Be willing

I was talking the other day with a client about ideal clients (as I always do!) and was asked in return what my ideal client is. And my answer surprised me as it was so simple – I said my ideal client has to be willing.

Knowing that you want to do more, or grow, or change direction is enough – the only other thing you need is willingness. Fear is bound to come up as new and different things can be scary (I am scared all the time) BUT the way to overcome fear is tackle it head on – so you need to be willing to do this!

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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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Make yourself scarce! and sell more…

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Now I am not suggesting you go hide behind a curtain or under your desk when a client comes near you or shut the door to your ‘shop’, but I am suggesting you are not ‘always available’.

By making yourself scarce you can sell more. Sounds like it doesn’t make sense but it works. It’s all about economics and influence…

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It’s BIGGER than you think!

Yes, I know that you are supposed to get ‘small’ and specific with what you do—you can’t be everything to everyone, after all. BUT sometimes you can think too small.

Now, when I say small what I really mean is ‘blinkered’—if you’re good at something and that’s what you ‘do’, it’s sometimes difficult to see everything that’s ‘around’ what you do—but that’s what your Thing is: everything!

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The joy of spreadsheets (and other things)

Now, I am almost spluttering out my own cup of tea as I just wrote the title to this blog. Because I’ll be honest–being organised is not my Thing and it has been known for me to roll my eyes (a lot) at the mere suggestion of a spreadsheet. But when it’s something that’s important to me, I can be more organised than a clipboard-wielding matron with a ward full of patients.

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What to do when you don’t want to do your Thing any more

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So there’s doing your Thing in the BIG sense and there’s doing your Thing in the “How you do it right now” sense. When you realise these are different, you’ll see that there’s no problem if you don’t want to do your Thing any more, as you’ll most probably be meaning this in the “I don’t want to do the work I am doing right now any more” sense.

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