From Burn Out to Bite Back

From Burn Out to Bite Back

I just got burnt – and I got burnt real bad! But just call me Phoenix because I am arising from my ashes.

If you’re a loyal reader over on my blog, or even just on my social media posts, you will know I’ve had a tough year!

Most entrepreneurs struggle in the early days of their business, usually in the start up stage when they are trying to fully equip for their needs or obtain new clients.

But in true Ivy Wood style (Ivy Wood being my alter ego here) I of course have to be different.

Years 1 – 5, yep perfect! No qualms! Aced it and I loved being a business owner. Year 6, fall flat on my face!

But I am getting myself ready to bite back and take my business to exactly where I want it to be!

Here’s what I have planned for the next few months ahead:

Magic my Mindset

I’ve been working on my mindset now for a few months. This year I’ve taken a new approach and have been undergoing hypnotherapy with the lovely Dee Go who has a treatment room in my building. We’ve been working together and improving both my spiritual awakening and also my confidence and self belief. If you haven’t tried meditation or hypnotherapy before I would highly recommend both treatments. I still need to put more efforts into journaling and gratitude but overall I am beginning to feel a shift in my mindset. And I can definitely vouch for the law of attraction too…

Build up my Team!

To have 100 active accountancy clients all by myself was an incredible achievement! But bloody difficult! I was so relieved when my lovely apprentice came on board in October! The difference it has made is HUGE and in fact come January she was ploughing through the data entry and I just couldn’t keep up with her. February is usually my quietest month, but not in 2018. I therefore made the hefty decision to employ another 2 staff members. We have a payroll Pixie who will be joining us on a weekly basis looking after our client payroll procedures and also an in house admin assistant who will be keeping the work order all in check. Exciting!!

Charge my Worth

This is one of the biggest changes I plan on making. I set my rates 6 years ago when I had zero overheads – I worked from the back bedroom with very basic, no frills and completely free bookkeeping and accountancy software. Would you believe me if I told you I’ve never increased my prices? Despite now having a plush new office, all singing and dancing software, staff members, pricey investments in my personal development amongst everything else. Crazy I know! And by the time I add in my full time childcare fees for 2 children I work at break even. Unfortunately I’ve had to learn the hard way and what I’ve come to realise is when you undervalue yourself, people will undervalue you even more! This is my time and I am now going to value myself. From now on if people are not appreciative they are no longer worthy of my time. Time is precious and I need to use it wisely.

Passive Income Streams

For those few that think my business is run purely for monetary rewards please feel free to come check out my bank balance – you’ll soon see other wise! But at the end of the day this is my business, not my hobby and I need to start earning a living. I’ve already mentioned a price increase but as I’m a nurturer and I want to help others more it won’t have a huge impact to my bottom line. That’s why I’ve created several passive income streams to boost up my bank balance. Over the next few months expect to see some exciting online course including ‘How to file your tax return in 6 weeks‘, ‘Bite Size Business School‘ and also a community for small business owners who enjoy preparing their own bookkeeping but just need that little help along the way.

Visibility

I am on a mission to inspire others! This has been my purpose for the last 6/7 months and I’m really passionate about it. I’ve been through the highs and the lows, I’ve over come hurdles, negativity but still pushed on to reached my achievements. I want to share my experiences with others and help them on a day to day basis. I’ve already co authored Mumpreneur on Fire 2 – which is a no 1 Amazon top seller. The book consists of 20 inspirational stories for mums in business. But I don’t want to stop there! I want to reach out of my comfort zone and feature in many more articles and publications and even possible public speaking gigs! Eek!

Family Time

And last but not least I am incorporating family time into every day life. Obviously I spend time with my family on a daily basis but what I mean is quality family time. Declan and Isla are both out of the house from 8:30 until 18:00 and I miss them. We’ve had a family shake up these last few weeks so I finally introduced an hour each day at the kitchen table either playing games, reading, colouring and have a chit chat over a cup of tea and some biscuits! It’s been lush and so far so good. My aim is to only work school hours by the end of 2018 and now I have a budding team, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be achievable!!

I’ve had some amazing support from the network around me! For every negative set back I’ve had 10 positives pushing me forward! If you’re suffering the burn out too just remember you are not alone and there will be people around you to pick you back up, you just need to look in the right places!

You’ve got this ladies – just bite back! And bite hard!

(But don’t tell my toddler I said that (oops!))

Dear 2017… Thank You

Dear 2017… Thank You

Dear 2017,

You were the year that I propelled in my business and I want to personally thank you.

