Be the CEO of your life and take charge. Find out ways to meet your productivity goals. Ultimately helping you improve your financial planning and future.

A Path to Productivity

 

 

For some the word productivity brings on thoughts along the lines of budgeting, dieting or exercise. Perhaps they are worthwhile ventures, perhaps the result is something they want to achieve.

In my experience, most people stop at the prospect of some type of behavior change.

The goal does not seem doable, or the path seems so difficult, so filled with obstacles, that frustration sets in before make much, if any, progress is realized.

 

They get offered a great looking desert. (Well if I am going to eat a piece of cake, might as well eat the whole cake! or at least another piece.

Or, as they ponder the change they are looking to make all sorts of “reasons why not” come to mind.

They may feel they are too busy to tackle the task of working on their goals objectives.

Or now is just not the right time.

I have too much on my plate.

Or…. Fill in your favorite here __________________________.

These thoughts create feelings of frustration, inadequacy, along with other basically negative feelings.

(What are you thinking now? Are you thinking back to the last time you tried some kind of change?)

Here is a hint… Notice if you are feeling critical of yourself and your “efforts”.  The key word in that sentence is Notice. Observe yourself and your reactions. Are they helping or discouraging you?  (We will get back to this later).

I have a slightly different perspective on the word Productivity.

My definition revolves more around the feeling of satisfaction and how to create that feeling.

When I am engaged in the tasks that are leading me on a pleasant journey down the path of my vision, life is good.

That is the productivity I endeavor to engage in, and the productivity I teach.

When you engage in the activities you love, that use your abilities to their highest levels, you feel good, get more done, enjoy your work, people want to be around you. Thus, you repeat and engage in these activities more often!

Voilà , productivity has increased!

So now you may be thinking, “That is all well and good Jerry, but I __________________________________________________ (fill in the blank with your consideration or the obstacles that come up for you here).

How can I engage in activities that create satisfaction for myself daily?

Well, in my experience the answer is you might consider this exercise as a journey. This is not a “quick fix” but a process, or journey that begins with looking at what you do all day.

This is the first step along the path that will lead to a crystal clear vision of a future that will inspire and motivate you to continue along this new path.

 

So, you might be wondering, How do I get started on this path. I think this might bear exploring?

(I am so glad you asked!)

To get you started I am happy to share the first exercise to begin your journey.

Here is a link to an excel worksheet that you can use to look at the activities you engage in on a daily basis.

  • The idea is to just make a list of all the things you do.
  • Some you do daily, write those down. (be as specific as you can).
  • Some items you do periodically, write those down as well.
  • When you feel your list is completed, let it sit for a day or so.
  • Review it a few times and make sure it is complete.
  • If you are in doubt as to whether you should include an activity, the answer is yes. Write it down.

Now this is just step 1. There are more steps.

I am not trying to be secretive, but this process works best if you don’t know step 1a as you are doing step 1.

In the excel sheet you can download, there is an instruction page, followed by the actual worksheet.

  • In the instructions, you will find my email address.
  • Once you are finished with step 1, send me an email. (My info is in the excel sheet you can download above)
  • I will send you step 2 😊

If you would like to share your work with me so that we can collaborate on this work, and comment back and forth, let me know and I can send you a link to the same worksheet as a google document.

(If you have a Gmail address send your request via that email… that works the best with google docs, but is not necessary).

This can be the beginning of a wonderful, very satisfying journey for you.

It would be a  pleasure to be able to assist you in creating the results you desire!

Jerry Bergner

If you are interested, here is a link to explore the online class the flows from this first exercise.

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

Living in Your Sweet Spot

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Somewhere about 10 years ago I was introduced to the image above. It comes from the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. When I first saw it, and it was explained to me, it did not make sense. The wording was a bit too business oriented and I had trouble with the economic engine term and the best in the world idea! It was just too large for me to wrap by head around.

Since my first exposure to this diagram, and the concepts that drive it, I participated in my first class based on the book “If Your Life Were a Business, Would You Invest In It?, John Eckblad and David Kiel, McGraw Hill.

