Start With The Good Stuff

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When I was learning to be a coach, one of the things we were taught was to allow space for clients to celebrate successes. I often invite clients to do this but I’m never surprised when, somewhat embarrassed, they hurry off this topic so that we may focus most of our session on what’s wrong. [Here’s a question for our international readers: is this a peculiarly British phenomenon or does your nation do it too?] In Britain, modesty is a very attractive quality and blowing your own trumpet is discouraged, often with good reason. But how quick are we to […]

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Stepping Into Your Own Magnificence

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Some time ago I embarked upon a rash of 30 minute Skype calls with those subscribed to my list, as a way of catching up with them and taking the temperature of British enterprise. The challenges were many and varied, as ever, with creative types growing and morphing and stepping up to new versions of themselves. I talked with clients leaving their day jobs and re-training, taking redundancy and reinventing themselves. There’s so much to learn when starting out in self-employment, staffing, systems, marketing, getting into new routines, being answerable to yourself only and not your boss. You’re the boss […]

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Measurement, Energy And Attention For Entrepreneurs

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We have been looking at measurement and evaluation in one of my entrepreneur coaching groups. How important are quantifiable results for your business? I will let you decide, but what I wanted to share with you today is The Hawthorne Principle: what we observe, or measure, increases. What do you want to increase in your business? Turnover Profit Sales Number of clients Number of visitors to your website and blog Sign-ups to your newsletter Average spend by client Number of networking events attended and how much business comes from them Pieces of work quoted for Confirmed orders Money into your business […]

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Slow Down: There’s No Rush

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A podcast by Timothy Ferriss re-iterated what I had already read once or twice in his book, the 4-Hour Workweek; we are living in an Overwork Epidemic; it’s almost wimpy not to work hundreds of hours in a week. isn’t it, even though we know it’s not SMART? Just a few pointers for those of you who haven’t read the book yet. It’s about Lifestyle Design -v- Long Haul Career Planning where you work for 40 years with those ridiculous working hours and other strains on your personal life and maybe, just maybe, you get to retire on some sort of […]

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When It’s Right It’s Easy

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When it’s right, it’s easy. We’ve firmly established this in my woo woo group. Over and over again we find ourselves exclaiming how easy it is when something goes right for us, when something we want just drops into our laps. But why do we lose faith in that concept in between? Why do we find it so difficult to remember that’s precisely how it works and to make that our modus operandi? One of my esoteric pals reminds me that our job is to turn our boat into the stream and let go of the oars, from Abraham-Hicks. “Allow […]

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Money, Abundance And Prosperity

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One of the recurring themes which comes up when I talk with clients, colleagues, other self-employed folks and friends is money. Or rather fear about lack of it i.e. scarcity.  I am sure this resonates with most readers. How do you keep yourself in an upbeat place about money when you know you’ve not got enough coming in, or you are worried about debt or cash flow struggles and impending difficult decisions about what bills to pay? When I go through a bout of this myself, here are some of the things I do which make a difference. I can’t […]

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Your Best You

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The best way to help others is by becoming the best version of ourselves we can be. A simple truth, maybe, but often pretty challenging. What’s Your Best You? When on a spiritual coaching retreat I created my own personal mantra: “I honour my own light first, and I illuminate the way for others.” The concept of Your Best You reminded me of this, and how far I may have fallen at times from honouring my own light first. If I were to honour my own light first, what would I be doing? Saying NO more, to myself and particularly to others. Resting. Walking. […]

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The Virtual Entrepreneur: This Is The Life

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To the uninitiated, I may look like a saddo because my Significant Other is my laptop. This is because all my working partners and trusted colleagues are geographically remote from me and all my clients too, so pretty much all my relationships involve a Skype connection. My WiFi just went a bit dodgy today and then it went down altogether at lunchtime for about an hour causing palpitations. A 3-way Skype conference had to be abandoned – shame, I’d been looking forward to that. Thank Heavens for my iPad and its 3G card which means I can email someone who’s standing […]

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Successful Entrepreneurship: Is Discipline What It Takes?

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I participated in a lively discussion on Facebook with someone who opened up the debate by asking: “Discipline – do what’s right and necessary before what’s fun & easy – you got any thoughts?” Oh boy, did I have thoughts! I started in with a relatively peaceful “I’ve done it that way all my life but I’m swapping over now that my egg timer might be the other way up. And I find it works better, to my surprise. Now my watchword is ‘when it’s right, it’s easy’. My days of struggle are so over.” A client (and friend) weighed […]

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