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How to Climb Out of the Plateau and Grow Your Business
Special thanks to Kimberly Alexander for helping us climb out of the plateau
18 July, 2017 by
How to Climb Out of the Plateau and Grow Your Business
Phyllis Smith
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Have you hit a plateau? Has your business just stopped growing and you just can’t figure out why? Are you exhausted? Do you feel like you spend every day running just to keep up and still falling short? In our society today, we are expected to do and be so many things to so many different people it only seems possible to disappoint in one area or another.

Work-Life Balance in Business

If we focus too much on our careers our personal life suffers, and if we focus too much on family it seems we will not achieve the success we want - and then there are the household obligations, volunteer opportunities, health and fitness responsibilities, oh and if there is any time left at all maybe you can find time to do something you want to do just because. My challenge to you is to think of life not in buckets of business, personal, etc., but as a whole. You only have one life and you get to choose what you make of it. The following three fundamentals will help you map out the life you want to live.


She was close to calling it quits. Then we worked together to explore her purpose, her mission and her WHY for doing her business.  Through questioning and introspection, we were able to dig down to her core purpose. That alone revived her motivation. Then we explored her “back story” on her purpose that she could share with prospective clients.

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3 Ways Your WHY Story Will Attract Loyal Customers

How to Map Out the Life You Want to Live

1. Perspective

Before you can start living the life you want to live you have to make sure you have the right perspective and expectations. Too often, we don’t have realistic expectations of ourselves and overcommit to things that are physically impossible to achieve. Many of us strive to be over-achievers and fight with the limitations of time and our physical bodies to get them done. While challenging yourself can be a good thing it can also be demoralizing if you challenge yourself to achieve things that are unrealistic. The difference between seeing results and dreaming of them is perspective and the willingness to change and take action. Realize that you may need to change your expectations of what your perfect life looks like before you can find the balance you seek.

2. Strategy

Once you have identified what you want your life to look like, it’s time to take action and start cutting the things that won’t help you get there and focusing more on the things that will. How many unnecessary tasks are taking up your time every day? Are the things you have committed to moving you forward or holding you back? You have to get real about the limitations of your time. Use the boundaries worksheet from The Results Map to help get a clearer understanding of your time limitations and build in the activities you really want to have. Putting everything down on paper in front of you will help you gain a clear understanding of what needs to change. 

3. Results

With the right perspective and strategy in place you will start to see the results you want to achieve. But your results will be driven by your actions. You can’t expect to make temporary changes, or insignificant changes and see the results you are looking for. True change takes time, consistency, and can be very challenging. However, as you work to end less productive habits and create new, effective habits you will start enjoying the rewards of your efforts. Don’t give in and never give up.

Success is calling and it starts with you! Through perspective, strategy and results, you can and WILL see positive change. Take it one day, one step at a time. After all, plateaus are just a hurdle, but will bring incredible views. Enjoy the journey!

For help getting the right perspective and building out a strategy to get the results you want, please read The Results Map for Women in Biz. You can find it at:


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Author, Kimberly Alexander

After over 20 years as a career corporate executive, Kimberly Alexander launched her business as a field development specialist and motivational speaker for corporations. Driven by a passion to make a difference, Kimberly mentors and trains in workshop environments, provides individual mentoring and motivational speaking. Her direct, pin-pointed approach to learning establishes trust, humor and produces long term results. Kimberly is and eWomenNetwork PLATINUM member.


How to Climb Out of the Plateau and Grow Your Business
Phyllis Smith
18 July, 2017
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