The class, gave me to ground work to turn this image into a guiding force in my life. Discover the things you are passionate about, things you are skillful in, things for which you can well compensated. Engage in these activities as frequently as possible (The hedgehog above, or your sweet spot) and at the same time eliminate activities that do not fit!!! It really is quite simple in concept. It can be a bit more complex in execution. (More on that later in my next article)

Now, with a bit of revision, this alternative visual makes a bit more sense to me:

 

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For me this began as a realization that I love to teach, I love to help others simplify their lives and create more satisfaction in their daily activities. For many people, making these changes involves dealing with some “financial reality”! Often the first thought that comes after the realization of “your sweet spot” is “How on earth can I do that ?!?” “How can I support myself, or my family, if I attempt to make these changes ?”

This can be where having the support of a person who has:

• Accomplished this himself,
• Successfully coached people in this way since 2007,
• Practicing Financial Advisor since 1994.

could be helpful in guiding you along this path!

For me, the gradual shift came as I realized I was most satisfied working with clients who wanted assistance in shaping their lives in this way, and wanted help with the financial planning work to support these changes.

As I slowly shifted my practice in this direction:

  • I reduced my business size from roughly 500 households (clients) to 100,
  • At the same time just about doubled my income.
  • I was living in my sweet spot!
  • Enjoying the work I was engaged in to the fullest,
    • had eliminated or delegate mostly all of the work I did not enjoy or did not need to do,
    • and reduced my work week from roughly 70 hours a week to under 30.

Now I have created time to teach, coach, set up a wood working shop in my home, walk my dog Lambchop in the early mornings in the woods behind our house (this is when I come up with my best ideas), and enjoy my life to its fullest.

If you would like to explore creating some of these results for yourself, feel free to use my online schedule to set a time for us to talk.

This complete class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

Your Plan

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One of the most inspirational parts of the Life Business™ class is the writing of our future visions.

By this point in the class we have identified and done some detail work on listing our “portfolio of businesses” (A Life Business™ is a cluster of activities that can be grouped together into a theme. For example you might have Life Businesses™ around your health and fitness, your job or work, your relationship(s), children, or perhaps a hobby as in my Life Business™ Shop by the Stream.

The future vision is a document in which each participant has the opportunity to let their imagination go and write about what the successful development of their Life Businesses™ might look like.

Plan Map

The reading of these visions by each participant is an inspiring moment. We have all heard the background of each person during the first part of the class as well as the lead up to this future vision. It is quite moving experience to listen to the power and clarity of each statement.

The question then becomes, how do I achieve what I have written in my vision.

Plan start now

Well, lets be honest, first you have to have the vision!

  • Do you have yours?
  • Is it clear and written down?
  • Is it a vision that inspires you?
  • Are you willing to invest your time, your money, and your energy in making sure it takes shape?
  • If not, do you think that it might be a good idea to create one ?
  • If you do have a vision, and you are invested in fulfilling it, stay tuned for my next article.

If you would like to learn more, create your own “portfolio of Life Businesses™” and a future vision worth investing in, I invite you to explore the online version of the class.

This complete class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.

If you would like to explore creating some of these results for yourself, feel free to use my online schedule to set a time for us to talk.

Love to hear you comments or questions!

Jerry Bergner

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

 

Finding your Inner “Lambchop”

Finding your Inner Lambchop!

We got a puppy just after Thanksgiving last year. She is a miniature white Schnauzer. (I had not realized they can be all white. I knew the black/grey type). Here is a picture of her with her namesake. She was really small when she came to live with us!

Lambchop and Lambchop

Lambchop is a real treat for us to have around. She has a great little personality and is extremely playful.

lampchop mudpuppy wants to come in

She particularly loves to play outside in the mud…

Part of my relationship with her is her insistence on a daily walk when it gets light outside. I am up early every day and part of my routine is to work in my woodshop for a few hours, and then go to work. Lambchop likes to join me, and I have a tie up at the garage door and she hangs out with me and gets to be outside.

