A story of Life, Love and Business
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...
Success is the Sum of Small Efforts,
Repeated Day In and Day Out!
April 2017 has been the best month yet for Kate and I and our new venture here in Scotland! The month has seen us start to see the results of our long hard hours of thinking, planning and product creation and refining over the last year.
Until now my business coaching and training has taken place either with my fabulous colleagues down in London or long distance delivery via Skype from my office at home. But as you know the end goal has always been to create a business where I could deliver face to face training to people in Workshops and Coaching Cohorts. This is my first love in business terms, the part of my business model that holds the most joy for me personally and allows me to share my knowledge and expertise with large groups of people in the City / county that we now call home.
As you will remember back in February I decided to take 'Massive Action' on the local...
Welcome to another monthly round-up of my exploits whilst saying 'Yes'!
It's being another great month for me. What about you?
It feels like spring is really on its way - in more ways than one. Alongside the first stirrings of nature unfurling her wonders I too feel that my business endeavours here in Scotland are beginning to bear fruit.
March was another full on month of networking and 'hustling' myself into action consistently day after day to promote my up-coming 'Ideas Into Action Business Bootcamp'.
Progress on my self-imposed 'Networking Challenge' (known locally as my 'Networking Grand Tour') has been very good and as I write I am only 185 people away from reaching my target of speaking to / in front of 1000 local business people before my Bootcamp on 21 April.
Networking has continued to be a fantastic experience, and I have now begun to strike up some real relationships with people along the way which will only grow deeper over time. It's rare in life...
Sometimes we over think. Locked in our own minds; sitting in our offices or homes we consider time and time again all the possible permutations of what is to come. Inside our heads we debate and we consider; we image success and we imagine failure. To what end? Well, generally paralysis. No forward movement at all.
We all do it. Even the most confident of us. It's all part of being human. My logical mind knows this, but it doesn't stop it happening. So what's the antidote?
Well, at times like these I turn to my colleagues and mentors for advice. Brad Burton would tell me to 'Get Off Your Arse'; Shaa Wasmund MBE would tell me to 'Stop Talking - Start Doing'... And if I were advising one of my own Coachees I would be telling them to set a target, plot a course and turn their 'Ideas into Action'. So, that's exactly what I've done during the last month!
Like many of you I spent the last few days of December and the first few days of January planning the year ahead, making promises to myself and those around me about what I am going to achieve during 2017.
As you will remember I don’t do ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ preferring to set myself a theme for the year in front of me. This years theme is 'New Beginnings' - because everything I do this year will be the first time as a full time resident of Scotland.
As ever January has been a month of discovery for me. It was also my first month of concentrating fully on my new business.
Splitting my time between Scotland and London/the South East I have concentrated all of my thinking on how best to reach the people that I want to serve in my new venture. It's been great to finally feel as if this is it - I'm here and this is what I do!!
Firstly we need to celebrate with you Kate's reopening...
So that's it then... I have finally come to the end of my 'Year of Saying YES!'
It has been an interesting ride and even for a life long learner like myself it has been quite an eye opener at times!!
As you know the Year of Saying YES concept was bourne out of our need to 'step up a gear' to tackle the mountain ahead of us. We wanted to move ourselves, our businesses and my parents to our chosen new home in Scotland. 300 miles from our home for the last 50 years.
We knew when we started that this would be a year that would ask a lot of us both in order to deliver what at times felt like an impossibly hard end goal. But along side the things that we had anticipated also came the unexpected challenges and traumas - such as the illness and subsequent loss of my wonderful step-Dad (France) only days before our house move. Something that we are still coming to terms with everyday.
But we did it... and Kate and I have now been here for four months. For the time...
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