“You should change your name.”
Yep, that’s the kind of advice I’ve received over the years.
The first time I considered changing my personal name, I was just a few months into my business…
It was clear why I had to change my name.
Nathalie Lussier is hard to spell, and confusing to pronounce.
I was convinced that if I changed my name to something simpler, my business would be more successful. (Silver bullet, anyone?!)
Luckily, my husband and my parents reasoned with me, and I kept my name.
But today I’m writing to announce a REAL name change.
We’re changing the business from AmbitionAlly to AccessAlly
Although I’ve loved the name AmbitionAlly these past few years, and my devotion to helping ambitious business owners is still at the heart of my work…
I now have a bigger vision for this business.
It’s no longer just about ambition, but it’s about removing the barriers to access.
Providing access to education, resources, and tools to those who need it. All over the world.
It’s because we believe that access to education can help defy stereotypes and make the world a better place, while providing a sustainable livelihood for enterprising teachers.
As of today we’re officially AccessAlly, the company.
Thanks for coming along on this journey with us, name changes and all.
You are the reason we do what we do!
-Nathalie “keeping this name” Lussier
If you're curious about Todd Herman's 90 Day Year program, then you've come to the right place. In this in-depth 90 Day Year review, I'll be going over the cost of the program, who it's for, the benefits, as well as the drawbacks.
To give you some context, I signed up for the 90 Day Year course in December 2015, a few months before I went on maternity leave. I was able to take time off and come back to my business feeling clear on my top priorities (and how to achieve them!), thanks to Todd's training.
Since then, I've gone back through the program, become a proud affiliate of Todd's work (which means I may earn a commission if you sign up through my link – but more details on that below), and Todd and his team have also migrated the 90 Day Year program onto our AccessAlly platform for WordPress.
Keep reading to find out what my biggest takeaways were, and how you can take advantage of the proven 90 Day Year system.
Takeaway #1: Time Management vs. Energy Management
When it comes to “getting more of the right things done” there are two key elements that you need plenty of: time and energy.
If you’ve got plenty of time, but you’re feeling frazzled and sleep deprived… you’re better off taking a nap than trying to work on an important project. (Been there, and this results in half-baked ideas and mediocre results!)
On the other hand, if you’ve got a good energy groove but your day is constantly being interrupted or is so highly scheduled with calls… you won't get very far either.
There's a concept I learned from Todd Herman, creator of the 90 Day Year program, called Time Blocking.
What many of us end up doing in an effort to get more done is to start a bunch of different tasks or projects… But each time we move onto another task without finishing the one we started, we’re losing the efforts we’ve already put in and delaying any one thing from getting done.
Instead of flitting from project to project, each time you have a time block to dedicate to your work… pick up where you left off until you’ve finished a deliverable.
This means it can go out into the world and “work for you” while you move onto the next thing.
This is huge, and if you only did this one thing as an entrepreneur… you’d be miles ahead of the pack!
You can even keep thinking about your “one thing” while you do other things around the house, and you might even come up with more amazing ideas between work sessions that you would have missed if you were still context switching.
Takeaway #2: Starting With The Right Expectations: What Stage Of Business Are You In?
With any goal setting: it’s important to get clear on what your biggest priorities are… and you can’t do that unless you take a level headed look at your business as it stands right now.
Todd Herman shares this “5 stages of business growth” framework to help you evaluate where your business is at right now:
Dream Up: This stage of business is all about choosing the right idea and making sure there's an eager market for it. You're not building your product or offering yet, you're seeing if it will take off first.
Start Up: At this point in your business, you have some sales coming in but you haven't fully found your “groove” yet… maybe the sales take a lot of work on your part, and they're not as consistent as you'd like.
Ramp Up: Now you've got steady sales coming in regularly, but you're working a whole lot because you haven't built in the foundations for your business to operate without you.
Scale Up: At the scaling stage, your role is to attract the best team members you can to help you keep growing and running the business you've always envisioned.
Leader Up: Your business is at the top of its game, you're the recognized leader in your field and it's time to start thinking beyond the business you started… it's key to spot trends and adjust your sails!
