Rock Your Visibility Interview With Joanna Hennon

Today, I’m sharing a Rock Your Visibility Interview with you where I chat with Joanna Hennon of the No Limits! Event. Joanna shares actionable tips for being more visible in your business, and we talk about how live events can really help you in your business.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s interview and have some great ideas to get you moving forward on your visibility The call to action for the interview (in case you thought I’d forgotten) is to choose one action point that you’ve written down and do it. When you take the action to get more visible that’s when the magic happens, so go and do it now, or make a note in your diary to do it this coming week. No excuses!

If you’re ready to rock your visibility then grab my free Visibility Quiz.

Top Tips To Get New Clients For Free

Getting clients doesn’t have to cost a fortune, it’s all about the connection. In this post, I’m going to share 3 top tips to help you get new clients for free.

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I work with a lot of clients and one of the most common things that come up over and over and over again is that they can’t get clients. There are many factors involved in getting in front of the right people to generate clients, like knowing who your fabulous dreamie clients are, where they hang out and what your message is for example, but ultimately a service-based business is about people and connection.

When you connect with people then you are building that know-like-trust factor and that’s what creates new business for you.

The problem is sometimes we don’t want to do the work, well we do, but it’s icky and uncomfortable reaching out to people. Now I’m NOT talking about cold calling here, trust me, I won’t even do that. But you hiding away behind your screen isn’t helping anyone and it’s certainly not going to get you to the place of making a big difference in the world.

What I’m talking about is creating discovery calls/conversations so that you can get that connection with people in order to grow your business.

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Fear gets in the way, though, doesn’t it? I don’t know where to begin, I don’t know what to say, I haven’t spoken to them in ages. What that fear is really saying is, “Will they think I’m being pushy?“, “Who am I to shout out about what I do?“, “Will I annoy them?” “Will I be judged?” etc.

Let’s say it as it is here…

You need to be pro-active to get clients. Sitting on your butt wishing on a star won’t bring them in. Harsh but true! If you don’t have an enormous budget then you have to do the leg-work.

So here’s my 3 top tips for getting new clients (it doesn’t have to cost you money, it can all be done for free) 

  1. Start a conversation

“Where do I begin when I don’t have any connections?”

Just begin where you are.

Let’s say you’re connected on a social media platform. Try this:

“Hi there, I just thought I’d pop by and say hello!  I often see your name pop up as one of my connections but have been so busy that I haven’t really taken the time to connect, which is kind of the whole point of being on here!!

How are things going with you and your business?

Share what you’ve been up to, and let the conversation build over time. Don’t just leave it as a conversation, though. If the person seems a good fit to work with you then invite them onto a call to chat with you to find out how you might be able to help. Remember it’s a bit like building a new relationship, don’t ask for marriage on the first date! Allow the relationship to develop and get to know them first J

Seriously, how hard can it be to have a conversation with someone? It really isn’t!

Action: Go out there and start the convos already! Go and speak to one person straight after listening to this podcast.

  1. Follow-Up

Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. It can be sexy and fabulous – it’s SO under-rated. It’s the lifeblood of your business.

I can’t count the number of new clients I’ve had now that have signed up because they said my follow up is fab. I read on Hubspot the other day, that 80% of sales require five follow-ups. Are you following up five times? I know I didn’t used to. I do now because I want to connect and build those relationships so that I can grow my business. I do way more than five now.

I love following up, I really do. I love knowing what people have been up to since we last spoke, whether they end up being my clients or not. Not in a nosey way, I am just genuinely interested and think about them often.Follow-up lets people know that you’re thinking about them.

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 “But I haven’t spoken to them in ages.”

So what?! Reconnect.

Try this:

“Hi, it’s been a while since we last got in touch. How’s everything going? Last time we spoke you were… “(fill in the gaps about what they were up to). Then just show a genuine interest in where they are at now.

Action: Go back to 3 people you’ve not spoken to for a while and reconnect.

 By the way, did I mention that follow-up is really important? Okay, okay, just sayin’.

