You already know the answer

All of us already know the answer to most questions we have that are about our business–our next steps–because we all instinctively know what’s right for us and our Thing. Having said that, most of us also like to get a 2nd (or 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc!) opinion to ‘check’. And that’s fine–in fact, it’s smart.

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Tell people what to do!

Sometimes you need to s-p-e-l-l it out to your clients and prospects what you want them to do. Now of course I don’t mean this in a shout-out-instruction-like-a-sergeant-major type way (!), but in a ‘make it nice and easy and clear what to do next so you are gently corralling people in the right direction’.

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Putting the lipstick on

Sometimes what I do is just ‘putting on lipstick’. Your Thing might be like that too?

My Thing is that I ‘find’ people’s Things–I don’t create them/make them/invent them as they are already there. But what I do (as an outsider, which makes it a lot easier) is to ‘see’ what people don’t see for themselves. And then the next stage is usually to tidy it all up and ‘put on lipstick’.

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What to do when it’s not working…

First of all, we need to define ‘it’.

If ‘it’ is your Thing, then we need to make sure you’re super-clear on what you do that’s brilliant that ADDS VALUE or GETS A RESULT for people. It might be that you’ve stayed too ‘big’ with it and that’s overwhelming you. It might be that you’ve gone too ‘narrow’ with it and there’s not enough there to keep you busy/entertained. Take a look and see where you are with the size and scope of your Thing and if it’s enough to create that value and results for others.

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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Follow the herd, or not, or don’t even leave the house

It’s funny, there’s so much ‘FOMO’ that goes on in business. (FOMO is Fear of Missing Out by the way). Sometimes we FOMO that everyone else is going to be at an event, or is making an offer this Black Friday, or is getting their newsletter done every week, or spending 100 hours on Facebook, or networking non-stop. There’s no end to FOMO if you let it take over.

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