Do You Choose Courage Over Comfort?

How do you plan? Do you plan? Do you take the easy or the hard option? Do you take risks or are you risk averse? Whether you plan or not, how you choose to do things will depend on whether you want an easy life staying in your comfort zone, with the ‘ease’ of not taking risks but staying in a lane that has comfort and a degree of certainty, or whether you are the type of person who is always thinking outside the square and looking for new ways of doing things, feeling content in taking yourself outside your comfort zone. If you are staying in your comfort zone, is it because you don’t have confidence in yourself to explore new avenues, or is it because you fear what might happen if you take chances? Taking risks or perhaps the hard option may be a sign of having steely

Are You Working to Your Full Capacity? Or Are You FULL UP?

I recently came across a quote which I wanted to share with you: “When you are resting because you are worn out, you need to remember you are not wasting time. You are doing exactly what you need to do. You are recovering.” Tiny budha This appealed to me for several reasons. The main one being that we all try and pack so much into every single day, otherwise we feel we are wasting time, and not being productive enough. Even if we’ve been busy for a period of time, taking time out to recover or rest still makes us feel guilty. Not only do we work to our full capacity each day, but we try and cram even more in, as inevitably more work comes in and what happens? We still don’t take that time out. It seems ingrained in us that we should always keep going full speed

Transmission & Reception

We all lead busy lives trying to pack everything into each day, it isn’t wonder that sometimes we fail to communicate with others the best way we can. Often this is because we didn’t hear or receive the information the way it was intended, or we didn’t impart the information as we intended to do. This can cause misunderstandings and friction within teams, between colleagues and even affect relationships with families and friends. It’s all about the send and receive, or transmission and reception. As we rely on so many means of communication nowadays, we have choices and often we make a choice on what means of communication is best only because of ease and speed rather than quality and value. In our busy days, if we took time out to determine how, when, where and what way to communicate with others, we could avoid a lot of grief and

Slow down you’re doing too fast!

Slow down you’re going too fast! We all lead such busy lives and often the feeling we get when we’re busy isn’t just being tired or worn out, more of a feeling of being overwhelmed by just far too much to do and not enough time to do it in. All these feelings are everything we don’t want to feel when we want to enjoy the journey and not just the destination. Whichever path we’re taking we know there are challenges, obstacles and barriers along the way, but we hope they are manageable and achievable. But when we have so much to do, not enough time to do it in. When we have other commitments and priorities, whether it be children or other personal commitments, we still want to enjoy what we’re doing and not feel that our job or business is something to be rushed or squeezed in amongst

Is what you’re doing right now going to lead to a sale or a new client?

As a business owner we need to be mindful of making each day count to ensure that what we are doing or about to do will ultimately generate a new client, sale or income. But how can we ensure this happens and how can we avoid being pulled into the general hum-drum operational cum administrative roles and jobs we still have to do to ensure our business ticks along in the background, particularly when as a single-person-enterprise we don’t have anyone to delegate to and / or we can’t afford to out-source those jobs we aren’t so good at or don’t want to do. It isn’t easy as ultimately we’re juggling many balls in the air constantly and this can be soul-destroying and boring as well as hugely de-motivating and time-consuming. To ensure that everything we are doing is going to lead to a sale or a new client we

Problem Solving

They say a problem shared is a problem halved and that we should write down our problems, break them down and then they won’t be so bad. Some say success is about being a confident person; one who can solve problems! Therefore, being a confident problem solver is likely to be an important part of your success. In our roles as business owners we could all say we ‘help’ people, and in one way or another whether providing a service or a product we do help people. To enable us to help people we enable them to solve a problem or fix something for them that isn’t working. This makes us all problem solvers. Being a good problem solver gives us confidence and can be the catalyst in creating a success business. We may not only be a problem solver for our clients or customers, but we may also be

Yeah – Nah!

There’s a quote by Helen Keller “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow”. What I like about this quote is the positive tone to it. Looking towards the sun and away from darkness. I’m sure like me you’ve all experienced those negative thoughts and worked hard at trying to replace them with positive ones. We are often told we should focus on the positive, but when we feel low, it’s the hardest thing to do. It takes strength to blot out negative thoughts and focus on positive ones. As Willie Nelson once said, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” We know that the only time we have to do anything productive is right now, the present, today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow is yet to come for us to plan a positive outcome. As Lyndon B Johnson said,

It’s about the journey not the destination!

Don’t you just love that feeling of know you’re going away somewhere, perhaps travelling or on holiday or just a short break away? In our minds, we are there enjoying the destination in our minds, imaging we are there. The journey there is a means of getting to our destination rather than being a part of it. If we think of our goals being our destination and the journey being our actions, isn’t achieving our goal dependent upon those actions? Just like getting to our destination is dependent upon the journey to get there. For some, we just want the result, whether the goal or the destination, and just want to reach it no matter what and as quickly as we can. And sometimes if we do this, then we rush an important part of the result. This planning to get to our goal or destination is just as important

Beliefs and Values

Beliefs and Values What is the vision you hold for yourself or a new role or challenge? Is it seeing yourself completing something successful, or is it seeing yourself not completing or failing? For us to be able to have a positive vision of ourselves we need to believe in ourselves and understand our personal values. To do this we need to understand what makes us tick, identify, know and understand our values, and why they are our values as well as what those values mean to us. To enable us to achieve our full potential we need to believe in ourselves. If we were to consider where and what we lack in our own self-belief we can then explore what might be possible if we were to unblock what it is stopping us and what we might achieve if we did. We are growing every day in every way,

New Mindset – New Results!

A mindset is a belief or self-perception we hold about ourselves. Our mindset governs our behaviour, how we feel, our attitude and our outlook of how we see ourselves now and in the future. When we are set in a negative mindset, nothing can change our viewpoint or opinion, we seem locked in our ways and our beliefs that what we believe is the truth, and we truly belief we are unable to change. There are two mindsets, a positive and a negative. Having a positive mindset is a great habit to have as we can keep focused and have a clear direction in the belief that we will succeed, and nothing will get in our way. Unfortunately, a negative mindset has the opposite effect, and can be the road to disaster, causing us to be miserable and feel we will never be successful in anything we do. We listen