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How do I get the right business mindset

“Mindset is the key to everything” Lottie Moore,

I’ve learnt a lot about mindset over my time in business. I think we can all learn from watching children as they learn how a business mindset can develop to support our business growth.

believe in yourself and create your own business mindsetChildren as they learn are honest with themselves and others. If they’re trying to do something they won’t stop until they do it. Think of them learning to walk. How many times will they fall over before they find their balance?

So why do business owners think that running a business is easy and they won’t fall over at the first hurdle?

I can’t answer that question, but I can help you create the right business mindset to make your business journey as smooth a ride as possible.

How do I create the right business mindset for me?

We are all different, so what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. However, from my experience, and that shared by Mindset expert Lottie Moore during an interview, there are things you can do to help yourself create the right business mindset for you.

I am assuming you’re in the right business & you have a passion for what you do. That’s the starting point!

  1. Have your plan and EXPECT it to work
  2. Be prepared to knock on doors & go out and do it. TAKE ACTION.
  3. DO OR NOT DO. There is no try” maybe a mantra from Star Wars character Yoda, but it’s true.
  4. Choose to STAY POSITIVE in your business even if you get a little knock back, or things don’t go quite to plan
  5. Surround yourself with people who will AFFIRM you for who you are and your brilliant skills & SUPPORT you in the right way
  6. Celebrate every little success with your cheerleading team

If you’re having a bad day

And you will. It’s perfectly normal in business, as in life, to have bad days. Lottie suggested these tips to get your business mindset back to where you want it to be:

“Expect the best, prepare for the worst” Firewalker mantra

  1. Ask yourself, “have I got a reason, or have I got an excuse?”
  2. Adopt an entrepreneurial spirit – Don’t linger on the things that don’t work. Learn and move on
  3. Step up and go for it
  4. Replace “try”, with “I AM GOING TO”
  5. Replace “if”, with “WHEN”
  6. Put on some great music
  7. Take responsibility for your successes & when things go well
  8. Write down what you’re grateful for. Have a gratitude jar to remind yourself of a great day
  9. Be proactive in creating your own mood for the moment, the day, and your business
  10. What are you good & passionate about? That’s what you need to focus on & get support on the other parts.
  11. Invest in the best you can afford. Low cost monthly clubs, like the Business Cheerleading Club are great & you meet wonderful people.
  12. Mix with people who will support you and encourage you to grow your business
  13. Learn from the questions others ask in your support group. You learn what you didn’t know you did’t know!
  14. Think about the language you use. Change a word and see if it’s more positive for you
  15. It’s OK to say, “I haven’t got the money for that this month”, or “things aren’t great at the moment”, or “this is hard”
  16. Give yourself a break, you’re doing a great job 🙂

Celebrate what you want to replicate. Lottie Moore

lottie moore talks about business mindsetCreating your business mindset is one thing, and maintaining it can be something else. You’ll probably learn something else from the conversation I had with Lottie. It’s only half an hour long, so you can listen whilst you’re washing up!

What do you do to create the right business mindset for yourself? Let me know in the comments below.

 

If you’re a coach and want extra support, Lottie’s Coaching Success Academy we talk about is another option for your own support and business development.

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What is business support

What is business support in your business? Is it the support you get as a business owner, or is it the functions within your business to support the whole business to run efficiently?

I think business support is both these descriptions, but it will also be different for each business.

As a small business, you are naturally doing all things in your business – from product management, to customer service, to bookkeeping and marketing.

As your business grows, you may not actually do all these functions yourself, but you’ll have support for aspects of your business.

Business Support Services

what is business supportThis term is generally used for business admin, finance and legal functions. In more recent years, this term has been used when you outsource any aspect of your business to someone else who will take that task on for your business. Marketing, PR, IT support, social media, book keeping and general email administration are all services offered, and used by businesses.

As your business grows, you may find that you create business support services within your staff team, (or remote support staff). Think about it. You need each area of your business to run efficiently, and sometimes you need people to support all aspects of the business. For example, cleaners in your office or shop are supporting the business. They are part of your support team.

What is Business Support

For me, business support is your support structure for you to grow your business. This may well be the staff, (and contract) team around you.

