Ever have a brilliant idea pop into your head that is super inspiring and exciting, and maybe even a bit scary? But you know it is something you really want to do?
You start playing out all of the tasks that lay ahead of you to achieve the goal, and before you know it you have talked yourself out of it…telling yourself it was a silly idea anyway?
The thing is, anything worth having in this life normally takes a bit of work, requiring time, effort, resources, information…it is never straightforward, and for that reason, big life changing plans can feel overwhelming, scary…complex.
It is no wonder we stay in our comfort zone.
But what if we made a deal with our self to just take the very first step, with no pressure, no expectation, no concern about the steps after that? What if we just took action of the very first thing on the list and dealt with the rest of it at a later date?
Would that be super scary?
When I signed up for the London Marathon back in 2011 I could barely run to the top of my road. If I had worried about a training plan, the right trainers to wear, how to fuel, the fact I’d have to train with other people, the chaffing, the pain, the fatigue…well I would never have got round to running that race…and my life would be so much different to where I am now,
When I look back at all of the significant achievements in my life, I can trace each and every one of them back to some kind of mundane reasonably pedestrian step…and action that often required something as simple as saying yes to an opportunity, typing my details into a website or handing over my credit card.
Don’t for a moment think I am minimalising the effort it requires to take the first step.
It is scary, it takes courage…it requires a massive leap of faith.
But god does it make you feel alive.
And most of the time it leads you to places you could never have expected.
Over the years I have got better and better at taking these first steps…I find it easier to identify them, to act on them more promptly, to appreciate their power.
It has helped me channel my fear and kick-start some incredible adventure and it could do exactly the same for you.
Next week I embark on a new adventure, again instigated by a first step.
I bought a book.
A book from a lady I look up to, a speaker and coach I aspire to be like in many ways.
She lives in the USA so the book was the closest I could get to her for the time being, but my intention even at the time of purchasing the book was to work more closely with her, to see her in action.
A few days after reading the book I found myself taking part in a FREE webinar she was hosting….and then I found myself taking out my credit card and buying her (reasonable I thought) online programme.
Then a few weeks into this programme I received an email stating as part of this course delegates got a free ticket to her conference in SAN DIEGO!!!!!!
I must admit at this point for a while my excitement was momentarily overtaken with my mind monkeys making me question how this could ever be possible. Childcare? Finances? Workload? Fear?
But then I found some cheap flights, arranged an air b&b apartment and childcare…and now on Thursday I fly to a part of the world I have always wanted to visit, to meet a woman I know will change my life.
Next week I go to see Lisa Nichols at her event called…wait for it….”How to speak and write to make millions” ha ha, I know its very American, a bit in your face…and not really on brand for me and my “No Bullshit” way of doing things.
But Lisa Nichols and I are not that dissimilar, we both come from quite humble beginnings and we both understand the power we have to change our lives and the lives of others through inspired action and self-belief.
Next week is a big week for me, in fact May is a massive month for me…as I launch the next round of my Living a Bigger Life group programme, a programme that helps women to be more decisive, to take inspired action, to have faith that things will unfold once you take the first step towards your goals.
60 women have gone through this programme so far, 60 women who were brave enough to take the first step…not knowing really what was to come, trusting that I would look after them, that I would help them move towards their goals and get enormous value from their investment.
Lucy from Brighton said,
This course changed my life!
I have realised that normal people can do extraordinary things, and now I’m really considering my purpose and myself-worth
She took just one simple step, and the rest is now unfolding. In the last 3 months she has committed to launching a new business, is writing a book…but also she reports back on smaller more intangible results around speaking up more at work and being more confident.
How would that feel for you?
How would it feel to just have to take one step and know all this other stuff is just round the corner?
The May cohort starts on the 28th May. You have until the 18th to sign up or until the available places have sold (Whichever comes first). There is also an earlybird price for anyone super ready to take the first step and sign up before the 11th May…in fact, I tell you what? Take the step right now, right this moment, before today is up and I will throw in a 121 intensive session with me…to really kick start and support your goal.
