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How to Overcome Money Objections (Without Ever Feeling Sleazy)

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Hey beauty,

I’m writing today’s post from my balcony - a cup of cacao by my side ☕️ - feeling very “full” after a delicious lunch and soul chats with a bunch of beautiful female entrepreneurs. We talked sex, sensuality, beauty, societal standards, rest, play...aaaand sex again. 😉 

And this morning I’m all set to go to the gym for some weight training - which for me lately has been all about the feminine desire to build inner strength.

Now, today I wanna talk about something that most clients come to me about once they start getting clients — AKA: what to do in that final part of a sales call, when you have to talk about ‘the money’, and your perfect prospect says they ‘can’t afford it’,  

It’s definitely a time where you need to tap into a little bit of that inner strength… and it’s also very normal to struggle with, even for the most successful coaches! 💗

The good news is, there IS a way to overcome money objections which is intuitive and soulful — not sleazy — and in this video that’s what we’re diving into.

I’m sharing a really intimate peek into a coaching session with one of my clients. (An UPswing Mastermind graduate, and UPswing Momentum client, who recently transitioned full-time in her business!)

In it we’re “workshopping” her sales call strategy — exploring into what’s really going on when people say “no” to your services, what could be causing low conversion rates, and how to overcome money objections WITH grace — and without an ounce of haggling or pressure. 🙈

Click here to watch it now…

 
 

In it you’ll learn:

  • The #1 reason people say they can’t afford it (beyond not being able to afford it)

  • The 2 things you can’t really sell, no matter how good a sales person you are

  • The importance of selling TANGIBLE outcomes vs. intangible ones

  • And the 3 keys to a high-converting discovery session

Enjoy, beauty!

Love,
Amanda xx

PS: If you liked or needed this post, be sure to check out this one too… How To Sell Your Health Coaching Services: The Definitive Guide For New Coaches

 

Before you go, download my 7-step simple sales script, to convert more clients with confidence, heart and soul. This is my go-to Discovery Session script — click the image to get your copy now! 👇🏼

How to (FINALLY) Choose Your Target Market

How to finally choose your target market
 

Being able to identify your Target Market is one of the KEYS to building a successful Health Coaching business.

And it makes a world of difference to your sales when you truly know WHO you are talking to, and who you are creating your Health Coaching services for.

BUT this topic is often misunderstood (and maybe over-complicated!).  

So in this video I get suuuuper personal, sharing my own rollercoaster health journey, and an anxiety attack I had earlier this year — all to make the topic of target market a little clearer.


Watch it now to learn:

  • The KEY things you DO need to know about your target market… 🤓

  • On the flip side - what you DON’T need to know about your target market! (This is where I see a lot of people over-thinking, wasting time, and getting stuck…) 🤯

  • How to FINALLY feel confident choosing yours… 😍

  • Plus, have apeek behind the scenes of an UPswing Mastermind Coaching Call! 🤭

 
 

Love,

Amanda xx

PS: Be sure to download my free ‘Find Your Profitable Target Market’ workbook before you go, to get crystal clear on yours! Click the image below to grab your copy.

 
 
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How to Use Your Facebook Business Page as a Health Coach

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Hey beauty!

In today's blog post and FB Live video 👆🏼👆🏽👆🏾I'm going to teach you the keys to a killer Facebook Business Page as a Health Coach, and give you some essential action steps to take once to improve yours.  

When you read the post, or watch the video (it's your call!) you will learn:

  • Why having a Facebook presence is important…

  • My top tips for optimising your FB Business Page…

  • How to create consistent content that helps grow your business..

  • What’s working on the platform right now...

(And I want you to know that these tips are up-to-the-minute and reflect the most recent algorithm changes that have taken place over the last few months.)

So let’s dive in!

1. The 4 Reasons to Have a Facebook Business Page

There are 4 reasons WHY you should have a Facebook business page for your health coaching or wellness business... (And these can also double up as GOALS for your page moving forwards).

Your Facebook Business Page can help you to:

  1. To grow and nurture a target audience who are super interested in your services…

  2. To be highly searchable on the internet - so that people can easily find you online!

  3. To drive traffic FROM Facebook to your website…(and likely back again!)

  4. And to move people FROM a social media platform like Facebook ONTO your email marketing list (that YOU own - so you always want to be growing that list)

It’s really important to remember that Facebook is NOT about a popularity contest…

It’s about the conversion rate that you have on your page, and it’s about the genuine engagement that you have as well. 

So please, don’t get so fixated on your follower numbers that you lose sight of why you’re on there in the first place.

  • To grow and nurture a target audience

  • To be searchable, and be easily found online!

  • To drive traffic from FB to your website.

