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Do you have big God-dreams but are worn out from doing all the things? Are you so overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list that you end up doing nothing? Would it help to have just one simple thing to focus on at a time?Combining her expertise in project management with her love for the creative's heart, host Christa Hutchins equips busy Christian women who have big ideas with strategy and structure so they can do what God has called them to do.Covering topics such as time management, productivity, planning, strategy, organization, and decision-making, Christa starts in God's Word and digs into her toolbox to offer solutions for the big problems keeping you stuck. You'll leave with a just one simple thing to help you bring clarity to the chaotic swirl of ideas.

Just One Simple Thing Christa Hutchins

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Do you have big God-dreams but are worn out from doing all the things? Are you so overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list that you end up doing nothing? Would it help to have just one simple thing to focus on at a time?Combining her expertise in project management with her love for the creative's heart, host Christa Hutchins equips busy Christian women who have big ideas with strategy and structure so they can do what God has called them to do.Covering topics such as time management, productivity, planning, strategy, organization, and decision-making, Christa starts in God's Word and digs into her toolbox to offer solutions for the big problems keeping you stuck. You'll leave with a just one simple thing to help you bring clarity to the chaotic swirl of ideas.

    E75: Tame Your Idea Tornado With A Strategy

    E75: Tame Your Idea Tornado With A Strategy

    You may have heard me talk about the Idea Tornado ... the swirl of ideas floating around in your head. But did you know you really have TWO tornados in there? You also have a problem tornado ... all the things you think are standing in the way of progress. The only thing that can tame these twin tornados is a strategy. So let’s dive in to Episode 75 of Just One Simple Thing and learn how to create one.

    I’ve found that a lot of people, especially Christian women, and most especially Christian women in ministry, dislike the word “strategy”.

    But if you’ve been around here very long, I hope one lesson you have taken away from Just One Simple Thing is that God is very strategic, and he left us many examples of his strategic nature through the stories in His Word. So let’s break down one of those stories and learn how you can create a strategy.

    In 1 Kings 5, you’ll find the story of two kings ... Solomon, who was trying to build the temple, and his neighbor, Hiram.

    In this simple story, we see all the elements for a good strategy. Purpose + plan + system = strategy.

    It starts with a purpose.  Solomon was very specific about the problem he was trying to solve. He needed wood and had no way to get it. When you are picking the problem you want to solve, be very specific, and get away from the low-hanging fruit. Solve the problems that are impacting you the most.

    Which brings us to the second element of a good strategy ... a plan. Solomon’s plan was to reach out to Hiram for help. In his message, he was very clear about what he needed and how he hoped to get it with Hiram’s help. When you are creating your plan, you always want to be clear on what “solved” looks like and devise a plan that is going to deliver that solution.

    And the third element of a strategy is a system. You need a way to implement your plan. Solomon implemented his plan by exchanging grain and olive oil for cypress and juniper logs. How will you implement your plan?

    Purpose + Plan + System = Strategy

    Solomon needed a strategy to get the materials needed for the temple. The purpose of the strategy was obtaining wood. The plan was negotiating an exchange with a friendly partner. The system was trading grain and olive oil for cypress and juniper logs. He had a strategy.

    Let’s look at a modern day example. Say your problem is that your audience is not growing. You need a strategy to solve that problem.

    The purpose  is get in front of new people so you can attract new members to your community. Your plan could be to speak at more events. Your system might be to hire a speaker coach to help you develop your signature message, and research event planners and how to apply to speak at their events.

    ACTION STEP

    Head over to my free Facebook group Plan &Pray with Do A New Thing and grab the Strategy Worksheet. Use it to brainstorm through the purpose, plan and system for a strategy to solve one of your biggest problems.

    Need some help taming your tornados? I have some spots open for free 20-minute calls and I’d love to help you. You’ll find the link to schedule your call below, or reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram @doanewthing

    RESOURCE
    Free 20-minute call with Christa –Schedule here
    Idea Tornado Webinar –Capture, filter and prioritize the ideas swirling in y
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    • 8 min
    E74: How Jesus Built A Team

    E74: How Jesus Built A Team

    Congratulations! Your ministry or business is growing! You are finally seeing the fruit of all your hard work. But that hard work has worn you out and it’s time to find some help! In Episode 74 of Just One Simple Thing, you’ll learn four tips for building your team by looking at how Jesus built his.

    I know that many of you are solopreneurs or ministry leaders and when you’ve built something born out of your gifts and passions, it’s hard to let anything go. Nobody can do it quite as well as you can, right? Deep down, you know that attitude is an accelerator on the road to burnout. When things get bigger than you can handle on your own, it’s time to build a team. But how do you find the right people? People you can trust? People are great at what they do so you can be great at what YOU do?

    Whether you are hiring your first freelance help, or gathering a ministry leadership team around you, there are some lessons we can learn from the way that Jesus built the team that would share his work and his life.

