What do you do when you lose your focus

Running a business can be overwhelming. There’s all the work you do to promote your business, then to convert that into actual clients and money and then the actual work that you do to deliver your product or service.

It’s too easy in the day to day running of things to lose track of yourself and go from working a job, to working a job disguised as working for yourself! It often feels more thankless than working for someone else because at least in a job you get paid holiday and sick leave, but when you work for yourself you don’t. Often you feel like you have to just push on through until things get done.

Sometimes that is the right thing to do, other times though taking a break and resting can mean you are recharged enough to do what you need to without compromising your health!

It’s a fine line to walk.

What’s helped me in the times when I am so busy and overwhelmed my brain feels like it can’t stay focussed on a single task is to allow it to be unfocussed for a set amount of time, say 15 minutes, and journal it out.

I allow my brain to just go off on one for a whole 15 minutes and once the time is over some how I’m able to stay on track and get things done with more ease and clarity.

That may be because dumping out thoughts and worries unloads them from my brain, or it may be because I’m not fighting with my brain and forcing myself to do something I can’t yet do, but it works for me.

Try this out yourself the next time you find you can’t focus and let me know in the comments below.

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How to make friends with marketing

When you start a business, there are really just a few skills that you need to learn in order to get started.

The one that most introvert’s struggle with is marketing.

The one where we have to stand up and share about our “thing”, whether that’s our passion or product or whatever, and the more personal it feels the harder it is to do.

Or maybe it’s that we use social media or online tools to do the same thing.

Either way, most introvert’s struggle to promote themselves if they haven’t changed the way they feel about promoting themselves.

However if you want to make more money from doing what you love, then it’s important to get comfortable with marketing yourself and your business.

While I’ve been promoting the 5 day challenge over the past month I’ve become more aware of my unconscious blocks and resistance to marketing and promoting myself online.

While talking with my coach the other week while they were making suggestions of tasks to do I noticed a really strong internal feeling that said I didn’t want to!

Kind of like my 2 year old nephew when he doesn’t want to do something.

It was an interesting thing to experience and notice.

It got me to thinking about what the issue is.

Despite being an introvert, I do love to connect with people in person. Due to my personality quirks though, I find it harder to connect with people I don’t already know online.

Something that helped me to shift the way I felt about marketing both online and more generally, has been to think about marketing like dating.

It’s all about building a relationship! (Which might sound familiar if you’ve attended one of my talks.)

No matter where you “meet” people, or people come across you, it’s all about making a connection and getting to know each other slowly over time and repeated “meetings”.

It is a bit different with online marketing because it is a little bit more disconnected in time. I mean you could have published a blog or podcast or broadcast live and people could see it at the time you post or afterward, whereas in person they get to see you in real time.

The key is that they get to meet you, know you and like you over time. Just like they would if you met in person.

So if you know how to network already then you are already marketing.

If you’re struggling to network though I’d love to help. I’m running a free 5 day Get Clients Offline Challenge, find out more and sign up here, or get in touch.

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How do you keep generating results on your business

As a solo business owner it can be so hard to keep generating leads, content and energy.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to generate results on a consistent basis in your business?

That’s why this week’s blog is all about momentum which is really consistent action.

There are a few keys to staying in consistent action.

One is taking care of yourself, on all levels mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually.

That means taking time to make sure that you are replenishing your energy, spending time with people and doing things that you love as well as having healthy boundaries and saying no to things and people you feel drained by and that no longer serve you.

Another key is to find methods of marketing that you enjoy doing and find easy to commit to.

That could be using social media, or a particular channel, it could be speaking or networking or blogging or podcasting, or more likely, a mix of these things.

The most important key for consistent action and results, is to make sure you stick to your commitment!

It’s easy to let circumstances get in the way of your marketing, and sometimes it is completely understandable that you do! (Especially if you need to take the time to take care of yourself on a deeper level.)

I totally get this by the way, having dealt with the traumatic unexpected passing of my Auntie earlier in the year. It’s all about making sure that you can still take care of yourself and your commitments too.

Perhaps that means you scale back and announce to your people that you will be doing less. Perhaps it’s you get your team to help you by taking on more tasks. Whatever works for you and where you are at.

The key is to choose actions that you enjoy and keep doing while you take care of yourself, the enjoyment from the tasks and the energy you create by taking care of yourself will serve to get the wheels of your business (back) in motion and over time the smallest effort snowballs so that more and more people find out about you and more opportunities come your way.

If you’d like support to get into consistent action and generate momentum in your business, get in touch.

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How to make it easy to get into action with your goals

Have you ever noticed how when you don’t know what the next step is it’s much harder to get into action?

And when you have a plan for doing something it goes much easier?

That’s where structure, templates or guidelines are invaluable and make it easier for us to get into action.

Often when we get stuck and don’t get anything done, especially at the start of our business, it’s because we don’t know what that next action should be.

Let’s imagine that you are cooking your favourite meal for the first time.

You know what goes in it, but you don’t know how much to put in, what order things go in or what precisely to do with the ingredients.

