From Stuck to Unstoppable: How to Overcome Creative Blocks and Skyrocket Your Business

Last updated: Jun 28, 2023

This video is about Lori Ballen sharing her personal journey of overcoming challenges and setbacks in her business and personal life, and how she was able to turn things around and achieve success.

This video by Lori Ballen was published on Apr 25, 2023.
Video length: 29:18.

This video is about overcoming creative blocks and achieving success in business.

Lori Ballen shares her personal journey of going through a divorce and starting over with limited resources. She talks about the importance of gratitude and finding clarity in what you want your life and business to look like.

She also discusses the decision to not pursue a traditional job and instead focus on making her existing skills and resources work for her.

  • This video is for those who are feeling stuck or unsure about their direction.
  • Lori Ballen shares her personal journey of overcoming challenges and setbacks.
  • She wants to inspire and motivate others to break through their own barriers.
  • Her audience includes bloggers, real estate agents, entrepreneurs, and affiliate marketers.
  • Lori reflects on a moment when she realized how far she had come.
  • She had a 13-year-old daughter and a small apartment after her divorce.
  • Despite having skills and income, she went through a difficult court battle that drained her financially.
  • Lori considered getting a job for stability but realized it wasn't the right path for her.
  • She decided to focus on making her existing real estate business work.

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Section 1: Introduction

  • This video is for those who are feeling stuck or unsure about their direction.
  • Lori Ballen shares her personal journey of overcoming challenges and setbacks.
  • She wants to inspire and motivate others to break through their own barriers.
  • Her audience includes bloggers, real estate agents, entrepreneurs, and affiliate marketers.
  • She believes that many small business owners can relate to her experiences.
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Section 2: Lori's Journey

  • Lori reflects on a moment when she realized how far she had come.
  • She had a 13-year-old daughter and a small apartment after her divorce.
  • Despite having skills and income, she went through a difficult court battle that drained her financially.
  • She had to rely on credit cards and borrowed money to make ends meet.
  • Emotionally, she felt drained, scared, and confused about her next steps.
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Section 3: Finding Direction

  • Lori considered getting a job for stability but realized it wasn't the right path for her.
  • She questioned what she truly wanted her life to look like.
  • She didn't want to work for someone else, have set hours, or deal with people all day.
  • She decided to focus on making her existing real estate business work.
  • Lori recognized the importance of working independently and collaborating with others.
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Section 4: Building Her Business

  • Lori made a plan for her real estate business and decided to focus on marketing.
  • She started creating content and sharing strategies for affiliate marketing.
  • She monetized her websites and developed side hustles to diversify her income.
  • Lori's dedication and hard work paid off, and she achieved success in her business.
  • She encourages others to find their passion, create a plan, and take consistent action.
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Switching from Real Estate Agent to Digital Marketer

  • Lori Ballen decided to switch from being a real estate agent to focusing on her digital marketing business.
  • She realized that dealing with people on a one-to-one basis every day was exhausting for her.
  • She started working with clients in real estate but quickly became frustrated and realized it wasn't what she wanted to do with her life.
  • She decided to keep her team and generate the business, but let agents on her team work with the clients.
  • She looked at her digital marketing business and decided to focus on what she really wanted to do with it.
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Challenges with Running a Marketing Agency

  • Lori Ballen had a small marketing agency that was exhausting for her because it involved dealing with people and servicing clients.
  • She realized that she was too demanding and expected too much from her team.
  • She couldn't remove the emotion out of leadership and struggled to be a better leader.
  • She made her family cry and realized that she didn't want that kind of environment anymore.
  • She decided to give the business to her brothers and kept a 10% interest in it.
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Transitioning to Affiliate Marketing

  • Lori Ballen decided to transition her marketing agency to an affiliate marketing model.
  • She no longer wanted to service clients and be demanding about growth and results.
  • She gave the business to her brothers with a 10% interest and now focuses on driving business to them as an affiliate.
  • She believes in what her brothers do and the websites they build, but didn't want to be involved in the day-to-day operations.
  • She realized that she didn't want to be a real estate agent or own a marketing agency, and affiliate marketing was the right fit for her.
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Creating a Real Estate Business Without Working with Clients

  • Lori Ballen decided to keep her real estate business but not work with clients directly.
  • She wanted to focus on marketing and generating leads for her real estate business.
  • She ran an ad and hired real estate agents who would be independent and do their own thing.
  • She made it clear that she would only hire people who did things the way she would, to ensure the clients were represented properly.
  • She generates the leads and the agents get 70% of the transaction, while she gets 30%.
  • She scaled back her real estate transactions and now has a small team that is enough to live on.
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Income Streams

  • Lori Ballen has multiple income streams, including real estate, affiliate marketing, and courses.
  • She believes in having multiple streams of income to achieve financial success.
  • Real estate is her top income earner and serves as her test kitchen for creating and testing new strategies.
  • Affiliate marketing is another significant income stream for her, where she promotes products and services and earns commissions.
  • She also builds and sells courses, although the demand for courses fluctuates during different seasons.
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The Importance of One Thing

