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Starting a Dog Vlog

It’s actually going to happen. I’m starting not just one vlog but TWO vlogs in 2018.

In my commitment to being ‘fearless’ as my word for the year and in the spirit going back to my creative roots….eeek!

Fortunately I have set myself up to just do this by sharing an episode on how to take imperfect action.

So no excuses I just have to dive in.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why video is such a powerful tool for your business
  • What the heck I’m going to be vlogging about
  • Live advice from Amy Landino on how to Vlog Like a Boss

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Key resources to check out:

Amy’s Book on How to Kill It Online with Video Blogging by Amy Schmittauer

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Being your best versus staying in the comfort zone

Getting out of your comfort zone can be one of the best moves you ever make in life.

It’s just that getting out of it, is also one of the hardest.

Take me for example, while I am known for being a massive action taker, I’ve found myself in this interesting conundrum.

I kind of love my life right now and I don’t feel a huge need to change much about it.

Happiness is wanting what you have, so I’m very happy.

Yet I’ve found myself taking life a little cruisy (well for me at least) and not pushing forward on projects or milestones like I have in the past.

I haven’t yet set revenue goals for this year (although I have done a personal and professional budget) and I still haven’t started my first vlog.

In the past these would have all been done swiftly and in typical ‘Aries’ all or nothing fashion.

But I have these two gorgeous puppies to distract me and deprive me of sleep…and many more things going on that I reveal in this podcast.

I think little Angel is trying to upstage me!

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Yet I KNOW deep down that I have so much more to give, to achieve and to put forth in this world to help you become a Freedomist and live life to the full.

So at which point is it ok to stick around in your comfort zone and when should you bust beyond it?

I reveal all in this episode including:

  • The benefits of getting out of your comfort zone (courtesy of myself and Tonya)
  • How to know when to push yourself and when to enjoy your current state of happiness
  • Why I’m grappling with this right now and how I’ve tapped into my deepest calling as a result
  • A few of my fave podcasts I’m listening to right now

Resources mentioned: 

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Take Imperfect Action

Hey you. Yeah you. The perfectionist standing there, waiting until your ducks are lined up before you take real action.

Can I offer you some advice?

Just for today, aim for imperfect action. Don’t worry if things aren’t polished, poised and perfect.

Aim for the Minimum Viable Product/ Project or next step.

You can do it. I know you can. It’s actually truly liberating when you allow yourself to do this.

It’s also the trick to success. Taking one small step each day, that’s all you have to do.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How an imperfect action will lead you to take the perfect action (when you’re ready for it)
  • Why I’m starting a Vlog just for shits and giggles
  • The 6 rules to shoot a video that doesn’t suck
  • How to take imperfect action and how I do on a regular basis

Resources mentioned: 

Video that doesn’t suck guidelines by Joriam:

  1. Internet does not forgive crap audio. Don’t record in busy cafes. Preferably get a decent mic.
  2. Rule of thirds – your eyes should be two thirds from the bottom of the frame. Use horizontal video.
  3. Daytime light is best, not at night unless you have proper lighting
  4. Video voice – video cuts away nuance of everyday speaking. You lose some energy so you have to compensate with more of your style of energy.
  5. Scripts – talk about something you deeply care about. 7% of your time will be spent thinking about what you want to talk. About, and 93% about how to make it interesting. Unique, deep, resonant, funny etc.
  6. BONUS: Silence.. is very powerful. Use it sparingly.. But use it!

Read or listen to Vlog like a Boss if that’s what you want to get into.

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Getting Your Mojo Back

I am a firm believer that the universe has your back.

And when you decide to align with your true purpose in life and put all your energy in, you will get that energy back in droves.

Throughout your life there will be periods where you are just on fire and there will be times when stuff feels heavy.

When this happens, the trick to getting your mojo back, is really feeling into what lights you up, and doing more of that.

Even if that’s just through baby steps and tiny adjustments in your everyday life.

I can speak from experience, when I tell you that feeling like you’re on the exact right path for you doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen.

