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I went on a rant. I had to say it. It’s that important.

By Amira Alvarez This morning I got all hot and bothered and went on a rant. I realized that I was doing everyone a disservice by holding back on this...  so I let it rip Facebook. It's the truth and it needs to be said, and it bears repeating here as well. Be…
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This morning I got all hot and bothered and went on a rant.

I realized that I was doing everyone a disservice by holding back on this…  so I let it rip Facebook.

It's the truth and it needs to be said, and it bears repeating here as well.

Be warned. It might trigger you. :)

[BEGIN RANT]

Do the work. Don't hide out. Don't stop yourself. Step forward.

Do NOT crush your dreams with inaction or fear of doing wrong or wasting your time or thoughts like…

It's not working.” “Will it be worth it?” “This stuff never works.” “I don't have time.

It's not true. This is the total B.S. you tell yourself so you don't take a risk and do the work.

What's not working is you. By that, I do NOT mean you're broken. Quite the contrary…

You are amazing, magnificent and WHOLE. I see it, feel it, know it.

What I mean is you're stopping yourself. You're not doing the work. Because of some sort of fear.

Now “the work” doesn't have to feel overwhelming and stressful if it's aligned with your vision, you clear the blocks, you know what steps to take, you focus and do the work consistently, and you allow for money to come to you easily.

This is how successful women choose ease. (There's more to it, of course, which is what I teach, but that's the basic outline.)

That first choice of saying “Yes, I'll do the work. I trust myself to do the work.” This is usually the hardest.

This choice / fear often is most apparent when taking the leap to get expert help. (Yes, I'm talking about working with me.)

Why?

Because you're putting your hard-earned cash down. This means you're in. You're either going to do the work or you will have wasted your money.

Both your subconscious and conscious brains know this. It's a risk.

If you want to step up yet say no, this is a way of saying you don't trust yourself to do the work.

I get it. I totally get. Boy, do I get it! I've totally been there myself.

I remember when I invested $20k in myself and my business for the first time for 4 hours of coaching. It seems like a ridiculous amount of money, right? *It's not.* I was shaking all over. But once I made the decision, I knew immediately that it was the right decision and everything quieted down. I knew I would do the work and the ROI would be amazing.

What you need to be asking yourself instead of can I afford it or do I have the time is…

++ Do I want my business to take off?
++ Do I want to clear the blocks and get out of my own way?
++ Do I want the cash flow?
++ Am I willing to do the work and allow all of that in?

What if you actually get what you want?

I'd love to help you get that. Yet, you're the one who needs to step up and say yes. And you're the one who needs to do the work.

Coaching is not a substitute for showing up and doing the work. It just makes it a whole lot easier and speeds up the results.

If you're interested, if you're motivated and ambitious, if you want to focus on growing your business with more ease and grace, let me know.

[END RANT]

Post script… This is all said with a HUGE amount of LOVE.

I want you to succeed. I want you to have an amazing business.

If it triggers you, consider that me doing my job.

If it inspires you, consider that me doing my job.

If you say yes to this invitation to step up, get help, and accelerate your business… consider that you doing YOUR job.

Successful women choose ease, amira alvarez,

 

Action With Ease

By Amira Alvarez Are you taking action on your dreams? With ease? Your business will not grow on it's own. You have to show up in your business and take action. When you show up and take action with ease, things will start to flow. Don't let your dreams stay just a dream. Turn…
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Are you taking action on your dreams?

With ease?

Your business will not grow on it's own. You have to show up in your business and take action.

When you show up and take action with ease, things will start to flow.

Don't let your dreams stay just a dream. Turn them into reality. Use this power question to accelerate your business with ease.

 

 

— Video Transcript below —

 

Hi. Amira Alvarez, Business Mentor and Mindset Strategist coming at you with a short video about taking action on your dreams with ease.

That is what I’m all about… “Taking Action With Ease.

