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Procrastinating over your business idea?

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Today, I want to offer a little advice about the one topic I think really messes up people’s chances of finding and starting a really great business idea.

I hope you find it useful if you are struggling today...

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A simple way to generate business ideas

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You could try waiting to see if you dream them up out of thin air, after meditating and taking your daily vitamins or you could try to use a simple 4 step system to call upon anytime you need to.

All you need to do is write down the answers to 4 simple questions.

  • What kind of life do you want?
  • What problem do you want to solve?
  • What group of people do you want to solve it for?
  • What solution will you provide to solve their problem?

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Are you being fully authentic & truly aligned with your business idea?

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Have you ever felt as if you are banging your head against a brick wall?

Constantly try to reach your business idea goal, but you never seem to get there.

Struggling in treacle rather than moving forward smoothly through honey.

This is such a common problem.

You might think this a bit odd, but it is a very real issue for people to struggle against what they want and to actively limit their good and be doing it subconsciously and not realise.

Another way to describe what I mean is self-sabotage...

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Business idea generation tips?

When I go online to try and research a business idea, all I get are ready-made business ideas that don't suit me. How do you suggest I go about doing

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Who do you trust with your business idea?

I read this interesting article recently from the wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert, the author who brought us Eat, Pray, Love, around 2009 and it is still in the top 25 books on Amazon Best Seller Biographies, this link will take you there if you are interested. (amazon affiliate link) and, a very popular film starring Julia Roberts.

She talks about really looking at our friendships and she shares 4 questions you might want to ask whenever you want clarity about the validity of certain friendships.

Why has this got anything to do with you I hear you ask?

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5 essential questions to ask before you start to plan your life

You must have sat down at some point in your life and said to yourself…

"What on earth am I going to do with the rest of my life?", especially if you are thinking of changing your work environment.

To help you find a starting point, I would like to share these 5 questions to ask yourself right at the beginning to help you frame your picture a bit more.

The people who are most successful in achieving their dreams are the ones who have a clear direction and a way to get there.

  • They might find potholes

  • encounter wrong directions

  • end up in blind alleys sometimes

but their map will always take them to their destination.

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Before you plan to plan the rest of your life

Ok, so you have made the decision to make some decisions about your new working life.

You have decided it is time for a change and you want control over your own destiny and work life.

It would be wise to have some pre-planning about the pre-planning if you see what I mean.

Here are 3 things I suggest you give some thought to, and I am pretty sure you have read these tips a thousand times elsewhere, and I almost bored myself silly writing them but there is a reason for sharing them, yet again…

They are important to understand if you want to start any new project off right and they work!

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Is self employment earned income?

Is self-employment earned income? I am just starting to think about working for myself and am a little unsure of the terminology. Any information is

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It's all about finding your gift

It’s all about finding your gift

Here is one of my favourite “meaning of life” quotes

The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away

Pablo Picasso

Finding your gift(s) is a very important part of your road to your perfect business idea and your career joy.

You can slot it in to the rules of happiness somewhere after mindset but before words of gratitude.

And of course you don’t just have one by the way, you come with a whole suite of them to be deployed at different times, but can you really step into your game when you bring them all together in your personality based, passion driven work.

You can poke about for passions or seek out your strengths but YOUR gift is the key to unlock the biggest door.

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New personal discussion area added to the course

You can access a personal discussion form within each module, so if you have a question at any time, within the module you are working on, you can contact me and we can discuss.

You click to access the text box, write your question and I will reply (subject to world time zones) so you never have to feel alone as you work through the course.

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Examples of Strengths & Weaknesses

Examples of strengths and weaknesses?

In addition to the list I shared on a previous page about the Clifton Strengths, there are other ways to think about them...

If you find a strength then the opposite will be the weakness, it stands to reason really doesn't it?

And I much prefer to enhance the strength and disregard the weakness, just don't bother trying to fix it, you don't have enough time in your life.

This is why school and work can be very difficult because you are always pushed to improve your weaknesses and not encouraged to play up to your strengths a lot of the time.

It is like wearing a straightjacket, but creating your own employment frees you up from all of that...

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Starting a baking business online

More and more people, in my experience, seem to want to start a baking business.

I am thrilled about that, I mean who doesn't love cake?

But it seems people seem to be stopped in their tracks because they think they have to open a bakery.

Well, I know there are easier ways to get involved and I have written a new page...

Starting a baking business online should be fun.

