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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Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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Routines vs. flow

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I have routines and at other times those are gone. And it made me think about when I’m more in flow–do the routines help or do they hinder?

My routines are day-of-the-week and times-of-the-day based. When my children are in school, the structure of my day is dictated by their schedule because I like to take them to school, so ‘work’ only starts after that…

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I Get You

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I know where you are right now. You know you’re here to do something brilliant and even if you don’t know what that is yet you know you have to do it. You know you’re not doing your Thing, as it’s not easy doing what you’re doing.

You know that you have a talent for something and you ‘get’ that you’re allowed to make this your job, your work, your business. But it’s just not happening.

I get you.

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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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Well, that didn’t work…

You’d think I have this Thing all figured out, right? Well, most of the time I do and then sometimes some-thing comes along and I get a big smack round the chops to remind me I MUST do it my way!

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