First, let me just tell you, there is no substitute for action. You’ve got to be in action to grow your business, to move forward, to do what you want to do to get to the next level but it doesn’t have to be struggle.

It doesn’t always have to be hard, hard, hard. You can hold action and ease at the same time… and when you do, things flow. Things are so much easier in your business.

Of course, this does not mean that things will never get hard or there won’t be a struggle. YET when you choose to hold both at the same time, “I am going to take action and I’m going to choose ease,” miraculous things happen. Things flow in your business. You can truly show up.

Okay, so this isn’t magic, fairy dust sprinkle. This isn’t “wave your magic wand” kind of stuff.

Sometimes it feels that way when we do the deep mindset stuff and things are just easier and you are like, “How did that happen?” It does kind of feel like magic but really, it’s a choice that you’re making every single day to choose ease. That is what I am advocating for you… that when you take your action, when you do the work in your business that you choose ease every week, every day at every decision at every junction and you ask: “How can I make this easier for myself?

If you come across something that is a challenge or struggle for you today, here’s my little ask of you, my little challenge of you today.

When you come across something that is even just the slightest bit hard, maybe it’s a lot hard, but even the slightest bit hard, I’d like you to pause and ask yourself, “How can I make this easier?

Then implement that idea that comes to you. Straight away you'll probably have some idea… “Boom, there it is (the idea)… I could do this.” Don’t deny it. Don’t reject it. Do it. Implement that choice of ease.

Now, if you find yourself thinking about something, having an idea of what would be easier, but not implementing it, not executing it, not following through on that decision, I want you to ask yourself… what’s getting in your way?


What’s stopping you from committing to that choice, from making that decision?

It’s not always obvious.


This is where the mindset stuff comes in. But for now, if you can start noticing that, you will be able to work with yourself and your mental framework, your mental state to shift things to make things easier.

So that’s what I have for you today, that little question. How can I make it easier? Then execute on it. Plus noticing when you’re not choosing it even though you know it’s what will make things easier for you.


The last thing I want to offer you today is 

an opportunity.


Would you like to talk about what’s getting in your way of accelerating your business with ease?

We can talk about how to take your business to the next level with business strategies, practical tips and next steps, conceptualize your business model, and what the most leveraged actions are that you can take right now to take your business to the next level and to do it in a way that’s truly aligned with yourself so that it is easier. We'll also talk about the blocks, of course, that are getting in your way and how we might work with them.

If you’re interested in having this conversation, I encourage you to do so. Here is a link to schedule your call.

I’ll see you in my next video. I’m going to come again to you with a lot more information tips, little strategies, little tweaks that turn the ship on how to make your business easier. Okay, see you in the next video. Bye.

Successful women choose ease, amira alvarez,

 

 

My (Not So Pretty) Story About Quantum Leaping My Business

By Amira Alvarez Recently a very good friend asked me in a private Facebook group how my "Quantum Leap" was going. She was referring to the big growth visions I had for my business that I shared with them earlier this year. I had some some deep visioning work and plugged into a…
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Recently a very good friend asked me in a private Facebook group how my “Quantum Leap” was going.

She was referring to the big growth visions I had for my business that I shared with them earlier this year.

I had some some deep visioning work and plugged into a much BIGGER vision for myself.

It was exciting and scary as FUCK. (Pardon on my language, but that really is the word that sums it up.)

Although my vision seemed do-able…

Although my mentors (all three of them) completely saw this as possible NOW for me (there was no doubt for them)…

Although my Mastermind compatriots held this vision too…

Although it was MEGA resonant with my soul and spirit…

This vision was so big that I couldn't really hold it. #truth #transparency

My current Self and way of being and showing up in the world couldn't hold this new container in the here and now. It was just too big of a leap for me to go from where I was to where I wanted to be in a matter of the time it took to make the decision…although I tried.

I wanted to be the person who could embody that vision, but in truth, I was FREAKED out.

