Welcome back to make the *most* of the *rest* of 2017 mid-year review! This is part two of a brief summer series I’m hosting on the blog, and if you’re just finding it, click here to catch up on part one.
Mid-Year Review Questions (Part 2)
Today I’ll prompt you with a review of the last six months, and then I’ll leave my answers below. It’s time to go over what’s working (aka what you need to do MORE of) to make the *most* of the *rest* of 2017.
Let’s end with these five questions:
1. What activities, products, actions, or ideas are working for you this year?
2. What was your best creative business payday? What products or services are selling well? What actions bring subscribers, fans, and followers?
3. What isn’t working? What’s costing time and money without generating a return?
4. What do you want MORE of in the second-half of 2017?
5. How might you change your approach going forward?
What activities, products, actions, or ideas are working for you this year?
Following-through on my task list and unfinished business is providing a new level of confidence in my day. There’s a system I’ve been using that will be included in this year’s Your Best Year. It’s done wonders for my sense of accomplishment.
My process has been very inward-facing this year as I’ve beefed up my internal systems. For example, I added and enhanced content for The Luminaries Club, and I send very content-rich emails to mailing list subscribers each week.
This was a necessary transition, but I haven’t seen much forward progress because of how internal the work has been. I plan on broadcasting a lot more content in the second half of 2017 and beyond.
What was your best creative business payday? What products or services are selling well? What actions bring subscribers, fans, and followers?
My best creative payday was The Summer Shift, a private coaching concentrate for inspired entrepreneurs. I’m working one-on-one with nearly a dozen clients right now.
Aside from that and again, my work has been very internal. Nothing this year has brought great waves of subscribers, fans, and followers, but I plan to remedy that in the coming months.
What isn’t working? What’s costing time and money without generating a return?
Content-rich emails. While readers love and praise them, they haven’t provided any additional revenue or increased engagement for the business. This is surprising, as the goal of writing so much to readers privately was to build closer working relationships (and more of them).
Fortunately, I’ve found a way to repurpose the content in a more public broadcast.
What do you want MORE of in the second-half of 2017?
Fresh business. I’m taking The Luminaries Club to a solid endpoint: two signature courses, dozens of workshops and challenges, several training programs, and an archive of topic-specific masterclasses. Once complete, I can host monthly masterclasses based on new material I’m learning (= fresh business).
I’ve been building this club since 2014. I don’t like projects that drag on longer than three months; this one’s been open for three years. I have one more signature course to build before I consider her complete.
How might you change your approach going forward?
In order to generate fresh business, I’ll need to stand in front of new crowds, and so much internal work has me itching for the opportunities to do so. I’m going to launch a new affiliate program that compensates those who are willing to spread the word and share my work with others.
How about you?
If you do a mid-year review, please link up or share what you discovered in the comments.
Here’s to your success xx
I just want to let you know that I LOVE your e-mails. It was because of your e-mails and thorough blog content that I’m a luminarie club member. I had actually been a member of the club a year or so ago for only a couple of months and then dropped out. But I was so pleased with what I was reading through e-mails and blog content that is what brought me back.
Also, as far as engagement, I’m enjoying your 52 week challenge and I’m doing the weekly prompts, but I’m not posting them with the hashtags. I’m sure you would like to see that, but honestly, I just don’t want to share some of my answers with others in public. I did the midyear review. I scheduled and did the power blocks. I could share those in the facebook group, but i just don’t want to share them on my instagram feed. I hope you understand.
My business is ROCKING because of you and I thank you!!
Can’t wait to see what the last half of 2017 brings for both of us.
Thank you, Nancy! All good things to hear. I don’t plan on reducing content (or the quality and depth of it) at all, but rather start the conversations in email and finish them on the blog—back to my old way of doing things.
Whether you choose to use #52wkchallenge or not is entirely up to you! Don’t mind at all if you keep things private. I *love* knowing that you’re participating. Thanks for adding here. Much appreciated xx
Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for your emails and posts–I made myself sit down and do my mid-year review, and it really made me reevaluate what I’ve been doing with my time and energy. I decided to post a blog about it, since it would also let my readers know where I am with my various projects and what I’m planning for the rest of the year. 🙂
Post is here: http://www.stephaniecainonline.com/best-year-2017-mid-year-review/
Thanks for sharing yours!