The Evolution of You – The Business of You

How are you going in these transitional times when it comes to yourself, noticing who am I now and who am I becoming? What is the calling that you are noticing based on who you are now and who you are becoming, in making a difference in the lives of other people, with your service based business, whatever the case might be for you?

What I’m very passionate about is coming from the evolution of myself. Noticing the many different transitional phases, the self-expression of who I truly am and that becomes the evolution of my unique business model. The expansion of my branding model is developed as I connect with the deeper inner vision, the inner voice and the inner calling.

As I express my full self-expression in action with my audiences and my clients, especially noticing a common thread between those people who are also evolving and noticing ‘Where to from here!’ for themselves. This is something that I’ve been very passionate about as far back as I can remember and I must say that it’s been quite a journey.

Creating a Life and Business You Love

So, if you are on a journey of creating a life and a business that you love, as an expression of who you truly are, then just a couple of things I would like to share with you.

First and foremost, to listen in and trust whatever is coming to and through you because this is your channel of what we’re calling your authentic voice, your authentic vision, that then becomes your authentic brand and unique business model.

Listening into that is not a vision that comes from your neck up; it is an inner vision that comes from the neck down that actually speaks to and through you throughout the day, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. This is where you might be meditating; you might be in the gym, at the beach, walking in the park etc.

Generally it is when you’re in some form of movement, I personally find, is where I get some form of insights. It comes through my body and I’m not thinking about it. This is when you are in alignment and fully connected, listening in. Another tip I want to give you, which is one I absolutely love, is to write those insights down. I notice whatever is coming to and through me.

When you write down your insights and realisations, they become a lot more solidified, instead of having your thoughts going around and around in your head wondering what your next steps are. Every time I write whatever is going around in my head, my obvious next step always appears.

I’m Ready to Express my Life’s Work

I had a client contact me last week who was going through this very challenge. She had done a lot of personal development on herself, had a lot of life experiences, different career paths and was in that transition of knowing her time was now. “I’m ready.” “I want to set my up own business that is an expression of my life’s work.”

This is something that I have done as far back as I can remember, with all the career paths I have experienced, especially in the last 25-30 years, feeling the strong pull to listen in and trust my calling. Especially during times of uncertainty and overwhelm, to courageous trust my inner voice, especially when the voices on the outside can distract you from staying focused on your life’s work.

To take consistent action trusting your inspired next steps, even if you cannot see results on the outside yet. With a deep knowing that you are consistently feeling a sense of momentum because you are taking inspired action committed to your inner vision and inner voice. Knowing that every little step you take is a contribution in the realisation of your inspirational vision.

Articulate your Creative Self-Expression

Stay open and trust the creative channel that is coming to and through you so that you listen into your inner voice. Then notice ways to naturally articulate your creative self-expression in a way where your voice can be heard out in the world by way of a service and/or products that have transformed your life. This is what activates life to your unique authentic brand, because you’ve lived it.

There are many different areas around this subject, but the first couple of tips I want to leave you with today is trusting in going inward, listening into the inner voice, inner vision, inner calling through your channel; and writing down whatever is coming to and through you.

Notice the evolution of your authentic brand and your unique business model taking shape one jigsaw puzzle at a time. It’s putting that out bit-by-bit out into the world so that your authentic voice is being heard and you’re making a difference in the lives of other people with your life’s work.

For more information about this subject or if you would like to find out how you can work with me, contact http://annettestanton.com/contact/

Are your Personal and Business Priorities Changing?

I’ve just come from a coaching session and wanted to share with you, just in case you’re in the same position, like this small business owner I was connecting with. What she found was that there was a shift in her priorities, which meant that a requirement of a shift in her business model as well.

Her personal priorities had shifted, which meant that her business priorities needed to shift. This felt very foreign for her as she was very much a high achiever, go-getter leader, with a driver personality style, with work being very much a passion for this business owner. As we had been working for some time on exploring her true core values and developing the right business model for her at the start, this has become very successful for her priorities at that time.

At this stage in her personal and business life, new lifestyle priorities have become very evident for her now wanting more of a balance in her whole life. She wanted to become successful in all areas of her life, not just business.

