90 Day Plans and Transitions

by on January 12, 2011

The HSBN team

When I was in Connecticut  for the inaugural Home & Small Business Network event, I began a brand new 90 Day Plan.

My mentor Diane Hochman has stated on more than one occasion that if one will knuckle down and do THREE consecutive, back to back 90 Day Plans, your business would gain such momentum that it would carry you for years. (You would still have to sustain it, of course, but it’s sort of like push-starting a car … the hardest part is getting it moving … especially in heels.)

Such is the value of compounded consistency, as anyone who has completed a 30 day Blogging challenge can attest.

So on the 20th November 2010, in my quiet little hotel room, still buzzing with the group energy and flushed with karaoke success in the evening, I stood in front of the mirror and Committed to doing Three 90 day plans, one right after the other, culminating in September 2011.

I felt rather daft talking out loud to my reflected self in knickers and bra, but I Knew that if I didn’t do it Right Then, I would regret it.

And while I had some idea as to the outcome I was seeking, I was more focused on my overall Intentions rather than specific goals.

Basically what it amounted to was that I was going to treat my business as a JOB.

And Diane had promised me (actually everyone in the room as well) that if we did this – consistently, day in and day out – we would absolutely and categorically see our businesses Explode (metaphorically speaking)  on or around Day 45.


Ok I admit I was a bit skeptical about that ~ and Diane’s a great mentor in that she allows you to be skeptical and doubt her ~ so long as you try it anyway.

I think she just secretly adores it when you go back and admit she was right.

Which I have done. On numerous occasions. Because she usually is. *sigh*

So I went to work.

  • Every day – weekends too because after a while I couldn’t drag myself away.
  • Creating. Writing. Learning. Studying.
  • Not going to bed until I had a cleared To Do list and at least one new contact on my list.

So here we are on Day 49.

And dahlings, Fireworks are happening!    (Four days late, but I had some snowdays!)

Traffic is up; income is up; and people are calling every day.

But the biggest, jaw-dropping, holy-smokes change has been in ME!

Slowly, incrementally, without really noticing, I have morphed into a goddess who has a home business, as opposed to a domestic goddess who dabbles online.

I’ve gone from hobby blogger and mlm dilettante  to bone fide businesswoman; from Facebook socialite to creating my own Facebook Finishing School.

A transition that was almost imperceptible until a few days ago, when the realization hit me so hard I had to sit down and have some tea!

Let me explain …

So, scrumptious ones, if you’re determined to make 2011 your Breakout Year, there’s just a few things to do :-

  1. Work out what your Intentions are, what your goals are but more importantly, how you want to Feel at the end of this;
  2. Commit out loud to working the next 90 Days full out as though you were employed to do this;
  3. Do something every single day toward your goal;
  4. If you FEEL like doing something, do it, even if you’re not sure where it may lead; (Caveat – business-wise, of course. Does not apply to jumping off cliffs or skinny-dipping in snow.)
  5. Speak as if, and act as though you’re already where you want to be, even if your family think you’re nuts.

And if you’d like some help, hand-holding, butt-kicking, or just want to stop struggling to make your home biz pay, give me a call or connect with me here in the comments box and we can chat.

Dear Hearts, I guarantee you’ll be utterly amazed at what lies in store for you just one 90 Day Plan away!

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Lorri Ratzlaff January 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Goddess Jacqui, you are scrumptious and I absolutely love your words of wisdom! I am challenging myself to the best year ever, thanks to you, and all the wonderful Women of Facebook!!
Lorri Ratzlaff´s last blog post ..Borrow or Earn What to Do


Jacqueline Gates January 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Lorri, I have absolutely no doubt that together we’re going to propel ourselves into the greatest year any of us have seen so far! Goddesses Rule!


Melissa McCloud January 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

jacqui facebook finishing school… I LOVE IT! have i been living under a rock? i had no idea you put together such a goddess-worthy project. hats off to you dahling.

i always knew you were fantastically fabulous; i think it’s icing on the cake that your business is catching up too! congrats to you and all of your hard-earned success. you are an inspiration to all of us in the blogosphere.

i am committing to my 90-day social media plan too. thanks for the constant encouragement!
Melissa McCloud´s last blog post ..Can I Have Your Autograph


Jacqueline Gates January 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Oh you are so sweet ~ and do feel free to pass on the FB Finishing school report to any of the well-meaning morons who spam your wall LOL


Val Wilcox @ Empower Your Life January 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Perfect timing Jacqui,
Between the energy of TWOF & your post, there is a special energy in the room. You’re right, I’ve been stalling – time to get off my butt and make this happen!

Val 🙂
Val Wilcox @ Empower Your Life´s last blog post ..Dream It…Live It!


Jacqueline Gates January 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Goddess Val, I cannot ever imagine you ever stalling on something that needs doing ~ but if I helped, then I’m thrilled.