  • To move people from FB onto your email list.

2. the 3 things you must optimise on your BIZ PAGE

To build a high-converting, high-impact page. 

These are things to look at on your current page if you already have one - or things to keep it mind when you set one up!

Number one = your profile picture…  
Number two = your cover photo…
Number three = your username…  

YOUR PROFILE PICTURE. 

Make your profile picture a bright, clear and crisp photo of YOU smiling directly at the camera - it’s so important to cultivate that connection right from the get go.

Your Cover Photo.

You want your cover photo to be a great lead magnet - think of it as a digital billboard that your client sees the first second they get on your page.  

So your cover photo doesn’t need to be another photo of you. Instead, use that cover photo to promote an opt-in (a valuable free gift that you are offering to your clients to get them on your email list) - or a billboard for your services, your offerings or your message - perhaps by sharing a powerful tagline on your cover image.

 

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Your Username.

Make it as close to your business name as you can get. Clear is better than clever, always! You want your page to be highly searchable and easily found!

Now you’ve got your FB Business page up and running, your next step is to…

3. Post content that ties back to your business

To do this I recommend choosing 5 or 6 categories - what I call brand pillars.

So for a health coach these categories might be - gluten-free food, functional fitness, inspiration, transcendental meditation, non-toxic lifestyle and hormonal health!

Or more simply: nutrition, fitness, inspiration, meditation, essential oils.

Then, all you need to do  is to post to ONE of those different categories each day…

You do a post for category 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, then go back around and rinse, and repeat!

When you’re doing this you’re giving a FULL STORY of who you are, who your brand is, what your business does, and what people can expect from you… Plus it makes it a lot easier to create content. 👏🏼

Remember, scheduling and consistency is key!

I know you know this already, but you really don’t want to disappear and fall off the face of the earth when you’re working hard to build a tribe and a following online.

If you can, try to batch create all of your FB Business Page content in the first week of the month - or on the first day of the week if a month feels too big a task - and then schedule it all to go out automatically.

This way you’re keeping it consistent, and staying in touch with your ever-growing community every day.  

Is this post helpful for your health coaching business? If so, grab your FREE copy of my How to Use Your Facebook Page guide by clicking the image below! 

 

 

4. best practises to maximise your post reach

I strongly recommend you schedule posts directly through Facebook rather than through a 3rd party program like Later or MeetEdgar so that your posts are favoured by the algorithm.  

That’s best practice if you’re really looking to maximise your reach on Facebook.

Likewise, it is best practice is to minimise your outbound links - because Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t love them, and wants to keep you on the app for as long as possible!

So use them only for what’s really important - getting people to your website or having them opt-in to your mailing list, for example.

That’s what really matters.

Not sharing a video that someone else posted on YouTube. 😉

5. switch on reviews & share testimonials

The beauty of Facebook is that you can have other people do your marketing for you!

To do this, be sure to share messages from friends, raving fans, or clients talking about how amazing you are (and your services, of course!).  

You don’t need to do ALL the heavy lifting with marketing, let your clients and your community do some of it for you. 

Make sure that at LEAST once a week, you’re sharing a testimonial, some kind words, or sharing some results your clients are getting on your FB Business Page.

And open your FB Business Page up for Reviews if you want to really amp up your credibility, and start to notch up those 4 or 5 star reviews. Ask your happy clients to leave a review on FB that you then repurpose for your website. 

6. your analytics are your secret weapon!

Review Your ‘Insights Tab’ on Facebook!

Then when you review your analytics and your numbers, you will figure out what’s working, what’s not, and that will help you refine your content strategy. :)

So read the Insights Tab on your Facebook Page - then you can keep track of how different posts are performing.
 

The analytics tab is 4th from the left when you open up your Facebook Business Page!

The analytics tab is 4th from the left when you open up your Facebook Business Page!


You want to look at WHEN people are most engaged by seeing which posts get the most traction (so you can schedule your posts and FB Lives for when people are most online) and be aware of WHAT kind of content they like and engage with the most.

Remember, you always want to make sure that you’re talking to your niche, and your audience is loving your content.

So if you get tons of views and engagement on videos, but hardly any likes on random food pics, maybe your page needs to be more videos! Every audience is different!

remember: Failure is your Friend...

Facebook (and social media in general) really is a science!  This is why studying your analytics is so important, and I will get to that in just a second...

But if you take one thing away from this blog post, it’s that it’s so OK to fail!  What I mean by that is, if a post doesn’t get much engagement or likes or reach - then that is SUCH valuable information.

You will never ever learn anything about social media WITHOUT putting out content that doesn’t perform so great.  We’ve all been there many times! When that happens, all you need to do is try something different next time! Then review again...  

