The results that you want to achieve and the person you want to become will happen when you put in the hard work. It happens in the small things and in the day-to-day grind. It happens when you're showing patience to your kids when you don't want to because they're driving you insane. It happens when you want to snap at your spouse, and you want to be short with them and be hateful, but instead respond with kindness. It happens when you give your time and energy. It happens when you in everything you do, even if no one ever knows it's you. It’s what happens when you show up with excellence, even when you don't get credit.

That hard work is what leads to the results you want in a life that's true to you, where you become the person that you want to be in that life.

I promise you this: If you want to live a life that's true to you, and if you want to lean into the life God has for you, it's going to take hard work.

Journal Questions:

  • What hard work do you need to do right now?

  • What hard work have you been putting off?

  • What hard work is staying between you and the life God has for you?

Write that down and then join us for part three of this series: 5 Ways to Be True to You.

May 08, 2020
Be True to You by Being Willing to Experiment
09:19

Today, I want to challenge you with something: Be willing to experiment.

If you're going to live a life true to you, then you've got to be willing to try some things. That’s right, I’m talking about being willing to experiment.

Sometimes, we don’t know what we want (or don’t want), what we like (or don’t like), or what we should be allowing into our lives. The best way to figure that out is by trying new things. In order to figure out what’s best for you, you’ve got to be willing to experiment. When you're willing to experiment and try some stuff, you're going to find the things that are you. You're going to find the things that are true to you.

[share]The life that God has for you—the life that’s already in you—is bigger and more fun and more amazing than you can imagine.[/share]

I’ve gone through many different phases in my life as I’ve tried experimenting with what was right for me. Right after college, I decided to move to a 40-acre farm—a real-life farm. Turns out it's a lot of work and really, really hard. But you know what? It was an experiment. It was fun. But during this time, I asked myself: Is this me? Am I a cowgirl? Turns out, I’m not—but it was a fun phase.

I also decided it would be fun to take Latin and ballroom dance lessons and play on an adult soccer league with all Guatemalan men who spoke no English (my Spanish got really good during that time). All of these things were me trying to find myself and figure out: What is true for me? What kind of life do I want to lead? What kind of person do I want to be?

All of us have an opportunity to experiment, try some things, and see if it works for us. But too often, we’re placing labels on ourselves and unwilling to try new things.

Friend, don't place labels and limitations on yourself. Be willing to push the boundary. Be willing to break outside of the box that you put yourself in. Try something new. Expand your world.

So, what are the things that you tell yourself? Maybe you’re thinking: “I'm not a fun mom. I'm not a businessperson. I'm not athletic. I'm not a runner . . .”  But you have to be willing to experiment. You have to be willing to go for a run, put on some crazy heels, launch a business idea, or do something really fun and weird with your kids.

And guess what? You might just surprise yourself. You might already be that person. She's in there. She's just buried beneath the expectations of everyone else. So, be willing to experiment. Be willing to try some stuff.

When you do, you might just find that the life that God has for you—the life that’s already in you—is bigger and more fun and more amazing than you can imagine. And that’s a life that is true to you. You just don't know it yet.

Journal Questions:

  • What are some things in your life that you'd like to try?

  • What are some areas of your life that you'd like to experiment in?

Write that down and then join us for part two of this series: 5 Ways to Be True to You.

May 06, 2020
5 Ways to Be True to You: Introduction
07:39

Many times, it can be easy to feel like we lose ourselves in all of our roles and responsibilities. We get so busy rushing from one thing to the next on the calendar, trying to keep up and perform, checking off all the tasks on our to-do lists. We get milk and sippy cups, take the kids to soccer, get dinner on the table, run our businesses, and keep up with work.

In the midst of all of this, you’re probably asking yourself: Where am I? Who am I in all of this? Where does my identity come from? What are things that are me that feel right for me?

This forced pause we’re all in right now is a great time to stop and think about what’s really true for you. What do you want your life to look like? What do you want your story to be?

We're so busy rushing and keeping up that we never have time to pause and reflect on what we really want our lives to look like, or if the life we’re living is one that’s true to who we were created to be.

I've noticed that when I’m the most stressed, anxious and frustrated, it's not because I'm doing too many things. It's because I'm doing the wrong things. I’m doing the things that aren't in line with my values and that don't feel like me.

[share]We're so busy rushing and keeping up that we never have time to pause and reflect on what we really want our lives to look like, or if the life we’re living is one that’s true to who we were created to be.[/share]

But the opposite is also true: When you spend your time on things you value and things that are right, you’ll feel joy, fulfillment, purpose, peace, less stress and more control. You’ll feel like you're living a life that's right for you.

And that's what I want to help you do. In this new series, I’m going to share five practical things you can do to discover who you are and what's right for you so that you can create a life that's true to you, your values and what God has in store for your life.

Journal Questions:

I want to help you journal and craft a vision for what a life true to you looks like. So, grab your journal and a pen and answer these simple questions:

  • What would it feel like?

  • What would it include?

  • What would it not include?

May 04, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Christine Caine
30:16
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Christine Caine.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
May 01, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with John Delony
26:47
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, John Delony.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 29, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Diana Nepstad
33:18
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Diana Nepstad.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 27, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Chrystal Evans Hurst
30:55
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Chrystal Evans Hurst.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 24, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Jennifer Allwood
39:50
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Jennifer Allwood.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 22, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Rachel Hollis
28:51
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Rachel Hollis.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 20, 2020
BB Ep 96: How to Handle Sales Rejection and Make an Impact
44:49

How to Handle Sales Rejection and Make an Impact

 


1:32 How To Learn From Your Experiences in Sales

5:39 How To Make an Impact In Sales

13:08 Overcoming Sales Rejection with Sarah Sloyan

36:55 Encouragement: Put Yourself Out There


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


We've all had bad experiences with sales.

I can count at least 10 times in the last couple years that I’ve had a bad encounter with a pushy salesperson or someone who just wouldn’t take no for an answer. I bet you have too.

You see, every single time this happens, we create associations in our minds. For instance, if that pushy salesperson selling lotion at the mall shoves lotion in your hands every time you walk by, you’re probably not going to walk away feeling too good about sales. I’m willing to bet that every single one of you has had a bad experience with a pushy salesperson.

The problem is that these kinds of negative experiences form our views and beliefs about sales itself. Think about it. When you think of sales or salespeople, you probably think slimy, sleazy, pushy or shady. None of those are positive.

But here’s the good news: Sales doesn't have to be like that. You don't have to be pushy, aggressive, annoying or get on people’s nerves in order to sell. In fact, I hope you don't—that's not good sales . . . or even good business.

Whether you realize it or not, you're all in the business of sales. Sales is how you stay in business, make money, help people, solve problems, and make an impact in your community.  Sales is serving people. Sales is telling people how you can help them. Money is just an exchange of value. It's a transaction. Life-change is what you're really selling, and that's what they're really buying. You aren't selling a thing. You’re selling life-change. You’re helping people make their lives better. And if you believe that—which you should—then you better get to selling.

Remember, if you don't believe in your business, no one else will. Stop playing small and calling it holy. God never called you to shrink back and play small and apologize for the dreams and gifts and message and business that He gave you. Start standing up and start speaking up on behalf of this thing that you say you believe in. Start solving problems and making people's lives better.

Start selling.

Overcoming Sales Rejection with Sarah Sloyan

I'm so excited about today's interview because I'm showing you a behind-the-scenes look at the Business Boutique Academy, my online training and coaching group. In this interview, I’m talking to Sarah Sloyan, the vice president of EntreLeadership at Ramsey Solutions who also happens to be an expert in sales.

On this episode, Sarah and I talk about:

  • Overcoming fear and how to handle sales rejection
  • Understanding pain points and gaining trust
  • How to handle
  • Making the ask
  • Believing in what you do and what you’re selling

Encouragement: Put Yourself Out There

No one likes to be rejected, especially when it comes to sales. But what's interesting is that our fear of rejection actually keeps us from putting ourselves out there and making an impact in people’s lives.

My friend Tiffany Peterson says that 60% of sales occur after the fourth interaction. So that means people aren't necessarily saying no to you because they don't want what you have to offer or because they don't like it. People buy from those they know, like and trust. Maybe that “no” you just heard isn't really a no. Maybe it's a “not right now.” Maybe what they're actually saying is they don't know you well enough, like you enough, or trust you enough yet. Don’t give up. Keep building that relationship so that one day they will be ready to buy from you.

Failure is a stepping-stone on your journey to success. You will fall down. People will tell you no. People won’t like you or what you have to offer. But it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t mean you quit. It just means you’ve got to learn to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going anyway.

It still doesn't feel good. It's still not fun. But there's a bigger purpose. There are more people that need what you have to give. So, get back in the kitchen. Get back on the horse. Walk back on the stage. Go on Facebook Live. Do the thing again anyway. Be willing to fail and fall down a few times to succeed in the long term for the people that need you. Those are the people you're fighting for. Those are the people that you're going to walk back out there to be able to serve.

Put yourself out there. When you get rejected, remember: Failure is not a sign you shouldn’t do it.

Apr 13, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Stephanie May Wilson
32:07
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Stephanie May Wilson.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 08, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Annie F. Downs
46:25
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I’m joined by my friend, Annie F. Downs.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 06, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Jamie Ivey
33:59
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos. Today I'm joined by my friend, Jamie Ivey.
 
We are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Apr 03, 2020
How the Coronavirus Quarantine Can Help You Reset and Create a Better Life
26:36
A Message of Hope Series
Hey y'all, it’s no secret that many of us are used to living our lives rushed and running ragged. So, what do you do when life comes to a screeching halt? In this Message of Hope, I'll share the opportunity we all have in this season of chaos—to reset and rethink how you live your life, so you can create the life you want.
 
Financial Peace University
You have a new opportunity to reset and live the life you want. Now’s the perfect time to get on a plan and take control of your finances. To help you do that, get a FREE trial of our life-changing Financial Peace University today: https://bit.ly/3dFT7ir
 
25 Ways to Protect Your Time
To protect your time, you have to say no to the things that aren’t a priority for you. I know that’s not always easy, which is why I created a download with 25 ways to help you say no. Download 25 Ways to Protect Your Time by texting PROTECTTIME to 33444.
Apr 02, 2020
Hope in the Chaos with Emily Ley
24:42
If you’re like me, you might feel helpless right now. Discouraged and probably overwhelmed. I am with you. I can’t change what we are all going through together, but I wanted to do something. So I decided to put together a quick, scrappy and imperfect series to help shine some hope in the chaos we are in. I threw it together, texted a few friends to see if they would want to join me and put it on the calendar. I’m calling it Hope in the Chaos.
 
I’m going to be joined by a friend some days and we are going to walk with you and talk with you and process this with you. We’re going to pray and talk about what anchors us during this storm.
 
Would you join me for this? There’s no ask. No sale. No agenda. I just want to be present for you as we figure out how to get through this together in the coming days. I care about you friend, and I’m here for you. ❤️
 
You can view this entire series and receive the recap emails with journal questions if you visit businessboutique.com/hope.
Mar 30, 2020
A Message of Hope Series: Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, Ken Coleman
54:34

It’s scary out there, but hope is greater than fear. In times of crisis, facts are your friends. So get the facts and other common sense guidance on life and money from thought leaders and my friends, Dave Ramsey, Rachel Cruze, and Ken Coleman.

daveramsey.com/hope

Mar 27, 2020
BB Ep 95: Stop People Pleasing and Live Life On Your Own Terms
45:21

Stop People Pleasing and Live Life On Your Own Terms

 


1:16 Find Ways To Do More of What You Love and Less of What You Don't

9:19 Four Areas of Life Where You Can Live True to Yourself

19:14 Taking Control of Your Life with Chris Hogan

39:41 Challenge: Make Time for What’s Important


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Find ways to do more of what you love and less of what you don't.

Have you ever thought about what it looks like to actually live life on your own terms? That might sound simple, but if we’re honest, most of us have a hard time actually doing it.

I love to do things on my own terms. And because of that, I’ve done a few things that you might say are a little . . . weird. For instance, when I came home from college, Dancing With the Stars was in its first season. One week, an advertisement popped up for Latin and ballroom dance lessons in Nashville, and I thought, I think I’ll do it. So, I did. For almost two years, I took Latin and ballroom dance lessons, and I even competed in a dance competition. Now that's weird.

But that's not the only weird thing I've done. When all my friends were living in the city, I moved to a 40-acre farm with fainting goats, horses, and a mini donkey. While my friends were working their corporate jobs, I was mucking stalls. That's not normal.

And then I decided I wanted to play soccer. So I went to the YMCA in my area and signed up for the adult league. I didn’t have a team to play with, so they put me on a team with all Guatemalan men who spoke no English. And it was one of the most fun experiences of my life (not to mention, my Spanish got really stinking good).

It was amazing how all of these experiences, though weird, were a lot of fun. But what was even more important was that they were things I wanted to do. They were things that were true to me.

Here's what's interesting: Not everyone is quite as comfortable being a little weird, going against the “normal” logical path and plan for their lives, and doing some things that might be different.

Do you struggle with this? Maybe you feel like it’s not logical or practical to do something different. Maybe you’re worried about what people might think.

Friend, I don't want you to wait until it’s too late to decide that you want to live your life. I don't want to look back with that regret and feel like I always made the safe choice or did what other people thought I should do and I’m guessing you don’t either.

Do you know that your life is just that—yours? You don't just have the right to create the life you want. You have the responsibility to. No one can change your life. You have everything you need and all the power in the world to make different decisions today about who you are and what you want for your life, your family and your future.

You have permission to create a life that looks like who you are. You can be true to yourself without worrying about what everyone else thinks that you should be.

4 Areas of Life Where You Can Live True to Yourself

I want to give you four practical areas to explore in your own life that will help you be true to yourself. Maybe you're already doing it. Maybe you feel confident in all these areas, but maybe not. Maybe as we walk through these, you’ll start to look at these different areas of your life and realize you’re making decisions based on what other people think. And if you are, would you do anything differently?

1. Career

You have the right and responsibility to pursue a career that's right for you. You don't have to choose between being happy and making money. You actually can do both, believe it or not. So, what's the right career path, business path or money-making income path for you? How could you use your skills and gifts and talents in a way that could provide income for your life and your family?

2. Family

So, what does your family look like right now? What are some of the values you hold in your family? What are some of the decisions you make in your family? What does your day-to-day schedule look like? You have a right and responsibility to make your family look like anything you want it to. So, what does that look like for you?

3. Finances

When it comes to money, we often spend money in a way that other people expect us to, whether that’s shoes, home decor, or even where you send your kids to school. We often spend money to create a lifestyle that reflects what other people expect of us. But what if you didn't? What if you were weird?

What changes do you need to incorporate in order to manage your finances in a way that's true to you? Where your money is going is a reflection of your values, not someone else's. So where are you spending your hard-earned money?

4. Fun

What's fun to you? What's exciting to you? What interests you? What gives you joy and brings you energy? What makes life worth living? If we're not careful, we’ll get so busy keeping up with the to-do list of life that we forget to live it. So it's up to you to create the fun.

So, what's fun for you? What are some hobbies you love? What are some things you can do with your family?

Here's the deal: If you want a different life, you have to create it. No one can do that for you. Look at your career, your family, your finances, and what’s fun for you and begin to create a life that you love and are proud of.

Taking Control of Your Life with Chris Hogan

I’m so excited for you to meet my good friend and fellow Ramsey Personality Chris Hogan. He’s the host of The Chris Hogan Show and #1 national bestselling author of the books Retire Inspired and Everyday Millionaires. Chris is an expert on taking control of your life and money, and that’s exactly what we’re going to be talking about today.

On this episode, Chris and I talk about:

  • Money decisions that can affect every other area of your life
  • Getting out of the day-to-day grind and not letting life happen to you
  • Creating the courage and confidence you need to live life on your own terms
  • Replacing fear with gratitude

Challenge: Make Time for What’s Important

I’ve been noticing a pattern recently. I speak to women at all different ages and all different stages of life. And here's one phrase that they just keep saying over and over and over again: “Well, when things slow down, I'm going to (fill in the blank).” When things slow down . . . again and again and again.

The belief that is buried beneath this statement is that things will slow down on their own, right? Y'all, they never do. Things are never going to slow down unless you slow them down. Nothing in your life will change unless you change it. Do you understand that? It's not going to change on its own. It's up to you. Don't buy into the lie of “when things slow down,” because you and I both know that things will never slow down.

If you're waiting to have time left over to put toward what's important to you, you’ll never do it. Instead, I want you to make time for what’s important to you.

Mar 17, 2020
BB Ep 94: How to Create an Amazing Customer Service Experience
38:13

How to Create an Amazing Customer Service Experience

 


1:14 Create an Amazing Customer Service Experience

4:30 Five Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

15:14 Customer Service That Disrupts the Competition with Shep Hyken

33:45 Encouragement: Use Your Experiences to Shape Your Customer Service


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


When I wrote my book Business Boutique—a book entirely about how to start your own business—I left out something that I believe is crucial to winning in business: great customer service.

Do you know why I didn’t write about it? Because I believe, as women, we naturally excel in customer service. We’re relational. We’re great at connecting with people, serving others, nurturing, and thinking about how someone else feels. However, there’s always opportunity to grow, right?

Well, several years ago, I had a pretty frustrating experience with a customer service representative. It was so frustrating that I now use it as an example when I teach on what not to do when working with customers. Here’s what happened:

I got a notification in the mail that my dental insurance had been canceled. As you can imagine, I was really confused because there had been no other conversations about any problems with my dental insurance. And then one day, poof—it was canceled.

So naturally, I called and spoke with a customer service representative, and she told me, “Well, you didn't pay your bill. You pay it every six months, and you didn't pay it the last time it was due.” I responded, “I'm so sorry. I pay my bills. I wasn’t aware that it was due. I don’t remember getting a bill in the mail or hearing anything about this.” And her response was, “Well, we decided to become a paperless company a few months ago, so we just send emails now.”

It turns out, they had an old email that I hadn’t used in years. So, I kindly asked the “nice customer service person” if I could pay my bill right there over the phone and reinstate my insurance. Her response? She threw out three words that still makes me cringe to this day: “Our policy is . . .” Is there anything that makes a customer more upset than hearing, “I’m so sorry, but our policy is . . .”? Nobody cares about stinking policies!

We don’t have to run our businesses that way! In fact, your business will be more successful and more fun when you provide incredible customer service and put your customers before your policies.

5 Ways to Improve Your Customer Service

I want to give you five ways you can improve your customer service and help your business succeed:

1. Don't be late.

Always, always, always be on time. Whether it’s a shipment going out, returning a phone call or an email, showing up to a meeting—whatever it is, do it on time. When in doubt, I always want you to underpromise and overdeliver.

This one is convicting for me because I’m not great at it—I’m working on it. But this is the most basic way to keep your customers happy. Just be on time and do what you say you're going to do when you say you're going to do it.

2. Don’t be emotional.

Listen, I’ve got a lot of feelings. I have so many feelings that even my feelings have feelings. But whether you’re having a good day or a bad day, your customer doesn't care. Every day, your brand and your business should be having a good day.

Nothing will break trust with your customers like being Dr. Jekyll on one day and Mr. Hyde on another. You've got to be consistent in how you take care of people. Don't be emotional, and don't take your bad mood out on your customers.

3. Don’t forget to listen.

I know this sounds really basic, but when we're having a conversation with someone, whether it's a normal conversation, a positive conversation, or even a really heated conversation, we’re always thinking of what we're going to say next.

But instead of doing that, stop, listen, and ask follow-up questions. Most people just want to be heard. When they feel heard, they feel validated and understood.

Never underestimate the power of simply listening to someone's story, complaint, problem, frustration or fear. Listening is a really powerful way to serve your customers and make them feel valued.

4. Don’t make excuses.

As customers, we hate hearing excuses. So don't make excuses to them under any circumstances. If someone is unhappy with your product or something went wrong, there are only three things you need to do:

  • Own it.
  • Apologize for it.
  • Fix it.

Did you notice that “explain it” is nowhere on that list? That’s because no one cares about your explanations or your excuses! All they want is for you to own it, apologize for it, and then fix it. That's what your customers care about—I can promise you that.

5. Don’t use the word policy.

Please—I'm begging you. You hate it when companies use the word policy as an excuse for why they can't help you because that's exactly what it is: a cop-out. So, if you hate it, don’t do it to your customer! Be a fixer. Do the right thing and take care of people.

Now, of course you need policies to run a business and protect yourself, but at the end of the day, you should always do the right thing—what’s best for your customer. Live your life and build your business by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

If you want to make your customer’s blood boil, then explain that you can't do something because of “your policy.” And watch how it instantly sucks all humanity, connection and trust out of any conversation with them. It makes your conversation about a transaction, not a relationship. That's what the word policy does.

So, have policies, but don't rely on them when it comes to customer service conversations. Instead, use common sense.

At the end of the day, each of these five mistakes boils down to the Golden Rule. If you're not sure how to handle the situation, all you have to do is ask yourself: How would I want to be treated?

Now that is great customer service.

Customer Service That Disrupts the Competition with Shep Hyken

I'm so excited about my guest today. Shep Hyken is a speaker and customer service expert, and he's the author of the book The Convenience Revolution: How to Deliver A Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition and Creates Fierce Loyalty.

On this episode, Shep and I talk about:

  • Common mistakes people make when providing great customer service experiences
  • How to win your customers over from the competition
  • Being consistent and teaching your customers how to work with you
  • Using your customer’s negative experience as an opportunity to serve them well
  • Five steps that will help you handle any negative customer experience

Encouragement: Use Your Experiences to Shape Your Customer Service

I've got an idea that's going to help you really step up your customer service game. Are you ready? It's so easy.

I want you to think about—and pay attention to—the types of customer service experiences that you have as a customer. I want you to think about the really, really good and really, really bad experiences. We’ve all experienced both. So why not use them to your advantage in your business? Lean into those situations and learn from them.

Ask yourself: What's so great about the great ones, and how can I be great too? What's so bad about the bad ones, and how could I make sure that I'm nothing like that?

You can use these past personal experiences not only to learn and grow from, but also to help you build your business on solid practices that will serve your customers even better.

Mar 03, 2020
BB Ep 93: Become A Woman Who Supports Other Women
38:38

Become A Woman Who Supports Other Women

 


1:22 Become A Woman Who Supports Other Women

8:42 Five Ways to Become A Woman Who Supports Other Women

18:49 Women Supporting Women with Liz Cox

33:45 Encouragement: Shake Off the Shame


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


I’m the product of countless women who have invested and poured into me—and I bet you are too.

In fact, I don't know where I would be in my life today without the support of other women.

I'm so passionate about being a woman who champions other women, but you know what I've realized? It’s incredibly hard for us women to do. There are just so many things in our world that divide us.

Sometimes the division looks like mommy wars and parent shaming. Other times it looks like being jealous of the woman at work who got the promotion instead of being excited for her. Or maybe it’s rolling your eyes at how your neighbor parents her child differently than you do.

Regardless of how the situation plays out, there often seems to be an ugly division between us and other women. It’s like no matter where we stand, we’re always looking down on someone else.

But here's something I deeply believe: The reason we’re so quick to judge women with decisions different from ours is simply because we're not completely comfortable with our own choices. It's not because we think she's so wrong. It's because we're worried that maybe we're wrong.

When we’re constantly insecure about our own choices, we project that onto other women by judging their decisions.

But if you want to be a woman who supports other women, you have to do what that kind of woman does! You have to connect your desire to be one with your behavior and your attitude—you know, actually walk the talk.

It all starts with the woman in the mirror. That’s why I want to talk about five intentional behaviors you can choose to do to become the type of woman who champions other women.

5 Ways to Become A Woman Who Supports Other Women

1. Love yourself.

You have to love yourself before you can love anybody else. The reason we’re so hard on others is because we’re so hard on ourselves. And if there’s no love in you for yourself, I promise you, you’ll have no love to offer other people.

The truth is: You can’t offer something you don't have. So if you want to offer love and champion other women, you need to love yourself first.

2. Be confident in your own choices.

You can't champion someone else’s choices if you aren't sure about your own.

3. Give grace.

Choosing to give grace when the women in your life disappoint you will allow you to champion them despite their imperfections. Because what we all really need more of is grace.

I’m going to mess up, you’re going to mess up, and she's going to mess up. We're all going to mess up. That’s why we should not only offer more grace to others, but we should offer ourselves more of it too.

4. Have Empathy.

Empathy is simply putting yourself in someone else's shoes. It's giving them the benefit of the doubt. It's imagining what it would be like to be them.

All day, every day, all we ever think about is how we feel. We look at the world through our lens, unique situation, or personality style, which makes it hard to understand why someone else would respond or act differently than we would.

That’s why it’s so important to have empathy. And what’s amazing is, when you do that, it’s so easy to champion people who are different from you.

5. Give what you want to get.

If you want people to champion you, champion them. If you want people to love you, love them. If you want people to be kind to you, be kind to them. Give the things you want to get, and I promise you, you’ll get what you want and more.

Y’all, being a woman who champions other women is a beautiful thing. And the best part is, anyone can be that kind of person. When you practice loving yourself, being confident in your own choices, giving grace, having empathy, and giving what you want to get, it's amazing how quickly you’ll move from being a woman who just wants to support other women to someone who actually does it.

Women Supporting Women with Liz Cox

All right y’all, I'm so excited for you to meet Liz Cox, an incredible businesswoman and Business Boutique success story. She's the marketing director at Twirl Boutique, co-owner of Mint to Be Boutique, and host of the Twirl Talk podcast. But best of all, Liz beautifully lives out this whole idea of supporting and championing other women.

On this episode, Liz and I talk about:

  • What it looks like to champion women who are in different life seasons
  • How to identify and fight against barriers that keep you from intentional friendship
  • How to navigate emotions in your life and business

Encouragement: Shake Off the Shame

I've noticed something going around social media and the internet in the last few years that I bet you’ve noticed too.

Shaming has become a trend.

I’ve seen articles like “So-and-so mom-shamed so-and-so.” It’s almost become this force outside of our control—like, at any time, we can become victims of this shame monster.

But it’s just not true. Sure, there are certain things that you might feel ashamed of. If you make a mistake and someone points it out, sure, you're probably going to feel a little embarrassed.

Or let's say there's something you're feeling insecure about, and someone rubs salt in the wound. Yeah—you might take on that shame.

But you know what?  There's one key trait I've noticed that makes you shame-repellent, both online and in person: simply being confident.

Be proud of whatever the thing is someone is trying to shame you about. Because people can't shame you about something you're proud of.

For example, if someone tried to make me feel bad online about the fact that I work outside the home . . . well, that would never work because I love my job. I love how I use my gifts. And I'm so stinking proud of what I get to do.

So, if anyone ever tries to shame you and make you feel bad or guilty about something, remember this:

You're in charge of you. No one can make you feel anything. Your feelings are your own. And if you're constantly feeling like a victim to shame or guilt or anything else, you need to take a look in the mirror and rethink who's in control. Because those people who shame you aren’t in control of you. They're not in control of your thoughts or your feelings. You are.

If you want to be a little bit less defenseless to shame and everyone else's opinion of you, find confidence. Find confidence in the choices that are right for you. Be proud of those decisions, because when you're proud of something, people can't make you feel bad about it.

Feb 18, 2020
BB Ep 92: Embrace Your Past and Tell Your Story
49:21

Embrace Your Past and Tell Your Story

 


1:20 Sharing Your Story

6:38 Three Reasons You Should Tell Your Story

14:44 How to Tell Your Story with Jamie Ivey

39:10 Encouragement: Wisdom Is Not Weakness


Resources

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


For years, I’ve been sharing my story of growing up with a single mom who built a business (a cake shop) when I was six months old to raise and support me.

This story is a huge part of my passion and heart behind Business Boutique.

I love sharing the memories I have of our late nights and early mornings in her cake shop. I learned so much from those years helping my mom build her business from the bottom up. But you know what I don’t share as often? How hard it was.

There were so many hard times we had to walk through together. Like the time her cake shop was broken into at two in the morning, or the time we ran out of gas on the side of the road while it was raining. Many of those early years were spent in the trenches watching my mom raise a child and build a business completely on her own.

But it was both those good times and those hard times that made me who I am today.

See, there is power in telling your story. When I share my story, it really ignites the passion in me to champion women from all walks of life who are chasing their dreams like my mom was. And this is the same reason I’m constantly telling you to tell your story too. I tell you to not worry about selling, but to just tell your story—to start with your why.

But the truth is: A lot of people are scared to share their story. When we start to explore our past, we tend to focus on the negative parts of it. And when we see only the negative parts of our story, we immediately feel inadequate and disqualified to do the things we want to do.

But I want to encourage you today: It might just be those parts of you—those “inadequate” beginnings—that position you to do something that no one else can do but you.

So, let's talk about some of the unbelievable benefits that come when you tell your story—both the good and the bad:

Three Reasons You Should Tell Your Story

1. It creates connection.

Sharing your story causes a ripple effect. It's contagious!

It's amazing how many people think they’re the only ones who feel the way they feel or have experienced what they’ve experienced. But when you open up and share your story and your heart, others realize that there are actually other people out there who can relate to their situation. And you know what? Realizing they’re not alone gives them the freedom to open up and share their story as well!

I love how Craig Groeschel puts it: “We might impress people with our strengths, but we connect with people through our weaknesses.”

2. It brings hope.

Think about it this way: Your story's not just yours. Your story is something that God wants to use to give other people hope for the future—to give them hope through hard times and scary moments.

Are you going through something hard right now? Maybe God wants to use you to shine a light to others.

It's not just an option for you to share your story. It's your responsibility to steward this story that God wants to use to bring hope to other people.

3. It can become your passion.

Dave Ramsey has built an incredible business helping millions of people get out of debt. How did this become his job? He went bankrupt and lost everything in his 20s. Because of that experience, he vowed never to take on debt again—and today, he’s successfully helped millions of others do the same thing.

Your story—no matter how dark or how difficult it is—can become your life’s work when you share it with the world.

There are so many incredible benefits to sharing your story. Don’t be ashamed of it. Let it be your testimony that glorifies God because of what He’s brought you through.

So, share your heart. Tell your story. Don't keep it to yourself. God wrote your story, not just for you, but because He wants to bless others through it as well.

How to Tell Your Story with Jamie Ivey

My good friend Jamie Ivey is our guest on the show today! Jamie is a speaker, host of The Happy Hour podcast, and author of the book, If You Only Knew.

I'm so excited to have her here today because she has an amazing story. She's going to teach us about how she got comfortable sharing her story—and how it’s changed her life—so we can learn how to share our stories too.

On this episode, Jamie and I talk about:

  • How to start small and get comfortable sharing your story
  • How to discern what to share with your audience and what not to share
  • How to push past the fear when you don’t want to share vulnerable areas of your life

Encouragement: Wisdom Is Not Weakness

Last spring, I was training for a half marathon. It wasn’t my first time running a long-distance race while pregnant, so I figured I’d be fine.

And I was fine for most of the training. I’d trained up to a 10-mile run and felt great . . . until the week leading up to the half marathon. All of a sudden, I was having a lot of pain—not just running pain, but actual pregnancy pain. But I just kept telling myself, I've done the training. I can do this.

Still, I continued feeling more and more pain throughout the week. I found myself needing to sit down more—I couldn’t even make dinner at the kitchen counter without needing to sit.

So, I called my nurse to make sure everything was okay and ask her if she thought I could do this half marathon. She said, “Well, you’re a runner. You can physically do it. I'm not going to tell you that you can't. However, if you run this half marathon, by the end, you will not be able to walk.”

As you can imagine—because I’m persistent to a fault—even after those words, I was still considering running the race . . . until that night when I tried to stand at the kitchen counter to cut some fruit for my son and had to sit down again. I finally admitted to myself, Christy, if you cannot stand here to cut some cantaloupe, you probably shouldn’t try to run 13.1 miles tomorrow.

So, that was it—I decided not to run the half marathon. But y’all know me. I wasn't totally giving up. I decided I would do the 5K instead.

Well, that night, I woke up at about 1:30 a.m. with pregnancy insomnia. I was up the rest of the night, so I started talking with God about my plans for the race. And I thought, You know, maybe God is telling me not to run at all—like zero miles. Maybe I should sleep in, rest, and pay attention to what He's trying to tell me.

So, at 4:30 a.m., I decided to sit out of the race completely. No half marathon. No 5K. Nothing.

That was so hard for me. You know what I was hearing in my head? You said you were going to do it. You told people you were going to do it. You put it on your Instagram story. You can do it. You did the mileage. You could do this. You should do it. Are you just giving up? Because you know, you could make yourself do it.

To turn off this narrative in my head and decide to choose wisdom over pride was hard.

The next day, when I gave a recap of this on my Instagram story, someone messaged me and said, “Sometimes saying no is harder than running the race itself.” Isn't that true?

Sometimes sitting out, quitting, tapping the brakes, passing on an opportunity, and slowing down is actually harder than pushing forward and pushing through.

I don't know about you guys, but if I get really honest about what was going on in my head, it wasn’t about performing or caring about what others expected of me. It was about pride.

So, let me share something with you that I'm learning: Pride is not power. It's not strength. It's just pride. And wisdom is not weakness. It doesn't mean you’re less than. It doesn't mean you're settling. It doesn't mean you're lazy. It means you're wise. It means you're smart.

God did not let me go to that race. God did not let me push through, hurt myself, or make the wrong decision.

So, I want to give you a challenge today: Maybe right now you’re facing something hard, and you don’t want to say no or sit back because your pride is rising up. You’re thinking, I can do this. I should do this. What will other people think of me? I told people I was going to do it. Well, I want to encourage you to lean in and listen to God's will for your life—not yours.

Because if He's asking you to push through, I promise you He will give you the strength to do it. But if He's asking you to slow down, sit back, and say no, I promise you, if you lean in and listen, He will not let you make the wrong decision.

Feb 04, 2020
BB Ep 91: How to Be Authentic and Live Confidently as Yourself
48:17

How to Be Authentic and Live Confidently as Yourself

 


1:19 How to Be Authentic

17:03 Being Authentic with Sarah Dubbeldam

41:10 Encouragement: God Did Not Create You to Berate You


Resources

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Be confident in your authenticity, even when life and other people try to push you around or tell you to be someone you're not.

A couple of years ago, I was asked to write an article for a very professional publication. Their readers are intellectuals, academics, and probably more conservative and elite. So, you can imagine my surprise that they wanted me—someone who prefers to be more casual and down to earth—to write an article for them about starting a business.

I submitted the article and was a little surprised when they came back with feedback that the tone of my writing was “too chatty.” I was like, Really? You’re surprised by that? Have you not heard me speak, read my blogs, or listened to one of my podcasts? Because that tone is actually my entire brand!

I remember thinking, If you don't want chatty, then you probably don't want me.

Related: Ep 86: Be More Confident by Believing in Yourself

I felt like this publication wanted me to be someone I wasn't. They wanted me to write like an academic with big fancy words, and that's just not how I write, talk or connect with people.

Thankfully, we ended up getting to a good place where they felt like the article met their standards and could be published while staying true to my voice. But it was really eye-opening for me to realize how important it is to not only be authentic, but to be confident in that authenticity, even when life and other people try to push you around or tell you to be someone you're not.

That's why today I want to walk you through how to be authentic in your daily life. This is going to help you not only be authentic, but also remain authentic no matter who tries to push you around. Let’s jump right in . . .

How to Be Authentic

1. Be vulnerable.

Let me go ahead and start by saying this is not my idea. Brené Brown introduced this idea of vulnerability years ago with her book Daring Greatly and her TED Talk “The Power of Vulnerability.” It's a brilliant concept that says, as we step out in vulnerability—as we open ourselves up, not just to pain but also to love—we’re able to have deeper connections and a deeper sense of confidence in who we really are.

As an Enneagram eight, vulnerability is really hard for me. So often I want to put up a tough exterior like I've got it all together. But the truth this: Authenticity is about trueness, and you can’t live your truest self without being vulnerable. If you’re always holding back a piece of yourself or hiding behind a tough exterior, how can you become who God created you to be?

That’s why vulnerability is so important when it comes to being authentic.

2. Tell the truth.

There are two extremes when it comes to telling the truth: There are those who never share the truth, and those who refuse to accept the truth.

Those who never want to share the truth lack the ability to be vulnerable. They want to act like everything is always great, so when someone asks how they’re doing—even if they’re going through a hard time or their kids are driving them crazy—their response is always, “Oh, I’m fine. I'm doing great.”

The other extreme are those who downplay or don’t acknowledge when things are going well in their lives. You know, this person: You give them a compliment about a beautiful meal, a flattering dress, or the way they lead the charge on a big project at work, and they dismiss it or downplay it. They say something like, “Oh, this old thing?” or “It was really a team effort. I didn’t do much.”

Related: Ep 83: Develop Self-Awareness and Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

When you dismiss compliments, you're not only dismissing your own sense of confidence in that moment, but you're also dismissing the truth. So, instead of always rejecting the kind things people say about you, resist the urge to say anything other than thank you. To live a more authentic life, tell the truth—when things aren’t going well and when they are.

3. Know your values.

So often we identify with the roles we play, like wife, mom, sister, friend, leader, etc. And what's interesting is, if we're not careful, we’ll always operate from the surface level of our roles. We’ll fulfill tasks for the people in our lives while missing the deeper layer of what our mind and our heart truly desires and values.

We say things like: “I’d love to work out, but I don't have time to. I value playing with my kids outside, but by the time I get home from work, I don't have any energy left. I’d love to go on a vacation with my husband, but we haven't even been on a date in months.” How can you say you truly value those things when you don’t actually do them?

When you don't spend your life and your time on things that are important to you, you'll live your life stressed, anxious and exhausted because there's an inconsistency between what you value and what your life actually reflects. So, a key to being authentic is to close that gap—to identify what’s important to you, and then actually do those things.

4. Love yourself.

It's amazing how we—women especially—will spend our entire day, from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, beating ourselves up about how we look, how we dress, how we keep our house, how we parent our kids, how we fail at work, etc. It’s an all day, every day narrative in our head that is mean and exhausting.

But you know what? You can't offer something you don't have, and you can't lead others where you are not. So, if you want to love people in your life, sister, you better love yourself first.

I love how Brené Brown says, “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.”

Here’s a really practical tip to help you do that: Go to your Bible! God has some amazing things to say about you. He says He delights over you with singing. That He knit you together in your mother's womb. That He would move heaven and earth for you. That he chose you and that he loves you. You are precious in his sight. Replace the lies in your head and heart with those truths.

If you’ll practice these four things, you’ll be on your way to living a much more authentic life—one that is true to you and that you’re proud of.

Being Authentic with Sarah Dubbeldam

I'm so excited about my guest today, Sarah Dubbeldam! Sarah is the founder and creative director of Darling Media and Darling magazine, a publication that celebrates real women. I love this magazine so much. They have a beautiful quote on the back of their magazine that I believe illustrates what it means to live authentically. It says:

“Darling is the art of being a woman. Darling magazine holds the modern mold of women up to the fire to evoke a discussion on femininity and reshape an authentic design. Darling is a catalyst for positive change; leading women to discover beauty apart from vanity, influence apart from manipulation, style apart from materialism, sweetness apart from passivity, and womanhood without degradation. Darling leads women to practice the arts of virtue, wit, modesty and wisdom, all while creating beauty and embodying love. Darling says women are not only interesting but original, not only good enough, but exceptional, not just here but here for a purpose.”

On this episode, Sarah and I talk about:

  • Why it’s so important to live according to your values
  • What modesty actually means and what it looks like
  • How living authentically leads to living confidently

Encouragement: God Did Not Create You to Berate You

A few months ago, I had an experience that absolutely rocked me to my core.

My husband, Matt, and I were hanging out at our friend’s house for a cookout. The weather was amazing so we—the adults and the kids—were hanging out in the backyard.

My husband watched the boys while I ate, and when I finished, I told him I’d take over watching the boys so he could go inside and get some food.

Well, I went to throw my plate of food away, and the next thing I know, I see my husband running out of the back door to the front of the house. And as soon as I saw him dart past me, I knew what had happened: Conley, my son, had run off.

I took off after my husband and saw Conley standing at the end of the driveway with his toes on the street as cars were flying by. Thank God we got him. Nothing happened. But him getting out of the backyard and near the street was my fault. I was supposed to be watching him.

I cried the rest of the day and kept thinking, How could I be so stupid? What must my husband think of me? What must my friends think? Those thoughts went on and on as I beat myself up about the mistake I’d made.

Now, I want to be clear: The mistake I made that day—taking my eyes off Conley—was not okay.

But you know what else was not okay? How I lived in that shame for the rest of the day.

Related: Ep 76: Practice Self-Care and Give Yourself Grace

As I was praying throughout the day—praying and crying and praying and crying—I felt God say to me, “Christy, we’re a team. Conley is my son too, and I'm going to help you when you fall short. I'm going to be there. There's grace for you in your mistakes.”

I was so incredibly thankful for that reminder. And today, I just want to remind you: When you have those kind of voices in your head—when you make a mistake or you slip up and you're just beating yourself up—I want you to stop and ask yourself a question: Is this what God says about me?

Because I guarantee you, those voices are not from God because God did not create you to berate you.

God will coach. He will correct. He will convict. He will help you grow, improve and mature. But He will not tear you down. He is a God who builds up. He is a God who gives grace. He is a God who shows up. And He is a God who loves His children.

God doesn't just love Conley. God loves me—even in my flaws, my failures and my setbacks.

I love how the Bible reminds us that God is love. First and foremost, God is loving. So, if the thoughts you're feeling or the words you're hearing in your mind aren’t loving, then they're not from God. At the end of the day, the most important identity you take on is that of a loved, chosen daughter of the King. Rest in that today.

I hope this not only encourages you to appreciate someone that might be wired differently than you, but also gives you some practical tips to work better with them.

Jan 21, 2020
BB Ep 90: How to Set New Year's Goals That Will Transform Your Year
35:37

How to Set New Year's Goals That Will Transform Your Year

 


1:29 The Difference Between New Year’s Resolutions and New Year’s Goals

8:48 The 3 Qualities You Need to Set Smart New Year’s Goals

17:13 New Year Goal Setting with Rachel Hollis

28:31 Challenge: How to Love the Enthusiasts in Your Life


Resources

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Forget about New Year’s resolutions this year. They’re a waste of time.

Instead, set smart New Year’s goals you’ll actually accomplish.

Believe it or not, they’re not the same thing!

The Difference Between New Year’s Resolutions and New Year’s Goals

Resolutions might as well be considered a wish. It’s an idea of something you want to try that year. Sure, it’s fun and inspiring. But the truth is: We fall off the wagon by February. It’s the reason why you can’t find an empty treadmill at the gym in January. But by February, you can walk right into the gym and start running.

Goals are different from resolutions because goals are action oriented.

Zig Ziglar made goal setting popular with something he called the Wheel of Life. We talked about this in a recent podcast episode so if you haven't listened to that already, go back and hear me deep dive into the Wheel of Life in episode 88. To give you a quick recap, there are seven areas in your life you should prioritize and set goals in (especially New Year’s goals!):

  1. Career (or business)
  2. Finances
  3. Spiritual growth
  4. Physical health
  5. Intellectual growth
  6. Family
  7. Social

Today, I want to help you start 2020 on the right foot by setting New Year’s goals in each of these areas.

Because your ability to set goals will completely affect not just how you start the year, but also how you end it.

The 3 Qualities You Need to Set Smart New Year’s Goals

Every goal you set should have these three qualities:

1. Specific

A New Year's resolution like, “I want to run more,” doesn’t work because it’s not specific. And when you’re not specific, you can’t track your progress or even know if you’ve accomplished it or not.

For example, if you told me you wanted to run more, I’d ask you, “Well, how? Do you want to do long-distance running? Sprints? Do you want to run on the treadmill or outside? Do you want to do trail runs on your own or join a running group?” There's a lot of different ways for you to run more, so get specific.

2. Measurable

Then, I’d tell you to make the goal measurable by asking, “How much more?” Maybe you can run one mile right now without stopping and you'd like to work your way up to running five miles. Or maybe you want to sign up for a race and run a 5K or a half marathon. What is the measurable distance you want to be able to run in order to know that you've actually achieved this goal?

3. Have a time limit

Finally, I’d tell you to give your goal a time limit by asking, “By when?” If your goal doesn’t have a time limit, you won’t be able to measure whether you actually reached it or not.

Related: How to Write Smart Goals

Incorporating those three qualities into your New Year’s goal of running more would turn it into something like: I want to do more long-distance running and complete a half marathon by March 30th.

Now, that’s a goal! You’ll know exactly what you're working on and working toward. And of course, because you have these different ways to measure your progress, you’ll know if you achieved it or not, which is great accountability.

Set Even Stronger New Year’s Goals

Let’s take this one step further. If you really want to accomplish your goals this year, then I want you to add three more qualities to make them even stronger. Make sure they’re:

1. Yours

Your goals need to be things you want, otherwise you won’t work hard for them.

2. Realistic

There’s a long list of things I could never do no matter how many goals I set. And honestly, the same is true for you. Your goals should push you outside your comfort zone, but they shouldn’t be a pipe dream.