In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • The things that I used to do back when I started my business that bring me energy and joy
  • What that means for me in 2018 and what I’m going to bring back
  • My 2018 side business project that is a completely different niche!
  • Low cost-ways to start your business

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Your Word. Your Year

Every year, I pick one word that becomes my theme for the year.

This one word represents what I want to focus on. In previous years it’s been freedom, growth, clarity and focus.

You’d think one measly word wouldn’t make much of a difference to your life, but I have to tell you….it’s a game changer!

Whenever you’re off track, it helps you come back to focus in on what’s important, what matters, and what you really want out of your year.

In this episode I reveal:

  • My word for 2018 (and why people laughed at it)
  • My new quest to vlog like a boss
  • A great audio and book resource I’m using to learn to vlog like a boss
  • Why this is the year to OWN it (and put on your grown up panties)

Listen and learn my friend….or just be entertained.

Key resources to check out:

 

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2018 Quest for Freedom

As we kick of into 2018, things are going to change around here.

For starters you’re going to hear a lot more from me on the podcast with short and sweet episodes as I go on a Quest for Freedom for you!

I’m talking behind the scenes, every day experiments in living life with true freedom.

In this episode:

  • I reveal my plans for 2018
  • What you can expect from me on the podcast
  • The new business I’m starting
  • How I’m going to be more creative
  • Why I’m going back to my roots

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You’ll get tips, insights, inspiration, motivation and real live results from my experiments in personal, business and lifestyle freedom.

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Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem?

Could you be attempting to solve the wrong problem when it’s actually really your mindset that’s needing to be transformed?

Have you tried to change your habits or worked harder to improve your business and life? And then you get to the point where you ask yourself, “Why is this still not working?”.

It’s not technically because you are doing the wrong thing.

It’s not about the actions that you are doing or not doing that’s making the difference.

It’s actually what’s happening in your mind that’s actually the biggest challenge you have that needs to be solved.

My friend Osmaan Sharif is back in Season 5 of Quest for Freedom to continue our talk about Mindset Freedom.

We discuss the Rapid Transformation Formula, solving the right problem and his top tips to shift your mindset when your mindset is holding you back.

Of course it takes courage to shine the spotlight onto YOU.  But when you get to the root of the real challenges you may be facing, then positive & long-lasting  transformations for your business and life can truly happen!

Hit play above to listen in directly.

Forget investing in your business, in tools and in more programs in 2018.

Make 2018 the year to invest in your mindset and you will not only see the most transformative shifts, but outstanding results in life and business.

Get details on the next Freedom Lab Master Your Mindset going live in January 2018.

  • Get crystal clear about the DESIGN of your life & business, so that it fits with what’s important to YOU and what freedom means to you.
  • Discover your entrepreneurial superpower, using the practical Wealth Dynamics profiling system (a fantastic test that tells you how to get in flow as an entrepreneur based on your strengths).
  • Learn tools from the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), applied & focused to help you as a business owners master your mindset & helping you get unstuck & overcome limitations.
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How to Stop Comparison-itis

We all do it. We all suffer from Comparison-itis, and in doing so, sabotage ourselves in the process.

Your aim in life should be to be the very best version of yourself. So why do we all consistently compare ourselves against others?

Why do we look at people who are 3, 5 or even 10 years ahead of us in business and in life and get completely dejected that ‘we’re not there yet’ or that we pale in comparison.

That’s like comparing yourself with Richard Branson and his current empire worth billions, instead of the Richard Branson in college trying to make a magazine come to life and getting loans from his Mum.

You will always come up ridiculously short.

And that’s just a game for losers to play, and you’re a winner, so I suggest you stop that now.

You can’t even begin to know what’s behind their journey, what it took for them to get to where they are now. But you can learn from them, and emulate the great things they do, so long as you don’t try to measure up against them.

Nothing compares to you. You just focus on being your best self.

It doesn’t help that we’re constantly bombarded with ‘overnight success’ stories and internet millionaires making money in their sleep.

I know it can seem like everybody is doing better at everything than you. But they’re not.

In fact often it’s far from the truth, they’re just good at marketing or spinning out the right stuff.

