“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development because success is something you attract by the person you become.” Hal Elrod
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I don't know about you, but I want every single aspect of my life to be the best it can possibly be.
I want my processes to be streamlined within an inch of their life, I want to make more money by working fewer hours, I want to be in control of my thoughts and not led by my chattering monkey mind, I want my life to be simple yet I also want to maximise my experiences... I want to live a full, intentional life solely of my own making.
I want my life to be absolutely freakin' awesome and I am totally prepared to put in the work needed to make it happen.
While I'm an honoured Auntie to six total darlings, I don't have children of my own. This means that, in addition to cream carpets and a fridge full of prosecco, I have a lot of time to learn.
I spend a vast amount of time reading about a wide array of subjects including mindset, business strategy, marketing, habit-building, productivity, SEO, pricing, copywriting, goal-setting, minimalism, organisation, psychology and 1000 other things.
I'm an absolute monster when it comes to devouring information. Learning is like oxygen to me and it is one of the true passions of my life.
The result is that I have a lot of (what I consider) valuable, next-level knowledge in my head and I want to share it with VAs who have an equal desire to improve their lives and deliver value to their clients, but who may not have the same luxury of time.
Why a paid newsletter?
A lot of this knowledge doesn't fit into my existing offerings. It's too varied for a course and may overwhelm my trainees or new VAs, plus - and I'll level with you here - I feel I already give away a helluva lot for free and I want to share this content with people who will benefit the most.
... Time poor ambitious VAs with a growth mindset who are happy to invest in super-easy, no-hassle ways to level up their lives.
In Zen Buddhism, an ensō circle symbolises freedom, concentration and attention to the present moment as well as enlightenment - which can be defined as an awakening or understanding of something.
An incomplete circle allows for movement and development and expresses the idea that the ensō is not separate from all that is, but that it is part of something greater.
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This issue was published on 1st March 2021 and contains:
My personal Life Mission Statement and advice on how to write your own to go in your "Book of You".
A walkthrough video on how to manage your business and client info in Trello.
A LinkedIn tip on how you and your clients can stand out from the crowd.
Two resources that I think you will benefit from and enjoy.
"I just wanted to say that this is a brilliant start! I am a point where I need to 'steal hours from comfort' and to be clear about my life mission. At the moment I am a huge mass of floating ideas and thoughts that need nailing down, planning and integrating. Great points to consider and action here - thank you!"Emma H
"I just read the first Inner Circle issue - loved it. Perfect balance. Now to write my Life Mission Statement!" Michelle B
"I LOVED the first issue! So much helpful information. My favourite part was definitely the video on Trello. You’ve given me so many amazing ideas on how to utilise it. I’m looking forward to seeing how you share boards with your own VA in the future issues. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us! Really looking forward to next month's issue. 😊"Emily B
"I was looking forward to the first issue ALL WEEKEND! It did not disappoint - chock full of great stuff, thank you so much!" Denise R
"Just a note to say I think your newsletter is worth the money for this reminder alone: "You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything". I have been reading about Stoicism since your last email and it really resonated with me. So thank you for that! Right, off to do something worthwhile 😃"Emma H
"I LOVE it! Issue 2 was very impactful and I now have a big note on my desk too... and it works!"Clare C
"I bought the first edition of the Inner Circle and I am so glad I did! I have now completely sorted my Trello which was a mess! Thank you, Jo!" Michelle P
"The Inner Circle inaugural edition was awesome! I loved the helpful Trello walk through - I honestly get value in seeing others boards and how they structure things. LinkedIn audio - wow! Went off immediately to set that up. Excellent - thank you! Looking forward to the next edition." Jackie S
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