Weeding

Who is it that decided what plants are weeds and what are ‘good’ plants?

Some weeds are very pretty, with flowers that brighten up the garden. Some weeds smell good, look good and are hardy so thrive where other plants need lots of care. Sometimes a weed is just a ‘good plant’ that’s growing in the wrong place…

But if you know what you want your garden to look like, you don’t want weeds there.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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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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I don’t mind if you don’t get it

I have learnt (like every good lesson—the hard way!) to not try and ‘convince’ anyone.

In fact, these days I’ll often make it very clear that if someone is absolutely convinced that what I am saying makes no sense and will never ever ever work I’m cool about it. Of course, I let them know I think that’s not correct and suggest (politely, of course!) that they can tell that to all my clients and a whole bunch of other people who it is working for and see if they remain convinced. But I don’t mind.

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A niche is not enough

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If you really want to get noticed in your market then a niche is not enough.

Absolutely you have to have a niche, no arguments from me about that, BUT you have to let people know you’re there, in that niche, doing your Thing, and you’re the perfect person to help.

So what do you do?

You get a Fame Name, you use your PSP (Personality Selling Point) and you become a Business Celebrity.

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When was the last time you did something HUGE?

When WAS the last time you did something huge? Something you were afraid of doing? Something you’d been putting off as you didn’t think you could do it?

When was the last time you thought “You know WHAT? I don’t care if it doesn’t work… I am going to try this anyway”?

If it’s been a while that you scared yourself with a HUGE action for your business then I’d like to challenge you to do something today that is big

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