Hacking The Miracle Morning a.k.a. The Cliffs' Notes Version

Miracle Morning

Ah, Blinkist would be proud, because here I am, giving you the Cheat Sheet to Hal Elrod's The Miracle Morning

If you haven't heard about this, it's "the not-so-obvious secret guaranteed to transform your life before 8am."

I'll caveat this with the fact that he's not talking about what parents can do... since, if you're like me, life absolutely changes after having a kiddo and it's not so easy to structure routine in your personal life with a toddler.

While many gurus tout "discipline" as the way to success (and don't get me wrong, I don't disagree with this), I do feel like we have so many reasons to shit on ourselves all the time that I don't want a journey towards self-improvement to become another reason to feel guilty or shameful.

Instead, I encourage you to approach these tips with compassion, to do the best that you can with these tips and to love on yourself with grace.

Now, here we go!


Take 60-min from the moment you wake up to do the following (you can rearrange the sequence to your preference, as well as the timing of each section):

  • Silence – 5 min
  • Affirmations – 5 min
  • Visualization – 5 min
  • Exercise – 20-min
  • Reading – 20-min
  • Writing – 5 min

TOTAL = 60 min

If you're looking for help on any of the above items, reach out to me! 

I'm happy to share my favorite affirmations or visualizations, as well as my go-to resource for yoga classes from home. In a future post, I'll share my favorite reading list for 2017.

  • To get you started, check out these meditations I recorded on YouTube.
  • Or, here's a Chakra Journal I created with awesome prompts and beautiful designs.

If you're short on time (and really, who isn't?), here are the essentials broken down in 6-minutes a day — while still getting all the benefits!

  • Minute 1 – Sit in silence. Calm your mind & relax your body to dive deeper into peace & purpose.
  • Minute 2 – Pull out your daily affirmations to remind you of your unlimited potentials & your greatest priorities. Read them aloud for greater confidence to take the actions necessary to live the life you want!
  • Minute 3 – Close your eyes to visualize (or look at a vision board). Visualize your day going perfectly and how much you're having fun doing what you're meant to do and all that you're accomplished. Feel into it.
  • Minute 4 – Write down a few of the things you're grateful for, what you're proud of, and what you're committed to creating that day.
  • Minute 5 – Grab your self-help book to read and discover a new tool you can implement into your day.
  • Minute 6 – Stand up and move your body in a way you love for 60-second. Get your heart rate up to approach the day.

My husband and I are committing to the Miracle Morning starting this month — want to join us?

Actual Responses I've Sent to Clients

Tetsuya Tomomatsu

Last week, I had two opportunities with different clients to share a bit about my philosophy and what I feel is my role as a coach...

One was to talk about patience.

The other was to talk about guarantees.

Here, I'm including the responses for you to read, because when I read them aloud to my husband before I clicked "send", he said, "You should post both of those. They're messages more than your two clients need to hear."

My Email Response 1: When a client wants to see big results fast. I mean, don't we all?

 

Hey {AWESOME CLIENT},

I wanted to send you this episode of Gary Vee's podcast in response to your last email about monetization. Now, please keep in mind that I've been hesitant for years to jump on the Gary Vee/Tony Robbins bandwagon, so I listened to this reluctantly, but then realized there were incredibly valuable elements that were perfect to share with you now...

First, lemme say that I hear you. I hear you've invested a lot and that you want to see a return on your investment of time, energy, intention, and money!

Now, it's time for a little reality check and a tiny bit of tough love, because I'd be doing you a disservice as a coach if I didn't offer this info...

Social media makes it seem like fortunes are super quick to have and attain. What those business owners aren't telling you is how much they invested or how long it took to get there — in my one year of launching this iteration of my business, I've spent over $20K on coaches and business programs alone, not to mention my operational costs, so I know it hurts to "bleed money."

What you're doing now is building your dreams to life. And, given that I don't know your personal financial situation, here's what I can speak to and that this podcast episode also speaks to:

You've gotta make a decision if this truly is your passion. If it is, you've gotta commit to both the hustle and the surrender. 

Right now, you get to decide if this is a hobby you want to monetize or if this is a bigger vision of you truly taking a stand to bring back art in all its amazing glory for the greater public and the greater good, as you've told me.