For her, this looked like spending quality time with her partner, she felt a new sense of wanting to spend more time in the new home she had created, and now family life has also changed for her wanting to be able to relax with those people important in her. She also wanted to make time for self-care without feeling guilty about creating time for herself.

New Evolving Business Model

We went on to discuss what her new evolving business model would look like with these areas included in her life. With further exploration as to how long she spends in her business, as in the amount of hours in the week and the new priorities she wanted to set up as her business style and her lifestyle have now changed. She also noticed she was stepping more into a leadership management role, and wanted to make sure she was being of service in the professional industry that she absolutely loved.

So, the moral of the story here is, no matter whether you are running your own business or running a major organization or working for a company, the importance of listening into your core values, and what this looks like in action, as they shift and change, when you are in transition of your personal and/or professional life.

It is paramount to know what is important to you at any given time, especially as your priorities change and ultimately you take you with you everywhere you go. Are you consciously listening into your deep knowing and trusting yourself to take those new actions consistently?

If you’re not listening into your core values, you will block them in some way that will cause some form of unease in your body. When your body is not in a state of ease and flow, it will cause some form of dis-ease. Most of the time we have disconnected and we are pushing ourselves through the day to get to the other side in order to hopefully arrive somewhere. There is nowhere to get to.

It is important to trust your intuitive knowing by listening into what is right for you, getting to explore and understand who you really are. Identifying what is important to you and the evolution of your values-based business model that works best for you now, so that you can make time for yourself and the important people in your life.

This is what this business owner is now doing – re-evaluating and exploring ways that she can create a business and a life she really loves to live each day.

Yes, it is possible. It’s one step at a time, as there is possibly the shifting of old beliefs systems, old mindset dynamics, and old cultural patterns – whatever the case might be for you. This takes time and patience with conscious practice each day.

So, check in to make sure that your business model is what’s right for you (no one else) so that you can express yourself fully, bringing your whole self and your full potential into your workplace each day.

Notice if there are changes occurring for you right now, to just notice them. Allow and surrender into who you are becoming and remember that purposeful success in an inside job. Enjoy the journey of your evolving business model connecting with who you are now becoming as you express your core values in action.

Enjoy watching my video. I hope this supports you to evolve with your personal and business priorities.

If you have any queries around this very subject, please feel free to contact me directly on http://annettestanton.com/contact/

The Essence of Expressing your Authentic Self

I am wondering how much you know about ‘Who you truly are’ and whether you are expressing your authentic self? Or are there masks that you’ve been trying to break through, in the hope that some how you will get to know your real self? 

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think
we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” Brene’ Brown

This is a conversation that I quite often have with my clients and what I find is that they are often comparing themselves to other people, and other competitors. I work with high achievers, leaders, entrepreneurs, people who are very much in the business, corporate world, who want to identify themselves apart from the academic side of themselves, so that they can connect and engage naturally. And that takes a lot of courage, a lot of bravery in breaking that down, which is not a quick fix it, it is not a head strategy alone.

Behind Closed Doors

One of the things that came up with my first 2 clients this morning is how much we are looking outside for validation without even realizing. They told me just how much they were being caught up with looking at what their competitors are doing. I noticed the frustration in their tone of voice as they told me how much they were losing focus of their own vision.

Yes, obviously we need to know ‘the gap in the market’, but ultimately when it comes to being your authentic self, ‘it’s an inside job’. It is about sensing the trends in the market place and trusting your instincts, as you stay in your lane, taking action on your inspirational vision.

It is about blocking out all the noises and the distractions on the outside so that you can really listen into your inner mentor. The person inside who is really getting to know you; because your head strategy and a lot of our knowledge and past experiences, background; is possibly getting in the way of uncovering, discovering and exploring who you really are. 

Trust your Intuitive Knowing

A lot of the high achievers I work with (and I am one of them) are very much impatient type people and it is very natural for them to go into head strategy. If you want to get into the heart of it in getting to know who you truly are then it takes patience. It is not a perfection game, it is a lot of patience in exploring yourself and that takes time, it takes bravery, it takes possibly going against the norm. Yet identifying areas that feel intuitively right for you at that time, even if you are going against the grain of what others are doing. 

