If you’re not excited, it’s probably not your Thing…

There are some things that I don’t wake up in the morning **dying to do**: spreadsheets, for example (not my first choice in expressing myself). But when I know I’m doing my Thing, or working on a Thing that I know is a great Thing, I’ll be excited about them, and if my excitement extends as far as a spreadsheet, I know I must be onto something brilliant.

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When simple is simply perfect

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I’m not even going to pretend for one moment that I have this totally sussed. I am definitely a simple work in progress. BUT what I do know is that every time I make something simpler in my business it works better.

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Put your blinkers on

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Blinkers give a single focus—they don’t pretend nothing else is happening, they just allow you to block it out to make it easy to look ahead only at where you’re going.

I need Blinkers sometimes (OK—all the time) as I am one of those creative types who has a million ideas a minute and would try and do all of them given half the chance. But you know what they say about Jack of all trades and that’s the same as being pulled in every direction you can think of, as you never actually get anywhere…

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Marketing is for life… not just for Christmas

You might be forgiven for thinking that some people only market their Thing on special occasions like Christmas as that’s when you hear from them for the first time in ages. They may pop up with alarming regularity at seasonal events and then fade away in between. But consistency is the key—show up every week, regardless of the season.

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The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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This Thing is simpler than you think

There’s always the moment. The moment where you step away from simplicity and add in the kitchen sink. And I know you mean well because you’re coming from a place of service, wanting to do all you can to help–to share everything you know and have learnt. When you ‘see’ what other people don’t see, and you ‘know’ there is another/better/faster/smarter/other way, of COURSE you want to share it.

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