You’ll quickly start to see what works and what doesn’t.

7. Now is a good time to start a Facebook Group

You’ll probably have noticed that FB is showing more posts from friends’ and family in your feed of late. That is due to the saturation of advertising on Facebook, and Facebook’s move back towards community in the latest algorithm change...  

If you go and have a look today, you’ll see that you’re also getting a lot more GROUP posts in your feed - again, that is because of the latest algorithm change -  

Facebook is favouring Facebook Groups over Facebook Business pages, in terms of how much your content is seen, because groups are community based…

So if you can also create a FB group, that’s a really great thing to do!!

This is just a change that took place maybe 1-2 months ago, and it is something to keep in mind.

You absolutely, 100% still need a FB Business Page — so if this feels like a LOT, don’t worry, pour your focus there…  

The Facebook Group piece is just something to keep in mind as you grow your online presence, and as you evolve your business. If you’re at a more advanced stage it is DEFINITELY something to think a about.


📝 So your homework from this blog post is to:

  • Optimise your Facebook Business Page by making sure your username is clear, your profile pic is a great photo of you smiling at the camera, and cover page is a lead magnet or business billboard…

  • Share consistent content across your brand pillars, scheduling directly through Facebook not a third party…

  • Ask your happy clients to review your services on your Facebook Business Page…

  • Look at your analytics in the Facebook 'Insights' section every week or month so you can see what content is working best, and what your best time to post is…

  • Consider starting a Facebook Group, since Facebook favours them…

  • And don’t be afraid of failure! That’s where the ✨gold ✨is with social media - and is a necessary part of learning how to shine online, and figuring out what your audience wants. 

Love,

Amanda  xx
 

 
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4 Top Tips to Shine on Social Media in 2018

4 top tips to shine on social media in 2018
 

Hey beauty!

Do you ever struggle with social media and feel stressed-out, overwhelmed, disappointed in your follower numbers or confused about what to post…?

Last week I sent out a survey to my email list asking what they most need support on - and so many people responded saying that they wanted more training on using social media as a health coach.

Which is perfect timing, because it’s been top of mind for me lately too!   

You see, I recently returned from a week of Masterminding in Hawaii with some of the TOP women in online business right now - and we spent a lot of our time time talking all things social... 

(And I will share a lot of what I learned there with you all later in this post!)

So in response to the survey answers... 

I spontaneously jumped on FB Live last week to share my thoughts and insights on what’s happening in social media right now...
And served up actionable tips that will help you feel more purposeful and confident on social media, and use it more effectively to grow your health coaching biz.  

Watch the FB Live video below (it's great quality once you hit play, don't mind the garbled image!) - or read on for a blog version. 😉 

 
 
 

Firstly - how truly lucky we are to have all of these platforms at our fingertips, to get our message out to people - for FREE.

It’s really not that long ago that the only way to run a business was renting a bricks and mortar building; and putting ads in the phone book or the local paper.

So we’re really, really, really lucky! 🙂 

But at the same time, with so many different social platforms out there, it can get pretty  overwhelming trying to keep up and be seen.

And we don’t own those platforms ourselves... 

Which means we do have to play by the rules of others, and keep up with any algorithm changes that Mark Zuckerberg decides to throw our way. 😉

Now one thing I want to clear up before I give you my 4 social media tips is this:

The expectation of how quickly we should be able to get our social media platforms up and running is CRAZY!  Really, you should expect it to take YEARS to build your social media platforms up….
I’ve been building mine for 6 years now.

When I work with coaches, I find a lot of people want a quick fix - they want a lot of followers, and they’re focused more on the number of followers than on their engagement, their relationships online, the quality of the followers they do have - or the quality of the content that they are putting in front of their audience.  

So, if you’re after the ‘quick fix’ - I suggest you close your computer, go do something else - because I’m not going to be able to share that with you!

But if you’re in it for the long game, and you’re really serious about getting your work out there into the world, then listen to what I’m going to share…

Because social media really IS the way to do that.  

Even more so today than in the last couple of years.

Social media platforms are a way of bringing mutual friends together, and connecting us to millions of people around the world who are interested in the same thing as us! 
The top thing is to remember that this is about true connection (not sleazy business or marketing tactics) and getting our message out there.


So without further ado, here are 4 tops tips to help you shine on social media in 2018!


1) Focus on your target market (aka: your niche, or your ideal client)
 

In my experience, this is something people read the book on…and then feel like they should never go back to it again.  

When actually, target market is something that you should focus on alllllll the time.

You need to know that ONE ideal client you are talking to - that one ideal person you are getting out of bed/onto your phone/on camera to share your message with.

