Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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You don’t know what you know

Most people have no idea how much they know. And—even worse—they don’t know the VALUE of what they know. It’s not unusual (as Tom Jones would agree) for me to work with someone who ‘claims’ that they don’t have anything different or special to share with the world.

So what are they worried about?

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The confidence to do your Thing

This is a key element of doing your Thing–it’s one thing to know what it is you do brilliantly and differently to everyone else BUT it’s entirely another to go out and do it… it’s very much about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

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You decide

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When it comes down to it, there is really only one person who stands between you and your Thing and that’s you.

Of course, you can get help to find your Thing—help to shape it, help to package it, and brand it, and sell it. But only YOU can decide to do it—actually go out there are do the Thing.

It’s about jumping in with both feet to do your Thing and knowing that that’s what you’re here to do. There is no “Ohh, I’ll dip a toe in”—that’s never going to convince anyone… if you’re not 100% certain, then why would anyone buy from you?

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Is your business in the ‘real world’?

I love the internet.

But that said, my business also has to have a ‘real world’ aspect to it too.

The internet is there to HELP you with your business – to sell for you, to connect for you, to maintain relationships, to find new relationships (business or otherwise!), to share who you are and what you do, to have fun, to reach the places you can’t reach, and more.

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Your Thing needs doing! (often)

If you ever have a moment—or a day (or a week!)—where you find yourself doubting your value, what your Thing is worth or even if you have one, ask yourself when did I last DO my Thing.

It pays to do your Thing (and do it often).

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