I hate football but ...

I am a big anti-football fan, if there is such a thing, and I take absolutely no notice of what's happening in the football season. However, even as someone who hates football it didn't escape my notice that Leicester City may win the Premier League and that this was some kind of small miracle.

I'm sure you've had loads of motivational emails over the last couple of weeks with the whole "David and Goliath" story, reminding you how with team work and focus, etc, etc, the small guy can over-power the big guy. That may be motivational if you have a team or plans for world domination, but what if you're a one-man band who simply wants to take the next step?

I wouldn't normally talk about football (and I'm fairly certain it won't happen again for another 10 years) but I heard something yesterday that did grab my attention and could be motivational whether you have a team in your business or just you. 

In a sports review on the radio yesterday morning someone said that this is the first time since 1978 that a new team won the Premiership.  Not a team that's new to football, but a team who hasn't won the premiership before.  So for 38 years the title has been spinning around the same few clubs, no-one new has broken through, the status-quo hasn't been upset.  I guess that's why it's such a big deal now that Leicester City has managed to break the mould, shake up the establishment.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Can-Do-Copmressed---iStock_000084442213_XXXLarge.jpgI've been in business 10 years this year.  Many people will congratulate me and tell me what a great achievement this is and how well I've done to survive the recession years and still be in business.  But surviving is all I feel I've done.  Survived not thrived.  It's easy to get down-hearted and wonder if, after 10 years of surviving, it will ever be any different.  

So for me the message from the Premiership this weekend is that the status-quo can be broken ... it doesn't always have to be how it's always been.  With a bit of focus and hard work I and many others can break out of the cycle of sameness and achieve things that we perhaps didn't feel we could before. 

Let's go for it!!!


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Are you just F---?

During the week I watched a clip of a lady called Mel Robbins talking to a conference in San Francisco about how to get what you want.

I touched on motivation last week and in the video Mel talks about how as children we have parents to make us do the things we don’t want to do but need to, but that as adults we have to fulfil that role ourselves … for ourselves.

This is the same in business.  When you’re employed you have a boss to make you do the things you don’t want to do but need to be done, but when you’re self-employed no-one is looking over your shoulder and you can get away with doing what you want, or not doing what you don’t want.

The video is 21 minutes long but definitely worth a watch if you can find the time – it might just help you think about how you can motivate and make yourself do the things you know you need to but don’t necessarily want to (in business or in life).

Click here to watch the video.

P.S.  The F word isn’t what you think ;-)

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A little blue egg made me smile

A number of my friends have been posting daily pictures on Facebook with the tag #100happydays and I’ve noticed that a number of them have reached day 100 this week.  You may have seen these posts from some of your friends.  Do you look with interest and take inspiration from them or do you think they’re just indulging themselves and showing off?

The challenge states that it’s for the benefit of the participant and isn’t designed to show-off.  The point is to improve your positive thinking by having to find something to be happy about every day, even if things aren’t going so well.  It’s an opportunity to appreciate the little things.


b2ap3_thumbnail_June-10th---Lilly-Egg.jpgI had a happy day this week - little Lilly, my Lavender Araucana, started to lay small but beautiful blue eggs :)

I’ve mentioned before about my weekly Business Buddy call and part of agenda is to recall the successes we’ve had that week.  We have both often said that in a week when we’d felt there hadn’t been much success, this has been a great exercise as you realise that there are things that have gone well.


 So I would encourage you to have same way in your regular routine of recounting what has gone well, whether that’s in business or personally or both.  It does help to keep you motivated and moving forward. 

If you want to find out more about the #100happydays challenge click here and congratulations to my Facebook friends who’ve been happy for 100 days!


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