It’s 8:27 am and my anxiety level is rising because I need to get my kids into the car so we get to the bus stop on time.

This is the moment I feel the most pressure to step up as a parent and not give in to the angst that makes me want to yell at them to hurry up.

My kindergartener is autistic, so rushing him often backfires in spectacular ways.

Truthfully, my preschooler also doesn’t like me to speak in a certain tone, even if he doesn’t react in the same way as his brother.

In lots of ways my oldest is making me more aware of how I show up as a parent and his brother is benefiting from the effort I make to be my best self even when I’m stressed.

That said, I’m realizing that I have a lot more control over whether or not I get stressed to begin with and that takes us back to my choices at 7:30 am.

I can choose to get myself fully ready for the day before getting the kids in motion or I can gently start moving them towards getting themselves ready while there is still a lot of time before the bus.

I can aim to have them fully dressed and eating breakfast at 8 am instead of 8:10 am if I want to have some wiggle room when it’s time to put on shoes and jackets.

It’s like when I ran fundraising events and would share external deadlines with sponsors so I could still “squeeze in” their logo as long as it met my internal deadline.

So much of our work – even as solopreneurs – requires us to coordinate with other people.

And we have about as much control around how they respond as I do controlling my kiddos.

What we can control instead is the buffer of time between when we ask for something to be done and when we truly need it done.

If we do this, we will reduce our stress and our need to stress everyone around us.

Your Challenge For This Week

Here is another concrete example – I recently shifted the reminder email I receive for my podcast interviews.

It had been popping up in my inbox two days prior, exactly when I want to send the guest a reminder email with their introduction.

Sometimes, I’d look for the draft intro file and realize my assistant hadn’t yet done it.

Because the timing was now so tight it would be a “drop everything and do this now” kind of message even if I never used those exact words.

It took longer than I care to admit to realize I should get a reminder email 5 days out so I have it on my radar and could remind her I’ll be looking for it in a couple of days.

Then another email reminder 3 days out so I remember to check if it’s done or send another nudge.

That way, 2 days out when I’m getting ready to send the message there’s a 99% likelihood that I’ll have everything I need without stressing out myself or anyone else.

What systems can you tweak so you’re ahead of deadlines instead of chasing down what you need right when you need it?

Trust me, it’s so much better to be a few minutes early to the bus stop so I can hang out with my kiddos listening to music.

Try this and let me know how it goes!


Business Growth Strategy Coach

Robbie helps entrepreneurs over 50, especially entrepreneurial women, engage their network so that they can grow their impact and income while managing their energy and effort.


You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.

The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.

You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.


As a relationship-based business growth strategist, Robbie will work with you one-on-one to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation, learning, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.

Have a project that you want feedback on or need assistance with a specific strategy? He offers half-day strategy sessions.

Already selling but feeling stuck around how to increase your revenue? Sign up for a one-day mastermind with fellow entrepreneurs to break through to the next level.

Ready to dig into your network to validate a solution you’ve been working on to see if you can build an audience for it before launching? Sign up for 12 Weeks to Create Your Irresistible Offer program.

Want accountability, support, and guidance as you implement your strategic plan? Learn more about his year-long Wake Up Your Network mastermind program.

These are not right for everyone; they're personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.


In his coaching work with entrepreneurs, his clients focus on the areas where they'd like to grow, which may include:

  • Creating a strong sales conversation framework
  • Building your referral network
  • Lead generation through a relationships
  • Growing your visibility in your industry
  • Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
  • Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
  • Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
  • Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
  • Improving your virtual presentation skills


Robbie is excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.

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Interested in booking Robbie to speak? At you’ll find video clips and a description of his talks.

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