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What problems do you solve?

What problems do you solve?

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Have you asked yourself “What problems do I solve?” This question is the essence of providing a service or products that people need. It is the question that unlocks the direction you want to move towards. It what your customer wants to know. “Can you solve my problem?” Educate prospective customers that you understand their problems, you can solve their problems and you are the best one for them to turn to for the solution they need. Read More

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Are you moving forward?

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The main reason people don’t reach their goals is that they don’t define them – Denis Watley

How are you going with achieving the goals you set for 2014? Is it time for a quick check to see if you are on track?

Goals go hand in hand with motivation. Setting long and short term goals help keep you moving and gives you the direction where as motivation gives you the energy. Goals and objectives both involve forward motion. You define a destination so tactics can be developed to enable you to get there. A goal define the big picture, the destination. Objectives are about the tactics, the action plans, the method to accomplish the goal. Read More

Stop procrastinating

Stop procrastinating!

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Procrastination is the thief of time ~ Edward Young

Why do we procrastinate? Have you taken on too much and don’t know where to start?  Is the task too hard or do you just not want to do it? The first step to moving forward is to recognise the reason why you are avoiding the task. By identifying the problem, you can find a solution and less procrastination will happen. Below is a list of common sources of procrastination. Read More

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Good habits

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Successful people are simply those with success habits. – Brian Tracy

Most of life is habitual. You do many of the same things you did yesterday and the day before. Unfortunately, not all habits we have are good. There are plenty of distractions to lead us off in another direction. Habits, good or bad are what make you so even the smallest effort can make a change. However change is hard work and there are no shortcuts to achieving it. Why do you want to change it? What would happen if you didn’t make a change?  What’s in it for you if you do? Weigh up these questions and then you make the choice. It is no longer an automatic action because every time you perform the action, you know you will be making a choice. Read More

What are you thinking?

What are you thinking?

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Choices, not chances, are responsible for the quality of our life. Spend time to think, reflect, introspect and then choose – Rajeev Sharma

Do you feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of knowledge and to-dos that accompany the always-on smartphone. Life today is busy! I am a multitasker, juggling my role as a mother and wife, working for clients and running my business. Activity doesn’t stop from the moment I wake up until I go to bed unless I consciously allocate some downtime. Read More

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Where do ideas come from?

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Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesise new things – Steve Jobs

The creative process seems like magic. You pose a problem then create a solution. Rather like the magic trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Although somewhat magical, this process has got a method, however, there is not right or wrong way to solve a creative problem. This is the wonderful part of creativity. We all have our own processes. However, there are some aspects that help to make this process work more effectively. Read More

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Have you got a marketing plan?

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“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination” Earl Nightingale

Without a marketing plan, any time and money spent on marketing will be making stabs in the dark at drumming up business. For a truly effective marketing strategy, you must evaluate your business and its target audience then create a plan of action and follow through with it. This is something every business, no matter how big or small, needs to have in place. After all, you can’t expect business to just fall in your lap! Read More

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Do you love what you do?

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It is Valentines Day, which got me thinking all things love. While sending messages of love to your sweetheart, remember the other love in your life: your job. Think about it as you do a relationship. It takes time, planning and energy.  Do you love your job? Are you proud of what you do? Or are you just in it for the money? Read More

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Spring clean your business

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A New Year gives an opportunity to reflect on lessons learned over the year that has past. I am always excited by the fresh start that comes with returning to work in January. It provides an opportunity to spring clean my ideas, goals and processes. As I paused over the New Year break, I made a note of some resolutions to help stay on track and focus on success in 2014. Read More