  • It’s also your training, learning, development, and keeping pace with new technology and software.
  • It’s your business coach who helps you work out your next steps, and encourages you to put in place the actions you need to do to take those steps.
  • It’s your networking group, (online or offline), who will be your cheerleading team, and tell others what you do
  • It’s your family and friends who will be there for you as your business grows

Where, what and how do you get your business support?

Is it from one place – a support company who provide you with the business support you need? Or is it from a variety, a mix of all the above? Have you thought about your business support team recently? What’s working? What maybe needs reviewing?

It’s interesting that since I started Action Learning Sets, and the Business Cheerleading Club, I’ve been more conscious of my own business support structure. My family and friends and what I need from them. My coaches and mentors. My networks.

I’m really enjoying the journey, it’s fab – Karen, Karen Peddie Holistics

It’s beneficial to air a problem, and put it out there. It makes you think more deeply about it rather than it rolling around in your head. It’s lovely to have other people’s ideas & then work out what’s right for me. I recommend being part of an Action Learning Set, whatever stage of business you’re at.”, Jane, Created4U

I started Manage Those Things to help business owners, like you, manage those things you can’t, won’t or don’t want to do. That’s classic business support. But the business club and more focused coaching & action learning are directly supporting you as a business owner to give you what YOU need to support your business growth.

Let’s talk through YOUR business support and check it’s the right mix for the next year of your business development. NOTE: Business Cheerleading Club members get one to one support £20 a month cheaper than booking one off sessions.

What is business support to you?

 

 

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How to create flexible working business case

This week I’ve had the honour of accompanying two business owners to celebrate their flexible working businesses at the Mum and Working Awards. Both started, and run their businesses, around their young families. They both created a flexible working business case for them to work through with their husbands before taking the step of setting up by themselves.

The awards were and inspiring couple of hours, with many of the judges sharing their own flexible working decisions with us. It wasn’t all about business owners either. Julie Baker, Head of Financial Inclusion and Enterprise at Nat West, shared her story of how she created not only a flexible working business case for herself and family when she wanted to carry on working and developing her career. She also came up with an idea for a friend of hers who was working nights, whilst her husband worked days so they could manage looking after their own child. Julie created the flexible working business case for this lady to become a child minder, look after her own child as well as Julies, and create a more family friendly home life for her family.

We heard from more than one woman who’d been working in businesses which wouldn’t, (or couldn’t?) consider flexible working. So they set up their own businesses, to find the right flexible working environment for themselves and their families. It felt very much, “I can’t get what I’m wanting here, so I’m going to create it myself”.

Inspiring.

As I write this, on International Women’s Day, with the slogan, PRESS FOR PROGRESS, it feels like we shouldn’t have to write a flexible working business case, but it should be a core value in our society. Every business, large and small, should understand that working flexibly ensures skills and talents remain in the business and economy as a whole. Even though some jobs or roles may be difficult to organise flexibly, there’s no reason not to believe that flexible working is important to our economy.

Your business may also need more flexibility to respond to fluctuations in customer demand. So looking at your flexible working plans, and how things can work best for your business, using a flexible work force, should be part of your business review process.

Creating a flexible working business case

Whether it is for yourself, or your business, creating a business case for flexible working will help you see the opportunities and challenges.

Things to consider in the business case:

  • What do you mean by flexible working
  • How many hours are the minimum required for the job to be done well
  • Where does the work need to be done
  • How can each team member remain part of a team whilst working flexibly around each individuals needs
  • What are the core functions and hours of the business and how will they be staffed
  • Can technology help flexible working in the business
  • Is training needed for team around how flexible working will benefit them and work in practice
  • How will communication need to change for flexible working to be effective

It’s not necessarily about reduced hours, or working at different times of the day. It’s an opportunity to look at your business processes and identify what has to happen, and then work out the how & who will make it happen.

For yourself, if you’re creating a business case for your employer, or partner, think about the end result you want. Is it about continuing to do fulfilling work, but reducing your hours. Or is it about putting children, or caring responsibilities first?

Flexible working businessBoth Emma, from bras4mums, and Zoe from Bournemouth Bra Lady created a flexible working business case for themselves, and have created their businesses around their families. They were both finalists of Self Employed Parent of the Year, showing just how much that planning has helped them create the flexible business they want.

If that’s what you want, you can do it to. If you need help seeing all the options, personally, or for your business, book a call with Tracey-Jane & let’s explore together.

