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I met him at Experts Academy 5 years ago. Back then I didn’t know what my book would be about, or what it was titled or what would be in it. But I had a feeling Morgan James was part of that. So I stood in line where everyone else was pitching their books and I sheepishly said, “I don’t know what my book is yet, but when I have it, I’ll send it to you. I want you to stand here and pretend to hold a book and someday we’ll fill that space.” He said, “Awesome,” and handed me his card (not readily being handed out) and then added, “Send me that picture when you get home.” I did.
I kept in touch with him over social media. I self published my first book (The Time Blueprint for Entrepreneurs) and then I wrote “Make It Happen” a book on success & peak performance applicable for a wider audience. I initially self published that one, too, but I sent it to David with our picture and said, “I’ve already self published this one, but would you take a look at my writing and let me know if you’d be interested in my next book?” He responded within 24 hours and said, “I want this one, but I want you to add 15,000 more words.”
I added more content, rewrote other sections, sent it to three rounds of editing and then when they got the final manuscript, they gave me a publication date more than 10 months into the future.
It’s been a long process, but I’m so grateful for this journey. The picture on the left has been on my vision board since the first day we met 5 years ago.
This week, I got the picture on the right. I still don’t have a physical book yet, (as you can tell that’s just a color print).
But this is happening and I waffle between tears of joy & gratitude to being metaphorically in the fetal position.
Some people ask me why my first published book wasn’t a marketing book. I’ve produced Marketing Mastery, a 4 disk audio & The Social Media Blueprint, also a 4 disk audio (in it’s 3rd revision). There’s a marketing book in me for sure. But my journey started first with understanding, implementing & creating new success practices. Without my own “Make It Happen Blueprint” I couldn’t be a marketing strategist or social media speaker.
While I’m sure this won’t be the end of the story, this brings you to the present.
I hope you’ll be part of this story. I hope that you’ll purchase and read “The Make It Happen Blueprint” and that you’ll be sending me YOUR Make It Happen Moments. Whether they take 5 days, 5 months, 5 years or MORE to come to fruition your goals CAN be realized.
Create your dream, make a plan and make it happen!
The following summarized blog post is the chapter “Power Team” in my latest book “Make It Happen Blueprint“. For the whole chapter and to read the rest of the book go to your favorite bookseller. This book is available online and in brick and mortar stores near you.
Practice – POWER TEAM
THE THREE LEVELS OF SUPPORT
Choosing your power team is just as important as choosing how to spend your time. You need the right people in the right place at the right time in your life. I like to think of the power team in terms of a pyramid with three levels. Each level serves its own purpose, and each is critical in its own way. Odds are that you already have people who support you on the various levels. As we discuss each one, think of who in your life fits in that category, and who else you could include to expand your power team and operate at your desired peak performance level. You may even want to write names down as they come to you. And remember, just as you need people on your team, peak performers are part of other people’s power teams as well.
1. Foundational Support
Every pyramid needs a strong base, and your power team is no different. The foundational support level is comprised of people who assist and can have responsibilities delegated to them. Since peak performers know their strengths and delegate the rest, they rely on the people in the foundational support level to help them get things done.
Lower Level Tasks
There are two types of tasks that are typically delegated. The first, is lower level tasks. These are things that should be handled by an assistant, a contractor, or someone at a lower pay level. That doesn’t mean the tasks, or the people doing them, are of lower value. Delegation is simply a way of dispersing tasks to the appropriate level of expertise.
I love Ken Blanchard’s book The One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey. In it, Blanchard talks about the concept that “All monkeys must be handled at the lowest organizational level consistent with their welfare.” This single principle has guided my professional life for the last 14 years.
Hire and train the right employees, contractors and vendors to help you do admin activities so you can focus on your core strengths.
Skill Based and Upper Level Tasks
The second type of task that can be delegated involves things that are either above your level of expertise or require skills that you don’t have. These are called skill based or upper level tasks.
