Heart-Centred Business Podcast with Tash CorbinHello, super savvy entrepreneur! Guess what? It’s my birthday!

It’s the 12th day of #tashmas.

Welcome to episode 144 of the Heart-Centred Business Podcast.

I am super excited because it’s my birthday and I have an amazing strategy lesson for you today – whether you’re woo-woo or not, you are going to get so much value out of this one.

There’s a super awesome competition as well.

All the show notes and instructions on what to do today are over at tashcorbin.com/144.

Today’s lesson is what the universe wants you to do.

I’m going to be sharing with you the one thing that the universe really, really wants you to do – whether you believe in “the universe” or not, whether you’re into the woo or not – this is the thing that you need to do to accelerate your success.

And it’s the exact opposite of what you think it is.

Are you ready to hear what this is? I hope so.

Let’s get started with today’s episode…

 

Before I talk to you about today’s strategy, I want to share a little story about past Tash – the Tash who started her business in 2013 after quitting her job and then going to Europe for 3 1/2 weeks and then coming back with very little money and sitting down on a desk deciding, “Right, now it’s time for me to start my business.”

That Tash has come from the corporate world.

And I am going to reward you for stopping today.

As part of the last day of #tashmas, I have a very awesome little competition in which you can win free 1:1 VIP business coaching with me.

All you need to do is come to the Day 12 post for #tashmas over on my Facebook Page, and let me know:

What are you doing when you stop?

What are you doing to do or what are you doing now as a result of stopping working in/on your business?

What are you going to do in your downtime or what are you going to do more of in your downtime?

Or take a selfie of you on the beach today having an amazing, relaxing long walk because you can and because you know that it’s actually going to make you more effective when you get back sitting down at your desk and working in your business.

I want to know: what are you up to? What is your downtime?

And bonus entry if you make a commitment.

I’m making a commitment in front of all of you that I am going to walk 15 hours a week or less in my business from today.

I’m going to track my time.

I’m going to monitor myself.

That was my goal for this year.

I keep thinking to myself, “Why can’t I just start now?”

On average, I work about 20 hours as I said. (Some weeks it’s 15, and some weeks it’s 20.)

But I’m going to make a commitment.

I commit to working 15 hours a week or less in my business from here on in.

It’s done.

So, I would love for you to make a commitment as well.

What is your commitment?

Maybe it’s reducing your working hours by an hour a day.

Maybe it’s committing to going for a walk every single day for 30 minutes and taking that time out of your business – not your family time.

Whatever it might be, I’d love to hear yours.

Come on over to my Facebook Page and let me know.

If you’re feeling any resistance, let me know as well.

Because it’s always a conversation and we’re always practising.

All the details of how to enter are over at the show notes for today at tashcorbin.com/144.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

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Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of the Heart-Centred Business Podcast.

And thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday.

Today is my birthday – the 12th of March.

And I’m not actually working today.

This is all pre-recorded…

Magic!

I hope that you have an amazing day. I know I will be.

Until next time.

I’ve been Tash Corbin. You’ve been a fabulous listener.

And I cannot wait to see you shine.

Bye for now.

I had been in corporate consulting and before that, I’d worked as HR manager for a government organisation.

That Tash had been so conditioned to believe that she needed to work super hard to get anything worthwhile that she kind of needed to detox from her corporate way of working.

Every morning, her partner, Honest Dave, would tottle off to his job and she would sit down at her desk with a cup of coffee and be, “Right! Into it. This is where I need to get started and get this work done.”

She would work solidly whilst Honest Dave was at work – creating things, getting on social media, trying to work out what to do, building her own business strategy because she couldn’t afford to get anyone’s help or advice with what she was meant to be doing.

As soon as Honest Dave got home, she would rush to the door and say, “Here’s what I’ve done today.” and report to him all of the amazing actions that she had taken to try and grow her business.

We would go for a walk in the afternoon.

I would cook dinner.

And as soon as we have finished dinner, back at the computer I would go – finding new things to do, new groups to join, new ways to promote my work, really desperate to try and create momentum and success for my business.

That Tash needed to detox from this corporate way of working.

Because actually, she was really ineffective.

When I look back now and think about all the things that I did in the first 6 months of my business, if I could go back and coach past Tash on this stuff, I would be like, “Do not worry about that. Do not worry about that. Do not worry about that. What are you doing, Tash? This is not important activities. You are making life hard for yourself.”

Over the years, I have learnt a lot about myself and a lot about what works for me in business, in my personal life and in my magical life.

And one of the things that I have learnt (probably the hard way and probably through being bashed over the head with it hundreds and hundreds of times) is that the universe wants you to stop.

Yes, the universe wants you to stop.

When you stop, you get rewarded.

Think about it. Even if you’re not into the totally woo-woo:

When you stop doing your work…

When you have a shower…

When you’re at yoga…

When you’re just watching random TV…

What happens? Your brain is able to process everything that went on.

Your brain is able to have space to be creative.