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Healthier you means healthier business

Do you believe that if you’re in a fit and healthy state mentally and physically you’ll have a healthier business? What are you doing to ensure you’re fit and healthy?

We do.

From personal experience, we’ve had healthier businesses, and happier customers when we’ve personally been happier and healthier ourselves.

If you’re ill and can’t go into work, open the shop, or create product, or follow up prospects, then your business literally starts to grind to a halt. When you’re on holiday you make plans for cover don’t you? But when you’re poorly there’s not always the same opportunity to get the right cover in place to fulfill the tasks you do. (We’ll talk about crisis management & continuity in your business another time).

Now we all know there’s a fine line between mental health and physical health sometimes, and they’re linked together inextricably. Personally, if I don’t have a walk, or some physical exercise each day, I feel low, and can’t think straight. It took me a long time to acknowledge the link though!

Why does my good health create a healthier business?

healthier you means healthier businessOK, think about it for just a second. If you’re feeling happy, that rubs off on those around you, and you will help them feel happier too, right?

It’s the same for your health. You are your business, or certainly leading it if you have a team who works with you.

If you’re under the weather, you don’t fire on all cylinders do you? You may make decisions differently than when you’re fully well. If you’re suffering from stress, or depression, this will certainly affect your decision making in your business, and your focus is likely to be distracted from your overall business goals.

Do you ever get fed up, close your computer and go for a walk? (or run, or bike ride, or yoga – whatever it is you do for relaxation and exercise) What happens?

It’s more than likely you’ll be more relaxed, and the issue that was frustrating you has either become insignificant, or not important; or, you’ll have worked out the answer to move things forward.

Does that sound familiar?

All that is, is you keeping yourself – brain and body – healthy, so you can make the right choices in your business.

How will you create a healthier business this year?

There’s many factors which go into creating and running a business. With many areas to manage as well. Managing them all well will help you create a healthier business this year, but what about you?

Have you got time off and holidays scheduled in your diary?

Do you take regular breaks during the day?

What’s your daily personal schedule to keep you healthy?

If you need some support to get you and your business more healthy, book a call with Tracey-Jane, or use the Business Cheerleading Club support and coaching to help you improve this aspect of your business.

How do you keep yourself fit and healthy, to ensure you manage your business as well as you can?

 

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How to determine which social media network fits your business

Any business, however large or small, whatever industry you’re in, needs to know how to determine which social media network fits your business. Whether you like it or not, social media networks are here to stay, and your business needs to use them to communicate with your customers, where they are happiest.

We have some clients who tell us that, “they don’t like social networks”. That’s fine. We understand that social networking isn’t for everyone. Not all businesses have customers who use social networks. However, people who may refer your business to someone aged 80+, or buy for them, are likely to use some form of social media.

Yes, the use may well be purely social. However, our children are very social savvy, and will often tell us about something they’ve seen on a social network that interests them, or they think will interest us.

So being aware of social networks and which ones to use for your business are important. We all have choices, and if you’ve done your research and decide to focus on one channel only, that’s great. You understand what your business needs, and the resources you have available to you, and where you’re best focusing those resources.

How to determine which social media network fits your business

How to determine which social media network fits your business1. Know your audience – being really clear about who they are, what they do, and where they ‘hang out’ is your first step. Without that, (or knowing your customer avatar), you haven’t got a place to start

2. Who makes the buying decision for your product/service? If you’re a business to customer business, is it the end user who makes the purchasing decision, or someone else? (A parent, child, carer?). If you work business to business, who decides? Is it the marketing manager, the training manager, the sole person who works in and runs the business?

3. Are you promoting a lifestyle option or brand? Are you helping businesses improve their service or product? Are you creating unique products? Are you providing a service? How can you “show off” your product and/or service best to your potential customers? Is it visual? Is it through customer testimonials for your work?

We suggest you consider the demographics and usage of each social channel, as well as it’s reach. Facebook is by far the biggest social media platform, with 461 million active users a month. However, Instagram has by far the biggest engagement per 1000 followers, over seven times higher than the next channel, Facebook! Wow! So, if you’re looking for engagement, head to Instagram! [Source: New Global Social Media Research]

What are you using social media in your business for?

