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Spring Forward

Posted by February 12th, 2020

It’s the first day of Spring with sunshine breaking through the clouds and some furious nest building in the trees outside my window.

Spring is my absolute favourite season,  full of promise, green shoots, new ideas and growth.

Are you ready to use the change in season to Spring Forward?

What better way to do that with some Big Hairy Goals to really push you into a big spring forward. Big Hairy Goals are the sort that feel rather daunting but you’d be so thrilled to achieve:

  • What Big Hairy Goals would you like to achieve in the longer term either 1,3, 5, or 10 years time?
  • To achieve those longer term goals what Big Hairy Goals would you like to achieve by the end of this year?
  • To achieve those  end of year goals what Big Hairy Goals would you like to achieve by the end of Spring / beginning of Summer?

Once you’ve got your goals make sure you put them into action – no procrastination! In thinking how to achieve them here are some things to ask yourself:

  • What is the main habit that slows your productivity – how could you lose that habit forever?
  • What could you turn on its head and approach how you do something in a totally different way?
  • How would your mindset or actions be different if you had nothing to prove or nothing to lose?

Get out of your comfort zone, get Big and Hairy and go for it…..and enjoy the results of Springing Forward!

January is for Planning….February is for Action!

Posted by February 5th, 2019

Do you get all fired up at the beginning of January to make the coming year a brilliant one?  Lots of plans, bright ideas and enthusiasm?

Yesterday, I spoke to two people who were just like this.  But everyday business and life had begun to swallow up their bumper-year plans.  They were in danger of not prioritising and getting new things done.  The result; a similar year to last year, good but not great, when they really wanted their year to be bigger, better and brighter.  Does your January run in a similar vein?

So I helped them get their bumper-year planning finished, and they’re now ready for Action:

If you need to get ready for action and shake up your year, here are some pointers:

  • Get your planning done! Be strong, be selfish and carve out the time you need.
  • Get it done this week, by the end of next at the latest.
  • Create your goals for the year.
  • Then break those down into goals for each quarter.
  • Then concentrate on a bit of micro-planning so you get some good momentum going. Break down what you want to achieve each week for the next month.  Be clear and specific and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • Then it’s time for ACTION – particularly anything new and different you want to achieve.
  • Think about the resources you need.
  • Include in this the mindset you need – this is crucial and will make all the difference!  How do you need to think differently so you really excel this year?
  • And the support you need – again, this is so important, from simple accountability to expert knowledge and guidance.
  • Get this all in place as soon as you can and get going – no excuses!

Wishing you a fantastic and bumper year!

How to Set and Achieve Your Goals

Posted by January 8th, 2019

Welcome to a guest blog from Fred Stuvek JR, author of It Starts With You, Turn Your Goals into Success.  I hope it helps you to get your year off to a fantastic start! :

Each year millions of us start the year with one or more resolutions or goals.  While these resolutions are made with the best of intentions over 80% of the people who make them will fail to keep them, with most of them falling by the wayside within a month or two. Many of you reading this have likely had similar experiences.  The reasons for this are manifold, however, this break down or failure essentially comes down to five factors – motivation, goal setting, mindset, habits, and discipline. If you are cognizant of these factors, address them upfront, and follow through your prospects are immeasurably increased.  Continue reading if you want to know WHY this is important, WHAT you need to do, and HOW you need to do it.

Motivation – The first question you have to ask yourself is why are you setting these goals, why is it important to you, and how will it make a difference in your life? Whimsically establishing a few goals without looking beyond the reasons for it and the desired impact on your life is a formula for failure.  The goals you establish should be internally driven and established by you, not by external forces.  The more you define the benefits of achieving these goals the greater your prospects for success as you envision the broader implications.  For example, you may decide to take a course in a certain area to broaden your knowledge or expand your education.  The benefits are you will learn something, expand your expertise, keep yourself sharp, and force you to adopt good habits which will carry over into other areas – all of which will serve as a catalyst for advancement in your professional life and enrichment in your personal life.  As another example, you may set a goal of losing weight.  When doing so consider the implications and the myriad benefits.  You will feel better, look better, be healthier, and have more energy which will convey a more positive self-image and enhance your non-verbal communication. It will also result in others gaining more confidence in you as you are seen as someone who can achieve their goals and get results.  Realizing the positive impact achieving your goals will have in these various aspects will instill a greater belief in what you are doing, thus increasing your resolve and motivation.

