How to get down and dirty with the detail!

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Ever heard that irritating quote “the devil is in the detail?” Well, managing a small business as a solopreneur its essential that you measure and understand how your business works, how it is built and therefore how it can grow.

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Peter Drucker.

Do you know your KISS measures (key indicators of success)? Your key business statistics, what are the levers? What are the conversions? What are your details? How can you best manage your pipeline? These and many many more will help you understand your business. They are key fundamentals.

What gets measured gets managed. Peter Drucker.

There is so much power in this quote. If you’ve never tracked yourself, you don’t even know how much power there is in tracking. I couldn’t even explain it adequately. You wouldn’t believe me. You’d think I was exaggerating. The simple act of paying attention to something will cause you to make connections you never did before, and you’ll improve the those areas – almost without any extra effort.

So pay attention to the detail, get down and dirty with your detail. Its easier to set up when you start, just more time consumng for an established business.

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How to get through Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year?

Blue Monday reminds me of that incredible tune by New Order, I remember being dumped unceremoniously by my then boyfriend and I was broken-hearted. Blue Monday was playing and it was 1983. I was 17 very sad, very blue, and yes it did get me down.

Now Blue Monday is a thing. The most depressing day of the year, that is not based on science, more that it was “created” by a UK holiday firm when calculating impact of weather and levels of post-Christmas debt, and loads of other financial and mathematical equations.

The 16th January is known as Blue Monday, it’s officially the darkest and most depressing day of the year, the day you may work out that you haven’t manage to stay “dry” for January, you’re not going to the gym 3 times a week as you planned, and crisps have miraculously appeared in your shopping (or is that just me??)  You realise you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions and 2017 will be exactly the same as 2016.

It really is up to you whether you exist in a prison on Blue Monday, or you enjoy yourself. If you prefer the latter, here are some suggestions that might make things even better:

  1. Get out and get moving. Make the most of the fact that the says are getting longer. Natural light helps stabilise serotonin and triggers endorphin, both mood-boosting hormones. See if you can get outside for at least ten minutes today. You could enhance the positive effects by combining your time outside with the second suggestion.
  2. You’re not a tree, so MOVE! Take some aerobic exercise. Any steady movement you enjoy – walking, jogging, swimming, cycling as it boosts endorphins, and will leave you feeling calmer and happier.
  3. Smile. When you smile, you release a cascade of feel-good chemicals in your brain. Your body relaxes, and blood pressure may be lowered. Smiling is contagious, too, so if you smile at others you’ll help them feel better as well.
  4. Be grateful. Recent research has shown that when you take time to appreciate what you already have, you’ll feel more energetic and optimistic. Make a list of things you’re grateful for, and people you’re grateful you know.
  5. Be nice to people, compliment a stranger. Help someone with their shopping, babysit for a friend who needs a lie in or night out! Giving back and paying forward is linked to a greater sense of wellbeing.

Me? I had a great day – connecting with clients, new clients, old friends, a dog walk and my hubster popping home tonight which was a lovely unexpected visit. Also I’m looking forward to the happiest day of the year – 24th June.

Drop me a line on linda@lindadaviescarr.com if you have any questions.

Hugs to you xox

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How to manage email stress

 

 

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A study found that one in three office workers suffers from email stress. Is that you?Making a decision the first time you open an email is crucial for good time management.
I advise and encourage practising the “four Ds”:

  1. Delete: you can probably delete half the emails you get immediately.
  2. Do: if the email is urgent or can be completed quickly.
  3. Delegate: if the email can be better dealt with by someone else.
  4. Defer: set aside time later to spend on emails that require longer action.

I found these suggestions I can’t remember where – sorry. I do not take credit for them but I flippin LOVE them – they are #brilliant.

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Why procrastination is a dirty word!

A really great quotes ( I found dozens – so I must be onto something!! )  for you to start to realise that the issue with your procrastination is in the space between your 2 ears. The real thing is thinking about it is probably about 100 times worse that actually doing it!