Click here to find out more about this transformational programme
It is just one step…not just with my course…but with anything you want from life but have been putting off, convincing yourself it’s not really for you… cos it’s too expensive, it’s not the right time, and of course you will do it at some other point in your life.
But if not now…then when?
Take the first step…see where it might take you.
40,000 runners took that step just over a year ago, and on Sunday 99% of them crossed the finish line of the London Marathon heroes. They covered 26.2 miles…a distance that started with just one step.
A decision which made each and every one of them a hero.
It took just one step….to sign up to something which they believed would change their life.
I’m gonna be straight with you.
Despite offering a FREE “10 ways to make money for your adventures” challenge as part of my work as a life coach I am no expert on money really…heck I’ve made some god awful financial decisions over the last 10 years…4 years ago for example I found myself unemployed, a newly single parent and about to lose my home.
But boy have I been on some adventures!!!!
I have done some amazing things in my life…even if my bank balance hasn’t always been that impressive.
Even as a kid growing up in East London with 5 siblings and a Dad that went AWOL, we had little to no money but I always found a way to do cool stuff.
Since learning about the law of attraction I now know this is because I am a powerful manifester…so whether its raising cash fast or getting stuff for free, if I want something badly enough, put in some graft and have enough faith…it ALWAYS comes to fruition.
So when did I learn all this stuff about the law of attraction? I reckon it all started about 3 years ago when I went through a patch of excessive reading, and I stumbled across an author called Pam Grout, and then The Secret…but mostly I took things up a level when I came across an Australian Lady called Denise Duffield Thomas.
I read her book, binge watched all her YouTube and then on a whim one night when I was at my wits end about not having any money, I bought her Money Bootcamp Course.
Now just to be clear….I HAD NEVER BOUGHT AN ONLINE COURSE BEFORE IN MY LIFE!!!
I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW I WOULD PAY FOR THIS COURSE…I added it to my credit card and just hoped for the best (not something I actually advocate to my coaching clients)
But anyway, it turned out to be the best decision of my life.
I learned so much about myself, and I absolutely transformed my income levels and more importantly my attitude to money. For example in 2014 when I joined Money Bootcamp I was still heavily reliant on benefits and my business turnover was somewhere in the region of £10,000, fast forward just a few years and last year I attracted more than £100,000 of value into my life (So things like free holidays, products and services) and my turnover was an amount not dissimilar…and the most exciting part of this is I got to do my most favourite thing….TRAVEL, last year alone I traveled to more than 10 countries, places I could only have dreamed of before I started this journey.
In May last year Denise was actually in London and I went along to an event she was hosting, it was brilliant and one of the things which she said which I still can’t get out of my head is that,
“Rich women are going to change the world”
Such a powerful statement…but I mean come on poor women are hardly going to change it are they, I know I have been one (relatively of course) for far too long….and most of the time we are simply tied up worrying, trying not go under and caring for those closest to us.
I used to say things like,
“I don’t want to be rich I just want to be comfortable”
I used to undervalue myself, not charge enough for my work, always go for the budget options…even when I could afford a more VIP option…even on things like toilet paper (like urrgghhh surely my bum deserves better right?)
So many of us women feel uncomfortable and icky around talking about money…like its something dirty, something we should just leave to the men to deal with…hell no…I made that mistake once and look where that got me. No, I want to be 100% in control of my wealth creation, and for me to do that I have to keep my money mindset in check.
I have realised over the years with my coaching work with Too Fat to Run, self worth and net worth are often interconnected…women not wanting to spend money on themselves as they don’t see the point, or thinking others are more deserving.
My little money mini challenge is my small way of raising these issues with the women I work with, I just wish I was better equipped to help women understand the money stuff better…because I am still here working it out too. I still have months where I am not sure if I can pay my mortgage, and I still feel I am held back at times by feelings of not being enough.
Which is why I have partnered with Denise to help her promote her course, The Money Bootcamp Course which I have been an active member of for over 3 years, a course which I have seen absolutely transform women’s lives….whether they run businesses or not.
