Chill & Prosper with Denise Duffield-Thomas
Chill & Prosper with Denise Duffield-Thomas
About Chill & Prosper with Denise Duffield-Thomas
So your partner or family and friends have a bad money mindset; now what? I know this is so challenging, and I hear it from our Money Bootcamp members all the time. How are you meant to do this essential money mindset work - working on yourself and growing your business - when everyone in your life seems to be against you or stuck in scarcity? What should you do if the money blocks of the people around you are holding you back? And how do you overcome the fears of outgrowing people or feeling isolated while you break cycles and create a new legacy for your family? In so many situations, I’ve seen beautiful transformations when couples or family members unite and transform their collective money mindsets. It’s happened in my own family, and my husband Mark and I even teach a module on this in our Money Bootcamp course. So, on this new episode of the Chill and Prosper podcast, I’ve got my best advice for nurturing your money mindset and supporting your loved ones with their work.
Sometimes, in business, things feel hard. There'll be times when you might not love your business; in fact, you might hate it and want to quit. But before you do anything drastic, let's work through it together. It's not all or nothing; you don't have to break your business completely - some tweaks could make all the difference. Your capacity, energy, and passion for your business will change at different stages of life. And even at different times of your cycle (if you have periods). So be honest with yourself about the season that you're in right now. Farmers need to rotate crops and animals and give land fallow time, and maybe you're in more of a family or health season than a business growth season right now. Wherever you're at, it's okay, and you can set up your business to support rather than drain you.
I’ve struggled with procrastination my whole life, especially in business. I’ve even created courses on beating procrastination, but it’s something that regularly gets in my way. I know this is a big pain point for a lot of entrepreneurs, especially those with ADHD like me, so I’m sharing my tips and tricks on taking action when you least feel like it. Although I might look like a very organized and focused person, the truth is, I’m not. However, I can get a lot done by playing to my strengths and using some of the techniques in today’s podcast.
These words in a recent fortune cookie really got me thinking; "Reading without reflection is like eating without digestion." I can devour a book in an afternoon, but sometimes don't take the time to reflect on what I've just read. I can be a fast eater, too. And I'm fast entrepreneur, constantly juggling multiple projects and quick to action new ideas. The fortune cookie made me reflect on how I can bring more spaciousness into my life. And it sparked some new ideas on how reflection can help you grow your business. Because when you're growing a business or dreaming of a bigger life, everyone's best next step looks so different. Sometimes, it's education or a course. Sometimes, it's going on a retreat like I did recently. Sometimes, it's in the nuances, like giving yourself an extra day of travel so you don't feel rushed or time off between projects.
Whether it’s for your podcast, social post, or videos - being in business means constantly coming up with new content ideas. And I always get asked how I come up with ideas and keep things fresh. So, I’ve put together all my best tips and tricks to inspire you to get into the content-creation groove. As you listen today, grab a pen or the notes app on your phone to capture your ideas for podcasts or emails.
Thankfully, I don’t get a lot of hate mail. Well, actually, I don’t know because my team gate-keeps my emails, but I hope not 🙂 But the inspiration for today’s podcast episode does come from a comment I got online… “Denise, you’re so new money.” I think it was intended as an insult, but I didn’t take it that way because it’s kinda true. I am new to money and have made a few classic new money mistakes since becoming wealthy. So, I’ve got some insight and cautionary tales to help you acclimatize to having more money.
Do you like Halloween? Are you dressing up and trick-or-treating? I love it and can’t wait for some fun and candy with the kids. Today, we’ve got a spooky topic on the podcast - scary clients. Whenever I speak to entrepreneurs about their fears, many of them are around having scary conversations with clients or dealing with difficult clients. It’s a rite of passage on your business journey to have a few nightmare clients, so hopefully, today’s advice will make that a little easier when they pop up for you. Or if you’ve had nightmare clients in the past, this is an excellent opportunity to heal and let go of any horror stories
Let’s face it: so many of us are stressed out. The last couple of years have been a lot, and running a business while having a relationship, family, and self-care isn’t straightforward. I’ve seen more of our community sharing their health challenges, and I’ve talked a lot about my ADHD diagnosis and peri-menopause journey. As we get older, things like aging parents, chronic illness, and parenting can cause upheaval. So it’s no wonder we’re feeling overwhelmed - not to mention pending climate change doom, political instability, and inflation! 😅 In today’s podcast episode, I’m sharing how I simplify when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I hope there are a few tips that can help you chill and prosper.
Whether you're feeling burnt out, lacking motivation, or need inspiration, I'm here to help! One of the things that sets me apart in the online marketing industry is my longevity - I've been running the Money Bootcamp course and community for over a decade, and we have over 9,000 members. So I get asked all the time, how do I stay interested and focused? How do I stay motivated and not break my business? On today's podcast, we're talking about longevity in business.
If you’re a regular listener to my podcast, you’ll know I don’t often have guests on the show. I batch like 12 episodes in a day and the logistics of having guests usually doesn’t work with that. But today I’ve got something special - a chat with my bestie, interior designer, and set designer, Naomi Findlay. Naomi and I have done a LOT of renovation projects together and partnered in a few businesses, so this is a juicy chat all about creativity, money, and friendship.
Does this sound familiar? Have you been constantly told to get over your fear to succeed in your business? But despite trying to bury your fear, you still feel anxious and uncertain, unable to move forward with confidence. I’ve been there too - stuck in that constant struggle between faith and fear, it can be painful and overwhelming. And how can we tell the difference? When should we listen to fears from our intuition, and when should we push through? On today's podcast, we're talking about how to balance fear and faith and how to discern between wishful thinking, fear, and scarcity.