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” Spanish Proverb

 

Whether you are solopreneur, self-employed or employed one of the most common problems is procrastination. We know what we want to do and should do. But still we end up spending hours upon hours doing “easier” work or escaping to Facebook or watching TV, or pretty much anything else.

Now, nothing wrong with a little escape from time to time. But if you procrastinate too much you will not get the most important things done. And you will also send yourself into negative spirals where your self-esteem plummets and you spend your days or more in a vague negative funk.

So what can you do? Here are 7 timeless tips to help you to stop procrastinating and start living your life more fully.

  1. Stop over thinking. Take action.

A bit of planning can certainly help you to achieve what you want to achieve. A lot of planning and thinking tends to have the opposite effect.

You think and think and try to come up with “the perfect plan”. A plan where you don’t have to make mistakes, where you will never be rejected, where there will be no pain or difficulties. Such a thing does of course not exist. But as long as you work on that plan you can protect yourself.

  1. Don’t blow a task out of proportion.

By over thinking and putting things off you are not only trying to protect yourself from pain. You also make mountains out of mole hills.

Because you are dwelling over it, it will expand in your head, yet you’re still putting it off you are probably thinking about it in a negative way. This makes a little thing a big Godzilla, a horrible beast that is threatening to ruin your life.

So plan a little and then take ACTION.

Often you don’t even have to plan, you have been there before and you know what needs to be done. So stop thinking and just do it no matter how you feel and what you think. How you feel right now changes as quickly as the weather so it’s not the perfect guidance system or anything. And you don’t have to obey what it says (it’s not chains made of iron). You can just do what you know is right anyway.

  1. Just take the first step.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you start to look too far into the future any task or project can seem close to impossible. And so you shut down because you become overwhelmed and start surfing the internet aimlessly instead. That is one of the reasons why it is good to plan for the future but then to shift your focus back to today and the present moment.

Then you just focus on taking the first step today. That is all you need to focus on, nothing else. By taking the first step you change you mental state from resistant to “hey, I’m doing this, cool”. You put yourself in state where you become more positive and open, a state where you may not be enthusiastic about taking the next step after this first one but you are at least accepting it. And so you can take the next step. And the next one after that.

The thing is, you can’t see the whole staircase anyway and it will shift and reveal itself along the way. That’s why the best of plans tend to fall apart at least a bit as you start to put it into action. You discover that your map of reality doesn’t look like reality.

  1. Start with the hardest task of your day.

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” Dale Carnegie

Maybe you have an important call to make that you also fear might be uncomfortable. Maybe you know you have gotten behind on answering your emails and have big pile to dig into. Maybe you have the last five pages of your paper to finish.

Whatever it may be, get it out of your way the first thing you do.

If you start your day this way you will feel relieved. You feel relaxed and good about yourself. And the rest of the day – and your to-do list – tends to feel a lot lighter and easier to move through. It’s amazing what difference this one action makes.

  1. Just make a decision. Any decision.

“In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt

We feel bad when we sit on our hands and don’t take action because it’s unnatural. The natural thing is to be a decisive human and take action.

When you procrastinate you want to do something but you don’t take the action that is in alignment with that thought. You become conflicted within.

What you do always sends signals back to you about who you are. Sure, doing affirmations where you say to yourself that you are confident can help you. But taking the confident actions you want to take over and over again is what really builds your self-confidence and a self-image of you being a confident person. When you procrastinate you lower your self-esteem and send signals back to yourself that you are a ,well, a kinda lame and indecisive person.

  1. Face your fear.

“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy.” Denis Waitley

I think this is true. It’s easier to live on that “someday…” thought. It’s harder to just take action. To risk looking like a fool. To make mistakes, stumble and not avoid that pain. To take responsibility for your own life.

The easier choice can come with a sense of comfort, with a certain level of success, pangs of regret for all the things you never dared to do and a vague sense of being unfulfilled. You wonder about what would have happened if you had taken more action and more chances.

