Strictly Business

I don’t mind admitting it. I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan (Dancing with the Stars if you’re reading this outside the UK). Obviously I am sure you appreciate that I love the sparkles and the spotlights (of course!) but what I love the most is the dedication and the trust that you see.

Every one of the celebrities is already doing their Thing (and up to the point of starting the series that Thing isn’t ballroom dancing, and for some – let’s be honest – it never will be!) but everyone is willing to give dancing a go and be a beginner.

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Are you preaching to the converted?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have already decided I want to work with someone—or buy something, or visit somewhere—and so I’m already sold. But then I get sold to even more, even when I’m already ‘in’. And sometimes it puts me off and I don’t buy.

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Easy Street

This is where I like to hang out these days.

It’s a good place to be in your business (& your life actually) but for me it’s taking a bit of getting used to. I am very ‘busy’ person so it’s not always the natural address for me to be at!

Here’s how I am making the move.

Every time I have a new idea or I want to do something in the business I ask myself this question:

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What are you waiting for?

I ask this question a lot.

I ask myself, I ask my clients, and I ask (in my head!) this on behalf of people I see who are stuck, or afraid, or unsure. The reason I ask this question a lot is that sometimes there isn’t actually a ‘good’ reason to wait. There may well be an excuse (or lots of excuses) but very often, when it really comes down to it, there isn’t actually a real reason.

So what are you waiting for?

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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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Do you really need someone else?

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Your Thing is on the end of your nose. And the thing about your Thing being on the end of your nose, is that you can’t see the end of your OWN nose. You need someone else to tell you what’s on the end of your own nose (or a mirror). And this is why I have a coach and a mentor. I ‘know’ what I want to do with my business, and where I want to take it and usually I have an answer to how to do that… doesn’t mean I can see the wood for the trees and know clearly my next steps!

Having someone else can make you doing your Thing so much easier, bigger, better, quicker, profitable and more.

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