Denise has a FREE video and ebook thingy “The 3 Things Which Keep Women Broke and Exhausted” doing the rounds at the moment, so you can check her out and see what you think for yourself….and if you decide to buy her course I get a small fee as a thank you (affiliate marketing is something I would never have considered before meeting Denise) and as a thank you to you I have an incredible bonus for you…because I don’t just want Denise to have the pleasure of working with you…I want in on the action too.
So here is the bonus I am offering for anyone who buys Denise’s Money Bootcamp before the 20th April when the doors close for this live round.
- A FREE place on my Living a Bigger Life Mastermind worth £597
- A 121 Big Fat Stupid Goal Strategy Session with me worth £297
- A signed copy of my upcoming book “Living a Bigger Life” worth £8.99
So that is £900 worth of FREE bonuses….cos I really want you to do this course, and of course join my wonderful Living a Bigger Life Mastermind too (at no extra cost)
I am super passionate about helping women take back their power…whether that is turning their back on the diet industry that doesn’t give a shit about them, undertaking massive exciting challenges or taking back control of their money and creating abundant happy lives for themselves and their families.
This stuff matters
Feel free to ask me any questions relating to Denises programme or my Living a Bigger Life programme…I won’t bullshit you, I hate having someone sell me something I don’t need…and I would never do that to other women. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s have a chat
Leave it, I can do it myself Mum!!!
Gosh if I had a pound for every time my 5-year-old told me that, I could pack up all this work malarky and take up gardening or cake making.
My daughter has been like this for as long as I can remember, putting on her own socks before she could even walk, doing up her own seatbelt in the car, and cutting up her own food.
She is very independent, just like me I guess.
This isn’t to say she doesn’t get unstuck sometimes…because she is stubborn too, just like me.
It is OK to ask for help sometimes Rose
I tell her and then remind myself to take that advice too.
In the early days of setting up my business, I really needed to hear that. After a few months of going it alone, I went along to a local business development agency in East London for some advice, and the uninspiring advisor said to me,
What you have here love, isn’t a business, it is a hobby and you will never make any money from it
Well, that told me…although it didn’t.
I steamed ahead with my idea and built my business anyway. It kind of put me off advisors and coaches though, I figured I simply couldn’t trust anyone to have my best interestes at heart and besides I knew best anyway.
I needed a coach. I was just too pig-headed to admit it back then. For years I scraped together bits of wisdom and support here and there, whether it was right for me or not, I read heaps, did FREE online courses and followed YouTube videos of how to do certain things….bouncing from strategy to strategy, exhausting myself in the process.
But I got to a point about a year ago where I knew I couldn’t go on any more…I needed a business coach. I was all out of ideas for growing my business, I was on the road to burn out, and I was starting to resent the amount of time and energy I had put into it with little reward…well there was reward, but not the rewards I wanted to see.
So I apprehensively took on a business coach…a digital strategist called Gemma Went, someone I had been spying on for about a year.
I joined her Flourish Mastermind in May, and within a matter of weeks I was quite simply able to exhale, knowing I was in capable hands, knowing I wasn’t alone anymore…knowing I had the support I needed to reshape my business brick by brick…webpage by webpage.
Since May I have,
- Launched a whole new business
- Invested in a new website and photos
- Met a bunch of awesome women (other business owners) who I know have my back
- Regained my confidence
- Increased my online presence
- Improved my working practices
- Hired a personal assistant
- Decreased my stress levels
- Tripled my income…yes you read that TRIPLED!!!
So why am I telling you all this? Especially if you are not running a business? Well, the clue is in the title of this blog really isn’t it?
- Why should you hire a coach?
- Why should you hire a no bullshit coach…because let’s face it there are a whole heap of people faking it out there.
- Why should you hire me as your life coach? There I said it…why me?
