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Time to stop faffing about

by Alison Bradford

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Time for some tough talking from someone who cares.

Are you saying the same things over and over again as a reason you’re not where you want to be right now?

See if you’ve heard yourself saying any of these recently:

If only I had more time / more money / a better website / more supportive family / influential friends / a lucky break / not started a business in a recession.

Now for the tough talking.

Stop making excuses and giving reasons for not reaching your goals and start finding ways to make it happen.

I know that it’s not easy, and I know that there are plenty of challenges to overcome, but you can do it, if you want to badly enough.

It’s all in the level of desire. If you don’t want it bad enough then you are never going to get it, so check back in with your goals and see how strong your desire is.

If you’re struggling to get past the excuses, try asking yourself this:

If I were already the person I wanted to be, what would I do differently?

This is what us ‘coachy’ people call a powerful question. It can free up your mind to look beyond those excuses and start figuring out what you need to be doing.

Or think of a person you admire and ask yourself ‘What would [Richard Branson / Michelle Mone / insert your own] do in this situation?’

You may be amazed at how creative your brain gets when putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.

It will highlight to you that you are staying in your comfort zone too much and need to get a move on and start busting out of there.

We all have areas that we prefer to focus on, where we’re at our most comfortable. Maybe it’s getting out and about and meeting with lots of people but not turning this into new business. Maybe it’s spending too much time in the office planning and not enough time taking action. Or perhaps you thrive on being busy and have completely lost your way as you get more and more busy but get done less of the things that actually make a difference.

No more hiding away in the comfort zone – it’s time to bust out and start doing things a little differently from now on.

You’ve heard the saying ‘if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’, right?

Well it’s true. So, if you’re feeling dis-satisfied right now with your lot, and progress in your business is not where you want it to be, it’s time to do something different.

What do you need to be doing differently?

Putting yourself in your alter-ego’s shoes will help you to get clarity on what you need to be doing. It’s one of those lightbulb moments.

You’ll suddenly find yourself thinking bigger, braver and smarter than before.

Go beyond the thinking now and start taking action.

It’s time to rip those excuses up and get out of your own way – believe that you have the resources you need to make it happen and start doing things differently.

The alternative is to stay exactly where you are now, and I’m assuming you don’t want this to happen.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you are going to do differently from now on.

Want some more help? Book in a 30 minute call with me (on the house) and let’s figure it out together.

PS – Are you with the other awesome business owners who are getting my free ‘Rock Your Biz’ tips each week,  to give you clarity, focus and energy to grow your business? You can get them here.

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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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Amy Carson November 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi Alison
I’ve followed your blog for a while and love your posts. It’s strange that you should write this post right now as it completely reflects something I’ve been thinking about and actually wrote about in my own blog yesterday http://amysbuttonbox.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/epiphany/ . It’s weird how lot’s of different things collide to tell you the same message. I truly believe in the Buddhist proverb that when the student is ready the teacher appears.
So, what am I doing differently? I am ‘unplugging’ myself so that I have the time to do the things I want to do. That means no TV or at least only watching 1 programmer per night that I really want to watch and only going on the internet when I have written down what I want to look for/at, so that I don’t spend hours mindlessly watching TV/browsing the internet.
What has the result been so far? I feel liberated and I am getting so much done!
Thanks for a great post!

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Alison Bradford November 13, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Hi Amy,
Thanks for you comment – I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this post and it sounds like it was a message you need to hear right now. Great that you’ve already started to make some changes and its good to keep challenging yourself to go back to your goals and check that what you are doing is moving forward towards them. Would love to know how you get on.

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