  • Getting traffic to your website
  • Researching customer trends
  • Customer service tool
  • Communicating with your business friends
  • Responding to journalist requests (who mainly use twitter for quick response, thanks to our recent guest Carrie Eddins for that PR Tip)

Having the confidence in all these areas, will make your decision about which social media channel/s you’re going to use for your business easier. However, we also recommend regularly reviewing if your social media strategy is working!

If you’d like some help with how to determine which social media network fits your business, book a call with Tracey-Jane, or join the Business Cheerleading Club & discuss it with other business owners, and Tracey-Jane in the group.

What social media channels do you use that work for you & your business?

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Do you love your business?

Do you love your business? I do now, but it hasn’t always been like that.

All the businesses I’ve run have come from passions I’ve had, and I’ve loved them all. However, times change, life happens, and I know I’ve fallen out of love with some of these over time.

My difficulty, in business, came when it took me too long to recognise I know longer loved what I was doing, and I held on to the business for longer than was good for me. The business suffered.

The hardest time for me, was when I was holding on to a wonderful business I set up, bras4mums, when I’d stopping loving it. I loved the results it gave it’s customers, but my focus had been taken away onto other aspects of my life, and I knew I wasn’t giving it the attention it deserved.

As soon as I made the decision to let the business go, by selling it to someone who loves it, the weight lifted off my shoulders, my mind became clear, and I was able to focus on my other work and businesses. I started flying again, and loving everything I did.

How do you know if you love what you do?

do you love your businessI often get asked this. For some people, it’s obvious. They know as soon as they wake up in the morning what they’re setting out to achieve, and the small step they’re taking that day to work towards it. For others, it creeps up on you, like it did for me.

It may be that you love working with customers, or creating the product, but you don’t like all the pfaff that goes with running the business. Or, you love working from home and the flexibility it gives you, but you don’t like worrying about when you’re going to get paid next.

When I’m asked this, I get people to simply stop, and sit quietly. I ask them questions, and we explore together what they love, and what they could easily never do ever again. They work through the different ideas about:

  • why did you first start your business?
  • do you love your business?
  • what do you like least about running a business?
  • if you didn’t have to work for money, what would you do?
  • what’s the most important thing in the world to you?

These questions generally spark ideas, or questions that they have been hiding from themselves about what they love, and what’s not so great at the moment.

What’s the difference between love your business & love your family?

Well for me, I knew that when bras4mums came to life, it was a new baby in our family. It wasn’t just that this business was born 6 months after my youngest son was born. It grew with us as a family. Whilst I didn’t have to feed and clothe it, if I didn’t love and nuture it, it wouldn’t sustain it’s own life.

I know some business owners keep their business life quite separate from their family life. There’s nothing wrong with that. But as business owners we are who we are, and bring ourselves to our business. Does that separation mean that this business isn’t part of a nuturing family structure? (maybe that’s a question for another day).

I believe you can love your business with passion, in the same way you love your family. Your business can give you back enough love and support, from customers, and the joy you bring others through products and services, to warrant it’s “seat at the table”.

Now your family may disagree with the amount of time you’re spending on your business, and say, “you love that business more than you love us”. Is that how it feels sometimes? Just think of a poorly child. How much time will you spend with the child to nurse them back to health? Will you do the same with your business?

“I’m not sure I love my business enough”

Enough for what? The time away from the family? Time v Income equation? Effort v Reward?

Go back to the questions I ask my clients. Why are you in business? What’s important to you?

You need to be really clear about what you’re doing with your time, and what you want to achieve. Not just in your business, with your time. We only have so much of it, and we know we want to make the most of what we have.

Find Your Why

I’ve been learning a lot about myself these past few years. I felt there was something missing, or I’d missed something vital. It was almost like I knew I hadn’t found my “thing”. When I read Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why” book last year, everything started making sense again.

I undertook my own Find Your Why session and was amazed at what I learnt about myself, and it was almost like a game of Ker-plunk, where everything starts falling into place. Even though I loved what I was doing, I didn’t know why I was doing it. Once I learnt why all these different things were important to me, I started doing more of each of them, and loving them all even more.

Do you love your business?

If you answer YES straight away, that’s fantastic. I’d love to interview you for our #inconversationwith series, so please get in touch.