Set it and forget it

“It’s a chore”

“There’s not enough time, I don’t have enough hours in the day.”

So make time.

Make it the first thing you do each day.

Connect with 2-3 people and then go about your normal day, feeling smug that you’ve done your follow-up.

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Create a simple system for your follow-up. Make a note in your diary, use an online project management tool, or a note on your phone. Just diarise the next time you’re going to connect. KISS – Keep It Simple Sweetie. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Get out of your head and take action! Stop overthinking it!

Action: Set up a super simple system to keep on top of your convos and follow-up

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So there you have it – my 3 top tips for getting new clients.

  1. Start a Conversation
  2. Follow-Up
  3. Set it and forget it

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You can have clients now, no matter where you are in business – by building relationships. You run a service-based business, so be of service, connect, help out, you never know where that connection might lead.

Rock Your Visibility Interview With Gail Gibson, Performance Coach

In this blog post, I will share an interview I hosted with Gail Gibson, Performance Coach, who gives some fab visibility tips that have helped grow her biz.

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Today, I’m sharing a Rock Your Visibility Interview with you where I chat with Gail Gibson, Performance Coach, who shares visibility tips that have helped grow her biz.

I hope you enjoyed today’s interview and have some great ideas to get you moving forward on your visibility.  The call to action for the interview (in case you thought I’d forgotten) is to choose one action point that you’ve written down and do it. When you take the action to get more visible that’s when the magic happens, so go and do it now, or make a note in your diary to do it this coming week. No excuses!

If you’re ready to rock your visibility then grab my free Visibility Quiz.

Do You Need To Add Colour To Your Biz?

In this blog post, I will share how adding colour to your business can increase your visibility and you might even have more fun (and compliments!)

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If you’re joining in on my mini challenge, pop on over to my Facebook page, Ruby McGuire aka Queen of Connection and tag me in a photo/video of you with your added pop of colour!

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When I first started out with my business I called it Life in Colour. That was my strapline.

Colour is a very significant thing to me. I LOVE colour and how it can make you feel and how it can match and reflect your mood. My branding is a good example of being colourful.

So it probably comes as no surprise that I wanted to get a colour analysis done. For those that don’t know, this is where you work with someone to help you identify the best colour clothes for you to wear. It’s a scientific method, which appeals to me as I don’t want to just guess, I want to know for sure.

I had my colours done last week, I couldn’t wait to be honest. I can remember wanting to get them done in my twenties, and then forgot all about it. I had a personal shopper work with me when I was in HR, which didn’t go so well to be honest, but other than that I’ve been on my own, and truthfully that’s not a good idea. I can tell you about business, but putting together clothes – one of my pet hates! I’m not a typical girl that loves clothes shopping! In fact, I hate it!

The session was fab. I felt completely pampered – thank you Lara Lauder. First up is an analysis of your skin tone, that way you are going to be matched to the right colours, and not look really pale or sick etc. when you want to be looking really vibrant!  Then came different coloured cloths being draped over my shoulders, to find out which ones worked and which ones didn’t. When the colour was a WOW colour my whole face lit up. It was really fascinating. Then some make up and I felt a million dollars.

It was the longest time I’d taken out for myself in ages. Don’t get me wrong, my hubby’s always nagging me to look after me, but I have this little workaholic brain that wants to do ‘just one more little job’ and then before you know it the day is gone!

I found out I’m a Dark Blue Autumn, which might mean loads or nothing to you. Think autumnal colours, browns, rusts, limes and then rich tones like turquoise, teal, dark purple and navy and you’re there.

After the session, my homework was to go through my wardrobe to find what colours I already had.

Turquoise top, check. Lime, check. Chocolate brown, okay well I have a pair of shoes, does that count? Coats – black, dresses – black, shoes – black, tops – black, skirts – black, trousers – black, black, cardis – black. Oh dear, not good! I’m a Visibility Diva and I’ve been hiding away – in black!