Goal Setting – You are likely familiar with the acronym SMART as it pertains to goal setting i.e., specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-related. Every single aspect applies when setting your goals for the new year, however, you need to go further and dig deeper.  One of the mistakes many people make when establishing goals of this nature is that they are so sweeping, broad in nature, and aggressive that they over reach and set themselves up for failure.  Once you have a certain goal in mind develop a realistic understanding of the various actions which are involved to get there and the associated timeframe.  Understand it is not one thing but a series of actions, over time, that will get you there.  Break your goal down into smaller, more measurable steps called objectives with timelines or milestones attached to them.  Having a series of short-term objectives which you achieve that are associated with a long-term goal reinforces the fact that you are making progress, albeit one step at a time, all of which reinforces your behavior as these small wins mount up into a great victory.

Mindset – The body follows the mind, if the mind is strong the body will be strong. For this to happen you have to have a firm belief in what you are doing and the associated benefits. Don’t go into this thinking it is going to be a walk in the park.  Understand it will take time and effort, there will be setbacks, but vow to yourself to stay the course. Be determined, resolute, and 100% committed.  Change your vocabulary.  You no longer “think” you can do it, you “know” you can do it.  This isn’t something you “should” do, it is something you “will” do. Do not allow yourself to opt out just because things aren’t going the way you want them. Remain undeterred by the naysayers or negative minded individuals who offer their rationale as to why you will not be successful.  And last, but not least, ditch the excuses.

Habits – If nothing changes, nothing changes.  The reason you are making this resolution is because of bad habits.  To do this requires a change in behavior, and if you are not ready to change, you are ready to fail since only a change in behavior will enable you to reach your goal. Stay focused on what you want to do and what you need to do to achieve your goals.  Putting your goals in writing and reviewing progress on a regular basis is not optional, it is mandatory, as these actions reinforce behavior and ingrain the process into your memory.  Take a look at those activities and habits that contribute towards attainment of your goal.  Conversely, be cognizant of those activities which detracts you from those activities which are necessary to attain your goal, such as social media.  Associate with those people who are supportive of your goals, even sharing it with them, as if they are truly friends, they will be supportive of your cause and offer encouragement.  Moreover, by sharing your goal with others it helps infuse you with a greater degree of accountability since others are aware of and supportive of what you are doing.  The more allies you have, the greater the prospects for victory.

Discipline – Discipline is the soul of your journey. You will never achieve your goals without discipline.  Discipline will enable you to remain steadfast and resolute and give you the will to take the necessary actions and adhere to the regimen required to achieve your goals. A lack of discipline will result in excuses and allow you to become easily distracted or dissuaded from doing what is necessary to achieve success.  Once you have defined what you want to do and why you want to do it you have to develop a routine that is supportive of you attaining your goal.  Stick with this routine and make the commitment to follow through.  Over time this new regimen will become ingrained as small successes mount up, bad habits are abandoned, good habits are developed, and you are in control.

Now you have an understanding of the basic factors which all come into play when one sets goals and moves forward to achieve them.  However, let’s drill down into this even further and go step by step to better define the process for you and give you a roadmap.

  • Establish Three Goals

Why three?  Everything you do affects another area of your life, directly or indirectly, just succeeding in one area does not bring real change.  So, give some thought as to what areas of your life you would like to change taking into account both your professional and personal life.  Consider these points:

  1. Why is it important to you?
  2. What is the desired end result?
  3. Set both extrinsic and intrinsic goals to achieve a proper balance.
  4. Ensure the goals are realistic and attainable with a degree of challenge.
  5. Assign timelines to these goals.
  • Alignment Assessment

Your goals should be conducive to your lifestyle, work hours, habits, and personal life.  If you set goals which require time you don’t have available or are out of sync with your lifestyle or routine you are merely setting yourself up for failure and disappointment.  These points should be questioned:

