The long way round

Sometimes we know we’re ‘almost there’, but instead of taking the step to the left, we take about 47 right turns to end up there instead. And that’s OK.

Sometimes you’ll meet people who found their Thing, worked out their business model and got their positioning or niche right in one go. And then there will be other people (I was one of them) who took quite a few steps to get there. And shorter isn’t always better if you paid attention along the way.

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Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow!

Planning is great fun. It’s very important. You need to have a plan about where you are, where you are going, and how you’re going to get there for you and your business.

That said, it’s also good to be able to go with the flow – make sure you’ve got time and space to breathe in your plan.

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It’s like a muscle

Your Thing is like a muscle–when you use it often and ‘build it up’ it becomes more and more easy to use/do. And stronger–it definitely gets stronger.

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Stop with the ‘How’ for now

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When you have an idea about your Thing, you might jump straight into the practical details. You might start thinking “Ohhh… How can I sell this? What products can I make? What will this look like as a talk/an event/a one-to-one session…”, and off you go with your ‘How’ now.

If you jump straight into the ‘How’, you’ll miss the details in the ‘What’ that make the difference when it comes to being noticed.

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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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Using what you’ve got

When looking to create new products and services, do make sure you’re using what you’ve already got first. The same is true for marketing content and pretty much anything–until you’ve exhausted new markets and new audiences, it’s a really good idea to use what you’ve already got.

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