I set out in a crazy January (as always with a million and one tax returns on my desk) and I did not stop – Once! I had plans for you 2017 and I was determined to pull them ALL off.

I’d been promising my sister Chevaunne that she could come and work with me as soon as my nephew started school for the last 2 years or so and the countdown was on. I had 8 months to be financially secure and all set up to accommodate her.

Time was ticking, and I’ll be honest I felt like running scared. I took a step back to evaluate the situation and I soon realised I needed at least 100 clients to be able to pay a wage and I was only at 62. I had built my business up to 62 clients over 5 years – There was no way I’d be able to find the additional 38 in a short space of 8 months.

Oh how was I wrong? I set myself some goals and targets, my intentions were clear, and I was focused. And by the 2nd July 2017 – Just 6 months in, I had all 100 clients on my client list that I needed.

Let me tell you – That was the easy part! I’m still not 100% how I pulled it off, but I did.

Unfortunately, by this time taking on new clients was the least of my priorities and I had to close my books and turn work away, something I never envisaged I would ever have to do.

In a short space of 5-6 weeks between the end of April and beginning of June I received over 40 sets of accounts that I needed to complete – single handed, around my monthly bookkeeping, VAT and payroll! My already not the best of offices (We’ll come to that in a minute) was now a storage room piled high with records and client files and I didn’t have the workspace to get going. Time was limited also as I was spending so much time on the road out at client meetings and picking up (even more) work. I was in a tunnel and I couldn’t even see the light at the end of it.

This was one of my all-time lows during my 5 years of self-employment. I took on an extra pair of hands by way of Jackie my amazing admin assistant and also Mary who came in to help me with the bookkeeping workload.

I worked around the clock for months on end and at times I felt like I was fighting a losing battle – For every one set of final accounts I sent out to clients for approval I seemed to get another two sets in to start from scratch.

August was here before I knew it, the first half of the year was almost a giant blur. David, bless him started his new job role on the 1st August which was the end of his shift work. This left me in a bit of a pickle in that I had my business to run, maybe 20 or so sets of accounts still to start and I now had to juggle everything around Declan and Isla who were at home due to the summer holidays.

Let’s just say there were lots of tears in my house that month (mainly my own). I set up a make shift office from my kitchen table and worked as hard as I possibly could. Late nights, early mornings. Who needs sleep anyway?

My office at the time was affordable, it served its purpose but was in no means what I wanted. One of my goals at the beginning of the year was to decorate my office and replace all of the old, mismatched, grubby furniture that I had inherited when I took on the lease. As months passed, the urge to move was increasing, the area wasn’t the nicest of places and each day there seemed to be a gathering of alcoholics who would cause nuisance outside.

August, I suppose (despite being tough) was a relief to get away from that everyday scenario and I only managed to nip by the office 3 days during that month.

This was the moment I decided to finally move. I was fortunate and the first office I enquired about was available and just about in my price range. I snapped it up and was due to move in the 1st October.

My very first day back in the office when the kids had gone back to school was eventful. I handed in my notice with my landlord and there was a bit of a dispute with timings, he finally came around to my way of thinking, but it meant I only had 2 weeks to pack up and leave. This left me in a bit of an office limbo for the last 2 weeks of September and panic kicked in. Mary was there this day and I’m sure she will vouch for me just how manic it was.

Carina the loveliest receptionist to grace this world at my new office premises was my guardian angel that day and she said I was ok to move everything over and hold in storage until I officially moved in. I spent the next week frantically packing and moving everything between offices. (Never again).

During my office limbo we had a family holiday – I packed up my laptop and even dedicated family time to work time. Crazy I know and to be honest, it wasn’t really much of a holiday for me. I was hit with food poisoning and a jelly fish sting as well as a few days rain. Typical!

All my clients were well aware of the situation and of my limited available during September, so when I had a complaint it hurt me so much. This was when I realised you can’t please everyone and from this day on I’ve approached every day life with a new way of thinking. I work my arse off, I gave up my summer holidays to work, I work late nights, early mornings and I even worked in not so sunny Ibiza – There isn’t anything else I could have physically done. I eventually lost the client and for a few days I was in a bit of a bubble but then the realisation hit me again. This year I had send out so many professional clearance letters to other accountants, other accountants were losing their clients, but I had only lost 1. In fact, I’ve only ever lost 2 clients to other accountants and with a client list of way over 100 now spanning nearly 6 years that is pretty much a 100% retention rate – That is something I’ve achieved by myself and is something to be proud of.