In my case, I find myself oscillating between Ramp Up and Scale Up and I've found that a lot of my time now that I'm a mother has been to focus on training my team and systematizing the business even further.
Takeaway #3: Goal Setting: Good, Better, Best
I love a good goal! Who doesn’t? But sometimes setting goals can set you up to fail… especially if you choose big goals that are too far out into the future.
That’s one of the reasons the 90 Day Year is such a successful program, because it teaches you how to break down bigger goals into 90 day achievable ones. Then it further teaches you how to break these big initiatives down into 2-week sprints, which is something that I first learned from the software development space in school. (Super effective!)
Another way that you might benefit from re-thinking how you set goals is to set 3 different levels of goals…
For example, let’s say that you’re focused on building your email list. Your “good goal” might be to add 5 new subscribers to your email list per day, your “better goal” might be to add 10 per day, and your “best goal” might be to average 20 new subscribers per day.
When you set goals this way, you’re practically guaranteed to succeed, instead of stopping yourself from getting started because the “20 per day” feels too intimidating or impossible.
Similarly, you might not get all of the tasks on your to-do list done every day, but if you set yourself a “good, better, best” goal for how much you can get done then you’ll still feel accomplished when your head hits the pillow at night.
Who The 90 Day Year Is For
Although any entrepreneur could benefit from the 90 Day Year, I believe that it's especially beneficial for people with a lot of ideas (like me!) or who have other constraints.
Take moms for example: we only have so many hours that we can dedicate to our businesses every day. Knowing how and where to focus is key to success.
Other constraints that the 90 Day Year can help with include those with a full time job trying to get a side business going, and anyone who is already successful and can't find the time “away from the business” to shift gears.
If you want to be sure that what you’re working on is absolutely going to move the needle in your business, then the 90 Day Year can help you with that.
For instance, you could spend your first hour online checking your emails… Or you could spend that time working on a marketing piece, delegating something to a team member, or crafting a presentation that will help you make sales.
If you’re not sure what you should be working on next, I love using the “Goal Tournament” concept that Todd Herman teaches in the 90 Day Year to get clarity on what will bring you biggest return on time invested.
The cost of the program is $999, which is a fraction of what it could cost you to be working on the wrong initiatives, or stuck in a rut. There are also payment plans available that make it an easier investment.
Investing in your business is always a risk, but investing in yourself and your ability to systematize, grow, and focus on the important things in your business is all upside.
90 Day Year Review
Todd Herman and his insights on business and leverage are exactly the tools that can help entrepreneurs make a bigger impact, without feeling pulled in so many directions.
I first met Todd Herman in 2012 at an event where he was speaking, and I instantly connected with his message. He wasn’t in the online space because he was working with high level athletes in his private practice, and honing his skills.
Since then, he’s taken the online world by storm and taken everything he learned from his private sports clients and put it into The 90 Day Year.
This is a comprehensive “doing” program, and it doesn’t have hours and hours of video to keep you distracted from achieving your goals. And as a busy entrepreneur, that’s good news!
I signed up for the 90 Day Year in the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy, at a time when I knew that I’d be slowing down work for awhile once the baby arrived. But really diving into the program gave me a new lens for evaluating our projects and making sure that my team would thrive while I was away.
One of my favorite parts of the program is how it blends both the “creative minded” side of things and the super clear “numbers matter” side. Todd has a great way of making everyone who is participating feel taken care of, going so far as to personally call members on the phone to coach them out of the blue.
Plus, the caliber of 90 Day Year students is absolutely top notch. I found myself among many of my already successful business owner peers, along with fresh faces who made just as much headway in the course of their 90 day run through of the program.
The best part is that the program teaches you skills that you can keep using, every 90 days, to set goals and achieve them.
Between the in-depth workbooks and execution plans, the strategy, and the focus on moving forward in your business… anyone who is serious about their business growth will benefit from enrolling in the 90 Day Year.
There’s a reason that this program works: it’s based on the science of winners (both in sports and business!) and it’s taught in a straightforward and masterful way, that cuts out all the excuses.
