Small Business in 2017 – More on that mindset thing.

I  wanted to outline some of the important business/life matters that I mulled over on a beach in Northern Spain.

It’s interesting what happens when you surrender to what’s around you and just be. The grey matter seems to light up – like it’s suddenly got space to think.

There is plenty of evidence that points to doing nothing, just being for a small part of the day has great benefits for mind and body. It’s also cute that we have insights when we least expect, waking up in the morning and when in the shower.

There are lots of reasons for the shower thing – but that’s not for now.

I already show my Ninja group how to do some of this, but the whole beach thing changed my mind on a couple of aspects so I have redone the whole goal setting and time management thing that my Ninja’s get.

I personally think the term ‘goal’ should be binned, far too close to this whole football malarkey.

Here is the overview.

You life should be mapped out with a couple of massive lifestyle wants – 25 year plan. What is it you finally want to be/do/have. You’ll never get there but it’s something to aim for. I can explain why.

We are ‘river people’ going with the flow is something you should do, swimming upstream is hard and you can’t do it for long.

You might want to be an eminent surgeon, but without medical training (seven years) you have no chance.  But flowing from £10k per month to £20k is pretty straightforward.

Never plan for more than three months at a time.

Have a weekly written plan and daily objectives that you actually monitor.

Swerve as many time sinks as possible. Social media, negative idiots on the office, sad and lonely friends who just drain you (don’t ignore them – allocate time to them.

Disconnect from ‘tech’ which includes the internet and phones, and do it often.

That’s the start. Even if you only do these you’ll be well ahead of the game andyou will move forward.

I’ve met several very wealthy people over the last year who don’t have a mobile or a work email address – far too important to pick up their own phone. Think GP or Cardio Consultant.

I’ve met some of the happiest people on the planet who don’t care what Facebook is.

I’ve also watched two ten year olds play for hours without an Ipad in sight – tech is banned in the house/garden for them.

On the day I returned from my holiday I made Jam, started drying my Sunflowers and  prepared reports for two new consulting  clients.   You really can have most of what you want,  but you need to plan for it and you need systems.

Doing the same old thing year after year just gets you closer to death and nothing else.

Do all of the above your business will change.

If you want to get a foot firmly on the floor and move fast, then this is for you.

Come and become a Ninja, you’ll get the  real deal and finally sort your business shizzle out.


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Self Employed in 2017 – How Much Has Changed