I spent almost 3 months persistently holding that container for myself, despite the fear that I was feeling. I kept working and moving forward, however this wasn't my most finest, ease-filled time of my life. (It kind of sucked the big one actually.)

I didn't make much progress forward and I spent a lot of time spinning my wheels.

BUT…

I course corrected.

I went back to the basics.

I started with where I was at and took a smaller step forward.

I created a more reasonable plan that I could hold.

The fear went away. I was able to take action again. My momentum came back. My business grew.

I'm well on my way to that BIG VISION, just without all the crazy. Phew!

Plus, there were some extraordinary lessons that I learned that I couldn't have learned any other way.
(Success is the worse teacher.)

When I shared this with my friends, all brilliant women in business, one of them said “you're hiding an easy button, right?”


Certainly…

I've got some extraordinary tools that I use to get back on track and shorten the life cycle from struggle to ease…

but no, there is no “easy button.”


What there is is…

1. Commitment, perseverance, and an all-in attitude. I don't give up. I course correct, I make adjustments, I test and tweak, but I don't give up. I know that seems all rah-rah, inspirational poster like… yet it's true. Do not give up. Figure out how to make it work and do the work.

2. Choosing ease. Although I pushed myself out of my comfort zone so much that I was beyond anything that felt like ease, I ultimately went back to what I know to be true and to my core driving principle… Successful women choose ease. This is works. Always. I tested it for the umpteenth time in this case. This doesn't mean no effort. It means making decisions on a daily basis that move you toward more and more ease. The sooner you do this, the faster your success. Works every time.

3.Lesson learned and Releasing Shame. Once I made my course correction and went back to taking my Elephant Steps, I didn't beat myself up. I didn't mercilessly reprimand myself for “wasting 3 months”… as tempting as that was. I could feel that temptation rising up and instead I choose to consciously validate the lessons learned from this experience and how it's actually helped me tremendously.

One big lesson I learned is… that when we stretch too far out of our current comfort zone and stay there for awhile, as painful as it feels at the time, once we come back we're forever changed. We've had an expanded experience and having that experience makes it so much easier to take action from where we are now. it feels easy compared to that other experience.

That's the “pulling back the curtain” story and some of the lessons learned of my own Quantum Leap. I hope it's helped to present a more realistic picture of how business works.

The best part of this is that my vision has actually GROWN since the beginning of the year.

More on that next week, when I share my thoughts on iteration and evolution. Watch for that soon!

Successful women choose ease, amira alvarez,

 

 

Why “Hell Yeahs” Are Good Business

By Amira Alvarez You know what's a good business practice? Showing up and getting things done. Pretty obvious, right? Yet many of us make this unintentionally hard for ourselves. How? We have a way of ignoring what's working, what we've done, and only see what's still left to do, the unfinished business, or the…
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You know what's a good business practice?

Showing up and getting things done. Pretty obvious, right?

Yet many of us make this unintentionally hard for ourselves.

How?

We have a way of ignoring what's working, what we've done, and only see what's still left to do, the unfinished business, or the next task or project.

This is called “success dysmorphia.”

We change our successes to be something that is not enough. In our pursuit of more, we don't see them as successes. In fact, we often ignore them entirely in our focus on what's next or what's not working.

This can feel like you're always carrying a burden and even causes anxiety.

One quick and easy way to turn this around for yourself is to celebrate your wins consistently.

At the end of each day (or the beginning of the next) ask yourself… What were your 3 wins from today? Or if you're doing it the next morning… What were your 3 wins from yesterday?

This particular framing of the question comes from Dan Sullivan.

If you consistently ask this question of yourself, you'll start to walk through your day looking for the wins, as opposed to looking for the “not enough.”

This is an immediate mindset reset.

If you use it consistently, over time, this will become your default stance.

When you start to say “hell yeah” and high-five yourself consistently, you start to recognize all that you are already doing.