I’d like you to stop this destructive habit of comparison-itis and instead concentrate on where you’re at and what you’ve achieved.

That’s why in this podcast I’ve brought in the heavies, well the heavyweight expert in getting rid of limiting beliefs, stopping your comparison-itis syndrome and shifting your mindset.

My friend Osmaan Sharif is a Performance Coach at Rapid Transformation and he specializes in unlocking your entrepreneurial superpowers and transforming your mindset blocks.

Since Season 5 of Quest for Freedom is all about Mindset Freedom I decided to bring him on to discuss how we can make 2018 our best year ever by doing one thing.

Working on our ‘inner game’.

We discuss how to stop comparing yourself to others, why that’s destructive and two things you can do instead to focus on being your best self.

Hit play above or listen to this episode directly here.

Forget investing in your business, in tools and in more programs in 2018.

Make 2018 the year to invest in your mindset and you will not only see the most transformative shifts, but outstanding results in life and business.

Get details on the next Freedom Lab Master Your Mindset going live in January 2018.

 

Design + MINDSET + Strategies = Results.

  • Get crystal clear about the DESIGN of your life & business, so that it fits with what’s important to YOU and what freedom means to you.
  • Discover your entrepreneurial superpower, using the practical Wealth Dynamics profiling system (a fantastic test that tells you how to get in flow as an entrepreneur based on your strengths).
  • Learn tools from the world of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), applied & focused to help you as a business owners master your mindset & helping you get unstuck & overcome limitations.

Get more details here, and get yourself on the VIP list to learn how to join us in 2018.

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Your Mindset Can Set You Free

This is a fantastic time of the year to bringing you Season 5 of the Quest for Freedom Podcast on Mindset Freedom.

Why is that?

Well it’s typically the time when you’re winding down for the holiday season and also planning ahead to think about 2018 and why it’s going to be different.

But it’s not going to be different until you’re prepared to start working on the very thing that can make the most significant difference to your life.

I’m talking about your mindset. That’s because your mindset can set you free.

Mindset is the foundation that freedom in its widest possible sense comes from.

You are the product of your mind. Every thought and belief you have stored inside your mind shapes your experience of life.

Your values and beliefs shape your perception of reality and as a result your ability to achieve anything in life.

I’ve found that over the years, when I am not focusing on a growth mindset, when I’m not actively learning and applying new techniques to grow my mindset, to become more focused, to get rid of those negative thoughts, those comparison game moments, things don’t go quite as well.

And it feels less free in my mind.

For me personally, this year has been a roller coaster in terms of reshaping and reframing my identity from Suitcase Entrepreneur to Natalie Sisson.

I’ve been through a business sabbatical, a complete 180-degree shift and a complete change in what I am doing and how that fits into my meaning in life and my purpose.

For you, you may too also have had quite a full on year, or perhaps you’ve been really focusing in on what it is within your mind that you can strengthen.

Or what it is that you can quiet so that it makes way for more of those thoughts that allow you to be your best possible self and give you freedom in your mind.

We’ve all been there. We’ve had the mind tells us things we don’t really need to hear.

Our mindset can be our best comrade or it can be our worst enemy and so much of that is under our control.

I think about that every single time I’m faced with a big decision or a reaction to something.

Most of the time I’d like to think I’m pretty calm, but I am also a passionate Aries and every so often something will just piss me off and my emotions will well up and I’ll react in an instant.

So I probably need to go back and revisit some of the mindfulness freedom from Season 1, Mind Your Mindfulness and recommend you do too.

Making decisions in the moment of how we think, of how we act, of how we grow, of how we fundamentally believe is all part of having the right mindset.

The Definition of Mindset

The mindset definition varies across different sources according to Dictionary it is “1. an attitude, disposition, or mood.” or “2. an intention or inclination.” and “1. a mental attitude or inclination” or “2. a fixed state of mind”.

Yet none of these actually yield the true meaning and real definition of what it is. So what is the true meaning?

A more accurate definition of mindset is the sum of the way you think.

Mindset is how your values and beliefs shape your thoughts and lead you to be the way you are.

