motivation / “Inspiration” Interview Series: Carrie Green

  • Adi Maor Siso
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  • Carrie Green . Inspiration . motivation . planning . setbacks .

One of the things I realized in the last few years about new projects and entrepreneurship is that the only way to make things happen – is doing them!
I know it sounds a bit obvious, but as humans we all have our fears and thoughts that holding us back. It can be a judgmental voice about a new idea we have, or fear of failure with the first setback we encounter.

I Hope that through this blog you’ll be able to get the tools and resources you need to make your dreams a reality. Just by being inspired, organized and having fun with the thing you need to do.

This is why I’ve created this special “INSPIRATION” Interview Series. To help you get a little push in the right direction just by “seeing” (or reading actually…) how others doing it.

As I started interviewing those wonderful amazing ladies I realized they have a lot in common. I’m sure you’ll see that too in the upcoming interviews. In the meantime I want to get started.

Carrie Green is super successful business woman (after starting her first online business at the age of 20!! while still studying Law!), the founder of
The Female Entrepreneur Association and “This girl means BUSINESS” magazine.
She provides female entrepreneurs with an environment to share, learn and develop from like-minded individuals.
I love her enthusiasm to empower and inspire other entrepreneuress and glad I can give you a chance for a real peek to her way of thinking.

 Carrie Green

 

What is the first thing you do when a new business idea jumps into your mind?

Get really excited! My mind goes into overdrive and I get my notepad out and start writing everything down.

 

How do you know if this idea is good for your business or not?

Firstly, my ideas (or any ideas that people approach me with) have to pass my ‘mission test’ – it’s a concept I discovered when I read a book called Start With Why, by Simon Sinek. The mission test is where I take the idea and I see whether it fits in and aligns with my overall mission. So for example, my mission with the Female Entrepreneur Association is to inspire and empower women to turn their ideas into a reality and build successful businesses – so if I came up with an idea to sell business telephone lines I would ask myself, “does this idea completely align with my mission?” in this case I would say no – I don’t think business telephone lines are inspiring, so the idea wouldn’t make the cut.
I find this really helpful, because it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new idea and sometimes you get carried away thinking about how much money it could make for you and lose sight of what you and your business are really about and end up going off track. The mission test helps me to stay focused and aligned.

I also check to make sure my ideas align with my core values too. I found in the past that I would start working on different ideas and then get a few months down the line and feel totally miserable and I realized that it was because the ideas didn’t align with me and my values.
So I spent some time working out what my core values were – what was most important to me in my life, for example, freedom is a big value of mine – I love having the freedom to do what I want, and so if one of my ideas caused a lack of freedom I’d find myself becoming more and more unhappy.

Last (but not least!), I listen to my intuition.
If something doesn’t feel quite right I pay attention to it.

 

How do you deal with the fears a new project holds?

I just take it all one step at a time. There’s always an element of fear when working on a new project, because there is so much uncertainty – you can’t be 100% sure whether it will work out and that is scary.
So I find it helpful to just stay in the present moment, rather than worrying about what will happen next week, next month or next year.
I also practice a lot of techniques to help me program my mind for success – like visualisations, affirmations, meditations, journaling and I find that all these things help me to surrender my fears and stay focused on feeling good about everything and having the faith that everything will work out.

 

Where is your favorite place to do your planning; and to work on a new project?

I don’t really have a favorite place – I work from where I have my laptop and notepad :)

 

What do you do if life happens and you’re not keeping up with your original plan? What keeps your motivation high?

I keep going. I don’t think I’ve ever taken on a new project and just breezed through it – there’s always been some challenge or struggle (whether external or internal).
I used to fight it and resist it whenever I went through periods where things seemed off track or I wasn’t making the progress I wanted to be making, but then I realized that there’s no point in fighting it.
I think the key is to just accept it and let it go (although it’s not always easy!).
You have to trust that you are in the right place and that things are happening for a reason and that things will evolved in the right way, at the right time.
(Tweet That!)

Whenever I’m feeling low I do take the time to get inspired – I’ll listen to a piece of music which lifts me up, or I’ll watch a video on YouTube or speak to a friend – something, anything to get me feeling inspired.
There’s also a quote which helps give me a boost whenever I’m going through a slow phase: ‘successful people hang on when everyone else has let go’ – it reminds me that I want to be the kind of person that’s willing to hang on, that’s willing to keep going, because I want to achieve amazing things and I’ll never give up on that.

Some other things that help me during these times:
Taking a break – sometimes I find it helpful to just get away from it all and take  step back. It helps me to change my perspective and recharge. Even if it’s just going for a walk, it can help.

Looking at my goals and readjusting my game plan – When things are slow or I’m off track I find that it’s easy to drift aimlessly throughout the day, so sometimes a good goal and planning session can really help get the clarity and focus back.

 

Now your turn!
Share in the comment below – what is the one thing you’re taking from this interview and implementing TODAY in your business?