You love your craft, you adore creating sweet treats for friends, family, colleagues at work, and basically anyone who will say yes to you waving a muffin or a piece of chocolate cake in their face.

You dream about sugar and chocolate and sheet pans and oven temperatures.

You live for baking books and TV shows, competitions, and 99 different ways to ice a cupcake.

You don't want to go to the office, you want to don your perfect pinny, wave your rolling pin in the air like a fairy wand, and 'poof, as if by magic' create dollops of deliciousness and have the scent of vanilla all around you like a cloud of french perfume.

You are desperate to be starting a baking business online.

I know, I get it, how do you start amongst all of the other people doing the same thing, and with the commitments in your life, you can't seem to shoehorn your idea into your life?

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What counts as self employment?

That is a very good question, well here is your answer if you need to know.

I assumed most people would know the difference between employment and self employment but judging by it being a regular question, I thought I would answer it here, so you don't have to wonder but be frightened to ask :)...

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Ready to commit to being a writer in 2023

It is coming towards the end of 2022 and for my New Years resolution I have decided I am going to pursue my dream of being a writer. I have a day job

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Discovering your life purpose in 3 steps

Discovering your purpose in life can be one of the hardest questions that we as humans try to answer and wrongly, we think it comes with a job title.

It doesn’t. It is really important to understand that.

For example, take someone who is a nurse. Their purpose is not about “being a nurse” because that is the job title and the vehicle, they use to undertake their purpose.

Their purpose is to care for others

In this article I want to go through a step-by-step process, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end, you will have a simple 3-step process you can immediately put to use in your life, to help give it a meaningful direction!

Here are the steps to the process of discovering your purpose in life:

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The Artists Way: The Julia Cameron Story

Anyone who is involved in personal development either as a teacher or student eventually gets to know about a giant of a book called The Artists Way by Julia Cameron

What I didn't know was the struggle involved to get there with it.

Julia Cameron had quite a life and it just goes to show even the best who walk among us have the same problems that we all experience.

A lesson to be learned here I feel, especially if you are having a bad day and are lacking in confidence...

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Business in A Box: Update

You will rarely see me put up posts like this one.

I hate that never-ending cycle from marketers about purchasing this "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity.

So if you click through my blog there is no pattern of this behaviour and I am not going to start now.

It is supposed to create a "scarcity mindset"

However, on this occasion, I would like you to take note if you are going to press the go button on your business idea for 2023.

This business-in-a-box product offering is going off sale at Midnight on the 9th of January and won't reappear until the end of 2023

Purchase one annual SBI! subscription for $329.99 and get one free.

Or ...

Purchase one annual SBI! for a WP subscription for $169.99 and get one free.

Gift the free subscription, or at the end of the paid year's subscription, ask Support to extend it for 6 months (so a total of 18 months for the price of 12).

Make sure you read all about it and watch the videos available so you get an idea about what great value it is when all things are considered.

You are not just getting a website builder, you are going to work with the world's best website builder for business.

It is a complete system for business in a box

Seriously, read all about it or you just might kick yourself if you don't.

You have 90 days to really try it all out to see if it fits you and your business idea, so you have nothing to lose really, if you don't like it you can have all your money back without a single question...

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Business In A Box: Once a year special

New year and new start for you in 2023?

Ready to get going but a bit technically challenged?

I want to share with you, because I think it is time, how I built my website and kickstarted my online business.

Is this you, now at the end of the year ready to get going but a bit stuck about what to do next?

Are you looking for the best website builder for business?

...and of course the best option for the cheapest price?

A kind of all in a "box" method so you buy the box and it covers everything?

Something you can use to build your new business brand without blowing your mind or your budget?

Let me show you then,

how I as a middle aged woman with no experience whatsoever, built my own online business from scratch using only, what I consider to be the best website builder for business on the planet.

And nothing else, no going online to try and find each piece of the online business puzzle.

And I am not joking or exaggerating or doing a sales number on you.

If I can do it, frankly, anyone can!

If you can read instructions and do drag & drop with the click of a mouse you can build your own website for your business from scratch.

And if you are wedded to WordPress, then this software offering has got you or your designer covered with a widget you can just drop into your site.

So all bases covered really.

And I am telling you now because this particular offer only happens once per year with the company, and it lasts until 9th of January 2023.

But I know you want to know more so I have written about it and you can visit their corporate website and learn more, I have put a few links on the page (* affiliate links to something I use and fully endorse *)

And I do recommend you put aside some time to read what is on offer because there is much to learn, you will end up down the rabbit hole and wonder where the time has gone...!