Pricing is such a pain point for many entrepreneurs, so I talk about it a lot. You'll also have to revisit it regularly during your business journey. A price that feels big and scarcy at the start may soon feel normal or too small. So it's essential to continue to review your pricing so it feels like a win-win and a good energetic match. So, if you've been avoiding looking at your prices or need help experimenting with your prices, then today's podcast is for you. I share the pros and cons of different pricing strategies and why they may make sense for your business at various stages as you grow. Plus, we talk about the big mindset piece involved with pricing - feeling okay talking about money and learning that the price is just the price, and it's okay for you to charge (and receive).
If you haven't heard a single rumor about this, you're probably thinking, "Who do you think you are, Denise?" Or you may have heard that it's a goal of mine to retire soon, and you're curious. At a conference I was speaking at back in March, I mentioned that I'm on track to hit my goal of retiring by 45, and maybe it was an overshare, but I had a few people freak out. So, I wanted to record this Chill and Prosper episode to share more about what's happening for me and what I'm manifesting.
Every day, I get questions from entrepreneurs about how to stay positive, stay on top of my mindset, or what to do when the inevitable blocks pop up. I’ve spent the last two decades helping people with their mindset in business because I know how crucial it is to your success and well-being. Working on your mindset is one of the only things in business that you can’t outsource to anyone else, and in my opinion, it is the number one thing we have to master as entrepreneurs. When I talk about mindset work, I mean believing in yourself, nurturing an abundance mindset, and challenging your negative beliefs. It’s not a one-and-done thing, and it’s not one-size-fits-all. You must learn to continually watch your thoughts and feelings to ensure they don’t derail you. Because we all have negative thoughts, and you can’t ever truly get rid of them, but you can learn to dance with them so they don’t undermine the pursuit of your dreams. So, this is the topic we’re diving into on today’s podcast.
After every launch, I’m nagged by the question - why didn’t more people buy? Despite the success of my business, and even when we’ve had 7-figure launches, the question still haunts me. If you’ve ever thought this or had a launch that missed expectations, then today’s podcast episode is for you. We’re talking launch conversion rates and the real reasons why people don’t buy.
Back then when I first tried my hand at launching an online business, it was a whole different ball game. In 2009, social media was an infant, graphics creation was a nightmare and hosting your own videos? Forget about it unless you were ready to shell out some serious dough. I still remember the days when PowerPoint or Paint were my tool of choice for creating graphics and I continually tweaked HTML struggling to center things on my webpage. Fast forward to today, and things are wildly different. Creating graphics is as simple as a click with platforms like Canva and hosting videos? Platforms like Teachable and Kajabi have made it as easy as pie. But amidst all the convenience, I hear from lots of entrepreneurs that launching has become more challenging. The need to keep up with the ever-evolving social media platforms, the struggle to stand out in an increasingly saturated market - it's enough to make even the most seasoned entrepreneurs want to stop. So, is launching getting harder? I'd say yes and no. Yes, because the demands are higher and the competition is fiercer. But also no, because with the right mindset and strategy, launching can still be really rewarding. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and start doubting yourself when you're about to launch. I've been there, trust me. The online business landscape is constantly changing, and what worked yesterday might not work today. But that's where the thrill lies, in continuously learning and growing. Listen to today’s podcast episode for my take on the challenges and winning strategies I’m seeing online.
As an introvert, the thought of living out of suitcases, constantly on the move with my family was simply overwhelming. But, when Mark and I first starting talking about the idea of taking on some extended travel, there was a determination deep within me to turn this journey into something more than just an extended vacation. It was about breaking free from the daily grind, to create vivid memories that would last a lifetime. In a couple of weeks, my family and I will begin four months travel in Europe, mainly based in the UK but with a few adventures and weeks away on the continent. I’ve never been a very adventurous traveller and I haven’t loved traveling with young kids in the past, so it’s taken some time for me to prepare for this trip. There are a lot of logistics to plan in our business but it’s also taken some mindset work. I bet many of you entrepreneurs and business owners can relate to this, especially if you’re planning to hit the pause button on work for an extended period. So, how am I managing to streamline my operations without breaking our business? Here are three simplified steps I took, which I believe would be beneficial for you as well...
I recently got home from an AMAZING trip to New York, and I was surprised by how many money lessons I picked up! This was an unusual trip because, at least initially, it wasn't work-related. It felt hard to let myself relax and do something purely for fun. As you may know, I love musicals and Broadway (and have invested in a few), so I went to NY for BroadwayCon. The Ruler in me did add two VIP days to pay for the trip, but it was honestly such a chilled, and inspiring trip. So the first lesson straight away was that it's okay for me to do things just for me and just for joy - this is definitely something I want to lean into next year. When did you last do something just for the fun of it?
I don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer,” but I’m going to be real with you. Being in business, particularly working with your significant other, is not always sunshine and rainbows. Today’s podcast episode isn’t a pity party, but I’m giving you an honest look at some of the things I find hardest in my business.
For today’s podcast I’ve got something a little different for you and it’s so fun! And this took some expert editing because recording this ep was a little manic! This episode is a family affair - I’ve got four special guests; my hubby Mark and our three gorgeous kids. Listen to this chat with our family to learn: How we talk about money Our kids ideas about money and future careers What our kids think we both do in our business How we use tapping to release fears or emotions And so much more!