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A Year Of Saying YES!

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No.71 - Are Your Creating Assets In Your Business?

2019 Jan 14, 2019

In February 2014 I began my quest to work out exactly what my next business venture would be and to understand how I could make the most of social media and the world of technology to help me move my life to my new home in Scotland. 

For many, many years before I had bought books, courses and programmes from a range of Business Guru’s all offering me the benefit of their experience and advice as to what the best Business model would be to help me take my business ’to the next level’. 

I’ve had my own Business since I was 19. Like all of Business Owners, with each business venture I took my lessons learned and tweaked and improved my model and my thinking to make sure each business was more successful than the last. Don’t get me wrong, not all of my decisions were brilliant, but that’s how all successful Business Owners grow; one lesson at a time. 

I remember clearly the lessons from Robert T Kiyosaki in his book ‘Rich Dad Poor...

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No.70 - No Clarity - No Goals; No Goals - No Change; No Change - No Growth

2019 Jan 07, 2019
As we start of a week of Goal-Setting in the Ideas Into Action Business Club I am looking forward to working with over 50 Business Owners for a full day to think through and set out their plans for the year ahead.
This is an exercise that I encourage all the Business Owners that I Coach to invest time in at the start of each year.
As usual I have pulled together a systemic process for them to follow that guides them, step by step, through the vital stages; from understanding where they are currently; detailing what they want ‘More of’ and ‘Less of’; identifying their BIG Goal for the year ahead; through to reverse engineering the actions they will need to take to get there. At each stage there are templates and tools to ensure that no detail is lost; and plans and trackers to help them keep on the straight and narrow.
There is lots of evidence to prove that people who set out their goals in written plans are far more likely to achieve...
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No.69 - What Are You Going To Attract In 2019?

2018 Dec 31, 2018
"What you think, you Become.
What you feel, you Attract.
What you imagine, you Create”
So, as we set sail this week into a whole new year, the season of Visioning, goal setting and planning, I start to think about what I want to Attract in my life and business in 2019.
As you know, I’m a practical, problem solving type - so you may be surprised to hear me talking about the ‘Law of Attraction’.
But those of you that have followed me for a while will recollect that 2016 was our ‘Year of Saying YES’ - which was completely grounded on the notion of Attraction. Being ready and waiting to spot the opportunities that would help us to move to Scotland full time. By August it had worked and we were here!
Truth is, I’m a Pragmatist, and I know that sometimes there are things that we can’t explain but that we know work. We don’t always have to understand everything to benefit from it.
It was...
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No.68 - What Is Your Theme For 2019?

2018 Dec 17, 2018
‘Keep Your Focus Laser-Locked On What You Want To Create In Your Life'
So here we are into the last few working days of 2018, about to enter the season of resolutions and great expectations for the year ahead.
I’m sure that none of you will be surprised to hear that Kate and I have very big plans for 2019!
I don’t know if we are alone in this, but neither of us are big believers in New Years resolutions. Generally they seem to offer so many opportunities for disappointment!
So, rather than setting individual unrelated resolutions at this time of year, over recent years we have taken to giving each year a Title, or Theme – rather like a Mission Statement for the year.
We choose something which is aligned to our overall goals in life, and business, to keep us on the straight and narrow through the year and help us to co-ordinate our efforts to best effect.
For instance 2015 was our ‘Year to Make Things Happen’...
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No.67 - Sometimes You Have To Risk It All To Follow Your Dream

2018 Dec 17, 2018

[Written by Kate]


We’ve been reviewing the Master Your Mindset Module for our Unknown to Expert Accelerator Programme and it’s been making me reflect on my nephew Liam’s journey to become a Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Champion.

Some of you’ll already know, because I’m a bit of a boastful Aunt, that my eldest nephew Liam is a professional MMA fighter.

He has a fight tonight in Hawaii, so he’s on my mind a lot.

He didn’t start fighting until he was in his late 20’s which was fairly late.

A little of his story is needed here to give some context.

Before Liam was fighting professionally, he was often fighting non-professionally.

He’s a big lad, he stands out in a crowd and he liked going out and having a good time. Other guys would egg each other on to pick a fight with him. If you leave him alone Liam wouldn’t hurt a fly, but if you go looking for a fight then you’ll get one. I hate violence, it makes me feel...