  1. Do these goals align with who you are and what you want to be?
  2. Are these goals consistent with your values?
  3. Are you striking the proper balance so you do not overtly neglect one area in your pursuit of these goals?
  4. Do you have people around you who are supportive of you attaining these goals as it is difficult to go it alone?
  5. Are you truly motivated and committed to attaining these goals since half-measures or partial commitment will not get you there?
  • Development and Definition

In pursuit of your three goals what specific actions must you take towards attainment of your goals?  Visualize your desired outcome and do the following:

  1. List the actions you will have to take for each goal.
  2. Assign objectives or milestones for each goal.
  3. Put timelines associated with each objective or milestone understanding that the sum total of meeting these objectives all contribute towards achieving your goal.
  4. Anticipate the obstacles you will overcome and how you will deal with them.
  5. Ensure they are realistic and attainable, but not without challenge since meeting these challenges will make attainment of your goals more rewarding.
  • Prioritize and Document

You only have so much time and resources, so without prioritization it is a sure-fire method to ensure nothing gets done – or at least gets done well.  Documentation is mandatory since putting them in writing provides clarity and avoids ambiguity.  Documenting your goals also gives you a road map and keeps you more aware of your goals and your progress towards them, resulting in greater focus and fewer distractions.

  1. Consider which goals are most important and rank them in order.
  2. If you can’t decide go with the one you are more confident in attaining.
  3. Set deadlines in attaining these goals with milestones listed towards attainment of each goal.
  4. Share your goals with your family and close friends who will be supportive.
  5. Understand you may not completely achieve 100% of your goals just as a company rarely attains 100% of its’ goals.
  • Review, Adapt, and Revise

You should periodically review your goals to assess where you are and make adjustments as necessary.  To do this, a checklist is imperative, as each accomplishment of a milestone towards will serve as a source of satisfaction and motivation.

  1. Periodically review your checklist.
  2. Adapt to changing circumstances, do not be afraid to make revisions that make sense.
  3. Maintain a positive mindset and firm resolve, undeterred by setbacks, and continue to move forward.
  4. Do not be afraid to ask for help and seek support as needed.
  5. Maintain the self-discipline which is required and ditch the excuses.

Remember, at the end of the day, change only comes from within.  You are accountable to only you.  If you adhere to these steps above it will not be a matter of success but one of degree of success, which starts with you.

All the best,

Fred Stuvek, Jr

Want to Think Big? – Get Off Grid

Posted by May 24th, 2018

I have just come back from a wonderful, wonderful time in Morocco where I managed to clamber up Jebel Toubkal the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains.

Beautiful scenery and a physical challenge where two of my main motivators, but there was the added bonus of disappearing ‘Off Grid’ for two days.  I realised it was ages since I was truly away from the modern world AKA the internet and email.

With a big sense of freedom and wonderful open blue skies, my brain felt free and open and that led to some great big new thoughts and ideas.

So maybe you can’t head up a mountain anytime soon – but how could you get yourself Off Grid and get that sense of freedom and tranquillity to do some big and different thinking?

Where’s the place?  I would suggest it isn’t at your desk, identify somewhere you find peaceful and relaxing.  Maybe you want to be walking or doing some other physical activity, or maybe it is about being truly still and calm?

What do you need to do to truly get Off Grid? Your can’t often think big or blue at the flick of a switch, you need time to relax and you need to limit distractions, so build in a good dollop more time that you think you need.   Go ‘Off Grid’ by switching devices off – no cheating by switching to vibrate – turn them OFF…..and then KEEP them off.

What’s your brief? A free and relaxed mind still needs a bit of direction, so make sure you have some areas you want to think through or explore.  You will probably find that once the thoughts start flowing you have additional ideas in other areas too.

Need some questions to free and push your thoughts?  Here are some to get you started:

  • Where do you want to be in 3, 5 or 10 years’ time?
  • What is the one thing that could make the biggest difference for you / your business?
  • What would you / your team do if could not fail?  If money was no object? If you weren’t scared or had nothing to prove?
  • What would your most admired competitor or leader do?
  • What could make something twice as effective?
  • How can you do less and achieve more?
  • What ‘shoulds’ can you let go of?
  • What important but not urgent things are you neglecting that could really push you forward?
  • And finally keep asking yourself…..What else?