  • Lori emphasizes the importance of identifying the one thing that drives all other income streams.
  • For her, real estate is the one thing that fuels her entire business empire.
  • Real estate serves as a foundation for her affiliate marketing, course sales, and her brother's marketing agency.
  • She encourages viewers to determine their own one thing that makes everything else less necessary or unimportant.
  • Identifying the one thing can help bring focus and clarity to business decisions and daily activities.
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Overcoming Scatteredness and Lack of Inspiration

  • Lori acknowledges that some entrepreneurs may feel scattered or uninspired in their businesses.
  • She suggests making a list and identifying the one thing that stands out or feels most important.
  • Having a clear one thing can help prioritize tasks and eliminate unnecessary distractions.
  • For those feeling uninspired, she advises exploring new ideas, seeking inspiration from others, or taking a break to recharge.
  • By focusing on the one thing, entrepreneurs can regain motivation and direction in their businesses.
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Personal Experience with Real Estate

  • Lori shares her personal experience with real estate and how it has been a driving force in her business.
  • Despite wanting to give up real estate after her divorce, she realized its significance in her overall success.
  • Real estate serves as her test kitchen for trying out new strategies and technologies.
  • Her real estate agent following also contributes to her affiliate income, course sales, and her brother's marketing agency.
  • She encourages viewers to find their own "test kitchen" or one thing that can fuel their business growth.
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Section 1: Finding the Value in Creative Blocks

  • Lori Ballen talks about how she initially struggled to find where her YouTube channel fit into her overall business.
  • She realizes that even though YouTube may not be the biggest money maker, it is what drives the entire engine of her business.
  • Understanding the value of YouTube changes her perception of it and how she looks at it.
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Section 2: Identifying the Key Activity

  • Lori Ballen discusses the various activities she engages in for her business, such as blogging, making videos, coaching, speaking live, and building courses.
  • Out of all these activities, she identifies YouTube as the one activity that makes everything else work.
  • She admits that she sometimes neglects YouTube when she feels vulnerable or caught up in other things, even though she knows it is the number one thing that drives her brand, interests, and conversions.
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Section 3: Overcoming Resistance to YouTube

  • Lori Ballen acknowledges that she sometimes resists making YouTube videos due to reasons like feeling old, not liking her hair or makeup, or lacking inspiration.
  • However, she recognizes that YouTube is the one thing that she knows will lead to success if she consistently does it.
  • She shares her personal experience of feeling the need to make a video even when she didn't want to, as she believes it is important for her business.
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Section 4: From Starting Over to Achieving Success

  • Lori Ballen reflects on her journey of starting over in her business six years ago and feeling scared while interviewing for jobs.
  • She emphasizes her desire for freedom and not wanting to be told what to do or how to live her life.
  • Fast forward to the present, she is now sitting in her YouTube Studio, a room in her house specifically dedicated to YouTube.
  • She shares her accomplishments of buying two houses in 2021, something she never thought possible, and becoming debt-free.
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Identifying What Makes You Happy

  • Create a list of things that make you happy and bring you joy.
  • Identify moments when you catch yourself smiling, singing, or clapping.
  • Recognize activities that give you energy and make you feel good.
  • Consider what activities make you say "that was fun" or "that was good".
  • Write down all the things that bring you happiness and joy.
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Identifying What Makes You Feel Bad

  • Make a list of things that make you feel frustrated, tired, angry, or sad.
  • Identify what causes blocks in your day or creativity.
  • Recognize situations or relationships that bring you pain.
  • Consider what activities drain your energy and creativity.
  • Write down all the things that make you feel bad or bring you down.
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Avoiding Negative Situations

  • Avoid situations that consistently bring you frustration or pain.
  • Avoid appointments or commitments that you don't enjoy.
  • Learn to say no to things that require a set time and date on your calendar.
  • Make exceptions for opportunities that align with your passions and motivations.
  • Focus on reducing the number of tasks and commitments on your calendar.
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Living in a Positive State of Mind

  • Find ways to leverage your work and partner with others to eliminate tasks that bring you frustration.
  • Focus on activities that raise your vibration and bring you joy.
  • Work on the things that align with your passions and bring you positive energy.
  • Attract more of what you want by spending time on activities that bring you joy.
  • Avoid spending time on tasks that you don't enjoy or bring you down.
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Section 1: Living in the Joy Column

  • Lori Ballen shares her personal belief system of living in the Joy column.
  • She explains how she found a way to live in that Joy column and get rid of everything else.
  • Teaching is her favorite activity, and she is willing to make appointments related to teaching.
  • Lori Ballen talks about how she doesn't have a job anymore and has achieved success in her personal and professional life.
  • She emphasizes the importance of living in the Joy column and attracting more of what brings joy.
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Section 2: Overcoming Challenges and Filling the Gap

  • Lori Ballen shares her personal journey of overcoming challenges and setbacks in her business and personal life.
  • She talks about filling the gap in her life and feeling better by living the life she wants.
  • Lori Ballen discusses the importance of having friends, community, fun, play, laughter, and romance in her life.
  • She believes that living in the Joy column attracts more of that Joy column.
  • Lori Ballen encourages viewers to get clear about what drives their business and either double down on activities they enjoy or find ways to leverage and delegate tasks they don't enjoy.

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