Also, please SHARE and LIKE this post so others can be inspired and take action about something they just really want to do and still didn’t!

Do you want to kickstart one of your ideas into a new project?
Join the upcoming free 30 day challenge – “Chain Reaction” to learn more
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Here’s to your new project! YAY!
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16 Comments
  1. Niri
    September 17, 2013 Reply

    Well, I would have to take the following quote: “successful people hang on when everyone else has let go”.. because it makes me believe in myself and my business and it helps me see that I’m doing the right thing while hanging on there!
    Thanks Adi and Carrie for the inspiration :)

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      I LOVE that quote too!
      I really believe that persistence makes all the difference.
      Glad that you liked it.
      Wondering what you’re going to say about the next interview :-)
      xo,
      Adi

  2. Nathalie
    September 17, 2013 Reply

    Adi, I love this interview. And the tweetable! It is so true and definitely something I can totally relate to. Actually, it is a really good positive affirmation, too :-) !

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      You right! It IS a good affirmation.
      Especially when things get a little rough…

  3. Mona Lisa
    September 17, 2013 Reply

    Carrie’s great, awesome interview. What I’m taking from this today is a renewed sense of motivation to align myself with success through the activities she suggested like meditation and visualization. I *know* it’s important, but I need to make time for it. Great interview!

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Mona,
      Glad that you liked it :-)
      The key is really to make the time. There are so many things we “know”, but don’t to and it can easily be fixed if we just sets our mind on it.
      Will love to here how this is coming to you and how you’re dealing with “making time”.
      xo,
      Adi

  4. Desiree East
    September 17, 2013 Reply

    I love practicing staying in the present moment when things get a little crazy…harder said than done, but doing that keeps the worries at bay. Great interview :)

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Desiree!
      It helps me too. I try to do that for shorts periods of time if I feel it’s hard for me to focus, and that helps too.
      xo,
      Adi

  5. Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com
    September 18, 2013 Reply

    Loved this!
    I am in the process of putting together a new offering and am TOTALLY in New Project Fear.
    Her advice to stay in the present moment is ingenious! I’m putting it into practise RIGHT NOW!

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      Great Marsha!
      That’s exactly the spirit! :-)

      Also, maybe the upcoming challenge I put together will help you too.
      I’m going to give you some great tools that can help you with that:

      http://www.adimaorsiso.com/30-day-challenge/

      Keep practicing!
      xo,
      Adi

  6. Silvia Bianco
    September 18, 2013 Reply

    Adi, I was just thinking about this last night – what makes me jump on an idea or not.
    First I’ve come to accept and respect myself as someone who gets great ideas.
    Why? Because I’ve seen others do things I’ve thought about doing so often and sometimes make tons of money doing them.

    It used to make me feel like I was missing the mark until I realized that I wasn’t going to do that anyway so why not applaud them and myself for having the idea.
    Over the years I’ve come to trust that my ideas are usually good. They’re in the air so to speak and I’m plucking the juicy ones.
    Whether or not I implement them is – as Carrie says a function of:
    Is this something I want to do;
    is it authentic to me;
    and does it serve my mission?

    If I answer yes to all three, then I want to act fast.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      Silvia,
      That’s a good system you got there.
      The fact that you have a series of question you can check your ideas with is wonderful.
      I think we should all have this kind of inner compose that will help us decide what can really works for us.

      I’m going to talk about it a lot in the upcoming interviews so I’m so glad that you brought that up :-)
      xo,
      Adi

  7. Court McCracken @ Art Nurture
    September 18, 2013 Reply

    Wow, these are awesome thoughts.
    I love that Carrie shares the fact that every project has challenges.

    It isn’t a breeze and sometimes we look at someone else and we only see their breezy state of finished polished look, but not the hard work and challenge behind the finished product.
    I think that can often make us feel lonely as we are facing challenges.

    I believe it is important for us to share our challenges with each other and am grateful for Carrie’s insights into the process of new business ideas.

    1. Adi Maor Siso
      September 23, 2013 Reply

      Everybody have challenges, Court :-)
      Even if sometimes it doesn’t seem so.
      We’re all going through the same things and have to deal with them in different ways.
      I’m glad this interview showed you that and hopefully you took some insights you can implement.
      xo,
      Adi

  8. Alejandra Ruani
    September 20, 2013 Reply

    SO smart and inspiring… AND gorgeous!! Another question: how do you manage to stay so beautiful with the stress of a project??!!

    I have a HUGE project in the works and to be honest I feel like I’m losing my diva mojo!! SOS!

  9. Andrea
    September 25, 2013 Reply

    Great interview, Adi. Lots of great takeaways but the one that resonated most with me was to take a break. As entrepreneurs, we’re always taking action – that’s what we’re all about! But, certainly for me, knowing when to step back and just chill for a bit is just as important as getting things done.

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