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Let’s just say there’s a lot of work to be done. I’ve got my Style Analysis coming next, so I’m holding off for a bit until then and I’m also working on losing weight, so it will be a project to work on, a work in progress as I slowly change over my wardrobe. I’m hoping once I know my style and my colour that clothes shopping will be much easier. If not, I’m sticking to books!

What it’s made me realise is that if you are the face of your business, you want to look your best at all times, and if black makes me look less than my best why would I opt for it? I’m on camera all the time. I probably look as if I have no clothes, where I always wear black!

This is about showing up as the fabulous, best version of you that you can be, whether that’s by having your colours done, or not toning down who you are as a person. Why would you not want to show up at your absolute best?

We all know that people can make quick judgements about us, and we do too, whether that’s consciously or subconsciously.

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One of the big limiting beliefs that comes up a lot around visibility is that people will be judging you and what you put out there. While part of that might be true, let’s be honest you’re not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, so get peace around that now and know that you’re the perfect fit for your dreamie clients.

So give it your best shot, make your first impression the right one, and that might just be a simple change of colour.

I’ve been stuck in a rut of black, so I am working my way through shedding that part of my identity that came with me feeling unsure of my appearance, and introducing more fabulousness and colour into my wardrobe.

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You just might get me in different colours going forward. For this girl, brown is the new black, don’t you know?!

Your call to action this week:  Inject a bit of colour into your life – take a picture and tag me on my Facebook Biz Page (Ruby McGuire aka Queen of Connection) It might be nail colour, a scarf, a new tie, lippy, or if you want to go crazy then a change of hair colour!

Can’t wait to see the pics!

Feeling even braver? Share a mini video of you being visible with your new added colour!

How To Be Unstoppable In Business

In this blog post, I will share how you can be unstoppable in business, just by working on one thing.

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Are limiting beliefs holding you back? I know that they have with my clients, and they certainly have with me. The thing is they can be changed SO quickly, yet we just drag them around with us everywhere we go, and they stop us from achieving all we set out to achieve.

We wouldn’t try and climb a mountain with a truck load of baggage (well if I was climbing a mountain, I’d probably need a truck load of baggage, most of it being make-up and books!) I digress. You wouldn’t want to carry that all around with you, yet we drag all of this baggage around with us every single day and then wonder why everything seems such hard work.

We are great at building evidence to reinforce our negative beliefs. “Oh that video went wrong”, so that might become “I’m rubbish at videos”, or “I’ve only got 1 like on my Facebook post”, so that might become “I’m rubbish at writing Facebook posts, everyone else gets loads more likes than me”. When you say it out loud, it’s almost funny, isn’t it?! It’s like the little child that gets overlooked at school and doesn’t get the invite to a party. Let’s not make it a thing. Just because you don’t get 200 likes doesn’t you’re your post is rubbish, it may not have even been seen, which going by the way algorithms work on Facebook, is a much more likely reason! Challenge what you’re saying to yourself.

You’ll often hear people say, they’re not good at something, and then they will share examples of when it’s all gone wrong and how they’re not good at it. It’s time to start finding evidence to the contrary, to notice all of the things you are good at.

I remember when I had just finished my coaching training, and we’d talked about limiting beliefs and how you could get rid of them and I thought it was some magical thing that I had to try and figure out. I turned the release of limiting beliefs into a limiting belief that I couldn’t help my clients clear them! Hilarious!

You have to catch yourself saying these limiting beliefs, or even thinking them, and then start to change them through challenge.

Limiting beliefs are based in fear, we use them to protect ourselves but they don’t serve us. They just stand in our way and stop us from moving forward.

Sometimes all it takes is a quick reframe, other times it’s worth working with a coach or someone to help you recognise what you’re saying.

Let’s challenge a couple of common limiting beliefs now by doing a bit of reframing. 

“I don’t deserve it”

  • Is that true?
  • Who says?
  • What needs to happen for you to deserve it?
  • Write up a list of strengths. You are unique, celebrate that

“I can’t do it”

  • Turn this impossibility into possibility – HOW can you do it?
  • Has someone else done it before?
  • What did they have to do to make it happen?
  • How do you know if you haven’t tried?
  • What if you could????