For example, I have a client who is a graphic designer. After going through a delegation activity with her, I noticed she was spending one to two hours a week, sometimes more, on bookkeeping. As a creative person, she should spend most of her time creating art, graphics, and marketing materials. Instead, she was crunching numbers and tracking payments. Not only did she hate doing it, she really wasn’t good at it—no offense, of course.
Because she hated this task, she ended up dreading it every single week. Sometimes it got pushed into another week and then pushed into another week. By the time she got around to it she had to spend an entire afternoon, or even a full day bookkeeping and invoicing just so she could get paid. For her, bookkeeping was something she needed to delegate to someone else.
When I pointed this out, she said, “But Michelle, I can’t afford it.” So I asked her, “Well, how much do you make an hour?” She replied, “It depends on the project, but about $75 to $100 an hour.” To that I said, “Okay, so for the $150 to $200 a week you are spending on bookkeeping you could afford to hire a professional to do it for you.” Light bulbs went on, and I think she may have done a dance on the spot. The point is, as an entrepreneur you do not have to do everything yourself!
Take a look at your current to-do list. Better yet, look at some completed lists or back lists. If something is not in your area of expertise, and if it is not something you really want to be doing, you should be delegating it out to a professional who can do it better. Or, you might even consider finding an assistant (temporary or long-term) who can do it faster or for less money than it would cost for you to do it.
I learned this lesson early on when I started my first business, a promotional products company. I would spend a lot of time putting stickers on catalogs, writing the addresses, and mailing them out, before I realized I could have a neighborhood teenager do those things for significantly cheaper. Delegating the tasks freed up my time so I could focus on marketing and getting new customers. What was even better was the fact that I had some happy neighbor kids who were getting paid to do something other than flip burgers. They liked the money, they were learning to work, and I had time for more important activities.
If you’re an entrepreneur and could use additional help in this department, two chapters in my book The Time Blueprint For Entrepreneurs are all about the hows and whys of delegating.
If you’re not an entrepreneur, get creative about the ways you can utilize others strengths and resources to get the “monkeys” off your back and build the foundational level of your power team.
2. Core Friend Support
The middle level of the support pyramid is for our friends and family members. These people are our cheerleaders—sometimes, quite literally. They are the ones who are sitting on the front row at our events, by our sides during key moments in life, and celebrating every victory with us. They also have their arms around us when we lose. We can trust and rely on them.
Typically, this level is where people naturally have the most support. However, if you find yourself lacking in this category, I have a couple of suggestions to help you build a stronger power team of friends.
Connect with like-minded individuals. Networking events and social groups are a great way to seek out like-minded individuals. There are so many options! Professionally, consider chambers of commerce and other groups with potential to strengthen your business associates and friends. Personally, consider sports teams, clubs, and organizations surrounding interests or hobbies you enjoy.
Consider what kind of friend you are in return. With some honesty and transparency, some of my clients have discovered the reason they are weak on this power team level is because they haven’t been supportive of others, and now there’s a social void in their own life. Never fear, because it’s never too late to repair what might seem broken, or make connections with new people with similar interests.
One thing to note about this level is that the people in it often change over time. I’ve noticed in my life how friends change as my lifestyle and my circumstances change. With a handful of exceptions, the friends I had in junior high school are different than the friends I have now. I would assume that’s the case for you as well.
Also note that there are a lot of friends that I love but I don’t take their business advice. They are good sounding boards, but beware of advice you take from a friend.
3. Mentor Support
Mentor or coach support is the top level of support I picture mentors and coaches as being above me. In other words, they are the people who know what I want to know, and they have blazed a trail for me to follow. I want and need their support to help me get to my destination faster.
Mentors come in many forms. They can be a friends with knowledge or skill sets you want to learn. They can be business associates that teach and train you. Whatever form they come it, they are knowledge givers, coaches, and consultants.
I worked at a television station while I was in college. My boss was a nice, smart man who to this day is one of the most organized and polished people I know. He even had a specific system for ironing his shirts so the creases would be just so. He never had a hair on his head out of place, and all of his folder tabs faced in one direction.
