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Goal Setting Obstacles (and How to Get around Them)

Are you getting in the way of goal setting success? Some of the most common barriers to goals setting involve fear and lack of self belief. Some individuals don’t even have enough self-belief to set a goal, let alone following them until they become a Dream Catcher.

If you’re struggling to set goals, yet you see the benefit of them, then this article is just for you.

You Don’t Want What You Think You Want

Some goals are set because other people want them for you. I know both Sarah and I have done things in the past in order to help someone else achieve their dreams. A specific example of this was Sarah learning to blog so that we could attract clients to the transport business. I set up a building company because my dream was to be my own boss, although being a builder wasn’t my own dream career, it was suggested to me by a friend.

If you don’t really want what you say you want, it will be very difficult to set a goal and achieve it. Be sure that you’ve set the goals for the right reasons and that it’s something you truly want.  If it helps, write down the pros and cons of any goal and know why you want to achieve that result before setting it in stone.

You Don’t Truly Understand the Importance of Goal Setting

I think I’m the only goal setter in my family. I know Sarah’s the only one in hers. Many people think goal setting is just wishful thinking and doesn’t really work. If you don’t really understand the power behind appropriate goal setting, it can be hard to take the time out of your day to truly set a goal and then achieve it.

Research has shown that 5% of the population actually write down goals, and achieve them. The other 95% don’t bother and don’t achieve them. You’ll find that the Dream Catchers in the world set realistic goals, and then work that goal into their schedule every single day. Even people who experience “overnight success” didn’t really achieve everything overnight. It was many nights of following a plan that brought them the results that made you sit up and take notice of them.

You’re Not Really Sure How to Set a Reasonable Goal

Learn Mandarin before the end of the week? If you’ve actually tried to set a goal before but didn’t experience results, it’s probably because you just don’t know how to set a goal. It’s not as easy as just writing down your dreams and crossing your fingers. Goals are dreams with plans. They are realistic, specific, achievable end results that you want to see. Take the time to learn the best goal setting techniques in order to experience goal setting success.

You’re Scared of Failure

Perhaps you’re one of the people do not bother setting goals because they have a self-limiting belief that they’ll fail anyway. Therefore, if they do not set a goal, they don’t have to be a failure. But remember that the idea of planning to succeed over planning to fail is realistic. No goal setting is a recipe for failure; goal setting is a recipe for success. When you accept this you can only achieve real success through goal setting, you’ll overcome this obstacle. Failing and failing fast is the secret to knowing what you need to do in order to grow your business.

You’re Afraid of Judgment

Perhaps you’re scared to set a goal for something because you see it as outrageous. For instance, let’s say that you want to go back to university to get a Master’s degree, or you want to start your own business. You fear that if you set that goal, and other people know about the goal they’ll judge you harshly for wanting it. You worry that they may think you’ve become too big for your boots. If you are worried about what others think of you, it’s time to dig deep inside yourself and remember what other people think of you is none of your business. The truth is, what you think of yourself is more important than anything else.

When you stop judging yourself, you’ll stop worrying about the judgment of others.

You’re Afraid of Success

Believe it or not, some people are afraid of success and being more visible. They feel too much pressure surrounding success to actually make goals to be successful. They are more comfortable in their role as someone who is not successful or who is “normal” instead of as someone who sets a goal, works toward achieving it, and is seen as a success.

The truth is, there will always be people who want to tear you down once you achieve some success. I’ve lost count of the number of nights Sarah has cried over someone attacking her for daring to be more than the label they’ve given her. The answer? Find like-minded Dream Catchers. You can find your tribe of people to help you deal with becoming more visible or a coach that will help you overcome blocks surrounding this.

The saddest thing in life is regretting not doing something. Most people regret the things they did not do, more than the things they did do – right or wrong.Don’t live a life filled with regret; you’re worth more than that.

You Secretly Don’t Think You’re Worth It

This is where the way you see yourself is important, because if you see yourself as someone who doesn’t follow through, who doesn’t succeed and who can’t change their life, you’ll avoid goal setting like the plague.

