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Your “one big idea” is so important, but not so easy to capture because the world is throwing information at you at a million miles an hour. 

Everything is sped up. 

Everything is faster. 

We have podcasts instead of books.

We have the ability to listen to recordings at one and a half times speed.

Then we have apps that tell us what the books say!

But let’s think about this: Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner once said, “Take a simple idea and take it seriously and you’ll change the world.”

Let’s talk about that.

What is your one idea that five years from now you can become known for taking?

You’re known for it. 

What is that? What would that be? 

Let me know.

At Confidence Coach we are known for asking the questions that no one else asks, helping you get the breakthrough and insight that you really need to move forward to the next level. Reach out today and schedule a free call if you’d like help in moving forward or getting clear about your one big idea.


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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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Freedom is a simple exchange away.

Do you know what I mean by that? 

Freedom is a common theme that I hear as a business coach.

The reason why most people start a business is to have freedom of time and money. 

But, you have to make the choice or at least be aware are you getting freedom from something or are you getting freedom to something — and where are you in that exchange.

Most entrepreneurs and business owners are in the process of freedom from something. 

As we coach business owners through this process, we have them exchange the idea of freedom from something that they’ve come from before in their business to freedom to something that they want to create — maybe it’s an experience and it’s what their business will provide them with.

We work on the mindset of freedom from whatever that is to freedom in the future for what you want in your life.

Freedom is a simple exchange away.

If you’re ready for more freedom. Reach out. Let’s talk.

 


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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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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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Do you feel that you’ve been productive through this difficult season? The pandemic has changed the way we do things and go about life. Many of us are working remotely from home, and almost everyone now uses Zoom or Skype to meet with their team, customers and even family members. 

In some ways, we have more time than we are used to. However, how are you using your time? As people are slowly going back to work and some companies are opening back up for business, I want you to look at your life and evaluate your productivity. Here are a few questions to ask yourself and really think about: 

  • What have you been doing to better yourself during this time?
  • What new things have you learned?
  • Will some of the things that you have learned make life better when the pandemic is over and we have kind of turned the corner of COVID-19?
  • What has this difficult time made possible that wasn’t possible before?
  • Have you created a new company (whether on or off line), had to reinvent your business or pivot in any way? 

As you start to think about these things, I hope you realize that you have made a lot of changes and you’ve been extremely productive during this time. You have been flexing and adapting to our changing times.

I just wanted to tell you Great Job!  Be kind to yourself.

Be present!

Be positive!

Be productive!

At Confidence Coach we 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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As leaders, we naturally jump into things and meet challenges head on. Sometimes this can be at the risk of our own self-care however. During these difficult times, you need to be really mindful of how you are taking care of yourself. You need all of your strength and emotional reserves for the long game, not just for a week or so.

Here are a few tips to help alleviate stress that I would suggest you do on a daily basis.

  1. Give thanks. As I’ve said before, expressing thanks to others will lift your own spirits.
  2. Write in a journal. If you examine negative thoughts and emotions, they will lessen.
  3. Take a walk. Get out in nature and you will feel refreshed (exercise also relieves stress).
  4. Listen to soothing music. You can do this while you are on your walk or make it part of an evening ritual before bedtime.
  5. Give a friend a call. We are all missing human connection during this time which is a very vital need that we all have.
  6. Tell a joke or read a funny book and share it with someone. Laughing is good medicine, especially when shared.
  7. Drink water. If you are dehydrated, you don’t feel good. Stay hydrated.
  8. Take a break. Walk away from the laptop or project periodically.
  9. Hold hands. If possible, keep the human connection with family members.
  10. Turn off the news. We all need to get an update because things seem to be changing fast. However, get your update, then get out. Don’t obsess over things that you can’t control.

We will get through this.

At Confidence Coach we offer business owners a place to reconnect and rebuild their confidence; which leads to their better future in the days and years ahead.

If you’d like to talk, reach out today and schedule a free call. We’d love to help you make progress during these difficult times.


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About a year ago in April I published a blog about Hope. With all the things going on in the world and our country today, I think it’s something we really need to think about again. We are all being affected by the corona virus in multiple ways — whether it’s with our family, business, work, school, gatherings, etc. But my word to you is do not lose hope. We will get through this. 

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Be calm
  • Be at peace
  • Be generous
  • Help others that may need it
  • Be an encourager
  • Think positive
  • Protect your attitude 
  • Don’t let fear rule you
  • Have hope and give hope

Who can you help out and be an encouragement to today?


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Today I want to give you a little snippet of advise about the best way to predict the future of your business going forward.

First, you need to ask yourself the question of how much potential growth do you think your current team (your “first” customers or your employees) can make over the next year, three years, and/or five years?

Because how they grow and develop in their skillsets, abilities, collaboration and how fully engaged they are in your company is going to tell you and predict exactly where your business will be three to five years from now.

So sit back and really take a look at your team. Start thinking about your people. Think about what the growth track is for each individual, and then also as a team or group. How can you assist them to become better individuals and also better team players? What can you do to foster more of this? When you see where the growth trend is, then you will know exactly where your business is going to be three to five years from now. 

If you need help in figuring out how you can improve your employee engagement and really want to pour into your people on an individual basis, let us know. We have a program called The Dream Employee that vastly improves employee engagement in companies by really touching the lives of the individual.

 


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