I hope that produces some good thoughts for you.  Let me know how you get on and in the meantime I’m off to plan my next mountain climb.

Climbing Mountains with Ease – 5 Steps to Stay Productive

Posted by April 23rd, 2017

Do you find overwhelm creeps up on you far too often?  Sometimes you might know its coming, for example, you might have a couple of big orders in the pipeline, but at other times it can be a bit more sneaky – and  you can unwittingly find yourself with that unpleasant panicky and stressed-out feeling.

It feels like you have a huge mountain to climb (or many mountains!) and you just don’t know where to start.

When you’re overwhelmed your productivity can nose dive….which of course leads to even more overwhelm. Then life and work are just no fun at all.

Working as a business psychologist and coach I have found some things over the years that have really worked for my clients. Best of all they are simple to put in place, yet very effective.  Here is a quick and simple 5 step plan for beating overwhelm and increasing your productivity, so you can race up those mountains with a spring in your step – and  actually enjoy the journey!

Step One: Find some Space.

Space to think, space to breathe, space to plan ahead, space to prioritise. Never under estimate how a bit of time out or mental space can help you be more productive. Try to build in some form of exercise every day no matter how little. It  will help you think more productively, and to prioritise. Try to take regular time off, go and do something different or failing that work from somewhere different now and again.  If you simply can’t get away from your desk, you can still  find time and space by taking five or six big long breaths.  This will relieve stress, bring oxygen to your brain and help you think more productively and clearly.

Step Two: Smarter not Harder.

There are lots of ways that you can work smarter not harder.  Once you’ve worked out your key priorities,  you can decide what to put to the bottom of your to do list, and what to take off it entirely! Work out what you can outsource or delegate, and of course use technology wherever you can. What apps or software could help lighten your load to make your journey upwards easier rather than harder? For example many of my clients use QuickBooks to deal with the financial elements of their business, and things like Hootesuite or MeetEdgar to help them manage social media. Additionally, is there anyone who’s expertise or support you can call on to help you move forward with more ease?

Step Three: Small and Forward.

When you’re overwhelmed you tend to look more at the big picture and can stall because all you can see is that enormous mountain in front of you. Every mountain is climbed by taking slow and steady steps. Such steps will help you prioritise and outsource.  For each key priority look at it as you would a mountain – what are the base camps to reach along the way i.e. your key milestones. Work those out and then start taking small bite-size or baby steps towards each milestone or camp.  Breathe deeply, and enjoy the views, as you start moving forward you begin to feel more in control and build a sense of achievement.

Step Four: Swallow your Frogs.

This concept comes from Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy, a top personal effectiveness guru. It is based on an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day. To ensure you keep moving forward at a good rate, set yourself the goal of swallowing your two worst frogs as soon as you get to your desk each morning. These are the ones you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the ones that will help yourself and your business move forward the most.

Step Five: Actually do Them!

Nothing that I’ve written here is rocket science, but the problem is when we’re feeling overwhelmed and underproductive we do not always think clearly, and we don’t always do what we know we should do. Make sure you make the leap from knowing to doing. Plan the above steps into your daily routine – or the steps you know will make you more productive and then ensure you Actually Do Them!

Good luck, happy climbing and let me know how you get on!


Posted by December 3rd, 2015

Gate Lodges Small1This is a picture of my brother’s gate lodges, small and beautiful. I walk down past his house to these lodges every day with dogs and children to the school bus. They are small but they are perfect.

As I walk I often think about the future, next steps, next goals (including next holidays!) and growing my business.  Today I was thinking big about 2016, and found I was feeling stressed! This feeling made me stop and think. Whilst it’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone, it’s also good to take stock.

Like the gate lodges, some smaller things are pretty perfect. I thought about my business and the vision I had for it 5 years ago, when I moved more into coaching and away from consulting. I realised that I was exactly where I wanted to be, I don’t have the very biggest business in the world, but I have built what I wanted to build. It is small but it is perfect. Yipeee!

