Choosing Your Battles

I often talk about unavoidable stress.  Particularly when it comes to running your own business.  Because there's plenty of stressful things involved in running a business that you simply can't avoid. But do you ever find yourself getting stressed out over little things that maybe you could choose to react differently to?  In other words, … Continue reading Choosing Your Battles

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The Deadly Cost of Doing Too Many Things at Once

Today I am inspired to share this story from Jill Konrath, whose blog on sales strategies I subscribe to. For those of you who read my blog regularly, or have worked with me, you will know that multi-tasking is something I strongly discourage.  On a regular basis.  My usual stance is that multi-tasking is counterproductive. … Continue reading The Deadly Cost of Doing Too Many Things at Once

Listen to Silence

Silence is often deemed to be intimidating.   A threat.  Awkward.  We desperately try to fill it with background noise, elevator music or small talk.  Many people hate sitting in a quiet room or working in a quiet office. I have worked with people who must have noise in the background. The idea of not having noise around … Continue reading Listen to Silence

Stop Trying to Do So Much

I have a short, but important message for you today.  You're not superhuman.   And that's OK.  You don't have to do everything. Parents rush home from work to  take their kids to one activity or another, then they grab food on the run and rush off to a fitness class themselves.  People do a … Continue reading Stop Trying to Do So Much

Empathy Could Save Your Business

You will have heard the saying 'The Customer is Always Right'.  To be honest, I'm not sure I really agree with that.  My years of experience as the owner of a retail bridal store  taught me that, actually, frequently customers aren't right.  They can be armed with many myths (thank you, Internet) and ideas that … Continue reading Empathy Could Save Your Business

The Secret to Finding Your Motivation

Motivation is a funny thing.  It's easy to get motivated when you're doing something you enjoy.  If you have a jewellery making business, and you love the process of making jewellery, then you probably don't often find that you have a problem motivating yourself to start a jewellery making project. It's NOT so easy to … Continue reading The Secret to Finding Your Motivation

Why You Shouldn’t Wait Till Times Are Bad to Work On Yourself

Most of us will probably only think about working on ourselves, in terms of personal development, when we actually identify that we have a problem we want to solve.  We trundle along with what feels 'normal' for us, whether that's actually a good baseline or not.  But it feels normal, so we don't necessarily see … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Wait Till Times Are Bad to Work On Yourself