Because when you're sharing online, it’s NEVER about you.

As scary as it can feel to go live or post online - and as much as you worry about people judging you, or what your ex is thinking when they see your post 😉 - it’s not about that either…

You’re really showing up there for your target market. 

(This is the same for me too!  I’m here for my ideal client, ‘Sarah’ who is trying to build her health coaching business. But it’s totally ok if your name is not Sarah… I just need to know that ONE person I am speaking to, to truly create a connection.)

So study your target market - see what they are struggling with, what they want or need help with, the outcomes they want, or their pain-points. Survey them if you can!  

Because when you know you're creating something that’s truly valuable to them, you will stop focussing on your internal fear, and instead focus outward - knowing that you can, will and DO support others through your online presence.  

Is this post helpful? I created a free checklist to help you take these 4 social media tips to the next level. Click the button below to get it instantly!

 

 


2) Treat your followers as friends

The biggest mistake I see people making on social media is treating their social connections as business relationships, not friends.  

You need to realise that we’re talking to friends online. We’re talking to other women, other men, other people just like us - and we’ve got to treat these relationships as social connections.

I see so many people saying: ‘I don’t know what to share!’  

My answer is to that is:  What would you say to a friend if she was sitting across from you having coffee right now? What would you say to a friend if they came to you with that pain-point or problem?

Be real. Be genuine. Social media is not about business, it’s about connection.

There’s a different energy in a photo that has ONLY my laptop, a latte and a green juice in it - compared to when I put my hand in it.  The difference is the human connection.

 
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So we’ve got to remember, this isn’t just about a curated business. It’s a human business built on connection.  

As coaches, we can’t hide behind stock photos anymore - in fact, one of the most challenging things in online business right now is that we do need to be showing up on camera, and posting photos of OURSELVES - which can of course be vulnerable.

But to really have that connection on an intimate human level, we need to be seen.  

As viewers, we want to see real people - and that is exactly what the algorithms are serving up too. If you get on a FB Live, it will be shown in the Facebook Newsfeed - whereas if you put up a generic quote on FB, it probably won’t!

So you must create content that cultivates connection - primarily photos of you, and video. 

 

3) set up a FB business page, above all else.
 

I built my business using the ‘Facebook Universe’ - Facebook and Instagram - so that is what I am going to talk about next…

On Facebook - if you do nothing else at all - you MUST have a FB business page.

I see it as an online Business Card of sorts.

It may not be the piece that gets the most engagement, but you MUST have it (and if you want to run ads in the future, you can only do those if you have a Business Page).

It  is the single most important asset you have on Facebook.

And Facebook is a platform that has been around for a long time, is not going anywhere, and is important to be a part of. 

 

4) PLAY ON INSTAGRAM STORIES - AND STUDY WHAT WORKS.


On Instagram - be playful and get your study on! (I’ll explain what I mean in a second… )

Instagram is massively hot right now, especially Instagram Stories. 

If you’re not already following me on Instagram, come on over and join in the fun!

For your homework, I want you to come along and PLAY with me on Insta Stories… 

Because THAT is the energy of Stories right now. It’s all about PLAY - sharing our real lives, sharing our real selves. It’s about building true friendship and connections alongside sharing our business messages. 💗 

Instagram + Facebook are the two that we focus on in my UPswing Mastermind for Health Coaches - and in general I feel they are the top two platforms to focus on when building a business in the health and wellness space.

And a great way of learning the platforms - if you’re not in a program like my UPswing Mastermind - is to get on there and STUDY!

Here's what I recommend you do:

  • Click here to follow my Insta Stories.

  • See what you like, and what you don’t like.

  • Then emulate what you love - just try doing smaller things as you get started, gain confidence, and grow from there.

  • Study what’s working for other people in your industry, too! 

  • Look at another health coach who is doing great, and look at how is SHE doing her Instagram posts and Insta Stories. Because I guarantee she’s taken the time, energy and money to work out what’s working, and you can learn from that.

And most importantly, have fun with it!

A lot of people are saying social media is getting HARDER.  

I actually think it’s getting more real and more juicy because we can’t hide behind tactics anymore. We have to show up, be real, be ourselves, and cultivate those true connections.

People love realness. 

And when you come at social media from that angle, I think you’re going to love building your tribe and getting on there as well. 💗

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!  I'd love to hear your #1 takeaway from this post, or how you're feeling about social media now. 😘 

Love,

Amanda xx

 

Top Tips for Starting a Health Coaching Business While You're Still Working

 

Hey healthy lady!

Many women start their health coaching business or join my programs while working full or part-time jobs.  It is absolutely possible - even preferable! - to start a coaching practice while you're still working.  