Here are my top 5 reasons
- For Direction – Women often tell me they feel lost…or worst still they are overwhelmed with heaps of ideas or too many people telling them what to do, and not knowing where to start. My programme will force you to stop and take stock and then focus on moving in one clear direction….with the number 1 focus being on Living A Bigger more Exciting Life
- For Accountability – Let’s face it if your parents didn’t nag and your teachers didn’t dish out detentions and bad marks you wouldn’t have done your homework right? That there my friend is accountability. But as adults, we often shy away from accountability in part because we don’t want someone telling us what to do, or frowning on us if we don’t do it. But what is the point in having goals if there is nobody there to ensure you do the work towards achieving them?
- For Structure – My programme takes you through a tried and tested process which helps you deal with the challenges you are facing one by one. It has a clear process with regular opportunities for you to feedback on your progress, with a recommended 10-week duration making it urgent enough to actually do the work on. with lifetime access you get to go through this process over and over again focussing on new goals each time.
- For Practical Support – I rarely tell women exactly what to do, but sometimes women simply get stuck and need ideas for how to actually do something. Where to look for inspiration. How to move to the next step. What to declutter. How to administer self-care. Sometimes women need to be reminded to sign up for the course they really want to do, or to open the savings account they keep promising themselves they will. Sometimes women literally need someone to hold their hand while doing all of this.
- For Unwavering Love – And I do not say this lightly. Don’t we all want someone to love and care for us. Someone to listen for listening sake, not to offer an immediate solution. We want a place to offload, to work stuff through, to get virtual hugs or dare I say it a caring nurturing boot up the backside. Sometimes my love is tough love…but it is always unwavering, and unconditional…just as love always should be. We want like-minded folk around us who are not going to laugh at our ambition, who can be there to celebrate our wins and to support us through our challenges.
So finally, let me tell you a final story about the impact of coaching.
I recently become an ambassador for Swimathon a national charity swimming challenge in the UK.
I am not a swimmer. I am a runner. But I figured it would be a good challenge, and I would get the chance to meet Olympic swimmers Duncan Goodhue and Keri Anne Payne.
The launch event was very exciting. I met all of the other ambassadors who had interesting and inspiring stories, and varying abilities when it comes to their swimming capabilities.v And then we got in the pool.
I have never been a strong swimmer. I can swim breaststroke forever but with front crawl I have only ever been able to swim a lap or two…in fact I had built up to one lap of the 50 meter London Aquatic centre pool since it had become my local pool…but even then I always had to take a few minutes to catch my breath at the end of a front crawl lap.
A 10-minute theory session with Keri Anne, and then 20 minutes of practical coaching in the pool by the Olympians, and 35 years of bad technique and an absolute lack of confidence was replaced with a swimming technique which I now know to be life-changing.
Today I swam 1000 meters all front crawl, with no gaps at each end…and in 36 minutes.
All because I had access to great coaching.
Now I can’t promise to get you on an Olympic podium, but I can help you win at life (gosh that sounded a bit cheesy) but it is true. I will help you to see the potential that you just can’t see, and I will make you take the action you have always been to afraid to take…and we will have heaps of fun along the way too.
Hiring a coach is one of the best things you can do if you have a track record of looking after everyone else but you. It draws a line in the sand when it comes to that behavior, and who knows what progress you will make in just 10 weeks.
I had to have a think too.
I’m not sure I remember to be quite honest.
Back in September, I mucked about in mud with a bunch of strangers for Tough Mudder…which is kind of the same thing right?
Did you know that the 11th January is National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day…I know right? Who comes up with this stuff.
It got me thinking though about splashing in puddles and how much fun it can be.
I often used to play outside in the rain getting drenched as a kid, not caring if I caught a cold or had to make a long journey home damp and uncomfortable..so when did we lose that sense of fun and spontaneity?
I remember around 17 years ago me and my sister went to a local music festival and it started raining and literally everyone packed up and went home…like seriously we were the only two people still dancing in a near empty park…ok so a little bit of alcohol may have been involved, but I will never forget how much fun that was or how free I felt.