If it's the former, then it's going to be easy to get knocked off course when results don't seem to materialize in the ways you want them or as quickly as you do.

If it's the latter, then you have to have a long-view, rather than a short one, because every entrepreneur (even in this podcast) will share how they failed and kept at it until they got it right.

You'll make offers people won't respond to. You'll put things out there and hear crickets. And then you'll find your flow, serendipity and magic start to appear in greater volume, and then you're off and running.

You have a platform right now. We're building you a bigger one. We're getting you opportunities for relationship-building, because the best success isn't necessarily continually attracting more and more people, but in optimizing the audience you have. Smaller investments with your existing audience bring bigger ones. People are more likely to buy from you, if they've bought from you before, which is why the small online course or another "tripwire" to start with.  

The more exposure we get you on interviews, YouTube tutorials and press (which mostly involve your time and energy rather than getting paid), the better the platform we build for you speaking your truth about what you love and why you love it, and then more amazing opportunities come, like getting PAID to speak and teach, getting PAID as an influencer, getting PAID to share your skills and knowledge.

There are big audiences you haven't yet tapped into, and if you already knew how everything was going to turn out without leaps of faith, your dream isn't big enough.

Listen to this podcast, especially the part about the business you have now and the one you're building. Hear what they say about how they structured their businesses, especially at the 30-min mark, and what it took, with everything from real gratitude to visualization to being the tortoise with patience over being the hare.

Let me know what you think. I hope this is helpful and know that I'm championing your BIGGEST dreams and the visions you may not even have stepped into yet, but that which I hear your soul is calling for.

I'm always here with an open heart, willing conversation, and accepting mind.

Big love (in tiny and big portions),

Judy

 

My Email Response 2: When a client asks about what kind of guarantees I can offer.

 

Aloha {AWESOME CLIENT},

Thanks so much for reaching out for clarity!

First, I want to say that I genuinely appreciate the questions you're asking — they're elevating my integrity in growing my business, and I'm beyond grateful for that.

Now, here's what I'd like to say to your question about what kind of return I tell my clients they can expect...

You're right that there isn't something as cut and dry in that I can guarantee you'll get featured in various publications within a certain timeframe. In fact, I make it a point in my business to not guarantee anything that involves factors beyond my control, which in a partnership such as yours, range from editorial timelines and various media requirements, all the way to client participation. To do so would jeopardize the foundation of my business, because there's no way I can control all of those moving parts.

What I can indeed guarantee is that I commit to my clients' success wholeheartedly. I put more than 100% of my effort, and the results my clients experience – from personal growth to professional outcomes – are stellar. I personally went from being out of the publishing, marketing, and PR world for two years to be with my daughter and when I came back into the work force, I began to earn six figures from marketing & branding consulting within three months, as well as offered a full-time position from one of my marketing clients in ATX.

What I can also tell you are experiences my past and present clients have had:

  • My client, Kara, got a personal response from Arianna Huffington after I shared with her my pitch templates.
  • My client, Silke, got onto a podcast interview after I taught her how to pitch, as well as got her articles published in elephant journal after my edits. She also received a personal response from editors at The Washington Post, as well as a response from Arianna Huffington to become a relationship expert contributor in Thrive Global.
  • My client, Cheryl, earns almost half a million dollars annually as a healthcare consultant and used my branding suggestions to book herself an interview on EOFire.
  • My client, Karleigh, took my strategic suggestions to reframe her business offerings and is now attracting new clients for her coaching practice.
  • A client from six years ago recently sent me a video text message to say that working together was one of the best times of her life and she thinks of me often, for the profound healing effect it had on her life — she was able to navigate her anxiety and panic so much that she could become a mother.
  • My latest client, Kate, called two of my existing clients to hear their honest feedback, after which she immediately signed up.

These clients invested in me and are seeing phenomenal results they're all willing to share testimonials on.

Most importantly, all my clients can expect real integrity and absolute honesty — if I don't know something, I'll tell you, and even more so, I'll do my damnedest to figure it out, because I'm a perpetual learner and I thrive on being as capable as I can possibly be.

While I'm absolutely championing your success, I also wholeheartedly believe that every agreement I enter into should be done so with the fullest of confidence. I hope I've answered your questions and look forward to your decision. Any offers I make with special customized pricing expire within a 7-day timeframe to ensure that both parties have the clarity and energetic freedom to move forward either way.

