Add more colour to your day

” If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton
more colour brings more joy in your lifeRainbows and colour and light are something I think we take for granted. I could be wrong, but I know that I’ve had periods of my life when I’ve felt I “had” to use a certain colour pen when I was writing. I used to be a turquoise ink girl as a teenager. Why did I stop using colour when I started work?

I’ve no idea. I guess there’s something about feeling that we “should” conform to what others are doing. Doesn’t that mean we lose ourself the more we do the same as others? I know that when I bought myself some coloured pens a few years ago and started choosing which colour I’d use for that meeting, or some notes, I started to feel happier. I found it strange at the time, but as it was true, I’ve kept my colourful pens, in my colourful pencil case. I realised that no-one was judging me for what colour pen I chose to write in. I could make that choice.

I was reminded about conforming when I was with a 1-1 client on Friday. A super intelligent lady who’s had some life challenges, and is so focused on other people and doing what others want her to do, she feels like she’s lost herself. She knows she needs to change something, but doesn’t know what. We’re still exploring this. However, something came out of our session which made her face and eyes light up like the bright moon we’re just experiencing. She realised that she could choose what she did with her time. If she wanted to read she could. If she wanted to write she could. If she wanted to go for a walk she could. Whilst she’s still caring for others in her life, she does have time in which she can choose to do things which make her happy. Her action which she committed to, was to explore in 10 minutes a day what she wanted to do more of. What brought colour back into her life. I’m looking forward to hearing what she discovers this week.

There’s more synchronicity today too. I’m following Dale Darley’s 101 days of me journaling challenge. Spending 10 minutes each day exploring a prompt Dale sends by writing what comes into my head. Yesterday it was this quote. And what was I reading yesterday? The first chapter of a book called, “Joyful” by Ingrid Fetell Lee, which is all about the energy of colour and light. It’s making me smile just thinking about it!

So at the start of a new week, as you set your intention for the week ahead, what colour and light can you add to bring you more joy this week? What can you remember that you used to do because you had no fear of what others would say that would bring you joy? You may think I’ve gone totally bonkers talking about joy when you’re running your own business and juggling a 101 things this week as well. What if you could do all those 101 things with a bigger smile on your face? How would that make you feel?

I love to smile at other people when walking down the street. I don’t always get a smile back, but that’s not important. What’s important for me, is that I’m sharing my smile with others, hoping that others can remember that they can find something to smile about too. One of my clients told me she’s bought a yellow coat because it made her smile. It matches her yellow car and her sunny positive disposition. She wasn’t always so positive, but the difference adding colour back into her life has made is incredible.

I’d love to hear your colour stories, and what brings you joy at the moment. Is there one thing you can change this week to make you smile more? Please do let me know. Leave a comment below.

If you need help exploring what’s important to you, please book a free 20 minute explore session. Or, if you know you’re ready to dive deeper, you may be ready for the 3 hour Find your Why session, which is what has sparked both of my client’s to search for more joy in their lives.

Perseverance is taking small steps to achieve success

” Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”Walter Elliot
perseverance and commitment to achieve successYou may still be in planning phase of the year, or exploring what your options are to achieve your goals. Or you may be like me, and the more I do the more I realise I need to do as everything is interlinked. Phew! It’s been a busy week, and there’s no let up in sight.Where ever you’re at right now, you’ll know that it’s your consistency which will bring you closer to the goals you’ve set yourself. The cycle of planning – action – learn – review is ever present in our lives. If we skip one part we won’t grow in our learning, or we’ll continue to do things which don’t work for us, or our business.

I’ll tell you about  my week. I think it may make you smile. I’m sharing because I’m learning all the time, and if I can help you learn too, then you’ll get to your destination quicker than I have!

Learning by taking small steps

I’ve been setting up new systems this week, and creating new resources for business owners. Yes, I know, so what? Everything I’ve done, or created has links with other parts of the business, so I’ve either had to update another website, or a link in an automated email, or a payment link or a blog post…..and I keep coming across things which need updating.