I finally settled down in my new office. It is in a beautiful park location with a reception service and on-site tea rooms. The room is freshly decorated, and my dad sourced me brand new shiny white Bisley office furniture. Everything is so crisp and clean.

I surprised myself further when I attended the Bizmums conference and presented an award and made a speech in front of 120 other mums in business.

I also took my sister on as an Apprentice towards the end of October. Being an employer came with its own new stresses and panics but just like always – I juggled on through.

The client increase, office move, and full-time member of staff paid off for me and the business and in November I had the most productive month to date. I was handpicked to be featured in a book and I have a range of business collaborations lined up for the future.

We finally welcomed Christmas in with style and popped up a tree, hung a festive bow and make a batch of slow cooker hot chocolate for everyone in the office building to share before closing the doors for the week to recoup and reflect.

Starting 2017 just as I and ending it with Jackie, Chevaunne and myself is a HUGE achievement.

2017 you’ve have been a rollercoaster of the year. If you ever doubted me, you were wrong. For all those who saw error in my ways, I wish you huge business success and for all those who supported me on my journey – Thank you so much <3 <3 Lots of love, Iona xx

The how ‘not’ to grow your business guide…

The how ‘not’ to grow your business guide…

This year I set myself some goals – To be happier, to move into a nicer office space and to take on a member of staff.

Exciting but obviously to pay a wage I’d need to bump up my profits to cover the additional expense.

I knew from looking at my clients list and previous year accounts how many clients I roughly needed to have on my books for my goals to be achievable.

It was 100 active clients and I was on 64. It had taken me 5 years to build up 64 clients there was no way I’d ever be able to make up that shortfall of 36 by the September in 9 months!

I took the bull by the horns, hit my goals and then fell flat on my face in embarrassment.

If you are thinking of growing your business or are currently in the process of, keep on reading! All the way to the bottom!

Here are my ultimate do nots…

Disclaimer – They aren’t sugar coated, they are real life experiences from the heart that have overwhelmed me, brought on anxiety attacks and reduced me to tears. I’m only human, these things happen and I’m not afraid to share that.

36 new clients in 9 months? – Yep I smashed that goal in just over 6.

I really didn’t think I would be able to pull that off, but I had my goals in mind, I sat down and planned out what I needed to do to achieve those and I changed my mindset. I believed in myself.

Lesson learnt – When you make a financial investment in business coaching workshops and personal development and then spend so much time and effort implementing such you will see the benefits. You can, and you will!

I’m a good accountant, I run my business around 2 children (1 who isn’t even in school just yet), It’s tough going and I single handily juggle a million and one deadlines – each month alone I’ve got payroll deadlines, CIS deadlines, VAT deadlines, corporation tax deadlines and Companies House deadlines!

I offer a door to door records collection and drop off service, so my clients aren’t taking time away from their work.

My rates are below average and I very often do additional tasks at no cost because I’m simply just a lovely person.

So, can you imagine how I feel when I get through a narky email? I am literally sat at my laptop thinking ‘Really?????’

Granted I’ve been a bit slack, but I must prioritize my workload and if your deadline isn’t the most urgent… You will be knocked down a few on my to do list. Same rule applies if you haven’t paid for previous work.

I breathe/eat/sleep my business! My children come second, my partner comes third and my housework is non-existent! If those efforts are not good enough for you (I work 24/7) please feel free to go elsewhere!

It genuinely upsets me because that/this isn’t the way I want to run my business and I very often cry but I promise you I work so hard there isn’t much more I can do. I’ve ended up in a sticky situation because all of my clients were extremely organised this year and for me to have brought in a member of staff – I would have of had to have quadrupled my fees and that isn’t what my business is about, I want to keep things affordable for my clients.

Lesson learnt – I am amazing! And I know that because the other Sunday I had a thank you letter dropped through my letterbox off a client with a £20.00 note in! I’ve just had a late-night text off another client calling me a darling because I helped her out very last minute. You can’t always please everyone and guess what that’s OK.

These last 9 months my software bill alone has gone from £110 per month to £300 per month and my rent has gone from £236 to £350. I’ve invested in new office equipment, furniture, personal development and that doesn’t even include my upcoming apprentice wage bill or the additional nursery fees I’ve committed to since September, so I can work more hours.

Argh! Why have I done this to myself? It’s because I want to be able to offer the best possible service to my clients.