I may have shared this already but I remember having a conversation with a friend a few years ago. She was living in rented accommodation and wanted her own little house. She told me she couldn’t get a mortgage. So I said, ‘How do you know? You haven’t tried!’ She decided to go and find out if she could get a mortgage, and has been living in her beautiful little cottage for many, many years now. All because she changed what she believed, and worked on the how!

Now, simply doing this on its own might not be enough. You might need to do a bit more clearing which is why I am passionate about NLP. When I was at my Practitioner training we had to write a list of limiting beliefs. Despite all of the mindset work I’ve done I still came up with a hefty list. At the end of the training, though, I would say 95% of those had gone. NLP is amazing at helping you release all of the unwanted brain rubbish! The rest I’ve worked on since.

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We are like detectives, we get something wrong and then start trying to prove that we are rubbish at something, what is that all about? What if you CHOOSE to be good at something instead, and then find out all the ways you can improve at it. Going forward, gather that evidence instead, it’s much more empowering. That would be way more fun, wouldn’t it?

My work with service-based solopreneurs on being visible in their businesses includes lots of mindset work.

We are great at discounting what we are good at. We often don’t even notice how we’re limiting ourselves.

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What does it take to be unstoppable in business? It takes the guts to work on your mindset, to clear that old baggage out and build your business from a place of power, rather than being a quivering wreck!

Know this… Absolutely anything is possible for you. Working on your mindset will help you get out of your own way and start to believe that.

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I read somewhere once that you need 3 things to achieve your goals. Sadly, I can’t find the original source, so if you know then please share with me as I like to credit people’s work. 

  • Possibility – turn impossibility into possibility (back to that ‘How’ again)
  • Ability – Believe you have the ability to achieve your goals (Has someone ever done it?  Then why can’t you?)
  • Worthiness – You are worthy (Under what circumstances would you deserve it?)

Your call to action this week: Notice what you’re telling yourself and start to reframe it. If you want more help then get in touch and let’s get these pesky limiting beliefs cleared so that you can start living the life you’re meant to be living. There are lots of different ways to do it, and having done NLP training I now know there is more than one way to skin a cat as they say (as in lots of different ways to solve problems). The first step is awareness.

Change CAN happen in an instant. We think it has to take time. It doesn’t! You can decide today to believe you’re unstoppable and can achieve all you desire. Will you?

Why My Biz Goals Don’t Equal New Shoes

In this blog post, I will share why it’s important to know what you want to achieve your goals for.

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I was being coached this week and we were talking about my big goals for 2017 and how, while they excite me, they almost don’t excite me enough.

As we got talking about the numbers I’d set for myself, I realised that while it’s important to have numbers, what I want isn’t really about how much I have in the bank. Now I’m not saying I want to run a hobby, but I know that if I’m going to be motivated to achieve my big goals I need to know what they lead to, or there isn’t that pull to make me want to go all out for them.

I know that money is going to fund a lot of what I want to be, do and have in life, but it’s not the driver for doing what I do, and that’s pretty fundamental. If you don’t know why you want the money and what it’s for specifically, then how can you get super excited about it? Also, there’s that whole thing about money likes to know where it’s going, so if I don’t know then it’s got no chance!

Sure, you can spend all the time in the world planning and coming up with amazing ideas, but you also need to ‘buy into’ that plan or you’re wasting your time.

What I said was that I’m not doing this biz thing to get fancy shoes with the latest label on, or the most beautiful, high-price tagged clothes. I’m doing this whole business thing to get experiences, and bigger than that – I want to help the homeless. Ultimately, I have big dreams about how I can help and want to use my business to leverage that income so that I can be a philanthropist. I’ve actually got an unspoken (so far) desire to help people in secret too, so they don’t know where the money has come from. How amazing would that be?

