Buying a course doesn’t make it happen

Now, hands up, I’ve got a very good selection of online courses in my collection of which a fair few (OK, pretty much all of them) haven’t been totally completed. Sometimes I buy them when they’re on special as I’ll ‘need them later’ (which is sometimes true), or I buy them as it’s something I think I ‘should be doing’ (and often actually I don’t do…). That is not to say I never log in to online courses and follow the content–as I do. And sometimes I’m even a really good student–watching every class, asking questions and getting the most from the content. But the point is always that the courses themselves don’t fix anything on their own–you have to do the work.

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Where is your destination?

Sometimes we are so involved with the journey and activity of our business we forget where we are heading.

When you love what you do (as is always the case when you are doing your Thing) it’s easy to do it a lot and get busy. But busy-ness without direction can mean taking your eye off your goals.

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Calm Down!

You can’t do everything. You can’t help everyone. Your Thing doesn’t solve every problem there is. You don’t need to do every kind of marketing going. You can’t be everywhere at once.

You need to calm down.

AND FOCUS…

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How to handle the NOISE!

Sometimes it can get very noisy—noisy in your inbox, noisy in your head, noisy in your market, noisy in your office, noise noise noise.

Now some of this noise is very real—but some of it can be easily silenced.

And I don’t just mean taking a holiday and ignoring it all—that’s only a good short term solution… long term it’s probably going to be bad for business!

The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to listen to.

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All systems go

Make your systems work for you and you’ll be able to do your Thing so much better…

I can’t promise it will be fun setting them up (unless that IS your Thing) but you’ll have a more spacious business afterwards which means more time to do your Thing—which is always the aim!

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What’s inside my head and how it can help your business

Yesterday, I got back from the first 2-day ‘Small Business Marketing Workshop’ run by the very smart Jonathan Jay in his new business venture Success Track.

The purpose of the 2-day workshop was for Jonathan to share his own experience in what does and doesn’t work in terms of marketing a business. Jonathan also offered a ‘marketing clinic’, where attendees could (perhaps crushingly honestly in some cases!) receive a critique of their current marketing materials and approach (note to anyone who attended here — you will of course get the irony of Jonathan describing this in his own words as “a clinic”!).

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