Except I’ve made one vital mistake… I haven’t put up my prices and gosh it’s hit me like a sack of spuds.

Lesson learnt – It’s OK to increase your expenditure if you feel you need to, but make sure you reflect for those additional add ons in your client fees because it’s OK to increase your prices too. Keep on top of your numbers.

And by let go I mean outsource. I’m such a control freak, if I do something personally I know exactly what has happened and the standard of work is of my expectations.

I had 40 sets of accounts land on my desk in a space of 6/8 weeks – Can you imagine how overwhelming my life was? That was on top of my regular month to month bookkeeping, payroll and VAT returns! I think I might even still have the odd one or two I need to finish off.

I had no choice but to call in help by way of a freelance admin assistant and another bookkeeper. After all, 3 pairs of hands are better than 1.

Lesson learnt – Even though I like to think I’m good at multi-tasking, really I’m not! Wonder Woman does not exist.

This has been a hard one for me to overcome! I’ve wanted to give up on so many occasions…

Luckily, I’ve built up a really good network of business buddies around me and they’re always there on the other end of a phone call or message when I’m crying (I’ve cried a lot) to help pick me back up!

It’s taken me 6 years to get to where I am right now and I’m not going to give up because I’ve had a tough few months. And that’s all it is, a tough few months because now I have my swanky new office and a full-time apprentice everything will ease in time! (At which point I will be taking myself on holidays to recoup)!

Lesson learnt – Success isn’t given to you. You need to work hard and commit. And you also need to celebrate your achievements… Someone please send me the champagne over!

 

It’s every business owners dream to grow your start up business into something that little bit bigger.

For me I wanted to grow my business especially, so I could employ my sister and give her a career and income.

I wanted to grow my business, so I could have financial freedom which I could also pass on to my clients.

I wanted to grow my business, so I could help other small businesses.

To be able to say I’ve done that is an achievement, despite my mishaps there has always been a lesson learnt and by sharing my experiences I’m helping you that little bit more.

Oh, and just in case you’re wondering how I grew my business by 50% in such a short space of time – I have the answer just for you! My business bestie Katie Colella and myself have teamed up and produced a workshop that will lay down some fabulous foundations that will help you grow your business. Click here for more info! 

How I Changed My Money Mindset With Denise Duffield Thomas

How I Changed My Money Mindset With Denise Duffield Thomas

I had big plans for April being the start of the new tax year, new software, new financial goals in place and some amazing blog ideas! 

It started off so well but come the weekend of Isla’s 3rd birthday party things started to slip! 

If you know me through social media you may have already picked up on my month long April bad mood – I felt over worked, over tired, over-stretched and basically just over crappy! And cash flow was non-existent just to add to the pain. This put me under immense pressure and my bills were bouncing back left, right and centre.

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Denise Duffield Thomas for nearly 2 years after reading Get Rich Lucky Bitch.

For those of you that haven’t heard of DDT, Denise is a well-known money mindset mentor.

The book Get Rich Lucky Bitch gives you an insight into how to become an amazing manifester just like Denise herself. It guides you through setting goals, clearing away bad money experiences and habits, feeling good about money and upgrading your life. 

I’ve tried on so many occasions to put everything into action but failed miserably. So it was without a doubt that when DDT announced in February that she was doing a live event in London in April I immediately booked myself a ticket and arranged travel arrangements. 

And the excitement didn’t stop there either – I was also crazy enough to join on to her Lucky Bitch Bootcamp! 

So back to my bad month, the event was on the last Saturday of April and come the Friday I spoke with my mum about childcare arrangements to find out we had crossed wires and she couldn’t have the kids overnight for me to catch my coach first thing Saturday morning! I was gutted, I had no one else available and spent the entire night crying, I felt like I was at rock bottom.

Saturday morning came and my Facebook news feed was jam-packed with so many amazing women all excited to be heading to London, Again non-stop tears! 

I don’t know what made me check my bank balance after such a bad month for money, but I did and to my amazement, I’d been paid £45 – Not a huge deal but after some googling was the exact amount I needed to get a one-way train ticket to London! Within the hour I’d managed to brush myself off, get the kiddies ready and off to my mums and found myself clutching my book as my train left for Paddington! 

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Had I really just manifested something? 

The event was amazing, So many inspiring women feeling empowered by Denise’s talk! And it keeps getting better, I had the opportunity to meet DDT, have a photo and she signed my book! 