Related: Setting Short-Term Goals Based on the Season You’re In

3. In writing

There is power in writing things down. When you write down your goals on paper, you can see them, touch them, and feel them. They become tangible and take on a life of their own.

Y’all, I hope you’ll consider dropping resolutions this year in favor of strong New Year’s goals. Because goals that are specific, measurable, yours, realistic, in writing, and have a time limit are much more likely to be accomplished than a New Year’s wish.

New Year Goal Setting with Rachel Hollis

I'm so excited about my guest today, Rachel Hollis! Rachel is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, an unbelievable motivational speaker, the host of the Rise and Rise Together podcasts, and the founder and CCO of The Hollis Company. Oh, and she's also a wife, mom of four, and goal-setting master!

On this episode, Rachel and I talk about:

  • Why she wrote her book Girl, Stop Apologizing.
  • The unique way she writes goals to achieve big things.
  • How to stay disciplined and motivated in your humble beginnings.

Challenge: How to Love the Enthusiasts in Your Life

Years ago, a friend shared something brilliant with me.

She told me that most people fall into one of two categories: the wow person and the how person.

You know the wow person—you can't miss them! For them, everything is wow! “Wow, I have a great, new idea. Wow, we should totally do that. Wow, let’s take that vacation and leave tonight!” Can you take a wild guess who the wow person is in my marriage?

But we can't all be wow people—and that’s for the best. We all need our how people.

The how person usually counters the wow person with questions like, “How will this work? How long will this take? How much money will this cost? How would you feel? How will I feel? How will this end? How will we get it done?”

We need these people because they make sure things actually happen. While the wow people are busy dreaming and running off cliffs, the how people are asking very good, important questions about time, budget, resources and a path to success.

Related: Say What They're Thinking

This world is full of both wow people and how people. And as you can imagine, in most marriages, there’s a combination of both—opposites definitely attract.

The advice I received that day when I learned about these two types of people was about how the two can work better together. And I’ll tell you, it’s been transformational in my marriage.

Here’s how it goes:

If you’re the how person and you have a wow person in your life, you’re probably used to the wow person coming home every night with a new idea—because they always do. Am I right? They barge through the door and go on and on about their brilliant, new idea.

Typically, the how person will immediately go into their how questions. But today, I want to challenge you to do something different.

If you’re the how person, instead of going directly into your questions, don’t ask any how questions for 24 hours. I know. That’ll probably be really hard for you, but it doesn't matter. No how questions for 24 hours! Instead, join them in their wow by responding with enthusiasm like, “Wow, that’s amazing. Wow, that’s interesting. Wow, that's creative.”

If, after 24 hours, the wow person in your life is still talking about the same wow idea—which is highly unlikely because by then they’ve usually moved on to 17 different, new, more exciting ideas—only then can you start asking all of your how questions.

I know it sounds crazy, but just try it and see how it goes.

When I come home, my husband is very tempted to ask me all of his how questions when I have a new idea. But the reality is: I have a new idea every day. Very rarely do I come home and have an idea that I stick with days or weeks later.

But if it does stick, then, of course, we can get into the plan and all the practical stuff. But you know what? That’s why both types of people are important. We can’t have exciting, new ideas without the wow people, and we can’t bring those ideas to life without the how people. We need wow people and their big dreams as much as we need how people and their details.

I hope this not only encourages you to appreciate someone that might be wired differently than you, but also gives you some practical tips to work better with them.

Jan 07, 2020
BB Ep 89: Reflect on God's Faithfulness with This Christmas Tradition
13:41

Reflect on God's Faithfulness with This Christmas Tradition

 


0:53 My Favorite Christmas Tradition


Resources

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Merry Christmas, y’all!

A million years ago, before I was married and had kids, and before life got so busy, my mother encouraged me to try a new Christmas tradition—one she’d been doing most of her life.

Even before she had me, every year my mom would sit down and write a letter when she was packing up her ornaments after Christmas. In the letter, she would write about all the major things that happened in her life that year. She’d write about the highs, the lows, and everything in between. When she was done, she’d fold up the letter, pack it up in her box of ornaments, and put it away in the attic, not to be seen again until the following year.

Related: What People Want the Most From You This Christmas

A year later, when it was time to bring out all her Christmas decorations from the attic, she would open that letter and read it. She loved this tradition because it amazed her to see how much could happen in just a single year.

Well, I loved this idea so much that I also started doing it in 2006. Now, I'll tell you, it wasn't very sophisticated. I would sit down with a couple pieces of printer paper and just write down all my thoughts—in true Christy fashion, I rambled on and on and was very honest.

For example, in my letter from 2006, there's a line that says, “Dear God, please let me go on at least one date next year.” Well, bless my heart. Apparently, that was a tough year in the love department . . .

But you know what's so amazing? Year after year, as I've written these letters and then faithfully put them away to open the following year, I’ve always been blown away at not only how much can happen in a single year, but also how faithful God continues to be.

Ramsey Personality

I start every letter by talking about what happened that year, and I end every letter by writing out prayers, dreams and hopes for the next year. When I read the letter from the year before, I feel like I’m living in the fulfillment of God's promises that I had prayed for (and forgotten about).

I remember, in December of 2014, sitting on my couch, reading my Christmas letter from 2013. One of my prayers that year was that Matt and I could start a family. And y’all, I was holding that letter over a giant belly—my son Carter was due the very next month!

Of course, every year isn't like this. My letter from 2016 had prayers that Matt's grandfather, grandmother, and our 11-year-old dog Jackson would get better. But all three of those loved ones passed away that year. Tears streamed down my face as I read those heartfelt prayers. That was hard to read.

Related: Ep 70: How to Be Content in Every Situation

But you know what? Even in the despair, even in the grief, and even when it seemed like God didn't fulfill that promise or answer those prayers, I was still able to see God's faithfulness in how those events played out.

Business Ideas

Writing this letter has looked differently since marrying Matt because—I’ll be honest—he writes them reluctantly.

But we’ve gotten into a rhythm. Here's how we do it: Every single Christmas, I'll sit down with our notebook (we upgraded from printer paper!) and write my Christmas letter for the year. And then I’ll give the notebook to Matt so that he can write his letter. And the following year, I read my letter aloud to Matt, and Matt reads his letter aloud to me.

I’d like to point out that my letters are typically around 10 pages while Matt’s are usually around 10 words.

Allow me to read you a little excerpt from Matt’s letter in 2017: “As I sit down to write this, Christy is reciting all of the rules regarding the Christmas letter. They are numerous and overbearing.”

That man is a mess . . .

Another year, he wrote giant block letters on one page that said, “Christy says the letters need to be more than one page. So here is my second page.”

At least you know my husband has a sense of humor.

But you know what else is fun about this tradition? You get to see how much can change in one year—not just in your life, but in your mind. Let me give you an example.

In 2017, I wrote in all caps with three exclamation points: DONE WITH KIDS!!! You can tell that was a hard year for me as we transitioned from one to two children who were 18 months apart (while also launching a book!). I really thought in those first few months of having two kids that I was done. Like, all caps, three exclamation points DONE.

But this year, I'm surrounded by three kids and couldn’t feel more blessed. I can’t imagine our lives without our third baby, Mary Grace!

I love how, through this tradition, God has showed me things I want that I didn't even know I wanted. Having a third child was something I never could’ve seen coming when I was so tired from two kids and so sure I was done. But isn't it wonderful that God knows what we need and even what we want more than we do? Being able to look back on this journey is so special.

[share]Isn't it wonderful that God knows what we need and even what we want more than we do?[/share]

Related: Ep 80: Dream Bigger and Build the Life You Want

Y’all, I'm not great at journaling. I'm not great at sitting down on a regular basis, writing down my thoughts and feelings and all that stuff.

But once a year, I commit to doing this. I grab our notebook, sit down with my family, and spend 20 minutes recapping the past year and praying for the next one.

So this year, before you store up all your Christmas decorations and put them away in the attic, I want to encourage you to sit down with your family, pass out some paper and pens—make it fun and grab some hot chocolate—and pour out your heart to God. Write down your feelings, your experiences, your highs, and your lows from this past year.

And then write down your prayers for next year. What do you hope next year holds for you? What do you hope will be different? How do you hope God will show up in your life? Write it down, pack it up, and put it away with your ornaments.

Next year, when you sit down and open those letters, I think you’ll be amazed to see all that God has done. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Dec 23, 2019
BB Ep 88: How to Be a Successful Woman and Live a Balanced Life
01:01:40

How to Be a Successful Woman and Live a Balanced Life


1:26 How You Can be Successful in Many Areas of Your Life

4:39 Seven Areas of Your Life to Find Balance

11:30 Making Time for Both Your Family and Career with Sarah Sloyan

31:04 Leading with Grace and Strength with Jen Sievertsen

43:51 Focusing on Goals to Be Successful with Suzanne Simms

54:53 Challenge: The Best Way to Have What You Want


Resources

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


You can be successful in many areas of your life.

Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3. I recently stumbled upon an article online with that title. And I have to tell you guys, I disagree with it. The idea that you can’t work, get enough sleep, and have time for family, friends and fitness is crazy.

I’m tired of hearing the message that if you’re winning at work, you're failing at home. Or if you're winning at home, you're failing at work.

What's interesting is, not only is this message common in media, but it’s also reinforced by the narratives in our heads. So many of us have this broken record on repeat in our heads telling us we're always failing. It's not if we're failing. It's which thing are we failing at today.

But you know what? It's simply not true.

Now, I know you can't do everything in the world (of course you can’t). But you can do the most important things. You can't take advantage of every single opportunity, but you can do the right things, and you can do more than three things. The truth is: You can be successful in many areas of your life.

Related: Ep 84: Cultivating Good Habits in Every Season of Life

7 Areas of Your Life to Find Balance

I love Zig Ziglar’s Wheel of Life. It paints a great picture of the most important areas of a person's life. If you’re not sure where you should be prioritizing your time, these seven areas are a great place to start.

The Wheel of Life isn’t a prescription for every single person, but it does hold true for most of us. Just like a bicycle, when one wheel isn’t working, the entire bicycle will have trouble moving forward. That’s why it’s important to find as much harmony and balance as possible in each area.

Let’s go through each of the different spokes of the Wheel of Life and what they each represent. This list is not in order of priority. You should prioritize these different areas based on your season of life, and then set appropriate goals in each.

1. Career (and Business)

You spend a lot of hours of your life at work or in your business. So this should be an area of your life that brings you joy and fills you up.

2. Finances

Your money affects everything. It impacts almost everything you want to do in life. That’s why you need to be intentional about how you manage your finances and set goals in this area of your life.

3. Spiritual growth

Growing in your faith is not going to happen accidentally. Your relationship with God is like any relationship. It will grow in proportion to the amount of time you invest in it.

4. Physical health

I’m not talking about being skinny here. I'm talking about how you feel. How's your energy? Are you sleeping enough? How are you taking care of yourself? We only get one body, so taking care of it should be a priority.

5. Intellectual growth

Are you investing in your personal development? What books are you reading? What conferences are you attending? What podcasts are you listening to? What are you putting into your mind that will change the actions you take and the decisions you make?

6. Family

It's really easy to take family for granted because they're just always there, right? But you know what? Your relationship with your family will grow in proportion to the amount of time you invest in it. So find time to pour into your family members.

7. Social

This area includes your friendships, hobbies, creative outlets, etc. It's really easy to neglect this one when you get busy. Friendships tend to fall by the wayside. But without friendships and hobbies, your life will feel unbalanced.

Related: Ep 67: How to Build Community With Your Business

I know it can feel overwhelming to think that these seven areas of your life need to be perfectly balanced.

But remember, life balance isn't doing everything for an equal amount of time. It's about doing the right things at the right time. It's about finding confidence in the choices that are right for you, knowing what those are, and then making them a priority.

You know, successful women don't do everything, but they do know that they can be successful at many things. And if you focus on your priorities, then you can too.

Being Successful in Many Areas of Life with Sarah Sloyan, Jen Sievertsen, and Suzanne Simms

Y’all, today is a special day because I’m sitting down with three incredible women! Sarah Sloyan, Jen Sievertsen and Suzanne Simms are all senior leaders at our company, Ramsey Solutions.

You may recognize these women from past Business Boutique conferences, where they sat on panels discussing topics like balancing family life with demanding careers. I had so much fun sitting down with each of them again—this time, individually. These interviews are jam-packed with incredible insight and wisdom into becoming a successful, well-rounded woman.

Sarah Sloyan is the senior vice president of EntreLeadership. But with three young kids at home, I wanted to talk to her about how she makes time for more than just family and career. We talked about:

  • Giving yourself grace when expectations aren’t met
  • Prioritizing the most important things according to your season of life
  • Letting go of unrealistic standards and cultural norms

Related: Ep 59: How to Work Smarter Not Harder in Your Life and Business

Jen Sievertsen is a Ramsey Solutions board member and the chief marketing officer. I so admire the way Jen leads with such grace and strength. That’s why I wanted to talk to her about:

  • Being a strong female leader without being a bulldozer
  • Going after something even when you don’t feel ready
  • Leading people who are older and more experienced than you

Suzanne Simms is a Ramsey Solutions board member and the senior executive vice president of the business to consumer division. Suzanne is gifted in saying no and standing her ground. We talked about:

  • Taking your season into account when setting goals
  • The most important question to ask yourself after you’ve set a goal
  • How to know when it’s time to quit something

Challenge: The Best Way to Have What You Want

A few months ago, my husband and I decided we were going to finally move forward with a bathroom remodel.

Now, our bathroom isn’t terrible, but it's also not great. In our house, it's probably one of my least favorite rooms. There's no counter space, the bathtub is tiny, there’s old tile all over the place—it’s just a sad, pitiful room.

So, you can imagine my excitement when we finally decided to get it updated.

We found a contractor, signed the contract, put a deposit down, and locked in the demo date on the calendar.

What’s so interesting is that from that moment forward, I became more frustrated with my bathroom than ever before. I could now envision the brand-new, luxurious bathroom we dreamed up with the contractor. So, every day, when my makeup brushes would fall into the sink or my legs would be cramped up in the tub, I would get even more annoyed than I’d been before we decided on a remodel.

Related: Ep 70: How to Be Content in Every Situation

Well, there was a small turn of events: The handyman had a scheduling conflict outside of his control and had to cancel our bathroom remodel.

Y'all, I was so disappointed that I didn't even want to go out and get a new quote. All my dreams and excitement for a beautiful, new bathroom went out the window.

Well, last night when I got home, our neighbors were out on the front yard and asked if we wanted to walk down to the duck pond with the kids. So, I grabbed my family and we joined them on the walk. And when we got back, the kids spent some time jumping on the trampoline.

And as I watched them jump, I thought, You know what? We live in the greatest house, in the greatest location, in the greatest city ever. I would not want to live anywhere else.  

And immediately, my perspective shifted from being disappointed about our bathroom to being so grateful for a beautiful house with great neighbors.

And then it dawned on me: The best way to have what you want is to want what you have.

There are so many people who would give anything to have our old, 1983 bathroom. There are so many people who would love to live in our house and be friends with our awesome neighbors. There are so many people who would love to live in this location and enjoy the yard we have.

All of a sudden, I was so grateful.

It's amazing how choosing to want what you already have changes your perspective.

Friend, I know you want bigger and better things. I love helping you go after your dreams and chase your big goals. But I just want to encourage you today: Don't get so focused on the finish line and so focused on the next thing that you miss the now. Don’t miss the opportunity to be grateful for what you have today.

Remember, the things we have today are things we prayed for years ago.

Dec 10, 2019
BB Ep 87: How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Even More
13:22

How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Even More


1:02 How to Enjoy Thanksgiving Even More

1:24 Write a Thoughtful Note

2:58 Be Hospitable

3:40 Disconnect Completely

6:12 Plan to Be Generous

7:55 Rest


Resources

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

I’m keeping this week’s podcast episode short and sweet because I want to get back to spending quality time with my family—and, of course, I want you to do the same.

I really love this holiday. Not only does it feel like the official kickoff to the holiday season, but it’s also such a sweet time to remember all that God has blessed us with. Whether you have plans to spend this week in a crowded house with tons of extended family members or you plan to keep things low-key, I want to encourage you to be fully present.

This holiday will be what you make it, and you can make it great.

Before I let you go today, I want to share five simple things you can do this week to make your holiday a lot more special:

1. Write a thoughtful note.

I think nice things about people all the time, but I always forget to tell them! Do you do that? I once heard someone say that thinking something nice about someone and not telling the person is like wrapping a gift and not giving it to them. That is so true!

I actually save every handwritten note I’m given. No matter what anyone says, handwritten notes are not outdated—they’re gifts people treasure.

So, this week, spend a little bit of time writing notes to people who come to mind. You can give them a word of encouragement, say thank you for something, or give them a compliment that will make their day. Receiving a handwritten note is rare in our digital age, so brighten someone else’s day with a sweet and unexpected note.

2. Be hospitable.

‘Tis the season to show love to the people God has placed in your life by inviting them into your home. But the truth is, the holidays are a difficult time for many people.

Maybe there’s someone in your life who doesn't have a place to go during the holidays. Maybe there’s a neighbor or a coworker who doesn’t have family in town.

This is the perfect opportunity to build new relationships by sharing your home, a meal, or even a simple cup of coffee with someone new.

3. Disconnect completely.

I’m not just encouraging you to silence your phone or put it in airplane mode. This Thanksgiving, I want you to put it out of reach and out of sight completely—at the very least, for one full day.

I often pick up my phone out of habit if I can see it. So if I'm sitting at the dinner table and I can see my phone close by, I’ll pick it up and check it—even if there’s been no ring or notification. But that doesn't happen when I can't see it.

That’s why I want you to put your phone in a different room, where it will be out of sight and out of mind. When you do this, you’re giving the people around you an incredible gift: your undivided attention.

And if you want to take photos, why not do something crazy, like buy a disposable camera that you can pass around? How fun would it be to see what kind of photos you get out of it?

4. Plan to be generous.

This is the time of year when we're all acutely aware of how much we have to be grateful for, and it puts us in a generous spirit. But you know what? You’ve got to plan for that in your budget and even put it on your calendar.

Believe it or not, a lot of nonprofit organizations have cut-off dates for their Christmas giving—some cutoffs are as early as the first week of December.

But you've got time right now! It's Thanksgiving—you’re ahead of the game.

You can even make a plan for random acts of kindness! Set aside a budget for things like paying for the order behind you in the drive thru, leaving a big tip at a restaurant, paying for someone else's groceries, or putting gas in someone's tank. It really does feel better to give than to receive.

5. Rest.

I’m preaching to myself right now, but if we're not careful, we will cram so much into our holiday schedule that we become more stressed, anxious, and frazzled than we are other times of the year. We've got potlucks, parties and guests from out of town to take care of—it can quickly become overwhelming.

Instead, I want you to intentionally hold yourself accountable to finding rest. Stop, slow down, sit on the couch, and don't feel like you always have to be doing something.

How about picking up food instead of cooking for that potluck? Gasp! Did I just suggest store-bought food for a Thanksgiving potluck? If it means you get to slow down, rest and enjoy the people around you more, then yes! Find ways to work smarter, not harder this holiday.

You know, God has a lot to say about rest. In fact, rest is positioned in the Bible as both a command and a blessing.

God knows what’s good for you. So slow down this Thanksgiving enough to rest in His presence and really appreciate all that He’s done, is doing, and will do for you.

All right y’all, if you want to make your Thanksgiving a little bit sweeter this year, write a thoughtful note to someone, open your doors and practice hospitality, disconnect completely, plan for generosity, and slow down enough to find rest in God's presence.

This is a really special time of the year, and you get to choose how you use it and what you do with it. I pray that the good habits you practice this week will go with you throughout the entire Christmas season as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2019
BB Ep 86: Be More Confident By Believing in Yourself
58:16

Be More Confident By Believing in Yourself


1:22 Choosing to Believe in Myself

5:59 How to Believe in Yourself

17:51 Faith and Belief with Mignon Francois

51:57 Challenge: The Right Time to Play Small


Resources

 

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


At our company, we get to go to church every single Wednesday.

That’s right, every Wednesday morning at Ramsey Solutions, our entire team of more than 850 people gets together to hear from amazing speakers, authors and pastors, like Max Lucado, Christine Caine, Donald Miller, Dr. Henry Cloud and Bob Goff—the best of the best.

For years, our leadership team has asked Ramsey Personalities, like me, Ken Coleman, Rachel Cruze, Chris Hogan and Anthony ONeal, to prepare one of these devotionals for our company. And to be totally honest, we don’t love the idea . . . like, at all. I’ll give you four reasons why:

  1. It's a lot harder to speak to close friends than it is to speak to complete strangers.
  2. When you see the kind of speakers we normally have, it’s easy to feel unqualified.
  3. We're supposed to teach Scripture, which is intimidating.
  4. Committing means writing a talk, practicing and preparing, which is a lot of extra work.

All of this together was enough to make me never want to do it.

Related: Ep 60: How to Face Your Fears and Do It Scared

But you know what they say: Never say never.

Choosing to Believe in Myself

A couple of years ago, I felt like God was taking me through a season of growth where He was teaching me many different things and stripping me of my pride.

One morning over Christmas break, I was sitting on my couch reading my Bible and journaling when, out of nowhere, I did the weirdest thing. I picked up my phone and texted my leader, “Hey, God's been taking me through a season of growth. So, if you ever want me to do a devotional, just let me know.”

I dropped the phone and couldn’t believe that I’d just sent that text. I thought to myself, Why did I do that? I don't want to do a devotional! I don't have any confidence in doing a devotional. My leader texted back almost immediately saying, “Love it. Let’s do January 2.”—which was one week away!

I spent the following week pouring over Scripture, praying, preparing and practicing. It was one of the most exciting and life-giving experiences I've ever been through.

Related: Ep 68: Inviting Faith Into Your Business

And you know what? I wasn’t even nervous. In fact, I felt this deep sense of responsibility to deliver this message that God had so clearly given me.

I share this story with you to show you that I still experience imposter syndrome. There are still situations that put me outside of my comfort zone and make me feel unqualified. But if we let these feelings drive our decisions, we’ll never step into what God has called us to do.

That's why I want to spend some time today talking about believing in yourself and having confidence even when you're scared. Let’s get right to it.

How to Believe in Yourself

There are four things you need to “get” in order to believe in yourself and grow in confidence.

1. Get secure.

If we're honest, 99% of our fears, doubts, insecurities and anxieties come from worrying about what other people think about us.

But what if you didn't care? If you’re secure in who you are and whose you are, then when someone says something hateful on Facebook, or your crazy aunt makes a passive-aggressive comment about a decision you made, it doesn't fluster you. It doesn't rattle you. It doesn't shake you up because you have a confidence that comes from within.

Look to Scripture to learn what God has to say about you—not Instagram.

2. Get positive.

Positivity is not a personality trait—it's a skill you can learn. It's also something that will have incredible, tangible benefits in your life. So, in any situation, when the path isn’t marked, when the rules aren’t posted, or when you find yourself in a gray area, I want you to assume that you can do it, assume it will work out, assume people do like you, and assume you will succeed.

Related: Ep 84: Cultivating Good Habits in Every Season of Life

3. Get Help.

It's really easy to stop believing in yourself when you don't feel like you have any of the answers. But y’all, that's okay! We can't do everything, and we certainly don't know how to do everything. The good news is, there are endless amounts of resources available at your disposal.

There's someone out there who is a little further along who can give you advice, tips and tools. There's the internet, which has an overwhelming amount of information. There are books you can read and courses you can take. So if you want to get confidence, go out and get the help you need.

4. Get experience.

Nothing will create authentic confidence in any area of your life like actually doing the thing. For example, I’m confident in things like public speaking, coaching, and writing books because I've been doing those things for years! I have experience in those areas.

Now, if I were to try something completely new, I wouldn’t feel as confident. I’d need experience. But it’s important for us to embrace that we’re all beginners at something.

Education is theory, but experience is real life application. Nothing will prepare you for the real thing, like doing the real thing. So, go do the thing!

Friends, when you’re not feeling confident, or when you’re having trouble believing in yourself, I want you to get secure, get positive, get help, and get experience. And remember, confidence is not a special gene that only some people have and others don’t. It doesn't matter if you're an introvert or extrovert. It doesn't matter what a personality assessment says about you. Confidence is a skill that you can learn.

Faith and Belief with Mignon Francois

I'm so excited to introduce you to my good friend, and today’s guest, Mignon Francois! Mignon started selling cupcakes to make ends meet even though she had zero confidence in her ability to bake out of a box.

She did it scared, and today she runs The Cupcake Collection, a multimillion-dollar bakery with two locations!

On this episode, Mignon and I talk about:

  • How to believe in yourself even when you’re in a tough situation
  • Why you need to stop waiting for the right moment and just go for it
  • How to believe God for bigger and better things in your life
  • Why it’s so important to be grateful for where you are and what you have

Challenge: The Right Time to Play Small

“Don't shrink back.”

“Don't play small.”

“Don't diminish yourself to make others comfortable."

I’ve been seeing this message all over my Instagram and Facebook lately—so much so that I want to take a moment to talk about it.

I think, when we boil it down, this message is all about confidence, which we talk about all the time around here. However, there's another side to this message that I want to make sure we don't miss.

Just because God made you a certain way doesn’t give you permission to stay that way forever. And here's what I mean by that: We all have strengths that we should leverage and use. We also all have weaknesses, blind spots, and things we need to work on, which is what I think we miss sometimes in this “go get ’em” mentality.

We forget that we also need to grow.

I don't want you to just go big, I want you to grow as you're going.

I want you to identify your blind spots and fix them. I want you to identify your weaknesses and improve them.

Related: Ep 83: Develop Self-Awareness and Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

Let me give you a personal example: I’m hotheaded. I'm a firecracker who is feisty, stubborn, loud, intense and sometimes aggressive. These can be great qualities when leveraged and channeled in the right way. However, they can also be weaknesses. I can bulldoze people, dominate conversations, intimidate people with different personality styles, and even hurt their feelings (but have no idea I did so).

But being that way doesn't mean that I get to barge into a room and say, “Christy Wright is here, take it or leave it. God made me this way, so deal with it.”

Absolutely not. You know what I need to do? I need to work on those weaknesses. In some instances, I do need to play smaller. I do need to be quiet and let others lead the conversation. I do need to learn how I'm perceived by others so that I can make appropriate adjustments.

Just because God made me strong and intense doesn't mean I get to use that as a permission slip to bulldoze other people.

Maybe you're the opposite. Maybe God made you soft-spoken, quiet, and gave you a sweet and gentle spirit. But you know what? God still wants you to grow. He wants you to speak up, stop being a doormat, and learn how to fight for yourself.

Regardless of your personality style, we all need to grow in our identity in Christ.

So, even though I want you to have big dreams, chase big things, speak up for yourself, and not play small, I also want you to work on your weaknesses. I want you to have people around you who are brave enough to tell you when you're out of line, when you’ve hurt someone's feelings, when you're being passive aggressive, when you’ve made a mistake, and to call you out on an area you need to grow in.

And I want you to have the maturity to receive those words and to make the necessary changes.

It's hard, it hurts, and it can be embarrassing. But I promise you, you’ll make more impact, have stronger relationships, and have more confidence in who you are when you know the right time to go big and the right time to play small.

Nov 12, 2019
BB Ep 85: LIVE From the Business Boutique Conference 2019!
44:39

LIVE From the Business Boutique Conference 2019!


3:09 I have so many passions and dreams. How do I combine them enough to feel fulfilled, but narrow them down enough to create a focus that creates more success?

12:10 I know I need to set goals, but I don’t know how or where to start. How do I learn how to create goals for my business?

16:00 What do you do when you feel like you are spinning your wheels and not moving forward?

20:31 If I launch before my journey is complete, do I risk failing from the start? Or is this simply a case of imposter syndrome?

24:13 What is the best way to handle copycats in your business?

28:24 Where is the first place newbies should start to attract ideal customers?

30:52 How do you create an email marketing plan?

35:27 How do I get my husband to realize, with owning my own business, I have to bring work home?

41:16 I have come from a 7 to 4 job. Now I have a blessing of working my own hours and enjoying my family. I don’t want my hours of work to take away from my family. How do I balance my work and family?


Resources

 

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


This episode is just like having lunch with some of Christy’s best friends!

Get to know photographer, business strategist, and host of The Jasmine Star Show, Jasmine Star; coach, consultant, and host of the Marketing Your Business podcast, Stu McLeran; comedian, musician, speaker, and host of The Kelsey Show, Kelsey Humphreys; and founder and CEO of The Cupcake Collection, Mignon Francois. They’ll answer your questions, and more!

This podcast was recorded during our Business Boutique Conference 2019 VIP Lunch in Nashville, TN.

Oct 29, 2019
BB Ep 84: Cultivating Good Habits in Every Season of Life
54:29

Develop Self-Awareness and Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths


1:21 The Difference Between Goals and Habits

6:24 Five Good Habits to Cultivate in Your Life

20:05 Building Good Habits with Anthony ONeal

42:31 Challenge: A New Habit for the Decision-Making Process


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Business Boutique Academy Waitlist

We are opening enrollment for the Business Boutique Academy on October 25! Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist and be notified the moment enrollment opens!

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


There was a season in my life when I’d get up every single morning at 4 a.m. to work out.

There was a season in my life when I’d get up every single morning at 4 a.m. to work out with my friend Rachel Cruze at our local YMCA.

Yes, you read that correctly—4 a.m.!

We got up day after day, week after week, and month after month at that crazy, early hour. Honestly, we didn’t have any lofty goals. We didn’t even necessarily want to lose weight. We simply wanted to be healthier—and, I’m telling you, it paid off. I was in the best shape of my life.

Do you know why I saw such improvement in that season? It wasn’t because I exerted high, intense effort over a short amount of time. It was the result of being consistent with a new habit over a long period of time. The result was looking better and feeling better—and y’all, I even had biceps!

Related: Ep 82: Succeed at Anything By Understanding the Importance of Discipline

You know, when I look back at the last 10 or 15 years of my adult life, it’s easy to pinpoint the reasons why some years were really good and others were not so good. I can almost always trace the good or bad of any particular season to the habits I was cultivating (or not cultivating) that year.

Believe it or not, getting up at 4 a.m. to work out with my friend wasn’t super difficult. Sure, getting started that first week was hard. But after that, it got easier and easier because it became a habit. It became something I did without thinking.

The Difference Between Goals and Habits

We talk about goals all the time—y’all know what a major role they play in my life. But goals are different from habits.

Goals tend to have a starting point and an ending point. They’re an intentional action where you take initiative to do something new, big and impressive.

Related: Ep 38: Hitting Big Goals By Winning Small

Habits aren’t exactly like that. Habits are a recurring action you commit to doing day in and day out. They’re often not new, big or impressive. They’re small changes and tiny tweaks you make to your daily routine.

When you first start to cultivate a good habit, it feels insignificant and like you’re not making much of a difference. But over time, you begin to see the dramatic impact they can have on your life.

For example, cultivating a good habit might look like:

  • Choosing water over Coke every time you eat out at a restaurant
  • Reading Scripture first thing in the morning rather than scrolling through Instagram

Those are tiny, unimpressive habits. But over time, as you continue choosing water over Coke and Scripture over Instagram, you’ll notice a change in your life.

And it won’t happen because you set some big goal of losing 20 pounds or memorizing the entire New Testament. It’ll happen because you created a small, new habit. These tiny wins don’t have a defined finish line—they just become a part of you.

I love how James Clear says that building good habits is about small wins and tiny breakthroughs that compound over time. Y’all, that is so true. Small wins. Tiny breakthroughs. Big results.

5 Good Habits to Cultivate in Your Life

Because I know the power of good habits to transform your life, I want to talk about five areas in your life where you can intentionally cultivate new ones:

1. Taking care of you.

Taking care of yourself isn’t a pedicure once a year on your birthday. It’s not waiting until the holidays to buy yourself a gift. And it’s not holding off on a massage until someone gives you a gift card.

Taking care of yourself needs to be a regular practice.

Related: Ep 76: Practice Self-Care and Give Yourself Grace

This is one of those habits I don’t struggle with. I’ve learned that taking care of myself makes me a better mom, wife and business leader. It’s not out of selfishness—I actually take care of myself out of love for others. When you live your life busy, rushed and running ragged, you’re doing no one any favors.

2. Believing the best.

Choosing positivity and an optimistic attitude will be harder for some than others. But regardless of your personality type, we all can make the choice to believe the best in any situation.

When someone cuts you off in traffic, you can choose to believe that maybe they didn’t realize their turn was coming up. When someone forgets to text you back, you can choose to believe they just got busy. When someone says something that hurts your feelings, you can choose to believe they might be having a hard day.

When you give people the benefit of the doubt, it always works out better for both you and the other person. You always get to choose between assuming the worst or believing the best—I encourage you to choose the latter.

3. Working hard.

Coming from me, this one shouldn’t be a surprise. Whenever you have a task in front of you—whether it’s cleaning your kitchen, building your business, or anything in between—you better expect to work hard for it.

The truth is: There’s no such thing as an overnight success—not in your marriage, parenting, business, finances, etc. Anybody who got anywhere in any of those areas of life got there by working really hard.

That’s why I want to encourage you to work like it all depends on you and pray like it all depends on God—because it takes both.

So, let me ask you: What do you want? Whatever it is, cultivate the habit of working hard and you’ll accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

4. Investing in relationships.

It’s amazing how the quality of your relationships will impact the quality of your life. Have you noticed how they tend to go hand in hand? That’s why I want to encourage you to invest in creating real relationships.

Get together with your friends for coffee and meals. Take vacations with other couples. Show up for your friends in person and on purpose.

And there’s one relationship I want you to be insanely intentional about: your marriage.

If you’re married right now, I want you to know your marriage is not secondary to anything else in your life. It’s not secondary to your work, your business or your children. Your marriage will not be amazing by accident. It will only happen through the daily habit of investing in your spouse.

5. Protecting your time.

Your time is the most finite resource you have—if you don’t protect it, no one else will. If you don’t set up guardrails, everyone around you will tell you what should be important to you, what you should focus your energy on, and where your attention should be.

It is your right and your responsibility to protect your time. So, what makes it on your calendar? The only person who should be deciding that is you.

Related: Ep 34: Excuses That Steal Your Time

This list is a great starting point. But you can and should add to it!

What are some habits you want to cultivate in your life? Do you want to create new habits or kill bad ones? Whatever it is, I want you to know that your life is made up of the habits you create and the habits you live out every single day, so choose wisely.

Building Good Habits with Anthony ONeal

My guest today is going to inspire you to rethink how you make everyday decisions. Anthony ONeal is a national bestselling author, speaker, and Ramsey Personality. Anthony is passionate about helping millennials make better choices so they can build a successful future. I love how he says, “The caliber of your future will be determined by the choices you make today.” Amen to that!

On this episode, Anthony and I talk about:

  • Adjusting your mindset to cultivate better habits
  • Anticipating the reward rather than the sacrifice when trying something new
  • Focusing on a vision when starting a new habit
  • Noticing bad habits in your life you might’ve missed

Challenge: A New Habit for the Decision-Making Process  

Y’all know I love to teach from life experience, things I’m learning, and things I’m just not that good at.

Well, here’s something you may not know about me: I’m a yes person. Have you ever thought about why I spend so much time teaching you to say no? Because I struggle with it!

Any day, any time, if you ask me to do anything, my default answer is usually yes.

But, you know what? Saying yes all the time usually doesn’t lead to good results—it leads to resentment. You’ll find yourself doing things you don’t want to do, in places you don’t want to be, with people you don’t want to be with.

This is so hard for me because typically, when I first say yes, it feels like such a good idea. At the time, I always think, I can do this.

Related: How to Say No and Stand Your Ground

Here’s a great example:

Months ago, I signed up my son Carter for spring soccer at the local YMCA. I loved playing soccer growing up, so I thought my son might love it too. On the application, I put myself down as an assistant coach thinking, Sure, I can help in some way.

Well, a week before the season was supposed to start, I got an email from the YMCA saying they weren’t sure what they were going to do because the team didn’t have a head coach.

Can you guess what happened next?

I decided it was Christy’s job to save the day, so I responded, “I’ll do it!”

In a matter of seconds, I was signed up to be the head coach of my four-year-old’s soccer team while being pregnant and in my busiest season of work.

That season turned out to feel so long—and it was so difficult. The worst part is, it turned out Carter didn’t even like soccer!

Now how did I get myself into that situation—a situation where I had to fulfill a commitment that wasn’t fun for me or my child?

I got there by saying yes without thinking.

I don’t know about you guys, but often, when making decisions about how I spend my time or whether I say yes to a commitment, I ask myself two questions:

  1. Do they need me? (The answer is usually yes because they’re asking.)
  2. Can I do it?

That’s it.

But you know what? When you make decisions on those two questions alone, whoever’s the neediest, loudest, and can produce the biggest guilt trip will end up deciding how you spend your time.

So, instead of only considering those two questions, I want to give you some different questions to ask yourself before you say yes:

  1. Is this in line with my goals?
  2. Is this a priority?
  3. How will this affect my family?
  4. Do I want to do it?
  5. Does this compete with a higher priority?
  6. Will I want to do this a few weeks or months from now?

Friend, I want to challenge you to cultivate the habit of asking better questions when making decisions. Maybe your answer will be yes or maybe it’ll be a no—wherever you land, at least you’ll know the answer was right for you.

Oct 15, 2019
BB Ep 83: Develop Self-Awareness and Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths
46:46

Develop Self-Awareness and Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths


1:22 What Is Self-Awareness?

6:32 Three Ways to Become More Self-Aware

18:53 Becoming Self-Aware Through the Enneagram with Ian Cron

40:56 It’s Not the Thought That Counts


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Business Boutique Academy Waitlist

We are opening enrollment for the Business Boutique Academy on October 25! Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist and be notified the moment enrollment opens!

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner

Get going on your goals and make 2020 your best year yet! Order the new Business Boutique 2020 Goal Planner at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and use the code BBPLANNER to receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


I’ve always been a huge fan of personality assessments.

DISC, Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder—they all fascinate me. I love reading the results of these different assessments because they’re usually pretty positive. You get an entire report that focuses on your strengths—who wouldn’t have fun reading that?

Well, earlier this year, my friend Rachel Cruze convinced me to take a different kind of personality assessment: the Enneagram. I took the test, not expecting to learn anything new about myself. But y’all, I was so wrong.

This assessment was so different from any other I’d ever taken. Rather than telling me what I was good at, this assessment revealed all of my weaknesses (Some I didn’t even know I had!), and the deeper motivations and fears associated with those weaknesses.

Related: Ep 79: Take Control of Your Life With the Power of Personal Responsibility

Not only did I feel like there was finally a personality assessment that truly understood me, but I also felt like it helped me understand myself better. Learning about the Enneagram has been transformational for me. It’s made me so much more self-aware.

And you know what? Knowing your weaknesses and being self-aware is one of the best gifts you can give to both yourself and those around you.

What Is Self-Awareness?

Being self-aware is about knowing your strengths and your weaknesses.

For example, self-awareness is about knowing how you come across to others—not just your intentions, but how you actually come across.

I’ve noticed a pattern in my life where people describe me as being intense and aggressive. But here’s the thing: I don't intend to be aggressive, and I don't think I'm intense.

I describe myself as enthusiastic and passionate. I’d never use the words intense or aggressive. But you know what? After hearing enough people use those words to describe me, I started to pay attention. It turns out, intense and aggressive is how I come across to other people.

Do you know what paying attention to those patterns did for me? It gave me a better understanding of how I actually come across to people so I could learn to adjust my tone, behavior or volume level based on who I'm talking to.

It’s pretty easy to be self-aware when it comes to our strengths, isn’t it? And it’s important to know what your strengths are so you can leverage them in your life and your business. But I want to spend this episode talking about the other side of the coin: what we should do with the not-so-good stuff.

Three Ways to Become More Self-Aware

We all have blind spots. You know what a blind spot is, right? Think about when you're driving in the car and want to change lanes. You slowly start to get over and all of a sudden you’re swerving back into your lane while someone blares their horn at you because you almost hit them. But you had no idea the car was there—it was in your blind spot.

And that's exactly what our weaknesses can be like for us—we’re not even aware they exist. But if we’re going to succeed in life and business, we have to be as familiar with our weaknesses as we are with our strengths.

So, let’s talk about three things you should do with your weaknesses:

1. Recognize your weaknesses.

I spent so many years unaware that I can come across as aggressive or intense—it was definitely one of my blind spots.

If we want to mature, improve our relationships, and become more pleasant people, we have to recognize exactly what our weaknesses are so that we can work on them (more on that later).

So how can you recognize some of your own blind spots?

  • Pay attention to patterns and themes around what people say about you.
  • If you don't notice a pattern, ask people you love and trust.
  • Take a personality assessment like the Enneagram or DISC.

2. Acknowledge your weaknesses.

Once you recognize your weaknesses, I want you to call them out. Own them and be up-front about them.

That's not to say you have to broadcast your weaknesses to the world, but when you sense you’re acting out of a weakness or you’re coming across in a negative way, go ahead and call it out. If you’re with someone, acknowledge it so they don't have to.

Related: Say What They're Thinking

Here's what's so amazing about this: When you acknowledge that you’re aware of your weakness, it completely disarms the other person. They feel immediate relief because they no longer feel the pressure to call you out.

If you simply acknowledge where you're coming from and the weaknesses that are influencing your reaction, it's amazing how beneficial it will be to yourself and the other person.

3. Work on your weaknesses.

Being self-aware of your weaknesses doesn’t mean you’re off the hook to act however you want to act. You don’t get to use your weakness as a pass for your behavior.

If your weakness is time management, and you acknowledge that, you don’t get an automatic excuse to be late everywhere you go. If you struggle with a short temper, you don’t get to say, “This is just who I am,” every time you blow up on someone.

We all need to work on our weaknesses, mature, and become better human beings in the world. But we can't do that if we don't actively work on our weaknesses. For me, I’m learning to be quiet, submit and respect authority, apologize more quickly, and let others lead.

So, what weakness do you need to take personal responsibility for? What do you need to commit to working on this week? Friend, there’s no shame in this. You’ll improve every relationship and interaction in your life when you work on weaknesses.

Related: Ep 82: Succeed at Anything By Understanding the Importance of Discipline

Working on your weaknesses is a long and difficult journey. But if you will commit to recognizing them, acknowledging them, and working on them, I promise you’ll not only become a more self-aware person, but you’ll also become a more mature, well-rounded, and pleasant person to be around.

Becoming Self-Aware Through the Enneagram with Ian Cron

I'm so excited to introduce you to my guest today, Ian Cron! He’s the bestselling author of The Road Back to You (a book I personally love that has transformed my life) and a master teacher of the Enneagram.

On this episode, Ian and I talk about:

  • How the Enneagram is different from other personality assessments
  • The difference between self-knowledge and self-awareness
  • The importance of being aware of your weaknesses and the underlying motivations
  • How to navigate relationships with people who aren’t self-aware

Challenge: It’s Not the Thought That Counts

As a speaker and author, I'm always trying to find ways to say something unique. I want to say something new that hasn't been said before because—let’s be honest—the world is full of overused cliché phrases.

Let's just go through a few examples, shall we?

Finish these sentences in your head:

Where there's a will, there's a . . .

Don't put all your eggs in one . . .

It's the thought that . . .

Here's the thing about these cliché phrases: Most of them are overused because they're true—except that last one.

Who came up with “It's the thought that counts?” And who’s used the phrase so much it’s lived on for centuries? I'll tell you who: People who don't do anything. “Oh, it's the thought that counts,” said every person ever who hasn’t followed through on their intentions.

It's not the thought that counts.

My husband's birthday is coming up, and there’s not a chance in the world he’ll be bragging the day after his birthday about what I thought about doing for him. He’s not going to be like, “Oh, my wife, she was going to get us tickets to my favorite concert, but she never got around to it. She never made reservations for dinner or booked a babysitter. But hey, she thought about it!”

Related: Ep 34: Excuses That Steal Your Time

Speaking of cliché quotes: The road to hell is paved with good intentions!

No one cares what you think about. They care what you do.

Your thoughts don’t change your relationships. Your actions do.

Your thoughts don’t change your business. Your actions do.

Your thoughts don’t reach your goals. Your actions do.

So, here's the deal: It’s not the thought that counts. It's what you do that counts.

It doesn't matter what you know. It matters what you do with what you know.

Do you have an idea? Great. What are you going to do about it?

Do you have a dream? Great. What are you going to do about it?

Do you have a plan? Great. What are you going to do about it?

Y'all, when you actually start to take action on your ideas, implement what you're learning, and do something with what you know, feel and dream in your heart, you really will be chasing your dream. You really will be building a business. You really will be creating a legacy. You really will be making an impact and changing the world.

Stop thinking about it and go do it.

Oct 01, 2019
BB Ep 82: Succeed at Anything By Understanding the Importance of Discipline
47:15

Succeed at Anything By Understanding the Importance of Discipline


1:21 What Is Discipline?

5:05 What Does Daily Discipline Look Like?