The key to success lies in being laser-focused with the time you DO have, and prioritising client-attraction and income-generating activities.

For example, getting in front of your ideal clients, telling them what you do, positioning yourself as an expert, and asking for the dance (aka: inviting them to discovery sessions). 

It is very easy to spend hours tinkering “behind the scenes” on your website, or perfecting your business cards - but actually MARKETING your business consistently is how you will succeed.  

The great news is, you can definitely do that in 1-3 hours a day. You do NOT need to be working on/in your business for 8 hours a day to be successful - especially when you’re first starting out.  

I asked the women in my latest UPswing Mastermind & UPswing Momentum programs to share their top tips for starting a coaching business while still working... 

They offered up some excellent advice, which I'm excited to share with you today.

(For those that don’t know UPswing Mastermind is my stage 1 program for beginner health coaches and UPswing Momentum is my stage 2 implementation program for coaches and heart-fuelled emerging leaders.)

 

Read how THEY made it happen + get their top tips:

 
 

“I was working full time for the first 18 months of being a health coach. I made it happen by seeing clients one or two evenings per week, and working on my business during my 2.5 hour daily commute. That meant that I still had at least one day a week free to rest, and I got over 10 hours of focused work done on my business each week. And honestly, that was all I needed at the beginning. My biggest tip is find pockets of time (even if it's just half an hour!) and be laser focused on what you are doing in that time - and how it brings you closer to your goals.”

- Amanda Pickering - UPswing Momentum

 
 

“When I first started my business, I was working 4 days a week with a 2.5 hour round-trip commute. I allocated one night per week plus time on the weekend for clients, and was able to use the commute to work on my business. I set goals each week, and used my commute time to work towards achieving those.  Doing this while commuting freed up my time after work for my family and myself!  Even now, when I'm no longer commuting and have the freedom of working from home, I set aside dedicated time and hours for my business to ensure I get stuff done.”

Melinda Benstead, UPswing Momentum

 
 

“I made the time in my daily calendar for the hours I wanted to do health coaching alongside my current job - and stuck to them. I find that working while I start my business is helping me manage my income. I’ve also found that putting parameters around exactly when I do health coaching (eg: what days and hours I work on and on/in my business) in these early stages gives me time to prepare while the hours aren't full of clients yet - so I’m learning how to keep my time well-managed.”

Michelle Edwards, UPswing Mastermind

 
 


“I've put my other job into a freelance wrapper so I can pick and choose how much or how little I work… I'm very lucky to have that as an option. I am also a huge fan of the power of 20 minutework blocks. Try them and see for yourself!!”  

- Margriet van Nieuwburg, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

"The more I learnt in the Mastermind, the more I wanted to work on my business and visibility! But with kids... work... family... that wasn't always possible. I started feeling stressed about it, until Amanda reminded me to get into reality. I did have the time - but only if I made space for it.
And most importantly, I needed to make time to look after myself! Once I prioritised self-care, things fell into place a lot easier. Having set times to work on my business and sticking to those as much as possible was very helpful; as was asking for help when I needed it. And remembering it’s not a race!”

Melissa Lowe, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

“I decided that if I want my business to work, I have to get serious and dedicate some set time to it. So I started going to bed earlier - which allowed me to get up at 6am and work on my business until 7:30am. In the evening I also do work from 8pm to 9:30pm. So I consistently do 3 hours of work on my business a day. My house is a little messy now, but that's how life is! You have to find time for what's important… family, new business and work. I am going to get help with the housework soon!”

- Veronie Anderson, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

“I've been working full-time while I start up my coaching business. It has (of course) been a juggle, but the thing that has helped me most has been the Mastermind training and the group support. Both have been amazing in helping me build a rock-solid foundation for my business - within the time that I have available. My pace is slow and steady, and things are falling into place... instead of falling apart!”

Michelle Joison, UPswing Mastermind

 
 

Love,
Amanda xx 

 

[Amanda's Story] From crippling money blocks to making $10k in 10 weeks

As January comes to a close and we move into February, how are those New Year's Resolutions holding up?

Still avoiding carbs? Going to the gym every morning? Spending less on that shoe collection?

Yeah, me neither...

But I do have an even more important question... 

How are your BUSINESS resolutions holding up?

Well, I have one graduate who's starting 2017 with a BANG!  I spoke with Amanda Pickering before the holidays, just a few months after starting my UPswing Mastermind, and I wanted to share her story. 

 

Before Amanda started UPswing Mastermind, she was really struggling with her biz. She had done her training, completed some general business development courses, and even had a few clients. But she was NOWHERE near where she wanted to be regarding her finances and reach. 

