A Case for Creating Space and Clarity in Your Life and Business

I’d argue that this month, probably more than any other month in the year, you’re feeling busy.  

Between the wave of patients and clients setting appointments so they can look their best for all their holiday parties and social events and the slew of events and gatherings on your personal calendar, the last month or so of the year can be exhausting. And now more than ever, you probably wish you had more hours in the day.

That is exactly why this week felt like the perfect opportunity to discuss the topic of how creating space in your life provides you with greater clarity. The kind of clarity that allows you to take a step back and see the big picture or the forest through the trees, if you will.  

Let me explain.  

Have you ever spent an entire day, or even, a whole month only performing the day to day tasks in your business? You feel so overwhelmed that you can only take it one day at a time to feel like you’re getting everything done?

That’s because you don’t have enough space.

When you haven’t created space, you’ll find yourself constantly busy with a never-ending list of to do’s. You won’t have any time to think about your long-term goals. You’ll find that you’re spending all your time working in your business rather than on your business, and it’ll feel like an uphill battle to grow, gain new clients, and reach even the smaller goals you set for yourself and your business.

Sound familiar?

I’ve felt those pressures, too, but then a shift happened this past summer when Kyle and I were traveling for three and a half months.

See, I’ve “known” about the importance of creating space in my life, but my tendency is to be busy. However, when we were traveling, and I was working on the road and often without internet access, I was essentially forced not to spend my time on “busy” tasks.

With such limited time to get my work done, I had to learn to be incredibly efficient and only focus on actions that would help me to reach my goals.

And that’s where our relationship with time comes into play. That feeling of “there are never enough hours in a day” isn’t a matter of not truly having enough time, but the fact that we have not created enough time or space to accommodate the amount of "busy" that is in our schedules.

For example, have you ever taken something off your plate to free up more time only to feel like you don’t actually have any more time than you did before?

That’s because if you’re not intentional about creating space and spending that specific time window on your business, goal-setting, or looking at the big picture, you’ll simply find another “busy task” to fill up that time.

So, my challenge to you in this holiday season is to create some space in your life.

Whether it’s taking a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon to take a guilt-free nap in the middle of the day, or even take an entire weekend getaway. Do what’s feasible, and do something that will help you refuel and refresh in a way that invites more productivity to those hours you are spending on to-dos and the other things that need to get done to keep our lives operating on track.

Now that is on the personal side of life, but I also want you to look at your business and simply block time off on your schedule.

A time for no appointments, no to-dos, or meetings. For me, in a perfect world, I have one workday a week blocked off where I dedicate myself to reading, networking, or strategizing for my business.  

Does this happen every week? Of course not. Things do come up where I need to spend that time “doing” rather than leaving it as open space. However, I make a strong effort to guard that space as much as possible, and since I’ve been doing this, my business and my team have become more streamlined and more efficient, which then allows for me, you guessed it, to create even more space.

See, that’s the magic of it. When you intentionally and purposefully create space in your life and business, you’ll find ways to create more of that time because you’re able to look at the big picture and see what items take priority, what can be delegated, systematized, or dropped off altogether. But when you’re in the minutia, trying to do everything, you’ll find yourself in the weeds, wondering where in the world all your time went.

In fact, to show you that I practice what I preach, this will be the last blog post of 2016. For the next two weeks, my team and I are going to take a break to spend time with our families and create a bit of space in our own lives. We'll be back to our Monday postings here on the blog and in your email box on January 2.  

Until then, create that space, enjoy your holidays, enjoy being and make time to reflect on this past year and the one ahead, let’s make it a great one!

Is a Mastermind Group The Next Step to Your Success?

The first time I heard the term “mastermind” was back in 2007 when a friend, who happens to be a very successful entrepreneur, brought up his mastermind group meeting in conversation. I had no idea what the heck he was talking about, but it sounded intriguing, so I asked him some questions.

He shared that Napoleon Hill, the author of the book “Think and Grow Rich,” which you should totally check out if you haven’t read it, first popularized the term. In the book, Hill describes a “mastermind alliance” which he describes as “a friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.”  

Nowadays, in the booming world of both online business and brick and mortar businesses that thrive from digital marketing, the idea of mastermind groups is incredibly popular.

Typically a mastermind consists of 3-12 people who meet regularly either in-person or virtually to have a structured meeting that helps drive the business of each individual in the group forward. These meetings usually have an agenda that includes a “hot seat” element where each person in the group can share their questions or concerns with business, and the other members can help them solve the problem or provide insight to their question. 

Some masterminds are free, and some can be $100K per year or more. It all depends on who is leading and organizing the group, the resources provided, and the people that you want to be exposed to. But no matter what end of the scale, masterminds are a fantastic tool and resource for growing your business and making relationships and connections. 

Now fast forward from my introduction to masterminds in 2007 to 2016, and I’m now an entrepreneur. Once I started to see my business grow month by month, I felt the need to join a mastermind (but not one that cost $100k per year!).

Another differentiation point between mastermind groups is some people join groups with other people outside of their industry, which can be very beneficial by gaining outside perspectives, but I felt that I wanted to start with a group within the aesthetic industry to start.

First, I reached out to two of my girlfriends who I respect very much and who are also in the industry and proposed the idea. They loved it, so we got our meetings set on the calendar, set up the structure, and got going from there. It has been an incredible experience and has allowed us the opportunity to dive deeper into business and support one another in a way that we weren’t able to do before. 

And now that I’ve had this experience, it got me thinking, why don’t we see more mastermind groups in spa?

We have a unique service-based industry with several different subsections including lash artists, spray tanners, microbladers, make-up artists, and aestheticians who perform treatments in day spas, resort spas, and medical spa environments.

Not to mention, each of us has a unique perspective and skill set that can help others grow and we can collaborate rather than compete. Knowing that, it undeniable that the opportunities to create a diverse, yet industry-specific mastermind group that will allow all of us to create our own version of success are endless.

So, the question is - is a mastermind right for you?

Do you truly have the passion and drive to grow your business?

Can you be committed to regular group meetings?

Are you open to constructive criticism and feedback?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should seriously consider joining a mastermind or creating one of your own. The results in my business have been amazing, and I believe they can be for you, too. 

Now I want to hear from you. Have you been in a mastermind group before? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments section below!

P.S. Today, October 31, 2016, is the last day you can join the Aesthetic Experts Club for only $29/month. Doors close at midnight and won’t open again until 2017. Click here to claim your spot!