Now if you have a recipe perhaps from your mum or a good recipe book, it’s much easier to not only know what to put into the dish, and what order to cook things in, but also how much of each ingredient you need to make it taste right.

Of course you won’t know if it tastes good until you get into action and cook it!

But, having the recipe as a guide can be so helpful and save you a lot of time, money and energy!

When it comes to your goals, whether that is building a business or even just a healthy habit, it’s really useful to find people who have done what you want to achieve and then follow their advice, guidelines and templates (if they have them).

It can save you from having to figure it all out for yourself and wasting time, money and energy finding ways that don’t work.

There are no shortcuts to success, but having a mentor or guide and structure to follow can really help.

There are so many people who want to help and support people just like you to get to where you want to go. It’s important to reach out and ask for the support you need. Then staying open to receiving it.

The help you are looking for may come in a different way to the way you expect it, so keeping your eyes open to however that help may come is very useful.

If you are looking for a way to get clients offline, then I am launching the free 5 day Get Clients Offline challenge on the 5th of June, take a look here to find out more or get in touch to see how I may be able to support you.

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Feeling good and getting things done

The past three months have been some of the most challenging of my life, dealing with grief and running a business at the same time is a tricky dance.

While you (hopefully) haven’t been grieving, no doubt you’ve been challenged with getting things done regardless of what is going on around you, and if so then this week’s blog is for you.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to keep getting things done despite the circumstances?

As I’ve mentioned I’ve struggled with this the past three months, and I have finally been able to find a reliable way to shift my energy and still get things done.

Are you curious about what this is?

It’s to…

do what makes you feel good.

I know it’s a bit different to the typical advice which is to push through and just get it done.

And I’m sure I’ve written about this in various forms over the past few months, and it is just that pivotal and important if you want to keep getting things done and stay productive.

I’ll say it again:

Do what makes you feel good.

If you are feeling down, slow and lethargic then doing something that cheers you up, gets you up and moving will help you to do what you need to.

So that could be listening to some upbeat and happy music, it could be talking to a friend, reading a book, colouring in soaking in the bath, going for a walk or something else, it doesn’t have to take a long time or cost a lot, but once you have done it and you feel good and energised, then you can tackle the tasks you have to do.

Feeling good isn’t some airy fairy piece of advice, it really does work to keep you productive, and when you feel good and get into action, people and opportunities are attracted to you.

Recently I was feeling quite tired and low, but when I went for a walk and ate some food, I was able to do what I needed and win a ticket to a workshop I wanted to go to. So don’t under estimate the power of feeling good!

If you’d like support to feel good and get things done, let me know.

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Can your people see you?

As an introvert entrepreneur one of the major challenges we face is making sure that we can get in front of our audience.

As introverts our need to recharge on our own can lead to us indadvertedly hiding ourselves away and withdrawing from the world at large.

However if our people can’t see us or find us, then how will they get to know us or like us and eventually buy from us?

I’m sure you know that for people to buy from you, they have to know, like and trust you and I am also sure that when people get to see you and know you, they do like and trust you.

So how do you make sure that you can keep being seen as an introvert entrepreneur?

The best way to do this is to build in ways to recharge into every day.

It’s essentially about making sure that every day there is enough energy in our tank to see us through so that we are never depleting ourselves too much (and then need to hide away for a long time!)

It’s about taking a look at our tank at the start of the day and seeing if it’s full or in need of a top up, then making sure that we plan in an activity or two that will top up the tank and never let it get under 50%.

Ideally we keep our tank as close to 100% as we can and top up way before the tank gets to empty.

When our tank is as close to 100% as we can keep it, it’s often so much easier to get things done as well as to be seen on a continuous basis.

When it comes to marketing in business consistency is something that builds up over time. So if we can start marketing e.g blogging, speaking or FB live broadcasting and keep showing up on a consistent basis, it builds momentum and traction over time that helps to bring your people to you more and more.

If you’d like support to find ways to maintain your energy while consistently marketing your business then get in touch.

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How to not beat yourself up

When you are an entrepreneur it can be a lonely journey and unlike when you have a job, you likely don’t have someone else who pats your back when things go well.

In fact if you are like most entrepreneurs you might find you beat yourself up for falling short of your goals.

It’s not easy when you feel you’ve fallen short of a goal to not beat up on yourself and to actively encourage yourself to keep going, and if you want to succeed then it’s useful to have some strategies to support you to go easy on yourself.

Since I’ve experienced the unexpected loss of my Auntie* back in February I’ve struggled with not beating myself up for being unable to save her. I don’t share that so you can feel sorry for me, but to show that I intimately know this feeling of failure!

It’s been, as you can imagine hard to deal with the sudden loss, but the added burden of not being kind to myself has made the past almost three months challenging to say the least.

I’ve had days where I have been beset with grief and sadness and been unable to do anything for my business, and because of that beat up on myself for not getting things done. Clearly that just made me feel worse!

Maybe you have had a time when things were hard and you found yourself beating yourself up for not doing something, or perhaps doing something and not getting the results you expected?

