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Reasons for not starting your business and how to combat them

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Developing your business from ideas through to the taking action and implementation stages can be daunting for most. Fear of failure, effort, stepping outside of your comfort zone are all common reasons for not going ahead with the steps that will encourage the positive changes you really want to see. As a business coach I hear lots of according to those giving them seemingly valid reasons for not starting and building a business. However, those who dream and plan for what they want in life and follow through with the steps that will get them achieving the change they initially envisage, the personal and professional rewards can be priceless…

The most common ‘reasons’

If I had more money or won the lottery I would…we’ve all heard of the lottery winners who have won and then lost it all again, clearly showing that money is not the answer. Being crushed by a meteor is considerably more likely than winning the lottery, so this thought process is, unfortunately, not going to help you achieve your dream business. Developing your thoughts into a plan and taking action on that plan will. Start by taking the pressure off yourself and easing those feelings of fear of failure etc. Take them out of play. At this point, it’s you or you and a coach, trusted friend getting your ideas out of your head onto paper and thinking about the steps you could take to get you closer to achieving your dream business. Acknowledge the obstacles remembering that any obstacle big or small can be overcome. Think about the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Steve Jobs – they must have encountered a million and one obstacles and all were solved.

If I were more clever, experienced I would…ask yourself this: in the past how have you got more clever and more experienced at something you loved to do? Is it by actually doing? If you ‘do’ working alongside an expert/more experienced person in that field and reading around the subject you will find you become more clever and more experienced more quickly. Want to start your own business? Work with a business coach, read lots of books about starting and building your business whilst following the steps above. You’ll be surprised at the building momentum.

I just need to do a little more research…this can be a real stumbling block to taking definite and clear action on a plan, how do you know when you know enough? To stop you from continually prevaricating extract small actions from your research stage that make you do and take action on something concrete. For example: speak with a key person to find out more about x, write a list of all the important bits you understand so far, develop a plan for how you might develop and implement the stuff you know so far.

If I had more time…we all have the same amount of time in any given day, week, month. The pressures on our time is continuously squeezed. It’s what we do with our spare time that makes the difference. Think about your time wasters; social media, emails, driving to and fro and so on. How can you use that time more effectively? Time chunk – only use social media and emails during a certain time of the day. Use driving to listen to business audio books. Write down daily, weekly actions big and small to follow through with during the new time you create.

I know of someone, let’s call him Adam who got given the money to start his dream business and went on to wish he hadn’t received it as he felt it dampened his drive and ambition to really achieve his goals.

The key messages are be grateful for what you do have and turn those around, use them to your advantage and start taking action; however small the steps are. Ultimately all of these are excuses. The dictionary definition of ‘excuse’ is: ‘seek to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offence); try to justify.’ Want to live a full and priceless life? Stop the excuses.


About Clare

Clare Whalley will be celebrating 10 years in business this year. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

60 minute business boostersClare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business get in touch.

 

Celebrating 10 years in business! Share the success

Looking back to the beginning, I know I wasn’t able to plan for 10 years into the future of my business, who can? All I did know, back in February 2007 when I resigned from my corporate job, was that I wanted to run my own business and I would make it work, come what may! Of course along the way there have been major highs, bigger lows and now like any of my fellow happy, successful business owners, I’ve created a business I’m proud of and one that allows me to live a great life and work with people I love to help. I’m sharing my best lessons learned for you business owners out there on your path to success…

Best Learned Lessons

Get help straight away – no successful person ever said – ‘I did it all on my own’, so as soon as you feel yourself needing help or preferably before this, recognise your knowledge and skills gap and bring in the professional support you and your business need. Do this and you’ll achieve your goals so much more quickly, painlessly and above all bring in the success you seek more seamlessly than you could ever imagine – something that you can’t put a price on. Invest and back yourself from the outset, find the money; you’ll save yourself a fortune in lost earnings and stress in the long run.

Farm out the stuff you don’t want to do – as above, it’s your business, only do the tasks you love and/or you’re great at. All else, pass them on to an expert in that field. You’ll save yourself from demotivation and dislike of your business and in the process you’ll free up the time to focus on other good stuff and the tasks you love to do and that you’re great at – it’s these that will bring you your financial return. You’ll also be surprised at how more easily, effortlessly and brilliantly that same task will be completed by an expert.

Keeping it fresh

Business Development focus – Running a business is like maintaining a well oiled machine. It always needs food, petrol, oil and maintenance of some description. Setting aside dedicated time every month to focus on business development is a must for any business owner. Don’t do this and your lovely ‘machine’ will become rusty, antiquated and eventually, due to lack of customers or poor customer retention, in need of a major overhaul that could take you years and a lot of money to get back on track. A little love and affection (focus!) each month will keep you and your business earning the money you want, working with clients you love and attracting new opportunities and business as you go.