One of the things that came up this morning with a client was around the amount of content and training that is available today that is causing a lot of pressure and overwhelm. My client who is a very highly qualified academic business leader told me that no matter how much more knowledge she gained, she had a sense of ‘still not knowing enough’.

She quickly realized that she had been continually gaining knowledge all her life, which kept her inside a cycle of ‘still trying to prove herself to her peers’. She felt a strong sense that she wanted to really connect as a whole person – not just at a head academic level. Somewhere along her path, she disconnected from the purpose and meaning of the subject she was most passionate about and especially disengaged from her deeper why at a humanistic level.

“You’re not going to really know why you do what
you do until you know who you really are.”

This is about really going into the essence of who you truly are. The heart and soul of the content and the purpose of the content, which we call ‘the why’ why you do what you do. Ultimately, you’re not going to know why you do, as generally a lot of those reasons come from the head alone at the start. You’re not going to really know why you do what you do until you know who you really are – that’s not a head strategy – it comes from a life exploration with something that opens up in life. 

Out of the blue, you might find yourself in a transitional phase. In your career, business, relationship, a transition, whatever the case might be that has you start a path of self-reflection. Going into yourself and really looking at what is important to you, what are the things that you may have outgrown, checking in on your belief systems that you may have picked up along the way that may have served you for a certain period of your personal, professional life that no longer works for you. 

The Value of Self-Reflection Time

That’s why it is important to have that self-reflection time and my suggestion to a lot of my clients when they are in their busy head strategy, is to write this down. This will get whatever is going around and around in your head, into a clearing that is heart connected.  Another powerful pathway is to have an exploration conversation with a professional coach who creates a space for you to process those things in a way that gains clarity and insight quicker than what you would on your own.

If this is something you’re interested in and you want to explore and work privately with me, then that is something that I am passionate about exploring that side of who you truly are, what’s important to you based on where you are now and how you know you want to set it up. Or there is an instinctual knowing that there is a change occurring, yet you do not know what that may look like, so it is important to explore who you are now before we step into the what and the how. Because there is a lot of strategy out there in the world based on ‘What do you want?’ and ‘How do you want to go about doing it?’ without the exploration of ‘Who you truly are?’ – and that’s what I’m passionate about.

Please feel free to connect with me. Have a fabulous day being the essence of who you truly are. http://annettestanton.com/contact/

Opening the Doors of my Inspirational Office Space

Welcome to my inspirational office space. The space I absolutely love working in with my border collie, Larry, always sitting close by. He is truly my muse.

Opening the doors to my office and sharing my vision and dreams that I have been living for many years. I absolutely love creating a life and business I love that serves my vision and values from the inside out.

I find that many business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants come to me in the way of wanting to create a life and business that serves their vision and their values from inside out. They have a vision, a calling or something that they want to actualize.

In the busy world out there today, they tell me they are getting lost inside of all the information and knowledge gathering. They are feeling confused, frustrated and overwhelmed and getting off their path. I can certainly relate to this, as there have often been times I have realized that I have been following someone else’s vision or trying to live someone else’s values. Finding myself needing to pivot, with bucket loads of courage, to get myself back on my true path.

I believe in being ‘in your flow’. I believe in following inspired action and the only way to do that is by staying in alignment with who you truly are. Focusing on your inner vision. No one else can tell you what your inner vision is or how to go about doing that. It is paramount to allow time and space for momentum to gain naturally, for your vision to be realized.

As a coach, I am very passionate about partnering you to articulate, to verbalize and honor your calling from inside out. The real you, knows the essence of who you truly are. The strengths, gifts, talents, abilities, background, knowledge; you are ready to express and put out there into the world. 

Opening the doors of my inspriational office space. video 4.45mins

This ultimately is a part of your calling. It’s a calling that is inside and you have a knowing that you are ready to listen and bring forth. You may feel a little uncertain about your readiness. You may be feeling uncertain about the know-how or even lack of confidence in knowing where to begin.

A little bit about my background. 27 years ago I started a personal training business, when I transitioned from the corporate world as an executive assistant. I was also a world master’s champion sportswoman with a passion for mastering the zone. I wanted to really hone into living and working in my zone. I especially wanted to know how to bring my natural abilities, strengths, gifts and talents together inside a purposeful business that expressed my calling, my vision and honoring who I truly am.