    1. He got to know them before calling them to His inner circle.
    2. Jesus evaluated people based on their potential, not their current position.
    3. Jesus watched them when they didn’t know he was looking.
    4. And as he did before every other major event, Jesus prayed about it.

    Yes, it can be scary to start building your team when you have been doing everything yourself. But when you build with the right people, it frees you up to do your own best work.

    ACTION STEP
    Head to my free Facebook group Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing and you’ll find worksheets to help you research and interview so you can make intentional decisions.

    I love hearing from podcast listeners .... Kristine Brown, author of the book Cinched: Living with Unwavering Faith in an Unfailing God said, “I love listening to podcasts that help me grow as a speaker, writer, and communicator. But I also struggle to find an extra 45 minutes in my day to listen. Christa gets me on the right track with one simple, doable step forward in just 10 –15 minutes. Now that’s progress.

    If you’d like a shout out, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave a review. You just might hear your name on a future episode.

    RESOURCES
    Cinched: Living with Unwavering Faith in an Unfailing God by Kristine Brown
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    • 9 min
    E73: When Doubt Attacks

    E73: When Doubt Attacks

    How do you handle doubt? Do you wallow in it and allow it to throw you off your game?  Or do you confidently fight back with God’s Word?  Somewhere in between?  In Episode 73, we’ll learn how to stand up to doubt, whether it is attacking from the outside, or from inside.
    If you are actively pursuing a calling, you have probably encountered doubt.   It can come in different forms. Sometimes, it comes from the outside.  Other times, it comes from the inside.
    However it comes, we don't have to give in to the soul-crushing fear that often follows doubt.  When we are confident in God's calling and are walking in faithful obedience to our purpose, we can stand up to those internal or external attacks of doubt.  A great Biblical leader shows us how in Nehemiah 6.
    When doubt and fear tried to attack Nehemiah with rumors and frightening thoughts, Nehemiah taught us two principles for standing in our calling with confidence.
    1. When doubt attacks with hurtful comments from others, speak the truth.
    Nehemiah spoke truth into the situation and didn’t allow others to fill in the gaps and tell their own version of his story. He didn’t allow them to assign motives that weren’t his.  So own your story.  Share it with passion and conviction.
    2. When doubt attacks with frightening thoughts, pray for strength in the area of attack.
    Nehemiah recognized the tactics of his enemies.
    They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed."  But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9 (NIV)
    Nehemiah prayed for God to strengthen him in the exact place where doubt was attacking.
    When God has given us a clear vision of our purpose, we need to rest confidently in that vision and faithfully ask for strength instead of constantly begging for confirmation.
    I love Nehemiah.  He was a strong, confident leader who never wavered in his dedication to his assignment.  By speaking truth and praying for strength, he stood up to doubt and inspired a nation to do what his enemies said was impossible.
    ACTION STEP
    Let’s take a challenge together. What one area of your business or ministry is being attacked by doubt? Will you commit to praying for the next 30 days for God to strengthen you in that area?  Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram or Facebook  and share what you are praying for so I can pray with you.
    RESOURCES
    Are you struggling with doubt because you haven’t figured out your next step? Check out my free webinar From Confused to Confident.
     
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    • 9 min
    E72: Engage New Email Subscribers with a Welcome Series

    E72: Engage New Email Subscribers with a Welcome Series

    Have you ever joined a group or a community, or maybe started a new job … and they just threw you in, expecting you to know how things work?  That’s what it’s like for your new email subscribers.  They sometimes feel like they’ve dropped into an ongoing conversation and they aren’t quite sure how to catch up.  In Episode 72 of Just One Simple Thing, you’ll learn how to create a simple email welcome series to develop a relationship with your new subscribers and get them engaged.

    Let’s think about why you need a welcome series. There are three main reasons:
    It Introduces you and your message to your new audience member and develops your relationship with them.  It “trains” them to open your email. It weeds out unsubscribers, which increases deliverability of your main emails.
    Before you start writing your welcome series, you need to know the goal of your specific series.  What is the main thing you want readers to do when they complete your series?
     
    People are more likely to do what you want them to do if they know, like, and trust you.

    The basic welcome series has four emails ... the Know email, the Like email, the Trust email, and the Wrap Up or Buy email.

    The Know email tells them who you are, what they can expect from you, and why it matters.

    The Like email demonstrates your style and your voice. It is highly relatable, with links to your most helpful content.

    The Trust email shows your experience and expertise, including feedback and testimonials from other readers, clients, or students.

    The Wrap-up or Buy email is a gentle ask for what you want to happen next.

    Tips for a Successful Welcome Series
    Be sure to let them know what to expectEnd each email with an opportunity to respondLeave a “cliffhanger” for the next emailGive your current subscribers an opportunity to read your new seriesLevitcus 19:33-34 says  “Do not take advantage of foreigners who live among you in your land.  Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God."
    I think that’s really good advice. I know I have felt like a foreigner in a new space, and in those situations, I tend to hold back around the edges until I feel like I know, like and trust the new people I am around.  So that’s what you want from your email welcome series … to help your new subscribers go from foreigners to friends.

