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What Your Mission and Vision Statements Can Reveal About Your Business

Posted on by Tracy in accountability, Alaska, business, Coaching, entrepreneur, focus, foundation, goals, growth, Mission Statement, Social Media, vision, Vision Board | No Comments

When I first thought of creating a business in 1999, I hired a business advisor to help me get the business off the ground. The first steps seemed so painful at the time. I had never owned a business and had many fears. The business advisor’s job was to see to it that I was serious about the business – that I was ‘willing to go to any length’ to make the business work, run, grow and succeed. Success was defined by paying my bills, growing a savings account, and enjoying what I was doing, both personally and business-wise. The first and most important task was the business plan. Today, in coaching sessions with my clients, I recommend that they create a Vision Board. The reason is that Vision Boards are creative and visual, and, essentially, your business plan laid out.  I use colors, i.e. markers, colored stickies, stickers, anything to create fun and flowing visions. My Vision Board for 2016 hangs on my office wall for me to see …

Finding Your Purpose

Posted on by Tracy in business, Challenge, communicate, Connect, entrepreneur, Facebook, focus, goals, Grow, growth, Planning, Social Media, socialmedia, Success, Twitter, Vision Board | No Comments

Where do you begin? So, you have a fantastic idea for a business.  You are over the moon about it and start telling everyone about it, announcing it on Social Media, reserving the URL, creating a Facebook Page…the whole works.  Then a week later, you have a different idea, a different direction you want to go.  So… you start chasing that dream. Maybe this happens a few times. Guess what?  You are not alone.  Many people do this over and over until they find their true purpose… what actually will excite them for the long haul. Throughout the years, I have asked people if they know their life mission.  I have received an array of answers.  When I ask specifically if they are fulfilling their mission by doing what they love career-wise, I get one of two answers:  “yes” or “no”. The “no” people tell me they work so they …

2017 Mantra

Posted on by Tracy in Alaska, goals, growth, Inspiration, Love | No Comments

Secret Agent of God For many years past, I used one word as a mantra for the upcoming year.  The word gets written on my vision board, on my whiteboard, in my planner, anywhere that helps me to visualize the word throughout the year. This year, four words have chosen me!  They came to me over coffee with friends in Maui.  Someone tossed out the words “Agent of God”… I tossed in “Secret Agent of God”.  It stuck and has stayed with me since returning home in Anchorage. What these words mean to me: to practice random acts of GIVING without sharing with the world the good deed.  Setting an intention to practice daily acts of kindness with no one knowing. When getting annoyed by the behavior of someone over the last few weeks, a little voice in my head said, “what would a Secret Agent of God do in …

The Gift Of Marriage

Posted on by Tracy in Alaska, communicate, Embrace, Gratitude, growth, instagram, Love, miracles, Perception | No Comments

I get to celebrate being married to the same man for 11 years! What a gift and honor to be his wife! While Googling gifts for an 11-year wedding anniversary, I stumbled across a blog about lessons learned during 11 years of marriage. Being married to a very practical man (who could care less about ‘gifts’), I had no clue what to get him and thought, well, I am a writer, I can write and give it to him and maybe help a few souls struggling in love. So here goes: 11 Things I Have Learned and Appreciated During 11 Years of Marriage To My Amazing Husband 1.  LISTEN Seems simple, right?  I hear women talk all the time about their guys not paying attention when they speak.  Well, my hubs is the best listener on the planet. I am forever blown away when he brings up a conversation from …

Are You Leaving Them Clueless?

Posted on by Tracy in Alaska, Anchorage, business, Facebook, growth, Social Community, Social Media, Success | No Comments

When I get hired to coach or consult a person or a business, the first thing I do is go to any place where they could give me information about what they do.  Any place that they can promote the business or company, ie; Twitter, LinkedIn, blog/website… any and ALL Social Media profiles. The goal is for someone to be able to quickly identify what you do, what products you sell, and how they may get a hold of you if they need your product or your service.  Quick is KEY. We live in a very LOUD digital world where things move at lightening speed. People don’t like to have to search for something.  You can be intriguing, just don’t be secretive and leave people questioning what you do or who you are. So….don’t lead them on a rabbit trail.  If you do, they may not go down that trail, but …

Vision Board Creation ~ Simplified

Posted on by Tracy in business, entrepreneur, goals, Grow, growth, struggle, Success, vision | No Comments

How many times have you heard the word Vision Board and thought,  that is so ‘woo-woo‘? From time to time I run into small business owners that have felt ‘stuck’ in their business and I have shared the Vision Board process.  Often times they tune me out before I fully explain how it works. I have even had people say that vision boards go against their beliefs in life. I get the impression people think that Vision Boards are cutting up pretty pictures of big fancy homes and cars and pasting them on a board.   After that, you sit back and bingo!!! The magic happens!!  All the visions become reality!  So, that would be like saying, ‘hello Universe let me tell you ALL my WANTS and NEEDS so you can give them to me’. This has NOT been my experience.  Quite the opposite actually.  It is usually a painful, fearful experience at first. …