This is what truly inspires me and gets me out of bed each day. If you know that you are sitting on something from inside out and you know that there is a vision – an inner calling – something that you know has transformed your life and you want to bring this out into the world, then you are reading this for a reason.

If you can relate to any of this and you are looking for someone who is not going to tell you what to do, but ultimately see you for your higher vision, your calling, your sounding board, your champion who will inspire you to bring out what it is that is inside of you; to take inspired action trusting your intuition, developing momentum and making sure you stay in alignment with your true path every step of the way; please personal message me if you would like to have a conversation about how we can work together to realize your vision.

Looking forward to hearing more about your calling and the natural creative path that you know needs to be expressed naturally. To ultimately create a life and business you love to live each day.

Creating Guilt-Free Self-Care as a Priority for Yourself

This conversation would have to be the most challenging for many of my clients because they feel selfish or even guilty about taking time out for themselves each day. The only real time they get to take ‘time out’ is if they book a holiday or if they are forced through illness or by even catching a cold.

This is always a signal that you are not living your life in alignment with your truth and possibly trying to compare yourself too much to others and how they are living their life.

Self-Care is the most nurturing and the most effective healing process to living the life you were born to live with mind-body-soul connection. Yes, you have permission to do something nurturing for yourself today, and every other day, so that you can be the best person you can possibly ‘BE’.

It is in Who you are BEING that attracts loving relationships, personal and professional success, wealth, health and happiness.

It takes so much more energy and strain on your mind-body-soul when acting like you have it all together. Give yourself full permission today to let go of the person you think you have to be to succeed and begin to BE true to yourself each day.

If you continue to follow your own path and trust this by taking flowing consistent actions with inner peace and knowing, then you will definitely create a life of purpose, peace and fulfilment in so many ways.

Enjoy this magical image I took whilst walking along the beach at Coogee in Western Australia. One of the many forms of self-care I love.

What brings you joy?

Personal message me if you interested in knowing more about how you can work with me. http://annettestanton.com/contact/

Lead with your Heart: Are you Getting Caught Up in your Head?

Are you following your heart each day or are you noticing yourself getting caught up in your busy head? When you practice following your heart by listening, trusting and taking the inspired actions that your heart is whispering for you to take, and you do take action; that is when you will always live a life of pure contentment and true wealth from the inside out.

My greatest learning lesson in life has been to have the courage to follow my heart and not to override my decisions through rationalising with my head. Every time I listen to what my heart is telling me to do each day, I always find myself living with much more peace, flow and contentment from the inside.

My outside world matches my inner feelings with greater results occurring right before my eyes without having to push harder and trying to strategise everything ahead of time. This is a practice that you can play with as a part of learning to trust your own gut feelings, instincts and intuition.

I started by simply getting to know what I prefer from the inside out, and you can do the same. I said the word ‘play’ because that is exactly what I did. I asked myself throughout my day “What do I prefer, this colour or that colour?” whenever seeing a certain car or dress. Even when I was exercising I would ask the same question “What do I prefer today walking or running”.

Begin to listen to your body and it’s responses; then act on it. You can then begin to trust and ask the bigger questions like “How much do I really want to charge?” or “How do I really want to set up my working day?” The key here is you must trust and take the actions.

Personal message me if you are interested in knowing more about how you can work with me. http://annettestanton.com/contact/

Coaching, Counselling, Mentoring and Consulting – What’s the Difference?

I often get asked about the difference between coaching, counselling, mentoring and consulting.  While the communication skills used by these professions are similar – such as asking questions, active listening, summarising, etc., they are very different methods, and it depends on what the client needs.

Here are some distinctions:

Coaching
According to the International Coach Federation, coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.” The coach is the subject matter expert at coaching, not necessarily the subject matter expert of the client’s coaching topic.

Counselling
Counselors are trained to diagnose and help the client with emotional problems, the past or dysfunction while coaches are not. The coach’s domain is future-oriented – what does the client want? And then coaching the client to get there.

Mentoring
A mentor is a wise and trusted guide and advisor. The mentor is the teacher that shares their experience while bringing the “mentee” up the ranks.  A coach is not necessarily the subject matter expert in order to help develop the client.

