Posts tagged “Business Coaching”

 
GOALS – I love goals and goal setting as they provide a great route map for your business and your life. 
 
It's the one common thing I talk to all my Business Owner clients about - getting clear on their goals. 
 
I usually go by the normal ‘rules of goal setting in a tried and tested format, but doing some reading recently got me thinking. 
 
Here I share some of the alternative tips to goal setting. 
 
Perfectionism but is it perfect
Claude Monet was a perfectionist.  
 
Well it worked for him then didn't he? One of the world's most famous impressionist painters and one of my favourites. Maybe, but in the process he destroyed many paintings, even 15 destined to open an exhibition.  
 
He concluded his ' life had been nothing but a failure'. 
As a Business Owner or Senior Leader, why bother hiring a coach to work with? 
Coaches - we are everywhere! What does a coach do and do you need one? 
 
The simple answer in my opinion to that last question ( but yes I would say it!!) Is yes. Every business owner does need a coach, well if they want their business to deliver the success they want it to. Just like every successful sportsperson has a coach ( or two) in their life. 
 
Let me tell you a bit more about what a coach can do for you and your business. 
 
Research by Bupa has revealed that almost two thirds of British workers are too busy to take the twenty-minute lunch break that is required by law when they’re working shifts of six hours or more. 
 
In fact, a whopping 28% are not taking any breaks at all during their working day. 
 
Take a second to think about how this applies to your business. Is there a culture of employees or you, being chained to their desks until the end of their shift?  
 
It's worth taking the time to consider what the impact could be? 
It's great being a business owner isn't it?  
We have the luxury of being able to have the flexibility we want which is fantastic! 
 
However .. how often do you find yourself doing that thing that is an art form. It takes lots of practice .. yep I'm talking about PROCRASTINATION! 
 
The art of wasting time. Doing stuff that is not connected in any way to generating income or even doign the other 'top priority' tasks. 
 
The impact of procrastig on your business is HUGE! It's up to us if we succeed so why do we do it? 
Are you busy? All the time ? Just too busy and you tell everyone too? 
 
Well we really need to understand busyness and understand being busy or too busy is our choice! 
 
I'm just so busy has become a stock phrase of today's world. It's like a badge of honour for business owners .. if they are not too busy they are failing! It's as though it's unique to us and we are the only one! 
Have you got a personal trainer in your life?  
 
I have. It's tough .. They are always there with their beady eye watching what you are up to, challenging behaviour and actions that don't fit with your plan for success.  
 
They challenge you out of your comfort zone, help you rid yourselves of those limiting beliefs you've maybe had since you were rubbish at games at school ( you know nearly always picked last for the team!) but mainly they hold you to account for the actions you have chosen to take. 
 
 
I just didn’t have the time – 
 
The time to write my blogs 
The time to write my book 
The time to develop new programmes or products 
The time to just think about my business 
The time to just stop and be 
 
Do you ever feel like that? 
 
It’s a spiral of feeling frustrated as you know you need to do all the stuff, but you just can’t see how to get the space. 
 
We can all learn business lessons in all sorts of ways …… can’t we? 
 
In March I took on a personal challenge to Walk All Over Cancer in memory of my Mum . I pledged to walk 10,000 steps every day for the whole of the month .. that’s nearly 5 miles a day! I raised £700 for Skin Cancer Research which overwhelmed me if I’m honest. 
 
Well let me share that although we are all told we should walk 10,000 steps a day to be fit and healthy, it is no walk in the park! It is a big effort. It takes some dedication I can tell you.. especially on those days when I’d still got 6000 to do, it was tea time and it was absolutely pissing it down ( sorry no other way to describe that !!) In fact one day I did a facebook live just to show I was on it .. it was rubbish .. dark, poor sound but it got loads of likes and a few more pounds in the pot as I shared my utter madness. 
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Steve came to have coaching with me because he was struggling to get any new clients. He didn’t really feel he had a sustained relationship with any of his clients and felt they didn’t warm to him as a person. 
 
He’d go along to networking meetings and feel the odd one out. He didn’t really connect with anyone and leave feeling down and despondent. 
 
He told me that he really wasn’t the person he thought he should be in business. He wasn’t like others in his field, but he pretended to be when he met clients and potential contacts. When he got clients he charged a low fee and was at his wits end thinking he ought to call it a day and go and get a job! 
 
So I asked him a question. A question which floored him to be quite honestly. I asked him to take time before he answered and to answer me truthfully. So let me ask you the same question… 
 
HERE IT IS !!! 
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