The harder choice gives you, well, who knows? But it will sure make your feel more alive.

  1. Finish it.

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” David Allen

Not taking the first step to start accomplishing something can make you feel bad. But not finishing what you have started can also leave you in a sort of negative funk. You feel fatigued or stressed and sometimes you don’t even know why. It’s like someone zapped your inner power.

If that is the case, go over tasks and projects what you are currently involved in. Is there something there you know you want to finish but haven’t yet? Try to get that finished as soon as you can you will start to feel a whole lot better.

Just be careful. Don’t think you have to finish everything you started. If a book sucks, read something else. Using this as an excuse to quit something that feels hard or unfamiliar is not a good idea. But there is no law that says that everything has to be completed.

Hope this helped in some small way – now stop reading this and go take some action! 🙂

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Why Facebook Live with be huge for your business in 2017.

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I flippin did it this morning. My first FB live. Months of procrastination and its done. Take a peek and let me know what you think…

https://www.facebook.com/lindamasterfixer/

So are you one of the 100,000,000 internet users watch online video each day! Not just any video, they want to hear from you, hear your voice, see your expressions – see authentic people. It’s the total transparency that really hooks me in, a glimpse into someone else’s life, their hopes, desires, opinions – its epic viewing. If you’re nosey, or just plain curious its great viewing.

Live streaming is all about connecting and interacting with your audience in real-time. It breaks down barriers and creates a connection that transcends traditional marketing limitations.

Just think: what would you remember more? Reading an interesting article or watching a video that lets you become part of the conversation? As statistics show, video wins hands down!

There are no edits, cuts, or captions — it’s just a video that’s happening at that exact moment. Facebook’s Live Video (and other Apps such as Meerkat & periscope) let people interact with real people and not a logo or brand.

*** The uses for live video for your business are literally limitless ***

Live streaming has opened up a whole world of opportunities for brands and businesses.

While Facebook Live Video is relatively new, many social media influencers have been using it on their pages. The good news? How they’re using it on a page is no different from how you can use it on your profile. So, have a think about this:

If you create any type of content for social media (and I imagine you do 🙂 )  the time it takes to live stream is negligible in comparison to anything else.

How much time would it take you to shoot a video tip or answer a question? Maybe 2 minutes max?

That’s a lot less time than what it takes to write a blog post on the topic, create a graphic or even tweet in some cases.  So its time efficient.

As today’s attention spans get shorter and shorter, live video gives your audience a way to interact without exerting a time and  energy.

So go on and share your most important and interesting facts and gives your opinion on the topics, be controversal, get some debate going.

That’s not all you can use Facebook Live Video for. Here are a few more ideas:

  • Give a behind the scenes look at your business. Share how you create a great product, how you and your team (if you have one) works and relaxes, etc. People love watching everything that’s typically  not usually accessible.
  • Broadcast live events. While you’re away at a conference, a concert, or some other place others would love to get a glimpse of? Share it live! But don’t forget to engage with the audience while you’re filming. Walk and talk them through every bit of it — and answer the questions that are sent your way.
  • Host interviews. Interview your company’s employees, clients, or important people in your niche. Brands are all about the people who are a part of it, so let these people speak and your audience will listen.

Sure, Meerkat and Periscope were here before Facebook Live Video, but does that mean there isn’t room for it? Of course not!

Facebook has something special to bring to the table and that’s a chance to share special “live” moments with your friends, family, and followers in a matter of seconds.

Now that it’s released, more and more people can go “live” and share their story on social media in a matter of seconds!

Facebook even give you 7 top tips.

  1. Tell people in advance when you’re going to broadcast
  2. Go live only when you have a strong internet connection
  3. Write a compelling description before you go live
  4. Ask your viewers to follow you and receive notifications when you go live
  5. Say hello to commenters by names and respond to their comments
  6. Broadcast for longer periods of time to reach more people
  7. Be creative and go live often!