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It’s okay not to want to be a ‘six-figure coach’ that buys designer shoes, or designer bags, AND it’s okay to be that coach if that’s what you want to. This is about being honest and true to who you are. I get excited about handbags, and like a nicely priced Modalu, so I’m not getting precious about not having the finer things in life. What I’m saying is figure out what you want to earn the money in your business for. Connect wholly with yourself and figure out what lights you up, not what you think others expect of you.

If you’ve been around a while, you know I probably spend more money on books and card-making supplies than I do on clothes. I can’t help it, there’s this whole debate going on in my head of ‘oooh, but I could buy xxx books and xxx lots of gorgeous new crafting supplies’. Do I really need it? (Obviously, when it comes to ‘need’, books are absolute necessity – you get that, right?!

Don’t get sucked in by the numbers, get sucked in by the difference you can make when you get your business running super successfully. If talking about money stories brings up all your money shizzle then work on those blocks.

Think about the difference you can make to the world when you show up 100% authentically you, with just one intention, your bigger purpose.

This is why when I work with clients I ask them what their big ‘why’ is. I want them to connect to their bigger goal, to understand why they are doing what they do. I’ve said in the past my big why is to rid the world of grumpy people! By that, I mean people who are unfulfilled, dissatisfied with life and know that it can be better, and it can – we just need to create it. My bigger goal is to help people who are homeless.

As my coach rightly told me, if you aren’t connected with your purpose and have an honest belief inside about what you’re doing then your attempts will only go so far. You’re not showing up as you.
29So think about how you can connect with yourself – really understand yourself on such a deep level that you know without a shadow of a doubt why you do what you do, who you do your best work with, and how you can help. Know your super powers, that’s what we want you to share. Then when you go out there and share your message, showing up exactly as you are, imperfectly perfect, fabulous things will happen.

Spend some time taking stock of what you’re building. Make sure you’re building the right things in your business, for the right reasons. Be honest with yourself about why you do what you do, and what you hope it will bring to you. Be proud of all of the reasons you want what you want, whether that’s shoes and bags or to help the homeless, or a combination of both. Your dreams aren’t selfish, they’re your dreams, so go all out there and get them. Just make sure they excite you enough to do that.

So if putting a financial figure on your goals isn’t quite hitting the mark with you either, spend time working out what that money will buy you. When you’re manifesting what you want, you’ll actually know what it is instead of all that guesswork, so it’s a win: win.

If the thought of setting yourself any kind of big financial goal for your business this year terrifies the pants off you, and how you’re going to be visible enough in your business to get it, then jump on a free 20-minute call with me. Let’s talk about how I can help you move past the fear so that this year can be your best one yet! One where you get connected, visible and profitable.

Your call to action this week: Do a check-in. Do your business goals excite you enough? What do you REALLY want?

Jump on a free 20-minute Rock Your Biz Chat and let’s talk about how I can help you get connected, visible and profitable – Biz Chat

Stop Thinking Yourself Into A Funk

In this blog post, I’m going to share 3 things you can do to feel more confident.

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Have you ever sat there and thought I know what I want to achieve, but I just don’t know if I can, or how I can?

I was in a group the other day and one of the girls posted a question about which camp you fell into – a) or b), where a) was you weren’t feeling confident in what you’re doing and b) you have rock solid confidence in what you’re doing. (I’m heavily summarizing the A’s and B’s here by the way!)

I said I had rock solid confidence now in what I’m doing, but it hasn’t always been like that. I’m not saying I’m perfect, there are days when I say to myself “Woah, what am I doing setting myself such big goals?” And then I remind myself that if you want to achieve big things, you have to set yourself big dreams and goals. Even if you only get halfway there, you’re better off than if you never set them at all.

When I answered that I was in the B camp (I have a rock solid belief in what I do), she asked me what I’d done to achieve that. I thought about it and realised it’s all down to the work I’ve done on myself over the past 2 years.

It all comes down to mindset.

It got me thinking. What are the things you have to do to feel more confident.

  1. Make a decision to believe you’ve got this

You might wake up in the morning thinking you’re never going to pull this whole thing off. It’s normal to doubt yourself from time to time.