Once the sun comes up she knows it is her time! She comes into the shop and starts talking to me! Jerry, Jerry come on! Lets go! Take me for a walk!! (Of course she does not really speak English! But she says this in her own Lampchop set of roars while prancing around to get my attention). Needless to say, I can not resist or ignore this for long.

I grab a cup of coffee, put some training treats in my pocket, leash her up, and off we go.

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As we walk up the driveway, a sense of calm and peacefulness wash over me. It is quiet and cool in the morning, and Lambchop is smiling at me! She is so happy to be out and about. It is truly as special time for us both. I spent many years out in the country in Vermont in my early 20’s, and I think this brings me back to that happy, simple time. (Thanks Lambchop!)

I am training Lambchop to run off-leash and return when I call! (thus the treats in my pocket!).

Our route is to walk up to the end of the block, double back past our house, and then a short way further to a cul-de-sac that has some houses and woods. At the corner, I instruct the Chopster to sit and stay. I take off her leash, she sits/stays, I give her a treat, and tell her Run!! Off she goes…… Chasing either a squirrel or a bird or whatever she spots. In these moments, I sense a great joy as I watch her. She appears to me to be so happy and free while running like this. I think she is doing what she was naturally created to do, run and chase. I feel so good standing there, sipping my coffee, and watching her just being “Lambchop”! It is such a wonderful way to start my day!

Well today, I thought about this a bit more than usual while she was running and having fun. It struck me that this is exactly what makes me the happiest, helping others get in touch with, and express their “Inner Lambchop” or to be more clear, what they were put here to engage in and accomplish. It is the thing that makes me the happiest, the most content, and the most satisfied.

This is exactly the purpose of the class and the coaching I engage in based on the book, “If your life were a business, would you invest in it” by John Eckblad and David Kiel, McGraw/Hill 2003.

This complete class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like access to this class, just follow this link.

It would be a real treat to work with you to help you find you “Inner Lambchop”

Jerry Bergner

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

Shop by the Stream

Shop by the stream

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One of the parts of the Life Business™ program I really enjoy is the process of naming your “Life Businesses™”. A Life Business™ is nothing more than a cluster of related activities that are part of a theme, or Life Business™ as we call them.

Back in my early 20’s I worked making custom furniture for a few years. I was quite fortunate to have as my business partner at the time, a good friend, Michael King. Michael was a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in the woodworking department (My apologies if I am not giving this the proper name) Michael was, and I imagine still is a real master at his craft. He taught me a great deal!

After a few years of this, we wandered back to residential renovation work, which is how we had met. Furniture making faded into the background. We still had the wood shop, and would make custom moldings, fittings, and cabinetry for jobs. It was always fun to be in the shop. When we finally stopped, I promised my self (I remember this very, very clearly) that I would have a wood working shop “when I was a grandpa J!! Ah to be 20… what a great perspective.

This vision has stayed bubbling below the surface for all the time since the “when I am a Grandpa” thought.

It came back in focus in the past few years as it became more of a potential reality, and the spark of “Shop by the stream”. The name itself evokes wonderful imagery for my. I see an older building out in the woods (I used to live in Vermont), with a stream nearby. Inside is a nicely arranged wood shop that is inviting, comfortable, and serves as a place to encourage my creativity in both thought and action. Just thinking about this image, or saying the name “shop by the stream” brings a smile to my face and some very nice body sensations!

shop 3 stream

 

Well, the vision is now becoming reality! We recently moved from Chapel Hill to Durham. The new house has a 2 car garage. In it I am setting up shop. There is no stream yet, but the house does sit on a wonderful pond! (I think I will count that as a win!) I have created a page on my website to keep a photographic journal of the set up process, and then will continue to document as I begin other projects.

The process of designing and building the workstations for the shop has been quite interesting.

I have found that I enjoy all this even more than I imagined I would. (Crystal, my wife, says I am like a kid on Christmas morning. Every day! It is a wonderful feeling to be so engaged in something you love to be involved in.