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Are you stressed about what your passion is or should be?

Are you forever searching for your elusive "passion" that everyone talks about

I have a simple solution here.

Rather like meeting someone and asking if they are“the one”

If you have to ask then the answer is no.

If you have to ask if you are passionate about something, then you are not.

Your passions are something you do

  • when you finish work
  • at the weekend
  • every spare minute you get
  • you talk about them all the time
  • even if you never got paid
  • you think about it a lot
  • for your family and friends with love
  • for strangers if you could because you love doing it and so on

You passion should not be forced or have to be looked for.

If you don't feel it, then it is not right.

Make that statement at the top of your journal for 2023 and you will find you feel a little easier and less stressed.

I promise you.

New Year New Start. Are you here again?

We are hurtling towards the end of yet another year and you are back again thinking New Year New Start?

And this year you are ready to really go for it aren't you?

Great, I can help you move forward at least part of the way.

I am not going to promise I can change the whole of your life but I can help change the work part, if you are willing to jump in and actually take your New Year resolution forward for once.

I am not going to give you a great sales pitch either, like most people at this time of year.

If you want to take the course, and move forward in a way you never have before now, you have an opportunity to purchase your business idea formula for only $9.00

Based on the Life First, Work Second™ approach to business idea planning, the 7 Step Business Idea Formula course will be for you now that you are ready to make a move...

The course is for you especially if,

  • You have left uni and now concerned about finding employment or you have decided you actually want to chart your own course.
  • You’ve lost your job or are concerned you might be losing it next year and you don't want the stress of looking for a new full time one, so perhaps now is the time to develop a side business
  • It’s been suggested that it’s time for you to retire and you are absolutely not ready for that!
  • You LOVE working from home, and you don’t want to go back to the workplace but your employer is pressuring you to get back to the office or hinting it may affect your future.
  • Your current situation just isn’t what you want anymore, you want more out of life and work and your New Year resolution is to make a change.
  • You want to be your own boss and you believe it is now or never.
  • You’re rethinking your life values – the world is changing and you want to make a positive contribution instead of just "having a job"
  • You want to live life with some kind of purpose and chart your own course.
  • You know you were meant for something bigger, and it seems like the time is right.


  • You want to get to choose when, where and with whom you work?
  • You are so fed up hearing the words "side hustle” but you DO want a new adventure for yourself?
  • You want to learn how to think outside the standard job box and create your own income streams to support the life you want to be living

The path is easier if you have a map to follow and a little light to show you the way...

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Site overhaul

I am overhauling the site with a new template at the moment so please forgive me if you find you find a few little hiccups.

My apologies, normal service will be resuming shortly...:)

New: Free course chapter available

If you would like to have a peek at the course, before you consider buying, something I fully understand, then you can access the first chapter now at no cost.

Click, continue reading, then go to the bottom of the page, insert your details and then you can download the pdf if you would like to, with my compliments.

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2 new bonus workbooks added to e-Course

I have added a couple more useful bonus workbooks to the eCourse.

1. Gratitude Journal & Planner

I talk about gratitude as an important part of the process in the course, having dissed it for years as nonsense and mumbo jumbo.

I now feel it is an important part of the day, because if you are not grateful for what you have, then you may not be grateful for what you have in the future.

You have an opportunity to print off planner sheets as you need them (there is a months worth for you) and do with them what you will.

2. Find Your Passion Journal

I have added this as I feel you need really address this and the document can be used as a standalone or in conjunction with your course.

I have included some questions that are not in the 111 Self Coaching Questions or in the course itself.

I hope you find them useful.

Don't forget the price of the course is going up in January, so grab it now before the end of year and get started on your new year resolution early... and be ahead of the game....

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Are you in the right place?

My thought for you to think about today, especially if you are struggling a bit to get going...

A father said to his daughter "You just graduated, this is a car I bought a while ago... It is a few years old. But before I give it, take it to a car dealer in the city and sell it , see how much they offer.”

The girl came back to her father and said: "They offered 1000 euros because it looks very old"

The father said: Hold it and take it to the 2nd hand car dealer.

The girl returns to her father and says: "The pawn shop offered 100 euros because it is a very old car and lots of investments are needed to drive it again"

The father asked his daughter to join a passionate car club with experts and show them the car.

