A story of Life, Love and Business
So, that’s it we've finally crossed the line into the last month of the year!
It’s time to look back and review how many of our goals we’ve achieved in 2017 and begin to firm up our Plans for 2018.
I love this time of year! Well, as a ‘woman with a Plan’ I would wouldn’t I?!
It’s exciting! Both to be able to celebrate how far we have come in the last year and also because of the anticipation of the brilliant things we have planned for the year ahead.
In small businesses in particular these review points are essential - not just at the end of the year but at key stages throughout the year.
The problem with small businesses is just that - we are SMALL! So, we have Small Business Syndrome!
As I work with people helping them to move their businesses forward one of the things that I hear most is that there just "isn’t enough time to get everything done".
I was thinking about this and I wondered just how much of life we all spend deliberating (overthinking); debating (second guessing), and delaying (doing the interesting rather than the Important!).
One thing that I know for sure is without taking ACTION you won’t get anywhere…
So my question for you this week is:
How much better would things feel if you took the action you’ve been avoiding?
It often seems pointless to me to write about ’taking action’ because we all already know we need to take action don’t we?
And yet we spend huge portions of our lives in frustrated rationalisation and pussy-footing our way around the things that we know would be best for our lives.
We hope that our delaying will lead to some sort of divine intervention to give us a...
I was reminded this weekend of the time when I first found myself really having to reflect on my personal values, and making a decision about my future based purely on my principles.
It was over 32 years ago and yet I remember it as if it was yesterday.
I was a young Sales Executive in my first sales role, for a well-known national company. At the time they used a scripted sales system called ‘Pendle’ - which literally saw the Sales people following a detailed script with customers, which guided them through a tightly controlled process lead by our Sales Manager… with me as the middle-man.
One Saturday I found myself selling to a lovely mother and daughter. The process of the ‘sell’ was systematic and it took quite a long while to complete. It involved a lot of two-ing and fro-ing from me between the customers and my Manager, negotiating a price that we could all agree on.
Finally by 19:30 we concluded the process… it...
In my coaching business I work with many people who are embarking on, or in the process of a major transition in their lives - whether it be in their work life or home life.
The act of deciding to make massive change in ones life takes enormous courage, and single-mindedness and potentially sets you apart from the vast majority of the population who find it impossible to follow their dreams.
As many of you know I have been through a process of considerable change over recent years and that transition has been far from easy. So it got me to thinking about what it takes to make it through and transition for where you are now to where you want to be, and what I had found one of the biggest issues?
The dictionary definition of Transition is:
It sounds so simple!
You have a clear Vision for what comes next; you make a decision to do that / be that / go there; you make your plans; you follow through...
There’s a word (Shoshin) in Buddhism, which means ‘Beginners mind’. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.
I’m reminded of this notion every time we run a new event; launch a new product or deliver a new training.
For instance, following a a new workshop or bootcamp - one of the first things we do the next day is write up all the feedback forms and reflect on how we (and you) think it went.
Whilst we definitely allow ourselves time to be grateful for the amazing comments and pleased that we’ve provided value, we also seriously stop and ask ourselves a series of questions:
We try to do this in a way that is kind to ourselves....
I grew up in an environment framed by my father, Trevor, who had a very clear sense of how things (and I mean everything) should be done.
He was very rigorous and he expected us to be equally as fastidious. He lived by two particular phrases:
“If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well’
quickly followed by:
“Perfect Planning Prevents Poor Performance”
Over the years these phrases have found a permanent place in my psyche and go someway to explaining the perfectionist in me.
Over the last few years though, as the speed of everything we do (in life and in business) continues to increase I have been more aware of how phrases such as these can sometimes fuel one of our biggest enemies - Procrastination. What do I mean?
As I have learned since starting my newest business coaching entrepreneurs and small business owners four years ago there are a complex set of factors (both internal and external) that combine to slow down our...
What's Your WHY?
For such a small question, it’s amazing how much clarity and momentum can be gained when we are clear about our answer.
When I found MY Why, I ended up moving 300 miles away from where I had lived all my life and radically changing my business model!
The wake up call I needed to REALLY look at my Why came from a very sad event in my family.
Sometimes the ‘push’ to change our lives arises out of heartache and sometimes it comes from a desire to ‘pull’ towards joy.
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter as long as you are open to recognise and act upon it when it does come.
It turned out my Why had been there all along.
I always knew the work that truly inspired me.
I come alive when I share my passion and skill with others who also want to develop, grow, be themselves, get stuff done, make a change.
Both Kate and I are known for our impatience.
We both like to achieve a lot every day in order for us to feel like we are on track. As qualities go it’s a double edged sword.
It drives us forward and helps us achieve considerable amounts, but it also means that we have such high expectations of the amount that we are able to achieve, we sometimes fail to stop and celebrate what we have done.
Friday 21 July saw us run our third 'Ideas Into Action Business Bootcamp' here in Edinburgh. The Bootcamp marked exactly three months since our very first event here. The room was filled with energy. It was a brilliant experience!
I got to share a truly inspiring day with 33 enthusiastic business owners, all high on the experience of learning new things, challenging themselves and building relationships with people who truly understand the journey they are on.
Over the last few days we have spent time reflecting on the journey we have taken over the last three months. It...
How are you all? I hope you are all well?
I don't often get comments from you - I sometimes wonder if you are all still there?
You may have noticed that this months post is a little late! In fact over recent months my posting dates have tended to drift.
It's been a rather hectic time of late and I really didn't even notice that I'd gone past my normal posting date until the start of the weekend. That got me to thinking about the format for my 'A Year of Saying YES' blogs and wondering whether it was time to mix things up a little and try something different.
I've been blogging now for over 18 months and the monthly 'look back' format was ideal at the start as a mechanism for tracking our progress towards moving ourselves; our businesses and our family up to Scotland.
For a while when we first arrived here the format continued to work well but as our business here has started to get more and more busy I often find myself with a number of things that I...
I seem to start every month by reflecting that things have been 'full on' since I last wrote... and the month of May would be no different then!!
But whilst this month has seen me working down in London during two consecutive weeks and working hard on my local events promotion it has also seen both Kate and I working more consciously to try to maintain a better work-life-blend!
Business 'focus' is all well and good (helping people to get focus is after all my bread and butter) but sometimes shouldn't that same rigour be applied to being YOU. Being a good partner; a good friend and just 'having fun'?
With this in mind this post has been written by Kate and I together!
Chances are one of the main reasons for making life changing decisions about how we live our lives, is the desire to create more time to spend with loved ones doing the things that bring meaning and joy into our lives.
Perversely, certainly in the early days of...
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