That is the essence of Life Business™, to identify the things that you really love to do, are your strengths, and find ways to integrate those things more and more into your daily activities.

This is my workbench. Made mostly by hand from a design by Tage Frid published in Fine Woodworking. I believe I built this in the early 80's. It was a labor of love. I actually made a wooden hand plane to plane the joints for the maple pieces to be glued up for the top! Bolt holes with an electric drill, and board rips with a table saw. I think all else was by hand. It is what European cabinet maker apprentices used to do as their first project. You have to master most skills to make the bench. It has been moved and stored in many places over the years. Now it sits happily in its new home. I use a block of wood as a coaster for my coffee cup as I sit and ponder :-)

This is my workbench. Made mostly by hand from a design by Tage Frid published in Fine Woodworking. I believe I built this in the early 80’s. It was a labor of love. I actually made a wooden hand plane to plane the joints for the maple pieces to be glued up for the top! Bolt holes with an electric drill, and board rips with a table saw. I think all else was by hand. It is what European cabinet maker apprentices used to do as their first project. You have to master most skills to make the bench. It has been moved and stored in many places over the years. Now it sits happily in its new home. I use a block of wood as a coaster for my coffee cup as I sit and ponder :-)

If you would like to explore creating some of these results for yourself, feel free to use my online schedule to set a time for us to talk.

This complete “CEO of Your Life” class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach based in Durham, N.C.  His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

Life Planning with Got – Gone!

One of the first exercises in Life Planning work on the in class is called “Got-Gone”.

We are looking at the activities we engaged in during the last year and putting them into a Ben Franklin type T-chart. Once side is a list of activities that gave us energy, one side is a list of activities that drained our energy.

Life Planning Ben Franklin Yes/ No Chart

We then discuss the list and look for trends or items of interest. The idea is to spend as much time as we can engaged in “Got Activities” those that give us energy, and as little in “Gone Activities” those that sap our energy.

Pretty simple, right?

I have been teaching one and three days versions of the class based on the book, “If your life were a business, would you invest in it” by John Eckblad and David Kiel, McGraw/Hill 2003 since 2006 or so. In that time I have become pretty clear on my Got’s and my Gone’s

For me, teaching the class and coaching participants on the work is a one of my biggest GOTs! It is what we call an illustration of my “motivated talent”, something that is natural for me, I love to do, and I get great energy and satisfaction from engaging in this activity. Thus, I try to do this as much as I can.

Where Life Planning Comes In

So, here comes the rub. I love teaching the class, talking about the class, coaching people on the methodology of the class! However, I really dislike marketing the class, working to “fill the seats” etc. I really, really, really do not enjoy this one bit! (Hmm that sounded a bit Dr. Suessian!)

I do enjoy writing articles about my experiences with this work, both my own experience (like this) and things I learn or observe during class or in coaching clients. That is a GOT, it is fun, interesting and inspirational.

This complete class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.

Thanks for reading!!

Jerry Bergner

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach based in Durham, N.C.  His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

Mental Pinball

 

I met with a client recently who was grappling with the following issues:

1.      Wanting to refinance her mortgage to roll in current debt so could streamline her cash flow.

2.    Could not do her refinance until her taxes were completed.

3.    Could not complete her taxes until her business books were done (by her accountant)

4.    Was soon to leave on a trip for a month to work on new joint venture (business) that might lead her to move to his new location.

5.     Her heat & hot water was not working and was having difficulty getting it fixed. (all in one system).

6.    Had a couple set to house sit, but was worried about the no heat hot water issue.

7.     Was concerned about maintaining payments on current debt until item #1 was resolved.

a.     She was thinking the “cost” of the loan was the entire monthly payment. Did not register that the monthly payment was mostly principle and a small portion was interest.

b.    She was feeling that due to this she should sell some investment assets to pay off her debt.

c.     She was concerned that if she did 7b above, it would jeopardize her financial future.