It’s not that the pace of change is particularly large, but my learning of new systems and tools has been huge this week. It’s also reminded me that I need to be very clear about what I’m aiming for (long term goal), to understand where each little piece of the jigsaw fits in. IF I don’t change this bit of X now, then it’ll have the effect of Y, either now, or in a few months time.

See what I mean? Some days it’s felt like I’m going around in circles. Where I’d allocated 5 minutes for a task, when I did that task, I found I needed to change X, Y and Z, so it turned into an hour long job! So, each “short race” I’ve been doing, is turning into a longer one which I hadn’t planned for. But, if I don’t complete the long race, I can’t move a step closer to my goal.

Phew! No wonder it’s been an exhausting week! So much thinking, and planning, and doing. And yes, going around in circles can be energy zapping too! But it’s been a lesson for me to keep clear notes about what links with what, so that next time I can change things more quickly.

Staying focused on your long term vision will help you with each “small race” you need to do. Being consistent, and sticking with a task or project until it’s complete may be hard going sometimes, but it’s worth it. Your business is putting in systems and structures to help it grow. Being clear about what’s right for you will mean you’re staying on track.

Have you been struggling to maintain your motivation during this current phase of your business growth? Let me know. Share and let’s work out some next steps.

I’m looking forward to this week’s monthly workshop. This month Alice Bromage from Empowering Success will be helping us with our motivation, which can wane when our energy gets low, or we can’t see results. You can join me here, if you’re not already a business club member:

What’s your challenge this week?  Leave a comment below.

Are you ignoring your dreams?

” Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi
happiness in life and businessIn my family, we use the time over the holiday period to talk about the things we’d like to do in the year ahead. We don’t always look back at what we loved about the previous year, as we tend to review as we’re going along. But we always spend time looking forwards. As a family of four, we listen to each other, ask questions so we understand what each other mean when we talk about the thing we mention. And if there’s things we want to do together, we add it to our family wall planner.Yesterday, I asked the family what they’d like to do in the next 7 years, as I was creating an outline plan for one of my businesses. When I asked the question, my husband said he’d like to retire in 7 years time. If I hadn’t have asked the question, would he have been so open? I doubt it, as he’s not for sharing what’s in his head usually. As he said, he’d have spent the next 6 and half years thinking about it and wanting to do it, and the last 6 months getting everything in place to hopefully retire in the way he wants to. Now, by being clear about his intention, we can look at things together, and plan for the day when he finishes work, so that he can retire in the best way of him.

My teenage boys responses were interesting too. “I’ve no idea” said the 17 year old. The 14 year old said, “all I know is I want good GCSE and A-level results and play sport to the highest level I can”. He then went on to state, “I guess I need to define what I mean by “good”!” I think they may be learning something! A year ago, the eldest had dreams of being at the 2024 Paris Olympics. When I asked him about that yesterday, he said he still like to, but he’s not sure if that’s everything now.

From vague to clarity. What are you clear about?

So from real clarity from my husband, to the having dreams and not wanting to admit to them, and knowing some important milestones, I think they did a pretty good job of sharing with me yesterday. Now we’ve talked about it, we can all help each other to put plans in place, and take the steps to achieve those goals, or explore the dreams even more.

Do you know what your aiming to do in 7 years time? Does that sound so far away that you don’t like thinking about it? Some business owners I was with this morning felt that 7 years was way outside their comfort zone to be thinking about. One said, “I can’t even get my plan sorted for the next 7 days, let alone weeks!”.

I guess that’s the point I’m trying to make. At the start of the year it’s a great opportunity to dream. I didn’t ask for detail from my family. My own business planning was about long term dreams, which then helped me create some milestones, and this week I’ll work on the more detailed one year plan to achieve the first year milestones. You don’t need to know what you want to do this week, to dream about where you want to be this time next year.