If you’re wavering, and saying, something like, “well, I think so”, or, “I love this part of it”, or, “I used to love it”, then maybe it’s time to review what you love doing. There’s nothing wrong with reviewing your business (we should do it regularly anyway), and your role within it.

Let’s book a Find Your Why session together, and really get to why you love your business, (or parts of it), so you can move forward with confidence to grow yourself and your business.

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a ‘Find Your Why’ session with TJ. This session is really worth your time for both your business and personal life. In fact what TJ will get to, is what your personal strengths and traits are and how these can be incorporated into a successful business. TJ is an excellent listener, and this is essential to this session. You need to be prepared to ‘go deep,’ tell the stories you really want to tell and watch TJ bring out the main themes and characteristics to help you bring your core values into your work life.
If you feel like you want your business to be a reflection of you, I would advise you invest in the time with TJ and watch how things develop. We have lots of future plans now and I can’t wait to see how these unfold. Finding your ‘why’ with TJ will help motivate and inspire you.

Angie Webb, Glenbreck Health Ltd

N.B. The Find Your Why session is a bonus in our Confident Business Owner programme, for extra value.

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How to prioritise work

Learning how to prioritise work has to be one of the best skills for business owners to learn. Quickly.

We often start a business because we have a talent or passion, and love doing that particular skill or interest, so focus our time on that. As we know, there are many areas of business we need to consider when we’re running our own show, so prioritising is a skill we have to put into action. Our boss isn’t going to tell us what they want us to do, it’s all down to us!

Juggling is only an option if you don’t let anything fall

how to prioritise workMany business owners are master jugglers. You’re the person who answers the phone, pays the bills, makes the product, goes to the post office, makes the tea, and orders the supplies. You’re probably the cleaner and tea maker too!

When you’re working in your business, do you do things at set times each day or week? Or is there one long “to do” list, and you’ll start with the one you want to do, and work your way through the list somehow?

Depending on your business, if you’re the only person dealing with customers, then you have to put them first. It’s not that “the customer is always right”, it’s simply because your customers are paying your bills, and giving you an income, (hopefully).

Without customers, you have no business.

Assuming you put customers first every day in your business, and you deal with queries, you create the product or service they want. What time have you got left for everything else on your list?

How to prioritise work

Ok, so you’ve served your customers and made sure they’re happy and have everything they need. Now you’re left with x amount of time. What now?

Check your list. What’s jumping out at you? Is it jumping out because it’s been there for 18 months and is finally getting a bit angry you haven’t done it yet? Or is it jumping out because it’s the next product you’re wanting to create for your customers? Or it’s an improvement to the call answering system that you’ve been meaning to put into place. A new system will save you time, and your customers will get better service.

Can you see? Whatever is going to affect your customers experience, and/or future customer relations should be high on your priority list.

The other things you need to think about, which do fit in with that theme, is getting money in, and paying bills on time. If your customers don’t pay you, you can’t pay your suppliers, and they’ll stop delivering, so you’ll have to stop making product. See? That’s how it works. So spending time on your finances is important.

“What about marketing and social media?” I hear you cry. Yes, they’re important as they are maintaining customer relationships, and seeking out new customers. However, think about the time v income scenario.

It always comes back to money! Without money, you have no business. So it’s important learning how to prioritise work.

Know your numbers

If you know your business numbers you’ll find it easier to prioritise your work and to do list. If you know how much time it takes to get a lead to buy something from you, you’ll know that you need to start x weeks in advance of when you need the income to generate new leads.

If you know how much time it takes to create product, or deliver your service, and the income you’re getting from that, you’ll know your hourly rate. If you spend more time than necessary on social media, you’re reducing the time you’ve got to spend with paying customers.

There’s all sorts of different ways to look at this. And it will very much depend on your business and your circumstances. If you’re in start up phase you’ll be spending more time marketing and communicating than you’ll need to as your business grows. (You may also get someone else to do some of this work to give you more hours in the day).

If you have staff, or assistants you’ll be able to delegate tasks to them that other people can do, leaving you, the expert in your field to do the things that only you can do.

Sometimes it’s simple to work out how to prioritise work, and other times all we can see is a long list with no end. Asking yourself some basic questions, mainly, “does it serve the customer” & / or “is it making money” will help you get really clear what your priorities are today.