You’re the only person on Earth who can control your actions, you are the person in charge of your destiny so it makes sense that you’re the only one who can set the goals for you.

As hard as it is to believe you’re also the only one who can make yourself feel worth it.

You Don’t Really Believe It’s Possible

People avoid goal setting because they simply do not see the vision of what can be. They don’t believe. They don’t picture themselves fully at the point of success, experiencing success. Since they think it can’t happen, they don’t try. But, the truth is, you can’t know for sure about anything unless you follow the steps necessary to reach a goal.

You can dream big, and reach for the stars. Trying is more important in most circles than actually making it. And, chances are that if you really try, you will make it after all.

Goal setting is what separates the wannables from the actuallys. If you want to truly see all your dreams and visions come to fruition then set some goals – start small.

It doesn’t matter if it’s business oriented or personal – set a realistic and achievable goal, and then working toward realising that goal on a daily basis does amazing things not only to your confidence, but those around you. All you just have to do the work.

Kevin

 

 

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The Power of the Frequency Illusion in Marketing

As a business owner looking for business success you may have heard of the frequency illusion, no? well even if you have read on as it’s a fascinating reminder of how we behave and how companies like yours can use this to generate more enquiries even sales in your business

You’ve made the decision to buy a new car you have even decided on the colour that you have rarely seen, it may be a special edition. You start to notice them everywhere, even your neighbour has one parked in their driveway. You see more of them when you’re out driving, going to the local shops, dropping one of the children off at school or college and it seems like every advert on the television and on the radio is about that car. It doesn’t happen just with cars when you’re trying for a baby you notice every pregnant woman, every baby in a buggy…maybe you’ve decided it time for a new laptop, and everytime you open a newspaper there it is looking at you.

This is known as “frequency illusion” or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. It’s what happens when you encounter something new and then you notice it everywhere.

Successful companies use this frequency illusion concept in their marketing techniques to their advantage. They discover a way to expose their target market to the same content, in different ways, through different channels.

This can be achieved by designing a marketing campaign that uses social media content along with videos. Your message is being conveyed in different formats, but your company is being exposed over and over again, eventually, the customer makes a purchase.

You have to be creative in finding ways where you can expose your customers to your products and information repeatedly without being a pest, or to give it it’s full name; spammer. This way they become accustomed to seeing your name and brand associated with a particular product. When it comes time to purchase this product they will buy from you without thinking twice.

As we mentioned earlier the best way to do this is by offering the same content in multiple ways. You can do this by using any of the following methods:

  • Turning your blog posts and articles into audio content
  • Creating videos out of your content
  • Adding graphical images and quotes to your material and posting it to your social media sites
  • Tweeting out portions of your content
  • Creating book trailers
  • Re publishing on linkedin pulse
  • Creating FB or Periscope lives from your content
  • Publishing a podcast

What you’re doing is repurposing your content in various ways. Once you get used to doing this you will find that it is an extremely effective way to get more traffic to your website as well as to your physical location, if you have one.

The frequency illusion also applies to your branding. You want to have a great logo designed and then broadcast this all over the place. Use it in all your advertising materials and on your business cards. You could even get company tee-shirts made up and give them away to your employees as well as to your customers. Talk about free walking advertisements.

You definitely want to use the power of frequency illusion in your marketing today. Research has shown that the more someone is exposed to a particular brand or product the more likely they are to become a buyer.

How have you experienced the frequency illusion, leave me a comment and let me know

The Business Mindset, Do you recognise these traits?

When we take that step to become entrepreneurs and business owners we come across all sorts of highs and lows, yet having the right mindset is the secret to what makes us successful in business.

There are 9 traits for the right business mindset, and the good news is they’re readily developed.

  1. Resiliency
  2. Risktaking
  3. Leadership
  4. Persistence
  5. Always Learning
  6. Initiative
  7. Creativity
  8. Vision
  9. Decisive

This infographic gives an overview of the mindset of a Business owner and what is required to survive the business world nowadays?

 

 

What business mindset traits have you experienced recently?