Consulting
A consultant is an expert who is called on for professional or technical advice or opinions. They are relied on to understand the problem and present solutions. Consulting is unlike coaching because, with pure coaching, the answers come from the client.

What are your thoughts about these distinctions?

When seeking a professional, it is important to know what your requirements are so that you can choose the right professional at the right time.

Coaching, Counselling, Mentoring & Consulting

According to the founder of CoachU, Thomas Leonard:

A Coach is…

  • Your partner in achieving professional and personal goals;
  • Your champion during a turnaround;
  • Your trainer in communication and life skills;
  • Your sounding board when making choices;
  • Your motivator when strong actions called for;
  • Your unconditional support when you take a hit;
  • Your mentor in personal development;
  • Your co-design when developing an extraordinary project
  • Your beacon during stormy times;
  • Your wake-up call if you don’t hear your own, and most importantly;
  • Your coach is your partner in living the life you know you’re ready for, personally and professionally.”

The Art & Science of Coaching

I am very passionate about coaching because since having a Master Coach in my corner over the past 17 years, the power of transformational coaching has delivered exactly that in my life – it has transformed my personal and professional life. This is what strongly supported my decision to become a professional coach studying the true art and science of advanced coaching.

If you are wanting to close the gap from where you are now to achieve next level success with a professional accredited coach, contact me to book in for a 20 minute introductory to coaching conversation to discuss your requirements http://annettestanton.com/contact/

Entrepreneurial Qualities: Successful Business Leader

Entrepreneurs have some fabulous qualities, which at the same time can be very frustrating for them. This is because the natural quality of an entrepreneur is to have many exciting and new projects on the go at the one time, with not enough hours in the day to complete them all.

I remember observing myself in my previous business as I bounced all over the place with great ideas and projects, always feeling very frustrated about not accomplishing all of them. The truth be known, I was living with a false sense of productivity, taking loads of actions with the results not matching.

This continually left me feeling exhausted, yet because of my entrepreneurial spirit being so strong with a clear vision, I kept pushing forward running on adrenaline. Before I knew it, I would find myself in the same exhausted and frustrating position all over again.

Can you relate to this?

One of the other things I noticed was that I took loads of action, and now realise that I was in reactive mode for much of the time. Always focussed on achieving my vision and goals, with the laser focus being on the end result.

Certainly achieved a lot during that time, yet was I really achieving what I set out to? Was I living a fulfilling life with a purposeful business? Did I have connected relationships? Was I really having fun? Did I have a balance? I said I was, yet I knew I had disconnected with my only focus being on the bigger picture.

Now I am certainly a bigger picture kind of gal, yet when it came with a cost of my health suffering, my marriage breakdown and my business not working like it use to; I was forced to take a good look and make some immediate changes.

I then went on a mission to get to know the difference between the qualities of an entrepreneur and what it truly meant to become a successful business leader. The final result was, I decided to keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive, whilst practicing the new actions and beliefs as a successful business leader.

I certainly know what I prefer now after transforming my professional and personal life for the better.

Keep your entrepreneurial spirit alive

Are you an entrepreneur wanting to make the shift to succeed as a successful business leader?

If so, take a look at the assessment form below and develop ways you can start to transform your entrepreneurial qualities as a successful business leader with presence.

Entrepreneur

Creative with many ideas

Works on adrenaline

Continuously starts new projects

Reactive mode with frustration

Urgency in making money

Winning v’s Losing Emotions

Survival mode through problems

Revenue driven

Lots of shoulds

Attached to results

Successful Business Leader

Chooses to work with 3 major projects

Self-leadership with no adrenaline

Creates a break between projects

Sets high standards and strong boundaries

Enjoys making money with ease

Win/Win customer focus

Free-flowing problems

Profit driven

Integrity based on needs

Enjoys the journey and has fun

What shift are you ready to make?

How Iain’s 3am Wake Up Call gained Clarity of a New Business Model

Coaching Behind Closed Doors – Success Journey

Iain enjoyed his work but knew he wanted to take it to the next level of success. After having a tree change he really wanted to contribute and do more with the community in the South West of Western Australia business region.