However, if you know that you too want to retire in 7 years time, you can start to work out how much money you want in the bank, or in your pension in 7 years time to live the life you want in retirement. You can start dreaming about what you’d like to do with your time in retirement – travel, time with friends, family, more time for your hobbies, walking. You may not know the detail, but if you know you want to travel, how much money will need to have for each part of your journey? Is it 5 star travel, or backpackers accommodation you’ll be looking at? That will help you to budget over the next 7 years to ensure you have everything in place for your happiest of retirements.

If you’re dreaming about something, but don’t tell others, how can they help you achieve it? If you don’t dare write it down, or add it to your list of what you want to do, how will ever get around to making plans to achieve it?

The business owners who’ve being doing 5 day Get off the blocks free challenge have found what’s come up for them has been exciting. They’ve allowed themselves time to think and wonder, and then put a few outline plans in place. It’s amazing what you can do in 20-30 minutes a day. Are you ready to grow your business too? The challenge will remain available, and has an online forum for your support. If you need something to get you out of the blocks at this time of year, I’d be delighted to support you.

If you need more specific help or support, the launch price for the Business Cheerleading Club ends this Saturday. You can choose the level of support that suits you, your business and your budget. If you need help understanding what’s right for you, message me.

Join the free 5 day business challenge to get off the blocks

” I’m 3 days in and already have more focus than I’ve had in a long while. Thinking much more about what I want from my business ventures and how to balance it with family and free time. It’s really good to be guided and supported, and Tracey-Jane seems to have a limitless supply of encouragement ” Lora, previous 5 day challenge participant

Have you got a clear vision for you and your business for the year ahead? Next 7 years? I’d love to hear what it is.

Happiness comes from your own actions

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
Dalai Lama

happiness from actionsI enjoy the whole preparing for Christmas, thinking about, and buying gifts. Finding new recipes and creating menus and food. Welcoming people into our home and our lives. Don’t get me wrong, I love receiving gifts, but I think this year I got so much happiness from sharing with others that that was my perfect Christmas gift. Sharing love and joy with family and friends..

What’s made you happy this week? Was it something ready made, or did it come from your own actions?

As you prepare to welcome the new year in, what are you wanting to achieve? Are you looking at creating more happiness in your life, or with your family? Does that happiness revolve around your business, or are you planning on making some changes in other parts of your life?

Whether you’re looking to eat more healthily, or do more exercise, or spend more time with your family and friends in the new year, you’ll only achieve this if you take the actions to make them happen. I encourage you to set the intentions for the year ahead, and then look at the small changes you can make to take the actions you need.

If you want to eat more healthily but have so much unhealthy food left in the fridge, what can you do with it so you can start the year as you mean to go on? Sometimes it’s worth just giving things away, or throwing them out so we can make a clean start and just look forward.

The same in your business. Those business owners who’ve spent the past 5 days focusing on their business for 20-30 minutes a day, in the Get off the blocks free challenge have found the time illuminating. The words “excited”, “this is going to be good”, and “I’m feeling ready” have already been shared. They’re looking forward and are taking small steps to grow their business in the year ahead. Are you ready to grow your business too?

Your business won’t grow itself. There’s no magic beans you can plant to grow it, like Jack’s Beanstalk in the fairy tale. I know it takes time. I know it’s not always easy, or fun. But what will happen if you don’t grow your business this year? Maybe this is the time for you to consider all your options for growing your income, and it’s not just about your business. That’s OK. Making decisions which are right for you and your family aren’t ever a bad thing. There’s no failure in trying things and realising you don’t like them. Not everything makes you happy. But there’s lots of things that do.

If I can encourage you to be inspired to take action this year, I know you’ll be happier. Your happiness will spread to your family and friends, workers and team members. You need to know where you’re wanting to go before you can make your plans, but I know it’s worth the time and effort you’ll put in. I heard this week that some research showed that successful people make decisions quickly and change their minds slowly. I know that when I make decisions quickly I can get to the actions quicker, and start learning what I need to do next. What about you?

As you welcome in the new year, and set your intentions for the year ahead, think about the joy and happiness you want to share with others, and have in your life. If happiness is at the heart of all you do, I know you’ll have fantastic year.

