Run past the finish line

While I have completed a few 10ks in my time, I would never put myself in the category of being an athlete. What I do know about races though is that you don’t slow down when you see the finish line—you keep on running, and if you have it in you (there’s always that little bit in reserve, right?) then actually you speed up when you see it.

And you need to do this with your business goals and your marketing too.

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How to swim 100 lengths

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I don’t mind sharing that when I get in the pool 100 seems an awful lot. A ridiculous amount in fact.

Even though I know I can do 100 lengths (I’ve done it before) my chatter will start.

“100’s a lot”, “you don’t need to do 100 today”, “today looks like a 50 day, maybe 60”, “the pool is busy, you’ll never be able to keep going”, “etc…”

We all have chatter. It’s just a question of whether or not we listen to it.

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Are you asking the right questions?

It’s always good to ask questions if you’re stuck—after all, you’re not likely to get an answer if you don’t ask a question. But make sure you’re asking the right questions.

And if you’re not sure what the right questions are then find someone who will challenge you so you’ll ask questions you didn’t even know needed answering.

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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You’re better than you think you are

I’m good at this. Maybe you’re good at this too? Thinking you’re ‘not that good’ at things and underestimating your talent and value. But the chances are you are good, or at the very least ‘good enough’.

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They do exist… (your ideal clients)

Just because you haven’t met them yet doesn’t mean they don’t exist…

I say this all the time to my clients about their ideal clients. It’s easy to think and plan from where you are (and the clients you already have and know) but that can close you off to new and bigger things.

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