That doesn’t mean I won’t be pushing myself in 2016 and continuing to build my business and stretch myself. But its reminded me to always keep in mind the following:

  • Vision – are you clear on what you want to achieve? Have a read of my blog on creating your vision
  • Be VERY clear on what you need to put in place to get there
  • Remember not to compare and despair – don’t look to others and think you are not far enough along. Everyone has a different path and pace, choose the right one for you.  More on the blog here
  • Lastly, remember to take note of your achievements and celebrate your progress and key milestones – what’s all the hard work for if you don’t get to celebrate!

Holidaying with a Huge Sense of Achievement

Posted by May 13th, 2014

Good old father time is doing his thing and plunging his way through 2014.

The first third of the year is over, the economy is bouncing back, and bringing with it additional business but also the dreaded……… overwhelm.

Quite a few clients I spoke to last week are panicking about their To Do lists.  They started with a clear plan for the year and a short and punchy list of priorities.

But those punchy and focused lists seem to be getting out of hand; new ideas, interruptions, unforeseen circumstances, self-doubt and fear all mean that not as much gets done. Your list gets longer and it’s hard to focus and see the wood for the trees.

I want you to hit your summer break feeling pleased with progress and profits (and I hope you’re going to have a break, whether it is faraway, close to home or even at home.  Another great friend of getting things done is having enough R&R).

So to get you there you need to ensure you’re focused and clear on your business priorities. Here is another of my 5 Minute Coffee Break Sorters:

Grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea (or a glass of wine or beer if it is that time of day) and a clean sheet of paper, or clean sheet of ipad.  Then jot down the answers to the questions under the minute prompts below:

Minute 1:What have been your successes over the first 4 months of the year? Write down all the good stuff you have done – often people start things by focusing on the negative – what they haven’t achieved – let’s start at the positive end.

Minute 2: Now think about what you have not achieved but would have liked to – don’t beat yourself up about this, just use it as a realistic assessment of your progress so far in 2014.

Minute 3:Sit back and close your eyes and take yourself to that summer break – you are relaxing and basking in feelings of achievement and pride. What would you like to have achieved by then to feel like that? What do you need to do now to REALLY move your business forward and boost your bottom line?

Minute 4:Convert that boost into 2 or 3 clear priorities or goals.  Being clear on your business priorities will help you put overwhelming small stuff aside.

Minute 5: Break those priorities down into smaller goals to achieve in the following weeks.  Also, very importantly, write down what you need to say to yourself to stop self-doubt or fear getting in your way.

Lastly, give yourself a cheeky extra minute to think about what extra reward you will give yourself, when on holiday, for having achieved these goals.

Good luck and let me know how you get on!

How FAB are You?

Posted by February 9th, 2014

gold-medal-10011486I suspect you and your business are pretty fab, but here are some pointers to help you make your business even more fab!

There are many facets of creating a strong brand which in turns helps you to deliver strong sales. My favourite part is the FAB part. As you may know, in branding terms FAB stands for Features and Benefits.

Thinking through what your Features And Benefits are can often help your small business and brand take a big leap forward. (more…)

Are you Guilty of Compare and Despair?

Posted by October 20th, 2013



I’ve spoken to at least 3 clients this week who have compared themselves to their competitors, and felt deflated as a result.

A syndrome otherwise known as Compare and Despair.

A syndrome which is very common amongst small business owners.

I always ask clients not to Compare and Despair, but rather to Compare and Prepare.

Negative comparisons often lead to inactivity; which starts you moving backwards, “Look at what they are doing, they are so much better than me, why should I bother?” (more…)

Dare to Dream; How is your 2020 vision?

Posted by October 12th, 2013


 Now, I simply want you to lean back, relax, close your eyes and have a bit of a focused daydream.

Think about where you would like you and your business to be in 3 years’ time, or 5, or 7 – think up to 2020……….and beyond.

Drift off and get engrossed in your daydream and really think about what you will be doing, saying and feeling.  Also what will others around you and your customers be doing, saying and feeling?

See, hear and experience it in all its glory, really take time to immerse yourself in this daydream until you go from dreamy to fizzy with excitement about all the possibilities! (more…)