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How to get some clarity (and stop feeling stupid)

by Alison Bradford

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Time and time again when I’m working with clients they have the ‘face palming’ moment. You know, the ‘duh, I know this really so why I didn’t I see it before?’ moment.

Phrases like ‘I feel so stupid’ or ‘what an idiot I am’ crop up.

What am I doing to invoke such outbursts you ask? Well, coaching them. Helping them get some clarity and sometimes this can mean pointing out the blindingly obvious.

Have a look down now at that thing on the end of your nose. Can you see it? Nope. Everyone else can see it but you. It’s just out of your range of vision. You need a mirror (else you’ll be going cross-eyed).

Well, sometimes, I act as the mirror. In your business that is. Helping business owners to see what may be obvious when I point it out, but until then has remained annoyingly just out of their vision.

I’ll remind you, as I remind them: Not seeing these does not make you stupid, or any variation on this. It simply makes you human. We ALL need some help at times to figure out what we should be doing to grow our business.

Especially when you are so busy you think you may just collapse in a heap if 1 more thing gets added to your ‘to-do’ list!

When you are caught up in all the day-to-day stuff that needs doing, it can be hard to step back and figure how you can achieve the goals you want in your business. Your energy dips, you feel tired most of the time and you’re not sure where to go next.

Of course, I’d highly recommend working with a business coach if you are serious about this – not only to get clarity but also accountability, support and a kick up the ass when it’s needed. But, if you’re not ready to do this just yet, then here are my tips to help you get some clarity back.

1. STOP everything

Right now, just stop everything that you are doing and breathe! I know that you are ‘too busy’ to do this, but the alternative is to carry on as you are. Believe me, no-one is going to turn up with a magic wand and change everything for you – it’s down to you to make the changes. And, before you can do this, you need to stop everything, just for a little while.

2. Move away

Physically and emotionally you need to move away and get some space from the noise and the constant ‘busyness’. These may be taking a mini-retreat and booking yourself in to a hotel for a couple of days, or it may simply mean taking yourself off to the local coffee shop for a couple of hours.

3. Revisit your objectives

Why did you set up your own business? What do you want to achieve from it?

4. Pick 3 things to do

If you could achieve just 3 things in your business in the next 3 months, that would make the biggest difference, what would they be?

5. Make them happen

Jot down your plan of how you’re going to achieve those 3 things and go make it happen! Schedule them in. Write them down and keep re-reading them. Set them up as your screensaver. Keep them as your focus and you’ll be amazed at what you achieve.

It’s down to you. When you’ve lost clarity and feel like you’re wandering around in a fog, you can either go and seek some expert help, or try and do it yourself. The key is take action and make some changes.

If you’d like to find out more about how business coaching works and to see how I may be able to help you grow your business, you can book in a ‘find out more’ call with me here. It’s on me!

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Alison Bradford

Alison Bradford is a business coach who works with smart, ambitious business owners to get clarity about how they can grow their business and increase profit. Sign up here to learn 6 easy ways you can boost profit in your business today.

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