14:14 How to Become More Disciplined

20:42 Maximizing Social Media for Your Business With Jasmine Star

40:56 Challenge to Just Be You


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Business Boutique Academy Waitlist

We are opening enrollment for the Business Boutique Academy on October 25! Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist and be notified the moment enrollment opens!

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner 

The NEW Business Boutique Goal Planner is almost here! join the waitlist today by texting BBPLANNER to 33444.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


I have a lot of feelings—even my feelings have feelings.

The worst part is, my feelings can easily drive my actions.

But you know what I’ve learned? If you build your business, your life, your dreams, or your goals based on feelings, you’re going to be on one heck of a roller-coaster ride. One day you’ll be up (excited, motivated and charging forward) and another day you'll be down (tired, disappointed and on the brink of quitting).

That's why I think it’s so important to talk about a skill that will help you create stability (something feelings don’t have) as you reach for your goals and chase your dream.

What’s that skill? Discipline.

I know, discipline is not an exciting topic. In fact, the word itself can have a negative connotation. You might think of the word in terms of disciplining your children or being disciplined in school or at work. But that’s not the kind of discipline we’re talking about.

We’re talking about being a disciplined person. Why is discipline important? Because discipline will help you be successful no matter what dream you’re chasing—it’s that simple.

Related: Ep 58: Perseverance in Your Business: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

What Is Discipline?

Like so many qualities I teach about, discipline is not a gene only some people are born with.

Discipline is a choice and a skill you can learn. You can actually cultivate discipline in your own life, even if you don’t feel like it comes naturally to you.

The author Stephen King is a great example of this. He’s written countless bestselling books— many of which have become box office hits. He says there is one reason behind his success. You guessed it: discipline.

In fact, he doesn't even believe in writer's block. He says it's just an excuse writers use when they don't have any motivation to write. Talk about some tough love.

Stephen King writes 10 pages a day, even on birthdays and holidays. While you definitely won’t find me working on Thanksgiving or Christmas, I love the emphasis he places on the importance of discipline in making your dream a reality. I believe your success is not dependent upon your situation, your feelings, or how nice the weather is. It's dependent upon your level of discipline.

I love how my friend Christine Caine puts it: Vision will inspire you, but discipline will get you there.

What Does Daily Discipline Look Like?

When you break it down, discipline in your day-to-day life is pretty straightforward. It looks like:

  • Following through on what you said you were going to do, even when you don’t want to
  • Holding yourself accountable, even when no one is watching
  • Honoring your word, even when your heart’s not in it
  • Sticking to the plan, even when you’re not motivated
  • Keeping promises you made to yourself, even when you’re exhausted
  • Getting back up and dusting yourself off, even when you’ve failed
  • Choosing to be the person you want to be over the person you feel like being, even when you’re in a tough situation

That sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Related: Ep 79: Take Control of Your Life With the Power of Personal Responsibility

Y’all, it is possible to be this kind of person. That’s why I want to give you three practical ways you can become more disciplined in your daily life. 

How to Become More Disciplined

1. Take the first step.

When someone isn’t motivated to do something they want to do, I always encourage them to find the lowest-hanging fruit or the quickest win. Starting with big goals can be overwhelming—and feeling overwhelmed before you start is enough to make you not even try.

Related: Ep 78: How to Be Successful at Anything by Starting Small

That’s why I want you to set small, realistic goals. For example, instead of saying you’re going to clean the entire house today (which would overwhelm anyone!), just start by putting away the laundry.

What's amazing about taking one, small step is that once you start, you gain momentum. And that momentum propels you to take the second step. Once you put the laundry away, you’ll have enough momentum to tackle the dirty dishes. And after the dishes, you’ll naturally start cleaning the counters. Eventually, you’ll do more than you originally set out to do!

Sometimes the tiniest step in a new direction is all you need to gain incredible momentum.

2. Set yourself up to win.

This is really key for anyone who wants to be successful.

Oftentimes, we set a goal or talk about a dream, but then we put ourselves in situations where we’re bound to fail.

If you have a goal to eat fewer sweets, you probably shouldn’t keep mint Oreos in your pantry. If you need to work on your business more often, you should probably create an organized environment that gets you excited to work. If you want to exercise more often, maybe you oughta sleep in your workout clothes or set them out the night before.

When you set yourself up to win, you make it possible to be a disciplined person.

3. Find accountability.

Having accountability goes hand in hand with setting yourself up to win.

If you want to work out more, join a workout group. If you want to become a better writer, join a writers meet-up. If you want accountability to read more, join a book club.

So, what are your goals? What are your plans? In what area are you trying to become more disciplined? Surround yourself with people who have those same dreams and goals and who will support you, provide accountability, and cheer you on.

The bottom line is this: Discipline is a decision you make. It's not a feeling or a gene. And it's not something negative that will make you miserable. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Discipline is a tool and a skill that will truly get you to where you want to be.

Cultivating Discipline With Dave Ramsey

My guest today is a living example of the importance of discipline. Dave Ramsey is a New York Times bestselling author, host of The Dave Ramsey Show, CEO of Ramsey Solutions, and an unbelievable mentor and leader to me and so many others.

Discipline is foundational to just about everything Dave teaches. Because, at the end of the day, discipline is what it takes to win at anything in life.

On this episode, Dave and I talk about:

  • How different personality styles relate to discipline
  • How to stay motivated when what you’re doing isn’t impressive or exciting
  • What discipline looks like tactically and practically
  • Why it’s important to believe in yourself when cultivating discipline

Challenge: Giving Credit as a Discipline

Let’s talk about a trend I keep seeing all over social media.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been scrolling through Instagram or Twitter and noticed a catchy graphic, great quote or some other form of memorable content.

Later in the day (or even a few days later), I'll be scrolling again and see that same piece of content reposted by someone else without giving credit to the person they copied it from. The post will have the same design, the same graphic, and even the same words.

Now, here's the thing: I know when you see something on social media that really catches your eye, it's tempting to want to share it with your followers. And I think you should! But I want to give you a challenge.

I want to challenge you to have the discipline to do a little digging to find out where that quote or content came from so you can give credit where credit is due. Or at least acknowledge that you don't know where the content originated, but that you didn’t create it.

I'm not really interested in how not giving credit will hurt the person who originally created the content. I'm more interested in what it does to you and other people's perception of you. Because let me tell you, when your followers see a post you’ve shared that you didn’t create, more likely than not, they’ll know. After all, they’ve probably already seen it five other times on their social media feed!

That’s why I want to challenge you to have the integrity and discipline to either create your own content or give credit when you share someone else’s.

Related: Ep 51: How to Build Trust With Your Social Media Followers

You are in control of what you put out into the world, and the impression and perception you create online is massively important.

Remember, it’s the small things like this that will either build trust with your tribe or break it.

Sep 17, 2019
BB Ep 81: Balancing Social Media in Business and in Life
47:24

Balancing Social Media in Business and in Life


1:20 Five Ways You Can Create a Healthy Balance with Social Media

18:51 Maximizing Social Media for Your Business With Jasmine Star

40:20 Challenge to Just Be You


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Business Boutique Academy Waitlist

We are opening enrollment for the Business Boutique Academy on October 25! Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist and be notified the moment enrollment opens!

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner 

The NEW Business Boutique Goal Planner is almost here! join the waitlist today by texting BBPLANNER to 33444.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Let's be honest: Social media is hard to balance.

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it, right? We love to check Instagram and know what's going on. But then we hate ourselves for wanting to check it all the time. When we open Facebook multiple times a day, we feel guilty for not paying more attention to our kids or our work.

So, we swing between two extremes: being on social media all the time or feeling like we can't be on it at all.

That's why I think it’s so important to talk about how to balance social media. Because the truth is, social media in and of itself isn’t evil. It's all in how we use it. In fact, social media has a ton of great benefits:

  1. It allows you to stay connected with family and friends who live far away.
  2. It gives you a place to share exciting updates—from new babies to new homes.
  3. It's like having a giant virtual album of multiple years of your life.
  4. It allows you to connect with different groups of people who have similar passions.
  5. When it comes to your business, it’s free marketing!

I want you to take advantage of these awesome benefits, but I still want to encourage you to build healthy boundaries around your screen time so it doesn’t consume your life.

Here are Five Ways You Can Create a Healthy Balance with Social Media:

1. Know when not to use it.

There are times to use social media, and there are times not to use social media. Some examples of times you shouldn’t use it are when you’re:

  • Having dinner with your family
  • On a date with your spouse
  • Having lunch with a friend
  • In the middle of any kind of conversation with another human being

Related: Ep 70: How to Be Content in Every Situation 

When you check social media while someone is trying to spend quality time with you, you communicate that they're not as important as whatever is happening on your phone. To avoid the temptation to even look down at your phone when you’re spending time with someone, put it out of sight completely.

Before you take out your phone to check what everyone else is doing or to post what you’re doing, you can also ask yourself some important questions like:

  • Is it more important that I know what everyone else is doing right now, or is it more important that I experience what I’m doing?
  • Is it more important that the outside world knows what I'm doing right now, or is it more important that I experience it myself?

I’m willing to bet, almost every single time, these questions are no-brainers. So put your phone down. Keep it in your purse or your pocket and be where your feet are. Be present in the moment.

2. Pick your balance.

I can give you all the tips and tricks to balance social media, but at the end of the day, you have to decide the types of boundaries you need. You have to decide what time you're on and what time you're off, and what times you're responsive and what times you're unresponsive.

I don't want to be the person who’s available 24/7, blasting out every single thing I do. But I also don't want to be a person who's not present on social media at all. We’re all different—that’s why we all have to figure out the balance that’s right for us.

3. Check yourself.

This is simply accountability. It's easy to set goals and put up guard rails around what you want to do. You can have great intentions, but it’s so easy to fall back into bad habits.

That’s why I love the screen time feature that’s available on most phones. You can get a report at the end of every week that lets you know how much time you spent on your phone over the past few days. It’s an eye-opener.

Y'all, I dare you to check what your average screen time was this week. Does it fit within the boundaries you want to set? Check yourself and keep yourself accountable to the life you want to live.

4. Don’t mix business with personal.

Normally, I talk about this in terms of your bank accounts: Don't mix your business finances with your personal finances. But you don't want to mix your social media usage either. Of course, you should post some personal stuff on your business page and some business stuff on your personal page.

What I'm talking about here is getting on social media to post for your business and then two hours later, you're scrolling through cat memes and stalking your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. This is where we get sucked into the black hole of social media.

If you go to social media to respond to direct messages or schedule a post for your business, do that and then get out before you waste a bunch of precious time.

Related: Ep 62: How to Stay Focused and Eliminate Distractions in Your Business

5. Take breaks.

It's always good to take periodic breaks from social media. Whether it's one day, one week or even one month—figure out what that frequency looks like for you.

For me, I usually take breaks when I’m on vacation. If I go on vacation with my husband, I intentionally don't use my phone. I don't check social media or post updates. It's an amazing gift you give yourself (and others!) when you’re simply present. And it feels great when you’re free to disconnect and not stay up to date with the rest of the world.

Your experience with social media doesn’t have to be this love-hate relationship anymore. Instead, take the pressure off yourself and find a healthy balance that’s right for you.

Maximizing Social Media for Your Business With Jasmine Star

I'm so excited about my guest today, Jasmine Star! Jasmine is a business strategist and photographer, and she helps entrepreneurs grow their impact through social media. I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time, and I'm so excited that she’ll be speaking at our Business Boutique Conference in October!

On this episode, Jasmine and I talk about:

  • Starting small and turning a hobby into a business
  • Understanding the power of one follower
  • Positioning your business as someone else’s solution
  • Creating the right content for your target audience
  • Getting long-term results on social media 

Related: Ep 55: Making a Social Media Strategy That Works

Challenge: Just Be You

One of the things I think is really important in business and in life is to be yourself. I want everyone to intentionally make decisions in their life that make them feel more like themselves.

I know this sounds crazy, but all day, every day, we tend to make decisions based on what other people think, what other people want, what other people say and what other people expect from us.

Related: How to Be More Confident

But here's the thing: What the world actually needs is for you to be you. The decisions you make in your life should make you feel like you’re being true to yourself—not what somebody else expects from you.

Many of you know I have a baby girl on the way. And part of growing our family meant I needed a bigger car. I've been doing some car shopping the last few months and even posted about the journey on my Instagram story. I asked all of you what your favorite SUV was because I was overwhelmed by all the options.

There are a million choices out there!

Well, the key word in my question was SUV. I was 100% certain I wanted an SUV because I'm an SUV kind of girl. However, in addition to all the responses I got from those of you telling me about your favorite SUV, I got equally as many responses from people trying to convince me I needed a minivan.

And that group made a great case. I mean, I was actually pretty impressed with the list of features you knew off the top of their heads. Minivans might be amazing, but here's the thing: They're not me.

I think they're right for some people. But to me, minivans at their core are practical. They're easy to get in and out of. They come with vacuums and DVD players. They've got sliding doors and remotes to make them open.

But I'm not a practical person. So selling me on your list of practical benefits will never work on me. I would never want to drive a vehicle that doesn't feel like me. The car I ended up getting is a mom SUV, because let's be honest, that's also me. That's the stage of life I’m in with three kids.

But it's not just about the car, y'all—it's anything in life. The same is true when it comes to what your business should be, what your dreams should be and what your goals should be—they should be you.

If you hate running, you shouldn't make running a 5K a goal. If you hate yoga, you shouldn't set out to go be a yoga master. If you hate business, risk, responsibility and unpredictability, you shouldn't build a business.

It all comes down to knowing who you are and what's right for you, and then making decisions that are in line with those values.

I don't know what your friends and family are telling you, but I want to give you a challenge and an encouragement: You have the right to be you.

At the end of the day, we all need to make decisions in line with who we are—and we need to encourage each other to do so as well. That’s why your challenge today is to figure out what those things are. What are the things that make you you? Have the confidence to live your life in line with whatever makes you more like yourself.

Sep 03, 2019
BB Ep 80: Dream Bigger and Build the Life You Want
56:12

Dream Bigger and Build the Life You Want


1:24 Why We Stop Dreaming and Three Steps to Dreaming Bigger

21:17 Pursuing Your Wildest Dreams With Bob Goff

48:47 Encouragement to Remember that God is a Personal God


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner 

The NEW Business Boutique Goal Planner is almost here! join the waitlist today by texting BBPLANNER to 33444.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Growing up, I had this aunt named Gloria who I thought was the coolest person around.

She was beautiful, independent, drove an amazing car, and had a Rottweiler who went everywhere with her. But the coolest thing about her was that she lived on a farm by herself. She had horses, chickens, pigs, goats and everything that went along with the ideal farm life I fantasized about.

To me, her life looked like the greatest life ever. I would often look at her and think, That’s who I want to be. That’s the kind of life I want to have.

Well, fast-forward a few years to my early 20s when I was working 80 hours a week at a nonprofit. I was looking to downsize from a three-bedroom apartment with roommates to a one-bedroom apartment where I could live on my own. During my search, I came across an ad in the newspaper for a 40-acre farm for rent just two miles from my job—not exactly downsizing, but gasp!

I immediately picked up the phone and called the number on the ad.

It was perfect for me.

Okay, so I couldn’t afford the rent they were asking for, I had no idea how to run a farm, and I was working insane hours at my day job. So, if we’re being completely honest, it didn’t make any sense at all—everything about it was impractical.

But, y’all! It was my dream to live on a farm, so you better believe I wasn’t going to let “practical” stop me from pursuing it.

Related: Ep 60: How to Face Your Fears and Do It Scared

The next day, I went to visit the farm in person. Once I left, I scrounged up enough money for the deposit and moved in a few days later. At 23, I was living my farm dream. Sure, I had to start a side business boarding horses in the empty stalls so I could afford the rent, but I couldn’t have been happier.

Looking back on that experience, I could’ve easily missed out on living out that dream. Because the dream wasn’t happening on the time line I thought it would happen on (like in my 50s when I’d have more money, a spouse and kids), it would’ve been easy to convince myself that it wasn’t the right time.

But you know what? More often than not, dreams aren’t practical, and they certainly don’t always come to life in practical ways. Thinking practically is just one of the many reasons our dreams get smaller and smaller as we get older.

Why We Stop Dreaming

It’s so easy to dream when you’re little, isn’t it? You believe you can do anything, be anyone, and accomplish all the big dreams in your heart. But at some point, life—and other people—gets to you. You get bogged down by people telling you to do more practical things that have a guaranteed path to success.

So your dreams slowly start to fade into the background.

Related: Ep 74: Find Your True Self and Get Back to You

And if you do dream, you play it safe. You keep your dreams small and doable so you can control and contain them. You also convince yourself that dreaming any bigger is selfish when so many people (your kids, your husband, your church, etc.) are counting on you.

Does that “logic” sound familiar?

So often, we women believe our heart’s desires are selfish. When the reality is, God is the one who placed that dream in you to begin with. He never called you to live a small life, and He certainly never called you to stop dreaming.

I know that dreaming is hard. You feel vulnerable (because what if it doesn’t work?), silly (because what will other people think?) and even a little scared (because what kind of changes will this dream bring?).

But I want you to do it anyway. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you’ve stopped dreaming—it’s never too late to start dreaming again.

I want you to dream so big that if God’s not in it, you’ll fail. Dream so big that you can’t see the path forward—so big that you need God to show up and perform a miracle to make it happen.

Friend, this is possible. Dreaming again will feel weird at first, but I believe it’s a practice—not a onetime thing. If you need to get back to dreaming big for your life, I’ve got three steps to help. When you practice these three steps, little by little you’ll see your dreams—and the real you—come back to life.

Three Steps to Dreaming Bigger

Step 1: Own it.

Dreaming again starts with owning what you want out of life.

Honestly ask yourself, What do I want for my:

  • life
  • future
  • children
  • marriage
  • business
  • finances
  • faith journey

What do you want?

Your answers to these questions are your hopes and dreams. And when you acknowledge your dreams, you give yourself permission to desire those things. Because, friend, you are allowed to want more!

Related: Ep 78: How to Be Successful at Anything by Starting Small

So many of us spend our lives trying to convince ourselves and others that we’re fine with how things currently arethat we don’t want more for our lives. But I’m here to tell you that life is about more than Legos and laundry. It’s okay to desire something more! God wants you to live an abundant life, and He’s prepared to “give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 NIV).

Your dreams matter. Acknowledge and own what you want, and then trust God to provide it.

Step 2: Say it out loud.

I know. This is scary!

But do you know why saying your dream out loud to someone is scary? Because it makes the dream real.

When you say your dream out loud, you take the dream out of the battlefield of your mind, where the voices of fear and doubt attack. Only then, do you bring your dream into the real world, where it can take on a life of its own.

On top of that, when you tell people you love and trust about a new dream, you have accountability to work toward it, and your loved ones will rally around you to help make it happen.

Related: Say It Out Loud This Year

You’ll hear things from them like:

“I have several friends in a running group. You could meet up with them to train for your first 5K!”

“A guy at my church does graphic design. I’m sure he’d help you with your logo and website!”

“Oh, my cousin works in real estate. He can help you get your house on the market!”

As silly as it sounds and as vulnerable as it feels, a dream takes on so much power when you say it out loud.

Step 3: Write it down.

Writing down your dreams is another level of accountability to yourself. The action turns your dreams into goals and your goals into a plan. You go from being a dreamer to being a doer.

No longer is your dream just a conversation you had with a friend that you might forget about. Instead, you’ve now painted a clear picture for yourself of what you need to do to make that dream a reality.

Your heart’s desires are not bad things or selfish things—they are God things. That’s why I want you to own your dreams, say them out loud, and write them down on paper.

And I also want you to get your hopes up, sister, because our God is the God of hope. He will make a way for you and all those big dreams in your heart.

Pursuing Your Wildest Dreams With Bob Goff

I’m so excited about my guest today!

Bob Goff is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and the host of the Dream Big podcast. If you’ve read his book Love Does, then you know about his crazy determination to not only dream big, but also find ways to bring those dreams to life.

On today’s episode, Bob and I talk about:

  • Tapping into our inner child and dreaming like we used to
  • Living an engaged life
  • Getting over the obsession of caring what others think about you
  • Dreaming big for your life again

Encouragement: A Personal God

One of the things I’ve noticed in my walk as a believer is that so often we want formulas for our faith. We want a road map that we can reference for how God is going to help us through whatever situation we’re going through. But God doesn’t always do things that way.

God does not work in formulas. He’s not going to treat you and your situation the same way He would treat it for your friend, neighbor or coworker. Even if you’re both going through a similar situation, you likely won’t experience the same journey or results.

Why is that? Does God take someone a different route because He sees something they don’t—or because He likes them more than He likes you?

Years ago, I asked my mentor Eve why she thinks there are so many denominations within Christianity. My question was: How could we all love the same God but have different ideas around how to love Him?

Our conversation went a little something like this:

Eve: “Christy, look at Scripture. When Jesus healed the blind, how did He do it?

Me: “Well, a lot of different ways. One time he used water, another time He used mud, and another time He just spoke it.”

Eve: “Exactly. He had a lot of different methods to get to the same result.”

When we have a certain experience with God, we tend to get together with other people who have had that same experience, and collectively we think our way is the right way. So those who were healed by mud got together with others who were healed by mud, and they believed God always heals with mud. And those who were healed by spit got together with others who were healed by spit, and they believed God always heals with spit, and so on.

Don’t we also do that in life? We see our way of doing things and think it’s the only way or the right way. We think, If God did something in my life, then that must be the way He will always work. So our way becomes the rule for everyone else. We think, This must be the way you worship. This is the way you hear from God. This is how you practice obedience.

But you know what? God is not only bigger than the box we try to put Him in—He’s also much more personal than that.

God will take people down different paths that lead to the same destination: restoration. It’s easy for us to pass judgement on someone who is going in a different direction than the way we went. But what we don’t realize is, God is taking them that way on purpose.

Your relationship with Him is personal, so your path with Him will be personal.

So, if you’re seeing a friend, coworker or neighbor going down a different path or handling a situation differently than you would, don’t be discouraged. It doesn’t mean God has forgotten about you. It doesn’t mean He doesn’t have good plans for you. And it certainly doesn’t mean your friend is “doing it wrong.” It might just mean that God is using a personal approach with them, and He’ll do the same for you.

 

Aug 20, 2019
BB Ep 79: Take Control of Your Life With the Power of Personal Responsibility
40:44

Take Control of Your Life With the Power of Personal Responsibility


1:25 Three Reasons You Might Not Be Accepting Personal Responsibility

19:39 The Importance of Personal Responsibility with Rachel Hollis

33:12 Encouragement to Choose Could Over Should


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

2020 Business Boutique Goal Planner 

The NEW Business Boutique Goal Planner is almost here! join the waitlist today by texting BBPLANNER to 33444.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Taking control of your life sounds like a nice idea, doesn’t it?

But let’s be real: So often we feel like we actually don’t have any control at all.

We feel like we’re tossed left and right by the seasons of life and the people in our life.

You know what, though? We actually have more control than we think we do.

Your situation right now might be really hard—maybe it’s harder than anything you or I have ever been through. But here’s the great news: That’s not your only story, and it’s certainly not the end of your story.

You Can Take Control of Your Life

If you’ve ever seen the hit ABC show Shark Tank, you know the story of how Daymond John built his clothing company, FUBU, from nothing.

Daymond was raised by a single mother. When he was 10, he started working to help his mom make ends meet. The hip-hop movement inspired him to start a clothing line, so he started sewing sweat shirts and hats in his mother’s living room. (By the way, when he first officially launched his clothing company, he was still working as a server at Red Lobster!)

Today, FUBU has brought in more than six billion dollars in global sales.1

Let’s look at one more example: Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. (Who else is grateful for this shapewear brand?)

Nobody handed Sara her fame and fortune on a silver platter. In fact, she failed the LSAT twice, worked as a chipmunk character at Disney World, and even spent seven years selling fax machines door to door before she ever started working on her idea for Spanx. When she pitched the idea for Spanx, she was met with rejection after rejection, until finally she convinced one manufacturing company to produce her product.

Today, Sara is one of America’s richest self-made women.2

Do you know what stories like those reveal to me? We often fall into the trap of believing our situation is impossible to climb out of. Meanwhile, others—like Daymond and Sara—are refusing to be defined by their circumstances. Instead, they’re taking control of their lives and changing the outcome.

Related: Ep 70: How to Be Content in Every Situation

The truth is, you have control in the good and the bad times. The way you view your life—and your belief about the amount of control you have—will have a major impact on how your life turns out, whether you reach your goals, and how your story unfolds.

Your ability to take control of your life is connected to the amount of personal responsibility you’re willing to take. It’s also connected to the amount of determination you choose to have in your life. The important thing to note here is that taking personal responsibility for your life is more dependent on you, your choices, your beliefs and your actions than anything else going on around you.

Whatever your situation, I know it’s real. I’m not discounting what you’re going through—I know your situation is a factor in your ability to be successful. But I also believe your circumstances should not define you. Because there is a person who can change circumstances, who can fix broken things, and who can choose something different—and that person is you.

That’s why today, I want to talk about three major reasons we often feel like we’re not in control of our lives.

Three Reasons You Might Not Be Accepting Personal Responsibility

There are three different obstacles I’ve faced in my life—and seen other women face in theirs—that could have easily led me to believe I didn’t have the ability to control my destiny. Let’s walk through each and talk about how we can overcome them moving forward.

1. A victim mentality

A victim mentality is all about your beliefs. You don’t believe you have any control of your situation, so you sit back, wait and pout. You have a pity party, and you invite everyone else to join.

When you have a victim mentality, it’s always someone else’s fault that you can’t have what you want, do what you want, or be who you want to be. It’s never your fault.

This victim mentality is really common and can come from many outside sources, like teachers, parents or the culture around you. But you’re not born with the idea that you’re not in control of your life—this belief is learned.

That’s why I want to encourage you to change your attitude. Because guess what? Your belief system is just that—it’s yours. You get to choose what you believe.

If you start looking for examples of optimism, perseverance, persistence and determination, I’m willing to bet you’ll find them—because they’re out there.

No one is going to change your attitude for you—you have to do it. You can choose to believe something better than what you were raised to believe. You can choose to believe something different than what you’re surrounded by every day. You can choose to change your attitude and take control of your life.

2. Exhaustion

As women, we’re experts when it comes to running ourselves ragged. We go nonstop, 24 hours a day. We do whatever it takes to be a great mom, wife, business owner, church member, and then some.

And because we’re doing all the things, we’re constantly tired.

That reminds me of a really challenging season I went through in the fall of 2017. I was still adjusting to being a mom of two while launching my new book and traveling a ton for speaking engagements.

I remember coming home one day and telling my husband, “I don’t know why I do this. I don’t have to do this.” And I’ll never forget what my husband said in response: “Yes, you do know why you do this. You know about the lives that are being changed and how God is using you. You’re just tired.”

There was such wisdom in his words—he was spot on. The reality is, I love my work! But in that moment, I didn’t feel in control because I was so tired. I was moving nonstop and feeling like a passive participant in my life. All along, there was one simple solution: rest.

Related: Ep 76: Practice Self-Care and Give Yourself Grace

So, if you’re just feeling discouraged, it doesn’t mean you’re not in control of your life. You might just be tired. You can fix that by going back to your why and getting some well-deserved rest.

3. Inactivity

This is one of the hardest obstacles to face because it’s often disguised by holiness.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a woman tell me she was not taking action on something because she was waiting on God. And you know how I always respond? I tell them, “God can steer a moving vehicle. He cannot steer a stalled car.”

If you’re praying and asking God to direct you, as you’re walking, He will direct you.

Instead of waiting for a lightning bolt from the sky or for an angel to appear in your living room, why don’t you get up and do something? Sometimes we sit around under this banner of holiness while waiting our life away for God to show up. All the while, God is there telling you to get moving! He’s attracted to activity. He will show you the next step after you take the first step.    

Related: Ep 72: Push Forward and Get Unstuck

This doesn’t mean you abandon God and move ahead of His plans. But God does give us free will and calls us all to take personal responsibility for our lives—we are stewards, after all.

If you look at the parable of the talents in the Bible (Matthew 25:14–30), you read that God honors active participants in this life, not passive ones. So get moving, sister!

What brave step—or even baby step—of faith can you take today? What knowledge do you already have that can inform your decisions today? Stop procrastinating! There is certainly wisdom in waiting sometimes, but don’t use waiting as an excuse to do nothing.

We are partners with God in this life on Earth, and you have more control than you think you do. I don’t know which one of these obstacles you struggle with the most—maybe it’s a combination of all three like it has been for me—but I hope this message encourages you.

It’s just like my friend Christine Cain says, “I’m living proof that you can start bad and finish good.”

The Importance of Personal Responsibility with Rachel Hollis

I’m so excited to have my good friend Rachel Hollis on the show today! She’s a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a motivational speaker, the host of the Rise and Rise Together podcasts, and the founder and CCO of The Hollis Company.

On this episode, Rachel and I talk about:

  • Being a good steward of your gifts and resources
  • Why we struggle with the victim mentality and how we can change that
  • How to talk yourself into things versus out of things
  • One of the biggest lies women believe and how we can get over it

Encouragement: Choose Could Over Should

“I should do that…”

All day long, I tell myself about all the things I should be doing. But you know what I realized recently? Almost all my should’s started as could’s.

My ideas begin as creative, fun, exciting dreams—like I could make handmade invitations for Carter’s birthday party, or I could get these party favors and decorations. But once the could’s make it onto my to-do list, they instantly become should’s.

Before I know it, it’s been weeks or months, and I’m still holding my feet to the fire of this long list of should’s. There I stand with a list of 75 things I now feel like I have to do. They’re no longer optional. They’re no longer creative options that could be fun. They become laws that I now have to follow. When in actuality, I came up with that list. That list started as an idea in my head, and no one is holding me to that list but me.

And yet we do this to ourselves all the time, don’t we? The high expectations start and end with us. When, in reality, other than paying taxes and feeding your family, there are very few things in life you have to do.

Related: 3 Quick Steps to Reduce Stress

You don’t have to go all out for your child’s party! Did you know that? You don’t have to, but you tell yourself all day, every day, that you do. The words we use are exhausting—they’re words of bondage.

I just want to remind you: The person in control of your life, your to-do list, your tasks and your responsibilities is you. You get a choice in what you do and what you don’t do. You get to choose what is a could and what is a should.

Maybe it’s as simple as changing your words. Instead of telling yourself all day long that you should do something, what if you just changed it back to could?

A could gives you options. A should has burden tied to it.

Aug 06, 2019
BB Bonus Ep: Tips From an Etsy Expert on How to Make More Money Online
33:11

Tips From an Etsy Expert on How to Make More Money Online


1:17 Tips From an Etsy Expert on How to Make More Money Online with Melissa Kaiserman

25:50 Encouragement on What to Consider When Receiving Feedback


 

Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Making money online has never been easier.

You can start a successful business tomorrow with nothing more than an idea and a Facebook page—or, in Melissa Kaiserman’s case, an Etsy store.

Melissa’s story began like so many of yours. She was using Dave Ramsey’s envelope system and wanted a wallet that would help her divide her cash into different categories. When she couldn’t find one she loved, she decided to make one herself.

And then she made the “mistake” of showing it to her friends—because, of course, they all wanted her to make them one!

Her wallets were a hit. This gave her the idea to simplify her design so she could create more wallets in less time and also make a profit by selling them online. She opened a shop on Etsy—A Time for Everything—and hit publish on her first wallet listing.

Y’all, in just under a year, Melissa’s Etsy store was providing full financial support for her family!

Related: How to Make Money on Etsy

I love stories like Melissa’s because women often find it hard to believe that their talents, passions or hobbies can actually be profitable. Melissa’s story is one of many that proves it’s possible. In fact, her success on Etsy led to even more opportunities. Today, not only does she still have her online shop, but she’s also blogging and selling courses to help other people succeed on Etsy.

You can see why, when it comes to the topic of making money online and successfully selling on Etsy, I wanted to talk to Melissa Kaiserman! She and I took a deep dive into all the things. We started by talking through the pros and cons of choosing Etsy as your selling platform.

How to Make Money Online by Selling on Etsy

There are so many good things to say about starting and growing your business on Etsy. Thankfully, Melissa was able to narrow it down to her top three pros:

1. People know about it.

Etsy currently has 41 million active buyers.1 That’s right—a whole lot of people immediately think Etsy when they need a unique, handmade item.

If you’re just getting started selling online, it’s going to be a while before you can get 41 million people to start scrolling through your personal website. I always tell you to hang out where your customers are. And in this case, your customers are hanging out on Etsy!

2. You’ll get organic Google searches.

SEO (search engine optimization) is just a fancy term for the likelihood that your product, page or Etsy store will pop up on Google when someone searches a particular word or phrase. And the good news is, Etsy does a great job of getting products found on Google.

There are also some strategies you can do on your own to increase the chances of your Etsy store showing up on Google search results. I’ll say more on that later.

Related: Ep 41: Digital Marketing Strategies That Work

3. It’s easy to use.

I like to think of Etsy like a “business in a box.” They make it so easy to set up a shop and maintain it. Not only does Etsy walk you through the whole process, but they also provide the tools to create a profile page and online presence. Plus, they handle the hosting, order intake, and even accept payment for you.

These are all things you’d have to figure out on your own if you decided to start selling from a personal website.

I know all of those pros make Etsy sound great, but I want to make sure you’re aware of some of the cons as well.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Etsy:

1. You have limited control.

Because Etsy handles everything for you, there are some limitations to consider. You’ll have to operate within their rules and guidelines, and you’ll be limited with how you can represent your shop online.

2. They charge fees and take a portion of your profits.

Don’t be mistaken—selling on Etsy is not free! Etsy charges you 20 cents to publish each listing in your store. If your product sells, you’ll owe them a 5% transaction fee. And if you use Etsy Payments, they’ll also collect 3% plus a 25-cent payment processing fee on top of everything else.

Related: Pricing Strategies: How to Set Prices

3. There will be a lot of competition.

To say there are a lot of sellers and products for sale on Etsy would be an understatement. I’m talking 2.2 million sellers and more than 60 million items for sale.2

There are a lot more buyers than there are sellers, so keep in mind that Etsy wants to be as helpful as possible to the buyer. This means that even if someone is shopping in your store, Etsy will show the customer related products from someone else’s store (potentially distracting them away from your products). So, you end up competing for your customers even after you’ve gotten them to click on your page.

Related: Ep 57: Standing Out From Your Competition With Your Unique Selling Proposition

The competition may be fierce, but I still wholeheartedly believe that Etsy is a great place to start (and grow!) your business. That’s why Melissa and I came up with five tips you can use to maximize your Etsy shop and attract more customers.

Top Five Tips for Selling on Etsy:

1. Don’t focus on the competition.

I know we just talked about how competitive the marketplace is on Etsy, but if you choose to use this platform, don’t let the competition be your focus.

Melissa made that mistake early on. She spent a lot of time obsessing over other shops on Etsy and looking for people who were copying her products. At the end of the day, even when she did find copycats, knowing wasn’t helpful. All it did was cause her anxiety in her first couple of years in business.

She finally realized she couldn’t control what other people did. All she could control was where her focus was.

2. Do your homework and be prepared.

Things like registering your business with your state and collecting sales tax is not exciting stuff, I know. But when you take care of that stuff on the front end, you’ll have the peace of mind to focus on the important stuff—like making and selling your products.

Don’t wait until tax season to figure this stuff out!

3. Prioritize your photos.

Etsy is a visual marketplace. When there are thousands of options for the same type of product you sell, people are going to click on whatever product looks the best.

You could have the best product in the world, but if the photo is awful, people are just going to scroll right past it. Oh, and by the way, the less people click on your shop, the lower you’ll appear on Etsy’s search results.

Here are a few quick tips to make sure you have top-notch photos:

  • When you’re taking the photos, make sure the background isn’t cluttered. Use a clean, white backdrop with lots of natural light.
  • Make it really clear what the product is. Don’t confuse buyers by cluttering a bunch of other items around your product. Yes, it’s a good idea to style your photos, but make sure your product is the focus of the shot.
  • Give your store a clean and consistent look by photographing all of your products with a similar theme.
  • Make sure you have at least one close-up of your product—that’s the photo you want to be your thumbnail. You can post up to 10 photos for each product, so use the more styled photos to complement the close-up.

4. Write great product descriptions.

Product descriptions are so important for the customer. If you can be really detailed in your descriptions, you’ll receive fewer messages with questions that could have been answered on the product page.

Here are a few quick tips for writing great product descriptions:

  • When choosing a title for each product, use the words potential customers would use. This increases the likelihood that your product will appear during a search. That’s SEO at work! Don’t use the cute, branded name you came up with, because no one is going to search for those words! More simply put, you don’t want to make it hard for the customer to find your stuff.
  • Again, this is exactly why you want to use keywords and keyword phrases that your potential customer would use in a search.
  • Your images can also work as product descriptions. Show your product at scale and describe details in some of your images by including text overtop of them. This is ideal for those customers who tend to skip product descriptions!
  • If you’re unsure about whether you provided enough details in your product description, just ask yourself: If there were no photos at all, would my customer understand what my product is?

Related: 5 Steps to Writing Awesome Etsy Product Descriptions

5. Serve well.

Did you know that 81% of purchases on Etsy are actually repeat purchases? 3 I’m definitely one of those customers!

I remember working with a designer on Etsy to create a custom Christmas card a few years ago. She took such good care of me that the following year, I didn’t bother searching Etsy for another cute design. I just went straight to the same designer I’d worked with before.

The easiest way to get repeat customers is to take really good care of them. Under-promise and over-deliver every time. Not only will they come back to you, but they’ll also tell all their friends about you.

No matter what platform you end up choosing, the important thing is that you just start. I know you’ve got a lot to offer the world, and I’m willing to bet your idea can be profitable. So stop waiting until you’re ready, because “ready” is a myth. Just go for it!

Encouragement: What to Consider When Receiving Feedback

Earlier this year, I trained for the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon. It wasn’t going to be my first time running a race while pregnant. I actually ran that same race when I was five months pregnant with my second son, Conley. I trained, took my time, and was able to finish the race in two and a half hours.

I had a positive experience to base this year’s race on. But while I knew I’d run the race before and assumed I could probably do it again, many people didn’t feel the same way.

On my first day of training for this year’s race, I was gearing up to go out on a seven-mile run. Before I started, I posted a quick update on my Instagram. Y’all, that Instagram Story got so many responses. And I quickly noticed that each response was either an encouragement or a warning.

On the one hand, I got tons of messages that said things like, “Yes! You can do this! So inspiring!”

And on the other hand, I got responses that said the complete opposite. People warned me and told me it wasn’t worth the harm I’d do to my body or my baby. They shared their horror stories of going into preterm labor and encouraged me not to race.

These polar opposite responses made me realize one thing: When you get feedback from people (good, bad or in-between), it’s more about them than it is about you—because the feedback will come through the filter of their experience.

Related: Ep 40: Top Traits of Highly Successful Women

For example, the moms who ran while pregnant and had a healthy experience were telling me if they could do it, so could I, while the moms who had a scary experience warned me to avoid the mistake they’d made. Both types of feedback were a reflection of where these people were coming from.

This is so important to remember in your business as well. When you ask for feedback or when you get feedback from your customers, family, well-meaning friends, or strangers on Facebook, keep in mind that while feedback is valuable and helpful, it’s also being filtered through their unique experience.

You can and should learn from other people’s mistakes and take into account their tips and tricks. But you also have to keep in mind that just because someone else had that experience, it doesn’t mean you will.

So, I encourage you to keep asking for feedback and advice. Just keep in mind that the unique perspectives, experiences and circumstances of the people giving the feedback can impact whether it’s helpful or not.

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about how to attract your ideal customer on social media and how to determine if it’s the right time to start paying for advertising.

 

 

Jul 30, 2019
BB Ep 78: How to Be Successful at Anything by Starting Small
31:52

How to Be Successful at Anything by Starting Small


1:21 The Importance of Starting Small

6:06 How to Start Small

21:07 #AskChristyWright


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


Give yourself permission to be a beginner.

We have a bad habit of calling successful people an overnight success—as if they just woke up one day on top of the mountain. But, in most cases, that’s just not true. In reality, most successful people started small doing something unimpressive. Here are just a few examples I can think of:

Television pioneer Oprah Winfrey started her career as a news anchor in Nashville, Tennessee—way before it was the cool and popular city it is today.1 Y’all, she was even demoted once from an anchor job she had in Baltimore.2 (I bet that person still regrets that to this day!)

And then there’s self-made millionaire Dave Ramsey. He grew his business from a card table in his living room to a multimillion-dollar company with more than 850 team members—and he’s helped millions get out of debt and change their family tree.

Did you know that world-famous author J.K. Rowling was living on welfare when she wrote the first Harry Potter book?3

And finally, let’s talk about Ellen Latham—a name many may not recognize. But I bet they recognize the name of the business she started: Orangetheory Fitness. The massively successful chain of fitness studios actually started in a spare room of Ellen’s house.4

Do you see what I’m talking about? The early stages of their careers did not look impressive by any means. But, eventually, because they were consistent and refused to let their humble beginnings define them, their careers surpassed even their wildest dreams.

Related: Don't Be Sorry for the Struggle

The Importance of Starting Small

Let’s just go ahead and acknowledge that starting small is not fun. You’re probably not going to update your friends about it any chance you get, or post pictures about your journey on Facebook. But you know what? Starting small is actually one of the most important steps in building your business—or anything for that matter—wisely.

That’s why it’s so important to give yourself permission to be a beginner.

Aside from the fact that it works and is proven, starting small makes your dreams and your goals so much more attainable.

As you begin to think about your big dreams and goals, what usually happens? Fear creeps in, doesn’t it? You start to doubt that any of your dreams are even possible, because they’re just too big and overwhelming. But when you embrace the idea of starting small, your dream doesn’t feel so crazy after all.

How to Start Small

The commitment to start small requires persistence, dedication and a go-getter attitude—qualities I know you’ve got in you!

That’s why I want to give you a few do’s and don’ts that you can use as a guideline as you chase your dreams.

1. Don’t wait until you’re ready.

“Ready” is a myth. Because let’s be real—do we ever feel ready for anything in life?

Related: How to Be More Confident

There’ll always be a new doubt or excuse that will try to convince you it’s just not time yet. But the truth is, the only way you figure anything out for yourself is by doing it—by learning on the job.

Early on in my career, I learned something important: Say yes before you know how. When an opportunity comes your way and you don’t feel ready, qualified or educated enough, it doesn’t matter. Just get out there and get moving—ready or not.

2. Do take baby steps.

When you break down your big idea and big dream into baby steps, you begin to see the impossible become possible.

For example, if you want to train for a marathon, you don’t start by running 15 miles. You start by training for a 5K. If you want to open a boutique, you start with an Etsy store. If you need more sleep, you start by winding down and turning off the screens 10 minutes earlier than you normally would. If you miss seeing your friends, you send one text to one friend and set up one lunch date. Baby steps.

What you’ll find—in business and in life—is that small changes tend to make the biggest impact. It’s the small things you do repeatedly that make up life-change that actually lasts. That’s why I don’t want you to think of your dream in terms of giant leaps you need to take. Instead, think: What’s one baby step I can take this week?

3. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.

In our overconnected culture, it’s so tempting to get on social media and compare your journey to someone else’s. But you shouldn’t compare your small steps to someone else’s giant leaps.

I love the quote by Theodore Roosevelt that says, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I wholeheartedly believe you cannot be present for your dream and for your life if you’re looking and comparing it to everyone else around you. And you can’t make changes or improvements if you’re too busy obsessing over someone else’s progress.

Take the focus off everybody else and instead focus on your life, your business, your dreams and your values. Stay in your lane and run your race. And as you take small steps, be confident in knowing that those are faithful steps God will honor.

Related: Ep 70: How to Be Content in Every Situation

4. Do keep it simple.

When I graduated from college with no money and no job, I remember trying to convince myself that I needed to purchase a bunch of new suits for job interviews. It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

But we do this in business too. We say we need a new laptop, a new studio or new equipment to get started. Let’s be honest—no, you don’t! Often, our desires and efforts to buy new things are not really because the business needs it. We’re just trying to justify and validate our dream.

The truth is: Working on your business is what validates the business, not the stuff you buy. In the words of Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

5. Don’t go into debt.

There is this myth in the business world that somehow business debt is different from personal debt. As if the debt belongs to the business and not to you.

But they’re the same thing. Because guess who has to pay that business debt at the end of the day? You do. Business debt is no different than personal debt. In both scenarios, you’re giving up power, ownership and control—three things you really should maintain. The worst part is, when you take on debt to do anything, every decision you make will become dependent upon the debt you owe.

It’s all debt, and it’s all a bad idea. Save up for the things you want and be scrappy in the meantime.

Related: Ep 24: Money Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Business

6. Do make a plan and set goals.

You don’t just need the dream. You need a plan for how you’ll get from where you are today to where you want to be. And once you have that plan, it’s critical to set goals that will get you there.

For example, if you want to become a teacher, your plan might be to get a teaching certificate within two years. That’s a great plan. Then, you might set goals like: take the PRAXIS exam before August, or enroll in courses that start this fall.