When I go on holidays, I have my most fabulous business ideas.

When I’m in the yoga studio, my brain is like, “Whoa! Whoa!” – sparking with these amazing ideas for my business.

My best business ideas come when I’m in the shower listening to music, maybe having a little bit of a dance around. Not being very efficient in my showering; I must admit.

But it’s actually when I stop that the magic happens.

My brain is able to process. I have space to be creative.

I’m able to open myself to receiving.

And I’m also able to take note of what’s going on with my mindset.

Now I know that I am just practising.

There is still so much for me to learn about being able to stop, be present in the moment, to let go of those business ideas and things that come flooding in when I’m in the middle of downward dog in yoga.

But I love that I’m able to explore this and share as I go.

And I bet for a lot of you, you are very busy ladies.

I was a little bit hesitant in doing this episode of the Heart-Centred Business Podcast because I know that we have a lot of very spiritual, very amazingly connected women in the #ladyposse who listen to the work that I put out.

But at the same time, when I reflect and look at who’s in the #ladyposse and what I see from you guys, a lot of people are doing a lot of things.

A lot of people are really stressed out.

And when our beautiful time and productivity ladies ask questions on #whatineed Tuesday, I see a lot of people saying, “I just need an extra 6 hours in the day.”

“I just need to sleep.”

“I just wish I have more time.”

“There’s not enough hours in the day for me to get done the things that I need to get done.”

And whilst I understand that we do have life pressures and a lot of ladies have children and responsibilities and you’ve got people to look after and significant others and family members and a lot of us are looking after parents and all sorts of things, I still think that we aren’t being particularly effective in our businesses because we’re working too much.

We’re working too hard.

I have some really interesting examples of this.

The first time this lesson really hit home for me was when I was flying from Bali over to Australia to surprise my family by joining them on our Easter holiday for a whole week.

I made the decision that we were going to do this about 2 weeks before we flew over.

I had a fairly busy week kind of planned.

I was going to be in the middle of launching something, and I had quite a few client calls as well.

So what I needed to do was try and create space for myself to actually enjoy this holiday whilst still working in my business.

I had a lot of things going on at that time.

At that time, I was working with the amazing Jo Bendle who is a productivity ninja by the way. If you do not follow her, please do.

She set me a little challenge.

We sat down and we looked at how many hours of client-facing time did I have that week.

It was 8 hours.

So I had 6 group calls that went for an hour each, and 2 1:1 VIP client calls that were booked in for that week and were kind of non-negotiable.

I needed to do those hours. I blocked out those times and that was all mapped out beautifully.

That was within the week.

And then, Jo said to me, “With all the other things that you need to get done, how many hours a day do you think you need to work in your business?”

I was like, “I think it’s going to be like 3 hours a day at a minimum.”

And she set me a challenge of working 1 hour a day.

So on top of my client call times of 8 hours for the week, I was only allowed to work 1 hour a day in my business.

And that was the most productive and effective week of my life.

In my entire business career, that was the most effective and productive of my business to date.

It was an amazing experiment.

What happened when I forced myself to only work an hour a day was I actually had to pick the important actions.

I couldn’t fluff about doing random things that just didn’t matter to the results of my business.

I had a big income target that I needed to hit in order to be able to pay for some business expenses that were coming up and also our life expenses of going on this holiday – our flights, our accommodation, and then flying back to Bali.

So I had heaps of stuff that I needed to get sorted and I couldn’t afford to not be making a great income in my business that week and the subsequent weeks.

I needed my launch to work effectively.

So what ended up happening was I only focussed on the important activities in my business.

It also forced my hand in outsourcing some of the things in my business that I shouldn’t have been doing – my team should have been doing – but I have been holding on to for no particular reason other than (I guess) I really wanted to make my life more difficult.

And so I became better at outsourcing, I focused on the really important activities, and I had so much downtime doing things that were not related to my business.

Because I was on a family holiday.

So when I was not doing those hours of working, I was out kayaking, going fishing, riding Go Karts, going swimming, playing board games with my niece and nephew and the other 15-20 children who were there on holidays with us.

My partner and I went to these amazing long walks.

I spent quality time with my sister.

I read 3 novels in that one week.

It was the best week I had had to date since starting my business, and I only worked an hour a day on top of my client time.

And you know what?

It is something that had stayed with me since that week.

More and more, I’m trying to find ways to work less and less in my business to focus only on those important activities and leave the rest to who should be doing them.

I’m outsourcing more effectively in my business but a lot of the things that I was doing in my business at that point in time, I’m just not doing them anymore.

I’m more efficient and effective with my social media time.

I’m more efficient and effective in the way that I create my content.

I’m batching more of my content creation.

I’m being more clear in what my strategy is and what my strategy is not.

And I’m creating this amazing space for myself.

Nowadays, I’m working, on average, between 15-20 hours a week and my goal for this year is to get it consistently under 15 hours a week.

But one of the bigs things that that week also taught me was that I need to have a purpose for my time outside of my business.

