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Why is courage one of the most important values or qualities that you can have in your life and in your business?

“Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. Just 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery and I promise you something great will come of it.” From Benjamin Mee’s book, We Bought a Zoo

Sometimes you don’t even need 20 seconds of bravery — just one act.

What if you asked your team at the weekly or monthly meeting what they did that took courage in the last week or month and made this a question you asked them on a regular basis?

What if you asked yourself this question at the end of every workday for the next 30 days? 

There’s one thing that I guarantee would happen. Your world would be transformed.

What’s one small act of courage you could take today?

Share it with us!

At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to reconnect and rebuild their confidence; which leads to their better future in the days and years ahead. Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk. We are here to help and encourage you.


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In helping people find their best way forward, I have been asking them these questions to really get them to think and process where they are at during this time. Here are those questions for you to ponder and think about too.  

What if everything that has been happening in the last six months was to teach us and make us stronger?

What if it was to make you and me focus on what’s truly important?

How do I switch from seeing these things with my own eyes to seeing it with the eyes of my customers? 

All the challenges that we have gone through lately are going to make us better leaders and help create a clearer vision for our business and our team. 

The questions again in a little more detail are:

  1. What if this is happening for us?
  2. What does this make possible?
  3. What if this is actually meant to strengthen us as a company and you as a person?
  4. When was the last time you identified your why? Why are you here? Why are you doing this work?
  5. When was the last time you let your “why” dictate the way forward as you did your work?

We know this — when you’ve lost your way, go back and deeply connect with your big why. Then, watch everything make sense again and get clarity.

If you’d like help in figuring out your “why” again and the best way forward, reach out to us and schedule a free consultation. At Confidence Coach we are here to offer business owners a place to connect, build their confidence and a better future.

 


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As a leader, here are some questions you should be asking your team members on a regular (or even daily) basis to lead them in the right direction. These questions will promote a positive focus that your team needs from you during these difficult times. When you lead with enthusiasm and a positive attitude, it helps propel everyone forward in that direction too. You set the tone.

  1. What’s going right?
  2. What’s working?
  3. What can we build on?
  4. What’s possible now?
  5. What is the seed of opportunity in this difficult time? 
  6. What are your wins today?
  7. What have you learned today that you can apply tomorrow?

At Confidence Coach, we focus on the positive and want to help you do the same. If you need help in leading and encouraging your team, reach out to us. I wrote an article some time ago called Start Your Meetings with Wins. This is a great example of how to lead your team. We’ve got plenty more examples where that came from. So, if you’d like some help, go ahead and schedule a free consultation now.


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What are the little things that you are doing right now that in the future will lead to the big things in your life?

I really love this saying by Robert Brault: “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” 

Here’s a list of little things that I’ve compiled for myself that I believe in the future will end up being the big things:

  1. Saying I love you daily.
  2. Sharing a hug.
  3. Saying please and thank you.
  4. Listening intently to the person in front of me. 
  5. Learning something new today.
  6. Being thankful.
  7. Smiling. 
  8. Doing meaningful work. 
  9. Having a great conversation.
  10. Speaking words of encouragement. 
  11. Sending handwritten notes. 
  12. Living out my faith and beliefs.
  13. Singing songs that give me joy.
  14. Walking into somebody’s life when everybody else walks out.

These are just a few of the things that I believe are little today but in the long term will be the big things in my life and in my legacy.

What are some little things in your life that you feel will make a huge difference in the long run? Please let me know at scott@confidencecoach.org or schedule a call to share your thoughts.


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Have you ever thought of the term “double vision” for your business?

Double vision is making choices to be profitable and productive today AND three years from today.

Has your business had to pivot from either what you’re doing or how you’re doing it? 

We have seen these difficult times give people inspiration and opportunity to create new and better things than ever before.

Just remember, the choices and decisions you make in your business today not only impact today, but they also impact where you will be in your business three years from today.

 Let us help you figure out what your best choices and decisions are to move you towards your best future. Reach out today and schedule a free consultation.


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Are you in the habit of putting off things until “someday”? With all that has gone on the last few months, most of us realize just how precious life is and maybe there are certain things that we shouldn’t put off until someday.

Do you know why I am saying this? 

Because “someday” never comes. We only have today and what we make of it. Yes, we can plan and we can schedule things out, but as most of us have seen, some things are out of our hands when it comes to how we operate our business or make choices for our families. 