And more recently we went to a music festival where it rained all day…we invented something called The Umbrella Game…where the goal was to get under as many strangers umbrellas without actually asking for permission. We had a blast. Obviously, we told them what we were doing afterwards…but the reactions were fascinating.
Some people were like “Yeah come on in” others were like “What is she on?” (Nothing just so we are clear). We went home wet to the bone but filled to the brim with good vibes and happy thoughts…it was a wonderful way of embracing the terrible weather and making the most of it.
So what has this got to do with you?
Well, on National Step In A Puddle And Splash Your Friends Day I am challenging you to live a little, to get wet in the rain, to have a food fight, to rugby tackle your partner onto the floor tickling them until the surrender or wet themselves (Whichever comes first). Wouldn’t it be great to reignite that sense of fun again, not to worry about who is going to clear up after, or having to rewash your hair?
Jump and splash in the damn puddles…I dare you!!!
OK…so maybe it’s not raining today…although rain was forecast for London, maybe you can just take the intent of this and just do something new with a friend, schedule something spontaneous. Ever do that with your mates?
Hey we haven’t seen each other for ages, let’s go out and do something off the cuff spontaneous
OK let me check my schedule…..
Erm…how does 3 months Tuesday work?
Spending quality time with your mates gets harder and harder as you get older and your life takes on more responsibility, and yes sometimes we do have to schedule the fun stuff as sad as that may seem. Holidays. Day Trips. Festivals. They all take a certain amount of planning and commitment to make happen. But god are they worth it. Our friends are the family we choose for our self and they are integral to our well being and ultimate happiness.
And because I am all about the happiness, I have a brilliant offer for you guys…but it literally is live for just 24 hours….so do not delay…get involved. Be spontaneous…and drag your bestie in with you too.
To celebrate national splash in a puddle with a friend day….
I will give a free place on my Living A Bigger Life 10-week mastermind for a friend of your choice to anyone who signs up for themselves. So not only do you get this at the super early bird price of £359…your mate gets to do it with you too…and because its online it doesn’t even need to be someone who lives close to you. How awesome does that sound, getting to hang out virtually with your bestie working on the shit that matters?
Come on take that jump!!
You can find out more about how Life Coaching could help you and the transformation you can expect here. Plus see what you get over the 10 weeks and beyond. If you decide to sign up, once the payment has been processed drop me a line at email@example.com with the name and email address of your friend. Buy One Get One Free can’t get any better than that right?
I got my first official job when I was 13.
I worked in Forest Gate Wimpy for £1.50 cleaning dishes, serving customers and occasionally on a Saturday dressing up as Mr Wimpy and playing party games with children who were high on chocolate sundaes.
As difficult as I was as a child you could never call me work shy.
I did all kinds of jobs to make sure I had money growing up. Checkout assistant in a supermarket, theatre usher, salad packer, barmaid…you name it I have probably done it for a bit.
So you might think I would be a bit overwhelmed and perhaps a little embarrassed walking into Stratford Job Centre aged 36 to sign on. But I wasn’t really, I just saw it as a bit of a new adventure. I figured a couple of months with some extra cash now my maternity pay had stopped would come in handy, and I assumed the advisors there would get me back into employment in no time.
Sadly they just didn’t know what to do with me. I had close to a year ago been made redundant at 7 months pregnant from a managerial position in a local authority working on the 2012 Olympics, and when they looked at my colourful and varied CV showing 20 years of employment I almost wondered if they thought I was making it all up.
The first few weeks of signing on were a little annoying but bearable. Rose was still very small but there was no lift to get to the second floor where you had your interviews, so I had to carry her up, with all my bags etc…and trying to keep a toddler quiet and out of trouble while you are explaining for the fourth time that a retail job just wasn’t going to work, became a little trying.
It was the way people spoke to me that really started getting me annoyed. They expected me to understand the system…using phrases and terminology that only the hardcore unemployed would know…I was new to all of this, so then the staff would often turn to sarcasm or tell me that this had all been explained to me before when it hadn’t.