If you’re ready to gett off the starting blocks for the year ahead, join the 5 day challenge, which is available now for you to start when you’re ready. Spend 20-30 minutes a day focusing on your business, or your mission, or simply yourself and start the year with confidence.

Join the free 5 day business challenge to get off the blocks

” I’m 3 days in and already have more focus than I’ve had in a long while. Thinking much more about what I want from my business ventures and how to balance it with family and free time. It’s really good to be guided and supported, and Tracey-Jane seems to have a limitless supply of encouragement ” Lora, previous 5 day challenge participant

Whatever you’ve got going on this week, and however you find reflecting and planning works for you, I wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year.

Leave a comment to let me know what’s making you happy at the moment.

What do you have to lose when you set your goal?

“Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose?” 
Eliza Dushku

what do you have to lose Go big or go homeAs we come to the end of the year, with excitement around us, and hopefully inside us too, what are you celebrating this year? Even when sad things happen, or we’ve had difficult times, there’s also a little spark to keep us hopeful about the future. Sometimes we need to search for it, but it’s always there.

It’s a time of year for reflecting and reviewing, but also looking forward. The “Go big or go home” quote is intended to get you to think about the future. If you want to do something, what’s stopping you? Big, to me, doesn’t refer to material things, but our lives in general.

If you’re called to share your talents and ideas with the world, what’s the point of whispering? Many people won’t hear you first time anyway, so you need to keep telling your story, with as many people as possible. Going big is about telling the world, over an over. As Eliza says, “what do you have to lose?” I see many business owners hiding their talents away, and I encourage you to stop hiding. The new year is a perfect time to take bold steps forward and do things differently.

As you reflect and review and think about the year ahead, what’s going to be big for you? What are you going to shout about and ensure others know about you? This time of year people are busier than ever, so shouting won’t help. Just being there and doing what you do so well so people remember you is all you can do. Do it well and they’ll tell others about you.

If you’re ready for getting off the starting blocks for the year ahead, then join our 5 day challenge, which is available to start from 27th December. Spend 20-30 minutes a day focusing on your business, or your mission, or simply yourself and start the year with confidence.

Join the free 5 day business challenge to get off the blocks

” I’m 3 days in and already have more focus than I’ve had in a long while. Thinking much more about what I want from my business ventures and how to balance it with family and free time. It’s really good to be guided and supported, and Tracey-Jane seems to have a limitless supply of encouragement ” Lora, previous 5 day challenge participant

Whatever you’ve got going on this week, and however you find reflecting and planning works for you, I wish you and your family a fantastic week.

Share a comment below what you’re doing this week & commit to getting off the blocks by having nothing to lose.


There’s reassurance in failing

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” 
Samuel Beckett

failing means youre tryingI like this quote. It’s reassuring to me. It’s OK to fail. It means I’ve tried.

What I also like about it, is that it encourages me to try again. To fail again. And even to fail better! What does that feel like to you?

Do you like to succeed in everything, and fear ‘failing’? I used to be like that. Everything had to be perfect (what does perfect mean anyway?), or I felt I’d failed. And then I became a parent. I realised that there is no “right way”, there’s only “my way”. It also taught me I can only do my best (I’m sure I learnt that as a child but had forgotten it). 

So put those things together:  
Do my thing, my way, in the best way I can = My Success

Whenever I set out what’s important to me, and I plan to achieve it, I keep this mantra in mind. Even when I’m doing things for other people, including my family, I can still only do whatever it is they’re asking in my own way in my own time.

So if you are feeling a bit stressed at the start of this week, go back to your lists and schedule and work out what’s important. What HAS to be done this week? How much time have you got available to do it? Schedule it in, and do your best.

And all those other things that aren’t important this week? Well, they can just be looked at again next week or the week after and see if they’re important then.
It may be you’ve got some work things to tidy up before you stop for some holiday. Or you may have already finished work and you’ve got a busy week ahead doing family things. Whatever you’ve got going on this week, keep focused on what’s important to you. It’s easy to get distracted. You can succeed, if you know what you’re aiming for, and stay focused.