Here’s the link for their article: https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/best-practices/live

Pop over to Master Fixer and check out my new lives starting Monday 9th January 2017 and let me know what you think…

https://www.facebook.com/lindamasterfixer

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Why I love you just the way you are…

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I heard that gorgeous Billy Joel song on the radio yesterday. It takes me back…to a younger version of me, a version that was super excited about everything, the art of the possible, the future, about love, life well pretty much everything. I used to dream about the future, endless, wonderful dreams – when were we as adults, told to stop dreaming or did it just happen.

Don’t go changing to try and please me

I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are

Also remember the iconic film Bridget Jones’ Diary, when she Bridget realises he likes her “I like you just as you are”

So it got me thinking, of this period of the year, every year when we’re encouraged to get a “new year new you” to drop the weight, change jobs, relationships etc – you’ve seen the posts on Facebook. Would you want people around you who are constantly unhappy with what they’ve got? I’m not into all that “woo woo” type thinking but I do believe in this. After years of feeling I wasn’t good enough, cleve enough, attractive enough, thin enough – whatever. I realsied those things do NOT make you happy. So for me, and for you I hope its more anout accepting what and who you are, and making the most of what we have.

Choose to be happy with who you are and what you have. If you’re not happy – change your state, take action. Whether the action is an actual change or whether the change is acceptance. Reframe your thinking – it really works.

You can’t expect anyone else to choose you, if you don’t first choose yourself. Think about the how you choose clients, relationships, friends and the right mentor for you.

You need to give back to yourself first, so that you can receive what you want in your life.

It really is all connected and there are no mistakes. So please remember:You are worthy. You are deserving. You are amazing  – just the way you are.

But I can’t tell you that. I can’t prove that to you. You’ve got to BELIEVE  it yourself.

So give back to YOU first. Give yourself love. Practise self-care. Put yourself first.

When you are able to give love to yourself you can then receive it from others.

Choose love. Choose abundance. Choose self-respect. Choose self-worth. Choose to work on yourself and grow.

And when you do amazing things will happen.

There is an abundance of love, money, opportunities, clients out there for you. So please I implore you to get out of your own way so that you can receive this into your life.

It’s all there waiting for you. You’ve just got to take the first step.

 

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How to plan like a pro

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You simply have to plan ahead in order to be successful. Plan like a professional.

In business, strategy and growth go hand in hand. You create a game plan to achieve your goals, including a mission statement, a step-by-step strategy, and a timeline. You have meetings, make calls, and invest in yourself and your business. All the planning gives an improved chance of success.

In your personal life it again, makes sense to have a plan. Where should you live, love and grow?

When you think about your personal goals, it’s not always so structured. Some “allow” life to happen to them as opposed to with them. Which are you?

I’ve watch with great interest the growth of UK The Body Coach Joe Wickes – I love his quirky funny videos. I totally love his story and I love watching his success growing.  I have really enjoyed hearing him talking about “prepping like a pro” or “prepping like a boss”. He’s referring to food in terms of managing your weight and weight loss is all about food preparation to ensure people don’t binge on the “bad” foods because they have nothing prepared.

These action steps have been useful for my clients when creating an effective plan for their business & personal growth, to make sure they are prepared for success, prepped like a professional:

  1. Create a personal mission statement. Making a plan to achieve your goals is impossible if you don’t have any. Spend some time brainstorming and throwing around different and diverse ideas. Then, mash your ideas into one succinct and specific mission statement.
  1. Choose your mentors. However perfect your personal plan is, if you want to max out your potential, you are going to need the guidance of mentors, advisors, and influencers. Look for a mentor with relevant experience who can act as a sounding board for your ideas, offer feedback, and open doors within established networks that you’re not yet part of.And you don’t just have to rely on in-the-flesh gurus to help you; books by authors you admire, relevant TED Talks, blogs, mastermind groups, or trusted friends and colleagues can be just as valuable in driving you toward your personal goals.
  1. Plan your strategy. Once you’re equipped with a solid set of goals and trusted feedback, you’re in a position to craft your own personal strategic plan. It should provide a clear pathway–complete with opportunities you need to capitalise on, relationships you can leverage, and resources you may need–plotted on a timeline, with ideal dates for completing each step.