Something that has helped me to move through this challenging time and not allow myself to beat myself up for too long, apart from reaching out for support, has been to imagine I was listening to a friend talk to me about the exact challenges that I am going through right now and consider if I would talk to her the way that I talk to myself.

Would I consider a friend who had lost someone they were living with unexpectedly a failure for having emotional days and finding it hard to get things done? No!

Would I consider them lazy or bad for feeling grief at the situation? No!

So why then is it OK to think that about myself? Hint: It isn’t!

That’s why I am sharing it with you, because if I can see in my distress that beating myself up is not helping nor how I would treat someone else, why is it OK to do it to myself?

IT ISN’T!

You might be thinking, “Oh, but I am not experiencing grief or anything like that”, and that may be true, actually I truly hope that you aren’t, but I do know that whatever your circumstances you are doing the best that you can, and despite all feelings and appearances to the contrary, it is enough!

You may need to get support or more information or strategies or resources, however beating yourself up does not move you closer to getting them. In fact you’ll probably find that beating yourself up does more harm than being compassionate with yourself.

I know I have!

If you’d like more support to be compassionate to yourself then reach out and let me know!

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*Not my biological Auntie, but a family friend who was living with me that I considered a second mum.

How to tackle doubt

Do you find yourself being stopped from getting into action in your business?

Maybe you get stopped by either external events in your life or internal resistance. You might even be wanting to get into action and finding that things or feelings are getting in your way.

What you really want is to be able to take consistent action toward your desires and feel really good about it too.

That’s why you need to know how to tackle doubt.

Watch the video below.

If you’d like support to tackle your doubts, let me know!

in order to tackle your doubts you need to grow your awareness of how it shows up, the reasons you use to not take action, develop a clear vision that you are committed to and break it down to small steps that you can easily take action on.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comments below.

Tune in on Facebook to catch me live talking about tuning into your desires!

How to stop pushing and striving to get clients for good

Often in life we get taught that we need to work hard, and push and strive to make something happen.

It causes us to work harder and harder, and try to cram in so much more into our days and often we end up stressed and burned out.

What if we could still have things work out without burning out?

Now what I’m saying might sound “woo woo” and out there, but hear me out. If you have ever found yourself setting a goal and doing everything you can to get there, but find that even with all that work, the goal just seems further and further away then this is for you.

I’ve definitely been there being desperate for clients, living on my savings trying to make my business work and grow by going networking and speaking. Doing consultations and finding that people just didn’t want to work with me, no matter how hard I tried.

Hearing people say no and I can’t afford it/ don’t have the time or whatever it might be and all the while the money is disappearing.

Maybe you can relate?

It can feel like running faster and faster toward your destination only to find that you’ve been on a treadmill all the time! Totally tiring and frustrating!

The issue is that in constantly striving to attain something, whatever type of goal it is, we can focus so much more on getting there instead of the journey and who we are being in the moment.

The best way to avoid falling into pushing and striving, and eventually burn out is to make sure to take time to take care of yourself first.

That could mean by making sure you eat healthily, get enough sleep, drink enough water, exercise, meditate, soak in the bath, colour in, journal, play with your kids, take pleasure in your body, or whatever it is for you.

When you are feeling good and taken care of, then your being becomes a source of abundance and is attractive to people and opportunities alike and it becomes much less about struggling and striving, but opening and receiving.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do, but that it feels more fun and enjoyable.

When I took the steps to do this for myself and make sure that I was taking care of my needs I went from struggling to make sales to easily converting clients. All because I shifted how I treated myself!

It can feel challenging to do this. We might think we’re being selfish if we take the time to do this, and I promise you that when we take care of ourselves first we have so much more to give!

If you’d like support to take care of yourself first give me a shout.

I’d love to hear in the comments something you commit to doing today to take care of yourself.

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Productive vs busy

Do you ever feel like you do a lot of stuff, but it isn’t necessarily productive?

How do you make sure that with all the things you have to do that what you spend your time on isn’t just busy work, and is actually moving you toward your goals?

The thing is that we are all busy, we all have things that need to be done and that keep us busy, whether that is tasks for our businesses, like creating our next program or course, or new opt-in page or what have you. Or tasks like getting the broadband upgraded or balancing our cheque books, keeping our home clean and tidy and looking after our loved ones (this includes ourselves!).

It’s vital if we want to succeed in business and have fulfilling lives and relationships that we use our time wisely.

As Carl Sandberg said time is the coin of our lives and we need to be mindful of how we spend it and avoid other people being able to spending it for you.

Essentially what that means is that we need to prioritise our time so that the tasks that move us to where we want to go get the time they require.

So if we want to succeed in business that might mean prioritising marketing and sales tasks, like going out networking and following up with the contacts you’ve made, over creating a course.

On a day to day basis it means prioritising the tasks that require more concentration and blocking them in first and then filling in the rest of the time with the smaller tasks as and when.

This great video explains it a bit better.

If you want help to prioritise your rocks then get in touch.

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