You'll start to feel more satisfied and happy with yourself and it's from this feeling state that you can really soar.

This is a powerful way to unleash your power to show up and take action in the world with ease.

Sure, we can use the fear of not doing enough to motivate ourselves but that doesn't feel particularly good and it doesn't have to be that way.

Instead, motivate yourself by seeing your wins.

This is fearless motivation. Be fearless.

Successful women choose ease, amira alvarez,

 

 

5 Unconventional Ways to Easily (and Consistently) Create Great Content

By Amira Alvarez Part of running a successful business is putting out great content consistently. Whether you're creating video training courses, writing newsletters, submitting articles to magazine or developing presentations or pitches to JV partners, Boards of Trustees, or investors... you need to be able to produce great content and you need to…
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Part of running a successful business is putting out great content consistently.

Whether you're creating video training courses, writing newsletters, submitting articles to magazine or developing presentations or pitches to JV partners, Boards of Trustees, or investors… you need to be able to produce great content and you need to be able to do it easily.

Not being able to do this can really hang you up, take up a huge amount of time, and generally spin you out.

(If you're spinning out about this or anything else in your business, I offer you a 5 minute mindset tool that will completely stop your spinout. Get it here.)

We don't want that. Instead of struggling with this, let's figure out how to approach this necessary component of your business with ease.

I've compiled five of my favorite, unconventional strategies for creating your content easily. They're unconventional because they go against some of the tried and true methods that are out there. They are my own particular twists and innovations that I've used to make my creative production faster, easier, and more true to my own spirit and message.  

Since I believe in creating ease in my business, I pay attention to when things are easier for me. That's where many of my innovations often start and this leads us to tip #1…

Tip #1: Pay attention to when things are easy for you.    

There is so much to learn by simply paying attention to when things are easy for you. You'll notice all sorts of patterns. 

How do you find it's easiest for you to write your blog posts, do your videos, draft your courses, finish your book, build your powerpoint presentations?

For me, I'm super creative and alive in the mornings. It's when I do my best writing and content creation. It just all spills out so easily. The creative downloads pour in and it appears that I just channel the info and viola, out it comes. Easily.  

For you, is it after you've meditated? Is it following a great inspiring conversation with someone? Is it during a walk? (I often compose entire pieces in my head while walking and talk them into my phone for editing later.)

Conventional wisdom says work needs to be hard and a struggle. I believe we can always find an easy (or easier) approach that works for us. 

Tip #2: Know your daily rhythms and energy cycles and work with them, rather than against them. 

For instance, it often feels like an uphill struggle for me to do my big content creation in the afternoons. That's not when my energy is conducive to creative expression, so I don't do that anymore. 

For a long time though, I tried to force myself to create content whenever I had time, including the afternoons. Conventional wisdom says make use of ever free moment you have.

Yet, I found that it actually took me longer and was depleting to do this kind of work in the afternoons. This in turn created an even larger energy drain and thus had many negative follow-on repercussions. 

Tip #3: Set up your schedule to support what works for you. 

For me this means getting up early and having 4 hours of uninterrupted me time before my first client call. I don't book any calls prior to 9:30 in the morning. Conventional wisdom says make yourself widely (always) available to clients so you don't “lose the sale.” But in actuality, you do everyone a disservice by not creating space for your important business development work.

[By the way, not all of that time is content creation time… there's breakfast, walks with the dog, and the mindset practices and centering rituals I use for myself. This is part of how I set myself up for success every day. The point is, I consciously created my schedule this way. I developed it to work for me, rather than being fear driven or reactive to what I think others may want.]

Another example of this is that I used to think that I needed to set aside a whole day for content creation or block out a weekend to create a month's worth of newsletters, for instance. I'm seduced by this idea. It makes so much sense, yet it never works for me. (It might for you though!) That's not how it's easy for me to create content. It feels like a struggle and I don't want that struggle energy in my business or my content. Instead, I chose a structure that works for me. What structure would work for you?

