Sylvia Hall

creative/entrepreneur

Life Coach Kansas City

Is Your Goal Specific Enough?

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The first 10 minutes of my 30 minute walk I want to quit. 

Almost every time.

Is your goal specific enough?

Ok, sometimes it’s only the first 7 minutes, but oftentimes it takes the full ten minutes for my body to get the hang of things and start to enjoy the movement.

 

But I’ve learned this about myself and it doesn’t trick me any more.

 

Oftentimes, I’ll trick my mind with a distraction.

 

I’ll put in my earbuds and listen to a podcast.

 

But once my legs and my body realize that I mean business and we are doing this 30 minute power walk thing, it relaxes and I get to enjoy myself.

 

I pull the earbuds out and tuck them away.

That’s when the magic begins.

I’m in nature and I’m in the flow. One of my favorite states.

I’m soaking in the brightness, or the grayness of the day.

I’m watching critters scamper: today’s treat was a squirrel trying to carry an entire branch full of acorns. (He dropped the bundle, and ran up the tree when I got closer. I left him alone so he could come back down and get his great find.)

 

Walks are magical for me, and since my kids started back at school last week, I decided I wanted to commit to three 30 minute walks, per week.

 

See how specific that goal is? 

There’s no way around it.

Either I do it, or I don’t.

 

Oftentimes, people will say: 

I need to workout more.

Or, I need to exercise regularly.

 

How much is more?

 

How often is regularly?

 

Those statements are vague and leave little room for achievement.

 

Set a goal for yourself that is easy to measure. Then, tell a friend.

I told my friend, Pearl.

 

You can tell me, if you’d like.

What can I hold you to doing?

 

- Sylvia 

Are you all in... or one foot out the door?

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Before now, I wasn’t really ever committed to my own success.

Sounds crazy but it’s absolutely true and I’d love to tell you why. Stay with me here….

Some of ya’ll have been my readers of my blog for a long time.

Either way, wherever we’ve come together on this beautiful timeline of life, you’ve probably seen me exploring a lot of things.

are you all in... or one foot out the door?

 

One of my favorite sayings is: 

“The way to know life is to love many things." -Van Gogh

 

It goes so well with my many passions!

I designed and sold jewelry all over Kansas City for around 6 years.

And then of course, about three years ago, I decided to pursue life coaching and became a certified coach. 

And there were several other fun pursuits in between all that...

But here’s the truth:

 

I wasn’t ready, or willing to make any of these successful.

 

Even the jewelry business which hit over 1,000 sales on etsy and likely had equal that in local Kansas City sales.

Even the life coaching, where my clients pay me over $100/hour for one-on-one sessions and where I’m paid $1,000 + for an hour keynote.

Despite all of that awesomeness, it’s absolutely true that I was not “ALL IN" with either of those. 

 

I was not completely committed and now I am, and I want to tell you why.

 

The reason I (subconsciously) did not want any of my other businesses to become successful was because it would’ve meant MORE work and MORE time and MORE energy and MORE everything than I had to give.

As a mom, HSP, creative, wife, daughter, sister, and friend… I could not give any more.

 

And more success would’ve meant more work and more of ME than I was willing to give. 

 

Success, then, was this illusive wish. I wanted to sell more, gain more exposure, etc. etc.

But, then... I didn’t, actually.

And, now… amazingly, things are different.

Massive success is not only welcome, but it’s also planned for.

 

My new business, Lifted was built in a way that none of my other businesses have been built. 

 

It’s scalable. 

It’s not reliant on me and me alone.

(If you want more information on this concept, Robert Kiyosaki’s book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" is a GREAT starting point and his book "Cashflow Quadrant” is great read, too!)

Now, more sales does not mean more work for me. (Well, maybe a little, but not much more.) 

 

Instead, more sales means… YESSSS! I can help more people. And that’s the really fun part. 

 

Is it possible that you are blocking your own success as well because what it would mean for your life as a whole? 

And remember... one other favorite quite that has been a guiding light:

 

"Success without fulfillment is failure.”-Tony Robbins

 

Cheers,

Sylvia

You Don't Have To Do This Alone

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About 11 years ago when my husband and I moved to Kansas City, I was a part of a very hip crowd.

What’s the crowd, you say?

It was the blogging crowd. And everyone was not doing it.

At least not then.

But I didn’t come up with this blogging this on my own.

Oh no.

I am open-minded but I am not that clever!

I learned about blogging from a writer’s group I joined.

The group founder/leader was Suzanne Lieurance and she was IT!

A real, published authr! She wrote for a living. For a living, people!

She was legit and she laid it down: "I want every single one of you blogging!”

So… I started a blog.

There was something fabulous about that time. It was a time before social media was this power-house/connective/distractor.

you dont have to do this alone

Blogging was fun! 

I had a voice!

And a platform!

I could develop my skills as a writer and also connect with like-minded people!

(I deleted that blog a couple of years back. It’s a damn crying-shame, and it was done out of a prideful “Omg, my writing was so bad back then! No one must ever know,” sort of thing.)

Along with starting a blog, another part of the assignment was to find other bloggers and connect and comment on their blogs.

I met some people back then that I am still friends with today!

One of these people…. we’ll call her K.

K was a voracious writer and blogger.

She used to blog these loooooong posts about her life as a writer. 

And for whatever reason, I devoured her blog posts like candy. 

She would send out her posts via email each morning and I would sit in front of my laptop with my cereal (pre-kids!) and I would read all about her life: her projects, her problems, her cats, her clients, her stories, her main characters, etc.

I was hooked!

To this day, I can not recall ever seeing an actual photo of K.

Now, isn’t that something!

It’s not super relevant to the story (or maybe it is, on some deeper level that i can’t quite access without more coffee) but anyway, it’s interesting!

Fast forward a decade or so to my current ongoings.

I am a life coach.

I am the cofounder of a new brand called LIFTED and we are getting ready to launch our own line of probiotics.

I still write. 

I will always write.

But now, I do other things, too.

One of them being video.

I make videos for my business.

Why?

Because I thought it up?

Heck no!

I am creative but I am not that clever.

I make videos because another mentor of mine, Micah Horner said:

“Hey! If you want your business to be successful you have to do video!”

So…. I started making videos.

Was it easy?

No!

It was excruciating.

“You blink a lot when you’re on camera,” my favorite, dear, sweet, jerk-face friend said. (I LOOOOOOVE you PEARL!)

"Yea, I know. I get awkward as soon as I click record.”

And, I can’t honestly say that I am suddenly super awesome at video but I will say, I am getting better. 

And I am glad I committed to doing these videos.

It truly is a phenomenal way to build the know/like/trust factor with my people and also share what I know!

Ok, dear readers. If you have read this far, it is time I reward you with the theme.

The MESSAGE of the message, if you will.

I am a soloprenuer but i am NOT DOING THIS ALONE.

I have mentors. 

Some of them know they are my mentors and I thank them. Others of them have no idea and that’s okay too (Shout out to YOU Gary Vee!!!!!!!!!)

None of us has to do any of this alone.

We get by and ‘ahead!' with a little help from our friends and mentors. 

- Sylvia