Do I Need To Pivot?

How many times have you heard the word ‘pivot’ recently? Is it more than a bazillion or just slightly less? Have you already pivoted in your business as a result of the current situation? It feels as though EVERYONE is doing it & for some it’s undoubtedly the right thing to do. But it isn’t right for everyone. In fact all this hype could lead some people to go racing off at a tangent that they’ll later regret. What are your thoughts on this – a necessary evil, a great idea to…

3 Simple Tips for Daily Focus

How are your days going right now in the joys of lockdown? Are you finding it impossible to focus because your house is non-stop chaos? Or are you finding things incredibly monotonous so that days all seem to blur into one? Or maybe you’re one of the fortunate few who is sticking to a structure and cracking on with things! One thing that I’ve found over the years that can really help with my focus is a 5 minute daily routine where I ask myself 3 simple questions to review my day &…

How To Build Some Consistency Into Your Weeks

Do you control your diary or is it controlling you? Do your weeks feel consistent, nicely mapped out and organised in a way that works well? Or are they more like kamikaze weather storms that keep eating you up and spitting you out? My vlog last week talked through a process to map out a framework for your weeks so that you can start to create some consistently, some control, and most importantly some calm to your weeks.     I’d love to hear your feedback on the vlog and my suggestions for creating your ‘ideal week’ How about you though … do you love consistency…

How To Stop Trying To Be All Things To All People

Do you ever find yourself feeling under pressure to try to be all things to all people within your business? There’s probably a huge range of products and services that you could offer. Maybe face to face services, perhaps online services, possibly one-off products, or long term retained products; all sorts of different things. Maybe you really want to deliver exclusive, high priced products, but you might still love the idea of offering some entry-level products to make it more accessible to people. And perhaps you’d also love to be offering some freebies to get people involved and to give away lots of…

How To Manage Your Natural Energy Peaks And Troughs

Have you ever noticed that when you run your own business, you can have huge highs and lows in your energy and your motivation? One day you can feel really motivated, totally focused, you’re completely ‘on it’. Well and truly in the zone! But somehow, before you know it, all that energy can just vanish, and you suddenly feel like you’re in a bit of a dip. You’re in a slump, you can’t quite get yourself going and the brain fog is really taking over. Actually, I think this happens a lot and is one of the reasons why…

Two Simple Questions To Overcome Your Indecision

I want to talk to you today about ‘What If Syndrome’, This magical mystery What If Syndrome is something that I think is incredibly common amongst people growing a business. And it’s also one of the most likely reasons to stop people making the kind of progress that they really should do in their business. Let me explain a little bit more … Do you ever find yourself in that place where you feel as though you literally have a bazillion ideas for how you want to grow your business? Ideas about things like … how you could expand your marketing, how you could…

3 Reasons Over-Servicing Could Be Damaging Your Business

Do you pride yourself on delivering exactly what your customers pay for? Or are you one of those people that really likes to go the extra mile? Do you pride yourself instead on delivering something more than the customer is paying for? Do you believe that over-delivering, or over-servicing as we might call it, is a good business strategy? Because I know that lots of people growing a business believe that if you constantly deliver something that little bit more than the customer expects, then that will really satisfy them. They might shout about you, they might buy more from you, they…

Are You Open to Feedback?

If we’re open to it, life constantly teaches us lessons about our business, even in ways that we really don’t initially see the relevance of at all. A few bazillion years ago, I used to be an athlete. I used to be a sprinter. I ran for England and for Great Britain; I was a National Schools champion three times, an Under-23 European Cup winner, and ran for the England Senior team in amazing places like Rome, Moscow, and Gateshead! And I know you’re probably thinking, “What on earth has that got to do with business, and particularly with your business?”…

When To Plan - Make Things Happen

When to plan, and when to get cracking!

I’ll let you into a secret. I’m really good at helping clients to get on with the things they’ve been putting off and holding them accountable to taking action. But I go through all the same mental faffing myself when I want to make a big change in my business. This month I’ve started something new that I’ve been toying with for a while. I’ve been umming and ahhing; thinking it through; considering all the ways I could get it wrong; trying to come up with the perfect strategy and basically avoiding getting on with it! So I thought it would be…

Active Cheshire’s top 10 tips for getting active at work

Now we all know we should be moving more, the benefits of being active are endless; helping to reduce stress, weight loss and generally living a happier and healthier life. There aren’t many issues being physically active won’t help. But let’s face it, you’re not alone if you feel that going for a run or the gym isn’t really your cup of tea! Or you feel low on time or motivation to do it. It doesn’t have to be an extra burden, so why not think about getting active where you spend most of your time… at work? So if…

The Most Important 20 Minutes Of Your Day

Are you one of those naturally well-organised people who starts every day feeling focused, motivated and completely clear on what you’re going to achieve that day? Or are you like the majority of people who start their day by trying to work out which of their 8 billion priorities they should work on first and questioning how on earth they’re going to make a dent in their list at all that day? If you’re more like the second person don’t panic, it means you’re perfectly normal! It also means that the tips I’m about to share will be particularly relevant…

What’s The Definition of Success?

Do you have a really clear image of what your business will look like when it’s successful? I often find that people start a business with a short term financial target in mind. Most people know how much money they need their business to make for it to be sustainable, and they focus on that. I typically find that beyond that point though, the majority don’t have a clear definition of success and that’s when it’s easy to find yourself drifting or to feel as though you’re working incredibly hard but you’re not actually that clear what it’s all for.   There…

Why You Deserve A Payrise!

I’ve been talking to several clients recently about their business goals. It’s reminded me how common it is to see people running a business, working tirelessly to deliver a fantastic service to their clients but paying themselves a frankly measly salary. So many people pay everyone and everything else before they pay themselves, and are almost grateful if there’s anything actually left for themselves once everything else is covered. It’s a very British trait. But it’s bad for business! And here’s why … Because You’re Worth It! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to earn a fair wage for a fair day’s work….

Why Pressure Is A Privilege

I was absolutely engrossed over the weekend watching the Winter Olympics. Saturday was an amazing, record breaking day for Great Britain as we won 3 medals in a day for the first time ever. What brilliant performances! There was one throwaway line in skeleton gold-medallist Lizzy Yarnold’s post-competition interview that really intrigued me though. She was asked what a difference it had made to her training and preparations to have another emerging British athlete breathing down her neck. And she replied “pressure is a privilege”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it described that way before! It made me think about the pressure…

How To Take More Holidays!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love my holidays. And that I regularly talk to clients about what holidays they’re planning. Whilst I do that because it’s a great subject to talk about, I’m also a massive believer in taking regular breaks to recharge your batteries, reward you for a job well done and help you refine your business plan. That’s right, I honestly believe that holidays help you to refine your business plan. By taking yourself out of the daily grind you give yourself the time and head-space to think, which can bring a level of clarity that’s very…