Amanda was working HARD (12+ hour days)... 

And doing everything she was told was “RIGHT” (at least what she was told in her business development classes)...  

But something was WRONG. Amanda wasn’t progressing.

She knew it wasn't just her strategy. She recognised she had HUGE money blocks that were keeping her from success. However, she had no idea how to break down those barriers. Amanda knew she needed help, but didn't know from where. 

When Amanda found my program, she was skeptical. She had already tried group classes and business development coaching, and neither seemed to yield results. She had racked up some debt and wasn't making nearly enough with her business to justify cost. 

However, Amanda was excited by the fact that my program was specifically designed for health coaches, and she wouldn't have to squeeze some one-size-fits-all training into her business.  She figured if she could just land ONE client a month, the investment would pay for itself. 

So, Amanda took the plunge. And she's so happy she did. 

Amanda discovered that with a Mastermind course, she actually broke through her limiting beliefs FASTER. This is because when working in a group she was able to experience the breakthroughs of her classmates as well as her own. She learned she wasn't alone, her anxieties and fears were shared by everyone in the group. This allowed her to feel more confident and ambitious with her dreams. 

Amanda's results?

 

Ten weeks after starting the UPswing Mastermind she had made her first $10K!  She had landed eight discovery calls. (She only had 3 in the past year and a half) and she was able to go part-time at her job.  She's now positioned to go full-time with her business, and I can't WAIT to see what happens next for her! 

 

If you want to listen to Amanda's full story, I did an interview with her right here >>

My favourite thing she said in the whole interview was that she felt that ANYONE could have her success.  The step-by-step process I provide for building your packages, marketing, and piecing together your business plan, is foolproof.

If you show up, and do the work, you will succeed. 

Amanda xx

PS: With the UPswing Mastermind, Amanda's story can be YOUR story in 2017.  But doors are closing soon, on Sunday 5th February, so click here to apply ASAP >> 

 

Maybe you can relate?

Maybe you can relate

 

It's been very busy in my world lately.

Working with over 50 health coaches a week, launching the next round of my UPswing Mastermind program, and travelling back to New Zealand for Christmas and New Year with my family.

A few weeks back I was presented with an opportunity that felt almost too good to be true.

I hesitated... I almost didn't say yes... Maybe they were mistaken... Maybe I should think about it some more first... Maybe I'm actually too busy right now... I'm about to launch my program so maybe I should be "safe and responsible" for the next few months...

Oh and the clincher: Maybe I shouldn't spend the money needed to take action...

Isn't the mind clever at holding us back from our dreams?!

When an AMAZING opportunity came my way...

Instead of jumping all in with a YES...

I questioned it.  I didn't TRUST.

Thankfully I caught myself super quick. Took a deep breath and said YES to the opportunity... and already, only a few weeks later, so many things have unfolded as a result that I couldn't have even logically dreamed of myself.

Saying yes to that one opportunity created a ripple effect that I could never have created alone - and yet I almost missed it!

Sometimes we can be so 'busy' in everyday life that saying YES to something new can almost be missed, despite our dreams and best intentions.

Or sometimes when something arises that we would love to do, our sneaky monkey mind comes in to tell us "You can't do that," or "What if it doesn't work out?".

How are things going for you right now?  

Do you ever get these conflicting messages between your heart, your dreams and your monkey mind? 

Are you feeling a bit daunted by the whole "Health Coaching Business" thing?

I know that when I was first out of training, I had big expectations about what I was going to be able to do with myself.  No more long hours in the office... loads more time to get to those yoga classes... not feeling like I had to rush from one life draining part of my day to the next... it was exciting!!

Then as time rolled on and I couldn't seem to bring in enough clients... I started to doubt my big dreams.

Who was I to want this? Could I actually do this? Did I have what it took to run a profitable business?

Then, as amazing opportunities presented themselves - chances to learn how to really do this from mentors I admired - I had moments of doubt.

And you know... I don't think any of it had to do with what was on offer, because at the time I knew it was what I needed!

What was holding me back was ME.

I had moments where I just didn't trust myself...

I didn't believe that, if I was given and accepted this opportunity, I could actually be trusted to put in the work and do it.

If I'd listened to that inner critic, I would NOT - in any way - have the life I have. The freedom. The choice. The lifestyle. 

So what was it that stopped me from listening to that inner critic that was telling me that I couldn't trust myself?

I looked at it rationally.

I knew that I had trusted myself to complete my health coaching training. And I'd done it. I'd graduated.

I'd trusted myself to decide to leave my corporate job and start my business. And I'd done that.

So I knew that I had a track record of going for my goals.

And when I realised this - I was able to keep my eyes on this new goal and make that leap.