Positive mindset

The key to any successful person, many would argue (including me) is a positive mindset. A challenge when times are tough, but practice it throughout your professional life and it becomes much easier to access. Don’t be afraid to share your fears and insecurities with your trusted network, you’ll be more respected for being open and you’ll be surprised at how many step forward with offerings of the right support and opportunities for you.

Stop berating yourself for mistakes or tasks not moving forward as quickly as you’d like, a high achieving and successful business owner once shared these wise words with me: ‘you’ll never experience entrepreneurial nirvana’. Once I allowed this to sink in I started to enjoy the day to day trials and tribulations of running a small business much more as I knew I’d never find myself in a place thinking, yes, I now have everything sorted! There’s always new and exciting things to be achieved both personally and professionally so let’s enjoy the ride!

A Business Coach’s’ Best Tips

Surround yourself with honest, positive and good people who are just like you. Like great friends and good family your business network will always be there for you when and if you need them.

Think of yourself up as a specialist or an expert from the outset. You have created your business because you love what you do, no one else on the planet does it like you do it and you will always find a way to get the right answers and solve the problem/s your customer has. Right? So, you are more than enough, go ahead and consider yourself as an expert in your field.


About Clare

Clare Whalley will be celebrating 10 years in business this year. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

60 minute business boostersClare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business get in touch.

 

Build confidence using accountability to supercharge your strategy

If you’ve set your business goals for this year, the next step to achieving is keeping yourself accountable. With the 20th of January well and truly behind us (the day where 95% of people give up on their new year resolutions and goals) those who remain are left with a clear strategy of what we want for the year ahead. We also know in order to achieve we must show diligence, persistence with our efforts and possess serious levels of commitment. Overall the more you achieve against your goals the more your confidence will increase. Easier said than done, right?! Set some accountability in place and you’ll be dramatically increasing your chances of reaching your business goals.

Build a trusted network:

It’s well documented that high achievers surround themselves with other high achievers. Napoleon Hill, in Think and Grow Rich wrote about it over 75 years ago and the advice is ever more relevant today, when many business owners can stay hidden behind email and a laptop. Right now, you will be able to think of at least 2 other people in your circle of friends, colleagues, business acquaintances who you deem to be like-minded; ambitious, determined, and professionally committed. Highly productive business mastermind groups can run anywhere from 3 – 10 people, as long as you are all able to be open and honest and you have similar ambitions with the people within your group then your business mastermind will work wonders in many ways.

Accountability

Getting together on a regular basis will mean sharing your goals take on a life of their own. Remember just by writing your goals down mean you’re 42%[1] more likely to achieve them. Your commitment levels will increase knowing you will be meeting again to feedback on your progress. This, of course, is all done through a system of support; knowing you have like-minded business owners who have your back when obstacles and challenges inevitably come your way. They help you through those times when otherwise you may not have the right people to turn to.

Support and Advice

When meeting with fellow business owners there is no doubt a plethora of experience, knowledge and skill set available at your disposal. Whatever challenges you are going through, someone has been through it and come out successfully. Whichever success you are aiming to achieve another business masterminder is on that same path or has achieved that particular success already and can help you. Your achievements can be shared for others’ success journeys too. The levels of motivation and inspired action can act as a feeding ground for your day, week, month ahead.

Think about creating your own group of like-minded business owners and make your business goals happen.

These are amongst the strategies I use when working with my clients. To learn more about my small business coaching programs click here or call me direct to have a chat and book your free consultation.

 

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Reference

  1. Professor Gail Matthews Dominican University California

Building a positive mindset in your small business

2Running a small business and baring all its challenges, the dedication to make it work for you can only be fully understood by other small business owners. The world of self-employment, to be truly conquered, needs self-awareness, personal development skills as well as business related skills too. All successful business owners will agree that your mindset is more than half the campaign.

As a Business Coach and a practitioner of what I ‘preach’, on a weekly basis I will follow through with all of the following practices at some point or another: Affirmations, Reading, Meditation, Visualisation, Daily Accountability, Goal Setting, Positivity and Gratitude. It hasn’t always been like this for me; however, since practicing a more positive mindset the amount of business owners I work with has increased. A direct correlation between the two? I believe so…

Practice is the key to establish which ones work best for you and when. The aim is to incorporate them into your daily routine in order to make your daily life run more smoothly, feel happier, content and be more successful in what you do and who your reach with your lovely business. Some of the exercises take 2 minutes or less, some up to 20 minutes, overall the most time I would spend in an day would be 30 minutes, split across the day. In our busy lives who hasn’t always got space for 2 to 30 minutes? Stop surfing Facebook aimlessly and spend that time on increasing your happiness and productivity.