If you feel unable to do this solo then get together with a trusted friend or engage with a business coach.

You don’t have to rent expensive office space or put on your best suit to get serious about your business and achieving your personal goals. Simply start by figuring out what you want to achieve and finding some good “gurus” – those honest and experienced mentors and advisors who have your best interests at heart. After gathering their advice, create a clear game plan you are committed to, not peacemeal committed to, I mean REALLY committed to – you know the scary stuff, and please trust me when I say the rest will follow. When you see your growth as your personal responsibility and acknowledge that who you really are may be standing in the way of who you could become, you won’t remain at a standstill for long. So take some time, get really honest with yourself, get over your self and go forth prepping and planning like a PRO!

 

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8 WEEKS 8 NEW WOMEN

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Excuse the title, but it is. Its been 8 weeks since I launched The Master Fixer, and I set myself a goal to be fixing and business coaching 10 fabulous business women by the end of 2017! Well I was 8 weeks in, and I was supporting 8 brilliant business women.

Well we were at about 7.5 weeks in really, and I am so thrilled to tell you that 8 brilliant local (Bristol UK) said they wanted to get more clients, make more money and sleep better at night!

The Master Fixer –  straight talking strategy. Helping businesswomen translate the fog in their heads into actionable plans with tangible results. Affordable business coaching, a “can do” and fixing mentality. Not hours of sitting around and talking about it.

Take a look at my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lindamasterfixer/

With 30+ years in business, managing huge teams, budgets and results it was always clear that I was a natural action taker, a goal orientated business fixer, an umpire for small businesses, a trouble-shooter with real actionable plans that get real results quickly. Masses of business qualifications, an MBA, trained to Master Black Belt in Six Sigma Process Improvement, a Master Practioner in NLP and loads more… Simply no fluff, no B***S just straight talking strategy.

Wow! Feeling so so excited after our session this morning. In a matter of minutes you cut through all the fog that’s been clouding my vision for the last few months. You helped bring clarity and focus to my thinking and I am chomping at the bit to implement the action plan we created. I’m so close to and so passionate about my business that sometimes it’s hard to stand back and take an objective point of view. You helped me do this with ease and it became really clear where I would benefit from implementing changes. Feels like I’m stepping into 2017 with a master plan and I can’t wait to get started. Becky B

I delivered my first VIP Strategy Half Day in December and I loved it, 3 packed hours of intensive focus on your business, achieving great clarity on all the business fundamentals and foundations. Ready to springboard your business to improved efficiency and effectiveness, to get more clients, make more money and sleep better at night!

Delivered with coffee and cake. Next steps are a VIP Strategy Day, and 8 Week Maximise your Business Programme, followed by Online Programme for business women who would prefer an online support and really want to get more clients, make more money and sleep better at night!

Linda really is a master fixer! I’ve met with her a couple of times and each time feel more excited for the future and with a clear plan in place. I can often want to take on too much, but Linda has helped establish where best to expend my energy and time for maximum return and happiness. Already looking forward to our next session. She’s invaluable. Tara P.

I’m excited for 2017 – it’s going to be amazing.

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How to let go and move on.

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It’s that time of year, time to reflect – NOT beat yourself up and acknowledge what went well and celebrate it, and look at what maybe didn’t go to plan and learn from it.

I reviewed my 2016 goals the other day, and do you know what I did not achieve ANY of them. Some were unrealistic, some were just plain ridiculous.