The girl drove the car to the passionate car club, turned and said to her father: “Some people in the club offered me 100,000 euros because it is a rare car that is in good condition, with great capabilities and super difficult to find.”

Then the father said, "I wanted to let you know that you are not worth anything if you are not in the right place.

"If you are not appreciated, do not be angry, that means you are in the wrong place. "Don't stay in a place where no one sees your value."

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Should you turn your hobby into a business?

I have seen and heard of this problem quite often.

It seems the most natural thing in the world to turn your hobby into a business, because you love doing "it".

But not everyone finds the joy they are looking for.

In this article from the Guardian, read how others started well but finished badly with a business idea.

Sometimes, a hobby should be just that, a hobby...!

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Quotes for procrastination

I seem to be on a bit of a mission here about procrastination don't I?

Well, it is because it is the 1st of December, and I want you to get cracking before the new year on your plans.

Don't wait until December 31st to make that plan, make it now and be already started and flying.

You will be way ahead of so many other people and you will feel so good about yourself... I promise :)

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Monday mindset

Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.

-Israelmore Ayivor-

I saw this quote today and thought it ideal to start your week with on this Monday morning, especially if you are procrastinating right now!

Have a good one.

How to get over procrastination? It is killing my dreams

I am a terrible procrastinator, I put my hands up to it and I own it. But I am not sure how to get over it. I have days, weeks, and even months of excitement

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What is a niche business?

Knowing about this right at the beginning of your business idea journey, will pay out enormous dividends in the long run.

Understanding what is a niche business is, a whole lot more than just saying you work with only male or female, or mums or seniors or people who just eat fish!

It is more about the problem you solve, and the end result achieved from what you do to solve it...

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My partner doesn't want me to start a business, he is not very supportive at all.

I have decided I am going to explore a business option this year, because of all of the uncertainty of life these days. I want to have something else

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Combat Procrastination Mini Course

I wanted to let you know I have added a mini course and workbook to the site.

You can download it when you sign up for the newsletter

I have put it together because the topic of procrastination is a very popular page on the site, so I wanted to address it head on.

Procrastination is often know as the thief of time, with good reason.

It is the number one killer of dreams in my opinion.

So what is in it for you...

You can learn what type of procrastinator you are and how to go about fixing the problem.

I offer how to use the Ivy Lee technique, the Eisenhower technique and how to schedule your week and you will also learn 5 techniques for powerful productivity to help you move forward with your business idea.

You can access a 30 day productivity challenge and you have some really useful problem solving, goal setting and motivational booster worksheets to get your teeth into.

As Karen Lamb once said

A year from now you may wish you had started today

It will help you take steps to move forward with your business idea instead of avoiding the work you need to do like the plague.

If you are spending a lot of time thinking about your business idea but not actually doing anything, sign up today and help yourself to get going.

Going into business for yourself is hard enough, I would genuinely love to offer you a little help for the road.

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How to validate your business idea

Business idea validation is a useful method to help you answer the question

Does this idea have any hope of taking off?

This a very sensible question to ask at the beginning of your planning and it will probably save you a lot of time and money and frustration in the long run.

So here is a really simple formula for you to use and you can apply it to any industry...

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Sad news about the loss of Barbara Winter

I was very sad to hear about the loss of Barbara Winter recently.

If you don't know her, she was one of the pioneers of encouraging people to step outside of their comfort zone and think about working for themselves.

Someone like you!

Her book

Making a Living Without A Job

Is helpful to anyone who wants to take a leap into self employment and also develop multiple profit centres.

She offers the tools you need for getting the most profit out of life both professionally and personally.

I am going to do a review of this book soon for a new section on the website.

I want to share my thoughts on what books I think could help you move forward with your business dream.

But till then I wanted to point you in the direction of Barbara's work and share what a wonderful asset she was to the world of the independent worker.

Her insights will be missed, especially during the times we are facing.

Thankyou Barbara, you certainly lived your purpose in life.

Additional workbooks added to eCourse

I just wanted to let you know I have added 2 additional bonus workbooks to the eCourse for no additional charge.

The topics are

Ways to Combat Procrastination

and cover

  • Understanding procrastination
  • The 6 causes of procrastination
  • Working out what sort of procrastinator you are
  • 9 ways you can overcome it
  • 4 ways to practice consistency
  • Time management strategies

How to Crush Self Doubt & Find Your Confidence

  • What is Self Doubt?
  • Major reasons for self-doubt
  • How to stop holding yourself back
  • Ways to overcome self doubt
  • Create pillars of lasting confidence

Both very useful topics for any would be business owners and both absolute killers of dreams and I thought you might appreciate having some advice as part of your course.

