Angela Jia Kim

Savor Beauty + Spa / Savor the Success - CEO + Founder
New York, NY

    Ingredients from my Manifest Recipe (Think Apple Pie)

    September 28, 2012

    In the past couple of months, we have been renovating, building, and constructing like mad at Savor Spa. As most of you know, we were sued and have launched into Project: Rebrand + Rebuild. 

    I'm sharing the ups and downs of this process because I think it metaphorically represents what every single entrepreneur must do at some point to meet her breakthrough. If you don't have bumps and challenges along the way, you are playing it waaaay to safe. 

    Alright, let's roll up our sleeves and get to my Manifest Recipe, a formula for making s*** happen:

    1. Create a prototype of what you want as quickly as possible. I call it the "Prototype Process". It's a fast and furious process that gets your imagination into something tangible. This is important for two reasons:

    • You have to see where you are going in order to get anywhere. It creates a magnet between you and your goal. 
    • You can see, touch, and feel your dream in some shape or form. It's like baking an apple pie in the oven... after you smell it, you gotta eat it, right? Bake, baby, bake! 

    A prototype can be a business plan, a drawing of a product idea, a map or even an actual product. For example, if you were to launch an apron company, instead of dreaming of what it would look like, actually create one with your hands. It's okay if it's messy... the point is exercising that muscle of moving something from dream into reality. 

    When we launched into refreshing our boutique spa, we created a drawing of what this might look like. It's changed a lot since, but it got us excited and gave us a roadmap. 

    2. Next, create something new everyday.

    This is where it can get messy and thrilling. Everyday, I learned or created something new. An accomplished action step - small or big - is new energy. Accomplishing something daily helps you to stay in that creation mode. 

    I reached out to General Contractors, made phone calls, organized the time line, placed orders for the gift wall, etc. When you move an action through, you move energy through. And that's the stuff that manifested dreams are made of

    3. Pivot.

    When things go wrong - and let's not kid ourselves; things in business never go exactly as planned - you have to pivot fast and get tougher than your problem. 

    I had to fire two General Contractors in this whole process. (I swear, they must all learn in GC School 101 to not show up, not return emails, and not give accurate time quotes.) Guess who became the GC? Yes, yours truly. It's been a crazy process, and there were incredibly stressful days, but remember, the apple pie is in the oven and nothing is going to stop me from savoring it! 

    4. Keep yourself motivated by making sure you see and track success along the way. 

    The physical manifestation of a project-in-the-making is important to acknowledge. You need proof that your dream is coming alive. It can be as simple as what one of my assistants did when she was saving up for her trip to Asia. She worked three exhausting bartending jobs at night and always came home with a wad of cash. She would count it every night before going to bed and then put it back into her drawer. The motivator was seeing that wad of cash grow. 

    For me in this process, it was little successes such as witnessing our fabulous custom handmade wallpaper going up. 

    This gave me the motivator to keep going and not throw in the towel. Trust me, I felt like saying, "Okay! We're done. Let's open up and resume business." But after the wallpaper went up, it was so beautiful that I got my energy back up. I told myself, "We're 40% done... only 60% more to go until it's amazing." 

    5. Spend as much time on marketing as you did in building. This is where most entrepreneurs fail. They love creating but then they don't spend nearly enough time enjoying the fun process of letting the world know about the finished product. 

    I've ordered Savor Spa long-sleeved tees for my entire team, and when the place is completely done, we are putting these fancy things on, having a pizza party, and infiltrating the streets of West Village with samplers and postcards to let the world know of our transformation.

    (Thanks to Kris Wittenberg of Say No More Promotions for these shirts!)

    6. Eat that apple pie, girl.

    Savor the Success. Enjoy the moment because this process is about to begin again, and if you don't take that time, you will get burnt out. And a burnt out leader is no good to anyone, right? :)

    Sienna savoring a chocolate chip cookie! Notice how she smells it first, smiles, and then eats? 

    Ready to start your Prototype Process? What will you prototype today? And how will you track and savor your successes along the way?

    If you need focused support with this process, we'll be opening registration for another 7 and 6 Figure Club in October to create your 5-year Vision Plans, choose ONE gamechanging goal to manifest, and keep you accountable to make it happen. Stay tuned for deets! 

    P.S. Next project?! Here's my prototype for that... with a little help from my daughter, the future Picasso. :)

    Angela Jia Kim is a woman entrepreneur advocate, organic lifestyle guru, doting mom, New York City (not house)wife, and author-in-the-making.

    She uses her organic skincare business, Om Aroma, to empower and inspire other business owners by openly sharing mistakes (the kind most sweep under the rug) and lessons learned (the kind most keep as secrets to get ahead).

    She believes that building business is directly tied to self growth, that it takes a village to raise a business, and that your business is meant to serve the life you want to live. 

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