That investment in myself has repaid itself many times over. :)

How can you trust yourself more right now? How can you look more rationally at the fears and doubts that are holding you back?

Amanda xx

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You don't have to sacrifice your HEALTH to achieve WEALTH

 

Burnout it no joke.

And I'm guessing you're so passionate about self-care and starting your health coaching biz because you know exactly what I mean. 

Before I became a health coach, I worked in corporate advertising for 15+ years. I worked with clients like Coca-Cola, eBay, Nokia, and Microsoft (just to name a few). Let me tell you, after THAT many years, I was stressed to the max. 

During that time, I developed a whole bunch of health problems (thanks, stress!).

As a result, I discovered health coaching and realised I needed to start taking better care of ME. So I did. I instantly fell in love with yoga, meditation, nutritional adjustments, energy healing. And while all those things helped (and became my obsessions) no matter how much self-care I squeezed into my life, I was still chronically burnt out. Something BIG needed to change.


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Now, the ironic thing is that when I first started my business I fell RIGHT BACK into those workaholic patterns I learned in my corporate job. Old habits die hard.

The idea that I had to sacrifice my health to achieve wealth was so engrained in my very being that I just KEPT doing it. #SODAMNWRONG 

As a Health Coach I felt like such a FRAUD!

But the other big reason that I fell back into this burnout trap was that most of the businesses coaching I received focused on the idea of ‘the hustle.' In other words, I was told that I HAD to take myself to the limit, and work hard to PUSH  product, book clients, and make money.

While I completely believe you do have to put in the work, especially in the first few years, this masculine ‘push’ approach to business isn't going to work in the long term for your health coaching business.

So I put the generic business coaching aside, and found my own way.

And that has made all the difference!

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Now I run my business in a way that supports my health AND wealth, and works around MY life instead of the other way around. 

This past year I wasn't only able to work with so many fabulous women, I was also able to focus on my own self-care, travel first-class around the world, continue my education through elite masterminds, and even do extensive charitable work in Africa. My life is full of love, adventure, free-time, and it's all on my own terms. 

 
 

And guess what? You can do this too!

Consistent Clients, a good income and a healthy freedom-based lifestyle is ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE for you. You just need a little direction. 

This is why I created my brand new Masterclass: The 3 Keys to Unlock Your $5K Months as a Health Coach. 

The best news? You don't have to give up your cold-pressed green juices for this training, because it's completely FREE!

Click here to find out more and register (or alternatively, click on the image below!). 

What would $5K (hustle free) months look like in YOUR life? Join the session this week, and discover how to make that happen. 

Love, Amanda x

 

[Jennie's Story Part 1] $12k in 12 weeks: how Jennie overcame every obstacle in her Health Coaching Business.

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I'm taking a bit of a break here at my parents house in New Zealand today, after a busy few days of my birthday and Christmas - lots of food, family and fun.

I love this pause that comes between Christmas and the New Year, it is naturally a time when I stop and reflect on the past year, and what I desire to experience next.

At this time of year I always do a lot of visualisation - of where I want to take my life and business next. I'm feeling there are some shifts coming and I always love to explore 'what else is possible?' 'what do I truly desire?'...

I've learnt in growing my business, that the key is to allow myself to dream bigger than I thought was possible! 

I have some BIG visions forming for 2017 (too soon to reveal, but one 'may' just have to do with Richard Branson - OMG...)

I’m guessing you probably do a lot of visualisation too - around what it feels like to finally be in control of your health coaching business, and what it looks like to make money while coaching clients you love.

I encourage all of my clients to visualise their success (it’s key) and so I’m going to tell you the story about Jennie and her journey to becoming a successful health coach. 

There’s an important lesson in her story for all health coaches who’re aiming to hit their goals this coming year, because Jennie's journey will show you exactly how you can avoid the key mistakes that can set your business back months, and instead how to hit your goals sooner, starting 2017 with a bang!

 

Jennie's story

Grab your green juice, get comfy, and meet Jennie, a beautiful soul with a big heart, and a big mission, too. With 3 kids under 7 years old, she’s got limited time to achieve all her dreams, but that hasn’t stopped Jennie from following her life purpose to help heal the world by helping people heal themselves through health coaching.

After getting burnt out in her corporate job, Jennie discovered health coaching for herself, and after the amazing transformative results she experienced, she knew she had found her calling, to become a health coach herself, and show others its powerful benefits.

Just like you and I, Jennie visualised what her life would be like running her own successful health coaching business. She imagined bouncing out of bed with the kind of energy that even her 3 kids couldn’t keep up with. She imagined spending time preparing nourishing and healthy meals for her family without the pressure of not having enough time. She imagined being at home with her kids every day, soaking up those precious moments while they’re at that age of exploring everything.

