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5 Lessons My Pup Taught Me about Business!

Business lesson from a puppy?…. Ok, it might be a little tongue in cheek, but as I’ve observed my pup navigate her way through her early days in our household, I’ve come to see how her surprisingly simple approaches work – and they have led me to re-structure some of the ways I work in my business! 

First, meet Ellie – she’s a VERY focussed, 8 month old German Short-Haired Pointer puppy. 

She demonstrates daily how life and business can be so much simpler with some clear rules that set you up for success:

  1. Be very clear about what you want, and stay committed until you get it! Ever heard the phrase “Like a dog with a bone….?” When Ellie wants something, trust me, its made VERY clear – and she doesn’t give up until she gets it. I witness daily, the power of clarity and persistence.
  2. Be resourceful and creative to help you achieve what you desire. If the first way doesn’t lead you to what you want, try something different. There’s more than one way to create the outcome you want. And when you want to go for a walk, if the cute puppy-eyes, don’t do it, then barking or acrobatics and jumping will usually get the message across.
  3. Structure and routines are best for happiness and results. I can set my clocks by the time she heads to her bed each night – and when she thinks its time for others in the house to be up and about in the morning. It’s good to know what’s happening when..at least most of the time, with a little variety and surprise to keep things exciting!
  4. Be responsive and “efficient”. Reactions are always better when the result or outcome is delivered quickly – ideally on the first time of asking! That “come when called” practice is definitely work in progress for Ellie, but I think you’ll get the essence of what I mean…enquiries, requests…how can you delight by delivering with something better or faster than expected?
  5. Finally, Work and Play…there is a rhythm to life that demands BOTH, and it’s never been more apparent to me than raising my pup – how much she puts into her “work” of walks, sniffing, exploring, retrieving…and then, she RESTS…fully and completely before have a heap more fun!. She restores and rejuvenates herself before the next bout of activity or busyness. This is powerful. Sleep is especially essential.

So while it might seem a little “light hearted” there are some powerful messages to be learned from a pup!  She models every day how simplicity and focus create happiness and results!

Dawn Grossart is an FCIM, (Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing) Chartered Marketer and Certified Transformational Life Coach helping professional women and entrepreneurs create a calm, confident life and business they love.

 

Effective Decisions for Lifestyle Freedom

Your decisions shape your NOW and your future.

Smart decisions lead you to that much sought after place in life where you have the TIME you want to to relax, socialise, enjoy your hobbies, spend time with loved ones, to have more fun AND  your work and business is in a great shape for you to do this. 

Your ability to make good decisions that are aligned with your values and desires are key to creating the results you want – because it determines where you put your energy and focus. What you say NO to is as important as what you say YES to…

Notice if you are more inclined to make decisions from the head or the heart.

To make powerful decisions that both feel GOOD and support the way you really want to live requires you get very clear on some very important basics:

What do you really WANT in your life and business – how do you want to spending your time each week? With clients, family, friends.

How much money do you require to live the way you want to live – based on present day and future estimation. Is there a gap? How much? (It may help you to get a professional adviser to help you with this.

What is the real value of your time and expertise? Are you optimising it fully?

What are the non-negotiable experiences you want to have daily/weekly/monthly etc

What do you NOT enjoy doing that currently takes up your time? What can you change about this so that you spend less time, or stop doing what you don’t enjoy? 

Who would you love to ideally work with?  Think partnerships, collaborations, team…

Are you aware of your thought processes and beliefs about what you think is possible for you?  Do you notice limitations that you need to work through?

Getting clear on each of these areas shows you where there may be a gap to close, some new structure to implement or conversations to prioritise.

Ask yourself each day “What decision do I need to make today that’s going to take me closer to the results I want in my business and the lifestyle I want for myself, my family and the impact I want to make by helping others.

Create rules for yourself that give you structure so that you can monitor your progress.

Notice where you may be tempted to lower boundaries and let the rules slide.

ASK for support if that will help you! The most effective way to maintain your progress is with accountability.

Professional accountability is the fastest way to create change and accountability will get you where you want to go more effectively than a solo journey.  Let’s connect and explore what will help you the most. Email me at [email protected]

 

4 Easy Productivity Mindset Hacks for Entrepreneurs

A clear workspace boosts productivity

A clear workspace boosts productivity

Mastering your Productivity is a key to rapid growth in your business.

Over 50% of entrepreneurs are cited to experience experience anxiety, overwhelm and procrastination in the process of building their business. This keeps a LOT of people from achieving the success they desire. A Focussed Productivity Strategy is a sure way to breakthrough this

So, if you want to become more productive, it’s essential to look at what’s going on between your temples. Your mindset is 80% of success, and having clear, focussed implementable strategies, with clear time boundaries is essential…

Here’s what I’ve found to be the simplest, most effective “hacks’ to short cut creating results…

1) Having a clear plan and strategy so you that you can focus your attention and energy on the right things to be productive. Remember that “Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication” (Da Vinci) and it’s of DOING TOO MANY THINGS that often gets in the way of results.

2) Create a schedule that is designed around you and your productivity so that you have a LIFE, and you are not being a slave to your business.

3) Commit to Mindset development work so that you can literally operate differently internally on a daily basis, taming any inner critic voice and self-sabotage. This is 80% of success.

4) A recognition of what is and isn’t working, and effective evaluation so that you can make different, more impactful choices to boost your productivity. 

There are many more ways to boost your productivity and your personal performance, based on what your goals and challenges are.

I’ve devised a NEW and VERY ACCESSIBLE way specifically to support you in boosting productivity and results.  

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6 Steps to Making “Freedom” a Reality

Freedom to Choose is YOURS.

A woman in her power is liberated to live how she chooses.

Freedom. It’s the dream of almost every woman I speak “to have time and money freedom, so I can live how I choose”.

There has never been such an opportunity-rich time to pursue the lifestyle of flexible living – especially to be an entrepreneur. The wealth of internet based opportunities and network marketing franchises available is increasing rapidly every single week.

So, why are there not more people actually experiencing it for themselves?

Well, in the last few months I’ve seen many people express the desire, but then shy away from what it really takes to make it happen. So I’ve suggested how YOU can make it happen for you.

6 steps that will help you get there:

  1. Get very CLEAR about what you want and why you want FREEDOM in your life is the first step in the process to create it. Without it it – the rest is incredibly difficult. Your “Big Why” really matters.
  2. KNOW YOURSELF enough to know what might stop you and finding the “edges” of your comfort zone and how you’ll react when you are out of it. It’s like letting go of the side of the swimming pool and swimming in the deep water when you can’t put your feet down.  The feelings similar – you’ll feel a little fear and uncertainty, then realise that you CAN do it!
  3. Learn to think constructively, positively, and optimistically. Going beyond realistic, and into the realm of “anything is possible” and “I’m going to find a way”. However, creating new neural pathways in the brain is a matter of repetition and practice.
  4. Become GREAT at delegating and receiving help. You can’t create freedom if you’re DOING everything. It’s just not possible.
  5. Master Time and Money – both are essential if you want to have more freedom with both. If you’re not effectively managing what you have now, the how can be trusted with more?
  6. Get Accountability and Support – every successful entrepreneur realises that the fastest way to success is the most effective way to create results.

Audit those areas and see how’re you doing. If you’re not yet where you want to be, it’s time for a rethink. Time for some specific guidance and steps. You can get in touch at [email protected] The most EXCITING thing is, there IS a way to create both time and money freedom… It’s about who you become in the process that is the most interesting part. The confidence and inner strength that comes with the freedom is worth its own weight in gold.

**Image Credit: Migrating Miss.