Putting a Stake in the Ground Creates Action

Procrastination as we know is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. This may be ‘just what we do’ i.e. this is our normal in that we habitually delay starting or finishing a task despite knowing this may have negative consequences. Often these tasks or actions are those which we don’t want to do, or don’t like to do, and so we avoid them, sometimes not even starting them, or we start and don’t finish. This doesn’t create action. This can make us feel we’ve failed or not achieved. This can be de-motivating. This also means we won’t achieve our goals or make us feel good. We certainly won’t feel productive. So how can we avoid the above and kick the procrastination out the door? The key, as I see it is, we need to put a stake in the ground, metaphorically

Are you the BOSS or do you have the B.O.S.S.?

We have this ideal and idea that when we set up, own and run our own business we are our own boss, don’t need to answer to anyone other than ourselves. We can be flexible when we work, what we do, how we do it. We aren’t accountable to anyone! How fantastic is that? But, is it? Fantastic that is? Reality tells us that whilst all the above is true, we can often lack setting directions, key performance indicators for us to measure our progress. We often drift to those pieces of work we like and let those dreaded distractions pull us away from what we need to do to drive our business forward. Often, we need some help to achieve this: Business Owners Support Solutions to give you the Success Factor When you’re running a business, it can be hard to manage your work / life balance in the

It’s All About Shifting Mindsets!

Whether we like it or not we can get stuck in a certain mindset which isn’t helpful for us as an individual or in our business. How do we get ‘stuck’ and how do we get ‘unstuck’? It’s going to be different if we are talking about ourselves personally or in business or work or whether we are talking about our business or organisation. For us individually: Firstly, we need to be aware that what our mindset is before being able to change it and want to change it to something better than where we are. Then we need to have a plan on how we can go about this, so we do achieve it. Lastly, we need to find a way to keep us on this track and not slip back into our old ways. Steps to work through to shift mindsets: Consider and note our patterns, certain ways

Are You a Struggling Business?

There are three key reasons why businesses struggle. As a business owner it's important for us to know what these are so we can see the sign of our business starting to go in the wrong direction. Reason 1: Jack of All Trades Just because we've set up a business or running a business doesn't mean we have all the skills and attributes for everything that is required. Of course, when we're starting out, we need to do things ourselves, but at what cost?We need to seek guidance, help and support to advise us on areas we know little or nothing about, the 'don't know what you don't knows'. When we do this, we can start making informed decisions at the right time. This might require a cost in terms of investment in a business coaching for example, however, the Return on Investment (ROI) can often be immeasurable if you

Causes and Symptoms – Health of Ourselves and our Business

We all seem to be dealing with so much right now. We seem to have so much to consider and look after, our family, health, job or business, finances, goals and much more. Sometimes it can all feel just too much, and we find ourselves stressed and overwhelmed and noticing problems or mistakes happening more often, our motivation starts to dwindle, our energy levels reduce and then our sleep gets affected; it’s just a vicious cycle. Let’s look at the possible cause and symptoms of ourselves and our business. Cause – we know that the cause of something is our signal to do something, take action to rectify a problem, where we need to set time aside to do this.  Symptom – this is an indication of something that is wrong, or not right, it might start with a feeling. Whether this is a condition of yourself or your business,

Focusing on Difficulties Differently

I recently came across the quote below and loved the analogy used. Using analogies are helpful as they draw us an image or a vision of how we see things or could see things. The image or picture helps us understand them more easily and they are more memorable. “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming” The Law of Attraction For me, this image portrays that of always seeing an opportunity where there is a challenge, seeing every setback as a chance to reconsider how we might do things differently. Mindset plays a huge part in our lives and can set us off in a positive or negative direction, it can lift us up and drop us down, sometimes both in the same

Recognition – Goals – Best Practice = Success

Here we are back at Levels Two and Three in New Zealand. Somewhere we hoped we’d never be again, but we are. For some, this is a real blow, unexpected, perhaps unprepared. For others, it’s a time to put into place what we spent time preparing for during lockdown in terms of business continuity and business disruption. Either ways, it’s tough isn’t it, and during tough times the tough need to get going as the song goes. We need to consider some steps and strategies to help us, our businesses and our teams through yet another transition period. Below are some strategies which you might consider using personally, or in your business, or for you, your business and your team, to help motivate, inspire and achieve great results. Recognition: Designed to inspire, unify and value our teams to retain top performance to gain the best results. Recognising our team members

How Do You Start Your Day?

Do you start the day with clear purpose and intentions? Would you like to create days that will benefit you and others each day? Let’s see how we can start new habits to begin creating a purposeful day. Living each day with a purpose and intention allows you to navigate your day by beginning it with awareness rather than being oblivious of what the meaning of our day could be which will enable you to avoid potential knee-jerk reactions. Instead, imagine you are driving a car, feeling in control with both hands on the wheel with a clear destination in mind. You might start with setting an intention to connect with others or fulfil a meaning into your day. Whatever you have in mind, starting your day the right way with a 5-10-minute session of relaxation with your eyes closed picturing what your day could and should look like. Try

Is Time and Fear Stunting Your Business Growth?

Could this be your year of growth?Would you like it to be your year of growth?Have you dedicated time towards growing your business?Do you have time to spare to dedicate working ON your business? If you’ve answered yes to the first two questions and no to the last two questions, then read on if you think it is now time to start investing in yourself! Time: This can be our enemy or our friend. We know we want time off, time to reflect, time to think, time to know ourselves better, time to know our business better. BUT we use the excuse of not having time and worse still don’t make the time. Fear: Fear can also be our enemy and one of the biggest obstacles or barriers we have, however, more often than not the fears are perceived and not real, and these can hinder us from stepping outside

How Much FUN Do You Have!?

FormulateUniqueNew & Renew It’s funny isn’t it that when we think of the word ‘fun’ we think of something that is enjoyable, something that entertains us, and something that gives us pleasure. I see F-U-N as being an acronym that can still be enjoyable, entertain you and give you pleasure, and that’s thinking about how creative you can be either personally or in your business to ensure you are keeping ahead of your competition, or just wanting to be ahead of the game to keep up with the forever changing needs, particularly in the current climate. Let’s look at the acronym in more detail to see how you can have fun and F-U-N! F = Formulate To be able to formulate something, we must first create an idea or plan of which to design or develop, and to prepare this to a standard or level we are happy with before