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Many women today struggle to find the balance between the expectations stemming from so many roles they have including a working woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, etc

Many women today struggle to find the balance between the expectations stemming from so many roles they have including a working woman, a wife, a mom, a friend, a daughter, etc. You might find yourself wondering: “Which of them to give priority to and when is the right time to put me first, when is it my turn?“ Additionally, another question arises:” How do I acquire what I need without feeling or appearing selfish? How do I best accommodate what I desire and what others want from me?” Before you enter panic mode, take a deep breath and continue reading. Like anything in life, figuring out the best way for communicating needs is a process that takes time but is worth investing in. Let us take it one step at a time.

What is preventing the change you seek?

The role of a modern woman is often overwhelming. Every so often it is easy to cope with all the responsibilities. However, what happens when it is too much to handle? Who can you rely on and ask for help? Do you feel alone in this struggle or have someone to turn to? Obtaining multiple resources within the family and outside of it makes those difficult times bearable. However, people around us are not always so perceptive to our needs or inclined to help. The question remains – how do I get help and understanding I need?

Before we dive into details of how to get help while enjoying the modern woman role, we need to address the why and why not. As humans, we tend to postpone change when we anticipate any type of negative consequences. Therefore, before diving into modifying behaviour, we need to figure out how to prevent or deal with those potential consequences. Think about it and answer for yourself: “Is there a reason why it would be wiser to put my head down and simply power through? What do you anticipate would happen if you start advocating for your needs?

Through coaching experience with clients, I have found that often what prevents change is fear of people’s reactions to it. More concretely, fear of seeming selfish and ultimately losing people, resulting in loneliness. Another reason that keeps reappearing is the fear of losing the identity of who you are if you change. Some find hard to ask for help since it jeopardizes their role of a strong, independent, modern woman. Who will I become if I require help often? How will I be perceived and how will I feel if I need to rely on others? Therefore, before making any adjustments we need to address the fears that prevent us from making the first step.

Balance is key

The metaphor of boiling the frog could be useful here – if the frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out. However, if the frog is put in warm water brought to a boil slowly, as there is no sudden change it will remain calm. When you decide to make a change, take it one step at a time and be mindful of people’s reactions. When you are gradually implementing change significant others and yourself have time to adjust to it.

In a way, we can compare this process to the process of implementing change in any company process. Direct coaching for women in business advises us to first look into what is needed and plan accordingly before implementing anything. Think to yourself, who do you turn to for what kind of help? What is it that you are lacking and want to provide for yourself? What kind of reaction can you expect, and what to do about it? What can you give in return to that person? In life, as in business, you need to turn to people that have the most chances of delivering what you want and avoid having only one resource that can do it.

Furthermore, no recipe can be applied to every relationship you maintain. What you ask for, the way you do it and how the person will react differs from relationship to relationship. Be mindful of the reactions and readjust your plan according to the challenges you meet as you go along. In the words of Rob Liano: “If you expect life to be easy, challenges will seem difficult. If you accept that challenges may occur, life will be easier.”

Finally, we need to address the other big inhibitor of change. Very good, you guessed right – it is you. The modern role of a woman offers many rewards – when you are independent, capable, and a high earner you gain affirmation from it. It is not always easy to ask for help if asking for help could jeopardize that role and validation stemming from it. Perhaps you are wondering: “How can I be strong if I demand other’s help? Am I genuinely independent if I am relying on others?” Conceivably a more practical question is “What kind of help can I accept and still remain strong and independent?” Try asking yourself too: “What price will I pay in life if I continue doing it on my own exclusively?”

Nobody fails or succeeds alone

One of the key concepts in Small Business Coaching is that you need others to rely on and work together with towards success. Even entrepreneurs recognize this and rely on other freelancers to build a complete product. Anyone who has achieved something will inform you about the influences and help they got along the way to success. For example, one of the most brilliant minds Albert Einstein relied on other people too. His first mentor Max Talmud introduced Einstein to key texts in math, science, and philosophy and guided him for 6 years. Choosing those resources carefully is as important as obtaining them. Often time we are uncertain what road to take and how to start. Coaching for success is a good first resource to consider on the path of discovering and multiplying other resources.

 

30 June 2019 Article Submitted byMilica Markovic

 

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Creating a successful small business in and around the Gold Coast and in deed Australia wide can be challenging, but the potential for building a strong customer base is nearly limitless! Although many businesses struggle or close down within the first years of operation, SME Business Coaches can provide the right tools for excelling and maintaining small business success.