8.    Wanted to be able to relax, enjoy her month long trip, focus on new business venture and relationships in new location.

A Long list! Lots of unresolved issues… This is a great illustration of how your finances can really impact your personal planning, thinking, and movement towards success!

 Thinking might go like this:

 Ok,

·        I leave on my trip in 5 days.

·        I need to resolve my debt situation,

o       But can not deal with refinance of mortgage till I get my taxes done.

§        But I can’t do that till I get my final figures from my accountant.

·        Cash flow is tight,

·        How should I deal with my heat/hot water situation?

o       If I move to new location is it worth putting in a new system, or should I just get a fix?.

·        How can I leave with no heat for my house sitters?

·        How can I clearly focus on my new opportunity with all this bouncing around in my head??  (Key issue!!)

                  This is what I call “Mental Pinball”.

Mental Pinball Machine

 The visual is the metal ball bouncing back on forth between the bumpers, going faster and faster, dinging and pinging, basically making you NUTS!

The usual result is to just walk away from any decisions. It is just too difficult!!

So what can you do?

Luckily in this case my client already had a clear vision we could fall back on to create focus. (see this post for more detail). The Life Business™ approach is to have a clear vision of each area of your life and what a successful implementation would look like!

I then worked with her to clarify each of the items above on an individual basis, keeping the primary focus as our guide, a successful trip.

She was not allowed to add a “yeah, what about item #2 when we were discussing item #1. Each one was solved on its own merits.

For example, once I explained she was not flushing her $500/month debt payment down a hole, that it was roughly $475 in actual debt repayment, and $25 in interest (she was thinking it was all interest!), we could let that one go until her taxes, and refinance were done)

We discussed that the 20 something year old couple that does house sitting is probably not as effected by potential North Carolina “cold” for the month of March as my client is. (she is in her 70’s!) She agreed, this made perfect sense.

We agreed that it was important to get the heat/hot water fixed, but not do a rip out, new system at this time. This made no sense as was not yet warranted, and she might sell the house in 3-6 months IF she decides to move to location of new business venture.

And on we went, one at a time. Methodical, logical, focused on reaching the end goal that was most important to her, focusing on and enjoying and creating the opportunity to get her desired results from her trip in March!

We looked at her cash flow, her assets, and agreed that it was ok to spend an additional $ 500/month for the next few months until all the issues on her list were resolved. This would not be a hardship/burden to her situation, and she did not need to liquidate assets to meet cash flow and/or pay off her debt. (This would have been a huge error).

She left our meeting with a spring in her step, knowing she had a clear game plan for how to get the most out of her trip, how to deal with each item on her list, and how to calm her mind when the ball started to bounce quickly and noisily from one bumper (decision/question) to the other.

Peace of mind is a wonderful thing!

This complete class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.

 

If you would like to explore creating some of these results for yourself, feel free to use my online schedule to set a time for us to talk.

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

 

Michelangelo, David, and a Locomotive!

Michelangelo, David, and a Locomotive!

Ok, Michelangelo and David….. So why a cartoon of a locomotive?

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

Michelangelo quotes (Italian sculptor, painter, architect & poet, considered the creator of the Renaissance, 14751564)

We have all heard the inspirational story based on the quote above, Michelangelo envisioned the image of David within the block of marble, cut away all that was not David, and behold!

I love this story, and the image it creates in my mind. It is vivid and quite powerful!

When I teach and coach people, one of the common threads I hear when asked what they would like to achieve through our work together are desires such as:

  •  “ Gain a strategy for prioritizing and choosing between the many goals and dreams I have”.
  •  “Figure out how to get more time, money, and fun in life”.
  •  “Too many inputs, choices of things to do, things to spend money on! I need focus to help me be more productive and satisfied”.
  •  “ I am easily distracted. I find myself drifting during the day and will veer off my original path and begin to engage in other activities that pop up and seem more desirable at the time. In the end they are not!”
  •  “I need to hone down my spending, but have a hard time figuring out what to do about it. I review the numbers, but get lost in the maze of figures, and never make a change! My debt keeps mounting!”