You're welcome to take as much time to reflect, because I'm definitely open to working together so long as I have the bandwidth!

Mahalo,

Judy

 

What are your philosophies on rapid results and guarantees?

3 Tips to Show Up More Authentically Online

Judy Tsuei writer

When it comes to sharing authentically online, I don't tout "oversharing."

I know that once you post something online, it pretty much lives in infamy, so you better be darn sure that what you say is content that you're okay having out there forever.

(In the days before I realized the power of the Internet, I did a photoshoot with a friend where I posed in suggestive clothing and for the life of me, I cannot get those photos deleted, so... if you google me, yes, you'll find the countless pieces I've published or the yoga videos on YouTube with tens of thousands of views, but you might find that, too. #confession)

There are even entire articles about how when you "break up" with someone, you never actually break up with them online, since you'll be in a photo tagged somewhere in another friend's feed and your former romantic history connection to exist.

Here are my 3 tips if you'd like to show up more authentically online:

1. Check in with your gut.

As a woman, you have more intuitive powers than you realize and you CAN USE THEM TO YOUR ADVANTAGE IN BUSINESS, so use them. Your intuition can steer you to the path of the greatest good for all.

2. Ask yourself, "Is this helping someone?"

You're a conscious individual. You want to create more good vibes in the world. Then ask yourself if what you're writing or sharing is actually contributing to elevating the energy around us. Trust me, I have had PLENTY of Taylor Swift moments where I could've really shown my scorn towards people in the ways I was wronged, but the thing that actually proved the best was acting in grace over revenge. 

Is what you're writing true to you (because in the end, all we can ever share is the truth from our own perspective) and will it help another soul?

3. Have you come through to the other side? 

Awhile back, I read an article from a writer who said that too many people publish too early. As in, they're still going through the life experience and they're already sharing about it before it's completely unfolded. Let me be clear that writing is an amazing tool to help you heal, but sharing it with the world while you're healing? Maybe not so much.

Can you come through with a valuable lesson, even in the midst of what you're going through, so that people can be emboldened by what you're going through? 

Here's an example:

The ever amazing IMO comedienne, Ali Wong, shared in an interview with Terry Gross, that when she had her miscarriage, she immediately started using it as material in her stand-up. Unfortunately, no one was laughing, and she couldn't understand why. She reached out to her colleague, Chris Rock (yep, THAT Chris Rock) who told her that, "It's too early, yo. Your audience is uncomfortable and don't feel that it's okay to laugh, because they can see that you're not really through it yet. When you've fully processed it for yourself, that's when they'll feel okay to laugh about it, too."

You've got to make sure you're okay with where you are, so your audience will feel okay, too.

How do these tips resonate with you? What have you learned in sharing online? Have you ever suffered from a "vulnerability hangover"?

Abraham Hicks Manifesting Exercise

Priss Enriquez

By now, you've probably heard me say that I'm not super "woo-woo," but I am definitely spiritual. That's why I've loved learning about Abraham Hicks, a team of divine entities channeled by Esther Hicks... (YouTube "Abraham Hicks" and you'll find epic meditations).

I know, how could I not be "woo" if I'm talking about "channeling"?

Well, I'll have to share the story when I was co-teaching a yoga class in San Diego with a woman who was channeling Kwan Yin, but that's a story for another time...

For today, I'll simply share with you an exercise from Esther & Jerry (her hubs) Hicks' book, The Law of Attraction, to bring you into alignment before action, so you can make your greatest dreams come true.

Step 1: Get 3 sheets of paper. 

I highly suggest you get a super cute journal you love to dive into the art of handwriting again... it'll slow you down, give you a moment to reflect, and simply encourage more presence.

Step 2: On one sheet, write down one thing you want.

Once you get the hang of this, you can repeat this exercise with more dreams you'd like to manifest. Abraham Hicks recommends that you initially select only three things you really want, because as you practice, you'll eventually be able to create simultaneously and continuously.

Step 3: Turn it over and write down the reasons you want this!

Doing this step will enhance what you want...

Step 4: On the next sheet, write down reasons you believe you will have what you want.

Doing this step will enhance the beliefs that you will have it, so you can truly receive it!

All of this leads to intentional deciding, because in every moment of your life, you'll always have a choice.