My initial reaction was to feel disappointment, to beat myself up (as usual) but as the frustration faded, what did emerge was a recognition that actually 2016 had been really amazing. I had not achieved my original goals, but I had achieved a great deal, and I was and am so much happier. So as this time presents itself take some time to celebrate the small stuff, acknowledge and review the learning and let go of the inner stuff to leave behind, here are a few suggestions:

1) Grudges

As much as I hate to admit it, there were some people I dealt with in 2016 that I was angry at, even months after I dealt with them. So I decided to try a different approach, and replace the grudge with some gratitude.

It started out with ‘I’m grateful for _____, even though I don’t know why.’ The more I said this, the happier I felt. Sometimes the why became evident. 

I absolutely know that all my issues will not be gone at the end of any year, I’d rather be grateful than grudging.

2) Indecisiveness

Making decisions slowly can be a form of slow torture. Usually, if I let a decision sit, it’s because I don’t want to do something, and am trying to find a way to make myself OK with it. Or I want it, but feel guilty about wanting it.

Either way, it’s really uncomfortable. I know that the more successful a person is, the more likely it is that they make quick decisions. So I’m choosing to be decisive moving into 2017. Will I regret some decisions made quickly? Possibly. But the emotional energy I’ll gain by not agonising will pay off.

3) The should have moment 

There is very little good that can be said about should. I find that most shoulds are a way of letting myself off the hook; for example, by saying ‘I should be doing that.’ In other words, I know that’s a good idea, I’ve put a moral obligation on myself, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens.

If it’s something you really don’t want to do, consider that instead of saying ‘I should be doing that’ try saying ‘I’m choosing not to do that right now.’ Make a decision that now is not the time to give yourself another should.

4) Guilt

Guilt is an emotional sign that I’ve done something that I knew at the time was wrong. While it’s useful in the moment, it’s actually damaging long-term. It’s the old idea ‘I can do something wrong as long as I feel guilty about it afterwards.’ That’s because by punishing myself with guilt, I’m ‘making up’ for the thing I did wrong.

Except that I’m not. If I did something wrong, there may be actions I need to take to clean that up. But holding on to guilt just re-affirms that I’m a person who should feel guilty. I’d rather think, moving forward, that I’m a person who does the right thing.

The outer stuff to leave behind:

5) Old notebooks

I love taking notes, and writing my ‘aha moments’ when I’m attending a mastermind with my coach and colleagues. It’s great to review these when I get home!

But later? These notebooks rarely contain ideas worth looking at a year or two after I’ve written in them. I’ve moved on, and the ‘aha moments’ are now familiar thoughts. As much as it can be painful to throw out an old journal or notebook, if I’m not going to look at it again, I’m getting rid of it. (As I write this, I actually did this yesterday to make sure I could, before I suggested it to you!)

6) Clothes that don’t delight me anymore, or never did

My clothing tastes have changed over the years. As I’ve changed my business brand, my personal brand has evolved. Now until recently I’ve had clothes in my closet that, while they’re certainly still stylish and have worn left in them, no longer reflect me. Every time I open my closet, if those clothes were still in there – they haunt me.

So charity shop those clothes – someone will love them.

7) Clients that are exhausting

When you’re first starting your business, admit it – you’ll take anyone who wants to work with and who has a pulse. We’ve all done it. As I evolved the business, my confidence and real understanding of how there should be a great “fit” I found that the tough clients weren’t worth the energy that it took to keep them happy. I made a conscious decision to take clients that I could truly see possibilities for. When I understood this – everything became much easier. 

If you have a client that makes you cringe, every time you see their name on your calendar, it’s time to let that client go. Don’t offer a renewal option, or give them the name of someone who you tell them ‘can serve them better’. It’s scary, but really liberating.

As I write this on December 30th 2016 I wish you all a brilliant 2016.

