Is there life after Christmas?


At this time of year, this is a question I often ask myself as I see so many 
people focusing on the ‘ big day’ and the associated holidays. And even if 
you have your own business, and know that life doesn’t stop just because 
Christmas is coming, it’s easy to get sucked into the idea that your internal
 diary stops at Christmas and New Year and doesn’t start up again until 
after it’ s all over. If you find yourself arriving in January thinking ‘ whew, 
that’s it for another year, now what?’ then take heart. Continue reading

Why being still is so important for your business


When you’re feeling frantic, worried about the future, wondering what will happen if ….  (fill in the blanks).
When you’ve got that low-level anxiety going on in the background, or that crabbiness that comes from fear gnawing at your insides, or you’re feeling trapped with no way out…
the one thing that seems obvious to move away from that place is to act.

But actually it’s not. Continue reading

The One Mindset Shift That Will Set You Free

Wheeee! Life can be such a rollercoaster sometimes, and especially business life, where the ups and downs often get reflected in your bank balance, the number of sales you make, or the amount of customers or clients you have.

Just as on a rollercoaster, you sometimes like the thrilling feeling, at other times it can feel dangerously close to the edge and even tip over into terror occasionally. That’s when the wheeee! turns into aaaaagh!

The intention with a rollercoaster ride of course is to experience the thrills of the ups and downs, but the trouble with experiencing your business as a ride like this is that ultimately it is exhausting (imagine being on a real rollercoaster for longer than just the usual few minutes).

It means you’ll be regularly challenged with thoughts and feelings about the state of your business at any one time, so your emotions reach highs and lows too. And of course, you never get to experience the pleasure in taking a slower, more balanced ride, not on rollercoaster tracks, but simply winding through the landscape of life, enjoying what sights, sounds, and experiences are presented to you.

I was thinking about this the other day in our Mistress Mind group, where we spend some of the time celebrating something that has happened. I realized I felt uncomfortable only celebrating the so-called ‘good’ things, which is what is traditionally thought of when the word celebration is mentioned.

For example, we tend not to celebrate divorce, but we do marriage. In business, celebration is encouraged when you sign up a new piece of work, take on a new client or increase your revenue significantly; but not at all when your sales are down one month, or a member of staff makes a mistake, or you lose clients.

In the Mistress Mind group that day, I stated I was going to celebrate mistakes as well as the so-called ‘good’ things. Continue reading

Are You in the Dark About Your Business?

In the north of Scotland in the depths of wintertime, it is dark by 4pm, and not properly light again until after 8am. Many people find this a challenge, but it is of course compensated for by very long summer evenings, when the sun rises about 3am, and doesn’t really set until about 11pm. I reorganise my schedule during the winter so I can easily get out in the daytime. This applies to businesses too, so how much time do you spend in the daylight and night time of your business? Continue reading

You May Be Limiting Your Prosperity Without Even Realizing It – Here’s How

What’s your definition of prosperity? Don’t think about it too much, just write down quickly whatever it is, right now, before you continue reading. I’ll invite you to re-read it at the end of the article, and adjust accordingly if you’re inspired to.

Here are 5 common ways you might be limiting your prosperity: Continue reading