It’s a Goal!

My immediate answer to overwhelm is a goal—a very focused, totally connected smaller part of a bigger vision, goal. And a stretchy one too. The numbers I always set myself are never super-comfy but they’re not ludicrous either. If the goal is too far out of reach I know what I’m like—I won’t even bother!

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Everything you’ve done up to now…

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If there’s one thing that everyone says about their Thing is that they WISH they’d known what it was BEFORE. And I can see the logic–as surely if you’d known what your Thing was before, you wouldn’t have done all the other things you had (well, all the ones you didn’t like at least!). And it doesn’t matter what age you are when you work out your Thing (I’ve worked with people in their 20s through to their 60s), the frustration is always the same–if only I’d known this before…

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It doesn’t have to be shiny and new

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Having a signature dish or programme gets you noticed and remembered. If you are changing your recipe all the time then how do we know what your brilliant Thing is? Being in your spotlight means being consistent and having a clear signature that we can see. If you are chopping and changing all the time it’s confusing for us and it’s diluting your brilliance.

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Even the best hairdresser can’t cut the back of their own head

Sometimes we think that because we can do a good job on others we can do it for ourselves. But that’s when we forget 2 things:

1. It’s on the end of our nose which, of course, we look straight past so don’t actually SEE it
2. Cobbler’s children: we’re SO busy doing our Thing for other people that we completely forget or neglect to do it for ourselves…

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Even the best hairdresser…

…can’t cut the back of their own head.

And if you are a hairdresser and you want your hair cut, I’m thinking you’d want to go find someone ‘just like you’ to cut it, right? So the same principle applies when you’re looking for help with your business or marketing: ask someone who is as brilliant as you (including myself in this now!).

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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