We’ve created a 5 day planner which will help you get really clear on your priorities. It’s free to download, but we just need your email address to send it to you. If you fill in the box below, then confirm we can send it to you, it’ll be in your inbox & ready for you to use in no time.

Hope it helps? Can you tell us how to prioritise work in a different way? Care to share? Let us know below in the comments.

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Still stuck on planning?

You may well be still stuck on planning. Is that a bad thing? Doesn’t it mean that you’re taking time out of your business to work on your business and really think about what you want and how you’re going to get there?

I knew I had to do something different this year with my planning. Not because I hadn’t achieved in the past, but because I wanted to achieve more. I wanted to be more focused with the time I spent on each area of my work, personal life, and family time, so that when I was doing the things I wanted to do, I wasn’t distracted by other things going on, (often in my head).

Planning tools & resources

I know some people love getting stuck into the “right” planner for them. I’ve also known some people chop and change planners, diaries, journals & wall charts, just so they could get it all to match up. Well, whilst that may work for them, that certainly doesn’t work for me.

I’m not saying that once I’ve decided on something I’ll stick to it, but I certainly want to spend time giving something a good try, before reviewing and moving on to try the next thing if I think I can do something better.

I’d seen the Best Self Journal a few times over the past few months, and liked the idea of working on 13 weeks at a time. To my little brain, it seems more manageable, and a more focused way of working. I’d never seen anyone use it in person, but I knew people who loved it & had increased their productivity by filling in all the boxes & planning their time more effectively.

Sarah Arrow’s guide to planners in December is a brilliant round up of different printed planners, pros and cons & that decided it for me. I was going to try the Best Self Journal.

Still stuck on planning?

stuck on planning start doingPlanning is an ongoing, ever changing ‘thing’ that we need to do in our lives. However much we plan, we often have to change plans. Sometimes to fit something else in that we want to do, or sometimes because we need to care for a sick child or parent at the last minute. Or that plan we’d made to do that training course has to be changed, because the course is cancelled.

However hard we try to control things in our plan, diary, and life, there are always things out of our control. The traffic was unusually bad due to an accident; or the person we were supposed to meet had to cancel and we have to reschedule. Or the resources we ordered to make that customer order haven’t turned up so we now have to do that task tomorrow as we promised to them for the weekend.

“Arrgghh” is often our response to a plan that’s not quite gone to plan!

However, if you look at planning as an ongoing process, and not something just for January, then you may find that you allow for reviewing your plans. You may find that instead of fixing things in now for August that have to stay like that, you have a post it note with the thing you want to do, and you can move it around as other work, or family stuff comes up that you also want to do.

Think about planning differently

Having some fixed things, like holidays, deadlines, and events on the planner which can’t move is a starting point. My family laughed at me with the big wall planner I created before Christmas. However, when we talked through what we all wanted to do this year, and we looked at the planner to see when we could do it, they understood that things have to work around school holidays, and for us this year, GCSE exams.

Then think about those goals you’re wanting to achieve & set the time in the year you’re wanting to achieve them by. That’ll help you get a framework in place for your year. Then plan the quarter, the month, then the week, with each part of this planning focusing on those longer term goals you’re wanting to achieve.

Think of it from a production point of view. If you want to create 200 Christmas cakes by the end of November, when do you need to get the ingredients? When do you need to make the mixture? When do you need to bake them by? Are you making them all in one go (do you have enough cake tins?), or are you making them over a few months & steeping them (filling them with alcohol)?

Make sense?

So, instead of working yourself up into a bit of a dither that you’re STILL planning, it’s fine. Understand that you’ll be planning throughout the year, and changing your plans, as you review your business, and the goals you’ve set, and what your customers want.

My lessons from using Best Self Journal so far:

  • It takes longer than you think. Whatever it is, it takes longer
  • A 30 minute walk will take longer than 30 minutes if you need to put shoes and waterproofs on & take them off when you come home
  • Anything takes longer than expected if you do other things “on the way”. For example, hanging the washing out to dry on the way to pick up shoes to go out for a walk, will add extra time you hadn’t planned in. But it’s still a job that needed doing
  • Having a clear goal for the next 13 weeks keeps you focused on that goal & everything you do, or are asked to do, has to help you to achieve that goal
  • Batching time is really important (phone calls back to back, writing stuff in one session, shopping & meetings can be done whilst out in same area of town)
  • Don’t try and do too much
  • Write down your time out & exercise as you’ll forget it otherwise

And my biggest lesson from this week which has worked wonders for me – write a meal planner at the start of the week, and plan the shopping trips in around the meetings already scheduled. It’s been brilliant, even though I do say so myself!