Michele Anderson@marketing strategies, @custom consulting, @marketing plans January 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

OK. I got started on my own last week. But!!! I will commit to three 90 days… and I will give my super ALL. You are a very persuasive Goddess with a huge heart full of understanding. You are real and more than a touch creative, and both mean a lot! Let’s make this the year of economic recovery… thanks so much for the challenge and your friendship. Happy New Year 2011, it’s about darn time. 🙂
Michele Anderson@marketing strategies, @custom consulting, @marketing plans´s last blog post ..3-Track Record- What Not To Do Online


Jacqueline Gates January 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Yay! *Happy Dance*
I’m ever so very excited to work with you, goddess Michele. You are such a wiz at this marketing stuff and I just love how in sync we are.
Let’s chat often, ok?


Rebecca Woodhead January 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

So proud of you Jacqui. You deserve every bit of your success, and all that is yet to come… and I’ll never tire of your sparkling South African accent. Quite delicious. xxx
Rebecca Woodhead´s last blog post ..When You Focus on the Darkness- You Miss the Stars!


Jacqueline Gates January 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Thank you, Rebecca dear. It’s so good to have you in my corner *hugs*


Rebecca Woodhead January 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Always will be, Angel. I see such HUGE things for you. Even bigger than are happening right now. HUGEness. 🙂
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Delilah Purcell January 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Love it! Thanks so much for the great advice . I have no doubt you will EXPLODE in 2011!
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Jacqueline Gates January 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm

And you too, goddess!


Kellie Hosaka @network marketing home business training January 12, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Aloha Goddess Jacqui!

Oh yes, 90 day plans do work like crazy!! They always work if we work! And Diane’s right 3 back to back 90 day plans and you’ll be soaring!

Congratulations on your transition to treating your business like a job verses a hobby! It pays us exactly the way we treat it. I am so happy for you and so proud of you! I have been privileged to have seen you grow this past year. You were already good, and now you’ll be Great!

I love your videos! Thank you for always being transparent and sharing your journey with us.

Much love & gratitude,
Kellie 🙂
Kellie Hosaka @network marketing home business training´s last blog post ..2011 Will Be Your Best Year Ever – Steps To Ensure Success


John Gaydon January 13, 2011 at 5:18 am

Hi Goddess,

Love your quirky videos and style. As a male I will prbably never be a goddess in this lifetime. I have to be content with being married to one!

As someone who has earned all his money from MLM for the last 5 years, I can attest your plan will work outrageously.

I am transitioning into providing a system to help all those Networkers build a solid customer base. Along the way, I have discovered many reasons someone else isn’t doing what I am. It is all very exciting and I can’t wait until it is ready to give the world a new and easier way of building a business on line!
John Gaydon´s last blog post ..2011 Starts Off With A Bang!


Jacqueline Gates January 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

Greetings, sir John,

Your new system sounds intriguing. At the Home & Small Business network we’re doing much the same thing, helping people take their offline businesses online, or if they’re already online, then giving them the marketing training needed to really make it work.

There’s so much hype out there – it’s good to see someone who’s actually made it work creating a system to help others do the same.
I wish you oodles of success!


Melodie Kantner January 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I agree. I have been doing 90 day plans for years. Keeping the flow and making adjustments as needed get you to your goal.
Melodie Kantner´s last blog post ..What Abundance Have You Attracted In 2010


Lori Robertson January 16, 2011 at 8:19 am


You are absolutely amazing, I love your energy and I too have started my 90 day action plan as of January 1 and I will do 3 for the year. I cannot wait to see the results that I know will be waiting for me at the end.

Thanks a bunch.



Allegra Sinclair January 26, 2011 at 12:46 am

Hello! I love your blog and am so glad that I found it through TSA! 3 90-day plans in a row, huh? I’m beyond intrigued. I am going to have to sit down and ask myself whether I have been treating my business like a business or not. That is so powerful! Thanks for sharing this in such an authentic and relatable way that we can all find ourselves in your post. Have a POWERFUL week! Allegra
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Jacqueline Gates January 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Greetings, Allegra (I do so Adore your name!)

It’s something I picked up from John Milton Fogg. He often admonished us that if we treated our business like a JOB, we’d be amazed at the results.

My mentor Joe Schroeder says in his book ~ “87% of what people do for a boss, they’d never dare do for themselves.”
Like putting in the hours, working on holidays, making do with a small reward for a lot of work initially.

Since I started ‘reporting for work’, I must say, the results have been stellar.


Willena Flewelling January 30, 2011 at 3:01 am

Oh yes! 2011 is a Year of Transition for me too! ACTION is my mantra! I’m so glad I’ve found a team of mentors who are helping me to discover and uncover what has been holding me back… and shed the baggage so I can not only move on, but help others to do the same.

Willena Flewelling
Willena Flewelling´s last blog post ..I Never Believed Him – Before


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