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 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
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 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 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? 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
Take the temperature test for your business… If you answer NO to more than three of the following questions, then it’s time to seek help to improve your business. Four free tips below: Is your business’s current situation your desired situation? Has your business had time to regroup since its growth? Is your business growing too quickly? Is your business committed to improving how things are done? Are you are getting the most from your team, colleagues or partners? Is your business working as smart and efficiently as you would like? Are you in control of managing change? Could your business work without you? Are you proactive about initiating this? Being in control of managing change and doing this at the right time has to be better than waiting until things are starting to go wrong. But when is the best time and how do we make time? Recognise Potential
So often I watch people’s eyes glaze over with the mention of life coaching, business coaching or personal coaching because I recognise people either wonder what it’s all about or how can coaching of any kind help them. Invariably I’ve heard people say “I don’t have time….” or “yes I would like to have coaching soon…” If not NOW when? It’s interesting that in the sporting world, a tennis player not having a tennis coach or a football player not having a football coach would be unheard of, but for the most part, if you ask someone if they have a life, business or personal coach, they would probably answer no! So why is that? Why do we feel that not having a coach is the right thing? Why do we feel that we don’t need one? Why do we feel that it’s not the right time now? Why do