I remember being surprised when he told me one day that he had hired a life coach. Honestly, I had to try really hard not to laugh out loud. I couldn’t believe Mr. Perfection needed help achieving more in his life. I critically thought, “If you can’t figure out how to handle your own life, you might have bigger problems.”
The irony is that I’m a coach now. I get it. Even though I am a coach and work with clients across the country and in various parts of the world, I still pay coaches to help keep me on my A-game. I find coaches with a skill or expertise that I want and then I learn from them. Coaches help me “get there faster” in my life and business, and I see my coaches as prime examples of the mentor support I’ve had to help me be a peak performer.
Though I have paid people to coach me, I have also used the help of free mentors, mastermind groups and accountability partners who I consider to be an important part of my power team.
The people you spend your time with can effect your projects and dreams in big ways. They can cheer you on, support you and help you grow, but they can also discourage you or be negative with their “let’s be realistic” comments. Be careful about who you include on your power team, and the time and energy investment you make in people who are raining on your parade.
I feel very blessed to have amazing people in my life at every level. I couldn’t accomplish what I do without employees, friends, family members and coaches who show up in powerful ways to help me be a peak performer.
Take some time to nurture your own relationships and help your power team understand what their support, at any level, means to you! Gratitude can be a great currency for strong relationships.
Who is on your Power Team? Who has helped you on your entrepreneurial journey?
Get your own copy of the Make It Happen Blueprint PLUS see who’s on MY power team in this amazing High Performance Bundle offered until March 21st.
Originally Published on StartupPrincess.com on September 17, 2013
This video was from an event we hosted with Danielle LaPorte four years ago. Now, years later I still love my Ideal Life Vision.
This is one of the visioning and possibility tools I use and talk about in my book “The Make It Happen Blueprint“.
Part of creating a success practice is not just thinking about your goals, but using tools that will help you make It Happen. It takes your dreams from “someday” to reality.
Want to try Ann Webb’s amazing success tool? Go to www.ideallifevision.com
Success is not a destination, it’s a practice. Are you practicing at staying the same or are you practicing at progress? Sometimes we let fear hold us back from what we really want, but the truth is regret feels worse than failure. At least you can learn from failure and try again. When you look back a year from now will you wish you had actually done the things that you said you wanted to do? Missed opportunities and wasted time feel much worse – nothing can be changed because you didn’t take the chance. Sure going outside your comfort zone, expanding your vision and your business takes work and pushing past fear, but you can do it! Make it happen!
What are you putting off out of fear?
The Make It Happen Blueprint by Michelle McCullough is available for pre-order at Target.com, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Release date March 21, 2017.
I love what one reader, Lara Galloway, said about The Make It Happen Blueprint:
“Practice. Purpose. Persuasion. These are a few of the ingredients McCullough says all peak performers must include in order to be successful. But rather than simply prescribing a bunch of ideals that are easily dismissed as only available to star athletes, business gurus and celebrities, she presents the motivation and simple explanation how any of us can achieve them.
The chapter on Persuasion alone is worth the cost of the book. Make sure you clear your calendar while reading Make It Happen since you will likely be fired up and ready to jump into action. Not only does McCullough succinctly offer best practices for enhancing performance and productivity—she gives clear explanations about why they work and simple steps anyone can take to get things done. Inspiring quotes and helpful case studies make the lessons easy to relate to. A must for moms, entrepreneurs, business owners or anyone ready to move past excuses and get what they really want out of life.” (You can read more about Lara Galloway at http://laragalloway.com/)
I can’t wait for you to get your hands on a copy!
Stay tuned for details! We’ll be having all kinds of fun leading up to the launch so keep checking back for more details!
Until then, Make It Happen!
Every day you have one POWERFUL thing in your control column.
Even if things go wrong at home, at work or on the road.
Even if things feel strained with your family or friends.
Even if you’re having a rough day.
Even if you’re struggling financially or have an abundance of wealth.