    ACTION STEP:
    Head over to my free Facebook group Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing and grab your free Welcome Series planner.  It’s a handy worksheet that will help you map out your Know, Like and Trust emails before you start writing.

    RESOURCE:
    You’re Welcome Webinar – A training webinar that goes into more detail about creating your welcome series.
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    • 12 min
    E71: How to Have Your Best Launch Ever

    E71: How to Have Your Best Launch Ever

    What do you need to do in order to have a great launch? Is there a formula for guaranteed success, or is it all just one big shot in the dark every time you launch?

    We’re wrapping up our mini series on launching with a special episode. You’ll hear a conversation between my friend Esther Littlefield and I all about how to have your best launch ever. You’ll learn the3 essentials to having a successful launch... including one that you may have overlooked in the past. Oh, and be sure to stick around to the end of our conversation for a special time-sensitive announcement!

    Over the past 6 years, we’ve launched everything from coaching to services to freebies to courses and memberships... and we’ve had some launches that completely flopped, and others that flourished. After years of being behind the scenes of dozens of launches PLUS doing several of our own launches, we’ve learned that every successful launch must have 2 key components: A solid marketing strategy AND clear launch plan.

    That’s why last summer, we created the Level Up Your Launch Method and taught it inside of a masterclass. But over the past year, we’ve talked with our community members and clients and we realized when you have to go through the launch process alone, it can be really tough. We realized that there’s one more key ingredient, aside from a strategy and a plan, that will supercharge a launch: support.

    There are 3 main types of support that you could benefit from in your launch:
    1. A guide / coach / mentor
    2. Accountability
    3. Community / friends / biz besties

    We’ve learned that anyone can develop a strategy and create their launch plan-especially if they use our Level Up Your Launch method. And you CAN have a successful launch on your own. BUT it’s a whole lot more fun, and it’s often more successful, when you do it with support.

    So now you know what you need in order to have your best launch ever. But we wanted to find a way to support you even more. We both have students and clients who are often looking for that added support to get their launch accomplished. So we have created Level up Your Launch LIVE -An 8 week guided experience to your best launch ever!

    Level Up Your Launch LIVE will help you:
    Feel confident that your offer and marketing strategy will appeal to your community (instead of launching something that might not be what your community needs)Be prepared and equipped to complete the tasks necessary to get your launch out the door (instead of randomly doing tasks that may or may not be important)Actually enjoy the launch process (instead of feeling lonely and confused)Learn more about what is included in Level Up Your Launch Live here.
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    • 24 min
    E70: One Thing You Didn't Think Of For Your Launch

    E70: One Thing You Didn't Think Of For Your Launch

    If you are thinking about launching a new product, course, or service, you are probably mapping out your plan, figuring out tech platforms, and honing in on your sales copy. But there is one ingredient for a successful launch that you probably haven’t thought of. Join me for Episode 70 of Just One Simple Thing to find out what it is!

    We’re here in the middle of a mini-series all about the resources you need to successfully launch a new product, service, or course. In the last episode, we talked about how much time you’ll need to launch. We went over a basic launch timeline, and you might have been surprised to learn that you need somewhere around 8 weeks to properly prepare yourself and your audience for your launch. If you missed that, head back to Episode 69 to get the breakdown.

    Then if you are listening in real time, you may have seen a post on my Instagram feed where I talked about the tech resources and platforms you might need for your launch. I shared three priorities and three questions to ask when selecting the right systems for you .... Because what’s best for me is not necessarily what’s best for you.

    So in today’s episode, let’s talk about the one resource you need for your launch that you probably haven’t thought of ... and that’s community and accountability. Actually ... that’s two different resources. Sometimes, you can get them in the same place, but it’s usually best if they come from different sources or perspectives. Community is built around a shared experience. It could be an experience everyone has had before, or  an experience the group goes through together. The shared experience bonds the members of the community, even when they have very little in common otherwise.

    Accountability is a completely different thing.

    Accountability is more than just reporting in on how you are doing, and being encouraged and cheered along your path. True, active accountability comes after you when you don’t check in.

    I often see people going to their community, to their friends, for accountability. And I have to be honest with you ... most communities and even most friendships are not mature enough for the consistency and hard conversations that accountability requires.

    So where do you find community and accountability for your launch? Here are three suggestions.

    1. Launch with affiliates.
    2. Launch with a partner.
    3. Launch with a coach.

    ACTION STEP:
    Before you start engaging people for community and accountability, you need to be sure your business or ministry is ready to launch something new. Esther and I created an assessment you can use to figure that out. Go grab the assessment here, add up your points, and decide if you are Good to Go, On Your Way, Not Quite Ready. I’d love to hear your results. DM me on FB or IG @doanewthing to let me know what you have going on.

    RESOURCES:
    Instagram Post: Deciding on Your Launch Tech
    Simple Conversations interview with Emily Saxe
    Unearthing Everyday Faith subscription box
    Pre-launch Readiness Assessment
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    • 11 min

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