I played the game though…looking for proper employment the way I knew how to. I mean I hadn’t been out of work EVER as an adult, something had always come along, and I often went from job to job with nice little promotions and pay rises along the way. I thought I was reasonably employable.
“Oh but you haven’t been using job search,” the woman said to me one day.
“Erm no, I haven’t…there are no jobs over 20K on job search” followed by “plus the kinds of employment I am looking for just aren’t listed there”
“Well, Julie your circumstances have changed now you might have to be more flexible” she said.
There was no way I was going to take a pay cut of more than 50% and move into an area of work I wasn’t interested in, it just wasn’t going to happen. So a battle of wills started to take place each fortnight, with myself and the advisor going round and round in circles. I did go for one job interview. It was an interesting job, part-time and a low salary but I figured I could top it up with some freelance work. But I didn’t get it…I still to this day think it was the cheap suit the Job Centre had paid for that did it….not to sound ungrateful but my old suits didn’t fit me anymore and I didn’t have the cash to buy another…so I had to go to their preselected stores and choose one. Urgghhh.
It all came to a head one day when I went to sign on one day, it had been raining outside and I was a bit hot and flustered as Rose was playing up a bit and when I asked at reception if I could go up to sign on they said that my claim had been stopped and I would have to wait a certain amount of weeks to reapply (I can’t remember the details now…I think I have blocked it all out)
At first, I was calm and asked if I could speak to an advisor about how it would affect my housing benefit and council tax relief but they refused and said I could phone instead. Jobcentres don’t pick up the phone…or maybe it was just me…maybe they just didn’t pick up for me. I just wanted to know on what grounds they had cancelled my claim…I wanted to see that advisor and have her explain it to me to my face.
And in that moment I became THAT person.
If you have ever signed on or been in a government building around people trying to get their life back together, you will know THAT person.
It’s the person that just loses their shit.
Now I am not an angry person, in fact I am quite reserved…don’t like to make a fuss…but I was done with being treated like a nobody. Now I understood why the place had security, and why 2 out of the 3 phones on the wall had been ripped out of their sockets and were no longer in use.
“I am a person” I screamed.
“I am a real fucking person, can’t you just treat me like an actual person?”
And that’s when the three (yes three) security guards who I had seen for the last six months and nodded at, walked over to me and firmly escorted me out of the building.
My face was red, my eyes were brimmed with tears and my heart was pounding…I was so bloody angry.
I was angry at them, but also I was angry at me.
I had completely lost any sense of who I was. I had nothing to cling on to. No job. No social life. A relationship which was fast falling apart. I had never felt so alone in all of my life.
The following week I was asked to come back into the job centre as there had been a mistake and I would be allowed to sign on afterall.
Part of me didn’t even want to go back in that building.
But I had to.
I was on a mission. Unlike any, I had ever been on and not to go and cause a riot.
In the week gone past I had found out that there was a scheme, you could be referred to from the Jobcentre if you were interested in starting up your own business…and I was interested in setting up my own business…boy was I ready to start up my own business.
I had been writing a blog for a number of years and had built up quite a following…I just had to work out a way to monetise it.
What followed was 6 months of filling in forms, creating a business plan, attending workshops which were so piss easy it was a joke…and then finally in June 2014 I received £2500 start-up loan and Too Fat to Run was born.
I felt like I was a somebody again.
Look guys, this isn’t your typical rags to riches story…cos damn I am nowhere near rich yet, but every day I walk past that building I am reminded of how close I was to losing everything and hitting rock bottom…I was literally weeks away from losing my home, the home I had worked for 10 years to achieve, I was considering using the local food bank…shit, I didn’t even have a flipping pair of jeans that fitted me.
It is a million miles away from where I am today, just 4 years later, but I am reminded so often now that all you need is an idea and someone to believe in it, to help you out of the hole you can often find yourself in when life takes a nose dive like mine did.
I am also reminded that some people go through that shit week in week out, dealing with being spoken down to and not believed when they say they are looking for work…it is enough to break you, seriously it really is.