3 Essentials to Remember When Starting a Business

Posted on by Tracy in Advertising, Alaska, Anchorage, business, entrepreneur, foundation, growth, Success, Uncategorized | No Comments

Starting a new business can be overwhelming – so many things to learn and so much to do to assure that day-to-day operations run smoothly! There are so many details and things that have to happen just to open the doors…and then there’s the marketing piece, not to mention the money that seems to fly out of your bank account every time you turn around. It really can be overwhelming and exhausting!   There are three essentials you must remember to do once you have your business license in hand and all the legal documents completed.  These essentials are the brick and mortar of your business and can be done right away, but can also be added on to later down the road. Here you go …. Alaska Tracy’s weekly business tip from the woods (click on the photo)!  

The Impact of Business Cards

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Do you have a habit of collecting business cards? Do they sit in a pile on your desk until eventually you get tired of looking at them and toss them? You know you really should do something with them ……but what? Here is a simple plan for you that will actually grow your database and your business.  Schedule thirty minutes, 3 times a week, to pick up the phone and contact these wonderful people that gave you their cards.  Scared? Not sure what to say?  I am going to give you the script.  The most important thing to remember is to keep the call simple and quick. Script:  Alaska Tracy (AK T): Hi Mary, this is Alaska Tracy, Tracy Williams, is this a good time?   Mary: Hi, Tracy! Yes, I have 2 minutes!  AK T: Great! 2 minutes is perfect!  I got your business card a while back at …

Out of the Box – Again!

Posted on by Tracy in communicate, Connect, Gratitude, Grow, growth, life | No Comments

I was asked to be on a committee to help put together a community Art Block Party. I said yes, and did not really know why as I have never thought of myself as an artist. I got to spend time with very creative people from my community that I had not known until volunteering. The event took place last week. At the event, I started thinking (which can often be scary) what the heck am I doing here, I am not an artist. These people are all super talented painting, doing, creating ArT! My husband showed up and we walked about looking at all the booths, I even picked up a paint brush and painted. I told him my thought…and he said yes you are an artist. You are always painting our home, you are writing a book and you are the last to know you are an artist. …

The Illusional Truth of Entrepreneurship

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, business, Challenge, Embrace, entrepreneur, focus, goals, Gratitude, Grow, growth, life, Perception, struggle, Success, Uncategorized | No Comments

  There is so much that goes into starting and running a successful business.  I get emails all the time from folks asking for advice on how to start their own biz. I believe anyone can be a biz owner; however, one must realize ALL that is involved. I recently heard from someone who said she wanted to do what I do and take a step back, allowing her to put in less work hours per day. I reread the email to my husband and he said, “You must be making it look too easy.” See, the reality is hours and hours and then more hours go into the life of a biz owner. (One that is enriched and paying their bills, that is.) I love to hike, so, some days, I try to arrange my schedule and work in the evenings. Because my evenings are not filled with any hobbies …

Exclusive Guide to Your Successful Biz! (part 2)

Posted on by Tracy in business, focus, foundation, goals, Grow, growth, Mission Statement, Success, Uncategorized | No Comments

Creating and succeeding in business.  The things that you will not learn in college to help you move forward with and in your business! Create a solid foundation that will stand the ups and downs of business start up and ownership.  A business plan is the first step.  This will give you guidelines for budgeting, upfront capital, your mission (or purpose), and a detailed timeline of what needs to happen to make this a reality.  Business plans are fantastic for the established business as well.  They give the business a yearly road map.  A formula for success each year. I am here to be your business guide.  Send me an email AlaskaTracy@gmail.com Let’s create your successful business, your fulfilling life!

3 Tips to Keep You Moving Forward in 2014

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, business, Calendar, Challenge, delegate, goals, Gratitude, Grow, growth, play, Success | No Comments

As the second week of 2014 comes and goes, how are your plans for the year coming along?  Are you happy with the space you are in? Maybe already overwhelmed and feeling as if you set too high of goals?  Be gentle with yourself.  As I type this, I am reminding myself to reflect on exactly where I was one year ago: the feelings I had, the fears, goals and the desires for 2013.  This helps to center me in the present and to be filled with gratitude for all the forward movement in the last 12 months. There are three things to consider when moving forward, while being gentle with your soul, and having some fun along the way. 1. Delegate. – what gets you “stuck”? For example: bookkeeping, blogging, newsletter, time sheets, hiring, etc. What do you DREAD doing on a weekly basis? Can you possibly hire it …

The POWERFUL Gift of SAYING NO

Posted on by Tracy in Coaching, communicate, dogs, Facebook, Facebook Tools, growth, Social Community, socialmedia, Success | No Comments

Are you building a business and have not a clue how to meet people and get leads? Maybe you say yes to groups that meet once a week or once a month. Maybe this works for you and you love the socialization. Maybe you, like me, have a hard time connecting, you feel drained after these events, you do not feel that you want to refer some of these folks. However, you feel obligated. You ALWAYS feel obligated… so you keep saying YES. You say yes and your stomach churns. Voices run around in your head saying, “Why did I commit to this?” “Why do I go to this every week and feel this way?” “How else would I make connections?” “I must force myself to do these events and continue to hope for referrals.” I have news for you! It is ok to pause before saying yes. My rule …

Are You Living Your Purpose?