Business Idea Formula eCourse

Obstacle Analysis

Do ever wonder why it is you cannot get going with your business idea?

You have all the will in the world for about 5 minutes, you set a new intention every week or you absolutely guarantee on New Year's Eve you are going to start, definitely this year is the one.

Well, I have learned over the years both with myself and others, that we can be a bit too hard on ourselves.

You are at the mercy of at least 1 of 9 obstacles. maybe more, but the good news is you can address each and every one of them.

If you know what the problem is, you can fix it and move on...

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Ted Talk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

You will find the video at the bottom of the page.

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.

In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window.

He encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

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How to generate business ideas

Looking for ways how to generate business ideas easily, quickly and to suit you perfectly?

Rather than sitting down and staring blankly into space, here are some ways I think would benefit you by giving you a bit of structure to your thoughts.There is an easy recipe to learn the process because there are only:

5 categories you need to look to when you are considering how to generate business ideas plus...

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I don't have enough time!

We believe we don't have enough time when really we don't have enough focus

If you said to yourself this weekend, "I don't have time to work on a business" then really explore that thought, and ask yourself, is it the time or is it you don't focus enough to make the time?

Something to ponder on this Monday morning as you greet yet another week in that job you hate...just saying!

I like too many things, how do I pick something?

I know you are supposed to follow your passion, but to be honest I have so many I can't decide what to pick as the main thing. I feel it is bit like trying

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My best friend wants to go into business with me, but I don't want to with her. What should I do?

I am not sure how to deal with this one and I am definitely staying anonymous about it. My best friend wants to start a business with me and I don't really

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Q & A Forum

I want to offer you a forum to ask questions if you would like to.

I know what it is like in the early days of business idea formulation, and sometimes you just want an answer to one question without having to give your right arm to a coaching program or a monthly subscription service.

So on this new page, please ask away...and in the spirit of good karma, if you are a little further along in the process, please feel free to dive in and share your insights to help a fellow new business owner.

If you have a website or social media accounts I would be happy to make it a clickable link as a thank you for helping out.

I am all for credit where credit is due...

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Am I too old to start a business?

My friends think I should be putting my feet up now I am looking towards retirement and my family think I should stay home and look after their children

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Business motivation tips

I guarantee in your early stages you will encounter a dip here and there and it is so easy just to give up at this point on your small business ideas dreams.

So I propose you have a few things at your fingertips to call upon to use when the going gets to be a bit of a nightmare and you would rather poke your eyes out with a pencil than get up and get on...

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How to get over procrastination

Do you feel overwhelmed today and decide you are going to postpone starting your small business idea prep until things

  • get better
  • easier
  • you have more money
  • you are less busy
  • the kids go back to school
  • there are 8 days in the week
  • when you feel like it?

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Life purpose

Finding your life purpose.

You need to clarify you are on the right track.

This goes really hand in hand with your strengths and you can’t understand one without the other.

Right train, right track, right destination.

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Quote: In need of a positive reminder today?

I was just listening to the radio today and this little mantra jumped out at me,

Every winner was a beginner and every master was a disaster

Absolutely no idea who coined it in the first place but I thought what a great Monday morning quote for someone.

Stick it somewhere you can see it and repeat often! x

Find your strengths

You need to find your strengths if you want to successfully design a career around who you are and what you are good at and want to work at.

If you want the perfect fit that is?

If you don’t find those strengths and work with them and end up fighting against them instead and your work life will be one big struggle.

In fact, you might be feeling that in your current employment situation, which is why nothing really feels like the right fit.

You might only be using a couple of strengths but not enough of your talents to make your work enjoyable enough?

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And they call her resistance

Resistance, that annoying companion by our side, who without fail, makes an appearance, and at the most inopportune moments whenever you want to accomplish something, and puts a spanner in the works, trips you up and makes you watch the TV or do anything but what you should be doing...

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Words of gratitude

The topic of gratitude, something I thought was absolute nonsense when I used to read about it, but it really plays a powerful part of the process towards whatever you deem as your success.

Just think about it, If you aren’t grateful for what you have already, you can’t appreciate what you will have in the future, can you?

If you dwell on what you don't have then you will get more of it.

You as a sassy, small business ideas genius are not going to be like that are you?

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