Today has been a momentous day for me, just like that day was when I got unceremoniously kicked out of my local jobcentre, a day which I think I will look back on as the day it all changed.
Today though has been an ordinary day though in many ways. I woke up late, spent the day at my desk barely taking time for a break, I picked Rose up from school went and did some shopping, came home cooked and played with Rose until it was time for me to go and do CrossFit…I am marathon training at the moment in case you didn’t know.
And then at 10pm, I sat at my desk looking for the message I had been anxiously dreading all week.
The website is done…its up…its ready to share.
My new business venture which I have been working on for the past 12 months was finally ready to launch into the big bad world….and it hit me like a train.
4 years ago I was Julie Creffield, an unemployed new parent who had completely and absolutely lost her sense of direction in life.
Today I am Julie Creffield, CEO & Founder of a global company, author of 8 books, ultramarathon running, award-winning blogger….oh and transformational LIFE COACH!!!
I am a somebody. A somebody on a mission to change the bloody world.
I help ordinary women who are a little bit lost like I was to do extraordinary things with their lives. I help brilliant women work out what it is they really want and then give them the tools to do it. I help women live healthier, happier, wealthier, more adventurous lives…and in the process of doing that, I make sure I never have to go in that bloody Jobcentre or any other one like it ever again.
I have just come out of a really busy phase, work wise…I mean a really busy phase.
And all around me I can see business owners talking about slowing things down, looking towards new goals for 2018 and starting to taking some time off to prepare for Christmas, so maybe you’d think I’d follow suit.
But hang on?
Christmas Day is like 40 days away.
I don’t want to stop working yet.
Now, perhaps this is a gender thing, but I saw a discussion in a Facebook group of female business owners earlier this week about the unfair responsibility at home that women either willingly take on or are somehow burdened with when it comes to the festivities, and it made me realise that if this is the case then female owned businesses are seriously at a disadvantage, if every year they are winding down their business 3 or 4 weeks earlier than their male counterparts…to go off and find matching Christmas Crackers and locating the perfect gift for uncle bob who they only see once a year for a few hours. Knowing that many working mothers often take on the lions share of childcare during the school holidays too across the year…we literally have fewer days than ever to make our businesses work for us.
Now this is not me being all bah humbug, nor starting a gender war about who does what…I don’t have a husband so what do I know anyway? All I know is that Christmas, and other holidays seem to be an excuse to take your foot of the pedal, to be complacent, to become lazy even.
So I wanted to write this post today to encourage you not to stop, nor to focus too much yet on plans for 2018, but to instead think about what you can achieve with the remaining 47 days of this year.
What could you do with that time?
Have a look back at what you had on your goals list for 2017, and how many of them could you still squeeze in….it isn’t too late.
And remember, they don’t have to be SMART goals, I bloody well hate SMART goals…writing my best book ever in 27 days, or 19 if you don’t count the editing time…was not realistic in the slightest, instead it was a…
Big. Fat. Stupid.Goal
The best sort in my mind.
Go crazy, think about something outrageous you could do before the year is out.
How many past clients could you reconnect with, how many more speaking gigs or training days could you get booked in, how many outstanding invoices could you get processed? What could you pitch for, what could you launch, what could you try, what could you publish.
What could you do, you didn’t think possible?
Perhaps working later into the month of December will put you at an advantage to your competitors too, because you are available to have those discovery calls, and to help potential clients and customers work out what they need over the next few months.
I am most definitely not done for the year, I plan to have my best financial quarter of the year, and am about to launch another pilot round of my Living A Bigger Life Mastermind…I mean why would I be encouraging the women I work with to wait until January?
Don’t get me wrong…enjoy the festive parties, and the more relaxed attitude to work in the last week before the big day, but come on people we are only in November…even if I did go out in xmas themed leggings today in advance of my Countdown to Christmas challenge going live.
Now get back to work you orrible lot, otherwise Santa won’t bring you anything nice!!!