It’s what you do after having that thought that counts. You can choose to go into a big funk, and spend the rest of the day moping around, or you can choose to do something about it, and get yourself into a better place.

Remember, what you’re putting out there will come back to you in one form or another, you know – those bad moods that start rubbing off on everyone else – yeah that!

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  1. Choose the right mindset

Carol Dweck, ‘one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology and developmental psychology’, talks about a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset in her book called Mindset. She explains the difference between them like this…

“Believing that your qualities are carved in stone – The fixed mindset creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you only have a certain amount of intelligence, a certain personality, and a certain moral character, well, then you’d better prove that you have a healthy dose of them. It simply wouldn’t do to look or feel deficient in these most basic characteristics.”

Ever felt like that? That you have to do your absolute best or you won’t look good?! It’s one of those things that comes up a lot when it comes to being visible.

In contrast, she says “the growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way – in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests or temperaments – everyone can change and grow through application and experience.”

How freaking fabulous is that?!

We get to choose! Fixed or growth. Which one are you choosing right now?

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Carol said that for 20 years her research has shown that “the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

So, in a nutshell a fixed mindset will keep you stuck, there is no room for possibility.

A growth mindset will help you to change and grow, the possibilities are endless.

Okay, so there’s a lot of choice stuff going on here, isn’t there? Exactly, YOU get to choose what you want. You can choose to lack confidence, or you can choose to start working on your mindset and believe anything is possible.

  1. Get Yourself Out Of That Funk

You often read all of this stuff about ‘working on your mindset’, but what does it even mean?! Essentially, in my world anyway, it’s about getting your thoughts in the right place, so that instead of coming from a place of negativity you’re coming from a place of empowerment and I’d even go so far as excitement. Who doesn’t want to feel empowered and excited about life?

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But HOW do you get yourself into a better mindset? Here’s a few tried and tested ways that work:

  • Write down all of the things you’re grateful for right now, it’s an instant mood booster.
  • Write down all of your fears and see them for what they are. They are simply thoughts that don’t serve you. Thoughts that hold you back. Thoughts that make you a lesser person than you actually are. You can choose to believe in them, or you can choose to say I might be feeling this way right now, but from now I’m choosing to believe that x, y, z is possible instead.
  • Listen to a positive audio, watch an inspiring YouTube video or read something motivating. My latest thing is afformations, which are similar to affirmations (I didn’t get the name wrong) They originate from Noah St.John and basically are affirmations that are turned into a question, so instead of I am successful in business (which you might find a bit unbelievable if you have evidence to the contrary) you’d change it to ‘Why am I so successful in business?’ It sends your brain on a search for the answer to the question. Powerful stuff.
  • Put on your favourite playlist and let the music lift your spirits
  • Meditate – daily meditation makes SUCH a huge difference to your mindset. Note the word ‘daily’. I laugh as I write this because I set the intention to do meditation every single day last year, and after I set the intention I was the worst I’d ever been at it. It was because I hadn’t really made the decision to do it, but thought I ‘should’ do it. As the year went on it became a daily habit and something I now just wouldn’t want to stop

What works for one doesn’t work for everyone. You’ll have your own ways of boosting your mood so do those things that shake you out of your funk instead. If you find this challenging (I know I used to), write a list of all of the things that help you feel better and then you have your ‘go-to’ for those days when it’s not quite happening.

I love using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) aka Tapping for this, it’s such a quick way to lift your energy and put you in a different place.

Remember, you don’t always need to know the ‘how’. You just need to know that whatever you want is possible, IF you put your mind to it and take action. You can figure the ‘how’ out along the way. Have a loose plan and then you can tweak and adapt as you go.

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Here’s a quick recap:

  1. Make a decision to believe you’ve got this
  2. Choose the right mindset
  3. Get Yourself Out Of That Funk

Please do work on that mindset! That’s your call to action this week!

My Lighten Up Word Of The Year For 2017

In this episode, I’m sharing how having a word of the year can help to keep you focused in your business, and the intention of mine is to lighten up already!