Related: Ep 13: How to Write and Reach Your Goals

When you make a plan for where you want to be, and then set goals for how you’re going to get there, you’re much more likely to make that dream a reality. Because I promise, you will not get to where you want to be by accident.

Get Started Today!

There is no such thing as an overnight success. You’ve got to put in the hours and the work required to accomplish your big dreams. And it’s totally possible when you start small, use what you have, and grow slow. Remember, the impressive things in life often start as unimpressive things.

Someone who has done this really well is my friend Melissa Kaiserman. She’s the owner of A Time for Everything and Makery Space. Melissa is going to be my guest on the show next week, and she’ll share all of her secrets on starting small and working on Etsy. So, make sure you tune in to that bonus episode!

#AskChristyWright

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about how to attract your ideal customer on social media and how to determine if it’s the right time to start paying for advertising.

 

Jul 23, 2019
BB Ep 77: How to Attract More Customers to Your Business
38:51

How to Attract More Customers to Your Business


1:21 Four Ways to Find More Customers

17:29 Attracting New Customers to Your Business with Reina Pomeroy

33:23 Encouragement That That Will Transform Every Relationship


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.


“Christy, how do I get more customers?”

The most common question I’m ever asked—more than questions about social media, goal setting or time management—is how to get more customers. I get this question almost every single day.

But before we go any further, I need to bust a myth you might be believing that is keeping you from getting more customers.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard people say: “If you build it, they will come.”

How many times have you heard that line? How many times have you believed that simply creating a website meant people would visit? Or opening a store meant people would stop in?

Related: Market Research: How to Know What Your Customers Want

I hate to tell you this, but it’s just not true. No matter what you build, customers don’t show up out of the blue.

Why not? Because . . .

  • They’re busy.
  • They’re distracted.
  • They’re tired.
  • They have hundreds of other messages vying for their attention.

We have to stop building these big, awesome, impressive things and wondering why customers aren’t showing up. We have to do something different. Instead of sitting back and waiting for customers to come to you, it’s time for you to go after your customers.

You have to figure out where your ideal customers hang out and build relationships with them. And only then, when you’ve added value to their lives, can you invite them to become a customer.

So, how do you actually do that? I’ve got four different tips to get you started!

Four Ways to Find More Customers  

1. Get scrappy.

Some of you are sitting around waiting for some sophisticated formula or fool-proof plan to attract more customers. I hate to break it to you, but business doesn’t work that way. Business is a science and an art, which means that while there are certainly best practices to keep in mind, there’s no perfect path to success.

Most business owners become successful not because they’re sophisticated, but because they’re really stinkin’ scrappy. They’re willing to get their hands dirty and try a bunch of different things to get the word out.

They’re willing to show up at other businesses with donuts, coffee, samples and a business card. They’re not afraid to pick up the phone and do some cold calling. The bottom line is, you have to be willing to do the hard work of building relationships—and that takes a whole lot of scrappiness.

2. Get referrals.

When you need your hair colored or your house cleaned, who do you want to hire? Someone you trust, right? And how do you find someone you trust? You ask your friends!

Y’all, this is so important! Referrals are just another way of describing word-of-mouth marketing—the most effective form of marketing. The best part is, it’s free!

So, if you’re not actively incentivizing your current clients to refer their friends and asking them for testimonials, you’re missing out on an amazing opportunity to find new customers.

3. Improve your marketing.

I want you to take a good look at your marketing efforts as a whole. Look at the different ways you’re marketing your business—from your website to your social media posts and the emails you send. Then I want you to ask yourself: 

  • Is the design clean and beautiful?
  • Is the copy clear?
  • Is your call to action direct and obvious?

Try to pinpoint what’s working and what’s not. Get to the root of the problem before you look for a solution. For example, if you’re not getting any sales from your online store, is it because no one is visiting the website or because people are visiting but not buying? Knowing exactly why you’re not getting sales will help you know what you need to change and improve.

Related: Branding the Look and Tone of Your Business

4. Try something new.

If you keep doing the same things you’ve always done, you’ll just keep getting the same results. So, if you want to grow your business by increasing your customer base, you have to be willing to experiment to find out what works best for your target market.

Try something new on social media, on your website, on your Esty store, or even in person as you pitch your product or service to someone. Try a new promotion and see what kind of buzz you get. Or maybe you need to show up at a different place and meet a different group of people. When you try new approaches, you are much more likely to find fresh, innovative ways to attract more of your ideal customers.

Related: Keep Things Fresh by Trying Something New

Finding more customers is not as hard as it sounds. In fact, there are so many different ways to do it. Let’s recap the four you should start with. Get scrappy: Don’t worry about a sophisticated formula—just show up and meet new people. Get referrals: Encourage your current tribe to market for you. Improve your marketing: See where you can make tweaks and adjustments to your marketing strategy. And finally: keep experimenting, trying new things, and doing more of what works. You got this!

Attracting New Customers to Your Business with Reina Pomeroy

Reina Pomeroy is an expert at sales and attracting more customers. She’s the founder of Reina + Co., host of the Fueled with Heart podcast and the creator of the Dreamy Client Magnet program. I love how she encourages business owners to be heart-centered, where their passion for the work and the customer always gets first priority.

On this episode, Reina and I talk about:

  • How to make more sales by serving your customers well
  • How to work on your money mind-set
  • Why you don’t need more followers to get more customers
  • How to network and build relationships the right way

The One Quality That Will Transform Every Relationship

I was on a panel a few years ago at a Ramsey Smart Conference alongside #1 bestselling author Les Parrott. Les is a brilliant clinical psychologist and relationship expert.

We were a part of a Q&A session, and someone in the audience asked Les for his best piece of marriage advice—no small question.

His answer completely changed my life. Turns out, his best piece of marriage advice was simply to have empathy. That’s it: empathy. Put yourself in your spouse’s shoes as often as possible.

This advice has been transformative for me. I have used this nugget of wisdom so many times since that night. It has helped my husband and I dissolve conflict, increase understanding, and improve our connection.

It seems so obvious, but I wonder why we don’t do this more often in life with all of our relationships. We tend to judge ourselves by our intentions (they’re always good, of course!), but we judge others by their actions.

Seeing the world from only our perspective leads to conflict, misunderstanding and broken relationships. If we’re going to have healthy relationships, we have to be willing to see the situation from the other person’s point of view.

And you can do that by empathizing. By putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and giving them the benefit of the doubt. Whether it’s your spouse, best friend, coworker or customer, empathizing will transform every relationship and every interaction you have.

 

Jul 09, 2019
BB Ep 76: Practice Self-Care and Give Yourself Grace
51:32

Practice Self-Care and Give Yourself Grace


1:22 The Importance of Making Self-Care a Priority

18:00 Giving Yourself Grace with Ashley LeMieux

44:15 Challenge to Act the Way You Want to Feel


Resources

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Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

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The Importance of Making Self-Care a Priority

The moment I became a momma, everything changed.

My first son, Carter, was born in January of 2015, and he instantly became my entire world. This tiny human consumed my every thought, concern and desire. It was beautiful and awesome, but it was also really hard.

Now, I’d gone through many hard seasons before this one. I’ve walked through seasons where I worked 80 hours a week, lost all my friends, and didn’t have much of a life outside of work.

But, for whatever reason, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of losing yourself when children come into the picture. Not only do they instantly become the center of your universe, but they also just need you a lot.

And that’s exactly what happened to me. I lost myself when I first became a mother. I no longer felt like Christy. I no longer felt like the young, independent, fun person I’d always known myself to be. I had so many interests—and I still do—but I wasn’t doing any of those things because taking care of Carter consumed my world.

Related: Find Your True Self and Get Back to You

I know many of you have probably experienced this as well. You begin to create habits and grooves where all you think about is your kids. That was definitely me, even more so when Conley came into the picture a very short time later.

I got into a habit of identifying myself as Carter and Conley’s mom. That was my first point of identification. Now, I love being their mother. It’s the greatest joy of my life. But it’s not the only part of me.

I quickly realized that, in keeping up with the day-to-day demands of my job, my children and my household, the first thing to go was me. The first things to go out the window were my interests and anything that brought me joy and rest (outside of my family).

This was the first time in my life that I experienced this kind of guilt. Anything I wanted to do for myself felt selfish in the grand scheme of being a mom, so I wasn’t taking care of myself.

Related: Getting Rid of the Guilt

Doesn’t this happen to so many of us? We forget about the things that make us feel like us: exercise, shopping, pedicures, time with girlfriends or time alone. Those things become luxuries we’ll indulge in only if there’s time leftover.

And you and I both know there is never time leftover.

There will always be something more demanding of your time, attention and energy until you put yourself at the top of your priority list.

Self-Care Is Your Responsibility

If you feel rushed, run down, busy, burned out, grumpy or resentful in your own life, it’s probably because you haven’t taken care of yourself. And there’s only one person who can fix that: you.

The most important truth you need to know about self-care is that it’s up to you. That’s why it’s called self-care. No one can do it for you. No one can make you take time off work, take a vacation, soak in a bubble bath, get a pedicure, or make you value yourself but you.

So, if you’re sitting around and waiting for someone to give you permission to take care of yourself, it’s not going to happen.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Loving your children more than life is not a bad thing. But, it’s still okay to want more for your life. It’s not wrong to have a busy season, but you have to stop putting everyone else first and then resenting them for it.

The truth is that what your people need from you more than a warm meal on the table or a ride to soccer is a woman in their life who has come alive—a woman who is full of joy and is confident and happy to be doing whatever it is she’s doing.

And, by the way, self-care is a way of life. It doesn’t mean taking a bubble bath once a quarter and hoping it’s going to wash your troubles away. I’m talking about valuing yourself and making yourself a regular, consistent priority in your own life.

It’s about filling your own tank.

It’s just like when you drive. If you run out of gas on the side of the road, it’s so much more frustrating and stressful to get the gas you need to fill up your car. But, if you keep your tank full, it’s pretty easy to stay moving and get a refill when you’re running low.

So, stop waiting until you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown to throw up a flag, raise your hand, and ask for help. Stop waiting until there’s a crisis. Instead, keep your tank full.

Stop Apologizing for Taking Care of Yourself

So, how do you keep your tank full? Do the things you love to do regularly.

It might feel a little awkward or selfish the first time you do it. But I want you to know you don’t have to apologize for it—not the first time you do it or the hundredth time.

A few years ago, I was hanging out with some of my mom friends when one of them said she was taking a trip to Florida with a girlfriend. The exciting update was immediately followed by a long list of reasons she needed to go.

I wanted to stop her and tell her she didn’t have to explain herself. She didn’t need to have a list of reasons to take this trip. She didn’t have to validate it to us or to anyone else.

And I want to say the same thing to you today.

The sad part is that I don’t think my friend was trying to justify it to us. I think she was trying to justify it to herself to get through the guilt of doing something for herself.

The truth is that doing something for yourself should be a consistent priority, and you never have to be sorry for doing it.

Related: Finding Your Purpose Through Intentional Living 

I’m not saying you should neglect your family or any of your responsibilities. I’m saying that, in order to take care of them, you have to take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is not selfish. It’s self-preservation, and it’s smart.

So, let me ask you: What brings you joy? What gives you energy and fills your tank? What makes you feel rested?

Make a list, save it on your phone, or put it by your bedside, and then start to integrate those activities into your life—not just on your birthday or on a holiday, but on a regular basis.

When you do this, not only will everyone around you benefit but you’ll enjoy your life so much more.

Giving Yourself Grace with Ashley LeMieux

I’m so excited for you to meet my good friend Ashley LeMieux. She’s the founder of The Shine Project and Shop Ashley LeMieux. And she’s also the author of the upcoming book Born to Shine: Practical Tools to Help You Shine, Even in Life’s Darkest Moments. Ashley exemplifies this truth so beautifully. Despite the hard roads she’s walked, she shines so brightly.

About seven years ago, Ashley was fresh out of college, newly married, and working as an intern at an inner-city high school in Arizona. At that school, she worked with soon-to-be first-generation college students who didn’t have many resources or mentors to help them reach their potential and pursue higher education.

Ashely was so passionate about these students, and she wanted to be the person to help them build a successful life. She already had a successful blog called The Shine Project, so she used that platform to advocate for these students and raise money to send them to college. In her first year of doing this, she was able to raise enough money to send 10 students to their freshman year of college. It was an amazing accomplishment, but she wanted to do more.

Ashely felt strongly about building a business where these students could work while in college. So, she taught herself how to make jewelry, then taught the students to make it, and they sold the products online. Today, not only are these students learning a valuable skill, but through the sales, The Shine Project is able to send even more students to college.

On this episode, Ashley and I talk about:

  • Pushing past fear to make your dreams come true
  • Knowing what your next step should be
  • Taking care of yourself when devastation strikes
  • Turning your pain into your power
  • Giving yourself grace in difficult seasons

Challenge: Act the Way You Want to Feel

On the last episode of the podcast, I told you the story of my recent trip to the beach with my husband. We were so excited to be taking a vacation—just the two of us.

We had booked this amazing hotel that (based on the website’s photos and descriptions) we thought would be right on the beach. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we realized it was all a lie. The hotel actually sat on a busy street. As you can imagine, I was so disappointed.

I shared that story with you to challenge you to under-promise and over-deliver for your customers. But, today, I want to share the second part of that story.

After being completely frustrated by the hotel, I quickly started researching other hotels to see if I could find a last-minute room that overlooked the beach. I found one just down the street that looked beautiful, but it was so expensive. Plus, we would have had to pay a fee to cancel our current reservation. After about 20 minutes of research, I decided it wasn’t worth all the money and hassle.

I realized in that moment that I had two choices:

  1. I could continue being disappointed and get frustrated every time a motorcycle drove by.
  2. I could change my attitude.

I literally told my husband, “We’re not changing hotels. Instead, I’m going to change my attitude right now. I won’t bring this up again. We’re going to have an awesome vacation. Thank you for letting me explore my options, but now that we know it’s not right to move, we’re going to stay at our current hotel, and I’m going to have a great attitude about it.”

Related: How to Be Content in Every Situation

In that instant, I flipped a switch in my mind, and I made a choice to have a great attitude.

Here’s what I want you to take away from that story: You’re going to find yourself in situations in which you’re unhappy or disappointed. It’s inevitable. If you can fix the problem, certainly explore your options. But, if you can’t fix it, my challenge to you is to change your attitude. Flip that switch in your mind, and let it go.

Not only will it benefit everyone around you, but you’ll have a much better time as well.

You are in control of your feelings. Your feelings are not in control of you. You don’t have to feel a certain way to act a certain way. You can act the way you want to feel, and your feelings will follow.

Jun 25, 2019
BB Ep 75: Keep Things Fresh by Trying Something New
49:52

What would you do with a nine-hour layover in Chicago?

Would you:

  1. Keep it safe and sit at the airport reading a book to ensure you didn’t miss your connecting flight?
  2. Grab your best friend, do as much exploring as possible, and make it back to the airport just in time to board?

I don’t know what you’d pick. But can you take a wild guess which one I’d choose?

That’s right, I’d choose option two any day.

But do you know what I’ve noticed? There are actually people out there who would choose the first option every single time. Crazy, right? Even more shocking, one of them is a very good friend of mine.

Related: 5 of the Most Important Qualities You Can Teach Your Kids

When I was a junior in college, I got the opportunity to travel to Europe for my Western Civilization class. The week before we left, I remember receiving a very detailed itinerary from our trip leader, and the first thing I noticed was a nine-hour layover in Chicago.

Normally, I wouldn’t get pumped about a nine-hour layover anywhere. But, I was a 21-year-old southern girl who had never been up north. So, the potential to have a big chunk of time to sightsee, shop, and eat my way through a very cool northern city got me pumped.

I immediately called one of my good friends who was also going on the trip. Our conversation went a little something like this:

Me: Guess what? We have nine hours in Chicago! We can go sightseeing, tour the city, and try new restaurants!

Friend: No, we can’t.

Me: We can’t?

Friend: No. We can’t do that. We can’t leave the airport.

Me: How do you know? Did you read something I missed?

Friend: No. I’m just sure we can’t go.

Me: Did someone tell you that? Like a leader or a past participant?

Friend: No. I’m just sure we can’t go.

Me: That’s so interesting, because I am so sure we can.

I learned something about myself and other people that day. There tend to be two personality styles when it comes to trying new things. There are those who, when in doubt, assume they can’t. And there are those who, when the information or rules are not clear, assume they can.

But you know what? Regardless of how you’re wired, you will go further and faster in life when you assume that you can. More importantly, someone who assumes they can do whatever it is they want to do is more willing, able and confident to try new things. And trying new things in life and in business is vital to growth.

Your life will be small and predictable if all you ever do is what you know—if you only ever stick to is what is safe. That’s not the life God wants for you. He wants you to push the limits, get outside your comfort zone and try something new.

Related: How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone and Try Something New

Oh, and in case you were wondering, a group of 21-year-olds who were paying for a trip to Europe can, in fact, leave an airport to run around Chicago for a few hours. And once my friend got all the approvals she needed, we had an amazing time exploring the city.

I don’t want you to miss out on all that God has prepared for you. That’s why I want to encourage you to train yourself to assume you can. Because when you do, you’ll try new things, see new things, experience new things, and grow in new ways.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying you need to change things just for the sake of changing them. If something in your life is rocking and rolling, keep doing that. However, don’t let things get stale in your life. Don’t keep doing what you’ve always been doing simply because you’ve always done it that way. Bring renewed vigor into your life by mixing things up a bit.

Here are three tactical things you can do this week to try something new:

1. Add some personality.

Maybe, up until this point, everything has been strictly business—in work, in your parenting, and in your marriage. That’s no fun! I want to encourage you to add some playfulness and humor into the mix.

Don’t just show your followers the good stuff. Laugh at yourself as you show them some failures and mistakes you’ve experienced that week. Tell them all the ridiculous things that happened. People love that kind of realness. When you add personality to your business, it not only makes it fun for your followers, it makes it fun for you. Win-win!

2. Show behind the scenes.

Have you ever noticed how reality TV shows will always show a person’s backstory before they get on the stage to sing or dance? Y’all, that’s on purpose. People love to hear other people’s backstories, especially when there’s a redemption angle. So, what can you share to become more relatable? I love the quote by Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) that says, “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.”

This week, why not try pulling the curtain back and revealing a few secrets?

3. Learn something new.

This is probably my favorite. You’ll never know the limits of your capabilities if you don’t learn something new. There are so many ways to do this: Listen to a new podcast, attend an event, read a new book, or seek out a new relationship. When you invite something new into your business and life, every part of you experiences growth.

I know new things can be scary and overwhelming. But I promise you that everything you want— everything that’s good and worthwhile in the world—exists outside your comfort zone. So, assume that you can, try something new, and I promise you’ll be glad that you did.

Embracing Change with Kelsey Humphreys

Kelsey Humphreys is the queen of trying new things. Hence why introducing her consists of a long list of talents: She’s a speaker, comedienne, author, musician, YouTuber and host of The Kelsey Show podcast. In everything she does, she keeps one mission top-of-mind: To get you laughing and keep you moving toward your goals.

I love that she uses so many different avenues to accomplish that mission. But how was she able to discover all those talents she’s capable of? You got it: By having the courage to try new things.

Kelsey started her career in corporate advertising. She worked her way up the ladder when, one year, a frozen yogurt company reached out and asked her if she would run all of their marketing and branding for their more than 200 stores. This new giant client allowed her to leave the corporate world to start her own business as a freelancer.

But when this major client was sold to another company, Kelsey had two options: She could seek out new clients and continue building her freelance business, or she could do what she really wanted to do—start her own show. The rest, as they say, is history.

On this episode, Kelsey and I talk about:

  • How to discover who you are by trying new things
  • How to overcome the fear of rejection
  • What to do with failure when you try something new
  • Discovering new avenues for pursuing what you love
  • How to fit new things into what you’re already doing

Related: Learning From Failure: How to Dust Yourself Off and Move Forward

Setting the Right Expectations

Every spring, my husband and I take an extended weekend vacation to the beach—just the two of us. After the long winter season, all we want is to spend a few days with the sun beaming down on our faces.

As we were planning this trip, we kept coming across this one hotel that had great reviews. People recommended it again and again. It had a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the beach and oceanfront rooms. It had everything we wanted, so we booked it.

The day finally came when it was time to fly down to Florida. But the moment we pulled into the hotel, I was confused. This hotel was not on the ocean. It was on a busy street. I was mystified because every single photo we saw online showed the hotel right on the beach.

I was amazed at how they managed to manipulate the photos to suspiciously remove the busy street where the hotel actually sat. As you can imagine, all my excitement and anticipation for this trip diminished. I’d looked forward to walking out of the hotel and immediately stepping onto the sand. I’d fantasized about listening from my balcony as the waves crashed on the shore. And now, none of that would be possible.

But here’s the thing: If the hotel’s website had mentioned that this hotel was on a busy street that led to another street actually connected to the beach, I wouldn’t have been disappointed when I arrived. I would’ve known exactly what I was signing up for, or I would’ve booked a different hotel that offered what I was looking for.

It’s so easy to do this in business. You want to attract more customers, so you make big, grand promises. But do you know what happens if you don’t meet those expectations? Your customers are disappointed because you overpromised and under-delivered.

Related: The Right Way to Handle Your Competition

So, I want to encourage you to do something different. I want you to under-promise and over-deliver to your clients. Be incredibly realistic and conservative with your quotes, timelines and capabilities. Be conservative about what you know you can do, and then blow your customers away. Exceed their expectations. When you do this, not only will your customers be much happier, but they’ll come back, too.


1:19 Three Tactical Things You Can Do This Week to Try Something New

13:37 Embracing Change with Kelsey Humphreys

41:44 Challenge to Set the Right Expectations for Your Customers


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Sponsors

DesignCrowd

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Jun 11, 2019
BB Ep 74: Find Your True Self and Get Back to You
55:25

Do you remember dreaming about what your first job would be after college? Maybe you pictured yourself putting on business clothes every day, sitting in creative brainstorming meetings and—arguably the best part when you’re a broke college student—finally getting an adult paycheck. I know I sure did.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t what happened—not even close. My first job after graduating was as an advertising coordinator at a local newspaper in Nashville, TN. I was so excited about this position. From the name alone, I thought it sounded perfect for me.

I envisioned myself working across every department and helping them come up with creative ways to market their messages. Well, it wasn’t long before my little fantasy was crushed. Turns out that “advertising coordinator” was really just a fancy title for data entry.

I spent my days inputting data into a decades-old software program that crashed every few hours. Every day, I walked into a gray cinder block building with gray walls, gray ceilings, gray cubicles and fluorescent lights. I died a little inside every day I worked there. It was a mind-numbing, miserable job for someone like me—creative, energetic and a people-person.

But the problem wasn’t only that the job made me miserable. I couldn’t be myself. I wasn’t doing something I was good at. I wasn’t in a position that made me come alive, gave me energy, or brought me joy. I wasn’t even using my strengths or talents. I wasn’t being me.

Related: Recognizing Your Gifts

Have you ever felt that way?

Have you ever been in situations, gone through seasons, or even spent years feeling like you lost yourself? Feeling like you didn’t even recognize who you were anymore? I meet so many women who feel like they’ve gotten lost in motherhood, their careers or in other people’s expectations of them.

That last one—other people’s expectations—reminds me of a fascinating book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by Bronnie Ware. Bronnie spent years working in palliative care. During her time caring for the terminally ill, Bronnie wrote a blog that later became a book about the most common regrets of the people she cared for. The number one regret was having worked too much. But the second one really surprised me. It was not having lived a life that was true to themselves.

What Bronnie learned is so important. It’s an opportunity for us to adjust our perspective and start making choices today that will help us avoid that same regret.

Because a life well-lived is one where we live as our truest selves.

Women often tell me they’ve lived for other people for so long they don’t even know what they want anymore. Even worse, they don’t even know who they are anymore.

If this is you today, I want to encourage you: You don’t have to stay there and wonder who you are or where “the real you” went. I want to give you five questions you can ask yourself that will help you get back to you. Consider them road signs to point you in the right direction.

Related: Push Forward and Get Unstuck

Five Questions to Help You Discover Your True Self

1. What do you want?

Don’t ask yourself what your spouse wants, what your kids need, or what all your friends think you should do. Ask yourself what you want. That’s a tough question to answer because we so often consider our own desires to be selfish. But the truth is that the desires of your heart are not bad things. They are God things. In fact, Jesus asked this same question.

A blind man once approached Jesus asking for mercy. Jesus responded by asking him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41 NIV). Don’t you think Jesus knew what this blind man wanted? Jesus didn’t need the blind man to tell him, but I believe Jesus wanted to draw out those desires in him. And He wants to do the same for you. 

2.Where do you want to be?

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there. That’s why I think it’s so important to ask yourself where you want to be in one, three, five and even 10 years. It’s too easy to get caught up in the day-to-day rut of life. We’re so overwhelmed with what’s happening right now, we forget to plan for the future.

But if you don’t stop and ask yourself where you want to be in the future, then you’re going to be in the same place one, three, five and even 10 years from now. Look ahead. Think about where you’re going. Give yourself a sense of direction—not just for the person you are today, but for the person you’re going to become.

Related: Finding Your Purpose Through Intentional Living

3. What gives you energy?

What breathes life and energy into you? Your energy level is a great indicator of how much an activity or commitment is in line with your true self.

Have you ever noticed how completely drained you are when you do something you’re not good at or that you don’t enjoy or care about? Sure, what you love might still make you tired, but it’s the good kind of tired—the kind where you want to wake up and do it all over again. So what activities from your past or present do that for you?

4. What makes you feel like yourself?

Too many times in my life, I’ve done things for other people to make them happy, and I hated myself in the process. I’ve even made purchases that I didn’t want to make with money I didn’t have because I didn’t want to hurt the salesman’s feelings. Isn’t that ridiculous?

I bet you’ve done similar things. Because, as women, we just hate to say no. I’m willing to bet you’ve made commitments and said yes to things you didn’t want to do. But it shouldn’t be that way! Let’s start asking a different question: What makes you like yourself? When are you the proudest and most confident? Do more of that.

5. What makes you come alive?

Before you got married, had children, and started your career or business, I bet you had a set of strengths and talents you offered the world around you. If we’re not careful, we’ll stop offering who we are and what we have, and instead become who we think the world needs us to be. Chores completed. A warm meal on the table. A ride to soccer.

But what if instead of going around asking yourself what everybody needs, you asked yourself what it is that makes you come alive? What your husband needs from you more than a warm meal on the table, and what your kids need from you more than a ride to soccer, and what your job and business need from you more than tasks completed, is a woman in their lives who has come alive.

I believe every single one of you was created on purpose and for a purpose. And nothing makes me come alive more than watching women set free to pursue their God-given gifts. When you do that, you can get back to you, live as your true self, and make God proud in the process.

Getting Back to You with Chrystal Evans Hurst

Chrystal Evans Hurst comes from a powerhouse family. You probably know her parents, legendary pastors Tony and Lois Evans, and her siblings Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans and Jonathan Evans. Every single one of them has dedicated their lives to full-time ministry.

I feel like Chrystal and I are kindred spirits. We both get energized by encouraging women to live out the truest version of themselves. Chrystal is a speaker, author of the books She’s Still There, Show Up for Your Life and Kingdom Woman, host of the Chrystal’s Chronicles podcast and a great friend of mine. Chrystal also has five kids! So, y’all, if anyone has an excuse to not live as her true self because she’s busy and overwhelmed, it’s her! But nonetheless, she’s doing it, and you can too.

In this episode, Chrystal and I talk about:

  • The key to living your most authentic life
  • How to dig up your gifts when you don’t think you have any
  • Signs you’re not living your truest self
  • Enemies who lead to a distracted life

Challenge: You Get to Choose

The other day, I was talking with a college-aged woman who I mentor. She was telling me about a friend of hers who is toxic and full of drama and negativity. So, I asked her the most obvious question I could possibly think of: “Why are you friends with her?”

She responded, “Well, she goes to my church, and we’re in the same friend group.” Still confused, I responded, “But why are you friends with her? You’re not a child anymore. As an adult, you get to choose who you spend your time with. So, why are you friends with her? Why do you want to be friends with a toxic person who brings you down?”

That might sound harsh, but it actually led to a great dialogue between us.

We might not be 19 anymore, but sometimes we still struggle with letting go of toxic friends as well. A few years ago, I was still hanging out with a woman who always just made me feel terrible after we’d spend time together. We’d meet up for coffee, and then I’d come home and complain to my husband about all the ways she brought me down. One day, he asked me the same question I asked my mentee: “Why do you hang out with her? Why are you friends with her?” 

I couldn’t come up with a logical reason. That’s when I knew I had to cut her out of my life. 

Related: How to Be More Confident

Do you have anyone like that in your life? Let me shoot straight with you: Why do you spend time with people who bring you down, make you feel bad about yourself, or bring negativity into your life?

Friend, your life is just that—yours. You not only have the right to protect it, you have the responsibility. That’s why my challenge to you is this: Make some choices. Figure out who in your life might need a few degrees of separation or need to be removed all together. Don’t spend your life with people who bring you down.

You have the right to choose your friends.


1:20 Five Questions to Help You Discover Your True Self

16:38 Getting Back to You with Chrystal Evans Hurst

42:12 Challenge to Choose Your Friends


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Sponsors

DesignCrowd

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

May 28, 2019
BB Ep 73: The Right Way to Network and Make Connections
58:02

Several years ago, I met someone I’ve admired from afar for years. I was on the road for the spring Business Boutique event in 2016, and we had booked someone who I consider to be a mega-celebrity speaker: Christine Caine. I couldn’t believe I was going to meet her in person and share a stage with her. I would have been grateful simply for the privilege of shaking hands, taking pictures, and hanging out with her. It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

But it was even better than that. We became friends in real life. The following year, she even invited me to speak on her conference tour, Propel Women. Of course, I agreed. We traveled around the country and spoke at six different events.

And this relationship has only continued to grow. She was one of the first people I texted when I found out I was having a baby girl. And she is someone who I continually lean on for mentorship and guidance.

Christine is just one example of the many incredible people I’ve had the privilege of building relationships with through Business Boutique over the last five years. Not only have these connections benefited my personal life, but they’ve also helped my business as well. It’s true what they say: “It’s all about who you know.”

The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of your relationships. The same is true in business. The quality of your business is a direct reflection of the quality of your relationships. Every opportunity that you will ever have in your lifetime will come through people. So regardless of what type of business you’re in, you’re in the people business.

Related: Building Business Relationships

That’s why I want to help you with something that many people find intimidating: networking.

I meet so many women who are terrified of it. They often feel like making new connections is only for outgoing personalities. But I don’t believe that to be true. So today, I want to bust three myths we believe about networking so you can stop believing these lies and take advantage of all it has to offer.

Three Myths We Believe About Networking

Myth #1: There’s only one way to do it.

When you think about networking, you probably picture talking to strangers at a formal event and a lot of awkward interactions. It’s no wonder you want no part of it!

But do you know what networking really is? Meeting people and making connections. That’s it. It’s really that simple. And you can build relationships with people anywhere and at any time. I’d be willing to bet you’re already doing this every single day.

As women, we’re naturally relational and enjoy connecting with new people. It’s what we do. You don’t need to have a pitch or an agenda or be in a formal setting to meet someone new. Stop thinking about networking as anything more than making a new friend.

Related: 4 Friends You Need for Your Business

Myth #2: You have to be extroverted.

Introverts might experience more anxiety when walking into a roomful of people, but they actually have the advantage. Why? Because introverts are gifted at connecting one-on-one and building deep, quality relationships. They may not want to work the room or be the life of the party, but they’re going to walk out of there with at least one real connection.

Here’s a tip for you introverts: Start small. Scan the room and see if you can find just one person who looks inviting (bonus points if they’re also alone). Walk up to them and introduce yourself. I guarantee that anyone in that room who is standing by themselves will welcome a friendly face because they’re probably feeling exactly how you are.

Keep in mind that this doesn’t have to only be in-person. You can make connections online. For introverts, it’s a great way to get out of your shell and get some practice under your belt.

Myth #3: You’ll come off as self-seeking.

We all have this fear that people will think we have an agenda or we’re going to take advantage of them when we’re networking. It’s the same reason we feel weird about selling. But there’s a tried and true way to get over this: Focus on what you can give, not on what you can get.

Here’s what’s so beautiful about this idea: It will help you in business, marketing, speaking, life and networking. Basically, it will help you everywhere. I want you to approach everything in your life by focusing on what you can give. I guarantee the person on the other side of the conversation will feel the difference.

Related: How to Sell Without Feeling Slimy

When you walk into a trade show or event, don’t walk in there thinking, How can I get a business card or a new client or a referral? Instead, think about how you can provide solutions and real value. When you have that mindset, I’m willing to bet you’ll get more than you can imagine in return.

Remember, people buy from those they know, like and trust. So just focus on the relationship. Business can happen later. Because, at the end of the day, networking is just a fancy word for making new friends who can play a role in building your dream and your business.

How to Make the Right Connections with Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman is an expert when it comes to making the right connections in life and in business. He went from having zero experience or education in broadcasting to become nationally known by strategically positioning himself in proximity to the right people. Today, Ken is the host of The Ken Coleman Show and The EntreLeadership Podcast. He’s also the author of One Question and the brand-new book The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to the Career You Love.

Ken’s work is centered around helping people figure out what they’re passionate about so they can move into a life and career they love—just like he did.

In this episode, Ken and I talk about:

  • The secret to methodical growth in your career
  • How to start a business or change jobs without going back to school
  • When to give up on a dream and when to persevere
  • How to learn from professionals even when you don’t live near them
  • The difference between audacious and obnoxious

The Most Important Quality You Can Have

Many of you may already know, but I am expecting my third child (a baby girl!) in September. So, of course, I’ve been thinking a lot about being a mom and the qualities I want my children to have. I often think, What do I want for my children? Who do I want them to be? What prayers should I pray for them?

For as long as I can remember, there has been one particular quality that I have wanted above all others: Confidence. I have seen how it can be a game-changer in your life.

When you’re self-assured, you’ll reach for bigger dreams and write scarier goals. You’ll ask for more and assume you’re capable of doing whatever it is you want to do. You’ll withstand peer pressure (even in adulthood), put yourself out there, and take more risks.

Related: How to Be More Confident 

Like networking, people tend to think confidence is just for extroverts and the social butterflies. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Confidence is a skill and freely available to anyone

Fear, on the other hand, establishes limits in your life. Nothing will build your confidence like pushing beyond your comfort zone, trying something new, going after what you’re afraid of, and realizing you are capable of far more than you imagined.

Friends, don’t stay stuck feeling like your fears will always rule you. Confidence is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Over time, it will become authentic. Don’t wait until you’re not scared to do the thing you want to do. Work on cultivating confidence in your own life and then go do it scared.


1:21 Three Myths We Believe About Networking

14:21 How to Make the Right Connections with Ken Coleman

50:55 Encouragement to Cultivate Confidence in Your Life


Resources

The Proximity Principle by Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman's new book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to the Career You Love, gives you a proven plan that will lead you to more opportunities than you’ve ever seen before. And it's available now! Use the code BBPROXIMITY at checkout to receive a bonus Business Boutique podcast episode with Ken Coleman where we talk about the 5 Steps to Living a Life of Significance. Order The Proximity Principle today at KenColeman.com.

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Sponsors

DesignCrowd

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

May 14, 2019
BB Ep 72: Push Forward and Get Unstuck
50:38

You know those awful dreams where you’re desperately trying to run away from someone or something and you can’t get away? You feel like your feet are stuck in blocks of cement. And when you try to scream for help, all that comes out is air.

I’ve had that same kind of dream more times than I would like to admit. Regardless of the scenario, the theme is the same: I can’t get away because I’m not in control.

Sometimes we can feel like that in real life too. You want to get ahead in your business. But no matter what you do, you just can’t take it to the next level. Or maybe it’s your relationship. You used to laugh and play and go on dates. But not anymore. Or maybe you feel like you’ve lost a piece of yourself, and you can’t figure out why you just don’t have the same gusto or energy you used to have.

Related: Perseverance in Your Business: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

Feeling stuck is hard. But you know what? This is not a bad dream where you can’t run away or scream for help. This is real life, and you are more in control than you realize.

With a few small changes, you can regain momentum and get unstuck. Today, I want to share five practical steps you can take to get back to pursuing your goals.

Five Steps to Help You Get Unstuck

Step 1: Go Back to Your Why

We talk about your why all the time at Business Boutique. Knowing it will answer questions like:

  • Why are you doing this?
  • Why is this important to you?
  • Why does this type of success matter to you?

I love that these questions can apply to any area of your life—parenting, goal-setting, your marriage, your business, etc. Wherever you’re feeling stuck, remind yourself why this thing or person or work is a gift from God.

When you go back to your original motivation, you return to a perspective you probably lost along the way—when you got busy, tired and stuck. Let your why reignite the fire within you.

Step 2: Get Moving

The very meaning of the word stuck means a lack of movement. But it’s a lot easier to stay moving once you get moving. That’s why your only objective in this step is to take a baby step toward some kind of physical activity.

For some, that might be just getting out of bed and putting on clean clothes. For others, it’s putting on makeup or going for a walk. Don’t think about all the things you need to do yet; focus on the smallest step you can take to get moving. It doesn’t have to be directly related to your end goal either. Even just going for a run can you give you the energy you need to get back to work.

Step 3: Focus on One Thing at a Time

A long to-do list is overwhelming. When you look at all the work that needs to get done, it’s easy to believe you can’t accomplish all of it. Instead, I want you to pick the most urgent task and focus on completing just that one thing.

Checking off the first activity from your list will give you a great sense of satisfaction. It’s a quick win, and it’s progress. And any progress is positive.

Step 4: Change What You Say

We have a tendency to make our problems bigger with the words we use. Confession: I’m the queen of this. If I’m a little overwhelmed, I magnify the issue by talking about it a lot.

Related: Is It Fear, or Wisdom?

If you only think about how overwhelmed you are and how stuck you feel, then that’s exactly where you’re going to stay. You fan the flame when you talk about it day in and day out. That’s why Step 4 is to change your attitude and change your words.

I love how Brené Brown puts it: “Talk to yourself like you would someone you love.”

Step 5: Pray

The power of prayer is real. If God cares about every dream in your heart, don’t you think He cares that you’re feeling stuck? He’s a way-maker. He makes a way when there seems to be no other way. If you’ve never experienced this, start now. I want to encourage you to pray about the big things and the small things and everything in between.

Related: Inviting Faith Into Your Business

You might be feeling stuck right now, and we all do in different seasons of life and business. But that’s not where you have to stay. Remind yourself of your why, get moving, focus on one thing at a time, change what you say, and pray. I’m confident that God will get you through this.

Persevering When You’re Stuck with Jordan Lee Dooley

I am so excited to introduce y’all to Jordan Lee Dooley. She’s a creative entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach and the host of The SHE Podcast. Jordan is an accidental entrepreneur. In college, her boyfriend at the time (now husband!) encouraged her to find a creative outlet. She loved hand lettering, so she started selling mugs on Etsy.

It grew so quickly that she had to recruit the help of her sorority sisters to package and ship her products. Her Etsy store expanded to include a personal blog and social media accounts where she would write and share stories of the women in her life. People loved it. That’s when Jordan realized she was running more than just a mug shop. Today, SoulScripts is a lifestyle shop and movement of women supporting other women.

On this episode, Jordan and I talk about:

  • The temptations that keep us stuck
  • How to know what the next right step is
  • Why research and trying new things is important
  • Learning from the season you’re in
  • How to take informed steps of faith

Living Your Version of Success

I’ve noticed something while working with women of all ages and stages of business: We have a lot of different ideas about what success looks like.

Years ago, when I was doing research for Business Boutique, I talked to some women who just wanted to make a couple extra hundred dollars a month to help pay for their kid’s sports. Others wanted to run a seven-figure business, grow a team, and open multiple locations.

Here is what is so beautiful: The heart behind both of those dreams, and everything in between, is what really matters. Because it’s not your top-line or bottom-line growth or how many team members you have that’s important. It’s whether you’re happy and feel successful in your dream.

If you want to make a little extra money for soccer or a trip to Disneyland, that’s valid and worthy and you should chase that dream. If you want your company to be a national brand and have multiple locations, that’s also valid and worthy. Both of those dreams are important because they’re yours.  

Related: Shake Off Your Shame

Don’t look to others to define success. Just make money doing what you love.

So, how do you define success? Write it down. It might change in the future, so just focus on your version of success right now. In my research, I found that as women achieved their version of success, their dreams and goals got bigger. As their confidence grew, their dreams grew.

You have the right—in fact, you have the responsibility—to chase your version of success. So, what’s that going to be?

#AskChristyWright

On this segment of #AskChristyWright, we talk about the pros and cons of launching a course versus a subscription membership site. If you have a question for me, call my toll-free number 844-944-1074 for a chance to be featured on the show.


1:27 Five Steps to Help You Get Unstuck

16:48 Persevering When You’re Stuck with Jordan Lee Dooley

42:58 #AskChristyWright

45:48 Challenge: Live Your Version of Success


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

The Business Boutique Conference is coming back to Nashville Oct. 24–26. If you want to learn how to grow your business and chase your dream, you don’t want to miss this event. To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Sponsors

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Apr 30, 2019
BB Ep 71: How to Launch a Product, Service, or Business
44:32

My team thinks I’m never in the office. And, if we’re being honest, they have a point. Between travel, speaking engagements, video shoots and off-site writing days, I just don’t spend a lot of time at my desk.

I remember one particular week when I was with my team all day every day because we were launching a new product. They gave me so much flak those five days. They went on and on about how I was never in the office and how much more fun it was when I did come around.

So I decided the following Monday, when I normally wouldn’t be in the office, to surprise and delight my team with a box of warm donuts. I thought it was the greatest idea ever. I imagined myself bursting through the doors, while everyone cheered for this special treat. I mean, I really built this whole thing up in my head.

As luck would have it, no one was there when I arrived. Not a single person. I was so disappointed. It turns out, I chose a time when every single person on my team was either in a meeting or working in another building. I had planned this surprise poorly.

Even though the donuts were still great later on when everyone finally showed up, I was disappointed that my team hadn’t been there for the grand entrance. The effect just wasn’t the same.

This story reminds me of what it often looks like when we launch something new like a product, service or business. We come up with a great idea and have high expectations for what will happen when we share it with the world. And then we launch and no one shows up. It flops and we don’t understand why.

Launches are important, so we have to get them right. Whether you’re introducing a new product line, announcing an upcoming conference, or offering a new service, there are things you must do to have a successful launch—but there’s also a lot of room to be creative. That’s because launching is both a science and an art.

If you want to create a better launch experience, one where people actually show up and buy, you’ll want to incorporate three key elements.

The Three Essentials of a Successful Launch

1. Relationships

Sixty percent of sales occur after the fourth interaction with a potential customer.(1) It’s because people buy from those they know, like and trust. That’s why if you’re going to launch anything, you need existing relationships to launch to. Otherwise, you’ll be launching to no one.

Don’t get intimidated if you don’t have any customers yet. Utilize your existing relationships to get started. Announce it to your Facebook friends, send an email to all your contacts, and ask your family, friends and church community if they would help you spread the word.

2. A Date

A launch is an event. And just like every event, it must happen on a certain date. The last thing you want to do is drag out a launch over a long period of time because then there’s no urgency for your customer to take action. Choose a date that people can put on their calendars, plan around, and get excited about.

When you land on a date for your launch, consider what else is going on in your business and the world in that season. You want to make sure it’s a good time for your customers to buy and you won’t be competing with another event.

3. Anticipation

Research shows that when we have time to anticipate something, we actually enjoy it more when it occurs. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Half the fun of a vacation is counting down the days.

This is why anticipation around your launch is critical to its success. Once you’ve picked a date, start creating buzz. Remember, it’s not just a date. It’s an event! People should be daydreaming about the release of your product or service like they fantasize about their upcoming vacation.

At Business Boutique, we do this every year when we open enrollment for the Academy. We create new videos, write about the opening in our blog, and post about it on Instagram. We’re likely talking about it everywhere you turn. And when the day finally arrives, we make it a huge celebration! This is all intentional, and it works.

Let’s recap: Whatever you’re launching, you can make it a huge success by launching to your existing relationships, choosing a date, and building anticipation.

Pulling Off a Great Launch with Stu McLaren

My guest today is Stu McLaren! Stu is an expert at marketing online products, producing successful launches, and building membership sites. He’s also the host of the Marketing Your Business podcast. A lot of what we do at Business Boutique comes from what we learned from Stu, which is why I’m so excited to introduce you to him.

Stu started his career as a motivational speaker on high school and college campuses. But it wasn’t long before he realized there was a cap to the potential growth of his business. Schools could only afford so much, and he could only speak so many times. He dove into information marketing believing that if he could learn how to sell his expertise, he could to scale his business beyond schools. It was on this journey that he began helping companies build membership sites. And it’s when he quickly realized how much he enjoyed the launch portion of these programs.