The most fulfilling thing Jennie imagined though, was just how many women she would be able to help transform into the happiest, healthiest people they knew, stepping into a whole new way of living their highest potential.

Can you relate to Jennie’s big dreams?

Now if you’ve been in my circle for a while, you’ll know I don’t believe in overnight success, but what happened when Jennie went ahead and launched her health coaching business almost fits the bill.

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Jennie filled her health coaching schedule at record speed.

She learnt how to sell her services, resulting in consistent clients and income, just as she’d hoped. Jennie was so excited by her success, and with cash flowing into her bank account, what’s not to celebrate? She was a health coach with her coaching schedule filled to the brim with clients.

For a while, things were going great for Jennie and her health coaching business, however slowly but surely, her business started to slide backwards.


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And I say ‘surely’ because in my experience, no matter if you’re an ‘overnight success’ like Jennie, or you’re building your business over time, Jennie made the one mistake that’s a health coaching business killer. In fact, it seems to be an issue for many in their first year or so of starting their own health coaching business.

Jennie’s calendar was choc-a-bloc, which was great for her business, but it left very little time for her kids, her health, or herself. She started to feel like she was back in the corporate world, answering to the demands of a boss. Jennie had clients who could only do mornings, so she sacrificed her mornings. Jennie had clients who could only do nights, so she sacrificed her nights. Her hours were cruel and commanding and when she got honest with herself, she realised she wasn’t living the healthy lifestyle she desired.

Jennie missed one critical step in setting up her business that put her on a path that was never going to last the distance, and I see this with so many health coaches, regardless of whether they experience success quickly or not.


Key Lesson For Health Coaches:

When you’re first starting your health coaching business, the goal is to get as many clients as possible, but be careful what you wish for, as Jennie realised fairly quickly, focussing on the wrong things can leave you susceptible to an even bigger issue further down the business track.


In my next post, I’ll talk you through what the one big mistake Jennie made was, so that you can see whether it’s an issue in your business too, or stop it before it ever begins!

It's something so many health coaches do, thinking it’s the right thing, especially when lots of clients can be the reward for all the hard work you put in.

Let me be clear though, lots of clients is not necessarily a bad thing! As you’ll see in my next post, it has much more to do with what and how you’re doing it.

It’s truly killing health coaching businesses before they even get to the one year mark - and no-one else is talking about it.

Amanda xx

 
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Health Coaches and the Rise of the Feminine


A few weeks ago I attended a beautiful event ~ RISE ~ hosted by Rebecca Van Leeuwen from Soul Sister Circle. This was a truly gorgeous evening, filled with organic food, soulful music, sacred sisterhood, divine wisdom, and high vibes. 
 


The focus of the evening was on the rising of the “feminine”. And as Career Coach Megan Dalla-Camina and Julie Parker, founder of the Beautiful You Coaching Academy gave their talks, I had a massive ‘AHA’ moment, which I’m sharing with you today.

This movement is something that needs to be spoken about in terms of Health Coaching and how WE show up as Health Coaches in the world.

For several years now, I have noticed this conversation around “the feminine energy” rising, in the world and in business.

In my UPswing Mastermind I teach a lot about embracing the feminine aspect of building a business — because this is something I am incredibly passionate about.

For those of you that aren’t aware of this concept — the masculine side is all about taking action, it’s that “doing” mentality, the focus on working hard, and achieving more.  

The feminine side is all about self-care: lifting your vibration, receiving, movement, pampering, meditation, intuition and visualisation.

The feminine is non-negotiable. This was the key message of the evening for me. And this is the key message that I have for you.
 


Women today are being called to step into our true feminine selves. To drop the masculine masks and layers, and embrace our inherent feminine qualities.  

I truly believe that self-care is no longer going to be some optional "nice thing" that you do with your girlfriends, or as a treat when you’re burnt out and exhausted.  

It’s an imperative, essential, integral part of our operating system.

So, what does this mean for you?

I believe that Health Coaches are meant to lead this movement and conversation. And that as Health Coaches we have to start massively walking our talk. We have to live in integrity with our teachings, and practice what we preach.

We need to embrace massive self-care: Pampering, nourishing, cultivating connection, nurturing relationships, looking after ourselves.
 


I truly believe that women everywhere are ready to step back into themselves - and they need to know how to do that. They need people — like health coaches — who are showing them how to look after themselves, and teaching them all about self-care.

The time is now to rise up, and lead like a woman.

Love, Amanda x
 


* All event photos captured by the beautiful and talented Kristy from Klee Photography, courtesy of Soul Sister Circle.

 
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