The way you think and feel, the way your thoughts lead you to act and behave causes the results you experience in the world.

If you have thoughts which are negative or limited then you will experience challenges and likely find success and freedom almost impossible to achieve.

If you are into people like Tony Robbins, into personal development and self-help books, you’ll come across a lot of these tactics and tools.

You’ll look into your neuro-linguistic programming, regression timeline and EFT (emotional freedom technique).  I’ve only touched on a few of these myself throughout my life.

There’s other tactics like meditation, mindfulness, transcendental meditation, looking at your chakras and all these exciting things like brain waves and binaural beats.

It’s incredible how much information is out there.

If we come back to the fundamental message here, which is “the way you think and feel, the way your thoughts lead you to act and behave causes the results you experience in the world“, you can start to see pretty quickly that anytime you are having a bad day, it’s most likely because of the way that you are thinking and then acting.

So how can you change state, how can you get yourself out of that to get back on track and into a frame of mind that serves you best?

Sometimes it’s good to be angry, sometimes it’s good to be emotional but if you can channel that into something that really helps you, serve you and helps others then we are talking about reframing and using your mindset for the power of good or even greatness.

And we want to move out of a fixed mindset, negative or a limited mindset into a growth mindset. I have talked about this research from Carol Dweck in Learning with a Growth Mindset.

But what I am most excited about is that I am bringing on a special guest, Osmaan Sharif who is my freedom mindset go-to guy.

I’ve had him attend three of my last freedom mastermind retreats in Bali and Portugal and he honestly has the most amazing set of tools to be able to help people shift their mindsets in minutes.

He is the founder of Rapid Transformation and he can transform people quite rapidly if they are open to it and if they are willing.

We are going to cover off on some really fantastic topics including

  • comparison-itis – how your mindset can be negatively impact with those you look up to
  • could you be attempting to solve the wrong problem when it’s really our mindset needs to be transformed
  • negative stories – what are we telling ourselves and how is that impacting or limiting our beliefs
  • when you are really not in control and that the unconscious mind is and how we can tap into that.

I would love for you to tune in every single time we put out a podcast and that’s going to be every Monday and Thursday from now on.

And if you want to Master Your Mindset in 2018 get details on our new Freedom Lab starting January 2018.

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3 Juicy Tips for Designing Your Dream Lifestyle

When you’ve reached the final stages of constructing your ideal lifestyle vision, you are going to start working on the most important factor of your transition into a life of freedom: the plan.

Your plan, complete with goals, tasks, and deadlines, is going to usher you into your ideal lifestyle. It is going to help you become the person that you’ve always wanted to be and live the life that you’ve always wanted to live.

Without it, you would be ineffectively chasing your dreams and holding yourself back from getting to where you need to be.

Don’t get too excited too quickly. Planning out your dream lifestyle is not a thing to be rushed. It’s a thing of beauty to be crafted, and molded to your heart’s content.

I am going to help further help you construct your plan by sharing with you 3 key characteristics of a successful plan.

Are you ready to hear them? Here they are!

Step #1. Devise a Plan That Is VERY Specific

Specificity is…

  • Necessary if you want to avoid having to go back to your plan and making edits
  • NOT OPTIONAL

With that in mind, I want you to take a look at your current plan, which you crafted with me in the third section of my e-book, 3 Steps to Living Your Perfect Day, and I want you to expand upon it.

Let’s say, for example, that one of the aspects of your lifestyle vision is to be able to work from home selling a whole range of beauty products. In response, you wrote something like this:

As soon as possible, I am going to start making my own beauty products, open an online store, and begin selling them.

Do you see what’s wrong with this plan? It’s not exactly a plan.

All you’ve accomplished in writing this down is creating another dream for yourself. It’s not specific and it’s certainly not going to help you do what you want.

How do we change that?

Well, we figure out what it is you have to do to reach your goal.

Map out all the necessary steps, give yourself a time frame, and then rewrite your plan. A finished product may look a little something like this:

By next December, I am going to learn about all the aspects of planning and running a home-based business by doing an online course through Udemy on this topic.

By January, I want to have learned all about the permits, laws, and taxes associated with home-based businesses in my area.