On today’s episode, Stu and I talk about:

  • Components of what makes a launch special
  • How to involve your audience in the lead-up process
  • The five phases of a successful launch
  • The difference between a testimonial and a customer story

Saying Yes to the Scary Things

If you’ve ever attended a Business Boutique conference, you know one of the best moments of the entire weekend is when we all get up and dance to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” We always do this after my talk on fear. I love giving women this opportunity to shake off whatever it is that’s been holding them back from pursuing their dreams.

At the last conference, we wanted to change things up a bit. We thought it would be fun to hire a flash mob of professional dancers pretending to be attendees to come onstage during the song. The idea was that they would act uncomfortable and awkward and then at a certain point in the song, they would jump into a choreographed routine.

Originally, I wasn’t going to be a part of the flash mob. But at the last moment, the week before the event, I decided I wanted to go for it and learn the dance. It was a 30-second routine. I thought, Surely, I can do this.

Even though I practiced a lot, I was nervous. I felt totally great about speaking, teaching, interviewing, and putting on a great show. But I wasn’t at all comfortable with the idea of dancing onstage with a bunch of professionals. I planned to just hide in the back, where no one could focus on me.

Of course, that’s not how it worked out. The lead dancer called out sick the morning of rehearsal, so they decided to move me front and center. I was terrified. This was a three-day event, where I would be onstage 90% of the time. And yet this 30-second dance routine was more nerve-racking to me than anything else.

But when it finally happened, y’all, I felt like Beyoncé! It turned out to be one of the coolest parts of the entire event. The crowd erupted while we danced our hearts out.

I learned something that day: Sometimes the scariest things in life lead us to the best things. Oftentimes, what comes with the most risk can lead us to the greatest reward. I could have come up with a thousand different excuses. But I would have missed out on that incredible moment when I felt like a superstar.

I don’t know what that scary thing is for you. Maybe it’s that business you want to launch or saying yes to a volunteer opportunity. Whatever it is, I want to challenge you to go for it. Even though it’s scary, it might just turn out to be one of your favorite moments of all time.

#AskChristyWright

On today’s segment, we talk about protecting your time while leaving space for new business opportunities. If you have a question for me, call my toll-free number 844-944-1074 for a chance to be featured on the show.


1:26 The Three Essentials of a Successful Launch

11:47 Pulling Off a Great Launch with Stu McLaren

35:19 #AskChristyWright

37:46 Challenge: Say Yes to the Scary Things


Resources

Business Boutique Conference

To save $10 on any Business Boutique Conference ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

Sponsors

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Apr 16, 2019
BB Ep 70: How to Be Content in Every Situation
46:36

Picture this: You’re booked to speak on a college campus. The auditorium seats 1,000, but only three students show up. Yes, that’s 997 empty seats. And the icing on the cake? The three students who bothered to show up only did so for the extra credit.

Ouch.

Or how about this: You’re speaking at a conference for a bank, and even though there are enough seats for a few hundred people, only two show up. TWO! Are you cringing yet? To make matters worse, one of them talks—yes, talks, not texts—on her cell phone during your presentation. Oh, and that other attendee? He promptly falls asleep and snores the whole time.

No, I’m not describing my worst nightmares. Unfortunately, both of those things actually happened to me. I mean, I can’t make this stuff up!

And, y’all, I have stories like these for days from the years I spent speaking in high school cafeterias, family reunions, libraries and strip malls.

As an aspiring professional speaker like I was at the time, it would’ve been easy to get discouraged in those situations. And believe me, some days were harder than others. But really, it’s natural to feel disappointed when reality doesn’t measure up to your expectations—like when your business isn’t as big, impressive or successful as you thought it would be today.

Patience can be hard, right?

I get it because I’ve been there. But you know what? Even in that season when nobody showed up for my speeches, when every audience was tiny, I always brought the same level of passion and energy.

Related: Play to the Size of Your Heart

Why? Because I believe there is something sacred in every season we go through.

In other words, there is training in the trenches.

It’s during those hard seasons that something happens in you that can’t happen any other way. It’s like a rite of passage. So, instead of wishing away what you’re going through right now or focusing on what’s next, I encourage you to find contentment in the now.

I know that can be challenging when you’ve got big dreams. But I promise, it’s possible to be content with where you are today without giving up on your goals—it’s a both/and situation. That could look like super-serving the 200 Instagram followers you have today while working to turn that into 200,000. Or giving a heartfelt speech to five people while working on the marketing plan to grow your following. It’s both being content and striving for more.

Related: Dream Bigger for Your Business

I’ve told you this before, but it’s worth repeating. If you’re not faithful with what you have and where you are today, God can’t trust you with more. That’s exactly why—no matter if I’m speaking to two people or 2,000—I bring my all to every single speaking engagement.

Don’t despise your small beginnings, embrace them. Practicing contentment makes it much easier to hear what God is teaching you in each season. Here are three ways you can start doing that right now:

Three Ways to Practice Contentment 

1. Control Your Thoughts

You have more power over your mind than you think. I know this is hard, especially when you’re scrolling Instagram and see that one of your girlfriends has a brand-new kitchen or is on a fancy vacation. Do you know what you’re doing in that moment? You’re comparing someone else’s highlight reel to your current reality. Stop doing that!

Comparison is a recipe for discouragement and resentment.

Related: The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

2. Focus on What You Have

When you look at what you already have, it is so much easier to have an attitude of gratitude. I love how 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive to Christ. When you feel comparison creep in, kick those thoughts to the curb and focus on what you’re grateful for instead.

The truth is, you and I have more than most people. We live in the greatest country in the world with more money, resources and technology than we know what to do with. So stop focusing on what you wish you had. Focus on what you do have, and I bet you’ll find it difficult not to be content.

3. Write It Down

There is something so powerful about writing down things like what you’re grateful for or the goals you’re striving towards. It’s as if by writing them down, you’re elevating their importance so they can take on a life of their own.

That’s because when you put something down on paper, you remove it from the battlefield of your mind and bring it into the real world.

How to Be More Content with Rachel Cruze 

My guest today is Rachel Cruze! She’s the best-selling author of Love Your Life, Not Theirs and Smart Money Smart Kids. She’s also a speaker, host of The Rachel Cruze Show and one of my very best friends.

Rachel is passionate about helping people balance spending and saving money. But everything she teaches about money centers around contentment. That’s because mismanaging your finances is often a symptom of a deeper issue: discontentment.

In her work, she has found that content people are more likely to win with money because:

  • They’re more inclined to save money
  • They’re willing to sacrifice to get out of debt
  • They live generous lives

On today’s episode, we talk about:

  • What contentment actually is and isn’t
  • A real formula you can use to quit comparison
  • How to be grateful—even on the days you don’t feel like it

I’m so excited to share that Rachel has just released a beautiful tool to help us all on this journey. Rachel’s Contentment Journal is a 90-day guided journal all about loving your life and focusing on who God created you to be. If you want to learn more and read the first 10 pages for free, text RC Journal to 33444 or click on the link in the Resources section below.

Contentment and FOMO 

Time management is something I struggle with every single day—yes, even as a business coach! We all have 24 hours in a day, but somehow that never feels like enough. And social media has made this even harder. FOMO, anyone?

Related: Excuses That Steal Your Time

Thanks to FOMO, it’s so much harder to say no. We say yes to all the invitations because if we don’t, we’re afraid we’ll regret it when we see everything we missed out on all over Instagram.

But, guess what? Contentment is actually the cure for FOMO! When you’re content where you are—whether that’s at home in your pajamas on a Friday night or at the playground on a Sunday afternoon—you have the confidence to say no. You can easily turn down invitations without fear because you know you’ve said yes to what really matters to you.

Y’all, here’s the thing: We can’t do it all. Spending time trying to keep up with other people’s demands and expectations is just plain exhausting. I want you to not just find contentment in your heart, but also find contentment in how you manage your time. This week, I challenge you to spend your time only on what’s most important to you.

#AskChristyWright

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about how to raise your prices without losing your current customers. If you have a question for me, call my toll-free number 844-944-1074 for a chance to be featured on the show.


1:19 Intentional Living: Three Clues You’re Living in Your Purpose

11:49 How to Cultivate a Life of Purpose with Lara Casey

37:55 #AskChristyWright

42:45 Challenge: Share Your “Why” with Your Customers


Resources

The Contentment Journal by Rachel Cruze

Sometimes life feels insanely busy, disorganized, and downright unfulfilling. But God created you for more than that.

In a world full of distraction and comparison, Rachel Cruze's brand-new Contentment Journal is about loving YOUR life. This 90-day guided journal will take you from feeling busy, disorganized and unfulfilled to loving your life and focusing on who God created you to be.

There are 3 Sections of the Journal:

1. Gratitude
2. Humility
3. Contentment

This journal is the tool that will help you focus on what matters most to you. You can learn more and start reading the first 10 pages for free by texting RCJOURNAL to 33444 or by clicking on this link!

This 90-day guided journal will take you from feeling busy, disorganized and unfulfilled to loving your life and focusing on who God created you to be.

Sponsors

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Apr 02, 2019
BB Ep 69: Finding Your Purpose Through Intentional Living
46:10

Some people think I help people find their calling. But I’ll be the first to tell you that’s not what I do. It’s just not my thing. The idea that there is only one purpose I was put on this Earth to do is paralyzing. I actually believe there are many things I could do that would get me excited about going to work on a Monday morning. And I think the same is probably true for you.

Related: Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Finding Your Calling

That’s why I don’t deal with callings. Instead, I help people discover something they’re really good at and enjoy doing, so they can turn it into a business they love. I love this because when people know what they’re passionate about, they begin to live intentionally in their purpose.

They become more thoughtful and action-oriented because now they know exactly what to go after. Rather than just reacting to whatever life throws at them, they set goals and carefully evaluate the steps needed to get there.

This is important because when you decide to live on purpose in your purpose, you’ll experience more fulfillment and success. Why? Because nothing will push you to work harder than whatever it is that fires you up.

So let me ask you: Is this the kind of life you’re living today? I know it can be hard to feel sure, which is why I have three clues you can look for to figure this out.

How Do You Know If You’re Living an Intentional Life? 

1. You’re Living in Your Gifts and Strengths

I believe God made you 100% unique. There’s no one else on this Earth who has your combination of voice, style, perspective, experience and interests.

Understanding and utilizing the gifts God has given you in your business is critical to your success. Like I said earlier: When you’re not working in your strengths, you not only won’t enjoy your work, but you’ll also lack the motivation to push through the rough patches. And let me tell you, there are a lot of those in business.

If you could use more encouragement around using your God-given gifts in business, download my free 7-Day Devotional in the Resources section below.

2. You’re Passionate About What You’re Pursuing

Just like your strengths and your gifts, God also created you with unique interests, values and passions.

I love dancing, but I hate details. I get really excited about adventure and being outside, but I’m not a fan of math, history or science. I’m passionate about people and relationships, but I’m not crazy about politics. But you know what’s so fascinating? There are lots of people out there who do get excited about the things I don’t like.

So what gets you excited? What makes you light up and come alive? What gives you energy and joy? Take your time thinking and praying over these questions. It will help you identify whether you’re actually passionate about what you’re doing.

Related: How to Find Your Passion and Grow a Business You Love

3. You’re Making a Difference

God didn’t create any of us to be an island—off on our own unconcerned about the rest of the world. In fact, I believe He created us to live and work in community. It means He gave us our unique strengths, gifts and passions for the purpose of blessing other people.

When you focus on the needs of the people you’re helping and serving, you’re making a difference. You’re impacting someone’s life, and that’s a clear indicator that you’re exactly where you need to be.

This week, I want to challenge you to look for specific examples of each clue in your life. Are you living in your strengths? Are you passionate about what you’re doing? Are you making a difference in some way?

The list you compile should tell you one of two things:

  1. You’re doing exactly what you should be doing right now.
  2. It’s time to start making small changes that will lead you where you want to be in the future.

Related: How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone and Try Something New

How to Cultivate a Life of Purpose with Lara Casey

My guest today has built her life around intentional living, and she’s experienced a lot of success because of it. Lara Casey is the CEO of Cultivate What Matters, author of the books Cultivate and Make It Happen, creator of PowerSheets and the host of the podcast Cultivate Your Life. Lara is passionate about creating tools to help women live out their purpose right where they are. Clearly, she’s doing it in so many different ways!

Her story is filled with many turns and detours. Too often, we don’t understand the winding path we’ve been on. But Lara encourages us to embrace our journey anyway because God can use all of it.

I love how Lara puts it: “Sometimes we look back at our paths to where we are now and some of the pieces can feel very disconnected. But I’m so grateful to look back and see how deeply connected each one of my pieces is.”

On today’s episode, we talk about:

  • How to connect the dots in your past to discover your purpose
  • Living with intention versus living by accident
  • Practical ways to start living on purpose today
  • Dealing with disappointment when you don’t meet your goals
  • Taking the pressure to always say yes off ourselves (and others)

From Intentional Living to Intentional Selling 

Long before I created Business Boutique—before there was a book, a podcast, a live event and an Academy—I spent many months on the phone doing the not-so-glamorous work of gathering research. I wanted to learn everything I could about people with side businesses.

Related: Market Research: How to Know What Your Customers Want

I had a list of questions I asked each and every person I interviewed. One question was: “How do you feel about selling?” Every single person responded the same way. They all had negative things to say about sales.

And I totally get it! Selling is uncomfortable and intimidating, even if you’ve been in business for a while.

But you know what surprised me the most? After the question about selling, I would always ask, “Why do you love this business?” Y’all, I would literally hear an audible shift in the tone of their voice as each one told me the story behind their business.

I remember one photographer telling me, “I love capturing these moments and memories that matter.” Another woman who sewed dresses for little girls said, “I love seeing little girls in the church lobby on Sunday morning twirling around in a dress that I sewed them.” As they shared their hearts with me, I immediately wanted to buy from them right then and there. Why? Because that kind of passion is attractive and draws you in.

That is the power of story. You don’t have to feel slimy or be pushy or get on people’s nerves to sell your product or service. Instead, I want to encourage you to simply share your story. Share your why with your potential customer. When you do that, the sale will naturally follow.

#AskChristyWright

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about the pros and cons of selling your products on Etsy versus launching your own website. We also talk about standing out from the competition on Etsy and how to leverage your current and past customers.

I love hearing directly from you. If you have a question for me, give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:19 Intentional Living: Three Clues You're Living in Your Purpose

11:49 How to Cultivate a Life of Purpose with Lara Casey

37:55 #AskChristyWright

42:45 Challenge: Share Your "Why" with Your Customers


Resources

Get Christy’s 7-Day Devotional by filling out the form here!

The Business Boutique Academy is OPEN! 

I’m so excited to announce that enrollment to the Business Boutique Academy is open! The Academy is the only place where I get in your business with you.

Stop getting stuck wondering what to do next. I’ll teach you what to focus on every week and give you the resources to help you win. You’ll also get monthly training sessions with me and access to an incredible community of like-minded women in business—because you weren’t made to do this alone.

It’s only open for a few days, so get in before it’s too late. And you know I’ve got a special treat for you, my podcast listeners. When you sign up for the Academy using the promo code ACADEMYBONUS, you’ll get a free audio lesson: 3 Ninja Tricks I Use to Maximize Social Media. I’ll see you there!

Sponsors

Check out our friends at DesignCrowd. If you’re looking for design work for your business, anything from a logo – to business cards – to your website, DesignCrowd is offering you, my Business Boutique listeners, a special offer to save up to $100 when you start your next project. Simply enter the discount code “BB” when posting a project on DesignCrowd. Or visit DesignCrowd.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Mar 19, 2019
BB Ep 68: Inviting Faith Into Your Business
47:35

It’s hard to believe that nearly five years ago, Business Boutique was just a dream in my heart. Wow. That’s hard to grasp on so many levels, but especially because Business Boutique is such a huge part of my life now. But, y’all, talk about humble beginnings. All we really knew is that we wanted to create a place where women could get the support and training they need to make money doing what they love. That’s it.

So we went straight to the source: women who knew they were made for more. We talked to a lot of them and asked what felt like millions of questions. And we noticed something interesting.

All of these women seemed to describe their pursuit of “more” in different ways. Some called it a side business. Others referred to it as a side hustle. Some even called themselves mompreneurs. Suddenly, we knew coming up with a name for our project that perfectly encompasses what all of these women do—and one that clearly communicates exactly how we can help them—was absolutely crucial to our success.

No pressure, right?

In all our meetings and brainstorming sessions, my leader Dave Ramsey kept referring to a small side business as a boutique business. But that name didn’t feel quite right. Would people immediately think we only help people start boutiques? I mean, we were going to help them grow a lot of different things.

We continued to run into this wall until I decided to pray about it. I know, it should have been the first thing I did. But unfortunately, it was my last resort.

My prayer that day was this: Lord, what are we going to call this? We can’t call it Boutique Business because we’re not helping people start boutiques. We’re helping them grow a lot of different things. How do we describe this market when these women describe themselves in so many different ways?

He answered me that very day.

I heard God say: Flip it. It’s not Boutique Business. It’s the Business Boutique. And you’re not describing what all of them do. You’re describing what YOU do. You are the place where women come to get help with their business—any type of business.

Y’all, I knew in the moment that Business Boutique was it. I immediately sent a text to the team telling them we were supposed to flip the name. It was like this lightbulb had finally come on. And everyone agreed.

Of course they did! Because it was God’s idea.

And you know what? God is full of really good ideas. That’s why I invite my faith into my business every single day. Seeing God’s fingerprints all over Business Boutique takes the pressure off me and reminds me of who’s really in control.

Have you invited God into your business yet? I’m here to tell you it’s never too late.

Seeking God in Your Business 

Too often, we keep our personal lives and our business lives separate. We are so faith-filled in our personal lives but, for some reason, we get all practical and non-spiritual in our business. It’s as if we believe God doesn’t have any part to play—as if He can’t provide for our business, doesn’t understand the industry, or can’t help us scale it. The truth is faith and business go hand in hand.

Guess who gave you the gifts and skills you use in your business?

Guess who gave you the finances needed to start your business?

Guess who gave you the courage to finally do it even though you were scared?

That’s all God. The business you own is actually God’s business. Do you see a pattern here?

God is already in your business because God is in you—and you are in your business.

I want to challenge you to start thinking about your business as a place where you can invite God to partner with you. Our business problems are not outside of God’s control. He wants to be immersed in every aspect of our lives, so don’t leave Him out of this part.

I created this 7-Day Devotional to help you do just that. I pray this devotional will help remind you that God cares not only about you, but He also cares about your dreams and your business, too. He loves to come through for you—not just on Sunday, but during the week.

Is your business thriving right now? Have you praised God for that?

Is your business struggling right now? Have you prayed for wisdom and help yet?

Is something holding you back from starting? You can pray for courage, too!

I also want to challenge you to start a new habit this week. Set aside time every day to pray over your business, your team members and your customers—and the way they will be impacted by your product or service.

God wants to build your business with you. Invite Him in!

Discovering Your God Assignments With Heather MacFadyen

My guest today knows all about bringing faith into your business. Heather MacFadyen is the founder of Don’t Mom Alone and the host of the Don’t Mom Alone Podcast.

After blogging for three years, Heather thought she was on track to write a book. But God had a different plan for her—podcasting. Organically, her show began to center around three themes: mentorship, friendship and discipleship. And, amazingly, those topics all reinforced the same thing: Don’t Mom Alone..

In this episode, we talk about:

  • The difference between an assignment and a calling
  • Embracing where you are no matter what you’re going through
  • Working on the areas where you’re weak
  • Releasing yourself from the pressure to do everything well
  • Why you need to invite God in

Take Your Thoughts Captive

Too often, my mind is being pulled in a thousand directions. Can you relate? The problem is that it’s not always the right direction or the truth direction. Guess what? This is an area where the enemy can really get a foothold and paralyze you.

It can start with something as small as one mean comment on your blog post or one bad review about your product. The enemy takes that tiny seed and waters it so it grows and begins to spiral out of control. All of a sudden, what started out as an insignificant comment compounds into a giant insecurity.

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. If we don’t do that, our thoughts will shape our beliefs and our beliefs will shape our behavior.

If you’re not careful, these negative thoughts can change your actions. You’ll no longer try as hard. You won’t go for opportunities that scare you because your courage is shot. You might even give up. And it can all be traced back to that one tiny thought.

I want to tell you what I do when that starts to happen to me. I stop and ask myself: Is this true? Is this what God says about me? Those simple questions immediately cut through the lies and bring me back to reality.

No, I’m not a bad mom.

Yes, I was made for business.

Of course, I CAN do this.

I want to encourage you to make a list of everything you believe about your business. Don’t edit it. Write down all the thoughts that go through your head during the day and hold them against that litmus test. Is this true about me? Is this true about my business? Is this what God says about me? Is this what the Bible says about me?

Just wait and see how God changes the way you think about yourself. You were created on purpose, for a purpose. Don’t let the enemy take that from you.

#AskChristyWright

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about:

  • How to know if Facebook advertising is right for you
  • Finding efficiencies in your business

If you have a question, give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode! 


1:23 Inviting God Into Your Business

14:25 Discovering Your God Assignments With Heather MacFadyen

37:16 #AskChristyWright

40:37 Encouragement: Take Your Thoughts Captive


Resources

Get your own Fear or Wisdom Filter by filling out the form here!

We are opening enrollment for the Business Boutique Academy!

It will be open for only a few days, and I’m telling you now because I want you to plan for it. The cost is $489 for the entire year to have me as your business coach and a tribe of women by your side every step of the way. Budget for it, mark your calendar, join the waitlist, and get in the Academy on March 18!

Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist to be notified the moment enrollment opens!

Sponsors

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If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Mar 05, 2019
BB Ep 67: How to Build Community With Your Business
59:38

A few months ago, I read a very interesting article in The Washington Post about a researcher who studied 400,000 knitters. She was learning about my favorite topic: how these women turned their hobby of knitting into a business. She discovered an interesting phenomenon that I’ve actually witnessed for years now through Business Boutique.

Before I launched Business Boutique, I conducted my own research on women with businesses. I noticed an interesting theme: When it comes to turning your hobby into a business, a sense of community plays a key role in women doing it scared. When we have camaraderie and support, when we can lock arms with other women and do it together, we’re more likely to launch the business we’ve been dreaming about.

Related: How to Face Your Fears and Do It Scared

This woman’s research reiterated that reality. From the 403,168 individual knitters she studied from 2007 to 2014, the ones who joined a group to craft socially were 25% more likely to start a business.(1) When asked what it was that transformed these women from pattern makers to pattern sellers, the most common answer was that someone they knew had encouraged them to sell their work: Many had already been modifying patterns and designing their own yarn gnomes and cat costumes, but until they heard from others, they lacked the confidence to step out on their own.(2)

I was blown away by this. Not because I had never heard of this phenomenon before (my own research proved it), but because this principle of needing community is still true in a specific industry like knitting and on a massive scale like a study of 400,000 people. There’s no doubt that entrepreneurship can be intimidating and lonely.

But that’s where the power of building community comes in.

I see this every single year at our Business Boutique events. When you bring 3,000 women together from all over the country who work in all types of industries and are in different stages of business, there is a special bond created. Here’s what happens: These women walk into the room with all kinds of feelings, fears and questions about their businesses, and they think they’re the only ones who feel that way.

But once they hear the speakers on stage and connect with other women struggling with the same things, they realize, I’m not so crazy after all. Community opens our eyes to the truth, gives us the confidence and support we need to take the next step, and cultivates a place to belong. It’s everything we need to stop letting fear hold us back from making our dreams a reality.

Related: How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone and Try Something New

The Three Types of Community You Need 

No matter what stage of business you’re in, if you don’t have a community around you, I want you to make building one or getting into one a top priority this month. You should be a part of three different types of communities:

1. People in Your Shoes

This means people walking in the same shoes as you are or those in the same type of industry or business you’re in. When you come together, you feel a unique connection that you wouldn’t feel with someone in a completely different business. This will be your network of people who understand exactly what it’s like to do what you do.

When you get together to knowledge-share with this group, you exchange very specific advice on things like:

  • handling difficult customers
  • best practices, policies to protect yourself and vendor recommendations
  • marketing strategies specific to your target market
  • managing the seasonality of your business

2. People in Other Shoes

This is a group of people who have different perspectives from you because they work in different industries. It is so beneficial to have this community, because oftentimes, we get too close to our business. We can get so deep in the weeds that we truly can’t see the forest for the trees.

But when you seek support from those completely outside your business, they bring in a fresh pair of eyes and diverse ideas. It’s hard to get out of the mindset that the way you’ve been doing things is the only way to do them. When you bring in an outsider, they’re able to step in without the blinders or boundaries that typically constrain you. They help get you off the ground to get a wider and higher view of your business.

3. People You Serve

You need community for your personal and professional development. Well, the same is true for your customers. If you want them to feel connected with each other and with you, build a community where they can do so.

A few years ago, we started a Business Boutique Facebook group. And with almost no effort from me—I don’t post content or do any Facebook lives there—it blew up. We continue to get hundreds of new members, because women want to feel surrounded by other women with a similar mission. They want a place to ask for advice, share their elevator pitch, and simply feel heard. I don’t even have to maintain this Facebook group, because the power of community is in the community.

We have another Facebook community for the Business Boutique Academy. I jump in that group a lot for Facebook live videos and coaching sessions. It has created a different level of community because these women, as members of the Academy, are on the same track. They’re learning the same curriculum, working on the same homework, and receiving training on the same days. They’re able to take all of that to the next level by showing off their work and getting feedback from one another.

I do want to warn you about something that will come up when you create a community for your customers. You will likely experience some fear that, by creating it and connecting them with each other, there won’t be a need for you anymore. While this is a normal thought, it is simply not true. That’s the scarcity mentality that is so detrimental to business.

You are the initiator that introduced them to one another—the glue that keeps them together—so they will be that much more grateful to you for creating a place for their new community to thrive. Do what’s best for your customers. When you stop treating your customers only as individual transactions or one-on-one relationships, you create a movement. And a movement is what creates momentum, loyal customers and a community of people who rally around something.

Related: Market Research: How to Know What Your Customers Want

Building a community is one of my favorite topics to talk about, because I truly believe it’s the difference between winning in business and giving up too soon. This is why we created the Business Boutique Academy, my online business training group where I get in your business with you. In the Academy, I teach on a new topic weekly, host a live coaching session monthly, and connect you with other like-minded women who are winning in business.

Building a Community from the Ground Up with Natalie Franke

Natalie Franke started a wedding photography business when she was in college. While it quickly became successful in her local market, she felt lonely in the world of entrepreneurship. She was craving a sense of community. But when she sought it out, she couldn’t find one that fit her values of camaraderie and support. So, she took matters into her own hands and set out to create a place for creative entrepreneurs to gather.

Natalie now leads the Rising Tide Society. She started this community by gathering creatives in her hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. Within months, the groups were spreading like wildfire around the country. Today, Rising Tide meetups happen across 400 cities around the world!

It’s no wonder these groups have become so popular. Community is desperately needed in our world of business. Humans find fulfillment and thrive the most in relationships, and it’s no different in business. Entrepreneurship is a team sport.

In this episode, Natalie and I talk about:

  • having a student mindset in business
  • why small business owners have to be in a community and where to find it
  • getting rid of the scarcity mentality and moving into one of abundance
  • the right way to handle competition
  • how to build a community within your specific industry

Don’t Be Anyone Else But You 

Several years ago, when I was first named a personality for Ramsey Solutions, I had a consultation with a professional stylist. She was there to teach me how to look good on stage and on video. I’ll never forget the pictures she showed me on her phone. They were images of women she thought should be my inspiration. Every single photo was of a stiff, rigid, news anchor-looking woman with a bob and a navy suit. She kept telling me, “This is so you!” While I kept thinking, You’re so wrong.  

She wanted me to dress and look like a woman who was nothing like me. In that moment, I had to make a decision: Either I was going to lean into what this professional stylist thought I should look like, or I was going to lean into what I thought I should look like.

Related: How to Be More Confident

Friends, you have to make the same decision when others invade your life to tell you “the right way” of doing things. You have to teach yourself to lean into what makes you you. That decision is up to you, but I want you to know there is no one in the world like you. No one can do what you can do the way you do it.

I want to encourage you to love and embrace your unique qualities, because that is what God is going to use in you. So what are the things that make you you? I dare you to lean into them. Let your weird flag fly.

#AskChristyWright 

On today’s segment, we talk about:

  • how to get your customers to stick with you when you change your product offerings
  • how to get your products in stores
  • what to do during your slow seasons in business

If you have a question, give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode! 


1:23 How to Build Community With Your Business

14:46 Building a Community From the Ground Up With Natalie Franke

35:30 #AskChristyWright

45:19 Encouragement: Don’t Be Anyone Else But You


Resources

We are opening enrollment for the Business Boutique Academy!

It will be open for only a few days, and I’m telling you now because I want you to plan for it. The cost is $489 for the entire year to have me as your business coach and a tribe of women by your side every step of the way. Budget for it, mark your calendar, join the waitlist, and get in the Academy on March 18!

Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist to be notified the moment enrollment opens!

Sponsors

Check out our friends at Volusion. You can set up your online store and start selling your products within minutes. It’s that easy. Sign up for your FREE 14 day trial at Volusion.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Feb 19, 2019
BB Ep 66: How to Identify the Problem Your Business Solves for Your Customers
51:35

When I was pregnant with my first child, we were so excited to find out the gender. When we learned we were having a boy, we immediately started brainstorming cute boy names and colors and themes for his nursery. We even bought outfits­. There were so many things we could plan, build and create because of that one piece of information.

Believe it or not, this same scenario is true for business too. There is one piece of information that can and does dictate every other decision you make: the problem you solve.

Related: The One Thing All Businesses Must Have

While knowing the problem you solve is crucial to success, too many companies operate for years before they ever figure it out. Many of you started your business from a hobby. It’s a great strategy. But when it’s a hobby, it only serves you. Once you turn your hobby into a business, it needs to solve a problem for someone else.

Before I go any further, please don’t get intimidated by the word problem. Just because you create hair bows or paint canvases doesn’t mean you’re not solving a real issue. Too many people think that because they’re not doing something people need, they’re not solving an actual problem. Here’s the truth: No matter what you do, your product does solve an issue. You might just have to dig a little deeper to find the problem your business can solve.

Related: How Jessica Turned Her Problem Into $70K

For example, if you make hair bows, you’re solving a problem for parents who want their daughter’s hair accessories to match their outfits. You’re also solving a problem for the countless little girls who don’t grow hair until they’re toddlers. Their parents no longer need to clarify whether their baby is a boy or a girl because she’s wearing an adorable bow on her head. I know my mother was grateful for hair bows when I was a bald baby! That’s a real problem you solve!

Or, in the other example, you create custom paintings. You’re solving a problem for people who don’t want to purchase art for their home from a big-box store. There are those who want a one-of-a-kind piece of art with a personal story behind it. And guess what? That’s what you offer.

When you identify the problem you solve in your business, you learn so many other important pieces of information as well.

3 Things You Learn When You Identify the Problem Your Business Solves 

1. Your Target Market

Your target market is the group of people who have the problem you solve. You can’t identify that group if you don’t know their pain points, what they struggle with, and what they’re looking for. When you identify the problem you solve, you know exactly who to market your product or service to. You no longer waste time and money trying to sell to people who aren’t interested in what you have to offer!

2. Your Value Proposition

Identifying the problem also gives you your basis for figuring out how much your product or service is worth. This is the foundation and justification for how much to charge. Why does your product or service cost that specific amount? Well, it’s because you solve this specific problem.

Oh, and by the way, the problem you solve is the only thing your market cares about. The only reason they will pay you is because you solve a problem for them.

3. Your Marketing Language

Your customers’ pain points should be exactly what you talk about in all of your messaging. Whether you’re writing marketing copy for your website, creating brochures for a trade show, or making connections at a networking event, the problem you solve should be the main thing you talk about because that’s all your customers care about.

Related: The Basics of Building Your First Website

If you’ve been running your business for a while, don’t think this exercise doesn’t apply to you. No matter how long you’ve been in business, I want you to take all of your marketing messaging and run it through this filter: Does this answer the question of what problem I solve?

Take time this week to think about that question and I bet you’ll be amazed at how it can completely change and improve the trajectory of your business.

How to Build a Business Around Solving a Problem With Laura Berens

Laura Berens is proof of what happens when you first identify a problem and then build a business to solve it. Laura is the host of the Time To Be You Podcast and founder of Love and Fit, a line of activewear for pregnant and postpartum moms.

When you land on her company’s website, you read “Activewear for Moms” alongside a photo of two moms nursing their babies in really cute activewear. It’s pretty clear what problem her company solves.

When she was three months postpartum, Laura remembers trying to work out in the living room while her newborn napped. Too often her baby would wake up in the middle of her exercise routine. Her problem was that exercising in a nursing bra didn’t provide enough support, but working out in a sports bra made it difficult to stop and nurse her baby.

After researching the market, she couldn’t find anything that was both supportive and moisture wicking. She couldn’t believe someone hadn’t thought of a product that would do both.

Related: Market Research: How to Know What Your Customers Want

Without any background in fashion or sewing, she hit the ground running. She had designs created and prototypes manufactured, and she would hand them out to her mom friends (her target market!) for feedback. By identifying a problem and coming up with a solution, Laura has been able to successfully market her products directly to the people who need them.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Learning how to have a conversation with the marketplace to identify the problem you solve
  • Navigating an industry you have no experience in
  • Knowing what to do next when you start a business
  • Creating specific personas in order to find your target market

Your Responsibility as a Business Owner

Growing up, I remember my mother always taking me to this amazing restaurant that was just down the street from her cake shop. They had the best sandwiches—one that I still attempt to recreate to this day. You know what’s sad? They closed up shop years ago, and I hate that I’ll never get to enjoy their sandwiches again.

Have you ever thought about your business from the perspective of your customer? When you solve a problem for someone, do you see the deep level of responsibility you have as a business owner? It’s not just about you anymore.

You have a responsibility to manage your money well, to earn a profit, and to steward your time, etc., in order to stay in business. Why? Because you don’t just a run a business. You’re solving a problem for people, and they need you to continue doing so. They need you to stay in business.

Think about all your favorite places that have gone out of business over the years. Think about how disappointed your customers would be if you closed your company. Friends, you have the responsibility to stay in business because we need you to.

This is why I’m so excited to share that we’re getting ready to open enrollment for the Academy! If you’re ready to gain the knowledge and skill set you need to stay in business, put the enrollment fee on your March budget and join the waitlist to get alerted when it opens. Academy membership is $489 for the entire year, and enrollment will only be open for four days starting March 18. You owe it to yourself to build this business you’ve been dreaming about.

#AskChristyWright

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about how to market your business on Instagram and Pinterest and how to make your brand stand out from competition.

If you have a question, give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode! 


1:23 How to Identify the Problem Your Business Solves

14:46 How to Build a Business Around Solving a Problem With Laura Berens

35:30 #AskChristyWright

45:19 Encouragement to Stay in Business


Resources

Text the code ACADEMYWAITLIST to 33444 or fill out the form here to sign up for the Business Boutique Academy Waitlist to be notified the moment enrollment opens!

Sponsors

Check out our friends at Volusion. You can set up your online store and start selling your products within minutes. It’s that easy. Sign up for your FREE 14 day trial at Volusion.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Feb 05, 2019
BB Ep 65: How to Find Your Passion and Grow a Business You Love
01:14:58

Passion is so important in everything you do. When you’re passionate about something, you perform a million times better. This is true whether you’re working at your day job, cooking dinner for your family, or launching a side hustle.

That’s why, today, we’re talking about how to find your passion. There’s no better time of year to discover this. A new year means a new you! You know that I’m passionate about helping women step into their God-given gifts and make money doing what they love. But before you start making money doing what you love, you have to discover what you love. So how do you do that?

Three Strategies to Find Your Passion

It’s not as scary as it seems. I actually have three different strategies you can walk through to help you find your passion. Here’s what’s great about a strategy: It isn’t a formula or a fancy equation to make a passion magically appear. It’s none of that. It’s simply an approach—and it’s a flexible one. Maybe one strategy works for you or maybe you’ll use a combination of all three. Dig deep into these strategies, and I bet you’ll discover something amazing.

Related: How to Find Your Business Idea

The Self-Focused Strategy

This strategy takes a look inside—you guessed it—you! Now, this isn’t about self-centeredness. But it is about taking a good inventory of your past to discover what you’ve been uniquely created to contribute to the world. That inventory is usually a combination of your past, education and experiences.

This is actually how Business Boutique was born. Before Business Boutique, I was a speaker at Ramsey Solutions. The company wanted to transition me into an official Ramsey Personality role, but before we could do that, we had to figure out what my focus should be. So, I sat in a boardroom with Dave Ramsey, my husband, and a ton of other leaders in the company. We spent hours going over my background to see how I could best serve the marketplace. In other words, what should my focus, market and message be?

We looked in a few different places. First, we looked at my story growing up with a mother who was scrappy and built a successful business from scratch (a unique experience). Then we looked at my education: I studied business and marketing, and I’m a Certified Business Coach. We also looked at some of my other unique experiences, like how I started a couple of side businesses to help make ends meet. Finally, we looked at my strengths: My natural strengths are in speaking, teaching, writing and coaching people as they step into their God-given dreams.

Can you spot the patterns? Business was all over my background, and when we looked at the marketplace at the time, we saw businesses launching at a crazy rate. The problem was that so many entrepreneurs didn’t actually know how to run a business. They just had great ideas. When we put that all together, here’s what we came up with: There’s a lot of people who need help with business. I am a really good teacher, and I have a background in business. So Business Boutique was born.

Related: Recognizing Your Gifts

Now we have a podcast, a book and an online business training academy. We’ve even created an amazing goal planner, a sold-out event and two courses. But it all started with an idea on what I uniquely brought to the table.

If you take a deep look at your past, experiences and education, I have no doubt you can find something you’re passionate about.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get started:

  • What is your story? People are often passionate about something in their history because they’ve lived it.
  • What are your strengths? What comes effortlessly to you? We are naturally more passionate about things we’re good at.
  • What do you get really excited about? What do you get really mad about? When you pay attention to your emotions around an issue, it’s a good indicator you’re passionate about that one thing.

Look for the intersection where your story, your strengths, and what you get excited about meet.

People-Focused Strategy

I believe most of your passions come from within you. But I also believe you can be passionate about just about anything if you choose to be. That’s right! It’s a choice. After all, the difference between something you have to do and something you get to do is just your attitude.

For example, let’s say you have an idea for a business that you’re not sure you’re particularly passionate about. Say your business idea is refinishing furniture, but you wonder how you can be passionate about a table or a chair. Before you quit the idea to find something else, I want you to dig a little deeper. Why? Because I’m willing to bet you can find something within that idea you’re passionate about.

It’s usually the people.

On the other side of every business transaction is a person you’re serving. You’ve improved their life because of your business—yes, because of the table you refinished. When you focus on the person on the other side, the business is no longer about upcycling old furniture, but about helping people make memories with their families. When you look at your business through the lens of the impact you’re making, you can see that your passion is ignited by the people you get to serve.

Related: Excuses Stopping You From Using Your Gifts

Focus on the people. That’s why we go into business in the first place—to make a difference in people’s lives.

God-Focused Strategy

I know this might sound crazy but stay with me here! It doesn’t happen for everyone this way, but for some of us, finding our passion looks like praying about it—asking God or listening to hear what God is trying to tell you. I’ve heard thousands of stories of women who, on the surface, lacked the education, skills or experience to start a business, but they clearly heard God tell them to do it. So they did.

It sounds crazy, but it’s also just the kind of thing God does.

I love Christine Cain’s story of how she started A21. She was walking through an airport when she saw all these posters of women who were missing, likely abducted and forced into human trafficking. She recalls thinking to herself, Someone should do something about this. She quickly realized that someone was her. She was obedient to the voice she heard, and now thousands of women are being saved from human trafficking across the globe.

Related: Use Your Gifts to Make a Difference

God can use any of these three strategies to lead you to find your passion. But whichever strategy you use, I want you to know that God created you on purpose for a purpose, and I can’t wait to watch you step into that.

Building a Business You Love with Amber Lilyestrom

Amber Lilyestrom is a speaker, author, branding strategist, business coach and host of The Amber Lilyestrom Show. She is passionate about helping female entrepreneurs get clarity about who they are and then build businesses to support that message.

Amber spent 10 years working in marketing at the University of New Hampshire. She loved that job and learned a ton, but after conquering one of the most difficult times in her life, she knew there was more to her story. A near-death experience helped her realize there was something missing from her life, which led her to start her own business. This new adventure ignited a fire in her to help other women realize their potential as well.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Recognizing the signs you’re not working in your passions
  • Living out the life you were created for
  • Fighting for your truth
  • Finding your passion and amplifying it with a business
  • Leaving a corporate job to start your own business

Turning Bad Experiences Into Good Ideas

 

Whatever you’re balancing right now, whether you’re working full-time in your business or working your side hustle with a full-time job, don’t be discouraged by bad experiences. I encounter at least one a week. Don’t we all? But here’s the thing: We don’t have to let them overcome us. Instead, I want to challenge you to take those bad experiences and turn them into great ideas.

Take the time I tried to get a photo of my son with Santa at the mall. What was supposed to be a sweet memory turned into a nightmare that ended with me losing the photo I’d waited hours to get. Instead of allowing that experience to deter me from ever getting a photo with Santa again, I turned it into the now-annual “Shindig With Santa” at our house. I pay a little more to have Santa come to my house where I can invite all my friends and family over to bake cookies and take as many pictures with Santa as they desire.

What bad experience can you turn into a great idea?

#AskChristyWright

On today’s #AskChristyWright segment, we talk about identifying a market for your new business and regaining momentum in your business after maternity leave.

If you have a question, give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode! 


1:18 The Three Strategies to Find Your Passion

19:04 Building a Business You Love With Amber Lilyestrom

57:00 #AskChristyWright

66:49 Challenge to Turn Your Bad Experiences Into Good Ideas


Resources

Use the code BOOTCAMP when you purchase Business Idea Bootcamp and get the Business Boutique audiobook completely free! Go to BusinessBoutique.com/Bootcamp.

Sponsors

Our friends at Infusionsoft help you manage your customers and your business all in one place. If you’re ready to organize your contacts, automate your emails, generate leads and turn those leads into sales, Infusionsoft can help you! Get started now with a free trial by visiting InfusionsoftNow.com/ChristyFree.

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If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Jan 22, 2019
BB Ep 64: How to Make a Million Dollars with Your Business
58:03

Here’s the truth about money: The more you have, the more impact you can make. So why wouldn’t you want to make a million dollars in your business?

Well, for many of you, it boils down to what you believe.

So much of what I teach you is to believe. Believe in yourself, believe that you can do the thing, and believe that God put that dream in your heart for a reason.

Remember when you were a kid and you believed? Maybe you believed in Santa, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny, even flying reindeer. You believed you could be anything you wanted to be. You believed anything was possible. Maybe you even believed you would be a millionaire when you grew up.

But something has changed since then. Something happened as we grew up and became more reasonable and more logicalwe stopped believing.

At some point in your journey, whether you realized it or not, you stopped believing and you settled. You probably thought, Well, I’m not going to dream too big because I don’t want to end up disappointed.

If you don’t believe something is possible, you’re never going to try.

When you set goals for your business, you also create a plan to achieve them. It’s the same with being a millionaire. If you set a goal of becoming a millionaire, you have to create a plan to make it happen. It’s as easy as that.

You have to be careful of the words you tell yourself. When you hear those negative thoughts in your head saying, I’m not enough, you just need to have a positive thought prepared to tell yourself, I am enough. I got this.

Related: Ep. 58 — Perseverance in Your Business: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

Working Through All the Feelings About Wealth

We all have perceptions of what we think it takes to be wealthy. We even have perceptions of what we think it means to be wealthy.

Should I feel guilty for having money? No! Is it even okay to have wealth? Yes! Yes, it is okay to have wealth! Listen, when God blesses you with His resources, it is up to you to steward these resources well, and He will bless you with more. Imagine the impact you could make if you had an abundance of resources.

The bottom line is that you need to be a good and faithful servant of God’s resources. Imagine being able to give like never before and change your family tree. Now that right there is what it’s all about.

Building wealth in a smart way, slow and steady, for the right reasons is the way to go, and you can do this. Don’t get me wrong: It’s okay to enjoy nice things. There is nothing wrong with that. But the true joy in building your wealth comes from being able to give generously and leave a legacy for your family.

Related: How to Set Prices

How to Make a Million Dollars in Your Business with Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan is the national best-selling author of Retire Inspired, host of The Chris Hogan Show, fellow team member here at Ramsey Solutions and last but not least, my good friend.

So, before we get started, let me tell you a little about Chris. You know those people that walk in the room and just own it? The people that have everyone’s attention because you just feel their presence? That’s Chris Hogan. It’s more than his booming voice that commands attention. It’s his contagious passion to help people understand how to build wealth and live the life they’ve always wanted. To say he gets people fired up is a huge understatement.

So, in this episode, Chris Hogan and I are going to get you to believe again. Because you may not realize it, but you already have exactly what you need to make a million dollars in your business.

The Largest Study Ever Done on How to Make a Million Dollars

Steve Jobs once said, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”(1) But don’t just take Steve Jobs’ word for it—the research backs it up.