Regards

Kevin

 

How To Become A Master Of Change

By now I think we have come to the honest conclusion that being in business can and does have its share of challenges. We can’t escape it. There will be times when we have the choice to make the change and sometimes we are totally blindsided and forced to overcome a challenge or do things differently. either way one thing that is guaranteed is that with change there will be emotion, and often the feelings you have will be initially negative ones, Fear, Anxiety, Anger, Resentment or maybe even Loss they can rear their ugly heads at any point and can take over our thoughts going forward if we allow them to.

Let’s take a look at how I have learnt to take those feelings and kick them to the kerb and switch my thinking into one that works for me and the business. o remember im not a psycologist or any for of mindset expert but i have been running business for many years and have experienced so many challenges i could give Anneka Rice a run for her money.

Reframe It

One of the best ways to go from bad feelings to more useful ones is to reframe your thoughts (bit coachy speak but the only word i could think of )  surrounding the emotions. The way you think has a big influence on the way you feel and approach anything. Take some time and start to think differently about your challenge.

For example, you may have had a member of your team resign, this can have a profound effect on your business especialy a small business as our teams are so important, however you could see this as an opportunity, to bring in a different personality, a slightly different skill set something maybe the business has been lacking. It could be an opportunity to shake up some of the duties they were performing for your business so you could incorporate a slightly different model going forward. New team members although they need training often can bring in so many benefits with thier new enthusiasm that it can become anhub of inspiration and energy for the whole business.

Visualize Success

Visualization is something that works really well, in my younger days i used to play a huge amount of pool and on a critical shot i would take the time to cue up the shot and in my mind i could see the ball going exactly where i wanted it to go, the more i focussed on it the bigger the chance it was going to be a successful shot. I didn’t realise at the time what this type of technique was it was only in recent years when i had used the same technique  when doing things in my business i realised this was a type of visualisation.

I use this all the time now and even though it sounds a bit mad and believe me i can be sceptical about these things it did work for me ( in most cases) There are programs and people out there like fellow Dojo member Steve Cole  who can really help you to understand just how visualisation can help you in your business.

Meditate or Breathe

If you need a quick tranquil effect in times of high anxiety, or you are feeling overwhelmed,  meditation or focused breathing can help. I have a particular favourite called ‘Lazy River’ that really calms my thinking and helps me approach any challenges in a more balanced way. 20 minutes listening to that always helps.

You don’t have to be an expert on meditating for it to be effective;  The simple act of sitting in silence and focusing on your breath is enough to calm emotions that are running high.

Esther Nagel from Balance and Breathe is my goto person for this if i need support she does all sorts of breathe work and it really does make a difference when you are feeling those negative emotions knocking at the door.

Consider the Alternative

Finally, consider what will happen if you do nothing.

In business especially change is often a pre cursor to growth which is what alot of business owners want. That doesn’t mean it isn’t tied in with all of these emotions and often we are not prepared for them when they do hit us.

Look back at when oyu launched your business, look further at other changes in your working life that have bought about positivity, these are so often overlooked or brushed aside as past therefore not relevant. You couldn’t be more wrong if you think that, Looking back can often help us shape the future, knowing we have been through challenges and are still here , still in business, the world didn’t swallow us up you will soon realise that by just looking back change really can and does bring excitment and some truly amazing things into our business and our own lives.

Essentially, fear and excitement are very closely related emotions. A few tweaks can take you from the negative to a more positive rather quickly. It’s really all about the way you CHOOSE to approach it.  Give these strategies a try to see which ones work best for you.

To your Success

Kevin

Business Challenge? No Problem Here’s Why

When we talk about challenges in business often it can all seem a bit much, we overcomplicate the way forward and then become overwhelmed to the point of inaction so the challenge becomes bigger and darker than it started out as.

It really doesn’t have to be this way!!

I’ve talked in previous blog posts about breaking things down into achievable goals to help us overcome the challenges we face as business owners and how that helps us to handle the overwhelm that can come as a result of a planned or unexpected change in our business. Now I am going to take you to the next level and show you just how easy it can be to use that concept to overcome even the scariest of challenges in your business.

