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We’ve just stayed in an AirBnB townhouse on holiday and there were a couple of features–specifically 2 very nice red deckchairs in the cute garden filled with cactus plants–that made me want to stay there. But when we arrived, the lovely deckchairs were no where to be seen…

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Pace yourself (and get good at the 1 thing that makes all the difference)

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When you work out your Thing, it’s very tempting to then run at 100 miles an hour and try and get everything done at once. You want the website, the Facebook followers, the big list, the speaking gigs, the PR, the online programme–the lot. But what you might spot missing from that list is clients (and therefore cash).

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The delicate art of not caring

First off, I must say of COURSE I care. I just don’t care about everything. Here are things I do care about, and things I don’t…

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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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Procrastination, let me count the ways…

There are SO many things you can do that aren’t doing your Thing. And I’ve seen (and in many cases done) them all…

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Rehearsing and the real thing

I’m not a good rehearser. I can ‘run through’ things, but to do an ‘as perfect’ performance without an audience I find really tough. That’s not to say I don’t prepare–and I don’t recommend you don’t either–but be OK that the ‘first time’ might be the first time.

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The magic online customers

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Now, I am not saying you can’t find customers online (you can, of course) but, depending on your Thing and your business model, you don’t need to think this is the **only** place you can find some ideal clients.

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When it all comes together

Sometimes it doesn’t make sense until it all comes together.

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The other 80%

The other 80%

I am a huge fan of the Pareto Principle–and if you’ve worked with me for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know I’ll crowbar it into almost any situation!

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Get on with it!

There comes a time with every idea that you need to get on with it. Of course you want to plan, work out the details, explore the options, do some research, perhaps even do a little bit of learning to make sure you’re all set. BUT there will come a time when you simply need to get on with it.

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Start big, sell small

This is something I encourage when working with clients who find the concept of ‘upselling’ somewhat icky. It’s actually something I encourage even if they like selling, as for me it’s sensible and smart, and sets out your full Thing (even if then people choose to buy less of it).

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5 things to do today to tell more people about your Thing

Tell more people about your Thing with 5 easy ‘do them today’ actions. Often a small tweak to something you already do can make a difference.

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It really CAN be that easy

Your Thing is easy. I’ll say that again: Your Thing is easy FOR YOU. That’s the key point I want to make–it’s not that your Thing is easy for everyone, it’s not that everyone sees the world the way you see it, can solve a problem the way that you do, or work the way you do. But your Thing is easy for you.

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