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The Last Thing I Need in my Life is Balance
Everywhere I look I see people calling for balance. It’s a disease taking over the world. In 2019 most people are having all their needs met — they are comfortable being normal.

Where normal = work 8 hours, go home and watch Netflix while mindlessly scrolling through everyone’s ‘perfect lives’ on the gram. On the weekends you hang out with friends, maybe family, wash the car and do the jobs around the house you didn’t have time to do during the week. And people call that balance!

Do a little bit of everything in the hope that it will be enough to work itself out.

What a load of crap!

Creating balance in your life based on someone else’s notion of normal is crazy! Unless you just want to be normal. Have a normal relationship — a better than 50% chance you will end up divorced

Be a normal parent — a better than 40% chance your child will end up living in your basement at 30.

Have a normal business — work all the hours in the week in the hope that sometime in the future I might be the 1 in 100 small business owners that manage to sell my business or the 1% that survives to the ten year mark.

The last thing I want to be is normal and therefore the last thing I need in my life is balance. I am consciously out of balance. From the outside I do nothing but spend time with my husband, my daughter and work. And guess what — that is what I choose to be awesome at. In this life you can’t be great at everything all at once. You have to choose and then take the time, energy and the money to be obsessed with those things you choose to become great.

I choose to work on being exceptional at just those three things and everything else can wait.
Do you write your GOALS down?
Ever thought about why we are not so keen about writing our goals down?

The reason we don’t like to write our goals down is because if we write them down, and we don’t achieve them, then we failed. And we’ve been taught all our lives that failing is bad.

We need to fail. Have a think and let me know if you can name any successful person you’ve ever met (regardless of how you measure that success) and tell me that they never failed.

It’s an impossible question. We all have to fail hundreds and hundreds of times to get to where we are. And to be successful we probably going to have to keep on failing. We just need to fail fast and fail forward. It’s how you learnt to walk and pretty much every other important lesson in your life. Why would you change it?

When it comes to goals we must write them down. And put them up somewhere where we can see them every day as well as someone who will hold us accountable to working towards the goal.

Because the real power in your goals is reaching the goal.

It’s about becoming the person you need to be, to shoot for the goal.

Who do you need to show up as?

What do you need to know?

What skills and tools do you need to get to actually have a go in reaching that goal?

Off you go — get your goals out of your head and write them down, and start work. Go and become the person you need to be to reach that goal.

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Do You Experience Overwhelm?
One of the things I hear all the time from business owners is that they are completely overwhelmed.

They don’t know what to do next. They’ve got a massive list of to do’s and they’re not sure where to even start!

Hey, look, me too! I used to know overwhelm well — for me it often resulted in procrastination, crazy working hours and certainly meant the important things in my business were not getting done! It’s not a word that we like to use cause it sounds really stressed out, and not sure what you’re going to do, a bit confused and nobody wants to sound or look like that in their business.

It looks like a swan — gliding along the surface, keeping it all together for people looking in from outside. Yet underneath the water you are paddling like crazy just to stay afloat. It looks ok but it feels awful and it’s unresourceful.

But when you are trying to run a business, look after your family, be a great partner, be a friend, do the stuff you need to do at school, do the stuff you need to do at home, it’s really easy to get into overwhelm.

What I would love to share with you is what causes that overwhelm. That overwhelm is caused by too many choices and the need to make decisions for each of those choices. It’s something that is a signal of success. I know it doesn’t feel successful — but without some level of success you are unlikely to have choices.

As humans, it wasn’t that long ago that we didn’t have any choices.

You didn’t get to choose what to eat because, it was what someone dragged home or what you found in the forest.

You didn’t get to choose what job you did. if your Mum and Dad did it, that’s what you did. If they were the blacksmith — you would become the blacksmith. If they were an actor then you became an actor.

You didn’t get a choice in all of those things and in a really short space of time, we’ve gone from having no choices to having a multitude of choices. When I was a kid, we had two tv channels, and when it rained it got down to one, so there wasn’t a choice.

Now pull up Netflix, pull up Light Box, pull out whatever it is you’re using to watch TV and you’ve got thousands and thousands of choices that we just never had before.

And what happens is, our inability to make a decision between those choices creates overwhelm.

It’s the same in our business, there are so many different ways that you can get to your customers. There are so many different ways that you can run your workflow or do your project management. There’s so many ways that you can create your content.

And because there are so many choices we get frozen — like a possum in the headlights going, “Oh my God which choice is right, I’m not sure which is right”

The problem is not that you’re overwhelmed — that’s a symptom of the problem.

The problem is that you’ve got so many choices. What you need to know, is how to make the right choices. The solution is to work out how you’re going to make a decision. Create a great decision making model and then move yourself forward.

Relax a little and just recognise that it’s something that has come along over a really short space of time, and as humans we are still adapting to how we can deal with it.

And in your business, it’s just the same.

If you want to have a proven framework for making decisions I include that in my Power Hour. Starting on the 1st of July 2019.

If you would like to know more book a free strategy session with me or you can just book straight in to join The Power Hour.

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