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I'm Mara — I help creatives create and launch digital courses and profitable products. I love chatting about online marketing, design and goal setting!
In this episode, I sat down with one of the few people who was there alllll the way at the beginning of my business…before there even really was a business! Meg Smidt of Your Coach Meg has worked with so many different business owners, moms, and creatives from every industry and niche, and she’s here to share some of her wisdom and experience on life goals planning and setting a strong lifetime vision.
I first worked with Meg in 2018, and even though she was my business coach, I think of her as a total life coach (because we talked about life stuff, too!) I was teaching full-time and I was…not fulfilled. I’d already been freelancing and trying to get my own business off the ground for almost 10 years! I knew that’s what I wanted to do, but I was looking for next steps. In other words, I had a lifetime vision of the future, but I had no idea how to actually get there when I started with Meg.
One of the first things Meg does with any client is heavy work on figuring out your unique vision for your life. We started with a huge list of core values that Meg had me narrow down to just a few words: love, happiness, and freedom. The goal was to build a business that aligned with the way I wanted to live out my core values, but it didn’t feel like I ever had extra time and energy to invest after teaching. When Meg asked how many hours I was spending on teaching each week, I realized I was spending about 70 hours per week.
No wonder I was finding it hard to make progress! Meg challenged me to align my actions with my goals and spend less time focusing on being the world’s best teacher and take back some of those hours to build my business. My goal was to be able to quit teaching in a year, but once I took back those 30 extra hours each week, it was a matter of MONTHS, which is kind of crazy!
Typically, coaching is very client-driven. Someone has a professional goal, so they go to a coach, explain what they want to focus on, and the coach will help them do it. Meg likes to take a few steps back and get to the core of her clients’ lives and focus on values first, so once it’s time for goals they’re more likely to be successful where they are. While Meg is definitely going to help you get from where you are to where you want to be, she’s also going to help you notice some other vital pieces that might not be on your radar yet! (That’s why I think of her more like a “whole life” coach!) Here are some of Meg’s tips for setting a lifetime vision.
Figuring out your own three words can help you get clear on who you really are at your core. They’re ultimately the whole foundation of your personal and professional identity! Once you know what they are, it’s easier to walk them out in the rest of your life and start making progress. If you want to give it a try, download Meg’s core value sheet on her blog and do this exercise:
This is where the magic happens! Meg has a ton of resources on her website that can help you get clear on where your resources are going and how to shift things to line up with your actual priorities.
In order to get super clear on your priorities, set a distinct vision from now until the end of the year. Start small! Choose one to four main areas of focus, whether they’re life things or professional goals. The only criteria is that they should help you move closer to becoming the person you want to be.
When I started working with Meg, one of my areas of focus was a big decluttering project. We had recently moved, and even though it had nothing to do with my business on the surface, I constantly felt distracted as long as I was surrounded by chaos. And you know what? It helped!
Walk through a typical day and honestly evaluate where your time is going…and where it needs to be going. Think about how much time you’d like to spend on clients, your day job (if you have one), and time with your friends and family.
Meg’s biggest tip is to think about more than money! Instead, focus on what makes you feel balanced and allows you to offer your best to people.
We often talk about self care as the little things, like taking a bath every Saturday, going out for a long walk, or doing your skincare routine every night. But Meg reminded me self-care is about making time for the things that give you more balance and prevent burnout. It’s OK to spend less time on your business if that’s what you need right now! It’s also fine to put yourself first (if, for example, you’re a teacher working 70 hours per week!)
We all have complex layers to what we do in our jobs and lives, and it’s so important that we take care of ourselves so we can keep all those things going.
After working with so many clients, here’s where Meg says people commonly get caught up in the details.
There are a million different places to invest in yourself to grow your business. Courses are so important for learning skills and masterminds are incredible places to network and learn what everyone else is doing in their businesses. But it can be easy to get caught in that cycle without ever really moving forward.
If you feel like you’re buying course after course and joining masterminds, but still not moving the needle from where you are to where you want to be, then it’s time to consider a one-on-one coach! They can help you tailor-make a game plan to meet your goals, then hold you accountable to achieving them.
Listen to the full episode for our entire conversation – Meg shared so many amazing nuggets of wisdom! Her website is also packed with blogs, downloads, workbooks, and resources to get you started on lifetime vision and goals planning. Plus, she has a super fun shop called Less Bitter More Glitter, which is filled with joyful prints, supplies, and gifts. She also hosts a mastermind cohort called Business as Unusual, where the next cohort will kick off in January 2024. You can also find Meg on Instagram.
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