Sometimes you just need a lot of Post-its

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I love Post-it notes. I’ve recovered from my over-affection (I used to barely be able to see my monitor for the Post-its stuck all around the outside when I worked in an office!), but I still find them super-useful for the right job (just less of them in my sight line).

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Did you file it under ‘Common Sense’?

When you know something and know it so well, you can’t quite believe other people don’t know it. Sometimes this is ‘learned’ knowledge–a new topic you just took a course in, or a book you just read. And sometimes it’s something you ‘filed away from years ago’. Other times, it’s just something you figured out was ‘common sense’. The problem with common sense, though, is everyone’s file contains different entries.

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Money Matters

We’re often discouraged from talking about money as it’s not good manners, and I’m still quite the fan of not ‘banging on about’ at every opportunity. For example, I’ve never been one to market what I do in terms ‘work with me and you’ll make lots of money’. But you want to make sure that, after all your costs and expenses, there is at least enough left over to pay you–the business owner–a salary or wage AND ideally that there is extra for putting back into the business or taking as a bonus.

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What’s on Repeat?

Is there something in your business that you do over and over and over and over again?

Maybe it’s explaining how something works to your clients? telling your story? explaining the results that are possible from working with you? a ‘piece’ of your Thing?

Maybe it’s more general than that and it’s how your business or your industry works? Maybe you’re having the same sales conversation over and over?

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Is this really me?

Do you ever do something or write something or have a meeting about a project and think ‘is this really me?’.

There are lots of things you CAN do but not necessarily all of them ARE you.

When you are really being you, you are being brilliant.

And you are being brilliant with ease and grace and fun.

If you have that sinking feeling when you look at some copy or design or a proposal that is ‘from’ you and it’s just not feeling right, then heads up – it’s not really you.

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Be willing

I was talking the other day with a client about ideal clients (as I always do!) and was asked in return what my ideal client is. And my answer surprised me as it was so simple – I said my ideal client has to be willing.

Knowing that you want to do more, or grow, or change direction is enough – the only other thing you need is willingness. Fear is bound to come up as new and different things can be scary (I am scared all the time) BUT the way to overcome fear is tackle it head on – so you need to be willing to do this!

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