Do you feel you’re still stuck in planning mode? Is it a problem for you or are you quite happy with the progress you’re making?

If you need some help with planning, why not book a call with Tracey-Jane to help you work things out?

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Do or not do. There is no try

“Do or not do. There is no try”

This is a quote from the iconic Star Wars character Yoda. He is so wise isn’t he? (I haven’t watched the newest film yet, so no spoilers please).

I’ve always found Yoda to offer deep questions to those he works with. They may not always understand the question, but once they ponder it, their brain takes on the challenge, and works out a way of moving forward, or answering the question.

We can all learn from this way of questioning and thinking.

Thinking through a problem

We all learn and process information differently. We’ve been helped over the last 18 months from the Mercury Model, to understand these differences. Some of us love new information, others of us take time to let any new piece into our head.

So when a friend or colleague asks us a question about some work we’re doing, we’ll all have a different response to it. Depending how they ask the question, we may be defensive, or accepting, and then our brain will do something different with that piece of information.

If we work with a coach, or have someone we use to bounce ideas off, they may well challenge us, just like Yoda does, and ask ‘difficult’ questions. I know I often think, “ooh, that’s a hard question to answer” when challenged in this way. But once I’ve let my brain mull the question over, and try a few different scenarios out so I can answer, I realise that it’s a question that goes to the heart of what I’m trying to do. If I can find the answer to this question, then I know I’ll have answers to more of the questions and problems I’ve been having recently.

Taking action – Do

do or not do. there is no try. yodaThere’s LOTS of motivational quotes about taking action. And my social media feed is full of ‘take action’ blurb at the moment, (as in, it’s all very well having these amazing ideas for 2018, but you’ll only achieve if you DO something about it).

It’s true! Only by doing will you achieve what you want.

And Yoda is right to. What do we mean when we say, “I’ll try”.

  • Will we try to do our best?
  • Will we try and contact that supplier we’d love to work with? Or,
  • Will we try to be the best parent ever?

What does TRY mean anyway? Surely we’re going to be DOING something whilst being our best at the time? Aren’t we BEING a parent & DOING what we think is best for our family at the time? And we either pick up the phone or we don’t with that supplier we want to work with.

It’s only by DOING that we’ll move things forward, or tick things off our list. If I TRY to complete everything on my list for today, I’m not focusing myself on each individual task I’ve listed. If I focus on the task and then DO that task, I’ve done my best and I’m making progress to achieve my daily tasks.

Choosing to Not Do

There will be things that we choose not to do, as they aren’t priority. Or they’ve been on our list for ages, and we haven’t done them yet, so are they important now?

By saying. “I’m not doing that”, we’re taking action on something. We haven’t failed. We’ve just prioritised what’s important to us. Life and business moves on. What felt important a month ago, may now be unnecessary, (and some may say, that’s why you didn’t do it at the time!), so cross it off the list and move on.

No try

I’ve always found it interesting that a rugby score is called a try. If you’ve ever watched a rugby match, then you’ll know that it’s a physically demanding sport, and everyone in the team tries hard to pass the ball, tackle, with the goal of scoring a try.

That’s the only place I can think of where you want to ‘try’. Every other situation we face, we want to DO and not simply TRY to do our best.

Try v – aim, attempt, do one’s best, do one’s damnedest, endeavour, exert oneself, have a go, make an attempt, make an effort, seek, strive, struggle, undertake

Collins Dictionary

Do you tell your children do “do your best”? Even if we use the word ‘try’ as from the definition in our dictionary, it says, “do one’s best”, and “make an attempt”. That’s all we ask our children to do – just their best on the day. That’s all any of us can do isn’t it?

If you need help taking doing and taking action, then join our Business Cheerleading Club which will support you take action to achieve the things you want.

Or, if you need more one to one support, book a coaching call with Tracey-Jane and work out what’s important on that list of yours and prioritise what’s left.