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a lovely break. I’m just getting back into the swing of things and I’m guessing you possibly are too. I LOVE new years, they are full of possibility and excitement!

Every year I choose a new word to guide me through the year. Last year it was simplicity and I think I kinda did okay with that one. I had to keep myself in check a lot as I do get overexcited and overcomplicate things, especially when it comes to business, but overall I did better than I have before. I use the phrase KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie) and that helps me remember to let go of all of the extra unnecessary stuff.social-media-2

By having a word of the year, you can quickly pull yourself back on track. I still set goals and plans etc, but this means you have a word that reminds you of what your overall intention for the year is, whether that’s your life/business or both. In fact, I’ve set massive goals this year, much more than I would normally. I want to really stretch myself in 2017.

Towards the latter part of the year what I learned was that I was working way too hard and that by taking steps back from my business everything was a lot easier, more in flow, calmer. More simple in fact – funny that! This year I want more of that, so I’ve set some really clear boundaries to stop me from pushing too hard.

social-mediaWhat I realised is that when I have more fun in my business and stop being so flippin’ serious, then that’s when I do my best work and get the best results, so my word for this year for my business AND life is

FUN!

I have a sign in my kitchen, that says ‘Do one thing every day that makes you smile‘. Every time we see it we do something that makes us smile. It might be putting on a song and doing a happy dance, saying something really silly or giving someone a hug, whatever it is that makes us smile. I’m planning to bring this fun into my business this year too. It’s easy to get over serious and that isn’t good for anyone! Business should be fun!

I know I help my clients get amazing results, and that those results are better when they are having fun on our calls together and in their businesses too.

The other thing I’ve done a lot of this year is gratitude work, so this little ‘Gratitude Junkie’ is going to carry on with that too. Life is way more fun when you notice all of the fabulous things you already have! Try it! It’s AMAZING!

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I’d love to hear what your word for 2017 is. Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t ever thought of doing it, then just think about a word that will guide you through all of the areas of your life, it might be grace, ease, adventure, love etc. Choose something that really lights a spark in you. When planning my day’s work I also do a word of the day, so it might be focus or mindset, planning, gratitude, or whatever it needs to be that day.

Your call to action this week (and even this year): When you’re doing tasks, ask yourself – is this fun? If it’s not, then think of another way to do it, delegate it if you have to. Let’s say it’s that you don’t find blogging fun, then don’t do it! Find another way to get your message across, maybe through video or Facebook Lives. Business can be fun! Who knew?!

Rock Your Visibility Guest Interview With Karina Ladet

Today, I’m sharing a recording of an interview with the lovely Karina Ladet of the No Limits! Event. Karina shares some fabulous actionable tips for being more visible in your business.

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Learn how being visible can make you more profitable. Head on over to Ruby’s website, http://www.rubymcguire.com, and grab your copy of her 3k Case Study where she shares how her client added an additional 3k to her business in just 6 weeks!

I hope you enjoyed today’s interview and have some great ideas to get you moving forward on your visibility The call to action for the interview (in case you thought I’d forgotten) is to choose one action point that you’ve written down and do it. When you take the action to get more visible that’s when the magic happens, so go and do it now, or make a note in your diary to do it this coming week. No excuses!

How Listening To My Intuition Cost Me A Trip To Amsterdam

In this blog post, I will share how I used my intuition to guide me in my business, and why you should consider it too.

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As solopreneurs we can SO easily be distracted by shiny things. I don’t know about you, but my brain is constantly scanning for lots of lovely new things to create, or add into my business. It’s wired into us. Not a day goes by where I don’t hear one of my business besties getting excited about some new thing they’ve found that they want to test out!

It can sometimes be difficult to decide what is a good opportunity and what things are going to take us down the completely wrong path

When I work with clients, I often talk to them about working to a business model. If you have a clear vision for your business, as in why you’re running it, where you want it to be in 6 months, 1 year, 3 years down the line, it’s much easier then to create a business model that helps you to achieve those goals.