I really wish I would have had the opportunity to learn the 90 Day Year strategies earlier in my business career, because it would have given me a much better framework for time management and getting meaningful stuff done… Not to mention that I’d be even further along than I am now.
Results You Can Expect + Bonuses
I’m not the only person who has benefited from the 90 day year program. Todd Herman has tapped into his work with Olympians and Billionaires, and he's helped many entrepreneurs perform at their best, too.
One my favorite things about The 90 Day Year is that it’s not about “specific how-to” advice… because you can have all the information in the world, but if you’re not taking action on it then it won’t do you or your business any good.
Instead, the program really helps you DO. It helps you get moving, break things down into manageable chunks, and most importantly keep the “main thing the main thing”.
In recent years, Todd has moved the 90 Day Year program to our AccessAlly membership and learning management platform.
So it's only natural that you might be curious about using AccessAlly for your own online courses or membership site.
That's why for the first time ever, we're offering anyone who signs up for Todd Herman's 90 Day Year program through our affiliate link – six months of AccessAlly, on us.
Here's what you get:
- 6 months of AccessAlly Pro (worth $590): if you're new to AccessAlly, you'll get your very own license and access to the plugin for your courses. If you're an existing client, we'll credit your account for 6 months and you won't pay again until then.
- A complimentary Jumpstart call to help you get up and running on the platform (worth $200).
- Plus all of the training, tutorials, and support you or a team member might need along the way.
I’m a proud alumni and affiliate partner for Todd Herman’s 90 Day Year program, and because I receive compensation when you sign up through my link I’m able to offer six months of AccessAlly Pro FREE as a bonus.
I never recommend anything that I haven’t personally benefitted from, and this program has gone above and beyond and transformed the businesses of many entrepreneurs I know personally, including my own.
Registration for The 90 Day Year opens December 13th and closes December 18th, 2018.
Here’s To Getting More Done, Without Sacrificing Your Health or Time with Family
One thing that I’ve seen so many entrepreneurs struggle with when it comes to building a business is the toll on their health, or the time away from family.
It’s tough balancing your time between family, taking care of yourself, and growing your business. But unless you can get your business to the point where it fully supports you and the lifestyle you want, it’ll be hard to enjoy stress-free time.
If you're ready to start operating at a different level, and you know that Todd Herman and his 90 Day Year program is the approach for you…
We'll be in touch to confirm that your order went through our link, and with details on redeeming your bonuses so you can get started leveraging the power of the 90 Day Year + AccessAlly.
The software industry has an interesting past.
From the very first programmer, who was a woman named Ada Lovelace… followed by a time where computer work was relegated to “secretaries” and men were deemed too good to be bothered.
Then along the way, there was an ousting of women in tech and now the first image that comes to mind when you hear “developer” is far from a secretary.
But I often wonder what kind of software we’d be using if women had stayed on as the primary programmers and taken on more of a creative role…
Which brings up a hot topic:
I see it all the time:
But what if these companies ARE making their software and branding more gender neutral…
And it feels “off” because the majority of software up to this point has been masculine?
When men complain about something not being “gender neutral” they’re saying that it’s not “masculine”… because in the recent past, everything was designed for and by men.
But as more women enter the software and marketing space, the concept of neutrality has shifted more toward center… which means it’s more feminine.
That is understandably jarring for men, and it can make them question if a piece of software was designed for them or not.
Here’s the take away: as a woman, every single time you look at software that was designed for and by men, you assume it was not designed for you.
Every. Single. Time.
But does that stop you from using it? No.
Women have adapted to living in a male dominated software world, and it’s time for the balance to shift…
Does that mean men aren’t welcome? Absolutely not!
Instead, it means that finally *everyone* is welcome.
Especially at AccessAlly, where our software comes from a husband and wife team (with an amazing crew).
If you’re ready for truly gender neutral software, I can say with certainty that AccessAlly fits the bill for your courses and memberships.
Here’s to building a more inclusive world wide web,
-Nathalie “neutral means feminine, too” Lussier