So, back to Michelangelo!

I feel it is just as important to recognize the marble or stone that is not David, as it is to see David within the stone.

In my experience distractions can be a more powerful force in the negative, than focus can be in the positive. All the focus in the world can not help you if you are “led off the path” by the distractions.  (Aka: Squirrels!)

It is a bit circular to be sure. Creating focus, a clear, positive vision of your future is vital. Without that, you do not have a filter to allow you to “say no” to the many opportunities that come your way on a daily basis.

I often hear: “I have a hard time saying no!”.

When you are clear on what you want to do, need to do, what will bring you closer to your objectives, it becomes much easier to say NO to the things that will veer you off track.  (I visualize this as the old cow pusher on the front of a locomotive. The train is on track towards your vision. The cow-pusher is there to push aside all the distractions that would lead you astray!  (Ahhh the picture of the locomotive!)

Think about your marble cutting toolkit as you travel through your day. Keep your focus, and chip away all that is not your vision!

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If you would like to explore creating some of these results for yourself, feel free to use my online schedule to set a time for us to talk.

This complete class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.

 

Jerry Bergner is a productivity and life satisfaction coach. His company is Integrated Life and Financial Planning.  Jerry has been coaching since 2008.  His sweet spot is working with business owners and salespeople to assist them in focusing on the activities they enjoy and love to engage in while increasing their results and overall satisfaction at the same time.   Contact Jerry to book a consultative strategy session to learn how he can help you work toward your goals.

 

How The Life Business™ Approach Truly Changed My Life!

Create a more satisfying Life in just one day!

Based on the the book “If your life were a business, would you invest in it?” by John Eckblad & David Kiel (McGraw-Hill), This class covers the first 8 steps, which will lead you to discovery of your passions and purpose.

Life Changing Event from the The Life Business Approach

Here is what a past participant sent to her friends to let them know about this class and her experiences:

Executive Summary:

WHAT: A pitch for Jerry’s amazing class.

WHY are you sending this to me: Because this approach truly changed my life (couldn’t come up with a less cheesy way to say it – sorry!) and I believe in promoting businesses with products that rock.

WHEN: Next class is offered: Saturday March 22nd. Yep, an entire day. You’re worth it!

WHERE/HOW/HOW MUCH: Click Here:  (scroll down past the pricing section for all the info)

The Long Version:

I’ve been working with “Coach Bergner” for almost a year now (started with this 1 day class last April) and here’s my big “ah-ha!”: I stopped beating myself up about what I’m “supposed” to be doing and started letting what I want to be doing drive the conversation.

From a blue-collar mid-western family, I have a hard-earned bachelor degree in accounting and a CPA license (in two states! ooo-aaahh); I’m “supposed to” climb the corporate ladder and maximize my earnings on each rung. And I was doing just that for years and while not exactly miserable, I was numb for sure.

Now I’m building a business that makes me want to get out of bed and get cracking each and every day…no joke. That’s huge.

I’m still utilizing my supreme bean-counting skills, but it’s in a direction I never would’ve seriously considered a year ago (if you’re curious, stay tuned on LinkedIn…changes coming soon!:)

Won’t claim that it’s your new cure-all, but if it sounds interesting to you, take a day and go to the 1 day class.

Best case scenario: you’ll write an email similar to this one a few months from now, cringing at how infomercial-esque it sounds, but you’ll send it to folks anyhow because you’ll be so excited.

Worst case scenario: some dusty neurons will fire up because you’ll learn something new and you’ll spend a day focusing on YOU…not a bad worst case, eh?

Sara Shelp, Controller | Finance Accounting Manager | Consulting | Audit | CPA (Licensed in North Carolina and Colorado)

If you would like to explore creating some of these results for yourself, feel free to use my online schedule to set a time for us to talk.

This complete “CEO of Your Life” class is now offered via self paced, online access. If you would like free access to this class, just follow this link.