I came home on the coach as originally planned and I could feel a huge shift in my energy! Even though I was absolutely exhausted, I felt a huge relief and I just needed sleep (I did actually drift off and woke myself up snoring – Oops)! May was going to be a new month for me and I was determined to leave Aprils troubles behind me. 

Late afternoon on bank holiday Monday – May 1st, The long anticipated welcome email for bootcamp came through! I was officially in and so excited…

In the introduction video, DDT quoted 

“Some people start learning lessons the day they start bootcamp” This hit a real nerve and I straight away opened my lucky bitch money tracker app and set myself an income goal for May! 

And what can I say, by the Saturday – May 6th for the first time ever I hit that income goal, in less than a week! 

All I had done in those 6 days was listen to the money mantra subliminal meditation each night as I fell asleep.

Had I really just manifested something? Again? 

I really couldn’t tell you for sure, I think I did, I hope I did.

This week I’ve pencilled in some time to start the weekly bootcamp exercises, I will keep you updated throughout the process and will share with you all of my money wins and successes! 

I’m planning on conjuring up an iPad Pro, gold addition to match my iPhone! I would say wish me luck but I’m going on the assumption I’ve already got it – just call me Lucky Bitch! 

If you fancy joining me on the above journey you can find more information on the Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp here https://yu103.isrefer.com/go/lbb/IvyWood/ Please let us know in the comments if you sign up and how you are getting on.

Until next time, Happy manifesting, Iona Xx

Oh and P.S Did I tell you Isla’s birthday was the weekend of April 9th! Coincidence or what that my entire crappy few weeks was the exact dates of the second mercury retrograde for the year? Now that’s another blog post in its own right! Argh! 

Book Review – ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green

Book Review – ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green

 

Ok this is something completely new to me but I think it will be a great add on to Mums Tax Break.

 

I’ve read a fair few personal development books these last 2-3 years and from each one I have taken away something different. If I can put those snippets of knowledge down into blog form and encourage you as my reader to then read such books and gain the same knowledge, I’m technically giving you a little something and I like that.

 

I have spent the last 2 nights cuddled up on the sofa reading ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green. Carrie Green is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association (FEA). I think I started following the FEA on social media maybe a year ago, if you don’t follow them already, their posts are very pink and gold, full of inspirational quotes, daily tips and beautiful affirmations. 

 

 

I pre-ordered the book prior to its launch, this gained me access to the ‘She Means Business Book’ closed Facebook group which as I write this currently has 8,931 members. All of whom are female business owners with the same dreams and determination to build above and beyond successful businesses.

 

I also gained access to the ‘My Perfectly Planned 2017’ online course with downloadable workbooks, ‘The Business Pros tell All’ A series of online video training, workbooks and meditations from 25 of the worlds class experts and the “She Means Business Course’ a 28-day business challenge starting 01 March.

 

 

The book itself ties in with the FEA brand, very pink, white and gold. It is of high quality and feels very fresh and crisp to read. There are 259 pages broken down into 3 main sections including a brief introduction to the 28 day ‘She Means Business’ challenge. And of course in true FEA fashion the book is jam packed with inspirational quotes.

 

The first section of the book titled ‘She shows up for her dreams’ gives an in-depth story touching on Carries childhood and early years as a female entrepreneur. It is evident from the book that she has always had a strong and close network around her for support and encouragement – especially her father.  She talks about creating a business vision, all the struggles every business owner has on their journey and how she was able to overcome them using beliefs from the law of attraction.

 

The book is broken down into lots of little chapters, it is very easy to read and it allows you to stop-start (which is perfect when you have a toddler at the top of the stairs screaming down every 10 minutes or so). At the end of each chapter there is a ‘She Takes Action’ summary giving you key issues and points to action.  I haven’t seen this in a book before and I think it is a lovely feature.

 

Also at the end of the 3 main sections there is a checklist again to action various tasks, etc. Throughout the book Carrie refers to the resource section on the FEA website which features downloadable goodies to accompany the book itself.

 

The second section ‘She gets herself out there to shine’ is pretty much a how to guide with a 5 step action plan to follow in building up the main core of your business to where you need it to be – financially and successfully. Carrie details these lovely and adds in her own personal experiences as well as others for further understanding and illustration.

 

The third section ‘She’s unstoppable’ gives an overview of what it is like and how it feels to have reached your goals and get to where you want to be. She offers advice on how to keep the momentum flowing, overcoming overwhelm, celebrating a success and building a good network of mentors and business friends.

