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Training porn + money shots

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Right now at Diva Towers a revolution is taking place.

I set out this year to make 2014 my best ever year of business. Not in a New Year’s Eve, sit-down-and-make-a-useless-list type way, but in a “right, this year I am ON IT”-  type intention to the universe.

So, I began the little journey of investing in myself.

Yup, not just the new shoes and lipstick type investment (although HELLO that sure counts and is hella important) but the real, intentional, self loving and self-honouring investments for both me and my business.

It started tentatively, I won’t lie.

I bought Leonie Dawson’s Amazing Year Calendar + Workbook, and invested the time for myself to work through it. In just 3 days I had hit my target for January.

Revelation time.

It turns out that by focussing my intentions and working towards a goal I hit it. Right, time to step up.

Next up, I joined Leonie’s Amazing Biz + Life Academy. In here, I took a whole load of Leonie’s awesome courses, worked on her materials some more, met some more AMAZING people online. Once again made all the money back in about 2 days.

This time the investment was more, it felt a little risky and challenging at the time, now I wonder what the heck would have happened if I didn’t join.

From meeting the awesome folks in the ABLA, I re-connected with some Uncaged Lifers, my girl Becca Tracey’s amazing (and FREE!) online community. This place feels like my spiritual home, alongside my own Dexterous Divas and Dudes tribe (make sure you join me to have access!), and is jam packed full of people I am now honoured to call my global friends, colleagues and collaborators.

Becca is one of my favourite interweb people ever, and I took her Uncage Your Business course in April.  The course connected me with 20 inspiring, amazing solopreneurs, who I can’t imagine NOT having connected with in our micro group. Some of us are already working together and collaborating, some of us know we are friends for life, and I have a whole crew in Canada I can’t wait to go and see.

Once again, the cost of the course I gained back in about a week.

The value of investing in each instance is about getting materials to push my business forward, about getting the mentoring and training I need to go to the next level, but also it’s so, SO much about the community, the people, the connection.

That shit is just priceless.

You see the pattern yet? Every time I invest in my biz and training, every time I commit to ME I earn it back and then some. I get new clients. I get clarity. I get new skills. I get more money. I get more of what I want.

I have joined Kickstart Labs witt the fabulous Tara Gentile; I have signed up for teleconferences coming up, and I have identified some gaps in my knowledge and added some training and membership porn to my wishlist.

It’s not to say self investment is without resistance though; sometimes taking that leap can be hard, especially if biz isn’t exactly keeping your gold card topped up yet.

Start with an ebook that will propel you forward. Move on up to an ecourse, then a training group, CONNECT with people and your investment with make you fly.

Of course, investment in you is about so much more.

It’s about checking in with yourself on why you are doing this shit in the first place. making sure you see your family and friends. Making sure you have adventures, that your life is being lived how you want it to be, not chained to a self imposed cage of 6 – 11 instead of the 9-5 (hands up who has done that).

It might be as simple as investing in Fancy Hands to get some time back. Maybe you just read an ebook about money (right now  am devouring Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield Thomas)

Of course, it would be remiss of me to not mention my own Blogging for Business Bootcamp beta group ( that nearly sold out in one week!), so if you wanna join us in June there are currently 20  2 places left. Getting your business blog on track will bring you more sales, more money and more of what you want.

So, here is what I want to know – what is on YOUR training porn list?

I have Ashley Ambirge’s Six Appeal ProcessSally Hope’s Wildheart Community + Amy Porterfield’s Profit Labs on Training Porn Evernote list right now.

Let’s jam out in the comments WHAT you have invested in recently, HOW it has helped you, and WHAT is on your training porn money shot list.

Also, if you aren’t investing, what is stopping you?

Love and laser cut doilies,

jo gifford

 

 

 

 

 

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