Once you have that business model, it makes decision making very simple because the opportunity you’re being offered either does or doesn’t fit into that business model. 

Now, this post isn’t really about the business model as such, but there’s lots of fab resources out there if you want to find out more about it.

What I want to share with you today is how listening to your intuition in your business can be really powerful, and it does link in with your business model.

Let me give you an example of where my intuition has served me recently.

You may recall that I applied to become a speaker at the European Training Conference in Amsterdam. I got chosen and it was all incredibly exciting. Speaking is something I’ve done before, but more by way of short motivational talks and I’ve also been a trainer. I really enjoy the energy in a room full of people where you can teach something to help them move forward. It energises me too. So, as I said, all very exciting.

The trouble was, as I got nearer to the event something in me felt really misaligned. Now, I’ve spent the past xxx number of years ignoring my intuition, (notice I didn’t give away my age there!) and have only really over the past couple of years started to listen to it.

What I’ve noticed is that when I don’t listen to my intuition that particular thing doesn’t work out, whether it’s working with someone, setting up a new project or making friends with someone. My intuition has always really served me, to the point my hubby even tells me to listen to my intuition over everything else now, because even he knows how accurate its been in the past.

So, I was feeling something was out of alignment with the talk, and I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. As you all know, I’m an introvert, so I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t just feeling nervous (which is quite normal for me with talks – despite having delivered 4 motivational talks a week to up to a room full of people for nearly 5 years!)

What I realised is that I need to stay true to my integrity regarding connections, and while some of the audience for the ETC might have been a good fit for what I planned to deliver, I didn’t believe my content would be completely relevant to them. Because of this, after much consideration, I decided to withdraw from the conference. And trust me it was much consideration. I went over and over it to make sure it was the right decision.

The thing is, it’s super duper important to me that I don’t let people down. I would have gone over to Amsterdam and delivered the talk, even if every fibre of my being was telling me not to, because of that.

In this instance though, I knew something was up. I talked about it with a few business friends and got a bit of coaching on it too, to find it whether it was just fear showing up or whether it was something else.

I then bravely wrote a note to the conference organiser, telling them exactly what I’ve just told you. So that I felt I’d done all I could to not leave them in the lurch, I got in touch with a well-respected business friend to ask if she would want to step in on my behalf, to which she agreed.

What happened next was a surprise. I didn’t hear back for a couple of days, and then when I did, I learned that the event had unfortunately had to be cancelled. I learned two big lessons from this experience.

Lesson One:

Listen to your intuition. You have this inner guiding system for a reason. What’s the worst that would happen if you took a moment to listen to it from time to time?

If something is telling you it’s not right, then absolutely check it out. Make sure that it’s not just fear showing up (because it can). Once you know for sure, then know that it doesn’t matter how uncomfortable it is to have to say you can no longer do something. It will work out better in the long run for you. I have to say, I now have countless pieces of ‘evidence’ to back up my theory on this one!

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I’m not saying to pull out of things willy nilly, what I am saying is give it some serious consideration and then make your decision from that place. Even if the conference had gone ahead, I knew it was the right decision for me and my business.

Lesson Two: Stick to your business model

The bigger lesson that I learned, was that I hadn’t stuck to my business model. I should have really checked in first to make sure that the audience were absolutely ideal for me, that I would be able to provide them with something of real value. My talk was about content creation and can be adapted for any business. The thing is though, my passion lies with service-based solopreneurs. My dreamies (aka ideal clients) want to feel connected to their business, they want to be visible but lots of fears show up and they want to have a profitable business.

So, while it could have been adapted to that audience, it might not have been my best work. I want to do my best work at all times. Hey, I even missed out my fabulous trip to Amsterdam, but I know hand on heart, I made the right decision. There will be other times for Amsterdam, and I wish ETC a fabulously successful event next year, with some amazing speakers.

Call To Action This Week: Go back over some of the times when things haven’t gone so well in your business and you’ve known you were following the wrong path, but did it anyway. What can you learn about your own intuition.

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