 

The book ends on the 28 day ‘She Means Business’ challenge which I am yet to read as I’m eagerly waiting the release of the online course to accompany it as mentioned above.

 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to others. Especially if you are at the very beginning of your entrepreneurial journey as I would imagine most of the content will be completely new to you. I am now even more intrigued as to what the FEA members course is like. One of the most important things I am taking away is to set myself a business mission.

 

I’ve read the book straight through, I’d advise maybe doing this too and attempt it a second time with a journal and pen to scribble down lots of notes and crazy ideas to get you started on your own personal journey of female entrepreneurial success. This is my plan of action for this week!!

 

If you have read the book as well, please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments? Also, Are there are other books you can recommend?

 

Until next time, lots of love, Iona <3

 

p.s Please click here to purchase your own copy of ‘She Means Business’ by Carrie Green

 

p.p.s In true Mums Tax Break style I am writing this at 00:29 on a Saturday night with my toddler cuddled up next to me watching cartoons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Go get them Goals’

‘Go get them Goals’

So,Why a Vision?

 

Woohoo! It’s ‘Go get them goals’ week here at Mums Tax Break. Did you get a chance to read last weeks blog where we talked about vision boards? A lot of you were probably thinking what has vision boards got to do with new year goal setting… There is reasoning I promise!

 

 

I’ve been running Ivy Wood Bookkeeping & Accountancy for almost 5 years now. I set up the business when I was 25 in a really short space of 8 weeks and at the time my only goal was to earn the same amount of money that I did in my day job, I didn’t really think about where I wanted the business to go, I just took each day has it come. I run the business that way for the next 3 years and it was only when my baby girl was fast becoming a toddler interrupting my working hours (at the kitchen table) that I realised I had to make some changes and plan ahead for the future.

 

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been attending Bev’s vision board workshops for the last couple of years now so I’ve always known what I’ve wanted for my future, what kind of house I wanted to live in, my ideal car, a wedding, fancy holidays and of course my baby girl. Everything was all there on my vision board that I just stuck on my bedroom unit gathering dust and I almost expected everything to just be delivered to me one day without actually doing anything. HUGE mistake!

 

The reason I asked you to create your perfect vision boards is because it is important to have clarity and purpose in life. Once you know what it is you want to achieve you can almost work backwards in your goals setting.

 

 

The best way to do this is to break down your visions into specific areas such as personal, family, career, business, home life, social, etc and look into each area individually more in depth, you’ll soon be able to identify what the smaller actions you will need to take are and start setting some goals.

 

So, How do you ‘go get them goals’?

 

 

Goals need to be SMART. There are a lot of variations for the term ‘SMART goals’ – The main one being specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.

 

Personally, they just remind of studying business studies at A level and are almost off putting so for the purpose of this blog I’m going to use the following, I think they are the most mum appealing.

 

S – Significant, The goals must be significant to your overall vision, you need to feel an almost passion for them and make sure that they are well defined so you know exactly what you are aiming for.

 

M – Motivational, If your goals do not motivate you, how likely are you able to stick to them? Motivation will give you give you an inner self confidence and keep you focused and determined to stay committed. You need to able to wake up in the morning and want to go get them.

 

A – Achievable, I do believe in dream big or fake it until you make it as some would say, but when setting your 2017 goals make them achievable. Chances are if they are over the top you will lose focus and give up sooner rather than later. If you do find you are able to achieve your goals quicker than initially planned you can always raise the bar and set them higher throughout the year.

 

R – Rewarding, Once you complete the goal you need be able to take something away from that that will make you feel amazing! It could be big or small, an emotion or something physical.

 

T – Trackable, You need to set your self a deadline as to when you want to complete the goal by, whether its monthly, quarterly or yearly. Throughout that deadline set up check points to keep on track of your goals and measure the progress you’ve achieved so far and what you still need to do.

 

 

So, to round up the last few weeks…

 

– What are your dreams? Create a vision board of what you would like in life and identify any long term goals.

 

– Break those long term goals into smaller (less scary and more achievable) goals and put together a plan of action.

 

– Work, Work, Work! Once you have a plan of action in place, Start working on achieving your goals, You’ll soon get there. Now ‘Go get them Goals’

 

 

Next week will be a little more business focused as you can apply visions and goal setting to all areas of your life. I’ll be talking numbers, in particular – financial targets, which I know is scary but I promise I’ll make it really easy for you.

 

Oh and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter, at the end of January all subscribers will receive a ‘Go get them goals’ workbook! It’s one not to be missed!