Is Your Current Business Lifestyle Sustainable?

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Marie Forleo‘s Rich, Happy, and Hot Live event in New York City. It was held at the Urban Zen Foundation, where we danced, ate yummy raw chocolate, and drank copious amounts of coconut water. Now that’s my kind of event!

Ashley Sinclair, Natalie Peluso, Nathalie Lussier
Photo of a few of us in attendance: Ashley Sinclair, Natalie Peluso, Nathalie Lussier

Rich, Happy, and Hot Inspiring Tidbits

When I got home from the event I immediately dove in and started implementing the ideas I had learned. I felt completely different about my business and how I relate to it. I meant to share with you the juiciest morsels but I got caught up in the action taking.

This got me thinking about the concept of building a lifestyle in your business that’s sustainable.

Many of the speakers addressed this, and I wanted to give you my top highlights from the event.

Business Insights From Marie Forleo

I’ve been following and learning from Marie Forleo for over a year now, and I have to say that she just keeps bringing the awesome. She really outdid herself during this event, and I feel like just watching her in action is how I’ll get more in tune with what’s possible for me.

Marie shared with us her tips for making your business outstanding. She threw a couple f-bombs in there, because that’s just her. Marie created an experience for us at the event with her Wheel of Dance (and spontaneous dancing!) and taught us how to do the same in our business.

Marie teaches us that nobody can be a better you than you can, and I totally agree!

Life Insights From Josh Pais

In Friday night Josh taught Committed Impulse, his incredible system for getting present. His work is truly transformational, and I’m always in awe at how much being in the moment can shift how I experience life.

My favorite quote from Josh was “Ride it, don’t hide it.” Of course he’s also the creator of “I’m back” which works like a charm. You’ll have to check out his site to understand how this all works.

Strengths Insights From Danielle LaPorte

Fire Starter Sessions

First, I have to say that Danielle’s Fire Starter Sessions were responsible for a lot of the changes I’ve made in my business recently. Actually this site was largely inspired by the “true strengths” exercises from her book.

It came as no surprise that Danielle can speak to a room and cause shivers and massive changes in the way we operate. My favorite highlight from her talk was that as important as to-do lists are, the not to do list is just as crucial.

What’s on yours?

Systems Insights From Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder and I go way back, in fact it was through Laura that I met Marie. This year at RHH Live, Laura presented on the business systems that will support you as you grow.

Although I already had a lot of business systems in place, the way Laura explained how she uses Google Docs and other systems just got me all fired up. Call it the geek in me getting turned on by setting up more efficient business systems.

Since then I’ve made quite a few shifts, including how I handle incoming emails, how I plan things in my calendar, and how I look at tasks.

Health Insights From Kris Carr

crazy-sexy-dietbusiness lifestyle

I have been a huge fan of Kris Carr‘s ever since I discovered raw food, and her story is so powerful on many levels. Kris and I spoke before her talk and she mentioned that she wasn’t sure if anyone wanted to hear about nutrition at a business event… well the resounding answer was “hell, yes”!

I absolutely love the way Kris shared her message in a no-judgement, let’s take action kind of way. Her upcoming book Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!business lifestyle is sure to be a bestseller, so be sure to check it out.

Growth Insights From Bryan Franklin

I had done a little research on Bryan Franklin before attending the event, but I wasn’t prepared for what he delivered. Bryan divided his talk into two parts: his mother’s story on how she became an expert at sales, and his ideas for creating lasting change.

The one nugget from his sales process piece that stood out for me was that the way people feel has to progress naturally. Essentially what he explained was that you can’t ask someone to marry you the first time you meet. You need to work up to that over time with other emotions like building trust, and figuring out if you’re a “right” fit. Good stuff.

It’s his thoughts on creating lasting change that blew my mind. I’ve been working with people to help them change their diet for almost two years now (and longer if you count myself and my family).

Bryan just explained it so beautifully, and he spoke of creating the environment that supports your current lifestyle… hence why this blog post is titled creating a business lifestyle that’s sustainable.

If you’re not able to make your current business lifestyle sustainable, then what chance do you have of making it to the next level? Be honest with yourself. First, you need to start putting the systems, mental or physical, in place that will allow you to feel comfortable at your current level.