When you’re faced with a big hurdle in your business, you can tackle it much easier when you take on small actions, rather than thinking you have to do it all and make it happen right now. Let me show you just how to break it down, from challenge to micro-steps.

The Reality

First, you need to take stock of your situation. Look at the problem. Write down exactly what you need most, what the end goal is. For example, If you have had a big business expense come in, a tax bill, a new piece of equipment that’s essential or anything else that may have occurred. Start by writing down the amount of money you need and when you need it (see I told you it was simple). Now that you know exactly what you’re up against, it’s time to take that major problem and turn it into something manageable.

Brainstorm

The next step is to brainstorm. You’ve got your pen and paper in front of you, so start jotting down any and every idea you can think of that can help you obtain the things you need to do. In my example, you need cash for an unexpected expense.  You can write down all of the ways you can obtain this, by doing a flash sale, creating a new product, selling a block of coaching for a special price, look at outstanding invoices where clients may owe you money and follow those up, look at your outgoings and see where you may be throwing money away each month. As a business owner our income and ability to sell are often only limited by our imagination and if you need cash in by a deadline then often you will make this happen.

Assess

After your brainstorming session, you need to assess the solutions you’ve gathered. Now we are moving away from our creative thinking and problem solving to reality, working out which of our ideas are feasible and achievable in line with our goals.

Write your ideas down again in order of which seem the most realistic and easily attainable. Throw out ones that are simply too outrageous. Stick the tricky ones at the bottom of your list.

You can keep the list for future development as you may have stumbled across an absolute gem that doesn’t fit right now with the immediacy of your situation but further down the line and with some planning you could create an addition to your business.

Plan Your Next Move

Now it’s time to make a plan.  Start with the first solution you wrote down, and write out small steps you can take to make that idea a business planningreality. The smaller the better. These tiny actions are easier to approach than your overwhelmingly larger goal. As you complete each one, you’ll start to feel more confident and see your goal coming closer to reality.

If  you decide to skip the planning part you will find feelings of overwhelm creeping back in, your plan is your map to solving your current issue, it’s where you will look back to ensure you are on track and that your goals will be met. DO NOT rely on memory or think you have this sussed without going through this phase as you will find time creeping by and your plan will feel non existent.

You will find it helpful to purchase a goal planner, we use these and are incredible for keeping projects on track, you may decide on an online system to keep you going maybe some form of project management system both of these mean daily interaction with your plan so you keep firmly in your mind what you need to do to reach your objective.

Act

Finally, you will need to take action, marking each micro-step off as it’s completed.  This can be where you need to dig deep and kick in the self-discipline, it’s easy to start out well-intentioned and let it fall off after a few days however you will never reach your objective if you allow yourself to do that. You have formulated your plan, you have your tools to support you, if necessary join a club like the business success dojo club and find other business owners to help keep you moving forward Before long, you’ll start to move closer toward getting the job done and seeing the positive results. In my example, your available funds will start to grow. Every little bit counts.

There’s no need to get stuck in overwhelm when faced with challenges. Breaking it down into micro steps, formulating a well thought out and achievable plan and taking action will help you reach the goals you need to overcome nearly any obstacle.

Remember support is always at hand  you just have to reach out

to your success

Kevin

Is It Really Worth It? Owning A Small Business Can Have A Surprising Impact On Us

I’m focusing a lot of time at the moment on the blog talking about change. Why is that?

As a small business owner or an entrepreneur, change will be part of your life, its inevitable. When I first started my own business back in 2002 it was a shock to the system to be facing changes and challenges so frequently. For some reason I thought it would be like an employee, having stability and small challenges along the way.

I had to embrace change very early on and either decide it was going to be my ally to help me and my business or something to fear. I took the former option which is partly why 16 years later I’m still in business.

I work weekly with my clients helping and supporting them through the business success dojo club to embrace and welcome change as it actually brings us much more as business owners than just having overcome an obstacle or challenge.