In the largest study ever done on millionaires, Chris Hogan and his team found that 93% of millionaires say they got there from hard work.

Millionaires have learned that hard work matters more than the size of your paycheck, where (or if!) you went to college and what kind of family you were born into. Y’all, this is exciting stuff. I can’t wait for you to hear exactly how to become a millionaire. You’re going to be blown away at just how attainable this really is!

Remember, it doesn’t matter where you came from. It matters where you’re going. Regardless of the situation you were born into, regardless of the job you have, you can make the decision today to become a millionaire. If you’d like to get a quick look at where you stand today and what it will take for you to become a millionaire, check out Chris’s free net worth calculator.

Chris Hogan is going to give you so much great information in this episode, and you can find out even more in his brand-new book Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Wealth—and How You Can Too.

In this episode, Chris Hogan and I will discuss:

  • Building wealth and why it’s important
  • Why it isn’t selfish to put money aside for your future—it’s smart
  • Why becoming a millionaire feels impossible, and why that’s a myth
  • The real traits, qualities and job titles of everyday millionaires
  • The #1 thing everyday millionaires did to accumulate wealth
  • How you can make a million dollars with your business

And y’all, as business owners, you’re already ahead of the curve on this. 96% of millionaires say they enjoyed what they did as their career. Look at that! There really is something to this whole “make money doing what you love” thing.

As an entrepreneur, there is really no limit to your earning potential, because you get to decide—with your efforts and your actions—how much you make!

#AskChristyWright

Chris Hogan is sticking around for our Q&A segment. He’ll answer questions about how to get your spouse on board with your business and how to get on the same financial page as your spouse to make a plan for your future.

This man is full of wisdom and laughs, so you don’t want to miss it. By the end of this episode, you will be confident in your ability to make a million dollars with your business.

Give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:22 Working Through All the Feelings About Wealth

14:42 How to Make a Million Dollars in Your Business with Chris Hogan

39:35 #AskChristyWright

51:25 Encouragement to Dream Big


Resources

Chris Hogan's new book, Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Wealth—and How You Can Too is available now! Use the code BBWEALTH at checkout to receive a bonus Business Boutique podcast episode with Chris Hogan where we talk about 7 Mistakes That Could Keep You From Becoming a Millionaire. Order Everyday Millionaires at ChrisHogan360.com.

Sponsors

Our friends at Infusionsoft help you manage your customers and your business all in one place. If you’re ready to organize your contacts, automate your emails, generate leads and turn those leads into sales, Infusionsoft can help you! Get started now with a free trial by visiting InfusionsoftNow.com/ChristyFree.

Check out our friends at Volusion. You can set up your online store and start selling your products within minutes. It’s that easy. Sign up for your FREE 14 day trial at Volusion.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Jan 08, 2019
BB Bonus Ep: Get Out of Debt and Win With Money
30:05

Happy New Year, y’all! Let’s kick the year off right with this special episode!

January is the time of year when you get a fresh start and a clean slate. And it’s the perfect time to set goals! Goal setting is not only important for your business; it’s also important for every other area of your life, like personal finances. Getting on a budget and getting out of debt are especially important!

In this episode, I share my story about how I got fed up with debt and worked hard to pay it off. Doing this had a huge impact on my life and my family’s life, which is why I want to help you find the same financial freedom and hope that I found.

You’ll also hear from Dave Ramsey, America’s trusted voice on money. Dave has helped millions of people take control of their money and change their family tree. And I can’t wait for you to hear a full lesson from Financial Peace University, his proven plan to winning with money!

Imagine the impact you could make on your family, in your community, or even in your business if you didn’t have to worry about debt.

I hope you enjoy this special episode. This information is so valuable and I’m excited to share it with you. 2019 is going to be the year you take control of your money, your life, and your business. You’ve got this!


Financial Peace University Special Offer

Ready to get started? Click here to order today and get a free audiobook download of The Total Money Makeover, Dave’s #1 best-selling book.


Jan 02, 2019
BB Ep 63: Wrap Up the Year and Finish Strong
01:10:36

It’s exciting to plan for the future, set fun goals, and dream big for your business, but you also need to figure out how you’ll reach those goals. If you don’t know where you are, it’s hard to know how to get to where you want to be. Today, I want to talk about how you can assess and evaluate where your business is right now so you can see the path to where you want to be in 2019. Make sense? Great! Let’s get started.

End of the Year Business Review

Organizing and evaluating the major projects you did in 2018 is a great first step toward planning for 2019. Start by creating four columns and sorting projects into these four categories: right, wrong, missing and confused.

RIGHT
What worked well? What was a huge success or helped you gain momentum? These are things that you want to maximize, amplify, and do more of next year.

WRONG
What didn’t work? Did you have a setback or a challenge? Did some of your results disappoint you? If so, it’s okay! Making mistakes shows you are taking risks and pushing the limits. The important thing is that you learn from your experiences and stop spending time on these things.

MISSING
What opportunities were overlooked? Was there something you should have done, but didn’t? Maybe it was something you didn’t know you should do at the time, but you know now. These are things you are going to add.

CONFUSED
What needs a little more explanation or better processes? Was there something you had to help customers or your team understand multiple times? These are the things you should clarify.

This is a great exercise for your business as a whole, but I’d also recommend you do this for the main areas of your business: sales, marketing, operations, money, team and time management. Evaluating your business’s strengths and weaknesses will help you finish the year strong and start the new year even better that last year.

Related: Ep 61: Learning From Failure: How to Dust Yourself Off and Move Forward

How to Wrap Up the Year and Finish Strong with John Felkins

John Felkins is one of our very own Entreleadership Executive Coaches here at Ramsey Solutions. John is on a mission to help business leaders reach their maximum potential. He guides leaders and small-business owners to cut through white noise and helps them make real progress on their journey to becoming the best, most accomplished version of themselves.

John Felkins started his professional life as a project management engineer and realized his passion was actually coaching and consulting. After creating a consulting firm, he went to an Entreleadership event, fell in love with the principles, then quickly joined the Entreleadership team to help launch the highly successful Entreleadership coaching program.

In this episode, John Felkins and I discuss how to work in your sweet spot and how to wrap up the year and finish strong. We talk about:

  1. Why it’s important to use your gifts with your work and not force yourself to do a job that doesn’t come naturally
  2. The main things you need to identify and assess in your business before the year ends
  3. Practical questions to ask yourself to end the year strong
  4. The metrics to know now in order to improve your business next year
  5. Knowing your business vitals and why that’s important for your profit and loss
  6. Identifying the actual cost of doing business, so you can make adjustments to improve in the future
  7. Why putting your phone down will help you avoid distractions and serve your customers better

Related: How to Stay Focused and Eliminate Distractions in Your Business

Get a Running Start on Your Year

We all know the holidays are a crazy busy time of year. Before you know it, it’s January, and you aren’t sure how to start tackling all those New Year’s goals you set for your business. You still have a few days to get your plans in place, so figure out where you want to be and break down what you need to do to reach that goal. Don’t wait—get started now!

#AskChristyWright

One of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. Give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!

Staying Focused on Your Business When Life Happens and Guilt Creeps In

Life happens. There’s no avoiding it. Medical bills come unexpectedly, your schedule fills up, and tasks become overwhelming. We’ve all felt the pain of balancing our passion for our business with our daily responsibilities. Even though we know it’s crazy, sometimes guilt creeps in.

What is the pain point here? Is it that you have some debt to pay off and you feel guilty about quitting your full-time job to start your business? If you can make enough money to take care of your family, be available for them, and do work that allows you to use your gifts, that’s winning. Guilt be gone.

Related: The Truth About Work-Life Balance

Making Plans for Customer Relationship Management

When leads come to us, we need to follow up with them in a timely manner, but doing this manually is exhausting. Finding a platform you trust to automate and manage your leads is crucial for you to grow and scale your business.

Whether it’s email leads signing up for a free resource or a form where people are wanting to give you their information because they need your service, every lead deserves attention and managing those leads is critical. I can’t say it enough. We recommend Infusionsoft because we know them, we use them, and we trust them.

No matter what customer relationship management platform you choose, make sure it is easy to understand and easy to use. You don’t need more headaches; you need help. Make customer relationship management a part of your 2019 planning.


1:23 End of Year Business Review

19:17 How to Wrap Up the Year and Finish Strong with John Felkins

52:51 #AskChristyWright

66:12 Challenge to Choose Your Focus Daily During the Holiday Season


Resources

Get Christy's Year-End Review Worksheet by filling out the form here!

Order the new 2019 Business Boutique Goal Planner with the code BBPLANNER at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!

Sponsors

Our friends at Infusionsoft help you manage your customers and your business all in one place. If you’re ready to organize your contacts, automate your emails, generate leads and turn those leads into sales, Infusionsoft can help you! Get started now with a free trial by visiting InfusionsoftNow.com/ChristyFree.

Check out our friends at Volusion. You can set up your online store and start selling your products within minutes. It’s that easy. Sign up for your FREE 14 day trial at Volusion.com/BB.


If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Dec 26, 2018
BB Ep 62: How to Stay Focused and Eliminate Distractions in Your Business
01:05:12

Alright y’all. Let’s face it: Distractions are a fact of life.

You’re going to face them in every area of your life and your business, and the honest truth is that if we don’t face them, they’re going to keep us from getting things done. I want you to reach your goals and achieve everything you want in the coming year.

So let’s talk about how to stay focused and eliminate distractions.

All human beings are wired to be curious. We naturally gravitate toward the new, even if that keeps us from doing the things we need to do.

But not all distractions are created equal.

Three Categories of Distractions

Let’s think of distractions in the form of a stop light.

STOP.
Red Distractions: The distractions that you should ignore. STOP.

Proceed with caution.
Yellow Distractions: The distractions that cause you to slow down and think about.

GO!
Green Distractions: The distractions that demand your attention.

Red Distractions

Squirrels

These types of distractions, like a squirrel zooming in front of you on a walk, divert you from your main task at hand. They might be new ideas, shiny objects, something more fun, or simply something that is going to help you procrastinate.

For me, this is a normal occurrence. They steal my attention away from what I’m really supposed to be doing. I am working on one idea or objective, something new pops up, and I focus on that instead.

It’s easy to get derailed by these types of distractions. But honestly, they are just squirrels. These go in the Red Distractions category because they are the types of distractions that you need to stop letting steal your focus.

Technology

You knew I was going to go here. I can’t talk about distractions without calling out the main culprit and source of distraction for so many of us.

Technology notifications distract us all day long. It’s a text when you’re in the middle of a project or a quick browse on Facebook when you really should be writing marketing copy.

Most types of technology distractions are examples of those that you can and should ignore. Those notifications come in 24/7, and they’re still going to be there when you get done with your task at hand.

How Do You Handle Red Distractions?

Red Distractions are the easiest distractions to avoid. You shut it out, put on blinders, and force yourself to focus. This is a matter of will and discipline.

If you want to get anything done, set yourself up for success. You need to eliminate any possible chance for these distractions to come at you.  Put on noise-canceling headphones, go to a room or coffee shop by yourself, close all the tabs on your computer, hide your phone, and get to work.

Force yourself to focus, and you’ll finally start finishing.

Yellow Distractions

There are no hard and fast rules for ignoring these distractions. Proceed with caution, like you would at a stoplight. Stop and think before you let them steal your focus.

People Around You

You’re going to encounter all kinds of people who have the potential to distract you—customers, team members, vendors, friends or family. When you have people in your life distracting you, you must stop and think before allowing them to steal your focus. Do their needs demand your attention, or can you set up a boundary until you have the space and time to address them?

Related: How to Say No And Stand Your Ground

Kids in Your Home

Yes, kids are people, but we all know they present a different level of distraction than the other people in your life. Nothing can derail your plans like your kids. (Can I get an “Amen!”?)

Let’s be honest. When your kids need you, it’s because they need one of two things: They want to play or they need help.

Again, think about what is most important in that moment. Are you up against a deadline and you need to tell your kid you’ll play with them later? Or are you in a place where you can be present and seize a moment with them?

Related: Look For Distractions

Disappointing Your Children

Let’s go ahead and call something else out too: Your child will be disappointed.

How can I stay focused on my work at home and not disappoint my child? You can’t. I disappoint my boys in some way every day.

They want cake for breakfast, and I say no. Disappointment.
They want to drill their brother in the head with a plastic power drill, and I stop them. Disappointment.
They want to play outside barefoot in 20-degree weather, and I make them wear shoes. Disappointment.

As mothers, we are not strangers to disappointing our kids. This just feels harder because it feels optional. I get it. You’re often choosing between two things you love.

If your work is important to you, it’s okay to focus on that sometimes. In fact, it’s healthy for your kids to see you excited about and focused on something other than them once in a while.

You’re doing a good job with them, and sometimes, it’s okay to get back to work.

Green Distractions

This one is easy. Green means go. These types of distractions are the ones that require you to stop what you’re doing and deal with it. These trump whatever task you’re working on.

These may start as a distraction but become a priority.

These are urgent and important things, like a crisis, emergencies, anything that is the absolute most important thing.

These categories are going to give you some guidelines and direction. They’ll help you determine whether you need to stay focused or pay attention to the distractions.

Staying Focused and Eliminating Distractions with Curt Steinhorst

Curt Steinhorst is the best-selling author of the book, Can I Have Your Attention?: Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace.

Curt Steinhorst is no stranger to being distracted and was even diagnosed with ADD as a child. After spending years studying human behavior, Curt is on a mission to rescue us from our distracted selves. He founded Focuswise, where he coaches and equips organizations to overcome the challenges of being in a constantly connected workplace. His unique insight has helped executives, TV personalities and even well-known professional athletes effectively communicate and create focus while speaking, leading, and facing customers.

In this episode, Curt Steinhorst and I discuss how to stay focused and eliminate distractions in your business. We cover:

  1. The theory behind distractions
  2. How much time we are wasting being distracted
  3. How to identify and react to the distractions in your life
  4. How to deal with different types of distractions, like phone calls, emails, kids, husbands, pets, TV, social media, etc.
  5. Practical ways to decrease distractions in your life right now

Related: Stop Doing Everything Yourself

Choosing Your Focus Daily During the Holiday Season

We are in the thick of the Christmas season. I’ll be honest: It’s my favorite time of year, but it can also be the most stressful time of year.

It’s busy. It’s crazy. It’s fun. It’s all the things.

Instead of getting to December 26 and wondering where your time went, I have a simple challenge to help you focus on what is most important every day this season!

Here’s my challenge: Choose to do one thing every day that would make you really proud.

Sounds simple enough, but let’s talk about what that means.

One day, it might look like getting caught up on emails.
The next, you might get a manicure.
And the next, maybe it’s snuggling with your kids and watching a Christmas movie.

This gives you permission to change your mind and priorities every single day. You can balance productivity and rest. You can get things done in your business and enjoy yourself in the process.

It’s your season, and you don’t want to miss these moments with the ones you love most.

What would make you proudest today?

#AskChristyWright

One of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. Give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:26 Identifying the Three Categories of Distractions

20:08 Staying Focused and Eliminating Distractions with Curt Steinhorst

51:12 #AskChristyWright

59:50 Challenge to Choose Your Focus Daily During the Holiday Season


Get Christy's 25 Ways to Protect Your Time by filling out the form here!

Order the new 2019 Business Boutique Goal Planner with the code BBPLANNER at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!

Our friends at Infusionsoft help you manage your customers and your business all in one place. If you’re ready to organize your contacts, automate your emails, generate leads and turn those leads into sales, Infusionsoft can help you! Get started now with a free trial by visiting InfusionsoftNow.com/ChristyFree.

Check out our friends at Volusion. You can set up your online store and start selling your products within minutes. It’s that easy. Sign up for your FREE 14 day trial at Volusion.com/BB.

If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Dec 11, 2018
BB Ep 61: Learning From Failure: How to Dust Yourself Off and Move Forward
58:32

It’s time to talk about learning from failure.

I know. Learning from failure is no one’s favorite subject. No one gets excited about failure, but y’all, failure is a reality in life and business! We might as well just learn from it!

I have had a lot of failures in my life . . . and in Business Boutique . . . and in speaking.

So I’ve gotten a lot of practice. And today, I’m going to help you answer the question, “How do I learn from my failure?”

Three Ways to Learn From Failure

1. Adjust on the Fly

When it’s possible, adjust on the fly.

A few years ago I was booked to speak at Catalyst, talking to women about life balance. Everything I wrote was directed at women and what we struggle with when it comes to life balance. I used stories that were relatable to women and I even pulled stories from the Bible, citing Scripture about women.

On the day of the event, I stood at the back of the room and watched the room fill up with people, who were all men.

Do you see the problem?

I could have gone ahead and given the talk as if I were presenting to women. That would have been the safe route. Or I knew I could adjust on the fly to the failure.

That’s what I did. I had notes from a previous talk and just scrapped the slides!

It was exactly the talk I was supposed to give, and they only heard it because I was willing to think on my feet.

The lesson? Don’t be afraid to think on your feet and make it up on the fly to save a misstep from becoming a complete failure!

Related: How to Be More Confident

2. Deal With It

If you make a mistake, drop the ball, or just fall flat on your face, deal with it.

Back when I worked as the aquatic director at the YMCA, in the middle of a chaotic day, I made a big mistake. On the day of our mandatory annual aquatics safety training, my director called me to ask why my lifeguards were not in attendance. Luckily there were two options for sessions: 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. But I’d not only forgotten, I also hadn’t told a single person they needed to be there.

You know what I did?

I dealt with it.

I went speed walking down the hall to the executive director’s office and opened the door.

I looked her in the face and said, “I am sorry to bother you, but I need you to know that I have dropped a huge ball. I am taking care of it, but I just want you to know that I am aware of it and I am really sorry.”

I explained what I’d forgotten and gave her my plan to fix it.

Thankfully, I got almost 100% of my staff to the 2 p.m. training.

I failed but I did three things to face my failure head on.

  1. Own it.

It’s in our nature to hide, cover up, make excuses, and place blame. By owning it, you are doing the opposite of what most people choose, while demonstrating maturity, integrity and self-awareness. In the process, you’re also building trust.

  1. Apologize for it.

Apologizing shows you’re coachable. It demonstrates humility instead of defensiveness, which makes others want to work with you more.

  1. Fix it.

Doing your best to fix a mistake is proactive. People will respect your ability to try to repair a mishap when one happens.

3. Dust Yourself Off

There’s no magic lesson with this one. But here’s the truth: You’re going to have experiences you would never want to relive. There are going to be times you fail so badly it stays with you for a while.

Many years ago I had a speaking engagement that I try to forget, and it haunts me to the this day.

But you know what? It hasn’t kept me from doing the thing I’m meant to do.

I kept going.

And you can too.

Y’all, it’s totally possible to learn from failure with these three strategies.

If you can adjust on the fly, you might avoid it all together.

If you can’t avoid it, then deal with it.

If you can’t deal with it, just dust yourself off and keep going.

How to Learn From Failure with Kristen Hadeed

Kristen Hadeed is the CEO and founder of Student Maid, a cleaning company that has employed thousands of students in the last decade. Kristen also helps organizations all over the world make a lasting and meaningful impact on people by creating environments in which they thrive. In addition to all of this, Kristen Hadeed is the author of the book, Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything.

Kristen wants other leaders to know that their most challenging moments can become their biggest leadership lessons.

In this episode, with topics like:

  1. Why failure is such a tough topic to take on, but so necessary
  2. How to move past fear and put yourself out there
  3. How to dust yourself off and try again
  4. What personal qualities, habits and beliefs you need to be able to push past fear and failure
  5. Why it’s important to share our own failure stories
  6. What small-business leaders can learn from failure

How to Prioritize Your Time When Everything Feels Important

I know it’s a crazy, busy season. But aren’t they all?

Here’s a quick challenge to help you prioritize during this season!

First of all, know that not all priorities are created equal.

But when you have tons of responsibilities, you need to have priorities and determine what’s most important to you. You need to know what comes first and second and third—and fifteenth.

That way, when two things compete for your attention, you can make a decision based on your priorities.

When you know what your priorities are, decision-making becomes so much easier.

So, determine what’s most important to you. It’s your life. You want to spend it on what’s most important to you!

They’re your priorities, and it’s your time. You get to decide.

#AskChristyWright

One of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. Give me a call on my toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:16 Three Ways to Learn From Failure

17:18 How to Learn From Failure with Kristen Hadeeed

41:20 #AskChristyWright

51:05 Challenge to Prioritize Your Time


Get Christy's Shame Off You download by filling out the form here!

Order the new 2019 Business Boutique Goal Planner with the code BBPLANNER at BusinessBoutique.com/Planner and receive Christy’s Setting Goals video that you can watch right now!

Our friends at Infusionsoft are giving you their free ebook, Your Strategic Game Plan! Text the word STRATEGY to 480-428-4150.

Check out our friends at Volusion. You can set up your online store and start selling your products within minutes. It’s that easy. Sign up for your FREE 14 day trial at Volusion.com/BB.

If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Nov 27, 2018
BB Ep 60: How to Face Your Fears and Do It Scared
01:05:15

If you’ve been in business for any amount of time—heck, if you’ve been living for any amount of time—you’ve encountered fear. We always think of fear as a bad sign. But in truth, fear is not a sign that we’re doing something bad; it’s a sign we’re doing something bold.

So many times in life fear can hold us back from doing the thing we’re really meant to do.

Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you don’t get scared.

When Fear Makes You Doubt Your Ability

I was 10 years old the first time I realized I was a good runner—at the skate center of all places.

It gave me incredible confidence as a 10-year-old to discover something I was naturally good at. It was this realization that led me to join the track team in middle and high school.

Despite my natural running ability and the fact that I loved running, the strangest thing happened before every race.

I got scared.

I’m not talking about the normal “prerace butterflies.” I mean, I was terrified.

Being scared made me doubt my ability and made me want to quit.

I would beg my coach to take me out of the race, and every time he made me go to the starting line. I love that about him. He made me do it anyway.

You’d think that after running multiple events for multiple track meets over multiple years, I wouldn’t have gotten scared anymore. But I always did.

Then my coach did something that helped me change my focus and interrupt my thought pattern.

At one of the track meets, I was begging him to take me out of the race, he looked me in the eyes, exasperated, and said, “Christy, will you just tell me one thing you like about yourself?”

Confused, I answered him: “My blue eyes.”

“Great,” he said. “Focus on that. I don’t want you to think about the race, the other runners, or your time. Just focus on your blue eyes.”

Changing my focus from what I was scared about to what I was confident in was just enough to distract the fear out of me.

Related: The Fear or Wisdom Filter

Changing Your Focus to Overcome Fear

Whether you choose to think about what you’re scared of or what you’re proud of, what you focus on will become magnified in your life.

Focusing on what you’re good at and what you’re proud of will encourage you to get better.

Focusing on fear causes you to stay back, give up, or play small.

I was a good runner, but fear made me doubt my training, my track record and my natural ability.

It doesn’t matter how many accomplishments you’ve earned. The fear can get so loud in your head that it makes you doubt yourself.

But here’s the good news: You get to choose what you focus on.

The thoughts you allow to enter your mind will change your entire experience.

My friend Melissa says, “Your mind is multimillion dollar real estate. Be very selective about what you allow to reside there.”

Related: Ep. 31 — Is It Fear or Wisdom?

Three Questions That Will Help You Face Your Fears

Walking to any starting line is scary, and it makes you vulnerable.

But before you let fear steal your opportunities and rob you of your potential, ask yourself a few questions.

  1. What’s something you like about yourself?
  2. What are you proud of?
  3. What’s going right in your life or business?

And then, focus on those answers instead.

It may just be enough to distract the fear right out of you and make you want to go for it.

Overcoming Your Fears with Jessica Honegger

Jessica Honegger is the founder and co-CEO of the socially conscious fashion brand, the Noonday Collection; author of the book, Imperfect Courage; and host of The Going Scared Podcast. As if that’s not impressive enough, she’s also the mom of three little ones. Jessica is passionate about encouraging others to leave their comfort zone, move forward even when you’re scared, and step into a life of impact.

The path to success doesn’t always seem clear, but when you focus on what you are confident in—instead of what you are fearful of—moving forward doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Why fuel your fear when you can focus on what you’re uniquely positioned to do with your gifts?

Jessica Honegger is incredibly successful, but she’s no stranger to feeling scared.

While researching adoption and visiting East Africa, she was presented with an opportunity to help sell beautiful goods made by local artisans. Jessica was facing mounting debt, and she saw this as an opportunity to not only help her family adopt a child, but to also help vulnerable communities prosper. Facing lots of uncertainty and fear, the Noonday Collection was born as a fair-trade accessories brand created to provide meaningful job opportunities for people around the world.

There is never a time you’ll feel you have the perfect resources, education or knowledge. You just go with your gut and go at it scared. You just do it!

In this episode, Jessica Honegger and I discuss how to “face your fears and do it scared.”

  • You don’t have to know the answers, but you have to ask the questions.
  • Take advantage of the opportunities and key relationships that God places in front of you.
  • Understand what it means to “go scared” and stick with it when you have a vision.
  • Embrace being unqualified and have the courage to say “yes” before you know how.
  • Separate your identity from the outcome—no matter what it is.

Related: When It All Just Seems Too Big

Overcoming the Fear of Missing Out This Christmas Season

I know that we’re already in holiday craziness. Y’all, let’s be honest: Christmastime can get crazy with or without a business.

I know that I can often enter this season with high expectations for rest and relationships and, instead, be met with the harsh reality of being run ragged. If we’re not careful, we’ll have fulfilled orders, but we’ll miss out on celebrating this season with the ones we love.

With that in mind, I’ve got three steps to help you not miss out on Christmas and still run your business!

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Set boundaries.
  3. Have a life.

I know that Christmas is when many of you make most of your money. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a life.

You get to decide. Make a plan today to set boundaries around work hours, orders, response time, cut off dates, and pricing.

If you don’t think this through, you’ll be up at midnight on Christmas Eve rushing orders.

You get to define what it looks like. I hope you make a plan that allows you to have a thriving business over the next six weeks while also enjoying the holiday—and having a life!

And of course, one of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. Give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:25 How to Face Your Fears and Do It Scared

10:32 Overcoming Your Fears with Jessica Honegger

48:28 #AskChristyWright

59:42 Encouragement: Overcoming the Fear of Missing Out This Christmas Season


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Nov 13, 2018
BB Bonus Ep: Live from Business Boutique Nashville 2018!
46:05

This episode is just like having coffee with some of Business Boutique’s best friends! Get to know host of the Marketing Your Business podcast, Stu McLeran; creator of The Magic Brush and host of The Jennifer Allwood Show, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of EVEREVE, Megan Tamte;  Founder & CEO of Simplified, Emily Ley; and speaker and author of Remember God, Annie F. Downs.

They’ll answer your questions, and more!

5:18 What is the best strategy for social media marketing?

7:34 How do I get social media followers to convert into sales?

12:36 How do I get people excited enough about my product to buy?

20:48 What are some of the challenges to watch for and common mistakes people make in the growth process?

24:17 How do I stop feeling guilty charging for my services, and even more importantly, help my staff feel more comfortable talking about money with clients?

 

This podcast was recorded during our Business Boutique 2018 VIP Lunch in Nashville, TN.


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Nov 06, 2018
BB Ep 59: How to Work Smarter Not Harder in Your Life and Business
01:04:03

It’s time to talk about working smarter, not harder in order to increase your productivity.

How to Be More Productive With Simple Changes

Have you ever wondered how you can be more productive? The solution may be staring you in the face and easier than you think.

Here’s an example straight from my closet.

Every morning I woke up, walked into my closet, flipped on the light, and picked out clothes. And every morning I spent a ton of time just staring at my clothes—well, squinting at my clothes. After months and months, I realized I had a problem.

My problem? My energy-saving light bulb. It took time to warm up and actually illuminate my clothes. And every morning I had to either wait for the lightbulb to heat up or squint.

You know what I finally did? I put in a normal light bulb!

Angels shone down from heaven and I could actually see my clothes when I picked them out.

It’s funny to think about, but we do this in other areas of our lives, don’t we?

We live with problems instead of actually fixing them.

We’ve all been there.

The sink has been leaking for years. And instead of fixing it, you clean up the puddle every time you use it.

We just live with the problem and take extra time every day dealing with the consequences, not the source.

You have one sad phone charger with a wire sticking out, and it’s on its last leg. Instead of getting multiple phone chargers and leaving them several places around the house, you just carry the one with you everywhere. You lose it or risk electrocution multiple times a day.

We live with the broken phone charger instead of taking the time to find a solution.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

Our problems are not going to change until we bring solutions.

I get it. We are tired, and solving the root of the problem requires thinking and energy and time. I want to challenge you to use some time and energy to get to the root of some of the problems holding you back. If you want a different result, you have to do something differently.

If we’re going to work smarter, not harder, we’ve got to get rid of some of these problems.

Three Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

1. Stop

Press pause on your crazy life for a second. Your brain is CONSTANLY in overdrive. It’s going 100 miles an hour all day, every day.

If we’re going to think outside our problems, we have to stop. You can’t identify the root of your problems if there’s no margin in your brain. Stop and create some space to think.

2. Think

Thinking . . . what’s that like? HA!

Once you’ve stopped long enough to create space to think, you might be surprised what you can identify.

Think through your day from start to finish, and ask yourself this question: What barriers or annoyances do you deal with?

Identify areas that drive you crazy and keep you from getting things done. Things that steal your time but don’t have to. Problems that you accept but don’t have to. Annoyances you live with but don’t have to.

It could be a small thing that is a drain on your mental or physical energy.

Make a list.

3. Solution

Take your list and write out to the side a solution for each of the problems you live with.

Most of the “problems” in our lives have a very easy and obvious solution. We just haven’t come up with the solution, because we’ve never taken time to come up with it.

You might need to get on Amazon and order several phone chargers, get a new light bulb, set out your clothes the night before, or buy yourself a jewelry case.

The Difference Between Problems You Can Solve and Problems You Can’t Solve

There are problems you can live with and problems you don’t have to live with.

You probably have some problems that you might have to live with, but I’d be willing to bet that you also have a lot that you don’t.

Stop. Think. Solution.

Stop going 100 miles per hour.

Think about what’s holding you back.

And solution your list.

I want you to get things done. In order to get more things done, you’ve got to solve the problems stopping you from getting things done. You’re not just buying a light bulb; you’re buying time and peace of mind!

You’re making your life easier. Life is hard enough. Don’t live with problems you can solve.

How to Become More Organized and Productive with April Perry

April Perry is an organizational and productivity expert and founder of Learn Do Become, where she and her husband help people architect a life of excellence. She is also the host of the LearnDoBecome Radio Podcast.  She is no stranger to the Business Boutique Podcast, and has even spoken at Business Boutique events.

April has helped millions of moms get organized, be productive, simplify, and get rid of the piles. Y’all, she helps people get rid of the piles in their house! April’s incredible program walks you through how to create a “command central” in your home, build structure, and live a thriving life while being able to give generously. These teachings don’t just apply to your personal life; they’re also applicable to your business.

April didn’t set out to start a business. She loved being a mom but wanted a way to be more organized and productive, and that’s where she started. Her journey wasn’t always clear and easy, but she stuck with it, made smart decisions, and has been very successful.

In this episode, April Perry and I discuss how to be more productive and work smarter, not harder.

  • How business seems so hard, but it’s also not as hard as you think.
  • The importance of being clear and confident in your sales pitch. This not only helps you, it helps they people your serve.
  • How to build a simple organizational system that works specifically for you.
  • The best way to get the most out of conferences and events. (If you’re going to the Business Boutique Event in Nashville, Nov 1–3, this is super helpful).

Related: Why Planners Are More Successful

How Do You Make the Most of Your Next Learning Opportunity

Working smarter not harder is all about effectively utilizing of your resources and opportunities. I want to challenge you to make the most of your next learning opportunity.

Whether it be a networking event, a seminar, or the Business Boutique 3-Day event, these three tips are going to help you take full advantage of the experience.

1. Walk In With Open Hands

When you have open hands you position yourself to learn. You’re open to new ideas, and you’re ready to receive and grow. You put yourself in a posture of learning, gratitude, and humility.

Opening your hands also sets you up to give. Even if you’re not an expert in the space you’re entering, you may still have something valuable to contribute. With open hands, you’re available to give, not just take. You’ll be more likely to share what’s working with you and connect with others, instead of keeping it to yourself.

The marketplace is not a place of scarcity, and walking in with open hands helps you freely receive and generously give out to others.

2. Look for the Good

As someone who has spoken at many events and put on several myself, I can assure you that no event you attend will ever be perfect. You get to choose what you’re going to look for when you attend event. Because here’s the deal: you’ll find what you’re looking for.

If you go in looking for negative, you will find it. The speaker will run long, they won’t cover the topic you wanted, they won’t have good snacks at the vending machine, etc.

Fortunately, the same is true about good things. If you look for the positive, you’ll find it. You’ll meet amazing people, you’ll glean incredible information, you’ll feel like you belong, etc.

Regardless of the type of event or situation, go in looking for the good. It’s on you to look for the right things.

3. Meet New People

Even if the idea of meeting a stranger scares you to death. Even if you’re an introvert. Even if you attend with your best friends.

Meet new people.

Every opportunity you will ever have in your life will come through meeting people.

If you need a little help with this, check out my podcast, “Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone.”

No man or woman is an island. When you’re in these types of environments, it’s a great opportunity to meet people who are in your exact shoes or even a little farther along.

It’s on you to choose to build relationships.

If you employ these three strategies, I know you’ll get the most of out of whatever learning opportunity comes your way!

And of course, one of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. Give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:25 Three Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

13:10 How to Become More Organized and Productive with April Perry

47:44 #AskChristyWright

56:24 Challenge: Make the Most of Your Next Learning Opportunity


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Oct 30, 2018
BB Ep 58: Perseverance in Your Business: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up
01:06:10

Let’s talk about perseverance. Perseverance is a quality that will have a huge effect not only on your business, but on your whole life.

What Is Perseverance?

Perseverance is persistence. It’s pursuing something with passion. It’s pushing through when things are hard.

I’ll be honest: Perseverance isn’t something I personally struggle with. In fact, I’m so persistent that it’s almost a flaw. Sometimes I just don’t know when to quit!

But that’s why I can tell you that being persistent and persevering in my life has been the number one quality that’s enabled me to achieve everything that I have. Even when it’s hard, even when it’s inconvenient, and even when I have tons of obstacles, I still push through. 

Why It’s So Important to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

Steve Jobs once said, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”1

Half! He believed half of what makes an entrepreneur successful is not money, not fame or a family name, not a business degree or even knowledge. It’s perseverance!

I couldn’t agree more.

And you know, there are so many success stories of women who got their million-dollar business idea right after pushing past the point of wanting to give up. People may have thought they were crazy, but they pushed through anyway.

Look at Kendra Scott, who started her first business at age 19.2 That business was called The Hat Box, but none of us know Kendra Scott as a hat designer, do we? That’s because Kendra didn’t find her successful business idea until almost a decade later. She designed her first jewelry collection with just $500 cash, and today, women all over the world (including me!) can’t get enough of her fun, girly jewelry and accessories.

Related: Ep. 40—Top Traits of Highly Successful Women

Then there’s J.K. Rowling, who wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a broke, single mom, fresh off the heels of her mother’s death and a divorce. Her book was rejected by 12 publishers before it was finally picked up by one. She was given an advance of less than $2,000 for her work.3 Of course, we now know her as one of the wealthiest women in the world.

But maybe you don’t want to make a million dollars. Maybe you just want to pay for a trip to Disney World, or be able to quit your day job. On some days, I bet that seems like an impossible dream.

Or maybe your business is stalling and you’re thinking about scrapping the whole thing. Let me encourage you to keep going.

In this episode, I want to help you. I want to help you persevere, and together, we’ll tackle your doubts, like:

  • How can I develop perseverance if I’m not a naturally persistent person?
  • How do I keep going even when I don’t reach my goal?
  • What should I do when I want to give up?
  • How can I get over the critics and the complainers?

Slow and Steady Perseverance with Dave Barnes

I am so excited to introduce you to one of the most talented guys I know, Dave Barnes!

Dave is a singer, a musician and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. Have you heard the song, “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton? It’s a huge country hit, and Dave wrote it. I’m a fan and friend of Dave’s—and by the way, he’s hilarious.

In this episode, Dave and I talk about:

  • How God used very humble beginnings to launch Dave’s career in ways he could have never predicted
  • Why he felt under-qualified for the first five years in his career but just kept going
  • How to enjoy the small successes along your journey without stressing over “what’s next”
  • Leaving margin in your schedule for God to surprise you
  • Why you should listen to your inclinations and let your values dictate your business plan

Pep Talk Time!

And of course, one of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. So this week, I’m answering your business questions about scaling, passive income and quitting your full-time job.

Don’t forget to give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!

Plus, I want to have a heart-to-heart with you before I go. I have a special message that’s been on my heart that I want to share with you. It’s my hope for you that this reminder will make you come alive and bring you joy.


1:17 Perseverance in Your Business.

23:50 Slow and Steady Perseverance with Dave Barnes

50:28 #AskChristyWright

58:45 Encouragement: Do What Makes You Come Alive and Brings You Joy


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Oct 16, 2018
BB Ep 57: Standing Out From Your Competition With Your Unique Selling Proposition
01:04:47

One of my favorite things about business is marketing, and I’m so excited because this week we’re diving into a marketing concept known as the unique selling proposition.

What is a Unique Selling Proposition?

It is one feature or benefit you want to highlight about your product or service.

This concept dates back to the 1940s and was used to get people to switch from one brand to another. For examples of this, just Google “1940s soap advertisements,” and you’ll see some brands touting “lovelier skin” and others promising to “stop BO!” Don’t most soaps do both? Yes, but each brand chose to highlight a different feature of its soap.

I’ve taught y’all about this before in many places, including my Business Boutique book, where I call it your unique position. It’s the angle you want to take in all of your marketing that lets your customers know why they need to buy from you.

In Reality in Advertising, author Rosser Reeves explains the purpose of your unique selling proposition so well. He says, “Each advertisement must say to each reader: ‘Buy this product, for this specific benefit.’” He also says, “The proposition must be strong enough to move the masses.”

Related: Ep. 52—Market Research: How to Know What Your Customers Want

So focus on just one feature or benefit of your product—something you want to be known for that is strong enough to move the masses—and highlight that in all your marketing, even if that thing seems obvious. In fact, in this episode, I’ll tell you how my college professor taught our class how to sell a toaster by highlighting a feature as basic as its electric cord.

But here’s another example.

FedEx has an advertising campaign right now that grabs my attention every time I see the commercial. In the ad, you see a woman standing in her art studio waiting on a delivery. In another scene, a package is hand-delivered to an elderly man sitting in a nursing home cafeteria. Then there’s a little boy peering with wonder at a FedEx box in his living room.

A voice-over asks, “What’s inside?”

Then you see the artist, the senior and the little boy light up as they open their boxes—and the answer comes: “Possibilities.”

Here FedEx reminds us that receiving a package in the mail is exciting! And if they’ve done their job right, maybe they’ve even convinced you that when you send or receive a parcel via FedEx, anything is possible.

Doesn’t UPS offer a very similar service? Yep. If you use UPS for your shipping and handling, can you send and receive the same things and have it done in the same amount of time? Probably. But FedEx hooked me with their commercial because they chose to highlight the excitement that comes with anticipating a package.

What result can you highlight about your business that will make your potential customers feel something?

In this episode, I’ll challenge you to answer these questions about your business:

  • What makes your product unique?
  • What makes your services unique?
  • Why should someone buy from you instead of your competition?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you’re missing out on sales. You’re missing sales because if you don’t answer these questions in your marketing, your customers sure won’t know the answers, either!

Claiming Your Unique Value Proposition

Now, your unique selling proposition doesn’t have to be something unique to only you—in fact, it probably won’t be. My guest this week understands that and has marketed her business brilliantly.

Megan Tamte is the co-founder and co-CEO of Evereve, a retail fashion and styling company and one of my favorite stores. Evereve’s tagline is “Dress like a mom.”

Just think about that for a minute. How many stores and boutiques and online clothing companies sell clothes for women? How many sell for moms, specifically? There are probably thousands or even millions, right?

But Megan chose to claim it.

Her marketing lets people know that her store is the store that dresses moms. And as a result, Megan has grown Evereve into a multimillion-dollar business!

In this episode, Megan and I talk about:

  • How she came to the idea of claiming her unique position in her market
  • How you can find an angle for your business and use it to your advantage
  • How you can pursue the dream of being a good, Christian mom and a working woman
  • How you can break free from the labels and limitations women put on themselves

Megan addresses the tension so many of us feel between being present for our kids but also pursuing a business dream. I love her perspective on this:

“One of the best gifts I could give my children was not being a mom who’s lying on the couch at night watching other peoples’ dreams come true but being a mom who was alive and passionate and happy.”

Amen, sister!

Answering Your Business Questions Like, “How Much Should I Pay Myself?”

Y’all know one of my favorite parts of this podcast is hearing directly from you. So this week, I’m answering your business questions about money and social media.

Don’t forget to give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!

Starting Your Day with Gratitude

I also challenge you to start every day with gratitude and to focus on your blessings. Your thoughts will direct your actions, and your actions will direct your results. Whatever you focus on increases, so focus on the positive—and expect the best for your life and your business.


1:21 How to Stand Out from Your Competition

22:00 Pursuing Your Dream and Building Your Brand with Megan Tamte

46:21 #AskChristyWright

58:36 Challenge: Start Every Day with Gratitude


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Oct 02, 2018
BB Ep 56: How to Be Intentional in Your Life and Business
01:12:55

This week we’re going to talk about being intentional.

Y’all, it’s easier said than done. So many people just go through life without doing things on purpose.

What Happened When I Got Intentional

I need to tell you about a time that I was not so intentional. When I graduated from high school, I very excitedly got out of the state of Tennessee where I had grown up and attended the University of Central Florida. I went for the great business school and the beautiful campus, but I didn’t really participate with the school side of things. Let’s just say, I loved the beach more than I did class. And my grades showed it.

I wasn’t intentional with my time or my studying, and at the end of my first semester of my sophomore year, I had a 1.4 GPA.

YIKES!

Y’all, it wasn’t that I wasn’t smart and willing to work hard—I just didn’t focus.

But here comes the good news. When I decided to transfer to the University of Tennessee—to spare my mother the out of state tuition and because I realized I wanted to return to Tennessee after college—something amazing happened! They accepted my credits but didn’t carry my GPA over from UCF.

I got a clean slate. And I ran with it!

I got really serious. I stayed late, I did extra credit, and I went the extra mile. At the end of my sophomore year, my first semester at UT, I got a 4.0. All because I was intentional.

It’s so easy to just get by. It’s so easy to let life happen and just spend our time reacting instead of acting.

I want us to do something different.

I want us to be intentional and do things on purpose.

Things will not happen for you in life; you have to make things happen.

5 Areas of Your Life to Be Intentional

1. Be Intentional With Your Marriage

I read this a few weeks ago on Twitter: “If you want what you used to have, you have to do what you used to do.”

What did you used to do in your marriage?

It is so easy for our marriages to become businesses. You and your spouse did not fall in love over the cable bill, or kid’s schedules, or determining who was going to pick up the dry cleaning. Before the busyness of kids and errands and all the to-do lists, you and your spouse probably just had fun together.

In my life, there are things that Matt and I used to love to do. We still do those things, because we schedule time to do them. We put it on the calendar. If you wait for those things to happen, they will never happen, because life will get in the way.

What do you and your spouse love to do together?

Those things don’t have to slip away. Life gets busy, but don’t let your marriage become an afterthought. Be intentional with your marriage and see how it changes things for you, your spouse and even your kids!

Related: Ep. 49 — How to Get Your Husband on Board With Your Business

2. Be Intentional With Your Parenting

In any area of our lives, it’s easy to be reactive instead of proactive, but this seems particularly tempting with kids.

Admittedly, I have two kids and they are fairly young, and I’m learning with many of you. But I’ve noticed that we, as moms, spend a lot of time reacting. We react to school and sport schedules. We react to what other parents are doing. We react to handling their behavior. We react to dealing with tough situations.

Trust me, I know parenting is hard. But we’re going to spend the energy regardless, so we might as well spend it on the front end, shaping our kids proactively, rather than always reacting to whatever life throws at us.

Being intentional with what you want your kids to know, feel, do and experience doesn’t have to look like holding yourself to an impossible standard of perfection. Just do things on purpose; it’s amazing how our kids will get it.

Related: Ep. 8 — How to Deal with Mom Guilt

3. Be Intentional With Your Business

You can’t float by in your business and wonder why you didn’t reach your goals. Success won’t happen if you don’t do things on purpose.

If you don’t start with the end in mind, you’ll cross someone else’s finish line.

In business, like all areas of your life, being intentional means setting goals. It means putting things on paper on purpose.

  • How much money do you want to make?
  • How much do you want to grow your email list?
  • How many new clients do you want to gain?
  • How much do you want to grow your social media platform?

Decide what you want and what you need to do to get there! Start with the end in mind and then start breaking it down into small, tangible actions to get there.

Be intentional in your business and you will build a business you love.

