Sharing some of what I learned at the women’s business retreat I was at this weekend, plus book recommendations

Mindset is everything

RECAP OF MY WOMEN’S BUSINESS RETREAT THIS WEEKEND

I’ve entered into a 10 month business program to bring LadyDrinks to the next level and this weekend was a retreat with the founder and the 6 women enrolled. I was surprised by what we spent one morning on.

 

RECAP OF MY WOMEN’S BUSINESS RETREAT

I swear, I haven’t worn a fleck of makeup since Sunday. I’m drained, but I’m invigorated.

When I left my full time job last November to run LadyDrinks full time, I knew I needed help. How to run a successful business wasn’t going to divine itself one day. A member told me over dinner one night about a business program she was enrolled in and designed to take each woman in the cohort to a certain revenue level. I thought to myself, “I want to be enrolled in something like that.” Well, I did. This weekend, we spent the weekend knee-deep in each of our businesses’ financials. My biggest takeaway was around…

MINDSET

I’ve listened to “The Secret” a million times, both in book and movie form. Intellectually, I got the philosophy that “thoughts become things.” But the founder of my business program spent an entire morning devoted to mindset. Business success is “80% mindset. 20% skillset,” she counseled. We can make widgets till the cows come home, but if we don’t think, believe, emote that our widget business will cross the six figure mark, it won’t. I was also surprised to learn we generate 70,000 thoughts in a day, and most are negative.

ESTABLISH A MORNING RITUAL

Rituals can help with mindset. Some of the most successful people in the world, including Tony Robbins, have morning rituals. I established mine. I already work out first thing in the morning to change my physical state. It’s my first ‘win’ of the day and sets the tone for the day. I email a list of 10 things I’m grateful for to three LadyDrinks members daily.  And finally, saying aloud a daily affirmation or mantra around success.

CARRY A  BRAG BOOK

One of my members said to me this morning, “As South Asian women, we don’t credit ourselves enough.” True. This is why she suggested carrying a brag book. In other words, dedicate one notebook just to wins. It’s not enough to carry our ‘wins’ around in our heads. Efficiency expert Ari Meiselrecommends everyone keep an ‘external brain’ where our wins are documented. We can refer to them when times get tough.

BOOK READING LIST

Mentors can be in person. Tomorrow, we host a webinar with Angela Lee of 37 Angels on how to raise angel funding for our businesses. Mentors can also be found in books, especially when someone successful writes a memoir like Phil Knight, founder of Nike. Here are a list of suggested books from the retreat:

Leveraging the Universe by Mike Dooley
Scaling Up How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Founder of Nike)

JOIN US TOMORROW FOR THE LADYDRINKS WEBINAR

Today’s member spotlight is on Priya Sajja, Vice President, Global Strategy, Wealth Solutions at Bank of New York Mellon. She’s most proud of sponsoring the LadyDrinks screening of the film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg last year. Learn why.  

LadyDrinks partners with ELLEVATE for the Mobilize Women Summit, Friday, June 21st, 2019 in New York, NY  All Day Event

Mobilize Women is a movement based on Ellevate Network’s purpose of achieving equality for all, by giving diverse voices, and particularly those of women, a seat at the table where decisions are made. The Summit will cover topics such as Intersectional Identities, Changing the Culture of Business, Innovating the Future, Starting a Revolution, and more.

This year’s Summit will feature speakers Sallie Krawcheck, Valerie Jarrett, Tony Prophet, Halima Aden, Andrea Jung and more. Register here using code ‘ladydrinks’ for 15% off tickets to the Summit. If you can’t make it on June 21, check out the Livestream of the event!

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