Lets talk in 2017 …

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7 Tips to develop a personal growth mindset

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Personal growth is essential for health, happiness, ambition and achievement. We all have amazing potential to continuously grow, develop and conquer, new challenges. It is essential issue is that you want to achieve them enough to motivate you to take action. Many people struggle with their own personal growth by being unwilling to execute their plan and take action. They come up with a range of really great reasons why they cannot – excuses.

If you do not want to be like them, you must develop a personal growth mindset. All you really need is an open mind, and a desire to try new things.

Whether you think you can or you think you are right. So adopting a personal growth mindset is critical for your success..

I work on myself, read a lot and I decided that I was going to embrace a personal growth mindset. I regularly seek out new challenges and try them out for a while. If I enjoy them, I stick with them, if I don’t I move on. My decision whether to stick with it has nothing to do with how I did; as I can always work on my performance. It’s all about whether I enjoy it or not. My big personal challenge this year was to launch Master Fixer, start my own website and take my business online. When I started, several months ago, I knew nothing about websites, SEO or online marketing. In the past, I would have considered this and decided against taking on the challenge.  However, with a personal growth mindset, a great support structure, I decided that this was too good of an opportunity to pass up. For the past 6 months, I have been researching, learning and experimenting and the results have surpassed anything I would have expected. I still only know a minute percentage of what there is to know but I am really enjoying the experience and I have identified a number of exciting new challenges for the next 6 months.  Without a personal growth mindset, I would have missed out on this opportunity and the joy that it has brought me.

The following tips will help you to adopt a personal growth mindset:

  1. Stop justifying everything

You do not need to justify everything that you do. When you adopt a new behaviour or hobby, your friends and family will ask you why you have done it. You don’t need to justify anything to anyone but if you feel the need then all you need to offer any justification other than you want to.

  1. Engage new people

Seek out and have conversations with people, and groups, whom you might not have spent time with previously. Seek out the people who have influence and befriend them, Approach these conversations with an open mind and you will learn new things and have your own views challenged.

  1. Allow yourself to dream

Every new adventure, or achievement, begins with a dream. Allow yourself to dream. Do not place limitations on these dreams. Your dreams are part of your creative self. If you embrace them, you will identify new opportunities for growth. When you identify these opportunities, try them out. As children we dreamed of great exciting things. When did we stop dreaming?

  1. Understand that you will never do your best

No matter what you do, there will always be opportunity for improvement. There are always opportunities to learn from your experiences and use the feedback to improve. Therefore, you can never do your best but you can do the best that you can at any given moment, with the knowledge and skill you possess at that time. When you understand and accept this, you realise that the judgements of others are irrelevant. You can take comfort that you did the best you could at that time and resolve to learn from the experience so that you may do better next time.

  1. Focus on the experience rather than the end result

There may be activities which you have avoided because you don’t feel that you would be any good at them.  Ask yourself ‘Does it really matter if I am not very good at it?’  The answer is ‘No’. You don’t need to be good at it, if you enjoy it. You are not looking for a record deal, a museum exhibition or a professional sports contract. You are simply looking for fun. If you focus on the experience rather than the end result, you will have a lot more fun and you might, unwittingly, find something which you are actually good at.

  1. Try one new thing everyday

If you commit to trying one new thing every day, you will have tried 365 new things in one year. The chances of finding something you like, enjoy or are good at are much higher. More importantly, you will quickly develop a personal growth mindset where you see challenges rather than problems, and you are unafraid to try new things.

 

Effective goal setting lies at the heart of a personal growth mindset.

 

A personal growth mindset allows you take on new challenges, seeing only opportunities for fun and learning. There may still be tough times but when you have the right mindset, you are more resilient. You accept that things will go wrong but you focus on identifying a solution, implementing it and moving on. You know that you might fail at a task but that doesn’t make you a failure. In fact, it affords you a valuable opportunity to learn and improve. With a personal growth mindset, it is so much easier to be happier, healthier and you have a zest for life. You become emotionally mature. Bumps in the road are just that bumps – not major catastrophes because you know that there are more great opportunities just around the corner.

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