This month in the Business Cheerleading Club this month we’ve been focusing on planning. It’s not that December is a perfect time for planning, but many people use this month for reviewing the year, and thinking about the year ahead. Have you started reviewing and/or planning yet? What tips can you share with others about what works for you? Let me know, and I’ll add them to next week’s tips newsletter.

The 13 week planner I’ve created is proving a popular gift, and you can get it with club membership in our pre-Christmas offer. Pay monthly for membership and the planner, and smooth the cost. If you sign up now, you’ll always get membership and the planner at this price, even when the price goes up, as it will in January.

“Making the decision to invest in myself and work with you in the Cheerleading Club was huge for me, but I’m so glad I did”, Karen Peddie Holistics 

It’s OK to not get things right first time. Maybe next time it’ll be even better than you were trying to achieve first time around.
How do you feel about ‘failing’? Reassured that you’re trying? Leave a comment below & let’s explore together.

The excitement of winning is the key to success

“Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”
Robert Kiyosaki

excitement of winning is key to successAs we come into the middle of the month, with the big C only 2 weeks away, it’s important to stay focused on what’s important. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle around you, which distracts you from what’s important to you. It’s not only this time of year that we can be easily distracted. Those of us with children at home, or who live with other people can be drawn into things which are taking us away from our goals.With 3 weeks left of the current year, you may still be working towards achieving goals, both personally and in your business. One of my Business Cheerleading Club members is working hard to achieve her goal of running 1000 miles this year. She had an injury earlier in the year, and is so close to it I believe she’ll do it. She’s focused on the excitement of winning.

What are you excited about winning?

What are you excited about winning this week, or this month? If nothing springs to mind straight away can I suggest you stop whizzing around and work out what’s important to you? That stopping and listening to yourself will set your mind at ease and you’ll realise that you can still win in many parts of your life in the next few weeks, as well as be part of the busy festive season.

It’s easy to think that “after Christmas”, or “in the New Year” mindset will help us achieve our long term goals. I’ve had this conversation with some of the clients I’ve been working with recently. I asked them, “so you’re putting your business on hold for the next month whilst you “deal” with Christmas?” They weren’t happy with me to start with, but then got the clarity that it is there choice if they want to do that. It’s not for me to say if it’s right for you to leave your business thinking until 28th December, or whenever you’re back at work as there’s so much else going on.

What they worked out, was that they could choose how to divide their time. It’s the same time as you get every other month of the year. You may choose to fit more things in this month, but that’s OK. It’s your choice.

When you’re running a business you can choose how and when you work. How many hours you do and what you do in those hours. Sometimes we spend more time than is sensible procrastinating and not actually doing anything, and I often find that at busy times of the year we tend to procrastinate more!

Whatever you’re doing this week, or planning for the rest of the month, make sure you’re clear what’s important. That helps your mind to focus and you won’t be procrastinating as you’ll know what’s important to get done.

In the Business Cheerleading Club this month we’re focusing on planning. If your mind is distracted with festivities, it’s a good way of focusing on what’ll be important once the festive season is over. You’re welcome to join the Planning Workshop this week which I’m leading. Next week is our monthly Action Spotlight Group Coaching session, so another opportunity to get face to face support for your ideas, plans and issues. Oh, and my 291 page 13 week planner has just been published. It’s perfect for helping you stay focused on what’s important right now in your busy life. There’s still time to order it to get it in time for Christmas. You could give one as a gift to someone else who needs support in staying focused in their busy life.

Chance to win 3 months business support

If you’re not currently a member, I’ve opened a festive Giveaway for 2 people to join the club for 3 months, plus 2 x 20 minute one to one sessions. I know some people doing the Get your website working course have already entered to try and get some extra help with their websites!

Enter the giveaway to win 3 months All Stars membership & 2 x 20 minute 1-1

business cheerleading club testimonialIf you’re already a member, if you’re a winner, you’ll win a 3 month upgrade to your membership, so you’ll get even more focused support to get 2019 off to a fantastic start.