Only then will you be able to move forward. The next step will then be to bring your environment back up to speed as you keep moving forward, so you’re never in an environment that’s “too far back” for your current experience in business. I love this stuff!

Change Insights From Todd Herman

Todd Herman was a surprise speaker (or at least I hadn’t read about him on the site beforehand) and it was great to see another Canadian on stage. He was recently named the world’s best salesman after winning a contest run by Ogilvy, for making the best video to sell red bricks.

Todd also inspired us by sharing that the “I wanna-give-up” stage of making change is actually a sign that your body is rearranging itself to make your changes work. This tied in really well with what Bryan was saying, that your environment (which in this case can definitely be your body) has to catch up to your new habits or ideas before you can keep going forward.

A Quick Temperature Check

I hope these insights were helpful for you, it definitely helped for me to get them out of my head and into a more tangible form.

Now let’s take a quick look at your current business lifestyle. Are you running at a breakneck pace, unable to keep all the spinning plates in the air? Maybe it’s time to start hiring someone, exercise more regularly, or to put some support systems in place.

What’s the one thing you could do right now that would help make your current business sustainable for where you’re at right now?

Nathalie Lussier


  1. alljessilicious on November 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Hi Nathalie! :)

    I will NOT miss RHH Live again! lol. Sounds like you came away with some very powerful stuff, and I love how you’ve been busy putting it into action! :)

    One of the things I need to focus on to make my business more sustainable is implementing systems. I tend to avoid systems because they overwhelm me – or at least trying to set them up and figure out which ones I need overwhelms me. lol.

    This is something I’m going to look at a little more closely this week. ;)

    • NathLussier on November 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

      @alljessilicious Yes I hear you Jess! I think for systems, it’s all about writing out the steps to the things you do already. That way the steps are somewhere other than your head (it’s crowded enough in there ;) and you can replicate things if you have to down the line. :)

    • alljessilicious on November 29, 2010 at 10:21 am

      @NathLussier Oh, good idea! I like that approach. :) And definitely good to get it out of my head! :P

  2. melodygranger on November 29, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for all the juicy details of RHH Live!

    You are making me want more! more! more!

    Your physical environment is such an important part of your confidence & making changes. Just had to throw that in there since you mentioned the changes that you go through as you move ahead.

    I am writing 4 guest posts today! My desk is clear of distractions and my phone is off. Time to get busy writing!!!

    (And Jess! I hear ya!)

    • NathLussier on November 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

      @melodygranger You go girl! Guest posts, here comes Melody! And you’re sooo right about the physical environment. I felt a huge shift in my business when we rearranged the furniture and simplified. Now I think it’s time to do a little more organizing before the New Year. :)

  3. PeterCarr on November 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Nathalie, followed you over from Problogger. I attended a couple of IM seminars earlier in the year, apart from the usual buy this buy that, all the speakers had 1 thing in common, well 2 actually. Passion and Action. They were all so passionate about their business, you don’t see it until you meet them personally. That passion led to them all taking action on everything they did. That is what I took away, I found my passion. It has helped me to start growing my blog. That is my passion.

    • NathLussier on November 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      @PeterCarr Hi Peter, thanks for coming over! Ooh one thing I didn’t mention about RHH Live was that there was no pitching. ;) It’s one thing to be able to learn from someone without feeling like you’re missing the big pieces unless you buy their stuff.

      You’re SO right about passion and action. I think it’s one thing to get an email or see a web site, but that passion is truly contagious in real life. :) Love that you’re using yours to grow your blog!

  4. CathyPresland on November 30, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Hi Nathalie, thanks for giving us the lowdown on this event – I knew it would be fabulous and it sounds like it was even better than anyone could ahve expected. Big shout-out to Marie and her team for organising.

    See ya next year!


    • NathLussier on November 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

      @CathyPresland Absolutely, it was more than anyone could have expected for sure! I’m really grateful to have gone, and looking forward to seeing you there next year! :)

  5. Matt Logan on October 13, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Brilliant stuff. That Urban Zen foundation looks like an awesome initiative.

    Notes to self: Must visit NY!

    Thanks for sharing Natalie :-)