Taking time to focus on the positive and finding the good in change is yet another strategy that can help you to better deal with business challenges. Let me show you some ways that can happen.

Discover Your Strengths

With change comes adaptability. We need to adapt in order to roll with the punches. You’ll soon discover some ofyour greatest strengths as you figure out how to handle what’s in your path.

Perhaps you’re more creative than you realized when you did your brainstorming activity. Maybe you find out just how reliable a network you have who have rallied around to support and help you. You may have had to make some cold calls or contact people you were putting off (because it was a job you thought you wouldn’t enjoy) but having done it you realise you have a real flare for it.

Change can really bring out the best in us.

Become More Resilient

Another quality you may not have realized you possessed is resiliency. A resilient person gets back up when life knocks them down. Often, we have no choice but to keep going and not give up. Adversity can truly show you your potential to bounce back.

Resilience is much bigger than just a paragraph in a blog post but it’s truly something that most small business owners will have even if up to this point its been an untapped resource. When we recognise it exists in almost every business owner then we can really start to build our courage, as we know that our resilience will allow us to become braver and face almost anything business and life throws our way.

Learn Something New

There are times in which change requires you to learn something completely new to you. This type of personal development is invaluable. Gaining new skills or discovering unknown personality traits is always welcome. If you know our story then you will not be surprised to know it was during a particularly tough time in business in the early 2000’s that due to a change ie the recession we had to learn how to market more effectively. This skill lead us onto our onlinevisibilityacademy.com business and more recently the launch of the Dojo club. At the time it seemed like a real uphill battle, but we will forever be grateful that the tough times made us realise we were pretty good at marketing small businesses, and that opened up new opportunities for us.

Gain Self-Confidence

All of the above are byproducts of change that can lead to a tremendous boost in self-confidence for you. When you handle a big change like a boss, you can’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Discovering just how strong, resilient, smart, innovative and creative you can be brings with it a tremendous feeling of achievement like no other.

Change Direction

Finally, change sometimes requires us to completely change direction… There are some business events that are so big that they will never leave you the same. And that can be okay. In fact, it can be absolutely amazing in some cases. When something happens that causes you to do a complete turnaround without your consent, it can leave you feeling powerless. Turn that feeling around by considering the ways you can adapt to this and make it work to your advantage.

Unexpected change is often the kick in the backside we actually needed to move to the next stage of business.

Going back to my story, if it hadn’t been for my ruptured appendix I may still be running a transport business instead of running the Dojo Club and the Online visibility Academy which we love and enjoy doing.

While all of these things may not apply to your situation, I hope you can at least see what reframing the idea of change can do for your outlook. By altering the way you look at your circumstances, you can move forward in a more positive way.

To Your Success

Kevin

P.S If you’d like to be surrounded by people who will help you transition the changes check out the Business Success Dojo.

Don’t Be The Headless Chicken; It’s Time To Regain Focus For Your Business

Sometimes the biggest obstacle we face in moving forward after a  major change has occurred in our business is our own sense of overwhelm.

It’s scary to wonder where to go from here or how to dig ourselves out of a tough situation. It often seems easier to do nothing or to wallow in self-pity. Now I am no mindset coach and neither do I aspire to be so but I am experienced in business and in supporting business people that are running around like a headless chicken with no real direction on where to go next with their business.   I believe we probably all have been there at one time or another. I recall having the feelings of not knowing what to do first, where to turn for help or which direction to go in. That’s when you have to implement a plan of action. Even taking one tiny step forward is a start.

I found that by setting micro-goals really helped when I was facing these changes,  I ‘m a big supporter of planning and setting goals but micro goals took this to a really different level for me when I was flailing

Here’s where you can start

Break It Down

Brainstorming helps to unload whats running through your head, It’s amazing how creative even the most self-proclaimed uncreative people can be. Take some time to write down all of the ideas you have for ways you can move ahead in your current situation. No matter how small or how far-fetched in fact the more outrageous the better, just get them out. Then begin to break it all down into tangible, manageable and realistic steps you can actually take to overcome your problem. This act alone may help you to feel more powerful and in control of your business, as you can now see the possibilities that may have been blurred before.

