3 simple collaboration ideas for business

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[Guest Post] by Beatriz Guevara — Colabora and Collaboration Hub For Women In Business

As an expert in business collaboration, I love talking to small business owners and entrepreneurs about collaboration. When I talk about this topic, I find people love the idea of working together rather than in competition. However, it’s not easy for some to come up with collaboration ideas for their business.

Here, I share with you three practical and simple collaboration ideas I have implemented in my own business. I encourage you to give these a try in your own business. Continue reading “3 simple collaboration ideas for business”

The glass half full – can the pessimist become the optimist?

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Can the pessimist become the optimist?

The optimist and the pessimist. You’re either one or the other, aren’t you? The optimist is upbeat, always seeing the glass half full. The pessimist wallows in self-pity, moaning over their half empty glass. The optimist achieves excellence while the pessimist blames everyone and everything for their failures. Which are you? Can the pessimist become the optimist? Continue reading “The glass half full – can the pessimist become the optimist?”

Why do we self-sabotage ourselves and how to overcome it

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Self sabotage is a very real struggle

Someone once asked me “Why do you always insist on taking the hard road.” I replied, “Why do you assume I see 2 roads?” As a coach and business consultant, I can easily relate to this mindset and I know self sabotage is a very real struggle for many people. Why do we self-sabotage ourselves so much?

This probably speaks to you if you’re someone who finds it impossible to break out of bad habits or destructive behaviour. You know you’re doing things you shouldn’t but you can’t seem to make better choices.

Running your own business requires an extraordinary level of resilience. There is no room for self sabotage if you want to be successful in the long term. There are enough challenges running a business on a daily and weekly basis as it is. Creating more hurdles for yourself through self doubt and self sabotage is a short cut to disaster.

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Goal setting… it starts with planting the seed

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Have you ever experienced the feeling of achieving a really massive goal?

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve helped someone achieve a goal, when they’d initially told me  “I can’t do that”, I could retire tomorrow. What a nice thought!

Sometimes it was a small goal, like completing one full push-up or jogging 400 metres around the block without stopping. Other times it was something huge, like running a marathon, writing a book or starting a brand new business. Continue reading “Goal setting… it starts with planting the seed”

The Productive Procrastinator

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Is there such thing as a productive procrastinator?

Hands up if you are a terrible procrastinator. Yep, me too! However somehow I am also incredibly productive so it got me thinking. Is there such thing as a productive procrastinator? I think the answer might be yes.

How is it possible that you could be very productive and a terrible procrastinator at the same time? I think it comes down to working to your strengths. And in my experience, that seems to be the key to productivity. Continue reading “The Productive Procrastinator”

A surprising revelation

I’ve got a little bit of a surprising revelation to share with you today. Are you ready?

You’re not perfect.

Ground breaking I know! Your partner isn’t perfect either. Neither is your child, your parents, your siblings, your boss, your customer, your colleagues or your friends. And neither am I.

Your environment is not perfect either and it never will be.

In some way, shape, or form we are all a little bit broken, damaged, bent, scarred, crooked, chipped or cracked. And in any number of ways, we will always have hurdles to overcome in our life and in our circumstances.

And that’s ok.

It’s all just part of the human experience and it’s the imperfections that make you unique. So instead of using your flaws as excuses, as a reason why you can’t reach your potential or why you can’t achieve the success you want, how about you embrace the ‘gaps’ in your not so perfect little life and learn to grow around them.

Have you ever seen a tree that has been planted on a concrete sidewalk or against a fence? When it outgrows the space it’s been given, it doesn’t give up. It doesn’t shrink back into the space it is supposed to be occupying. It breaks through it’s not so perfect environment and simply fills the gaps that are available. It finds the way through and keeps growing. Sometimes it grows into a rather hideous, ugly mess of roots and branches going in every other direction than what nature would otherwise expect, but it’s still standing and it’s still living and it just gets on with being the best version of itself that its surroundings allow it to be.

So this is just a reminder to embrace your flaws and your deficiencies in your abilities and your surroundings. Focus on those gaps and the opportunities that ARE available and grow into those in the best way that you can.

First light

Wednesday of last week I woke early as I had a flight to catch. My alarm went off at 4.45am and as I opened my eyes I could see it was still dark outside. Before I left for the airport, I took my little dog Charlie for a walk. As we headed out the front door, we were greeted by a loud choir of bird songs.

It was really quite beautiful.

Even though it was still dark, I could sense there was the slightest hint of first light on the horizon (daylight saving hadn’t kicked in yet!). The birds knew. They knew that the day loomed. They knew that possibilities were just around the corner. They were ready for action, even though it was still dark.

It got me thinking.

You don’t need to wait for the day to be shining bright before you begin. You don’t need everything to be in place before you start. Just like the birds this morning who were chirping at the sign of first light on the horizon, the slightest hint of possibility is enough for you to switch on and start creating action.

Do you have a hint of ‘first light’ on your horizon? Is there a chance for something great? The smallest sign is enough. Just begin and then trust in the process. You’ve got this!