And if you’re still finding December all a bit too much, you may want to join this group one of our members is running. There’s some brilliant calming tips each day:Time for me – Christmas Present OR, learn from another member how to find ease

What are you excited about winning these next few weeks?


Be definite in your purpose to achieve success

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” W. Clement Stone

define your purpose to achieve successWe had a great weekend of throwing things out in our house. We had a clear purpose to what we wanted to achieve. As always with de-cluttering, we made a good start, but it shows how much more we’ve got to do!

We were able to do one trip to the tip, move a filing cabinet into a space we created, and move things around in another space to fit a new bike in for number 2 son who’s a bit of whizz on a bike.

December often seems a good time to clear out, before we get Christmas decorations out and create more clutter around the place. Do you take time to create space before the end of the year? Do you do it for your business too? Or do you put things in a box and say, “I’ll look at them next year”?

Whatever your intention is for December, whether it’s reviewing, planning, de-cluttering, or simply enjoying time with family and friends, it’s helpful to know what it is we want to achieve. It’s impossible to do everything we want, as there are only 24 hours in a day. But with purpose we can achieve the important things to us.

I’ve just written this post about Growing a Business in 2019, which may help you think things through if that’s where you’re at currently. It doesn’t matter where you’re starting from, or what you thought you’d have achieved in 2018. If your intention is to set up and/or grow a business, (new or existing) in 2019, then now is a good time to start putting your plans and systems in place.

I’ve got a lot of planning sessions in the Business Club this month, which you’re welcome to join us in if you’re not already a member:
Thursday 6th December 2-3pm: Get your Website Working course Q&A
Wednesday 12th December 8-9pm: Planning workshop
Wednesday 19th December 8-9.30pm: Group coaching where up to 5 members get the chance to take to the spotlight and work through an idea or issue with other members sharing their ideas.

I’ve also got 2 spaces available if you’re wanting intensive support for the next 6 months to get confident and grow your business. This programme is part of our pre-Christmas offers to help you manage your budget after the recent investments you may have made, whilst juggling December spending which can always be tricky. Make sure you book an Explore call with me first to check this is the right programme for you.

And if you find December all a bit too much, and struggle to find Time for Me, you may find some calming tips here in this group of one of our members: Time for me – Christmas Present

Giving gifts and giving thanks

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” Anonymous
give without remembering is a true gift to others

It was madness in my inbox and all over my social media feeds. I felt overwhelmed and I personally switched off and simply deleted anything that looked like it was trying to sell me something! I wrote a couple of blog posts to help others, and did a short video to encourage others not to get caught up with things that weren’t right for them.How did you cope with your inbox on Friday? If you’re reading this then it looks like you survived! Let’s get on with looking forward shall we? Focus on what WE need, not what others are offering us which may not be right for us.

Our friends across the Atlantic gave thanks on Thursday, and I love that they have a special day for giving thanks. In the UK, with the reduction in church attendance, I believe we’ve lost that special autumn thanks we give at our traditional harvest time. I know harvest is not just for the religious, but we don’t seem to have replaced a religious tradition with anything else.

I think we’re getting better at giving to others. To those in our societies who need it most, but also within our communities. We’re starting to break down barriers to give more freely. That’s something we should all be thankful for isn’t it? It may not be purely about harvesting from the fields our farmers tend, but what each of us gives to others.

I was blessed with lots of love, support and kindness last week. My family were touched by 2 tragic deaths of young people. It hit us all hard.The messages I received were just what I needed to keep myself together and know that I was important to others. You may think that you don’t need to message someone, or share a smile with a stranger, but you’ll never know what that gift you give will do for that other person. It doesn’t cost anything. And it could make the difference to someone’s day. Even their mental well being. Knowing that you care.

As business owners, we have many gifts and talents to share with others. We care about our customers and the teams we work in. Do we always show them? Do we thank them for their support and encouragement for us and what we’re doing? I imagine, without your team of supporters you wouldn’t be doing what you’re doing today.