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, business, focus, growth, life, Love, peaceful, spiritual experience, Success | No Comments

By Jenna Gessay Yes, you have a reason for being, and believe it or not, you already ARE it. You may have not yet chosen, however, to express it in a way that truly supports your highest good. That’s okay. That’s what human life just may be about – finding that alignment, and dancing in harmony with it. I am a person who believes we are all connected and one with the divine, and that there is a special imprint, as unique as a fingerprint, woven through our being. That blueprint on our souls, the divinely inspired “why” we are here, can be called our purpose. In my opinion, our purpose isn’t to “do” anything specific. Our purpose is literally to BE THE LIGHT THAT WE ARE. Our mission is to embody our divine light, and to bring it to the world through our own expression and unique offering. Often this …

Simple LinkedIn Tools to Increase your Business

Posted on by Tracy in business, Grow, growth, linkedin, Social Community, Social Media Tribe, Success, Uncategorized | No Comments

These three simple tools can generate more business for you today!  Implementing these tools will take you 30 minutes to one hour (depending on your photo and resume). By generating more leads, you will create more clients/customers and the end result, more income! Social Media is all about ‘Humanizing,’ connecting and building relationships with other humans to create long lasting contacts and referrals.  These tools are a simple ways to start ‘Humanizing’ today via LinkedIn today. For more tips and tools on growing your Social Media Community schedule a free consultation with Alaska Tracy today!

Who will YOU Inspire today?

Posted on by Tracy in business, Coaching, Embrace, Facebook, Facebook Tools, Grow, growth, Uncategorized | No Comments

I often get approached by people that follow me on Social Media sites and they say: “You are always so upbeat and positive.”  “I love to read your posts.”  “Your posts uplift me and give me inspiration.”  “You are one of the most positive people I know.” Although I’m totally flattered by these comments, I am as human as you are.  I have a CHOICE each day.  Am I going to inspire and connect with others, or am I going to wallow in self pity?  Truth be told, I am all I think about. I have a huge ego, and it lies to me all the time.  It tells me lies like:  “You can’t, FILL IN THE BLANK.”  “You are not, FILL IN THE BLANK.”  It goes on and on with its lies. I have learned via amazing teachers in my life that I get to have a life that is …

The first of many Spiritual Experiences ~ Bali

Posted on by Tracy in Bali, Challenge, Gratitude, growth, miracles, peaceful, sobriety, spiritual experience, struggle | No Comments

I had made a drastic change in my life a year prior to this trip.  I had been given the ‘keys’ to a magical FREEDOM that I had been searching for my whole life.  I had been given the gift of sobriety. I had always felt uncomfortable in my own skin.  From birth, I had felt this way.  Nothing, most painfully including myself, ever seemed to be ‘good enough.’  I tried many ways to feel different about who I was and how I felt.  As I got older (13 years) I realized that alcohol could make me feel just a little different. It was enough that I latched onto it for years and years. At 19 years old, I landed the perfect job for my irritable soul, an airline career that would allow me the opportunity to move around and travel all over the world.  Still feeling uncomfortable and 30+ …

Lost in the Woods & Not Alone

Posted on by Tracy in business, Challenge, focus, Grow, growth, struggle, Success, Uncategorized | No Comments

Recently I was in the woods with my two fur pals Eddie and Zena. It was exceptionally green as we had had several days of rain. I had been on this trail hundreds of times, but somehow, this time, I got disoriented. I started cutting through smaller trails that sprouted off the larger, better groomed trail. Suddenly I had no clue where I was, and darn it… I heard a branch snap

Inspired by Luci

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, Challenge, exercise, goals, growth, life, Love, peaceful, play, struggle, Success | 4 Comments

Do you remember being a child and dreaming huge wonderful dreams that moved your soul? Do you remember running so fast that you felt your legs were going to fly right out from underneath you? Or rolling down a hill with your body hitting every single bump in the land and having no fear or worry in the world about getting hurt as you went sailing down that hill of unknown?

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Living Authentically Month 2

Posted on by Tracy in authentic, Coaching, communicate, Embrace, Facebook, goals, Gratitude, Grow, growth, Love, miracles, struggle, Success | 5 Comments

On April 1st, I made my Authentic Announcement taking my very own leap of faith. Although real estate had been good to me, I felt my truth calling me to help the business owner or entrepreneur find his or her own Authentic truth. Even two months ago, I had no idea that this would be my path.

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