Looking for ways to move his business forward, Iain felt something was missing and in playing the game in his head – he had a very focused product and message.

He recognised he was stuck within his expertise and knowledge, which certainly served him in the corporate industry, yet the market demand had changed. He quickly realised that he needed to change his business model.

As an expert with many degrees, Iain has an abundance of knowledge, experiences, wisdom and life lessons, and wanted to make sure that he did not put himself in a box. He wanted to have the freedom to package his products and services with flexibility and uniqueness, whilst developing his new business model.

Inside our coaching conversations, we explored Iain’s lifeline and could see clearly what made his services unique and why.

He started listening to what others were telling him they needed. He noticed there was a common thread, which linked to his expertise and matched his values of contributing to the southwest business community.

He was then able to package his knowledge and uniqueness making it available to meet the demand.

Iain often woke up at 3am, tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep. Yet on this particular evening, his 3am wake up call was very different giving him clarity on his purposeful vision and mission.

Watch the video interview with Iain Massey, CEO, Upland Consulting as he shares about his 3am wake up call and his journey from business uncertainty to clear and decisive business purpose and making a difference.

 

 

Iain’s 3am Wake-Up Call

Iain had a clear sense that he had come to the end of the line and had to start something new and/or do business differently.  This 3am wake up call was different to others he had in the past because he felt a strong force to get up and take action immediately listening to and trusting his gut. He was able to capture clearly after doing further research online which confirmed his hunch and what the business community were telling him they needed.

As Iain’s coach, I challenged him to think very deeply about who he was, what he has to offer, what he believed in and what he wanted to do in business. This is what supported Iain’s 3am wake up call to be so insightful and for him to get up and take immediate action.

This was the turning point as he then repositioned his business model, which is how he positioned all his strengths, knowledge and experiences as the Business Growth Specialist.

Iain gained clarity in defining his uniqueness from the ‘insight out’ making sure he was not put in a box as he had so much knowledge, wisdom, experiences and strengths to offer the business world.

Today, Iain is known as the Business Growth Specialist throughout the business community in Perth and in the south west region who offers regular speaking presentations, facilitation of mastermind groups called ‘Peer Magic’, one on one consulting. Helping businesses from the micro to those who have, or need, boards of directors. He is passionate about helping business owners achieve their dreams. Also known as the Board Bloke for his work with boards and advisory boards. He offers programs for small businesses, family businesses and not-for-profits.

What makes Annette’s coaching style unique and why Iain decided to hire me as his coach?

  1. Right from our initial conversation, trust and rapport was built with no awkwardness.
  2. He identified that he wanted to be working with someone who knew the gender issues because his working world was too masculine in the past.
  3. He knew from the start he wanted my strong intuitiveness because he knew he had gone as far as he could with rationality.
  4. Due to my strong intuitiveness, I cottoned on to things quickly – spoken or unspoken!
  5. He knew he wanted someone who had processes, training and skills for that rapid journey.

This is why Iain signed up for the premium weekly coaching package because he wanted change fast and that meant he had to depend on me to come along the journey quickly as well. He received exactly what he signed up for and much more. 

What tips would you give to someone who wants next level success?

You can’t do it yourself. To shift the mindset that you need to be able to do it on your own. Don’t fall into that assumption.

Hiring a coach, it’s a very ‘high trust’ relationship – make sure it is someone that you can freely open up with. To be able to discuss your hopes, fears, inhibitions and blockages, have made the difference because I could open up freely with me.

Of the things that were worrying me and the things I wanted to change 8 or 9 months ago, virtually none of those are bugging me now. I still have issues in my business, but so much has shifted and so much stuff has got out of my own way, especially in my mindset; I’m facing different and much more fun issues in my business nowadays.

Iain has been able to identify what makes him unique and to define his purpose – he is now having more fun living his legacy knowing that he is ‘making a difference’.

If you are ready to take yourself and your career/business path to the next level of success, then please give me a call to discuss your requirements on 0413 949 554 or (08) 9437 4820 or visit www.annettestanton.com.

Annette Stanton

“I see a world where leaders are being called to step up and out - to lead from their authentic self with greater connection.

My mission is to activate revolutionary leadership across the globe where leaders are living their highest vision and purposeful mission every day.”

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