Even if you work for yourself or work for someone else or don’t work at all.
Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a full time wage earner.
Even if you grew up in poverty or in a mansion on the hill.
You have the gift of choice.
You can choose how to respond to strangers and loved ones if they challenge you.
You can choose how you show up on social media for good.
You can choose to invest your time wisely in your dreams or squander it away with major and minor distractions.
You can choose to focus.
You can choose how you spend your time.
You can choose to OWN how you spend your time. 😉
You can choose to invest in yourself and others..
You can choose to be kind.
You can choose to be happy.
You can choose to help others.
You will always have the gift to choose.
When I was freshly out of a quickly failed marriage I remember my wise therapist constantly asking me, “Is that in your control column or no control column?” She reminded me that many times I CHOOSE to spend time worrying about things completely out of my control, while the things I CAN control go without attention.
Again, a choice.
Now, this little tool helps me on a regular basis. Even if something goes wrong in my business, I can choose to scrap it, try again or go a different direction. Even if I choose to yell at my kids and not have enough patience. I can worry about what I did and fret over the yelling, but it won’t make it unhappen. What I CAN do is choose to apologize and make stronger efforts to try again. Even if my husband and I have a disagreement, I can choose to put a wedge up and wait until he tears down the wall or I can make the initiative to make things right in our relationship again. My choice.
Too often we wait for others to make their choices before we make our own. It’s the fastest way to LOSE power and ownership in our own lives. Choose to be the first one to help, to apologize, to smile, to say something kind, to NOT say something ;), to turn the other cheek, to reach out, don’t give up this power and put it in the control of others.
Each day is made up of a series of choices.
May you feel empowered in your forks in the road and may you find that each day you choose powerfully those things in your control.
Make It Happen!
While I was writing my book “The Make It Happen Blueprint” (releases March 21, 2017) I was re-listening to a radio interview I had with Danielle LaPorte about her insightful book, “The Desire Map”. I remembered something she had said about happiness and wanted to include it in my book. What she said knocked me off my feet so I did a little quick transcription to capture and share with more people who may need these works.
She shared how feelings really are the “start and the heart of the matter”.
She went on to say something incredibly powerful, “You being happy and in a state of joy is the best way you can be of service to the rest of us. When you vibrate in that way, when your frequency is about joy, you are kinder, your brain is firing ‘mo better’, you’re more fun to be around, you’re infinitely more productive and you’re going to be more helpful and generous. So get happy and you will serve humanity.”
Powerful. THAT to me sounds like rising above whatever challenges that have been holding you back from being happy. THAT sounds like peak performance.
In that same interview, I asked Danielle, “What would you say to those people who say, ‘I can’t possibly be happy right now, you have no idea what I’m going through’?”
Her response was poignant and deep. Danielle said, “I feel for you. I get it. Maybe you can’t be happy right now, but the thing you can do right now is that you can start to believe that your happiness is worth it and valuable. That it’s actually a priority. That you deserve it. Then you can start to consider how you want to feel. You may be feeling taxed and overburdened and there are rough things happening and finances, parents, kids, illness… How would you rather feel? Don’t worry about getting out of your circumstances, don’t worry about solving it. Just get in the state where you can say, “I would prefer to feel energetic.” “I would prefer to feel calm.” And then what is one thing you can do tomorrow to feel that way?”
I love it. Don’t like your current happiness level? Change it. Think about how you would rather feel, and do something that will help you feel that way.
Make It Happen! – Michelle
(If you missed this show and want to hear the other nuggets she shared, listen here.)
This post originally “aired” on my new Facebook page “The HappyIST” follow the conversation and “like” the page for joy and happiness to show up in your news feed.
Success coach Michelle McCullough shares how you can help your friends stay on track and be successful.
- Ask the right questions up front.
- Follow up at their approved intervals.
- Help them get a strong reason to stay committed.
- Encourage and Enforce. Be an awesome cheerleader when they fall off the wagon to help them get back up, but enforce consequences and rewards for greatest results.