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No.66 - You Are The Answer

2018 Dec 10, 2018
There are three types of people in the World:
"Those that MAKE things happen;
Those that WATCH things happen;
Over the last 36 years I have developed a reputation of being a ‘Fixer’ - the go to person to 'get stuff done’. Making things happen is ‘my thing’!
Last week I spent time working with my Clients on getting a head start for 2019 by getting to grips with the basics in their Business and acknowledging that to be successful at anything (in life or Business) you need to go Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.
All too often people come to me for help with their Business at the point when they have followed numerous other routes, searching for the ’THE answer’. The thing that is going to make all the difference.
We live in a World where our emails and Social Media feeds are packed with people offering us ’Silver Bullet’ solutions to solve all of our...
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No.65 - Why 2019 Should Be The Year You Create A Profitable Signature System

2018 Dec 08, 2018

“ For those of us who sell services, one of the difficulties with face is that we are selling the invisible.”


I’ve received messages from people asking whether the ‘Create Your Signature System Bootcamp’ on 13th December is right for them. So, I thought I would put up a quick post to help you decide.

I created this Bootcamp because I think I can help three different type of people:


1 - You’re a ‘struggling expert’

You’re great at what you do, you know you can help people but you’re just not recruiting enough clients to make a full-time living which means you’re probably in overwhelm and anxious about the future.

2 - You’re an ‘overstretched expert’

You’re making a good enough living but it’s taking you too much time to generate, so you’re in danger of burning out and of not finding the time to work ‘on’ your business to take it to the next level.

3 -...

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No.64 - Kate's Journey To Create A Signature System Facial

2018 Dec 07, 2018
(Kate McGeary - November 2018)

Kate's journey to create a Signature System Facial

In light of our upcoming Bootcamp, I thought I would share my experience of creating a Signature System from scratch. 

Disclaimer - A Signature System, in a nutshell, is the unique approach you use to help your clients solve their problems.
So, although this post is about putting together a facial treatment; the thinking, process and steps I took are broadly applicable across most service-based businesses (and is, in my opinion, especially applicable to coaches, trainers, therapists, freelancers or consultant). 

When I first qualified as a Beauty Therapist I knew I wanted to deliver a very special kind of treatment for my clients.

I'd experienced my fair share of facials in the past and I knew I didn't want to go down the route of buying into a specific brand and being trained to deliver their range of standard treatments (think Clarins, Elemis, Dermalogica). 

There's absolutely nothing...

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No.63 - Your Best Way To Kick-Start a Successful 2019 - Is To Start NOW - Don't Wait For 01 January!

2018 Dec 03, 2018
At this time of year lots of people ask me how they are going to be more successful in their Business in coming year.
My answer is always the same and is quite simple - START NOW!
We spend a lot of our lives waiting for 'Someday'.
'Someday I will do x;
Someday I will do y;
Someday I will do z’
December is often treated as a month where we 'wind down' from the year just gone.
We all joke about the fact that 'no real work will be done' in the last two weeks of the month. It's all Christmas parties and frantic shopping trips looking for the ideal gift for friends and loved ones.
I'm not saying that's wrong at all - you need to have the right balance in your life. But I am saying don't right-off the end of 2018 quite yet.
The truth is, all this waiting around is doing us, and our Business, no good at all.
We wait for the ‘perfect time’. We work; re-rework and over-work our Products, striving to get it 'just right' before we...
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No.62 - Are You Ready For Brexit

2018 Nov 29, 2018
Last week I was invited to speak on an Expert Panel at the Edinburgh Business Show. The subject we were focusing on was:
“Technology as a driver for growth for Edinburgh-based businesses in a post-Brexit world”
My preparation for this event saw me examine in detail my own reaction not just to the subjects of technology & business growth (in Edinburgh and beyond) - which I talk about very regularly, but also the dreaded B-word - ‘Brexit’.
Yesterday was yet another watershed day in our Brexit journey. One more step in the journey has been ticked off the list… so we continue to move ‘forward’ (depending on your personal view point).
I must admit that over the last two years since the Referendum I haven’t spent a great deal of time thinking about it. That may seem strange, as I am a Business Coach, but for me once the dice was cast and the result was in, it was clear that for some considerable time to come...
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