Related: Ep. 38 — Hitting Big Goals By Winning Small

4. Be Intentional With Your Body

You get one body. One. That’s it.

Take care of your body by working it out, drinking water, and eating things that are nutritious and give you energy. It’s about finding balance and seeking to be healthy.

Being intentional and doing things on purpose with your body also means loving it.

Not loving it because it’s perfect and you look like a supermodel. No, it’s loving and celebrating your body for the things it does for you. For the fact that it’s already beautiful, strong and amazing!

You get a choice. You can love your body or you can constantly think about what’s wrong with it. You can treat it well or you can neglect it.

You get one body. Love it on purpose.

Related: Ep. 47 — Mom Entrepreneurs: Finding Success in Business and Motherhood

5. Be Intentional With Your Time

The bad news is that being intentional in all of the above areas take time—which is something I’d be willing to bet you already don’t feel like you have a lot of. But the good news is that you have more time than you think.

You can’t do everything, but you can do the most important things.

Maybe you won’t get to be a part of every club and organization or take on every project that sounds fun. But for me, if I already have an amazing marriage, rock star kids, a thriving business, and a strong body, then I’m fine to say no to some other things.

I don’t want to do everything; I just want to be awesome at a few really important things.

Stephen Covey says, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

These are my main things. Yours might be different, and that’s okay. Figure out what’s most important to you and be intentional with those things.

Related: Ep. 34 — Excuses That Steal Your Time

Being Intentional in Your Business with Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is a New York Times best-selling author, the host of The Dave Ramsey Show, and the CEO of Ramsey Solutions.

Over the last few decades, Dave Ramsey has been incredibly generous in sharing his story to help millions of people find hope. He helps people take control of their personal finances, change their family tree, become better leaders, build their businesses and so much more.

And, as if all that wasn’t enough, Dave is also my leader and my friend. When I think of someone who is a master at how to be intentional, Dave Ramsey is one of the first people that comes to mind.

Dave truly uses his impressively growing platform of over 15 million daily listeners to serve people. He pays attention to where people are hurting and meets them where they are. Dave is present, intentional, and firm in his beliefs, and he never stops learning.

Dave has been one of the driving forces behind the Business Boutique brand from day one, and I am so excited to have him return to the Business Boutique 3-Day Event stage this November! He will be speaking about one of the biggest pain points that business owners have: money!

In this episode, Dave Ramsey shares his wisdom on how to be intentional in your life. You’ll learn:

  • The mistakes and misunderstandings around what it means to be intentional
  • Areas to focus on and practical steps to take to start seeing results
  • How small-business owners can be intentional in with money

Related: How to Have More Time

Make an Intentional Decision to Build Your Business Debt-Free

I want to take a quick second to talk about an area of your business that you might not be approaching with intentionality: finances.

It’s so tempting to build your business by taking out debt. Here is what many people don’t see: business debt is YOUR debt.

Someone has to pay the bills at the end of the day, and that person is you, not “the business.” (You ARE the business!)

Instead of trying to accelerate your business by using debt, I want to encourage you to grow slow. Start with what you have and take your time to use your profits from the business to reinvest in the business. I’ll bet you’ll find that you don’t need half of what you think you do.

Don’t handcuff yourself to those payments. Nothing will take the joy out of your business like debt. There are so many people who have been in your shoes and have built thriving business without taking out debt.

You’ve got this!

Don’t forget that I love hearing from you! Give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!

Related: Ep. 24 — Money Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Business


1:21 Five Areas of Your Life to Be Intentional

22:10 How to Be Intentional in Your Business with Dave Ramsey

59:50 #AskChristyWright

67:19 Encouragement: Build Your Business Debt-Free


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Sep 18, 2018
BB Ep 55: Making a Social Media Strategy That Works
58:46

It’s time to talk about building a social media strategy that works.

No matter the type or size of your business, having a strong social media strategy is important. You don’t have to be an expert to find success on social media.

Getting People to the Party With an Effective Social Media Strategy

I want you to think of your social media profiles like a party! And people can’t come to your party and have a great time if they don’t know about it or show up.

I’m going to break this down into seven ways for you to step up your social media strategy to attract more followers.

Seven Ways to Step Up Your Social Media Strategy

1. Be Visual

If your social media page is a party, think about how you signify to real-life guests where to find your party. You put out balloons and maybe a sign. You want to make it really clear: THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Do the same thing when you post content on your social media page: make it visual whenever possible. This will instantly set your content and posts apart. Can you add a photo or video? Is there a graphic you can create? There are tons of apps and tools to help you create visual content in less than a minute. I’ve got a list of a few of my favorites on my Social Media Cheat Sheet.

2. Be Interesting

The human brain is designed to ignore anything that is familiar. It’s constantly scanning its environment and labeling, categorizing and discarding anything that isn’t necessary for survival. It’s crazy.

It’s the reason that I can say, “If at first you don’t succeed . . . “ and you instantly know how to finish that sentence. Your brain finishes it for you and moves on. But if I say, “If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving probably isn’t for you,” then that stands out because it’s interesting.

Related: Ep 31: Branding the Look and Tone of Your Busines

3. Be Varied

When you add variety to your content on your social media strategy, it keeps people coming back for more because you’ve added an element of surprise and delight. It’s the same reason that I could go into T.J. Maxx twice a week but I won’t go into a department store more than twice a year. Department stores don’t have as much variety as T.J. Maxx! The variety is addicting and it draws you in again and again. Mix up the types of post you’re putting out into the world to keep your follower’s attention.

Related: Get the Most Out of Your Content

4. Be Engaging

If you want to grow your impact on social media, you need to increase your engagement.

Engagement indicates how many people acted on your post—they didn’t just view it or scroll past it; they responded in some way. They liked it, shared it, retweeted it, left a comment, etc.  Any of these are great things because the more people that engage with your posts, the more “successful” the platform views that post and the more likely they are to show it to even more people. When it comes to your social media strategy, pay attention to what types of your posts get people to do something.

5. Be Responsive

In life and on social media, one-way conversations are not fun. That’s why you should set aside a few minutes each day to respond to comments and feedback you receive. Your customers are more likely to respond to your content (remember: engage!) when you respond to them and engage. Treat others how you want to be treated, right? So if you want more responses, be more responsive.

Related: 3 Ways to Connect With Your Tribe Using Social Media Content

6. Be Consistent

If your social media followers see you four times a day for months, and then you choose to go off the grid, they’ll be confused. You have to show up when you say you’re going to and be consistent! You get to choose what your consistency is, but then stick to it! Your content should have variety, but your frequency should have consistency. Teach people what to expect from you and then follow through. Consistency is so key in building trust with your tribe.

7. Be Authentic

Building a brand is easy when you are just yourself from day one. Then you don’t have to try to put on a show or be someone you’re not, which can be exhausting. Instead, you just put yourself out there—the good, bad and ugly—and let people come for who you are. When you do this, you attract the right people. Be authentic in your social media presence and watch what happens. You’ll gain not just fans, but loyal customers.

Related: Ep. 51— How to Build Trust With Your Social Media Followers

How to Build a Social Media Strategy That Works with Amy Jo Martin

Amy Jo Martin founded Digital Royalty, where she helped corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social media. Before exiting in 2016, she worked on social media strategies for clients like former Suns player Shaquille O’Neal. Y’all … Shaquille O’Neal!

Amy Jo is the author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, and host of the Why Not Now? podcast.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Amy Jo began working for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Working in male-centric industries, Amy Jo developed a passion for helping women thrive in business leadership. She is currently spending her time researching the relationship between technology and humanity and investing in other female entrepreneurs so they can reach their full potential.

She believes the future of technology is the future of humanity. Her motto is “humans connect with humans, not logos”.

In addition to being an expert in creating social media strategies, Amy Jo has a pretty impressive social media following herself—more than 1 million people—and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes.

I am thrilled that Amy Jo Martin will be a speaker at our Business Boutique 3-Day Event in Nashville this November!

In this episode, Amy Jo Martin and I talk about:

  • Social Media algorithms and how to best utilize them.
  • How to engage your social media audience and connect with them better.
  • Why you should be bold and take risks.

Related: 3 Ways to Connect With Your Tribe Using Social Media

Challenge: Determine Your Social Media Boundaries

You probably already know this, but as a reminder, everything you put online is permanent. (Even if you delete it.) Since being more in the “public eye,” I’ve created boundaries to be proactive in protecting myself and my family when it comes to posting online. I’ve also set boundaries for my social media posting strategy and consumption.

My Social Media Boundaries

  1. I never post on social media when I don’t want you to be looking at your phone. I don’t post on teachings on Thanksgiving or try to sell you something on Christmas morning. I may show you a photo of my family or my Thanksgiving turkey, but nothing that would distract you from your family.
  2. I never post any photos of my children that I would not want on a Christmas card. That means no naked, crying, screaming or having a meltdown photos. I want to protect how I present them online. I don’t want anyone to find anything that would embarrass them in 10 or 20 years.
  3. I never look at my phone between 5:30 and 7:30. I want to set that time aside for my family.

These are the lines I’ve drawn for myself and my social media strategy and use.

What are yours?

Figure out where your lines are. Define what you post and what you don’t. Define what time you post and when you don’t. It’s your social media and your prerogative. But it’s time to be proactive and intentional.

Related: How to Keep Up With Social Media (and Still Run Your Business)

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1:25 Seven Ways to Step Up Your Social Media Strategy

18:01 How to Build a Social Media Strategy That Works with Amy Jo Martin

41:27 #AskChristyWright

49:53 Challenge: Determine Your Social Media Boundaries


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Sep 04, 2018
BB Ep 54: How to Simplify Your Life and Reduce Stress
58:25

This week’s podcast episode is going to help you simply your life and business. The stress of chaotic schedules and spaces keeps us from living effectively. I know for me a few practical tips can make all the difference. Our guest this week has personally helped me simplify my own life through simple, easy-to-do daily changes. One small change got me thinking beyond my personal life to business.

I can’t wait to share a few tips to simplify your business today!

Five Ways to Simplify Your Business

1. Simplify Your Paperwork

In addition to a laundry mountain, I have mail mountain. It piles up high for weeks or months until I finally address it and sort it into neat stacks.

What if we had permanent stacks?

What if there were permanent places where those things go?

What if we created, like my friend April Perry calls it, a Command Center?

You probably already know the main categories of paperwork you encounter throughout the month in your business.

Just start there.

Do a little bit of work on the front end, and create spaces to sort your paperwork as it comes in! Whether it’s your email inbox, your computer desktop, or a few literal spaces, this strategy is going to help reduce stress in the long run.

2. Simplify Your Workspace

When my husband Matt and I were planning our wedding and had a larger invitation list than our budget would allow, our wedding planner provided us with a challenge: cut 10%. We eliminated 10% of our list by eliminating from each category.

The same challenge can be applied to your workspace. What if you cut a percentage of what was there? Let’s say 30%. Go into your work space and choose 30% of the items taking up space to sort, store, or throw away. Junk, clutter, and the seventeen pieces of artwork from your children are overwhelming your space. It’s time to approach your workspace with an elimination mindset.

Imagine creating a workspace you actually want to work in. You’ll enjoy your work more when you've created a space that you love.

Related: How to Have More Time

3. Simplify Your Product or Service Offerings

When it comes to your customers, less is more. In products, design, and content, it’s important to create clarity. If it’s complicated to you, it’s even more complicated to your customers.

You want to make sure you have a clear path for your customers. A million options with a million varieties is not clear for your customers. It’s overwhelming.

Research shows the more options you give people, the less likely they are to buy. People do better with limited options.

Get rid of anything in your product offerings that wastes space, doesn’t sell, you don’t enjoy making, or has a horrible profit margin. You’ll leave more space and fewer options for your customers to actually buy what they want.

4. Simplify Your Website

Just like with your product offerings, your website needs to be simple and clear for your customers.

My friend Donald Miller says, “People don’t buy the best products and services; they buy those they understand the quickest.” People understand the fastest when you give them a few simple words. Everything needs to have a purpose and a point—every tab, landing page, and product description. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t need to be there.

When I’m writing a talk, I challenge myself to write the “one sentence.” What’s the one thing I want people to know? Then everything I say points back to that one thing.

Your website should be just like that! Your website is a source of communication with your customers. Make it as clear as possible.

What landing page, words, or images are not the most important things you want your customer to know?

What words are confusing? What words are a distraction?

5. Simplify Your Schedule

Similar to your workspace, you can approach your schedule with an elimination mindset. Set a goal and take a percentage right off the top.

It’s time to find some margin, and the best way to do that is to be honest with yourself about what you have to do, and what you just think you have to do.

You don’t have to do a lot of what you think you do. That’s how we get burnt out: doing all the things halfway. You made that to-do list. You can cut some of it.

What if you created margin to do the things you wanted to do, and then did them really well?

Related: How to Create Your Perfect Schedule

You can make these changes. You can stop perpetually running ragged. I firmly believe that you can slow down and begin to do less and do those things better.

I’m speaking to myself on all of these things. In order to do the things that matter most to me, I have to create margin.

Simplify Your Life with Emily Ley 

If you have followed me at all, you know I am always encouraging you to organize and simplify, and that’s why I am thrilled to have Emily Ley as our podcast guest.

Emily Ley is the Founder and Creative Director of Simplified®, a brand of planners and organizational tools for busy women. Emily has authored two books: Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy and the national best-seller, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living.

Emily grew her business from the ground up while remaining a debt-free company (p.s., YOU GO GIRL!)

After finding success online, Emily Ley’s brand quickly grew to be carried in retail outlets all around the world. Emily’s success didn’t come without learning curves and tough decisions to maintain her company’s values. In fact, she recently had to make the decision to cut down on wholesale to be able to better connect with the customer.

Related: Business Values: What Your Business Should Be About

I am thrilled that Emily Ley will be a speaker at our Business Boutique 3-Day Event in Nashville this November!

In this episode, Emily Ley and I talk about:

  • Why decluttering your home helps your mental health.
  • How to set healthy boundaries, "turn off" work and rest.
  • How to reevaluate your priorities in your life and business.

Simplify to Create Space for Rest

I’m going to give you some encouragement for something that I’m not always the best at.
Y’all know me. I am a mover and a shaker. Because I love what I do, there are times that I choose to work even when I don’t have to. If I’m not careful, I can become a workaholic. I can get so driven, focused, and goal-oriented that I forget why I do all this in the first place. I do this to spend time with my family, have fun, have a life, and rest.

We’re really good at setting goals in our business, aren’t we? But I think we neglect setting goals in one major area. Rest should be a goal too. Recuperation, recovery, and rejuvenation are also metrics we should also value.

How do I feel?

How are my husband and I?

When did I last spend time with my friends?

Have I had quality time with my kids today?

I don’t know where you are in this busy season. But I want to remind you that rest and recovery aren’t just things for the summer. It’s something for us to incorporate into every season of our lives.

Related: The Truth About Work-Life Balance

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters.” Psalm 23:2 (NIV)
I love this verse because of that word makes. God knows that sometimes I won’t lie down unless He makes me.

Don’t push the pedal to the metal so much that you lose track of the things that give you rest and rejuvenate you most.

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1:30 How to Simplify Your Business

17:11 How to Simplify Your Business with Emily Ley

41:52 #AskChristyWright

46:03 Encouragement to Rest


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Aug 21, 2018
BB Ep 53: How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone and Try Something New
52:26

Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you want to go anywhere in business or life, you’re going to need to get outside your comfort zone and try something new.

How I Got Outside My Comfort Zone and Started the Business Boutique Podcast

In 2016, when Business Boutique was just starting, my team and I decided to try something new. We knew we wanted another format outside of our event to share the message of Business Boutique. We decided to start a podcast. And to be honest, it wasn’t my first choice. I would have much rather focused my attention and efforts on creating more video content.

There were a few things that factored into our decision to pursue an audio format over video format, but one large factor was that I was pregnant with my second son, Conley. We knew that it would be difficult to record videos and maintain a consistent production schedule through my pregnancy and my maternity leave. So we decided to try something new with this whole podcast thing.

Luckily it’s worked.

But when we first started recording the podcast, the format was hard for me.

It was recorded. It wasn’t live. There was no audience for me to interact with. It was just me. With a giant microphone in my face. Alone in a room with my podcast producer, Chris.

To put it plainly, it was outside my comfort zone.

I’m comfortable speaking to a live audience or on video. I felt limited with the audio format. I didn’t know how to translate my emotions and my facial features over an audio podcast. I was afraid that my energy and excitement wouldn’t translate. It was something I’d never done before.

The Results of Trying Something New

Despite my hesitation, I trusted my team. And I’m so glad I did. We tried something new and we’ve seen an incredible impact.

We’ve reached over 2 million downloads and recorded 54 episodes.

We’ve heard so many stories from listeners who have taken what they’ve learned and started businesses, grown beyond their wildest dreams, and made money doing what they love. Think of all the people who have been inspired because we chose to communicate information in a way that could be listened to in the car, on a run or while doing the dishes.

It was all possible because we tried something outside my comfort zone.

What does that look like for you?

Related: Ep. 46—Use Your Gifts to Make a Difference

Rethinking Your Comfort Zone

We think of our comfort zone as something scary. But it’s not just that. Pursing something outside your comfort zone doesn’t mean that you always have to do something scary.

It doesn’t have to always be bigger or involve more risk; it might just be something that you’ve never done before—something that you’re not comfortable with. That’s why we call it a comfort zone.

The Limits Your Comfort Zone Puts On You

When we choose to live inside our comfort zones, we make statements about ourselves.

I’m not a writer.

I’m not business minded.

I can’t do it.

I don’t have enough time.

We put limitations and labels on ourselves and then we live within them.

But what if God doesn’t agree with your labels?

What if God wants to do something new in you—something outside your comfort zone?

What if He doesn’t have those same limitations for you?

Related: Don’t Let Fear Stop You From Starting

What Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

When you choose to step outside your comfort zone, the thing that used to scare you actually becomes a part of your comfort zone. One day you look up and think, I can’t believe I’m doing this. It all happens one baby step at a time as you learn, grow and become your new self. But it only happens outside your comfort zone.

As you become more you can do more, and as you do more you can go after more things!

In this episode I’m going to teach you:

  • The three best things that happen when you step outside your comfort zone.
  • How to embrace growth, learning and change.
  • The importance of pushing past the limitations you put on yourself.
  • How getting outside your comfortable surroundings is the key to new horizons.

I know that in my own life, every time I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone I’ve been equipped to take on even bigger things. Doing the thing I’m most scared to do often empowers me to take on new things, reach new heights, and achieve things I never thought possible.

The same will be true for you too. It’s time to get outside your comfort zone and try something new!

Trying Something New and Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone with Sarah Jakes Roberts

Y’all, when I say this woman is a powerhouse, I am not EVEN kidding!

Sarah Jakes Roberts is a take-charge businesswoman, writer and media personality who expertly balances career, ministry and family.

In Sarah’s 2014 memoir, Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, Sarah shared her story in a completely transparent way that people can’t help but to gravitate to her.

Her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, is a megachurch pastor, bestselling author and film producer, and her mother, Mrs. Serita Jakes, is an author, media personality and business executive. Sarah and her husband, Touré Roberts, pastor a dynamic community of artists and professionals in Hollywood, CA, while also raising their five beautiful children.

I am so excited that Sarah Jakes Roberts is speaking on “Living Out your Purpose” at our Business Boutique 3-Day Event in Nashville this November!

In this episode, Sarah Jakes Roberts and I talk about:

  • How to break free from your past and find your purpose in life.
  • Why you should let go of the things that don't align with your passions.
  • What to do with perfection paralysis.
  • How women are uniquely positioned to create real change in our culture.

Related: The Fastest Way to Grow in Your Gifts

I also have a challenge for you to stop saying the word "little" when you talk about your business. Lastly, don’t forget that I love hearing from you! Give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!


1:21 How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone and Try Something New

17:11 Interview with Sarah Jakes Roberts

41:52 Challenge to Stop Saying the Word "Little"

46:03 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT


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Aug 07, 2018
BB Ep 52: Market Research: How to Know What Your Customers Want
51:48

How to Know What Your Customers Want by Doing Market Research

Today we’re talking all about how to know what your customers want.

When it comes to determining what our customers really want, we have the temptation to return to our middle school days of fortune telling. Stay with me here. Do you remember the origami cootie catchers that told us where we would live and who we would marry? Did you ever pick the pedals off flowers, “He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me!” Raise your hand if you’ve ever asked a Magic 8-Ball a question.

Y’all, we love to predict the future. We all want to know how things will turn out, and if we’re honest, we’d all love to read our customer’s minds.

Related: Communicating Clearly with Your Customers

Using Market Research to Determine What Our Customer Wants

Wouldn’t it be incredible to figure out exactly what our customers want? To determine exactly what they need? To know the words they use, so we can use those words and reach them directly?

We can.

We can know those things—what they think, how they feel, and what they need.

We can learn all that and a whole lot more. And here’s the good news: You don’t need a Magic 8-Ball to tell you.

How do you find out? 

You just ask.

The simplest things are the things that are most often overlooked. Instead of doing the most logical and effective thing, we tend to just guess what our customers want. We overlook asking them what they feel, want, need, think.

We can demystify the whole thing by simply asking our customers directly.

We’re all great at asking questions, but many of us have just never thought to apply it to our business.

There’s a fancy term for asking your customers what they want: Market Research.

Related: The Two Things You Need to Know About People

Two Methods of Market Research

There are two methods of research you can use to ask your customers what they want: quantitative research and qualitative research.

Both methods are going to help you understand your market, learn, and grow. By asking your customers the right questions, you can gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and needs surrounding your product.

A helpful hint to understand the difference between quantitative research and qualitative research is to remember the root of the word. Quantitative research is all about quantity.

Qualitative research is all about quality.

Understanding Quantitative Market Research

In quantitative research, you ask questions that can be quantified and produce a metric for you to measure.

You might do this through yes or no questions, multiple choice, ratings, or another method.

Quantitative research is helpful in your business to not only understand your market, but to supplement your marketing, branding and promotions.

Have you seen those commercials that say 9 out of 10 dentists recommend this toothpaste? They did a quantitative market research study to find that number.

Understanding Qualitative Market Research

Qualitative research can’t be quantified. This type of research takes exponentially more time to sort through results, analyze and identify themes. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid it!

Qualitative research provides open-ended, non-leading questions that will allow your customers to provide answers in their own words. That’s the reason it’s so valuable! You really can understand your customer, their motivation, their mindset, and their language.

Qualitative research can also be used in marketing in the form of marketing copy, testimonials, endorsements, and quotes. Lots of the words that we use in Business Boutique are things you’ve told us. We love to hear what sticks out to you so that we can improve, grow and get better.

I love market research! It is such a simple and direct way to get feedback from your customers.

Related: Ep 20: How to Create Engaging Content for Your Business

In this episode I’ll talk about:

  • The different ways to use qualities and quantitative research in your business.
  • How to avoid questions that lead your customer to the answer you want.
  • My favorite things we’ve discovered in Business Boutique through market research.
  • How to use the feedback you receive to make changes in your business.

It doesn’t matter how you get the information; it matters that you get the information. If you don’t know what your customers want, you can’t give it to them.

It’s not a mystery—all you have to do is ask.

Practical Tips for Doing Market Research With Jessica Principe

Jessica Principe has become a dear friend over the last few years since we met at our Business Boutique Event in Nashville. She is the founder of the popular women’s shaving subscription club All Girls Shave Club, a wife, and the mother of two boys.

The idea for Jessica’s business came to her in the shower. She reached for her husband’s razor from his subscription service and thought, Why isn’t there something like this for women? She realized if that service was something she would use, other women probably would too. And just like that, she threw herself into market research, came to the Business Boutique Event, created her plan, and launched her business.

She has taken the chore of shaving and turned it into something where women can feel like they are pampering themselves. Knowing what her customers want—and delivering just that—has helped Jessica continue to grow and create a lucrative business.

Jessica has shared her story multiple times on the Business Boutique event stage to let other women know they can do it too! You can turn your ideas into income and create the life you always dreamed of.

In this episode, Jessica Principe and I talk about:

  • What Jessica did that allowed her to launch her business with more immediate success than the average business.
  • How getting to know her customers through market research changed how Jessica talked to her customers.
  • Why continually learning new things is key to success in business.

Related: How Jessica Turned Her Problem Into $70K!

A Little Encouragement for the Next Season

The seasonality of our lives, our family and our business is important. Summer is winding down, and life is about to ramp up for many of us as we approach fall and all that comes with it.

Before it’s time to be all in and game on, I have a little encouragement for you: Don’t let the change of seasons surprise you. You can spend the next couple weeks enjoying your summer, but also setting yourself up for success. The time to do it is not in September when you’re in the thick of it—the time is NOW.

Here are a few ways to prepare yourself for the potentially crazy season ahead:

  • Declutter your house.
  • Map out your schedule for the fall.
  • Take care of you.
  • Set intentions and plans to be more present and less frazzled.
  • Limit the number of sports or activities for your kids.
  • Choose one leadership role or volunteer opportunity instead of 15.

I know it’s hard to do. But you have a beautiful window of time, and if you use it wisely, you can arrive at the next season set up to win without all the stress.

Lastly, don’t forget that I love hearing from you! Give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You just might hear your question on a future episode!


1:25 How to Know What Your Customers Want

15:37 Interview with Jessica Principie

37:54 Encouragement for the Fall Season

43:05 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT


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Jul 24, 2018
BB Ep 51: How to Build Trust With Your Social Media Followers
01:14:08

The Importance of Social Media Followers 

I recently read that over 50 million businesses use Facebook Pages to connect with their customers.(1)

50 million?!

These business are tapping into something powerful. They understand the value of connecting with their customers directly and using social media followers to build and expand their brand. In essence, they understand the importance of a building a tribe—a group of people who love you, are loyal to your brand, and who trust you.

Your tribe is made up of the people who buy your product when you launch a pre-sale. They are the first people to mention your name (or better yet, give someone your business card) to refer your service. Your tribe is bought into your business because they’re bought into you and what you stand for.

One of the best ways to build a tribe is to provide a place for them to connect and engage with you and your brand. Social media provides you with the space to build a relationship with your customers, make a personal impact, and ultimately make money.

This isn’t strictly a numbers game. My friend Rachel Hollis once said, “5,000 dedicated social media followers are way better than having millions and millions.” It doesn’t matter how many social media followers you have—if they don’t trust you, they aren’t going to buy from you.

Successful Brands Build Trust

People buy from those they know, like and trust. So, it’s pretty important to build trust with your tribe of social media followers.

Related : How to Sell Without Feeling Slimy

But how do we get people to trust our brand or business?

One of my favorite examples of a brand that has built trust is our company, Ramsey Solutions.

Dave Ramsey grew this business and brand over decades through personal connection. About six years ago, he realized he needed to start thinking about the future and the succession of his company. From the very beginning, it had been just him. But he realized that if he wanted to take it to the next level and scale beyond himself, he needed to make a few changes. He knew that the best brands build trust. And the best way to build trust is through people.

Brands don’t change people, people change people. He realized we needed more people who could take more messages into more markets. That’s how the Ramsey Personalities were born!

For more than 25 years, Dave Ramsey has been building trust with his tribe—one person at a time.

The same can be true for you and me. If you want to make an impact, and if you want to make money, you need to build trust.

Building a Social Media Following That Trusts You 

I personally feel so connected to all of my social media followers. We may have never met, but I pride myself on the fact that I know you trust me. I have read so many comments on my social media posts and met so many people in grocery stores, airports, and book signings who say, “I feel like we’re best friends.”

Y’all, that’s important to me.

I want you to feel like you know me. That you relate with me. That I get you. (Because I do!) Business Boutique has grown as I’ve expanded the number of people in our tribe who genuinely know, like and trust me.

In this episode, I want to help you connect and engage with your social media followers in a way that builds trust.

We’re going to discuss:

  • How to inspire people with your success and connect through your struggles.
  • When to tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.
  • Why being consistent is one of the most crucial things you can do in your business.
  • How to stop being a doormat and still be generous with what you have to offer.
  • The ultimate way to lean into your gifts and be YOU!

Building trust with your social media followers is no different than building trust with any other person in your life. That’s why I’m going to give you five tips to help you build trust that will impact your social media followers and, ultimately, your bottom line!

Why Consistently Showing Up for Your Social Media Followers Builds the Best Relationships With Jennifer Allwood 

Jennifer Allwood is a powerhouse business coach for creative business owners and host of The Jennifer Allwood Show Podcast.

She has an infectious enthusiasm for helping like-minded creative women build their social media followers and turn their talents and hobbies into lucrative online businesses.

Jennifer has built an incredible social media following and has a gift for creating relationships and showing up for each and every one of them.

I met Jennifer Allwood at a Business Boutique event and am thrilled that she will be a breakout speaker at our fall 3-Day Business Boutique Event!

In this episode, Jennifer Allwood and I talk about:

  • How you don’t have to be the best at business, you just have to be the best at marketing your business.
  • Why being consistent on social media and building trust is key for small business owners.
  • The best ways to serve your social media followers, build connection, provide value, and show up for them.
  • Why mixing your home and work life isn’t a bad thing for social media.

Related: Business Values: What Your Business Should Be About

How Radical Empathy and Vulnerability Can Build Trust With Your Tribe With Cathy Heller  

Cathy Heller is a songwriter and host of the Don’t Keep Your Day Job Podcast where she offers tools and insights to help people find a sense of purpose and make a living doing what they love.

She made her mark in the music world by licensing her songs to film, TV and ads. Cathy also started her own licensing company where she pitches other artists.

By mixing her successful licensing career experience with her passion for helping people turn their passions into profits, Cathy created a music licensing course for artists.

In this episode, Cathy Heller and I talk about:

  • How Cathy built trust with her tribe—and built it really fast.
  • Why being vulnerable and transparent is key to building connection and trust.
  • The difference between a hobby and a business (and it’s not about money).
  • How radical empathy is the key to Cathy’s approach to building connection and showing her tribe she truly “sees” them.

Related: How to Make the Most of Social Media


1:35 Building Trust with Your Tribe on Social Media

22:15 Interview with Jennifer Allwood

47:39 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

54:22 Interview with Cathy Heller

71:29 Homework


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Jul 10, 2018
BB Ep 50: How to Grow a Side Hustle While Working Full-Time
01:01:14

I heard a statistic recently that absolutely shocked me: seven out of every ten Americans say they don’t like their jobs. Um, what?

I don’t know about you, but that number floored me. I mean, let’s think about it. Seventy percent of us show up day in and day out—like for at least eight hours at a time—to a job that we don’t even enjoy? That’s a whole lot of unhappy people, working a whole lot of hours, doing something they hate.

Ya’ll, I don’t get it. That makes no sense to me. None.

But maybe you’re in that place right now. Or maybe you’re wanting to make some extra money. Or maybe you just need a creative outlet.

Regardless of your motivation, I’ve got a great solution.

Have you ever considered starting a side hustle?

Related: 27 Ways to Make Extra Money from Home

Is It Possible to Grow a Side Hustle If I Work a Full-Time Job?

What you probably don’t realize is that what you know today as Business Boutique actually started as a side hustle—while I was working a full-time job!

Let’s just say, necessity is truly the mother of invention.

When I was first pursing my passion as a coach, in order to get my coaching credential, I had to fulfill a certain number of hours, well, coaching. I wasn’t a Ramsey Personality yet. In fact, I was only speaking on a part-time basis for our company.

So I thought, why not start a little business on the side coaching others? That way, I could earn my business coach certification and earn some extra income. A win-win, right?

Fast forward a few years and that side business has now evolved into Business Boutique.

So no matter your schedule, obligations, and commitments, it’s possible to start a side hustle and also work full-time. And with enough passion and determination, I know you can do it too.

Related: How to Take Your Side Hustle Full Time

How Do I Start a Side Hustle When I’m Already So Busy With My Full-time Job?

I’m going to be completely honest. Working two jobs at the same time is not easy. You will be doing a lot of juggling.

But side businesses are a great way to help you reach your goals. And finding work you’re passionate about—work that is fulfilling and challenging and exhilarating—is worth every sacrifice along the way.

Work can be fun, y’all! You can do something you love and get paid for it!

Don’t forget that.

In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • How to define the objectives of your side hustle
  • The importance of setting goals
  • Creative ways to find time
  • When to ask for help
  • Why to celebrate milestones
  • When to turn a side hustle into a full-time gig

Related: How to Have More Time

My Guest This Week Is Jake Vehyl!

My guest this week is Jake Vehyl, founder of Nashville-based cookie company Jake’s Bakes!

Five years ago, Jake had a full-time job—and a big dream of starting his own business. But like many of you, he didn’t know how to do it or have a lot of money to sink into a new venture.

That’s when Jake made a very smart decision: to start small.

Instead of going into crazy debt purchasing expensive commercial grade baking equipment, he found a restaurant to lease space from during off hours. That decision not only saved a ton of cash, but it allowed Jake to work his day job and then head to the restaurant afterwards to bake until midnight.

Yes, the hours were insanely long—and his social life definitely took a backseat—but Jake is the first to tell you that all of that hard work paid off. In less than two years, Jake’s Bakes expanded from a delivery-only business to their first retail storefront.

And you won’t believe how this story ends! Even Jake didn’t see this coming.

In this episode, Jake and I will talk about:

  • How to figure out what kind of side hustle to start
  • What to do when faced with initial obstacles
  • How to manage inevitable risks
  • Why a “perfect” plan does not exist
  • How to know when to quit your full-time job

Related: Ep. 44 How to Know If Your Business Idea Will Work 

Success Story: Kristin Ostrander and mommyincome.com!

Our success story this week is Kristin Ostrander, founder of mommyincome.com!

This woman amazes me. She’s a mom of three, a wife, and a total go-getter who isn’t afraid of a challenge. And she has been through it all, y’all.

Her journey has been anything but easy.

In 2003, Kristin began selling her children’s clothing on eBay to supplement her husband’s income and as a way to buy new clothes for her growing family.

As she says, “There was always more month than there was money!”

But that slowly changed over that next five years as Kristin continued to grow her eBay business. A move to selling on Amazon in 2008 proved to be even more profitable, but then tragedy struck her family.

By 2010, Kristin and her family lost their home to foreclosure and had to start over from scratch.

Join us to find out how Kristin overcame even the most insurmountable obstacles—one step at a time—and ended up with a million-dollar Amazon business and a closer relationship with God.

And that’s just the beginning of Kristin’s story. In 2014, she launched mommyincome.com as a way to help others find success on Amazon. I can’t wait for you to get to know her better!

Lastly, don’t forget that I love hearing from you! Remember, you can send me your questions or comments by email or twitter. Or give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You just might hear your question on a future episode!


1:14 How to Grow a Side Hustle While Working Full-Time

18:11 Interview with Jake Vehyl

40:47 BB Success Story with Kristin Ostrander

49:38 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

57:40 Homework


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Jun 26, 2018
BB Ep 49: How to Get Your Husband on Board With Your Business
01:00:01

Over the past three years, one of my most favorite things has been meeting women at Business Boutique events all across the country who are there for one reason: Their husbands bought them a ticket.

Y’all, let’s take a second. How amazing is that?

This crazy, wonderful, exhilarating journey of chasing their dream started because someone—an incredibly supportive husband, in this case—believed in them. That right there is a dream in and of itself. And believe me, I know. I have one of those rock star husbands too.

Is Your Husband on Board With Your Business?

My husband is my confidant, my teammate, my number one fan—but even he can get overwhelmed by yet another one of my big ideas. Any dreamers out there? Y’all know exactly what I’m talking about.

But you know what I’ve discovered? Usually when that happens, it’s because I simply didn’t give him enough information or enough time to process it all. Or, let’s be honest, maybe in my excitement, I jumped all the way from A to Z and just plain scared him!

The good news is it’s possible to get even the most hesitant husband interested and on board with your business. (Really!)

The best place to start? Take a look at the way you talk to him about your business.

What Is the Best Way to Talk to My Husband About My Business?

Here’s the deal: A big dream calls for one heck of a powerful communication strategy, whether you’re talking to your customers or your very own spouse.

If you want to get your husband on board with your business, you have to first help him understand the meaning behind your work. And I’ve got three tips to help you do just that.

In this episode, I’ll talk about the importance of:

  • Explaining your why
  • Asking your husband what he needs
  • Showing him the ways your business brings you joy

Related: Ep. 7—How to Build Your Business and Still Have a Life at the Same Time

My Guest This Week Is My Husband, Matt Wright!

My guest this week is my very own husband, Matt Wright—also known as my biggest cheerleader. There’s nothing I can’t accomplish with that man by my side. I’m so proud of him, and I’m so proud he’s mine.

I am so excited for you all to get to know him a little better—and I’m excited for Matt to tell you what it’s like being married to a woman who is chasing a big business dream.

So, Matt and I have been married for six years now, and in all that time, he’s never left me speechless—until a few weeks ago.

Now, anyone who knows me or has ever listened to this podcast knows that I’m a talker. I am not what you’d call quiet. Or shy—at all. One could say that I have a lot to say, a lot of the time. Shocking, I know!

I recently asked Matt what he thinks is the best way for a woman to get her husband on board with her business. Y’all, his answer blew me away.

Without hesitation, he explained, “I think husbands should support our wives because that’s our responsibility. If you’re married, it’s your responsibility to support one another.”

What?! He totally called out men to do the right thing. And I love him for it.

I also love that he offered a completely different perspective that had never occurred to me. That’s invaluable.

But let’s be honest: Actions speak louder than words. And sometimes competing responsibilities, other commitments, kids, and everyday life just get in the way.

That’s why I wanted Matt to share his thoughts on specific ways for your spouse to become more interested—more personally invested—in your business.

In this podcast, Matt and I will talk about:

  • Looking for common threads in both your businesses so you can help one another
  • Respecting your husband’s feelings as they relate to your business
  • The best ways to manage expectations and become a true team
  • How to make your husband still feel like a priority in your life
  • Thinking about your business from your husband’s perspective

What Do I Do If My Husband Doesn’t Support My Dream?

In a perfect world, every single woman chasing a dream would have a supportive husband behind her. Sadly, I know that’s not the reality for everyone. But it’s never too late for your marriage to become a real partnership.

Please believe me when I tell you that. You need to work on changing the dynamic of your relationship to create a new normal around your business.

I know you can do it. And I’m going to share four ways to help you gain your husband’s support.

If you’re as hard driving as I am, some of these may be a struggle for you. But trust me. They are worth your time and your patience.

I have another challenge for you. Have your husband listen to the rest of this episode with you. I’m going to be answering questions from husbands whose wives are pursuing their business dreams just like you.

I think it will be extremely informative and helpful for both of you.

Lastly, don’t forget that I love hearing from you! Send me your questions or comments by email or Twitter. Or give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You just might hear your question on a future episode!


1:19 5 How to Include Your Husband in Your Business

7:38 Interview with Matt Wright

36:46 Encouragement to Communicate with Your Husband

42:43 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

57:12 Homework


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Jun 12, 2018
BB Ep 48: 5 Ways to Grow Your Business This Summer
01:07:54

I’ve been coaching business leaders for about a decade now, and over the years I’ve noticed an unfortunate theme pop up again and again. It’s something that holds people back in both business and in life:

People want something to change, but they don’t want to make a change.

You know what I’m talking about! You’ve probably been there yourself. Maybe you’ve wanted to lose weight, get out of debt, or make new friends, but you don’t want to eat healthier, spend less money, or leave your house! You want to see different results without actually doing anything differently.

Maybe this applies to your business right now. Maybe your sales have been stalled or your profits have plummeted, and you just feel stuck. Friend, this episode is for you—because I’m going to give you five ways to grow your business.

Related: Assume You Can

But—spoiler alert!—it’s going to take trying some new things. Because if you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.

But not this summer.

This is going to be the summer you tried something different to get different results!

Everything you want is on the other side of your comfort zone. So if you want to grow your business, it might mean being uncomfortable and doing things that scare you. But that’s okay, because if you know that going in, you can do it anyway.

Overcoming the Lies That Hold You and Your Business Back With Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is an author, speaker, and the founder and CEO of Chic Media. She and I are kindred spirits because we are both absolutely on fire for women who want to grow their businesses.

Her new book, Girl, Wash Your Face, addresses the lies Rachel found herself believing throughout her life. You’ve probably heard some of them playing on a loop in your head, too:

“I’m not enough.”

“I’m defined by my weight.”

“I’m not a good mom.”

Wherever these lies stem from—whether it’s society, your mother-in-law, or the devil himself—Rachel realized they define so much about how we live our lives, and she’s made it her goal to confront them head on.

In this episode, Rachel Hollis and I talk about:

  • Why women sometimes make ourselves seem small to make others feel more comfortable—and how we’re hurting our potential in the process
  • How she gained traction with a blog and grew that into a content and marketing business
  • Making your followers, fans and customers feel known, seen and loved
  • Getting the nerve to raise your rates and charge at the high end of whatever industry you’re in
  • Dealing with mom guilt and the very real insecurities we feel as working moms

Rachel Cruze on Growing Your Business Dream

This is the episode with my favorite Rachels! Rachel Cruze is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and host of The Rachel Cruze Show. She’s also one of my best friends and I love watching her shine in her gifts—which, in her case, looks like helping women all over the country live their best life on a budget!

Related: Ep. 3—How to Stop Feeling Guilty for Making Money

In this episode, Rachel Cruze and I talk about:

  • The secret to getting your spouse on board with your business and your budget
  • How our upbringing shapes the way we view money and business
  • The benefits of positive thinking and dreaming and how that can affect and grow your business

Plus, I’ll answer some of the questions you asked using our brand-new Business Boutique call-in line: 844.944.1074.


1:19 5 Ways to Grow Your Business This Summer

14:55 Interview with Rachel Hollis

39:40 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

48:58 Interview with Rachel Cruze

65:24 Homework


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May 29, 2018
BB Ep 47: Mom Entrepreneurs: Finding Success in Business and Motherhood
01:01:48

Today we’re celebrating mom entrepreneurs! Some call us mompreneurs, but basically, we’re talking about moms who run their own businesses.

What is a mom entrepreneur, or “mompreneur”?

According to a quick Google search, a mompreneur is: “a woman who sets up and runs her own business in addition to caring for her young child or children.”

Well that’s the basic, glossed-over version, isn’t it?

As moms, we’re responsible for all kinds of things—all the time. There’s grocery shopping, laundry, doctor’s appointments, laundry, after school activities, laundry . . . it’s a full-time job (and a half). And adding a business into the mix makes it feel like we’re working several full-time jobs.

As a business owner, you’re the CEO—but you’re also the bookkeeper, chief marketing officer, receptionist, saleswoman, creative director and the janitor. It’s no wonder that being both a mom and an entrepreneur can feel a tad overwhelming at times.

Being Successful in Both Business and Motherhood

Back when I was a little girl with a front-row seat to watching my mom chasing her dream and running her business, they hadn’t coined a trendy catchphrase for what she was doing. And what she was doing was hard.

I remember arriving at the cake shop one dark morning at 3 a.m. to shattered glass everywhere. Mom’s shop had been broken into, and we were standing there in fear, wondering if the person who did it was still inside.

I remember getting stuck with Mom in the rain with a flat tire and getting locked out of the house without any money. All of this happened before the age of cell phones, by the way. And as a working mom myself, when I think back on all that, I don’t know how Mom did it. She didn’t have even half of the help that I have! She raised me and made a way for us—all while running a business.

So whether you’re a single mom like mine or just a tired mom, this episode is for you.

Related: How to Deal With Mom Guilt

Now, before you think I’m going to give you life hacks, methods, efficiencies, and ways to get more done, stop right there. That’s not what this episode is about. There are just two things I want you to remember when it comes to your journey in business and in motherhood:

  1. You cannot do it all.

  2. You are enough.

The women who do well in both business and in life know and practice these two things. In this episode, I’ll give you very practical examples from my own life about how I live this day to day. I’ll teach you how to master these mind-sets like a boss—a mom boss! After all, God gave you your family and your business—and He doesn’t make mistakes.

My Guest This Week Is My Mom: Entrepreneur Darlene Therber!

You may already feel like you know my mom from all my stories about the bakery I was practically raised in, but today, it’s time for you to hear from her directly!

She’s the woman I have watched persevere with an absurd level of persistence. I’ve watched her do the right thing, even when it cost her. I’ve seen her go above and beyond for her customers time and time again. I’ve watched how she always paused and talked to homeless people—even in the middle of the night when we were downtown unloading bags of powdered sugar and flour.

In honor of Mother’s Day weekend, it’s my honor to have her as our podcast guest this week.

In this episode, Mom and I talk about:

  • How she came up with her business idea and actually made it happen
  • Unique ways she set herself apart from the competition (before anyone was teaching this stuff!)
  • How she convinced a candy store to give her the space in their front window to put her product on display
  • Life-balance and how to integrate the different areas of your life in a way that works for your family
  • Lessons she’s learned from over 30 years in business as a female entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs Need Self-Care, Too

Like I said before, being both a mom and a business owner is hard work. And as a result, we tend to put ourselves last and everyone else first. After all, our customers and kids need us! But y’all, when we don’t take some time for ourselves, we wind up busy and burned out.

