Life is so precious. You are so lucky to be reading this. You are so lucky that you woke up this morning. Everyday you get another day you are so lucky.
As female entrepreneurs we have a lot on our plate! Not only are we running businesses and trying to bring home the bacon, but if you’re on your own you’ve got an entire household to run and even if you live with someone, research shows that women do 60% more housework.
That’s a lot of plates that you’re juggling, so no wonder you might feel a little overwhelmed with all the to dos at times!
I’m a big believer in 90-day goals. Cutting up the year into manageable chunks of 90-days and then sitting back and looking at what you want to achieve in the next 90-days.
Sometimes looking at the whole financial year can feel overwhelming. Especially if we are then asked to set tasks and create actions alongside. I find it difficult to know what I’m cooking for dinner tomorrow, let alone what actions I’m going to take to grow my business in November!
So as we’ve just got past the end of the last financial tax year, I took some time to take down my whiteboard and add up my turnover and profit and was really surprised to see that I had actually doubled my profit from the year before!
Whoop! But then that led me to do some soul searching about what it was that actually made this seismic change. One, so I could learn from what I’ve obviously been doing well, and also so I could share that learning with you!
4 ways to deal with your negative thoughts - hint they're generally just trying to look after us!
We all have negative thoughts in our head. Telling us not to try things. Telling us we’d look silly if we even attempted something new. That it would fail. That no-one would buy it. That we shouldn’t get too big for our boots.
So I’m writing about pretty personal things here, here goes…
I'm sure all have things in our past that we feel bad or ashamed about. Perhaps they keep you awake at night, or catch you unawares and make you hang your head. It seems it's part of the human condition.
These feelings of shame and guilt about things in your past hold you back. They make you feel negatively towards yourself. A past you. Perhaps the things you did were bad, perhaps in the basic sense of the word, they are shameful? But the more you let these experiences of shame define who you are, the less able you are to be your best self now.
This week I launched the toolkit for female entrepreneurs to shape their success #mybusinessmyway!
Here is a copy of the speech I gave at the University of Nottingham.
Also if you want a copy of the toolkit please scroll down to the bottom!
I’ve realised that I’ve been a little anxious of late. Worrying about the state of the world, Brexit, impending doom, people dying on the streets, my house being repossessed, losing all my work, my daughter entering the world of social media, Donald Trump and the list goes on and on.
And the more my anxiety grows, and the more I worry, the less my eye is on the ball of work.
We all get in the funk sometimes! The internet goes down, we feel grotty, we've just lost a client, we had an argument with our loved one, we just can't seem to get in the mood.
Life throws all sorts of curve balls at us, and as small business owners, we still have to keep the ship moving and do the things we need to do to keep our business afloat.
So here's some tips when you're feeling funky!