Set Milestones

Next, you’ll want to set some realistic milestones or checkpoints to help to keep yourself on track. Again, consider taking baby steps to help you overcome the overwhelm by setting your check-ins fairly regularly. Making your first goal post something readily attainable will help to increase your confidence, as well as your motivation to make it to the next milestone. Creating these assessment points also forces you to develop some sort of plan for your goal, rather than just hoping things will get better.

Review Regularly

Take time to regularly review your original goal in order to be sure it’s still working for you or that you’re even still on the right path. Sometimes we find ourselves set on achieving something that’s no longer in our best interests simply because we’re too stubborn or scared to assess our circumstances. Reflect honestly on where you’re going looking back on the milestones you’ve passed so far. If it feels right in your gut, keep on moving forward. Should something seem off or if you’re not making the progress you’d hoped, go back to the drawing board. Take notes on your situation,

If you are finding that you are not hitting your milestones don’t panic or mentally beat yourself up , being aware is a great step forward, reset your milestones and keep going, feel proud in the fact that your resolve and determination won’t be wobbled by missing a milestone and that your 3 stage micro plan will be your leaning post for you to move through your challenges with success in its future.

Doing something is always better than doing nothing. This is true when facing times of change. Follow these suggestions for gaining control over the obstacles in your life and moving ahead one baby step at a time. You’ll soon see that what you want can be achieved.

Sometimes help is needed as it can be a lonely journey working through these things alone, I felt that way in my early days in business and found a way to overcome that feeling, if you feel the same way, that you want some support and a business sounding board then I invite you to  take a look here at the Business success dojo Club you will be right a home and in a very safe space to be able to explore and overcome your challenges

To Your Continued Success

Kevin

How To Use The Tough Times In Business To Become Stronger

Often growth is talked about through learning and that is through courses or books or even seminars, however, one of the most overlooked ways of learning is through experience. In a previous post I was talking about change whether that was a choice to make a change in your business or whether that was a change that was pushed on you that was out of your control, either way, it makes no difference as there are a lot of benefits that can come from change and periods of transition within a business.

 The same can be said for challenging times. Some of the greatest lessons can be learned from the obstacles business throws at you, and you will usually find that you grow as a person when the going gets tough. Let’s take a further look at some of the ways these challenges and periods of change will make you a better business owner and stronger leader.

Self-Reliance

During difficult times, you learn to rely on yourself and that; ultimately, you’re the one who has to change your current circumstances. Sometimes we need help, and that’s to be expected. Even on these occasions, it’s usually you who needs to determine whom to ask for assistance and to actually reach out to make contact. Challenge can be a catalyst for learning to take the initiative to do what must be done in order to get back on your feet.Nobody will make a decision for you and neither should they as the responsibility is on your shoulders, this can often be a liberating realisation as you move on and in a stronger position.

Never forget that being self reliant does not mean you are on your own as your team and your advisors/supporters will be there for you but when the crunch comes you have to rely on your own instinct and decision making abilities to get you and your business moving forward.

Gratitude

Challenges often take away something that we once relied on or valued. A loss of regular revenue, for example, this can really impact your confidence and your drive for your business especially if it was unexpected. Dealing with such losses can be difficult. When you are facing this challenge you can feel quite down, maybe even like a failure, It’s important to look at the bigger picture, be grateful for the opportunity in the first place and how that will have helped your business and you take another step forward. You may have learnt a new skill during that time, met a great business friend or earned revenue that you reinvested into growing another aspect of your business, it may have even made you decide that part of your business was not viable so the service you offered may not be one you offer in the future.

Whichever way you look at it looking with a view of gratitude will focus on the positives from the situation and allow you to move forward with confidence and a hunger to improve.