If you’re like me, maybe you don’t have kids. Maybe there’s not actually other important things that you want to be doing. Have a think about what you would do with your time if you only work 10 hours in your business.

If you only work 2 hours a day 5 days a week in your business, what would you use that other time for?

Because the weeks in which my hours of work actually expand are the weeks in which I don’t have a purpose for my time outside my business.

I might start my day with a client call and then I have a couple of things that I need to tidy up and some content things that I need to do on social media.

And I have the whole afternoon off.

If I don’t make sure I’ve got a purpose for that afternoon off outside of my business, guess what I end up doing?

Scrolling social media.

Hanging out on Facebook.

Making up jobs for myself.

Creating things that I don’t need to create.

Interfering with my poor team doing the job that they do so well without me.

So it’s really important if you’re going to embrace this way of reducing your hours, that you are clear on what your time outside of your business will be used for.

Maybe you’re going to have a beautiful, dedicated hour with your kids every single day where you do something new, fun and creative.

Maybe you’re going to go to yoga classes. You’re going to go for long walks on the beach.

(I definitely do lots of that.)

Maybe it’s just chilling out on the couch and watching Netflix.

For me, I love reading fiction. I love reading novels. It lights me up. It’s so fun. I can’t believe that in the first 2 years in my business, I think I read 2 novels.

Nowadays, I’m churning through 3 or 4 a month.

So have a think about what the purpose of that time is, and how you can encourage yourself to stop working.

Stop working.

Detox yourself from that rigid way of thinking that we need to work 10 hours a day 7 days a week in order for us to get through that hard time in business.

Because chances are, the work that you are doing at 10:30 at night is really terrible anyway.

It’s probably not your most powerful hour of working in your business.

And yes, whilst we can justify those endless hours on social media as “business building activities”, if I’m 100% honest with myself, about 40 minutes of my time on social media is effective and the rest of the time is play and fun.

And that is totally okay for me to spend that time having fun and playing on social media but I need to be 100% honest with myself about what that time is for.

That’s part of my downtime – it’s scrolling through social media interacting with my friends. I love sending a new message every single day to a different friend and just catch up with them on social media.

It’s not effective work time though.

So have a think about what you would do with extra time outside of your business, and have a play with reducing the hours that you’re giving to your business and training it that it can only have certain amounts of time from you and see what happens.

You never know.

You might just find that there’s a new level of hyperproductive, hyper-effective you just waiting to be unleashed.

And let’s not even talk about the magical element of this.

You know, when you’re out walking and being in nature and fulfilling the things that you want to do with your time…

When you allow yourself to get in that space of receiving and being magnetic rather than being in push-push-push mode all the time…

You never know what magic you might create.

I’ve had my most successful start to a March in business so far this year out of all of the March’s that I have been in business.

And it’s been, the quietest, the least time on social media and the most effective.

And I’m making more money.

That’s the thing: we can actually create more money by being more effective and stopping.

The universe wants you to stop.

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And if you don’t believe in the magic of the universe, #auntytash wants you to stop.

And I am going to reward you for stopping today.

As part of the last day of #tashmas, I have a very awesome little competition in which you can win free 1:1 VIP business coaching with me.

All you need to do is come to the Day 12 post for #tashmas over on my Facebook Page, and let me know:

What are you doing when you stop?

What are you doing to do or what are you doing now as a result of stopping working in/on your business?

What are you going to do in your downtime or what are you going to do more of in your downtime?

Or take a selfie of you on the beach today having an amazing, relaxing long walk because you can and because you know that it’s actually going to make you more effective when you get back sitting down at your desk and working in your business.

I want to know: what are you up to? What is your downtime?

And bonus entry if you make a commitment.

I’m making a commitment in front of all of you that I am going to walk 15 hours a week or less in my business from today.

I’m going to track my time.

I’m going to monitor myself.

That was my goal for this year.

I keep thinking to myself, “Why can’t I just start now?”

On average, I work about 20 hours as I said. (Some weeks it’s 15, and some weeks it’s 20.)

But I’m going to make a commitment.

I commit to working 15 hours a week or less in my business from here on in.

It’s done.

So, I would love for you to make a commitment as well.

What is your commitment?

Maybe it’s reducing your working hours by an hour a day.

Maybe it’s committing to going for a walk every single day for 30 minutes and taking that time out of your business – not your family time.

Whatever it might be, I’d love to hear yours.

Come on over to my Facebook Page and let me know.

If you’re feeling any resistance, let me know as well.

Because it’s always a conversation and we’re always practising.

All the details of how to enter are over at the show notes for today at tashcorbin.com/144.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

***

Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of the Heart-Centred Business Podcast.

And thank you for helping me celebrate my birthday.

Today is my birthday – the 12th of March.

And I’m not actually working today.

This is all pre-recorded…

Magic!

I hope that you have an amazing day. I know I will be.

Until next time.

I’ve been Tash Corbin. You’ve been a fabulous listener.

And I cannot wait to see you shine.

Bye for now.