By February, I want to have learned all about how to run a home-based business including marketing, shipping, packaging, etc.

By April, I will have learned to create the beauty products I have in mind and I will have some samples ready for launch.

This is by no means an extensive example and it can certainly be improved but now you understand what we’re looking for.

The better you know what it is you want to do and by when, the easier it will be to accomplish your goals.

Step #2. Make Your Plan Actionable

As I just stated, dates are also necessary when it comes to good planning. In the example above, we have a general monthly date.

However, this will not be acceptable when it comes to crafting your plan.

Your plan should consist of very specific goals followed by exact dates. If we continue using the example above, it may look a little more like this:

January 10th- Call my local city hall and ask them about what is required of home-based business owners in the area. Talk to them about zoning laws, permits, sales tax, and any other information that is necessary for me to know.

January 20th- Look deeper into each of the aspects that were discussed on the phone so I will know what to expect when I register my business in my city.

February 1st- Start taking a 4-week online business class that will help me learn about all of the aspects of running my own business.

March 1st- Research business coaches who have worked in my industry and look into receiving coaching to be prepared for what I will be doing after launch.

You see the pattern here, right?

The more you research your goal and the work that needs to be done in order to reach it, the easier these mini goals will be to come up with.

Even this can be broken down into smaller sections so if you feel as though your goals need to be more tightly scheduled, do it.

Remember, however, that these goals need to absolutely be done by their time frame.

If you fail to meet your deadlines, you may go off course or become so discouraged with yourself that you give up on your ideal lifestyle vision.

Who wants that? Not us!

Step #3. Keep Your Plan Realistic

I think the biggest issue that happens when we are pumped up about our exciting dreams is that we tend to overlook the minute details.

For this person above, they really want to run a home-based business creating beauty products and that’s great.

What may not be so great is if they’re creating this plan and they have absolutely no business experience, money, or experience creating beauty products.

I’m not saying that they won’t be able to reach their goals. What I’m saying is that they need to be more realistic about how they’re going to accomplish them.

If you were this person, I sincerely doubt that the 5-month goal you planned above would be sufficient time to learn everything you need to know.

Although it’s totally possible to get everything done within that timeframe, you have to look deep enough to see if you truly can accomplish it.

  • Do you have the funding?
  • Do you know how to get the funding?
  • Is that really enough time to learn all about how to run a home-based business?
  • Will that one class you are going to take be enough?
  • Do you have the extra money to spend on classes and coaches?
  • Are you in the right place and mindset to launch your business right now?

Asking yourself these questions will help you set realistic goals and give you confidence to make your idea a reality.

It is okay to take a little more time to achieve your dream. It is okay to take only a couple of small steps at a time.

If you could achieve freedom instantly, there wouldn’t be a need for books or a process!

Know yourself and take time to develop a plan that is best suited for you.

  • Maybe you need to extend that time frame from 5-months to 12-months.
  • Maybe you want to take a longer class that will further benefit you.
  • Maybe you want to get in touch with some of your old contacts who may be able to help you.

Whatever it is that you think will be the most beneficial for you, write it down and don’t put yourself down over the time frame or the steps.

The plan, besides being the most important part of cultivating your ideal lifestyle, also tends to be the most difficult.

If you need help crafting it, I definitely recommend that you check out my Plan Your Ideal Freedom Year Online Doing Workshop to achieve all this in 90 minutes or less!

I will show you how to:

  • Phase 1: Setting your vision for 2018 and figuring out your priorities.
  • Phase 2: Mapping out quarterly, monthly, and weekly actions that are aligned with your yearly goals and vision.
  • Phase 3: Helping you craft a Content, Marketing and Editorial calendar that will help you achieve freedom and success. I will give my exact template to use!
  • Phase 4: Teaching you my 6 step daily success plan that will help you unlock your productivity potential.
  • Giving you questions that you need to ask yourself in order to get the most out of my workshop and your year ahead.

On top of all this, I will also be providing you two super valuable bonuses to make sure that you take action straight away.  Head to nataliesisson.com/workshop to get started.

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