Self-Improvement

Let’s face it, sometimes in business, we get it wrong, we are human after all, we missed a deadline, forgot to send an email. Got complacent with a client. There are always lessons to be learnt for us as individuals running a business, there is as I always say ‘room for improvement’ and when we stop striving for that we turn around and our business is in trouble.  A lot of clients are very understanding especially if your work is Business to Business, however, its how these situations are dealt with is what forges our development.  It can be an incredibly humbling experience to have to face our own faults, but it’s one that usually leads us to be better in some way.

Attitude

It’s natural to experience anger, pessimism, resentment or any other host of negative emotions when things go wrong. You’re not expected to be happy about setbacks or problems. However, getting stuck in despair will never move you toward a solution. If you want to improve your situation, it’s absolutely imperative that you develop a positive ‘can do’ attitude. It doesn’t matter if that attitude is one of determination, optimism or sheer stubbornness, As long as it’s used in a way to move you forward, you can count it as an asset.

Challenges are unavoidable in business. How you deal with them is what’s important. By taking on the tough times, you’ll gain a lot more than you ever expected and truly will become stronger in business.

Remember to take a look at the Business Success Dojo Club if you need ongoing support

To your success

Kevin

Embrace The Fear, It Will Make You Stronger In Business

One thing that is always certain in business and every small business owner knows is that change will always happen, things don’t and shouldn’t stay the same. As a business grows we have to change, when we get a quote come in, a new customer, a bigger office our first member of staff or even a new system to play with they all signify change.

Often it’s a change that we can control, like using a new email system for example, we know it’s going to be different, making that series of phone calls you really don’t want to do but know they need to be done, publishing your first ever blog post,  other times it’s a change that is forced on us like a VA deciding to become employed or an employee resigning as they are moving on. These all cause change within the business and sometimes that change especially if it’s unexpected can be frightening and uncomfortable.

Learning how to deal with that fear IS something you can do, once you understand the reasons for it,  how it can actually benefit you and ways to overcome it.

Change doesn’t have to be scary if you embrace it then you can learn how to use it to become a stronger business owner.

Reasons for the Fear

First of all, the biggest universal reason to be afraid of change is fear of the unknown. We feel safer in what we already understand and are familiar with. The unknown causes anxiety for lots of reasons, one of which is that this anxiousness is a protective measure. Our brains tell us that we can remain safe if we avoid what we can’t see, understand, know or process.

Another cause of this specific kind of fear is the false belief that there is only one correct way, when in fact many options lie ahead of you. It won’t be disastrous if you make the “wrong choice” because there are actually a number of ways you could go that could be completely right for you. Don’t get hung up on perfectionism or absolutes.

Self-doubt is another common reason to avoid change. You may think you’re not enough to navigate whatever life is currently throwing at you. That’s usually not the case. In fact, you’ve probably made lots of adjustments in your life before now you just haven’t credited yourself properly for it.

Benefits of Change

There are actually more benefits to change than negatives. Truly. For one, the personal growth potential times of transition offer can be limitless. You’ll learn so much about yourself and your capabilities during this time, along with gaining new skills.

Change also gives you the chance to examine your business and your goals.  Change  leads to progress, part of being in business is to always be moving forward, when a business stays still it becomes stagnant and before you know it you are in trouble   You’ll gain opportunities through transformation that you never would have had if you’d stayed the same .

Finally, you’ll develop new skills as a person and leader like strength, resiliency and flexibility when you embrace variation.

Overcoming the Anxiety

Now let’s look at ways to overcome the anxiety that comes with fear of change. First, you want to try to reframe the negative stories you’re telling yourself. Focus on the positive things that could happen, instead of the bad. Take time to process your feelings about the change you’re facing and try to determine the causes. This type of honest assessment provides insights that make it easier to get a handle on your anxiety because you can name its source.

Another great strategy that works is to look back on accomplishments you’ve made during times of transition or instances in which you’ve gotten through tough adjustments. Knowing you’ve done it before can give you the confidence and motivation to do it again.Speaking with mentors and other business owners will also help as often knowing someone else has come through the other side of a challenge inspires us and shows that it can be done and you can do it to.

These suggestions are definitely not a comprehensive list, but they can get you started on the road to overcoming the fear of change. Once you begin to do that, you’ll find your world will open up immensely.