So, the important thing is to make the very best of today. If there is something that you can do today to build your business to the next level or help someone out, do it now. There’s no guarantee that you have tomorrow to do it.

I’ve given this illustration before of how fast a life goes by. Let me give it to you again.

I want you to do an exercise for me using a tape measure. 

Take the tape measure, set it on the floor, and mark that very first notch as the day you were born.

The next few dashes – mark graduation, marriage, birth of kids, etc.

Also put a mark down for the day you started your business.

Then the inevitable question becomes this:  How long is that tape measure?

How long do you think you’re going to live?

Have you thought about what’s outside of that tape measure — what is your legacy going to be?

Or have you forgotten why you’re doing this business? Did you start it so that you and your family would have the freedom to do the things that were important to you?

Maybe you’re just drifting, inch by inch, year by year along your life and in your business. Or you feel like Covid has changed your trajectory. 

Let’s get back on the path; back on the horse so to speak.

If you’re looking for the mark on the tape measure that says “Someday,” it’s not there.

This isn’t a dress rehearsal. Your life is represented in this tape measure. It has a beginning, it has a messy middle, and it has an end.

Are you ready to face the truth?

Someday NEVER comes!

Reach out and schedule a free coaching session with us today if you’d like help getting back on track to start doing things now, instead of tomorrow. Each day is a gift to be thankful for. Don’t waste it.


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Can you answer the question “What are you creating in your business” in a sentence?

Or, could you write it out on a napkin?

Can you draw it out for me?

This may seem like an incredibly simple question, but you’d be surprised how many people struggle to answer it when I have asked them this question. 

What are you creating?

Are you creating something that is going to require 80 hours a week for the rest of your life in your business?

Or are you creating something that is actually serving you, your life, your family, your friends,

your hopes, dreams and aspirations?

So I want you to really think about this. By what you are doing right now, what are you creating?

Is what you’re doing right now getting you closer to the goals, dreams and aspirations you have for your business?

Are you stuck or are you going backwards?

Does your business own you or do you own your business?

When was the last time you actually seriously thought about your actions, your choices or your decisions?

When did you last think about the results you were getting in your business and changed what you were doing so that you could actually achieve the results that you wanted?

I’d love to have that conversation with you about this. Reach out and let me know. 


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What are you hiding from in your business that is a small problem now?

There’s a chance that if  you don’t deal with this small problem today it will grow into a huge problem tomorrow. 

And, this could jeopardize the future of your business a year from now as a business owner.

You often times know about these problems, but because of these three things: 

  • you don’t have a boss;
  • nobody is holding you accountable; and
  • you don’t have somebody that is asking you the difficult questions

— you hide from these problem areas that are in your business (whether it be problems with your employees, customers or vendors or something entirely different).

My thought to you today is to stop doing that.

My challenge to you is to quit hiding and to take the first step towards tackling that challenge in your business. 

If you need help, someone to hold you accountable or to ask you those tough questions, that’s what we do at Confidence Coach. Reach out and schedule a free consultation today. 


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Did you know that business owners are the loneliest people in the world?

When you ask yourself why it’s because nobody else really understands the choices, decisions, work, sacrifice and effort that you’ve put into your business. Nor do they have the dream or vision that you have.

Sometimes it can feel like you are doing this all by yourself. 

Nobody understands. 

Nobody really cares. 

Nobody really wants to celebrate with you when you have a victory or wants to listen when you’re in the middle of a struggle.

This is where I come into play as your coach!

My job is to be there for you; to listen intently and fiercely to your situation. 

I’m there to hear about your struggles as well as your dreams and goals. 

Then, to turn around and ask you the tough questions that everybody else is afraid to ask.

So my question to you is are you feeling lonely? 

Do you feel isolated? 

This is beyond COVID. 

This is something unique to business owners. 

If you’re feeling lonely and isolated, let’s talk. I’d love to listen and hear where you’re at, and then I’d love to ask you the questions that will take you to the next level.

Reach out today and schedule a free call


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Last week’s blog was about making choices and how your perspective of what you think about affects you and your business. During this season I know that a lot of us have been either doing things differently, learning new things and/or have had to pivot to keep our businesses going. 

These were a couple of questions that I asked you last week.

  • What did you learn during this season that you want to keep doing in your business?
  • What did you learn that you are going to omit or get rid of? 

Make two lists and submit them to us. We’d love to hear what you are going to keep and do more of and what you are going to get rid of.

Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like to talk. We are here to encourage and help you build a better future.


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