Practices of a business coach:

Here’s a quick rundown of what a business coach would do:

1.Daily Accountability:

Before you open your laptop write down the 3 most important tasks you want to complete that day in line with your business goals.

Time Required: 2 minutes
Result: Ensures you keep control of your day, not the other way around.

2.Affirmations:

Write down a statement in the positive of the big thing you want to feel and/or achieve, stating it in the here and now, as if it has already happened. ‘I am achieving my goal of…’ Place it somewhere prominent and practice daily.

Time Required: 2 minutes
Result: Keeps your mind focused, positive for a more confident and in control you.

3.Reading/Audibles:

There are so many amazing, life and business changing books to be read (listened to) and just 10 minutes every day will have a big enough impact on you to mean habits will be changed for the positive forever.

Time Required: 10 minutes
Result: endless possibilities

4.Meditation:

Lots of different ways to practice, from shorts bursts of calm and tranquility to hour long focused practices. Find one to suit you and a 10 minute break from your busy life can be all you need to get re-energised, get your creative juices flowing or generally develop the space for calm and peace in your world.

Time Required: 10 minutes
Result: Energised, calm and focused.

5.Gratitude:

When the chips are down, there are still so many things to be grateful and thankful for. Spending even a short amount of time in the positive thinking will increase your happiness and will make you more open and aware of opportunities. ‘I am happy and grateful for…’ Some days this can be a great cup of coffee, other days; an amazing new client with a great business who I can help achieve even more success’.

Time required: 2 minutes
Result: more fulfilment and happiness, open to more opportunities.

So, go and find at least 2 minutes in your day to focus on making yourself happier and more successful in your business…

These are amongst the strategies I use when working with my clients. To learn more about my small business coaching programs click here or call me direct to have a chat and book your free consultation.

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Developing a Positive Mindset

Develop a Positive Mindset

In the last couple of years we have seen a huge rise in the amount of talk around mindfulness, mindset and the power of positive thinking. Either that or I am just attracting those conversations, clips and social media posts with my mindset! Whichever way, I can categorically state the most positive I am in my mindset the more successful I become; both in my personal life and in my business. Fancy following suit? Here’s the exercises I follow:

Positive Affirmations

Mohammed Ali said: ‘it is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction things begin to happen’.

So, think about what you want to achieve, in any situation, any goal etc. Turn that goal into the here and now, starting with ‘I am…’ such as ‘I am feeling strong, fit and healthy’ and practice saying that out loud (every day sometimes 10 times a day) until it becomes a belief and you get an excited, passioned, enthusiastic feeling about achieving that goal. Once you’ve got the affirmation to that point you’re on to a winner! You will really start to experience positive changes. Practice it diligently every time a negative thought creeps in.

Meditation

10 years ago meditation was probably thought of as a bit woo woo. Now there are so many apps, CD’s and downloads, you can find a meditation exercise to suit you, your available time frame and what you’d like to achieve from it. It was even featured on the new Sky Atlantic drama, Billions, as practiced by the billionaires. I’ve found an app called Headspace that is perfect for giving me 10 minutes peace, and at 10 minutes I can always find time to slot that into my day. I’m always so surprised at how refreshed and positive I feel after I’ve stopped for just this short amount of time.

Exercising

I haven’t found anyone to date that finds it easy to get out and exercise and no one that doesn’t feel totally amazing once they’re back home and showered! We all know exercising releases endorphins, which help to make us feel empowered, revitalised and generally feeling pretty good. Running helps to give you perfect perspective from a particular challenge, which in turn gives you the space to think about it from a different angle, talk it through in your head and come up with a solution. It’s the not-having-anything-else-to distract your thoughts or hands. Leave your phone and headphones behind and just treat yourself to run freely. A friend of mine is running to a farther lamppost every run just to get herself out further each time.

Gratitude

I love practising gratitude, as a firm believer in the law of attraction, that states you will attract more of what you’re grateful for. Practicing gratitude is a helpful reminder at the end of each day as to what you’ve got to be thankful for, (there are more than you think!) which makes you feel pretty positive, paying more attention to the good helps you to feel more present in those good times and they bring you more of the stuff you love. What have you got to lose. Go buy yourself a notebook and get writing, remember that – writing?! It’s good for your positive and mental well-being…


About Clare

Clare Whalley will be celebrating 10 years in business this year. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

60 minute business boostersClare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business get in touch.

How can I inject the fun back into my business?

Several years into your business can see you getting stale, frustrated, de-motivated and generally lack-lustre about what you set out to achieve and how you’re getting on towards those goals. Speaking from experience, as a business owner of 9 years, I know these mindset issues can occur and as a business coach I know just how to find my way around them.

