Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You!

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You! Have you ever wondered why we fear things? Our fears cause us to avoid things in our business or working lives stopping us achieving. We all have fears, whether it’s fear of success or failure; fear of change or public speaking; fear of changing jobs or starting up a new business. Often a lack of self-belief or confidence, or doubting ourselves, a reflection of how we are feeling right now; times of low self-esteem or perhaps having had a run of bad luck, giving us a feeling of immense insecurity. By delving into the route of our fear and what we are afraid of, it is likely to be our fear of failing or not being able to handle addressing our fear head-on. This could be a fear of dealing with a difficult client or employee, a fear of what the outcome

Values – Soar or Sore!

Values - Soar or Sore! Are you flying in the wind or flying by the seat of your pants? Are you like a bird in the wind flying on the thermals with a clear direction of where you’re going before you take off, or are you making it up as you go along, deciding on a course of action as you go! I feel we can fall into the ‘sore’ trap by either being prone to distractions or reacting to someone else’s demands, requests or problems, to the detriment of our work, business or personal life! We fall into the trap of putting others first and ourselves second! Why do we do this I wonder? Is it because we don’t value ourselves enough, or at all, or is it because we don’t value what we are doing enough to stay with what we’re doing, instead fighting someone else’s fires or

Don’t Waste Your Time Reading This!

Don't Waste Your Time Reading This! We hear it all the time! I’ll get around to it! I don’t have time! I’m trying to save time! I need more time! I don’t have enough hours in the day! I feel I’m wasting time! We know we all have the same time; and that the only time we can control is the present. Articles tell us that successful people plan their days; don’t let interruptions hinder their day; that they deal with priorities first – so what does that make us? Not successful OR human! I believed my time management was good, but recall many years ago, attending a one-day ‘time management’ seminar which proved the opposite, and recall three tips I was given and still use today. Paper-mover – Every time you pick up a document or paper on your desk and don’t do something with it, i.e. action it,

Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

Don't Worry - Be Happy! Do you worry, over-analyse or over-think things?  If yes, then when? Bedtime? Morning? At work? At home? Maybe all the time? Remember the song ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin? One line in the lyrics say, ‘in every life we have some trouble’, and I believe this is true for all of us, don’t you? Do you feel that sometimes ‘troubles or problems’ seem to arrive on our doorstep in many forms, personally and professionally, throwing us ‘off kilter’ and sending us reeling off course into a dizzy turmoil of endless worry and hopeless despair? The trouble is, when this happens we forget where we were headed, what tasks we had for the day, or goals for the week or month, instead focusing on the ‘problem’ that has arisen taking over our thinking, our focus, our direction. When this happens to me, and I’m

What do you answer when asked?

what do you answer when asked?
One of the most common questions in a job interview is ‘What motivates you?’ Whilst some of us may have our ‘go to’ answer for this to ‘please’ the prospective employer, what we aren’t addressing is answering the question for real – for US! Wikipedia says – “Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behaviour. It gives the reasons for people's actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one's direction to behaviour, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behaviour and vice versa”. Now if you are like me, I read this and think – how can I translate this into something I can usefully integrate into my daily working life. Some of us are lucky enough to be in a job we love, or perhaps we run a business providing a service we are passionate about. In these instances, one could argue

I can see clearly now! Can YOU?

I can see clearly now
“I can see clearly now the rain is gone I can see all obstacles in my way” Johnny Nash Like the idiom ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’, sometimes we just can’t see things clearly because we are guilty of often over-analysing. Why? Because we are too closely involved. What do we do? Carry on doing the same! Groundhog Day! Is this you? Taking on too much Not feeling in control Expecting too much of yourself Putting too much pressure on yourself “Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly” Torin Rush Sometimes when you feel ‘stuck’ you just need to be able to go through things with someone who can get you ‘unstuck’, helping you decide to make a change in your life, work or business. This is where working with a business coach / mentor or life / personal coach can help. It is helpful

Just Go Do It!

Just Do it!
You might say this is easier said than done! After all we are our own worst enemies aren’t we? SO, how can we keep motivated and focus on the positive rather than the negative? I think we’ve all heard the saying, to be successful surround yourself with successful people. It figures that to be or keep motivated be around motivated people – believe it or not – it does rub off! So what can you do about it? Start with you! Do you like what you are doing? Are you doing what you want to do? Six Great TIPS to get you started: Take small steps everyday looking forward NOT backwards Think positively - Develop your own personal positive affirmation and put it where you can see it – and say it! Don’t over analyse or overthink things Focus on the positive not the negative – focus on what you

The Importance of Setting Goals – Mind the Gap

The importance of Setting Goals - Mind the Gap!
The Importance of Setting Goals – Mind the Gap Tony Robbins quoted: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” As business owners, we are often ‘Jack of all trades’ because we think it will achieve a means to an end quicker and easier, particularly when we have deadlines to meet and goals to achieve – but does it? I’m a great believer in seeking help, advice or guidance from those people who can provide us with their expertise in areas we are not so strong in. It’s not a sign of weakness, but instead a sign of strength! We all have strengths and weaknesses and expertise in our own field, but likewise we also have gaps in our knowledge and expertise – so mind the gap! I am sure, like me you seek advice from those ‘experts’ below for advice at some point in

The Importance of Setting Goals – 10 Steps to fulfilling your goals

Ten Steps to fulfilling your Goals
The importance of Setting Goals – 10 Steps to fulfilling your goals Happy New Year to you all! Here’s hoping for a prosperous and healthy year ahead.. This month’s theme is The Importance of Setting Goals So.. just to wet your appetite follow the 10 steps below.. 10 steps to fulfilling your goals Decide what you want Decide when you want it Decide why you want it Have a burning desire for it to happen Decide what you will invest to achieve your objective Use your imagination to create what you want Create a plan Use all the resources you can find Eliminate self-doubt Expect your goals to be met And Remember… Be clear about exactly what you want Set short, medium and long-term goals Commit yourself totally YOUR CHALLENGE is to… Write your answers to the first three questions – just to get you started… Good luck!

Are you doing enough to promote your business?

Are you doing enough to promote your business?
ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH TO PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS? NO? Well all it takes is having a great elevator speech using just 25-35 words and 30 - 60 seconds! Here are 10 tips to think about when developing your elevator speech.... 1. It’s not about what you sell or provide but what you do and why you do it 2. Know your outcome – make it interesting so people say ‘Tell me more…’ 3. Add an emotional benefit 4. Start with story; humour; news NOT your business ‘spiel’ 5. Highlight a problem you can help your customer or client solve 6. Quantify your success by adding evidence of the benefits 7. Explain the situation and illustrate the problem customers or clients are facing or may face 8. Explain the impact of the current situation 9. Reach a resolution – explain how you will solve their problem 10. Focus on benefits NOT