“Did you know that Roughly 60% of small businesses close their doors within the first three years of starting? If you are past the three-year mark, then well done – you need to celebrate

As a woman entrepreneur, chances are you already know how to balance many competing priorities without getting overwhelmed, especially if you’ve been helped by a direct coach for women helping in business. The ability to prioritize business needs is incredibly important in the first few years to avoid common mistakes, and our Small Business Coaching experts can help you focus on the important stuff and let go of the stress and worry.

 

Gain the Competitive Edge

To gain an edge on the competition, consider additional marketing and customer outreach efforts with the help of a Small Business Consult. The reality is that businesses thrive off of positive reviews from customers, including online and via word-of-mouth. Have you heard about the Know | Like | Trust of building a strong business? You need to get your name known and out there. This can be done by using platforms such as Google Reviews, LinkedIn recommendations, testimonials on your business page as well as being referred to new clients.

“What’s Holding you back?”

To increase positive customer interactions, there are many options for low-cost messaging and communication methods with customers. Social media can be a great start, and consider additional emails, text messages and website updates to keep your audience members engaged and connected. Have you used LinkedIn? If not, why not?

“What do you have to do differently to make this happen?”

Being adaptable is one of the keys to success – this is where a business coach can help facilitate your growth. Although developing a sound business plan is important, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t flex and adapt as time goes on. Managing a Start-Up means welcoming challenges as they come. Having a business coach can distance your small business from all your competition!

What would it be like to be with the excitement and the fear at the same time?”

Also, developing a support system of fellow women entrepreneurs can be a vital step in bolstering your overall small business help and support. Our Small Business Coaching services offer many chances to connect with like-minded women in business, many of whom understand the challenges and triumphs you’re experiencing — sometimes on a daily basis! Having connections with people in similar situations is an important step in developing a sustainable business approach. You can join our Women Succeeding in Business Gold Coast Face Book Group – there are over 1,200 like minded women in business itching to connect with you.

Is this the time to begin?”

Find a work-life balance after three years!

One of the greatest factors in succeeding as a small business owner is the ability to balance its demands with other priorities like family, dating and relationships, especially as a woman in business. Fostering these connections can actually help your small business succeed, since the happier and more satisfied you are with your personal life, the more motivated you’ll be in other aspects of your life, as well. One of the most important components of direct coaching for women is helping you find and keep a balance between work, family and your overall well-being!

“What would you do differently if this problem were solved?”

Finally, if you’re struggling with managing your small business, try allocating specific time for work, even if you work from home! Many research studies suggest that multitasking is a recipe for disaster, which might seem impossible if you’re raising a family or running multiple businesses. However, rather than trying to do multiple things at once, you can actually increase productivity by focusing mindfully on one task at-a-time. This can help avoid burn-out, as well as unnecessary mistakes in your work.

Get started, and keep it going!

To learn more about these and other strategies for resilience in the initial years of your small business, schedule an appointment with Paulette McCormack Coaching today!

I know that with hard work, determination and the support of an experienced business coach (that’s me!) you can achieve the success you’ve always dreamed of. Is it time for you to take action?

I know what it’s like to struggle. I’ve been a single mother who has worked at a minimum wage job to pay the bills. When I started my human resources consulting business in 2012, I had just $60 to my name. Now that same business has an annual turn-over of six figures. Having clawed my way up from nothing, I now work to empower other women to achieve the success they’ve always dreamed of. I bring a wealth of life experience and business and educational achievement to my coaching business, including being part of Sharon Jurd’s master coaching programme.

Being an entrepreneur and small business owner means constantly challenging yourself, especially as a woman, while searching for new avenues for success. Even though you may be struggling now, remember that owning a Start-Up Business on Gold Coast means contending with a thriving business community and competitive environment. Using the Confidence in Business approach, you can make this decision effectively while avoiding unnecessary stress and worry.

Small Business Coaching provides personalized consultation to ensure your awareness of all your available options, even when that means changing course completely after owning a small business. Before moving forward with scaling back your business at all, try a self-assessment by considering where you will be in the next six months or so. This can help determine the path you’re headed on, as well as whether potential gains are worth the risk of continuing on, for now. Typically, coaching for success can assist in developing new and exciting endeavors that may be just around the corner!

In the next six to twelve months, with the help of professional coaching for women, do you imagine being able to turn your business around? If the answer is that you don’t see a clear, direct path forward, an SME Business Coach can help guide you through a successful exit, after exhausting all your options for salvaging it. The same motivation and ingenuity that propelled you to opening your small business in the first place, can also propel you forward now! Small Business Consulting can assist you every step of the way.