#1 Create some Time Out

Whether it’s 10 minutes out to meditate, an hour out to exercise or read a book, to two weeks off sunbathing, any or all will do you the world of good in telling you what if anything you need to do next to keep you motivated or get you back on track for succeeding your business growth plans. Time and space away however short or long will give you perspective on your current business challenges.

#2 Go on a training course or workshop

Got an issue in your business that is keeping you bogged down or preventing you from business growth and moving you forward? Book onto a course that will answer those business growth questions that are currently stumping you. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other like-minded business owners and professionals with similar challenges and sharing those frustrations and ways around the problem will alleviate your stress whilst saving you much time and money for your future dealings. Nothing like a boost in your personal and professional development for your confidence levels.

#3 Get a Business Coach

20% of small businesses are now using a Business Coach to grow their business and 79% of medium to large businesses. Not only will a business coach help you develop your business growth plans with confidence, clear direction and structure, keep your accountable for those successful results, they will also keep you motivated and inspired, encouraging you to understand and develop the most productive ways to execute your plans. As a small business owner it’s par for the course to feel lonely in your decision making, get someone on your side who has yours and your business interests at heart and will help you to remember all the reasons why you started out in business in the first place.

#4 Dump it, Deal with It or Delegate it

Think about a) what you love to do in your business and b) how can you can do more of what you’re great at versus c) what do you really dislike doing and d) what are you pretty rubbish at? The UK is a nation of DIYers, with 4.6 million self-employed, now representing 15% of the workforce, can you really experience the business growth you’re after by doing it all yourself? Keep sane, keep motivated, keep inspired; create some space to do only the things you love will help you realise the business growth you want. The time it takes you to do the jobs you hate will free up some much needed time for the jobs you love. Easy maths!

 

Clare at Meta4 has been running her own coaching and training business since 2007. Clare offers loads of great freebie resources to help you grow your business; they’re easy to implement, engaging and most of all they get you your business growth results!

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Coaxing and Coaching, the clutter away

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Too much clutter in your life can be a symptom – and also a cause – of stress. As the saying goes, "Tidy house, tidy mind"
Being surrounded by isorganised piles of papers, things you have hoarded and don't know what to do with, and just general mess can quickly sap your energy and make you depressed, unhappy and inefficient.

It takes longer than it should to do simple jobs when the clutter stops you finding the things you need when you need them.

It's easy to feel overwhelmed if clutter has weighed down your home, your work area and your life.

But by taking small steps, one at a time, towards reclaiming a clean and clear working and living space you can start to feel re-energised and happy. You can work more efficiently and have more time for the fun things in life.

In the working day clutter can mean more than just an untidy desk and a non-existent filing system. Have you heard people talk about information overload? Are you finding your inbox full of notifications and alerts and e-newsletters that you no longer need or don't want to read? Cull them down to the essentials and free yourself from the tyranny of unread emails continually piling up all day every day. You can organise your inbox into folders so that designated must-read items can go straight into them, bypassing your inbox. Then you can allocate time in your diary to review them.

Is your computer or laptop desktop full of icons for software you no longer need and random documents and images that should be filed safely away online? A tidy desktop …can also mean a tidy mind.

Your desk and your work area can quickly become cluttered with papers and invoices, receipts and stationery in random piles. Make sure you've got enough storage space for things you need to keep so that there is "a place for everything and everything in its place.

In the home, wardrobes, drawers and cupboards are the places where clutter usually starts – and it can easily spill over on to floors and surfaces. Divide the clutter into things you need to keep, things you KNOW you should throw away and things you can donate to charity shops. Once you deal with the clutter you will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. It's as if your rooms can breathe easily again – and so can you.
It can be a vicious circle when the clutter confuses you until you can't make sensible decisions about what to do with things. That's when it might be time to call in expert outside help: Pam Beale at Mission Accomplished.

Reducing physical clutter will relieve stress and give you a feeling of freedom and liberation – but you may still need to tackle 'life clutter'. Have you taken on too many commitments at work, at home and in your social life? Are you the sort of person who finds it hard to say 'no' and ends up helping with every school, committee and charity event going? Helping others is a source of tremendous personal satisfaction – but it can go too far when you're being pulled in every direction and your own life is suffering. Think about what you really love doing – and consider opting out of the ones that are no longer enjoyable.

If you need help from a neutral and independent expert than coaching could be the answer.

A coach can help you bring some sensible structure into your life – a bit like a filing system in an office. Together you can review your daily and weekly routines and hobbies to see how you can organise your time more effectively. Get in touch with Meta4 if you think that extra help is what you need.