Choose what'll bring you life versus what'll detract your energy. 

Choose to live in love over fear.

I've always liked learning that everything, every action, every exchange and experience, is either an act of love or a call for love...

What are you calling in?

Finding the words to describe mental health.

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I've been incredibly interested in mental health as of late, diving into any narratives about how people describe depression and isolation. (Case in point: I just finished the book, What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen, which I highly recommend, especially if you want to dive into what it's like to grow up in a social media obsessed culture.)

This diving into such literature and podcasts is likely because, as a writer, I'm startled by the fact that I don't have the words to describe the depths of postpartum depression that I experienced earlier this year.

And yet, I've noticed that the more I open up about this in my Facebook group, the more engagement I find with other like-minded members of my tribe who can't help but feel called to respond with their own experiences.

This is the kind of connection we're craving. This is the kind of belonging and authenticity we're searching for...

I can feel it coming. A sense that my purpose is unfolding in a greater way. And, it's a lot in part to Heather Gray, a former licensed therapist and now a mindset coach, who helped me understand that what I need now is to become acquainted with myself again.

It's not about grief or grieving the person I was, because yes, there was a time for that. But, in the midst of my becoming a mother and an entrepreneur, moving our home from an isle in the middle of the Pacific to the middle of a giant state like Texas, there's been a LOT of change.

A lot of catching up I'm aiming to do and a lot of things that I'm surprised don't mean the same to me as they used to.

This journey of entrepreneurship is an unfolding one, because we are unfolding ourselves, as well. To put all of our heart and mind into our endeavors means that there will be shifts and realizations, letting go and surrenders, aha moments and utter breakdowns.

There are plenty of things that I'm good at doing, from writing to connecting to pitching to podcasting, but what is it that I REALLY want right now? What makes me thrive NOW? What makes me come alive now that I'm the woman I've become?

That's what I'm figuring out. And, the way that I'll do that is placing one intentional step in front of another.

Let's see where we go.

How Can Getting Published Lead to a Book Deal?

For anyone who knows me, you'll know that I absolutely believe in magic. 

The magic of serendipity. Synchronicity. Believing beyond... and allowing for yourself to receive it.

Thanks to Amanda Montell for posting this video in a writing Facebook group I'm in, where I watched it today and reveled in reassurances that yes, pursuing your passion can lead you to places greater than you can imagine.

By getting published, you get seen — not only by your ideal clients, but also by potential book publishers and agents!

And, that it can happen with the power of women.

Why Do I Love Podcasts?

Podcast Research

According to my Stitcher app, I have over 1035 hours of listening — that doesn't include audiobooks or stations on Audible OR the countless CDs I listened to before podcasting became a thing.

I love podcasting... and it might be for the pure fact that I am a multi-tasking fiend, so that I can do other things while listening and being immersed in knowledge and great storytelling. The worlds that open up are incredible!

But, I also want to dive in to why podcasting is great for your business, if you're curious as to why you even need to pitch yourself to be a podcast guest in the first place.

The 2017 Edison Research report on podcasting is compelling:

  • 60% of the population — that's an estimated 168 million people — are familiar with the term "podcasting" and in fact, 40% of the American population (an estimated 112 million people) have listened to podcasts.
  • Every month, 67 million people listen to podcasts!
    • Currently, podcast listeners skew slightly more male, at 56% versus 44%.
    • Monthly podcast listeners are primarily 18-34 (44%) or 35-54 (33%).
    • Monthly podcast listeners are also mostly affluent and highly educated, with 45% of listeners earning anywhere between $75K annually to $150K annually or more.
  • Every WEEK, there are an estimated 42 million people listening to podcasts!
    • Weekly podcast listeners are even more devoted, spending up to 5 hours a week actively listening! In fact, they listen to an average of FIVE PODCASTS PER WEEK and are subscribed to an average of six.

And, when it comes to listening behavior, podcasters love instant gratification, with 77% listening immediately.

Best of all, podcast listeners are incredibly engaged, where 42% listen to the entire episode and 44% listen to most of the episode. Compare this to the teeny tiny conversion numbers you're supposed to celebrate when it comes to getting subscribers to open one of your emails or, more importantly, take action by clicking through! MailChimp reports a dismal 3% on average depending on your industry...