Tip #4: Pay attention to the ideas and interactions that strike you throughout the day. 

For instance, this series of tips was sparked by a comment in one of the threads in my Facebook group a few days ago. I had a distinct thought… “Oh, I could share my experience with her” and today, it popped in my mind again… so I followed it. Easy. 

What's hard for me is going back to a list of titles or ideas I've got written down that no longer have a spark for me. This works for some people (and is suggested by many experts) but I tried it and it didn't work for me. (If it works for you, do it!) 

However you work best with your inspirations, do that! The key point is to pay attention to those ideas… don't blow them off. They're beautiful gifts!

Tip #5: Have a very distinct and friendly audience in mind. 

For instance, I often start my writing on Facebook with the female entrepreneurs in my group as my audience. I know them well through all our interactions, so writing becomes like a conversation. I then take it and use it elsewhere. I augment it and develop it. This is a tool that helps me get over any formality blocks that tend to come up for me and block my creative expression. 

Conventional wisdom says to speak directly to your ideal client. It's great advice… but not if it causes writer's block or keeps you from actually creatively expressing yourself. Take the pressure off and imagine a very friendly audience who “gets you.”

Maybe you it's your BFF that you pretend to speak to when you do your video? Maybe you could imagine presenting to your networking group that you know well when you do your podcast? Maybe you imagine a room full of your enthusiastic ideal clients reading your content on their laptops? Maybe it's the always supportive board member who's got your back?

Keep a well-known, friendly audience in mind and speak directly to them as you create your content. When you imagine speaking to a friendly audience, you quickly get over the fear of “saying it wrong.” You have rapport with them and know they understand you and are forgiving. 

There you go… 5 somewhat unconventional tips to get you in the flow and consistently producing your great content.

This is how I've made creating content something that gives me energy rather than saps me of energy. 

Some of these ideas goes against the tried and true advice that's out there. But you know what? I'd rather do it my way and have it be easier. You too?

Figure out what works for you and do that!

Amirablack xoxo

 

 

Are you in the maybe??

By Amira Alvarez Commitment is part of what makes the quantum leap possible. Are you wholly embracing and showing up for what you want? When you're not fully in the YES of what you want, then you're in the maybe or the no. 'Maybe' doesn't cut it. It's the 'maybe' that gets us…
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Commitment is part of what makes the quantum leap possible.

Are you wholly embracing and showing up for what you want?

When you're not fully in the YES of what you want, then you're in the maybe or the no.

‘Maybe' doesn't cut it.

It's the ‘maybe' that gets us in trouble.

It's the wanting but not stepping into the actualizing of your dream or goal.

Its a “sort of” liminal land that hurts and is painful. Sometimes we hang out here a long time. Sometimes for a lifetime. (This feels like crap. Don't do this.)

We fence sit in rationale decisions and safe choices.

But it hurts. Good gawd it hurts. It's that painful feeling in your heart when you want something but deny it to yourself.

It's the dashing of dreams, the saying… “No, you can't have what you want.

You'll survive it. But it hurts. And that discontent? It doesn't really get better until you fully embrace your desire.

This does NOT mean stopping at “I have a goal” or “I have a dream” or “This is what I want.

That's the beginning, yet that is not enough.

You need to COMMIT through your choices and actions, through how you show up every day.

It means taking action in alignment with your desires consistently.

This looks like showing up everyday and taking action toward achieving your desire. Not frenetic action. Clear, aligned action.

This means making CHOICES that move your toward your desire… not away, not more of the same.

This means investing resources, your time and money, into your dream.

Sometimes this means making a bold decision, something that scares the pants off of you, yet it forces you to step into your dream.

And when you do this, when you step up and commit, you activate the processes involved in making the quantum leap in your business.

You are making a bold stand for what you want.

You are saying loudly and clearly YES and it resonates for the world to hear.

With love and light, ease and grace,

Amira