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Kevin

How To Deal With Challenges In Business

Facing challenges in business is a given. I defy anyone that has been in business, or who owns a small business for more than 5 minutes to say otherwise. What’s important is how you deal with these challenges when you’re face to face with them.

Big or small, you will encounter some difficulties and unexpectedly negative situations as you go through your business life. Sometimes it’s a blip on the radar. Others times may find you facing one obstacle after another. What is clear is that the way you tackle these can (and does) affect the outcome.

Let’s look at some strategic ways to deal with a business challenge. I know they will help you tremendously. Over time I have learned A LOT by going through some really tough times. I faced challenges that I never even knew existed. What I have learned is you don’t have to sit idly by as life throws obstacles in your way. Isn’t hindsight wonderful as it didn’t dawn on me at the time. These tips can help you hurdle a few business challenges and come out the other side stronger.

Know the Hard Times Will End

It can be hard to look at the big picture when you’re in the middle of what you believe to be a crisis. However, every situation is temporary. Your current situation will undoubtedly change, and you’ll move past it. Keeping this at the front of your mind can ease how you feel at the time and help you to think more clearly as you work to overcome your current obstacle. You’ll feel more able to think clearly and productively if you’re able to be optimistic about the future.

The first time I was in a situation (that almost bankrupted our business back in the early 2000’s) sent me into a downward spiral. I didn’t have the support to help me through it. But those of you that know me know I’m stubborn and I think that was probably the only thing that got us through it. What was fascinating was the next big hurdle we had to overcome didn’t feel so bad, it became more of an okay here we are where do we start to move past this?

Try to Assess Things Rationally

Emotions run high when we are facing a challenging time in business. These feelings are usually of the negative kind. You may experience emotions like fear, anger, sadness, guilt and resentment as you try to manage a crisis. While these feelings are perfectly normal, they’re also counterproductive to finding solutions. It’s easy to get stuck in negative emotions.

When this happens, you’ll generally find yourself reacting blindly rather than making proactive decisions. Try to find a way or activity that will help you suppress these emotions, go for a walk, watch an uplifting film, have lunch with a friend. It doesn’t matter what it is but by letting that feeling sit for a while will really benefit you when you go back and tackle the issue with a much stronger and clearer mind. You’ll soon see your progress shift in a more positive direction.

Remove Yourself from the Equation

In addition to trying to keep your focus on the future and positive outcomes during tough times, you may wish to remove yourself from the equation as well. What I mean by this is to try not to take it all personally. It’s so easy to get caught up in the ifs and buts and to feel like it’s some sort of personal vendetta that the world has against you, though it never is.

The time will come when you can look back and deal with what lead up to the situation but whilst you are there and it’s happening no good will come of focussing on how you got there. In fact, by focussing on why you’re here in this mess will lower your determination to overcome your business challenge. It will end up lowering your energy so it will feel much worse. Keep your eye firmly on moving past the situation and keep reminding yourself that it’s not personal, it’s not the end of the world and there is a reason why this is happening even if it’s not clear right now but it will make you stronger afterwards

Look for the Learning Point

I don’t mean to belittle or detract from the seriousness of anyone’s problems. Please know that’s not my intent when I say that it can bebusiness success helpful to search for the value hardships may bring. Perhaps you’ll find none, but many times you just might. Business challenges often bring opportunity for change with them.

Change can be scary. It can also be transformative and exciting. Embrace any potential for the positive transformation you might find during the tough times, and you’ll feel more motivated to push past them.

When your business challenge has passed you will be able to look back far more objectively and see how the situation came about. It’s a clear way of growing and strengthening your business practices. No one can foresee issues. If we could we would never come across them but when they do come along embrace the challenge and know it will serve your business in the future even if that benefit isn’t clear right now.

These are a just few strategies I’ve found helpful when dealing with business challenges. Give them a try, and you may find yourself more in control of your situation than you realised you could be.

Feel free to share this with anyone going through a business challenge you may know that needs some inspiration to move through it.

To your success

Kevin

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