Self-care is more than a pedicure once a month. You need to be someone that you like. So in this episode, I’ll also give you some things to think about when it comes to how well you’re taking care of the most important part of your business: You.

Plus, I’ll answer some of the questions you asked using our brand-new Business Boutique call-in line: 844.944.1074.


1:21 Being a Mom and Running a Business

17:23 Interview with Darlene Therber

48:16 Encouragement: Self Care

52:33 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

59:05 Homework


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May 15, 2018
BB Ep 46: Use Your Gifts to Make a Difference
01:13:37

Ronald Reagan once famously said, “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” I mean, have truer words ever been spoken? I don’t think so.

I love those words. I love the humility of them. I love the heart behind that sentiment. And I’d love to think that I live my life by those words every. single. day.

But guess what? I don’t.

It’s a real struggle for me. Words of affirmation are my love language. I’m just wired that way. It’s hard for me to let go of my need for recognition—even a simple thank you—when I contribute to something.

Related: Letting Go of Getting Credit

Can I Still Make a Difference If I Don’t Get Credit?

Here’s the thing: It’s really not even about getting praise. When I don’t get credit, I feel disappointed because I’m left wondering if I accomplished what I set out to do. Did I help anyone? Was I good enough? Did I make any sort of impact at all?

Well, once I take a second to get over myself, I realize the answer to that question is a resounding yes! Do you know how I know that? It’s because God calls each and every one of us to put others above ourselves. Period. And obsessing about being in the spotlight, getting a hundred “likes,” or millions of followers on social media is the exact opposite of doing that.

Y’all, each and every one of us is meant for more than that. We’re bigger than that!

In this episode, I’ll talk about:

  • The difference between taking credit and needing credit
  • Taking control of your own happiness and keeping your expectations in check
  • How seeking credit can actually get in the way of the impact you’re trying to make
  • Why a big platform doesn’t guarantee a big impact

My Guest This Week Is Shelley Giglio!

My guest this week is Shelley Giglio, and she’s making an impact in more ways than you can possibly imagine. Y’all, she is amazing.

Shelley is the Chief Strategist, Director of Label Operations and Artist Management for sixsteprecords, cofounder of the Passion Movement, and leads The GROVE, a monthly gathering for thousands of women.

If anyone can teach us how to make an impact, Shelley can. This woman can light up a room by just walking into it, and yet, she has made it her life’s mission to elevate others above herself. Her mission is simple: to build a life that brings glory to God, because His glory is more important than her own fame. She’ll help us care less about taking credit, and more about the difference we’re making. I’m so lucky to call her my friend and I can’t wait for you to get to know her better!

In this podcast, Shelley and I will talk about:

  • Why having to have the credit is ultimately meaningless
  • Why the best leaders are also great followers
  • Real, effective ways to make a real difference
  • The secret to pushing past your fear
  • Aligning your life with your gifts and goals

Related: Ep. 40—Top Traits of Successful Women

Success Story: Stacy MacDonald and made.

Our incredible success story this week is Stacy MacDonald, owner of a jewelry line called made. She creates stunning earrings, necklaces, and bracelets using Quartz and Quartz Crystal that she—get this—hand mines (yes, she digs each one out of the earth!) from The Ouachita Mountains in her home state of Arkansas.

Although she has always considered herself to be entrepreneurial, Stacy didn’t set out to start a booming business. Instead, her jewelry line was born out of a desperate need for a creative outlet—she was hoping to remedy her nagging postpartum depression.

It wasn’t until she started successfully selling her jewelry at local craft shows and markets that she dared to start dreaming bigger. Today, even Stacy is still surprised by her own success. Not only has she crushed even her loftiest revenue goals, she is also considering growing her team!

She credits her business for something much bigger than entrepreneurial success: her business delivered her from years of depression and anxiety. Now she is on a mission to share her personal story of God’s redemption with her customers. As a result, Stacy has impacted countless lives in her own community and beyond—and she has no plans to stop.

“It’s not about the jewelry anymore,” she explains. “It’s about Kingdom-building.”

Related: Ep. 43—Balancing Faith in Business

Y’all, does it get more impactful than that? You’ll love hearing Stacy’s inspirational story of healing and hope.

Plus, I’ll be answering your questions by phone. In fact, you can give me a call, and you may hear your question on a future episode: 844.944.1074.


1:14 Making an Impact

9:45 Interview with Shelley Giglio

48:18 BB Success Story with Madison Dennis

62:07 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

70:51 Homework


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May 01, 2018
BB Ep 45: How to Present Yourself and Dress for Success
58:25

Dressing For Success

I’m so excited about today’s episode because, y’all, we are talking about clothes!

Okay, I’m not a fashion expert and I’m certainly not a stylist. But I will tell you, I’ve never met a pair of pumps I didn’t like—and I know that the right outfit can instantly change the way I carry myself, how confident I feel, and my overall mood.

It’s simple, really: I feel my best when I look my best. And I think you will, too.

Now I’m the first to admit: I’ve made my share of fashion mistakes. A few years ago, I was at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas speaking at a huge conference wearing my most favorite black waxed jeans and a teal blouse. I was in one of my—shall we say—“fluffier” stages. And I may or may not have had to squeeze into those jeans, but I did happen to think I looked pretty cute.

But then the photographs from my client came in. One look and all I could see were jeans that were creasing and pulling—in all the wrong places, I might add. Throw in the reflection of the bright stage lights, and it was glaringly obvious that my jeans were entirely too tight.

I told my leader right then and there, “I can do better. I will do better.” And I haven’t stepped foot on a stage since without first asking myself one question:

“Am I dressed for success today?”

Can the Way I Dress Affect My Business?

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with your business. In a word? Everything.

The way you present yourself (and what you wear is a big part of that) affects your customers’ opinion of you. That opinion and first impression then influences whether they do business with you, which positively or negatively impacts your bottom line. And your bottom line, of course, determines the ultimate success or failure of your business. So dressing for success is about so much more than just clothes!

How Can I Dress for Success?

In this episode, I’ll talk about the three most common mistakes women make when it comes to clothes—and believe me, I’ve been there too. Yep, I’ve made every single one of them. But the good news is these mistakes have easy solutions. I’ll share those with you as well!

By the way, I also have a little formula I follow when it comes to putting together a super cute outfit. And don’t worry. It doesn’t require a closet full of clothes and accessories or a wardrobe loaded with the latest trends. And you definitely don’t need to spend a lot of money to pull it off.

Even better?

It works every time! It’s almost as good as having a personal stylist. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I know that, just like me, you’ll feel the best when you look your best. And when you’re at your best, I know one thing for sure: There’s no stopping you.

My Guest This Week Is Toi Sweeney!

Toi is an award-winning stylist, brand image specialist, and successful entrepreneur who is passionate about helping women—everyone from influencers to CEOs—present themselves favorably in business. And the stakes are pretty high.

“You are a brand. Your clothing is your packaging,” says Toi. “That packaging is one of the most visible ways to stand out from the rest.”

After 20 years in the fashion industry, Toi has styled her share of personalities and has made it her mission to do so as authentically and uniquely as possible. After all, she believes what we wear on the outside should be a reflection of who we are on the inside. But there is a right and a wrong way to achieve that.

Did you know that, on average, you have less than nine seconds to convince your customers that you are smart and kind and worthy of their business?

And did you know that the color you wear impacts someone else’s perception of you? Or that the wrong personal image could lead to lost opportunities?

That means every single style choice, from the color of our earrings to the height of the heels of our shoes, is an opportunity to cultivate trust. That may seem like a lot of pressure to place on a pair of jeans and a navy blazer, but Toi insists that if you take the time to look the part—that is, if you dress for success with intention—you will be amazed at what you can (and will) achieve.

In this podcast, Toi and I will talk about:

  • The why behind your clothing choices
  • How to figure out your personal style and dress accordingly
  • The four biggest fashion mistakes and how to avoid them
  • How to make a thrift-store find look like a million bucks
  • When—and how much—to invest in trends

Plus, for the first time ever, I’ll be answering your questions by phone. That’s right! I’ve got a brand new toll-free phone number that you can call and ask me your business questions. Feel free to give me a ring, and you may hear your question on a future episode: 844.944.1074.


1:05 How to Present Yourself

16:59 Interview with Toi Sweeney

42:12 How to Prepare for Your 2018 Taxes

46:51 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

55:35 Homework


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Apr 17, 2018
BB Ep 44: How to Know If Your Business Ideas Will Work
01:07:33

In Episode 12: How to Find Your Business Idea, we talked about taking a look at what you already have to come up with some business ideas. In that episode, I mentioned three things to look at specifically.

Three ways to come up with business ideas:

  • Your skills
  • Your stuff
  • Your strengths

When you look for business ideas in those three areas, you’re making it so much easier on yourself to win!

For example, my first business idea came from my stuff. There was an 11-stall barn already on the property I was renting, so I used that to start a horse-boarding business.

Now, my second business came out of my strengths and skills. That was a side business doing life coaching, and it was long before I ever became a speaker for Dave Ramsey.

But now we’re going to take this a step further. If you want to start a business of any kind and you want it to work, your idea needs to be based on two things:

  1. It needs to solve a problem.
  2. It needs to serve a target market.

In this episode, I’ll walk you through examples of how to determine which of your business ideas meet this criteria.

Related: The One Thing All Businesses Must Have

My Guest This Week Is Ken Coleman!

My good friend Ken is an author, a speaker, and the host of The Ken Coleman Show on Sirius XM and the EntreLeadership Podcast. His passion is helping other people find their passion.

To do that, Ken helps people who feel stuck or confused in their careers by shining a light on their core qualities as a person. From there he brings clarity by weighing their passion against their talents to help them discover what they should be doing with their lives.

But Ken didn’t start out as a successful speaker and Ramsey personality. Ken says, “I left a corporate VP job at age 31 to chase a broadcasting dream that started with two listeners. One was my wife.”

Before getting his own show, he spent years working behind the scenes at Ramsey Solutions and eventually on the stage hosting Dave Ramsey’s live events. Ken has interviewed hundreds of top business leaders all over the country and helps thousands of people every week with their career and business ideas.

In this episode, Ken and I talk about:

  • How to narrow down your top talents—those things you do better than anything else
  • The euphoria that happens on a scientific, physiological level when you’re working in your sweet spot
  • Creating a “purpose sentence” for yourself and your business
  • How to change an entire conversation and shift the room by asking the right questions
  • Why chasing significance will bring more success than chasing wealth or status

Choosing a Winning Business Idea With Madison Dennis!

Our success story this week comes from Madison Hardy Dennis. Madison’s business idea checks all three of our boxes: MHD Beauty is based on her skills, her strengths, and her stuff!

When she started thinking about leaving her full-time administrative position in 2014, she took stock of all the things in her life she was really good at. She discussed the list with her husband, and they thought about which skills and strengths would lend themselves to a freelance business. She kept coming back to makeup.

That first year Madison started her freelance beauty business, she was hired to do makeup for two weddings. But her business has absolutely exploded since then. Last year, her company did makeup for 133 weddings. And y’all, this is just one facet of her business!

She’ll also tell us everything she took into consideration before hiring team members and what gave her the idea to start her own cosmetics line.

Related: Want a Business Like Mine? MHD Beauty

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions!


1:17 How to Come Up with Your Business Idea

9:31 Interview with Ken Coleman

40:28 BB Success Story with Madison Dennis

56:37 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

65:25 Homework


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Apr 03, 2018
BB Ep 43: Balancing Faith in Business
01:08:33

Did you know that the beginning stages of Paul the Apostle’s ministry were greatly affected by a woman? And not just any woman: Lydia, a successful businesswoman, who many scholars believe to be his first known convert.

Specifically, she sold purple cloth—which, back then, was valuable and expensive. It was a sign of wealth, nobility and royalty. Purple cloth was purchased and worn by members of the royal family and Roman senators. So Lydia’s customers—her demographic and target market, in fact—were upper-class people. And we can assume that Lydia was successful and prosperous because she owned a home with enough rooms to host Paul and three of his friends overnight at the same time!

What I love about Lydia’s story is that it’s a biblical example of how God cares about our life as a whole, not just our spiritual life. The biblical account of her life doesn’t shy away from the fact that she was a successful businesswoman. And why would it? God cares about our business pursuits! He is the One who gave us those gifts to be used in the first place.

If it weren’t for Lydia’s business, would she have had the means and the space to house Paul and his companions overnight? Maybe not.

Later in her story, she once again offers up her home as a place for the early church to meet. Lydia didn’t operate what we would call a “Christian” or faith-based business, but her business and her lifestyle of faith was certainly helping Christians.

Related: What Happens When You Use Your Gifts

One of my favorite Bible passages speaks to not only using your gifts, but also using them as a light for others:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV)

How Can Faith Affect Your Business?

As a Christian, when you live a life of faith, you are being true to yourself. But you may have wondered how prominent your faith should be in your business.

There are two ways to approach faith in business:

  1. Your business is identified as being in the Christian sector.
  2. Your business is in the general marketplace but is owned by someone of faith.

Choosing which approach to take in your business is an important decision, because it will affect your:

  • Marketing
  • Unique position
  • Labeling
  • Access to other markets

In this episode, I’ll explain the real differences here and give lots of examples. I want you to decide which path makes the most sense for you. That way, you can reach the most people!

My First Guest This Week Is Alli Worthington!

Alli is an author, speaker, mom of five boys (send prayers), and the executive director of Propel Women. She’s an amazing entrepreneurial coach, helping everyone from small-business owners all the way up to fortune 500 companies!

But being a successful businesswoman wasn’t always part of Alli’s story. She shares her journey of dealing with an unsettling force that so many of us deal with: anxiety. Alli remembers one day in a Target parking lot when she broke down in tears. She called a friend for help, and her friend told her, “You’re so held down by the weight of fear and worry—and you’re trying to make safety your god.”

But Alli thought that was normal. She thought anxiety was just part of modern life.

It wasn’t until the release of her first book—while simultaneously walking with her husband through a serious illness—that she was able to confront her fears head on and break free from anxiety.

Alli’s story is a very real example of how tough, terrifying and downright unpleasant it can be to put one foot in front of the other, trusting God and pursuing what you love in the face of fear. In this podcast, Alli and I talk about:

  • How men and women experience fear differently
  • Practical ways to follow God’s “Fear not” command
  • Working through the unique kind of visceral, vulnerable fear that comes with being a mom

Exploring Faith in Business With Stephanie Meek

Stephanie and her husband, Isaac, own and operate Five Daughters Bakery in Nashville, Tennessee—and y’all, their donuts are like a drug. These are not your typical donuts; they are gourmet, croissant donuts . . . and they’re next-level good.

The bakery is named for Stephanie and Isaac’s five daughters, and that’s not the only element from their personal lives they incorporated into the business. While they don’t run a business that falls into the Christian sector, they are business owners of faith. Their faith influences everything about their approach to business: from the way they treat their employees and customers to what they charge for donuts (and guess what—they’re not “cheap!”).

In this episode, Stephanie and I talk about:

  • Seeking God first in your dream and your business
  • How they got their product into stores and then grew into their own storefront
  • Operating a business under their number one core value: relationships first
  • Leaving a legacy of leadership for your family to see

Plus, I’ll answer a question from one of our live Business Boutique events about operations.

How has your faith impacted your business? I’d love to hear from you in the comments for this episode!


1:15 Balancing Faith in Business

16:19 Interview with Alli Worthington

40:15 Interview with Stephanie Meek

61:57 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

66:20 Homework


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Mar 20, 2018
BB Ep 42: Building Business Relationships
52:39

There’s this idea out there that building relationships is just easy for some people. And sure, if you have a social personality and are naturally an extrovert, or if you love to talk and connect with people, then yes, maybe building relationships is easier for you. But your personality style doesn’t have to dictate your ability to build relationships! After all, everyone has a little bit of insecurity in them.

As you can probably guess, I’m a huge extrovert. But I still get a little nervous walking into a party or situation where I don’t know anyone. We all know what it’s like to feel like the new kid at school. So for those of us who have a super extroverted personality style, it doesn’t mean that we won’t ever struggle with building relationships.

And building relationships isn’t only vital in your life, but it’s also vital to your business.

Everything you will ever achieve in your life will come through people—so becoming good at building relationships is one of the most important skills you can develop. In fact, if you don’t have key relationships, you won’t get anywhere.

Related: 4 Friends You Need in Business

Why Are Business Relationships so Important?

Even if the only person that works in your business is you, you still don’t have to go it alone. Building strong business relationships will set you up for success in these areas:

  • Getting your products into stores
  • Collaborating with bloggers and influencers
  • Gaining referrals for new customers
  • Connecting your clients with supplemental vendors
  • Overcoming challenges when you get stuck

And who doesn’t need help with at least one of those things? So, in this episode, I’ll give you the five steps to making strong business connections.

My Guest This Week Is Emily Richett!

Emily is a publicist, consultant, and the founder of Richett Media. She is a former TV news reporter. While in that role, she covered over 6,000 inspiring stories about entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

So, she’s basically an expert on how to share the story of your business and get exposure. Sharing your story is one of the strongest ways you can build business relationships and get PR, and we’re going to learn so much from her!

In this podcast, Emily and I talk about:

  • Why it’s easier than you think to get media coverage, especially as a small-business owner
  • How to think like a reporter and pitch your story as valuable to them, so that they actually want to help you get exposure and access to their audience
  • The best times of year to seek out local media coverage based on your type of business
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome when you’re competing with owners of bigger businesses
  • How to build amazing relationships with reporters and influencers so they have you back for repeat collaborations
  • Creative, outside-the-box ways to promote your business

From Building Relationships to Busting Business Loan Myths

I was reading a Forbes article the other day called “Best Small-Business Loans For Women in 2018,” and I was encouraged to see the latest stats on female-owned businesses. Basically, y’all are killing it.

But the article goes on to talk about all the different ways you can get small-business financing. Now, you know I’m all about y’all growing your businesses. What I don’t want you to do is believe that taking out loans is the only way to do that. In fact, taking out a loan isn’t an indicator of success or growth—it’s a risk and a loss of power.

But I am here to tell you that you can chase your dream and achieve success—and do it all debt-free! In fact, I know and have personally seen countless women who’ve done just that. Just listen to my podcast interview with Melissa Hinnant, founder of Grace & Lace, who did $800,000 in sales her first year in business without borrowing a penny. Or read my interview with Amber Jones, who started Minnie’s Travel Boutique after attending a Business Boutique event and grew the business, slow and steady, from a modest $900 to six figures. So in this episode, I’m going on a bit of Christy-rant to address this issue head-on!

Plus, I’ll answer a question from one of our live Business Boutique events.

1:05 How to Build Relationships

16:38 Interview with Emily Richett

39:42 Busting Business Loan Myths

43:14 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

50:49 Homework


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Mar 06, 2018
BB Ep 41: Digital Marketing Strategies That Work
55:59

Digital Marketing Strategies That Work

"People will take away one thing, and that's if you make your point really clear."

Looking back on my earliest speaking events as part of Dave Ramsey’s speaking group, it makes me cringe to think about how I made one of the most common mistakes that all new speakers make.

I tried to say everything.

I would get onstage for a speaking event, thinking, Well, I’ve just got to tell them all the things. I need to talk about life balance, living from your values, making time for yourself, how to manage your money and get out of debt, and also how to be a good parent and achieve all your life goals and grow your business . . .

How effective do you think that strategy was? Not very, because I was trying to say five million different things! And people can’t process—let alone remember—five million things at once. People will take away one, maybe two things, if you make your point(s) really clear. But it took me several speaking engagements of not connecting with audiences to realize I needed to choose just one main thing I wanted to say.

And the same is true for your digital marketing.

Just like we talked about in episode 31 with Donald Miller, we need to be crystal clear with our audience so they know exactly what our brand is about. We need to let them know the one problem we’ll solve for them—one, not ten. (Or, like in my early stage presentations, not five million.) This same strategy applies to digital marketing—just as it does to any other kind of marketing.

"Okay, hold up!" (You might say.) You might be thinking that digital marketing sounds intimidating and complicated. You might be daunted by the term “digital marketing” if you don’t actually know what it is.

So What Is Digital Marketing?

It’s easier than you think! Digital marketing is simply marketing on a digital platform. Digital marketing includes:

  • Social Media
  • Blogs and articles
  • Email
  • Webinars

Okay, so now that you know what digital marketing is, let’s work on your digital marketing strategy.

In this episode, I’ll give you the four things you need to know in order to build a digital marketing strategy that works. Plus, I’ll break down other digital marketing concepts and make them easy to understand, including campaigns, funnels, lead magnets and building email lists.

My Guest This Week Is Molly Pittman!

Molly is a digital marketing expert and educator, and she has an amazing story about building an incredible career specifically in digital marketing. As we dive deeper into this topic of digital marketing strategies, there’s no one better to have in on the conversation than Molly!

Early in her career, her job as an intern at DigitalMarketer was to create organic social media posts. As marketing and technology advanced so did her skillset, and she learned all about paid ads on Facebook and paid search on Google. She rose up through the ranks at DigitalMarketer to eventually become a VP, and recently branched out to start her own consulting agency.

In this podcast episode, Molly and I talk about:

  • The mistakes she sees business owners make when it comes to digital marketing and how to avoid them
  • How to get new customers into your marketing funnel using lead magnets
  • The attributes your lead magnet should have to be seen as highly valuable and get lots of people to sign up
  • Ways to keep your audience and email list engaged without overwhelming them

Plus, I’ll give you a pep talk on where you’re standing with your goals at the moment and answer your questions from our live Business Boutique events.

1:03 Digital Marketing Strategies That Work

10:44 Interview with Molly Pittman

42:37 Goals Check-In

45:51 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

54:47 Homework


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Feb 20, 2018
BB Ep 40: Top Traits of Highly Successful Women
01:06:10

What makes a highly successful woman?

Society often paints a picture of success that looks like this: Either you’re home all the time, dedicating 100% of your time to your family, or you’re at work all the time, completely abandoning your friends, family and the rest of your life.

But as I discussed with Laura Vanderkam in Episode 34: Excuses That Steal Your Time, that’s a myth! The truth is, you can be successful in multiple areas of your life. You can be successful in your career, your relationships, your business and even your health and exercise routines—get this!—all in the same life.    

It’s all about priorities.

When every waking minute is taken up for work, routine responsibilities, or taking care of others, you’ll feel the opposite of successful; you’ll feel stressed out and set back.

For example, when I start to feel overwhelmed, it’s usually because I’m not spending time on the things that I care about the most. So, I’ve made it a habit to take a look at my schedule when that happens. It’s pretty eye-opening to see what gets my time. If I’m honest, there are a lot of unworthy motivations I have that sometimes creep to the top of my priority list, such as:

  • Pleasing people
  • Being the hero
  • Accomplishments
  • Keeping up with Facebook
  • Pursuing perfectionism
  • Approval
  • Feeling needed

Chasing those motivations, no matter how much effort I put into them, always leaves me coming up short. I spin my wheels, and I feel like a failure.

The problem with achieving success in your life (and mine!) isn’t that we aren’t doing enough, and it’s not that we’re doing too much. Often, it’s that we’re doing the wrong things. So, let’s talk about the right things!

And don’t worry, you don’t have to sacrifice—at least, not in the way you think you do.

In this episode, I’ll reveal habits, characteristics and traits that are present in the lives of highly successful women. I’ll dive into the seven things you need to prioritize to achieve success. And the great news it this: If you don’t currently have them, I promise you can learn to practice all of them starting today!

By the way, you know what’s not on the list of traits of successful women?

  • Pleasing people
  • Being the hero
  • Seeking approval

(You get the idea!)

My guest this week is Ali Brown!

Ali is the host of the highly successful Glambition podcast, and her passion is to see women succeed in business! Ali’s story of success began with recognizing what she was good at. She was a mover and a shaker working in an office of—as she puts it—“turtles!”

It didn’t take long for Ali to realize her own potential, get excited about doing things her own way, and quit her day job to pursue her own freelance business full time.

In my conversation with Ali, we’ll talk about:

  • What it means to blaze your own trail, do business differently, and design your business around your life
  • How Ali got started using email newsletters when the Internet was just becoming a thing
  • The benefits of being inspired by other women rather than intimidated by them
  • What success really looks like today
  • Three trends she sees in highly successful women

Success Story: Abbey Ashley's Wildly Successful Courses & Coaching!

Our success story this week is Abbey Ashley, founder of The Virtual Savvy. Abbey says she helps “savvy starters launch and grow their virtual assistant business to 5K months and beyond!”

Abbey took what she knew from being a virtual assistant and turned that knowledge and experience into online courses. While her first course launch was by no means successful—she only had one customer sign up—she didn’t give up there.

The next iteration of her business was in virtual assistant business coaching, and she started The Virtual Savvy in August 2016. Since then, she’s become hyper-focused and (at the time of publication) has made over $300K in sales! I’m so excited that she’s sharing her strategy for success with us.

Plus, I’ll answer some of your business questions from our Business Boutique event in November!

1:12 Top Traits of Highly Successful Women

15:29 Interview with Ali Brown

45:38 BB Success Story with Abbey Ashley

57:12 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

64:31 Homework


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Feb 06, 2018
BB Ep 39: Five Lies You Believe About Business
01:10:46

Which Lies Are Holding You Back?

Many of you are being held back by something you aren't even aware of: You're believing lies about yourselves and about your businesses.

See, when you believe something that isn’t true, you’re living our life based on misinformation. You’re missing out on something that could change your life, that could make you happy or even make you a better person and open up opportunities you couldn’t even imagine.

Recently a woman came up to me at a speaking event and told me she’d been hearing me for about a year on The Dave Ramsey Show. But every time she heard me, she thought, “Well, that’s nice. But it’s not for me. I could never start my own business.”

Eight months later, guess what she’s doing? She’s running her own business!

I love her story because it’s a great example of how we all believe lies we think are true. And if you don’t hear the truth, you’re going to continue to live in those lies and you’ll never be free to win. So in this episode, I’ll talk about five common lies that I see women believing about business.

My Guest is Annie F. Downs!

My guest this week is my dear friend, best-selling author and speaker, Annie F. Downs. Annie is no stranger to anyone who’s attended a Business Boutique event, because she’s our amazing and hilarious host.

But I can’t wait for you to get to know her journey on a more personal level. In this episode, she’ll share:

  • Why she decided to pursue bravery in her day-to-day life
  • How to create a habit of courage
  • What can happen when you stop believing lies in your life and start pursuing acts of bravery

Success Story: Melanie Gaye and Her Nerdy Skirts!

Our success story this week is Melanie Gaye, owner of Pretty Smart Kids. She makes beautiful, custom nerdy skirts for girls! Melanie is actually a former engineer-turned-entrepreneur, and her business idea came about as the solution to a problem she found in the marketplace.

If your little girl is more interested in science and dinosaurs than she is polka dots and dolls, you pretty much have to shop in the little boys’ department. So, she cut back to working part time at her day job to pursue making skirts for those girls as a side-business! You’ll love hearing about the “Why” behind her business, and you’ll be encouraged by what her life looks like since pursuing something she’s truly passionate about.

Plus, I’ll answer some of your burning business questions from our Business Boutique event in November.

1:14 Five Lies You Believe About Business

20:34 Interview with Annie F. Downs

48:45 BB Success Story with Melanie Gaye

61:03 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

70:03 Homework


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Jan 23, 2018
BB Ep 38: Hitting Big Goals By Winning Small
01:05:33

Let’s talk about goals for your business—but not big, huge, overwhelming goals. Instead, we’ll talk about tiny, baby, daily, micro goals. These are the smaller goals along the way that it takes to get to the finish line. In this episode, I’ll teach you how to break down your big goals into weekly and then daily goals so you can actually achieve them!

My guest this week is speaker, best-selling author, podcast host and my good friend, Chris Hogan. He’ll get real practical with us about how to eliminate excuses and chase down our results so that we can run businesses and lives that we’re proud of. And Chris and I will answer your burning business questions together!

Our success story this week is Naomi Duncan, owner of Naomi Ruth Photography. Naomi has grown her humble hobby into a business that brings her over $40K per year on the side!

1:08 Hitting Big Goals By Winning Small

12:03 Interview with Chris Hogan

41:22 BB Success Story with Naomi Duncan

52:29 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

64:11 Homework


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Jan 09, 2018
BB Ep 37: Celebrating Your Success in 2017!
31:29

This episode is all about recognizing and celebrating you, and the hard work you’ve put in all year long!

We’ll hear the story of Catherine Cramer's Southern Home Bakery and Kathy Lozano's Parents’ Academy. We'll also hear from the incredible women behind businesses like Howdy Honey, Old St. Augustine Gourmet Foods, and more.

Here's to another year making money doing what you love!

1:20 BB Success Story with Catherine Cramer

17:20 BB Email Success Stories

44:18 BB Success Story with Kathy Lozano

54:10 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT


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Dec 26, 2017
BB Ep 36: Shake Off Your Shame
01:04:08

Shame is the root of so many things we experience in our lives, whether we realize it or not. It may be holding you back in your business, in your relationships, and from believing in yourself. Shame is a powerful, far-reaching force that will keep you from living the abundant life that God has for you! So in this episode, we’re going to change what we believe about ourselves. We’re going to overcome the mistakes you’ve made in your past, or maybe the wrong that’s been done to you. It’s time to remember who you are, and more importantly, Whose you are.

My guest this week is my friend, author and speaker Lisa Bevere! Lisa co-founded Messenger International, and she’ll tell us how she broke through the limits she thought were on her life to step into the big things God had for her. This is one of my favorite and most powerful interviews ever on the podcast!

Our success story is Kasey Hill, founder of the financial literacy program, Growing Wealth From the Start. Kasey began her business while she was a stay-at-home mom, so she’s a great example of balancing the roles of mom and business owner.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:08 Shake Off Your Shame

17:59 Interview with Lisa Bevere

44:58 BB Success Story with Kasey Hill

54:50 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

63:28 Homework


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Dec 12, 2017
BB Ep 35: The Benefits of Practicing Gratitude
59:30

For many of us, the holidays are a time when it's easy to be thankful. But when the celebrations are over and the decorations are packed, a spirit of gratitude becomes harder to maintain. So in this episode, we’re going to dive deep into the benefits of incorporating daily gratitude into your business and life. I’ll share my top twelve reasons I'm thankful for thankfulness!

My guest this week is pastor, speaker and host of the Life, Money, Hope podcast, Chris Brown. As a businessman, father, husband and pastor, he has helped people discover what it means to intentionally pursue their God-given purpose, and he’ll share his tips on how to incorporate gratitude into your daily life!

Our success story is Jane VanOsdol, owner of Botanically Me. Jane is taking the concepts she's learned from Business Boutique and is in the process of relaunching her business.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from our Nashville Business Boutique event!

1:06 The 12 Benefits of Gratitude

16:54 Interview with Chris Brown

42:33 BB Success Story with Jane VanOsdol

49:56 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

58:44 Homework


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Nov 28, 2017
BB Ep 34: Excuses That Steal Your Time
01:08:42

Time management and life balance are a struggle for—I’m just guessing—every adult on the planet. Amen? So in this episode, we’re going to go beyond surface-level issues like how to time block your schedule. Instead, we’ll dig deeper and I’ll teach you how to overcome the underlying issue: Making excuses. I’ll share the top five excuses I hear that steal your time, and how to kick them to the curb. When you can overcome these excuses, you make room for actual life change!

My guest this week is author and speaker Laura Vanderkam. She’s done extensive research on exactly how people spend their time, and she’ll share her time management secrets with us!

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:13 Five Excuses That Steal Your Time

21:58 Interview with Laura Vanderkam

54:59 Back to Basics: Your Why

60:14 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

67:35 Homework


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Nov 14, 2017
BB Bonus Ep: Live from Business Boutique Nashville 2017!
42:21

This episode is just like having coffee with some of Business Boutique’s best friends! Get to know the creator of The Monetized Life, Nicole Walters; host of the Smart Passive Income podcast, Pat Flynn; vice president of DigitalMarketer, Molly Pittman; and speaker and author of 100 Days to Brave, Annie F. Downs.

They’ll answer your most burning questions, and more!

2:36 What does work/life balance look like?

10:59 What tools do you use to keep your schedule, your business and your life on track?

19:30 What do you do when business is slow?

35:13 What are some effective ways to turn work "off" when working from home?

37:10 What are some ways to stay focused?

 

This podcast was recorded during our Business Boutique 2017 VIP Lunch in Nashville, TN.


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Nov 07, 2017
BB Ep 33: Is it Fear, or Wisdom?
01:00:05

We all know what it feels like in the moments right before we try something new. There’s a nagging, persistent voice of apprehension telling us all the reasons we should just stay in our comfort zone! We'd do anything to know: Is it fear, or is it wisdom speaking to us? So in this episode, I’ll teach you some of the characteristics of fear and wisdom, so that you can become more confident in your decisions.

My guest this week is a good friend of mine, best-selling author and speaker at this year’s Business Boutique event, Patsy Clairmont. Patsy’s experience with fear is very tangible, so she’ll share her personal journey of how she finally disarmed the lies of fear.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:17  How To Tell the Difference Between Fear and Wisdom

14:44 Interview with Patsy Clairmont

49:29 Business Boutique Nashville Event Info

51:33 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

59:14 Homework

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Oct 31, 2017
BB Ep 32: Creating an Amazing Brand Experience
01:00:18

Your brand is made up of look, tone and feel. We covered the look and tone in episode 31, so in this episode, we’ll talk about the tone, so that your brand—and, as a result, your business—feels like you. Plus I’ll teach you how to show your customers that you care through your policies, messaging and brand experience.

My guest this week is branding expert, psychologist and author Joseph Michelli. Joseph has written several books, including The Starbucks Experience, and has helped companies like Zappos, Mercedes Benz and Starbucks develop their brands. He’ll give you practical ways to give your customers an above-and-beyond experience and reveal two big mistakes to avoid when presenting your brand.

And I’ll give you simple, quick tips to make the most of the upcoming holiday season!

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events.

1:02  The Feel and Experience of Your Branding

21:00 Interview with Joseph Michelli

46:59 Preparing Your Life for Christmas

51:47 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

59:13 Homework

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Oct 17, 2017
BB Ep 31: Branding the Look and Tone of Your Business
01:02:48

Branding is so much more than colors, fonts and pretty pictures—it’s about creating an identity. When you make a purchase, whether you realize it or not, you’re choosing that brand over another because you feel it represents you. So you may recall in Episode 2 of the podcast, we talked about the look, tone and feel of your brand. But in this episode, I want to take a deeper dive on the look and tone, so that when you’re audience interacts with your business, they know it’s for them!

One of my absolute favorites—best-selling author and CEO of Storybrand—Donald Miller, is back! He’ll unpack his Storybrand concept for us, and y’all, this is a powerful way to grow your customers and your profits. If you’re dreaming up your brand right now or your existing brand isn’t connecting, you need to hear this interview.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:03  The Look and Tone of Your Branding

18:37 Interview with Donald Miller

50:09 Preparing Your Business for Christmas 

53:04 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

62:01 Homework

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Oct 03, 2017
BB Ep 30: Hiring Great People
53:48

Most small businesses make mistakes when hiring, but who you hire is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your business! So in this episode, I’ll share the hiring mistakes I’ve made in the past, and teach you my 7 Rules of Hiring!

My guest this week is one of my favorite speakers and authors, Patrick Lencioni! He has written 11 incredible books—many of which are about building strong teams and hiring. Y’all, this is one of my favorite interviews to date! Patrick is a wealth of information and practical advice, and he’ll help you avoid the pitfalls of hiring the wrong people. He’ll also share the best-kept hiring secrets that some of your favorite companies, like Southwest Airlines, actually use!

And our success story this week is Katie Finklea. Katie owns Loving Well Living Well, which she was inspired to start after attending a Business Boutique event. She saw a gap between adoption and foster care advocacy and education, and was passionate about providing a solution to that problem. God is truly blessing her business, and she’ll share how she overcame the fear to start this thing!

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:02 Hiring Great People

13:25 Interview withPatrick Lencioni

36:34 BB Success Story with Katie Finklea

46:18 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

53:03 Homework

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Sep 19, 2017
BB Ep 29: Creating Passive Income
01:04:55

In this episode, I’ll give you four ways to make more money without adding on to your workload.  One way to do that is by creating passive income, which is exactly what my guest this week, Pat Flynn, will teach us about. Pat is a best-selling author and owns several wildly successful online businesses. He’s speaking at my Business Boutique event in November, and today he’ll tell us about how he wound up creating his first digital product years ago, and where it’s taken him.

And the success story this week is Heather Salopek. Heather owns Legacy Pecans, which sells delicious pecans and pecan products for retail and corporate gifts. The “Why” behind her business is remarkable, and I love how she got creative and took her family business to the next level.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:10 Creating Passive Income

7:50 Interview with Pat Flynn

44:56 BB Success Story with Heather Salopek

57:38 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

64:08 Homework


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Sep 05, 2017
BB Ep 28: Know Your Worth
51:28

If you don’t know your value, you’ll settle. You’ll undercharge, get pushed around, and dream small. That’s why knowing your worth is so important, not just in business, but in life! In this episode, I’ll give you three steps to determining the value of your product or service.

My guest this week is Nicole Walters. Nicole created The Monetized Life and is one of our expert speakers at Business Boutique. She’s taught me so much about selling and about knowing my worth! She’ll give us some real talk about why women tend to undervalue ourselves. She’ll also her share her best tips for selling, and I promise they’re super easy—regardless of your personality style.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:04 Knowing Your Worth

13:00 Interview with Nicole Walters

40:08 Fall Encouragement

43:00 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

50:32 Homework


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Aug 22, 2017
BB Ep 27: Learning From Your Competition
01:02:06

Regardless of the type of product you sell or the industry you’re in, you’re going to have competitors. Competition can make us feel fear, intimidation, and maybe even jealousy. So in this episode, I’ll cover the “Dos and Don’ts” about interacting with and learning from your competition.

My guest this week is Amber Hurdle, brand strategist, leadership consultant and host of the Bombshell Business Podcast. Amber will challenge us to take the emotions we feel surrounding competition and channel it into something positive.

Our success story features the business, Snappy Stitch, created by Janet Wall and her daughter E.V. Bennett. Snappy Stitch provides cute, comfortable clothing for children undergoing medical treatments. Their business idea came out of their personal experience in hospitals.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:10 Learning From Your Competition

18:16 Interview with Amber Hurdle

45:42 BB Success Story with Janet Wall and E.V. Bennett

55:25 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

61:15 Homework

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Aug 08, 2017
BB Ep 26: Improve Your Writing to Grow Your Business
54:37

You may be thinking that you don’t need to write, but the truth is: if you’re a small business owner, you’ll need to do at least some writing, whether you’ve been trained or not. You need to write well to reach your target customer, so in the episode, I’ll give you four tools to put in your Writing Toolbox!

My guest this week is the editor in chief of Woman’s Day magazine, Susan Spencer. Susan has been working in magazine publishing for over 30 years and she’ll share what’s she’s learned along her journey—including three things every successful writer does.

Our success story is Anna Doyle, owner of Threefold Boutique. Her day job is working at a law firm, but she’s seeing so much success in her own business that she hopes to replace her full-time income soon. She’ll walk us through the moment she decided to just go for it, and how she now balances a busy side business with working full time.

Plus, I’ll answer your business questions from Business Boutique events!

1:08 How To Improve Your Writing Skills

16:30 Interview with Susan Spencer

36:19 BB Success Story with Anna Doyle

45:43 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

53:33 Homework

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Jul 25, 2017
BB Ep 25: The Basics of Being a Great Communicator
52:39

Your ideas are only as strong as you’re able to communicate them. The skills you need as a professional public speaker are the same skills you need to communicate any ideas, and we are all in the business of communicating ideas! So in this episode, I’ll teach you my approach to public speaking and how to become great communicator.

My guest this week is a speaker and podcast host—the hilarious and inspiring Ken Davis. He’ll talk about how to communicate effectively, compassionately, and in a way that will cause your audience to take action.

Our success story is Jenny Melrose, founder of the lifestyle blog, The Melrose Family. The income she made from her blog ended up surpassing her full-time income as a teacher! Today, she’s taken what she learned from blogging and sharing her secrets and strategies with other entrepreneurs—and making almost six figures!

Plus, I’ll answer your top business questions!

1:08 The Basics of Being a Great Communicator

18:13 Interview with Ken Davis

39:06 BB Success Story with Jenny Melrose

45:36 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

51:51 Homework

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New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Jul 11, 2017
BB Ep 24: Money Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Business
57:16

When it comes to making money doing what you love, there are pitfalls that can really get you into trouble! So in this episode, I’ll talk about four money pitfalls you should avoid.

My guest this week is #1 New York Times best-selling author, and one of my best friends, Rachel Cruze. We’ll have some girl talk about how we balance work and family, and different ways we set financial goals and save money.

Our success story this week features Carol Low, the owner of Creative Windows by Carol. She was resourceful and started her business in the backroom of a fabric store, and now, nearly 25 years later she’s a successful business owner and employs her family! She’ll share some mistakes she’s made over the years and how she came back from them.

And I’ll answer your top business questions!

1:07 Money Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Business

11:22 Interview with Rachel Cruze

40:43 BB Success Story with Carol Low

47:26 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

56:09 Homework

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New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Jun 27, 2017
BB Ep 23: Women and Business
01:07:20

Here’s something that won’t come as a surprise to anyone: men and women are different. That means we approach business differently, too! We have unique strengths and also unique challenges. So in this episode, I’ll unpack tips on how you can pursue your passions and be successful.

Plus, my guest this week is financial journalist, author and speaker Jean Chatzky. She’ll walk us through her journey to finding success, from self-proclaimed high school math geek to magazine writer to unexpectedly starting her own company. She’ll weigh in on our unique challenges as women in business.

Our success story this week features April Perry, a mom who wanted to generate income while staying home with her kids. She found her business idea in a surprising way, and she’ll share that with us. And I’ll answer your top business questions!

1:08 Women and Business

18:47 Interview with Jean Chatzky

44:41 BB Success Story with April Perry

56:52 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

66:25 Homework

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Buy my new book, Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves, and receive a FREE Marketing Basics You Can’t Afford to Miss video, a $40 value for only $19.99. Visit BusinessBoutique.com/BBBook and use the code BBBOOK to also receive an exclusive podcast interview with Nicole Walters on Sales. Order today! Limited-time offer.

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New podcast episodes are available every other week.

Jun 13, 2017
BB Ep 22: How to Use Storytelling in Your Business
53:29

Stories have a way of getting into our heads and our hearts in a way that nothing else can. So in this episode, I’ll tell you the three things you need to tell effective stories that will help your business.

Plus, my guest this week is world-famous photographer Jeremy Cowart. He’ll tell us about how he’s now booked countless speaking gigs because of the way he incorporated story into a presentation one time.

And I’ll answer your top business questions!

1:07 How to Use Storytelling in Your Business

15:15 Interview with Jeremy Cowart

39:09 BB Success Story with Karen Stewart

44:07 #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

52:37 Homework

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If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community or a question you would like answered on the podcast, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com. Ask me a business question via social media by using #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

May 30, 2017
BB Ep 21: How to Win in Your Business
41:42

Let’s talk about success, friends! In this episode, I’ll give you three steps you need to take to win in business. If you do these three things, you’ll feel the pride that comes with knowing where you’re going and how to get there.

Plus, I’m so excited to announce that Business Boutique is launching something brand new that can change everything for your business: The Business Boutique Academy. My guest this week, Brian Williams from Ramsey Solutions, will explain in detail what the Academy can do for you.

1:05 How to Win in Your Business

17:09 Interview with Brian Williams

41:02 Homework

Sign up for the Business Boutique Academy and get $10 off your first month or $30 off your first year  by using the code BBACADEMY at BusinessBoutique.com/Academy. This offer is good through through June 30, 2017. Sign up today!

Buy my new book, Business Boutique: A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves, and receive a FREE Marketing Basics You Can’t Afford to Miss video, a $40 value for only $19.99. Visit BusinessBoutique.com/BBBook and use the code BBBOOK to also receive an exclusive podcast interview with Nicole Walters on Sales. Order today!  Limited-time offer.

To save $10 on any Business Boutique Nashville ticket, use the code BBWRIGHT.

If you have a success story you would like to share with the Business Boutique community or a question you would like answered on the podcast, email me at podcast@businessboutique.com.

Ask me a business question via social media by using #ASKCHRISTYWRIGHT

New podcast episodes are available every other week.

May 16, 2017
BB Ep 20: How to Create Engaging Content for Your Business
54:16

In this episode, I’ll talk about a piece of marketing that is often overlooked: content. The truth is that every business is in the content business, so I’ll give you ideas that will help you create trusted, credible content that your followers and customers will actually care about!

My guest this week is Beth Ann Schwamberger. She started the Brilliant Business Moms brand and podcast! She’ll talk about the steps she took to start it up and turn it into a sustainable business.

I’ll also talk to Shannon Basso, who created an inspirational magazine called “BECOMING.” She curates and edits all of the content in the publication. She’ll tell us about how she took her online magazine to print, and how she overcame Imposter Syndrome throughout the process.

And I’ll answer your business questions!

1:10 How to