So how can you show your thanks to those who’ve helped you? What gifts can you offer to others to show you care? It doesn’t have to cost you money, or product. A message. A special offer for your special customers will make them smile. Is there someone who’s helped you you’d like to share your recent success with? Do they know what encouragement you’ve given them? I’m sure they’d love to hear how they inspired you, or supported you.

We all need to receive as well as give. It’s part of what makes us human.

navigate bundle 2018My gift to you this week is the Navigate Bundle I’m involved with sharing, from 19 business owners, who all want you to succeed in your life and your business. The amazing £27 price for this bundle (not one product is less than £97 full price), is only available until Wednesday. So please don’t miss out on this fantastic gift from all of us.

It has a whole host of support, courses and even some year long memberships for your personal and business growth and development. My own contribution is my 10 week Get Your Website Working course (which I originally called “I’ve got a website, not what?”), usually £147. The course is on the new online learning platform the Focus Success Academy, which I’m pleased is almost ready for all courses and support to be launched on.

I’ve bought two of these as gifts for special people in my life, it’s such an excellent gift. Anyone in your life who’d benefit from this amazing gift?

Let me know if you buy it, and what product you’re going to use first. I can’t wait to dive into the Supercharge Marketing bootcamp & the Write a book course. Both perfect timing for me 🙂

Believe that you can

“Believe that you can and you’re half way there.” Theodore Roosevelt
believe you can and you're halfway there

Do you believe that? That if you believe you can you’re halfway there? I do. So many times I see people who are passionate about what they do, they’ve done lots of work to grow their idea and their business, but they don’t actually believe they’ll make money from their business. They have doubts. They aren’t sure they’ve done / are doing the right thing. They don’t believe that people will buy from them.If you don’t believe, why should others believe in you?

It’s hard. I know that. I’ve had plenty of times when I haven’t believed in myself. It’s actually quite draining and I found the focus became about me rather than my customers and “my thing”, which then compounded the fact I didn’t believe! Can you see?

When you truly believe you’re doing the right thing, for the right people, and you’ve done your research, you’ve created the right message for your ideal customer, will they believe in you too. You then find that you’re also enjoying yourself more! And we all want to love what we do and have fun in our life don’t we?

At the weekend, I went with my eldest to an event where I was shocked to learn that I hadn’t believed what my son was capable of. Yes, I know he’s talented. Other people have told me he has potential to be an Olympic athlete. I accepted it, but I learnt this weekend that I hadn’t actually believed it. It’s his dream too. This event made it very clear that British Athletics believe my son is one of a select group of 16 and 17 year olds who have shown potential to be our top athletes of the future. British Athletics are investing in this group, and giving them support, and encouragement, and their parents support and encouragement to achieve their potential. I now believe that my son can be an international champion from the bottom of my heart. It’s not going to be easy, the next 10 years or so as they reach their peak performance, but we’ll do all we can to support him to achieve his goal.

When others can see, and believe, in you, your ideas, your products and services, how does that make you feel? How do you respond? Do you truly believe in yourself then, or do you still have doubts?

I find that talking ideas through and saying things out loud to others not only helps you hear your own thoughts better, but others have the opportunity to encourage and support you. If you don’t share, how can others support and share your products and services with others?

Believe that you can with the support of others

I’m looking forward to the Action Learning Set today. The belief in their businesses  and ideas that the business owners I work with get when they work in this way has been a turning point for them this year. They’ve taken action from one session and grown their business. The belief of others helps you to believe in yourself.

With all this talk of belief, what do you truly believe you’re capable of? What’s your business capable of? What support do you need to help you achieve? Don’t just read this and then do nothing. Write down what you’d like to do. Reach out to your support team, or someone you’d like on your support team and get started. There’s nothing stopping you from growing yourself and/or your business. Only you. And I’d love for you to achieve.

But you have to believe in yourself first.

If you’d like your own group of Cheerleaders, join the Business Cheerleading Club, and have a whole team helping you believe in yourself and your ideas. It really does work – sharing, exploring with others, and working out your next steps.

How do you ensure you believe you can? Leave a comment and let others know.