Let's take it another step further — if you want to talk about powerful word-of-mouth social sharing, 64% of active podcast listeners are also active on social media at least several times a day!

Podcasting continues to rise from 21-24% year after year. This particular report shares that there are huge underserved potential audiences for new forms of spoken word media and that the "audience is king", so the opportunities for your message to stand out to your ideal client is substantial.

And, your episode continues to live on in organic search results, further building yourself as an expert in your field. When showing up as a featured guest on a relevant podcast, you suddenly reach thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of new ears, ready to receive what you have to offer.

So... have you been featured on a podcast lately? Is there something holding you back? Are you ready to rock it in live interviews?

If you're curious about how we can work together to get you booked — and how to come off amazingly when you're being recorded — connect with me today.

Using "prompts" for engagement? Nope, you don't need them.

Writing Prompts

In a lot of the current info out there on social media about how to create greater engagement in your Facebook groups, email lists, or posts is to write a prompt.

In other words, they're suggesting you ask a question to get the conversation going.

I've tried this. It hasn't worked.

What HAS worked?

Me. Just writing. Openly and honestly about my human experience, my triumphs and challenges, my most vulnerable moments (even the ones that bring guilt and shame).

Because it turns out, that connection with depth, when you're open and vulnerable, leads others to automatically be inclined to become open and vulnerable with you.

Case in point? 

I opened up in my Facebook Group recently about how I've tried so hard to make my marriage work, and I'm not sure if it will. 

I shared things in this post that I had kept hidden for some time, because I was afraid that people would judge me as failing.

I worried, before clicking "post," that maybe people wouldn't view me as the professional I want to be seen as, yet I keep encouraging my clients to foster that genuine and authentic relationship with their tribe, so if I'm going to lead the front, then I have to do by example.

What happened? 

Comment after comment after comment thanking me for sharing. Telling me they'd gone through something similar. Texts and private emails offering support. All these women inspired by me, because of my truths.

I never got this kind of engagement with any prompt question I was taught to ask.

Throughout my life, friends have always been surprised by how quickly people open up to me. At the store. Waiting in line. At a press retreat. Strangers divulge intimate details about their lives and even say beforehand, "I never usually tell anyone about this, but..."

And I know it's because I invite them in with my own vulnerability.

This is how we form bonds we remember. 

This is how we make the most meaningful impression.

This is why clients come back to me year after year, even if there are long gaps (one of them after 10 years!), because I'm still the one they want to work with when the need arises.

Go. Be you. Be all of you. And watch as the world responds with more attention. In a time of falsehoods represented by the highlight reels online, your tribe needs you more than ever to be real.

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You could hire a copywriter, but it's not the same as what I do.

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I used to be a copywriter. In fact, a very good one. I've done it since I was interning as a sophomore in college, so it's been about 20-something years.

But, there's a difference between what a copywriter does and what I do. Because there's more to compelling writing than simply pretty prose. 

In order to differentiate yourself in an online space, you've GOT to know how to connect with your ideal clients. And, what ultimately fosters connection in the digital and real worlds? 

Emotions.

Your story has to connect on a profound level, where your ideal client reads your narrative and says, "Ohmigoodness, is she living my life? How does she know me so well??"

When I started writing for MindBodyGreen, I'd get emails from readers all around the world who said, "Thank you for giving me the words to express what I didn't know how to say."

To be so powerfully impacted by a stranger's words to the point that you want to reach out to them to express gratitude? That's a big effin' deal, especially when you consider how passive and distant today's society can be.

So yes, you can hire a professional copywriter to make your website and marketing sound pretty, but is going to connect in such a way that people actively want to reach out to you? 

Is there smart strategy behind the story, too? I want to make sure you're not simply communicating for vanity's sake, or because you know you have to, but because what you're saying is purposeful and unbelievably heartfelt that you'll form meaningful relationships with the people you serve... for life.

The next time you're contemplating hiring a writer, ask them:

  • Can you help capture my essence?
  • Can you intuitively feel into what I want to express, even if I may not have the clarity to share what it is I want quite yet? 
  • Can you truly understand my ideal client's pain points and challenges? 
  • Do you know what my tribe desperately wants in their greatest hopes?
  • How much "marketing speak" will you infuse versus words I would actually use?

Let me know what your experiences with writers have been! I'd love to know what you've loved and what you wished was different!

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