This week I was super thrilled to have my first article published in the Guardian newspaper, where I am discussing how to set boundaries for your business.
I like helping people. The vast majority of entrepreneurs do. As a coach and strategist I spend my days troubleshooting with clients, mapping out strategies and giving advice and support. I also have a web design business.
At the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey in 2012, I was overly excited. I said yes to all kind of projects, even ones I didn’t really enjoy but that paid an income. I worked all the time, worked with anyone, never took any time out and struggled to recharge properly. Needless to say juggling this with a full-time job, a young family and a partner often working away, I didn’t last long. This went on for close to a year, until I had to take a six-week hiatus while I regrouped.
Read the rest of the article over in The Guardian.
I created a five part series to help you achieve greater impact in your business, while operating with #tinytime.
What is #tinytime?
This refers to anyone who is running their business alongside a job and/or a family and other commitments and constraints. So effectively not full time hours as an entrepreneur but is seeking full time income.
I want to teach you the strategies that I use that allowed me to run my business alongside my corporate job and young family up until last year, and currently allow me to run my business on 4 days a week and still be able to replace and surpass my corporate monthly income.
I believe it is possible to make a big impact in your business, by taking strategic action and in doing so, create the freedom and the income you desire, doing it in a way that feels good, doesn’t jeopardise your health or kill your relationships.
Having my daughter (who is now 5) was the inspiration for me going into business. I wanted to have the freedom and flexibility that came with being a entrepreneurial women and SAHM.
I have always run my business alongside my children and job, so managing my time and productivity has always been high on the agenda.
In this journey I have had to learn to do the following:
– Leverage my time
– Walk my own path (I couldn’t model my actions on an another full time entrepreneur who has no kids
– Get comfortable saying NO
– FOCUS on the 20% which get me the 80%
– Drop the superwoman syndrome
When you are working with #tinytime it is not about doing ALL THE THINGS, NO. It is about doing the things that matter.
Right now in your business, do you know what they are?
In Part 1 of the series, I want to talk to you about the importance of having the right mindset when it comes to achieving big results in your business.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right”. Henry Ford
Do you believe it is possible for you to build a business that has impact with the resources you have now? Do you constantly complain over your lack of time and use it as an excuse why you don’t action.
Success starts in the mind and what we choose to believe.
I chose to believe that it was possible to have a job and a business.
I chose to believe that it was possible to run a business with my two babies.
I chose to believe that it
Was it easy?
Nope – it was freaking hard work, especially when you have kids who DON’T sleep through the night and you still have to get stuff done, get to work and take care of them and the home.
So you need to be clear on what it is you are working towards and what you are trying to achieve and why?
Being clear on your vision and goals are key, they become your filter for all your decisions. Defining YOUR version of success, is critical to helping you stay in your own lane and not get lost in the comparison trap.
Last year I had one goal…leave my job.
Everything I did, I asked myself “will this take me closer to leaving my job?” If the answer is yes, I would do it, if it was no, I left it.
For some of you, you need to create your own filter that sits alongside the goal you want to achieve. And you need to be asking yourself this question – “is it taking me closer?”
How do you view the time you have now?
When you think about time in general and the words that you use, do you find yourself constantly “busy” with “not enough time” to do everything. Are you complaining and instead of leveraging what you have?
We all have the same amount of hours in the day.
What stories are you telling yourself and how is that affecting your confidence and ability to go out there and grow your business?
What is the reality?
Define what success looks like for you and walk that path. Don’t look around or compare yourself to others. Why, because it is a surefire way to halt your own progress.
Tell me – what aspects of your mindset, do you need to rewire?
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A lot of you think you can build your business on free.
Free free free
And sure you can get knowledge, but it will only take you so far.
You are not even prepared to put your hand in your pocket and invest even an hour with a mentor or coach you KNOW will help move your business forward.
Or even join an affordable program.
Know this, in order to grow you HAVE to invest yourself. You can’t cut corners and do things on the cheap, business success does not work that way.
Investing in yourself, your personal development, will pay far bigger dividends than any other investment.
Plus you CANNOT expect anyone to invest in you if you don’t invest in yourself.
Over the past 4 years I have spent close to $50k on training, coaching, mentoring and programs. And I have no SHAME I’m admitting this.
I constantly uplevel myself so that I can be the BEST.
Because I believe in the power of investing.
I also know the principal of sowing and reaping and any time I have invested into something for myself or my business, I have made it back. Many times over.
Did I always have the money?
No, but I took advantage of payment plans and other avenues.
Listen, if you don’t invest in yourself, I can guarantee a year from now you will still be in the same place.
Still doing FREE.
Is that what you want?
Seize the day – invest in yourself.
p.s. I don’t do free.
I want to help as many women as possible, my Facebook community (www.ceomasterygroup.com), my live streams, my podcast and blog – I give and I share and I don’t hold back.
But they can only go so far.
If you are SERIOUS about growing your business and want REAL results, be prepared to invest into it.
For more depth, more strategy and personalised support, you need a mentor/coach.
Invest into yourself.
I’m happy to receive your call.
Book your strategy call here —> Bit.ly/chatwithchichi
I spend a lot of time in my head. A lot.
I think to think, to ponder, to reflect and to think some more.
My introverted nature likes to process things internally before I even open my mouth to say a word.
Now this can be good, but it also has its down side.
On the positive side it helps you to process your thoughts, ideas and challenges and gain clarity as to your next steps.
Conversely it puts you in a state of over planning, overthinking, procrastination and scaring yourself into doing nothing
This used to be me.
I used to have a ton of ideas and took a lot of courses, but I lacked implementation.
I would plan and plan until the cows came home (I have the notebooks to prove it) but then did nothing.
I felt that things needed to be perfect in my head before I could execute an idea and I would think about all the things that could go wrong first, rather than all the things that could go right.
And it kept me stuck and poor.
As one of my mentors says, “there is no ROI on ideas”. You have to get them out of your head and test them. “Everything is theory until tested on humans”.
But so often we don’t do this. Why?
Because of fear
Fear of failing
Fear of succeeding
Fear of looking stupid
Fear of making the sacrifice and doing the work
Fear of losing money
Fear of who we need to become in order to deliver the goods
Shall I go on?
Now don’t get me wrong. They are ALL valid fears, however the only way to disprove them or in fact just deal with them is to (yes you guessed it) take action.
So I decided to change things and made my word for 2016 ACTION. More importantly CONSISTENT ACTION.
Because I always want to keep moving.
Because I don’t want fear to hijack my plans.
Because I wanted to look back in 12 months and see growth.
Why? Because I want to be less of a consumer and more of a creator because for me, that is my happy place.
So last year I decided to stop
And to take action.
Did I know all the steps? Nope.
But I knew the next step. And so do you.
Trust me as you start taking steps, the rest of the journey will reveal itself in due course.
My year of action allowed me to grow, to leave my job and to understand my value.
It got me published in top publications.
Got me booked out for the next 6 months and a 5 figure launch (£22k sales) – 30 days after leaving my job.
Helped me grow my Facebook community (C.E.O. Mastery) from 242 to 2000+ in 5 short months.
When you’re taking action, you’re doing. All the time, doing.
You stop worrying about what other people think, of you, of what you’re doing, of how you’re doing it.
Because you’re in ACTION mode.
So today I encourage you.
Have faith, embrace the fear and DO.
If you are an action taker and are ready to take 100% responsibility for your success, but need help doing it then my private mentoring might be just the thing to get you started. Join me on The Consistency Quadrant to get you from A to B, quicker than you get there yourself.
“You don’t have to to be great to start but you have to start to be great” Zig Ziglar