Starting and growing your small business means actively finding new ways to improve your margins, understand your customers and provide them the products and services they need. Now that you’ve noticed your small business isn’t necessarily sustainable, it’s time you start thinking how to prepare for the next steps for you, your customers and most importantly, your children and families. Before you even make a decision to down-size your small business, first be sure you have exhausted all your available resources and options, especially small business help and support via business coaching for women! After all, small businesses fluctuate dramatically, and often take months or even years to fully actualize their potential. Before considering an immediate shuttering, consult with your trusted Gold Coast Business Coach regarding your business future!

Believe it or not, finding a proactive solution to your business problems, even one as dramatic as closing down completely, can actually benefit you and your family in the long-term! In fact, a temporary or permanent closure can free up your time and energy to achieve your long-term goals and aspirations. With one opportunity ending, this is a great time to learn from the successes and challenges you faced while running your start-up, lessons that can inform you both personally and professionally!

Chances are, Business Coaching has already helped you achieve many of your goals for your small business, which are experiences that last a lifetime. Closing doesn’t mean you failed, but another opportunity to face life’s challenges head-on! Even if you never saw this in your future start-up plans, you can make the best of it by processing the right strategy while utilizing direct coaching for women in business. Even though it will undoubtedly be a grueling decision to make, it can lead to freedom and empowerment with the correct approach!

 

Over my years in business and having gone through the journey myself – “$60 in the bank to a business with an annual turnover of six-figures” – I have personally learned a few things along the way. Perhaps here are my top tips.

  1. First one is to set your own expectations, don’t wait to get expectations from anybody don’t wait for any external expectations, you decide what you want to be in your own life, you have a purpose, you’re here for a reason and you can do it.
  2. The second thing is to have the right attitude and remember that businesses, good businesses and good leaders hire for attitude. You need to have the right attitude, the attitude to know that you will be able to make it that you have what it takes to overcome obstacles. You have to remember that there’s a hidden opportunity in every challenge so look for it and stay at it and go for it.
  3. The third thing, which is the most important for all females is to ask for it. Statistically females negotiate way less than men. Chances don’t come knocking on your door even if you deserve them. No matter in which business you are looking to work with you have to ask for it, you have to negotiate when there’s a new opportunity, you have to ask for it when there’s a new activity in school or at university, you have to ask for it. So, we women have to do much more of that. I always say if life doesn’t give you an offer, it doesn’t mean that you don’t negotiate.
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Inspire Yourself- With Your Own Business Bucket List for 2019

How many times have you thought of writing down the inspiring business ideas you had, but missed doing it? Maybe you were struggling to save them on your smartphone app or wanting to write down in your little diary, but it never happened.

We adore writing down the things to do list and then checking it off as we finish them. That’s a real high, isn’t it, when you complete those tasks! Getting things written has an unusually high probability that it will eventually be done.

Thanks to the little word called ‘accountable.’

So, let’s get some inspiration into our business with the business bucket list for this year. Want more inspiration. Well, you are starting your personalized business bucket list in the month of self-love, woman! What more could you want!!

Inspire More People (Clients!)

Think different.  So, every month you probably calculate how many clients you have and need to ramp up from there. This year, think about spreading the inspiration. Focus on giving the best shot with your existing clients and see how their love adds to your referral numbers!

Step it Up

Every businesswoman wants to grow her business. So, do you. Invest some “me” time with your business and set your annual business growth targets at the beginning of the year. Why not get a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) in place, that can be broken down into monthly numbers? Confidence in business needs to be gradual, not sudden. Taking small bites will help you step it up gradually.

Transform Your B

Well, to be honest, I have a ton of things on my to-do list. A sassy brand logo or the new design of your website, whatever you are planning to do, get it done now. Make sure to prioritize them. So, the vital things get taken care of to avoid hiccups later on. Get it written on your bucket list and move it. Transforming your business isn’t as challenging as you think if you follow these simple steps.

Take a Break

Being a businesswoman can be challenging. Multitasking all the time can be tiring. Plan a break in your schedule. Your business will thank you for it. Get your game on and unwind. Some “me” time and loads of self-love will help you get back into the grind more mindfully and productively.

Get Offline too

Online is the new norm. Online clients, workshops, seminars, Skype calls, zoom conferences may have you fully booked. Plan to give some love to in-person workshops as well. In person meetings can be the beginning of great business relationships, even in an Instagram crazy world!

Embrace New Ideas

Whether you are planning to do a podcast, get small business coaching or maybe hire a virtual assistant to ease the pressure off your shoulders, embrace them. New ideas are like wine, the older they get, the more you like them.

Go Natural

Huh! Why am I even suggesting going natural for business? Well, working from a home office has its own benefits, but sometimes fresh locales can be simply revitalising.

Consider having few meetings or collaborative sessions outside your place to get novel creative juices flowing. Heck, who knows the change of scenery may work wonders for your productivity!

Outsource More

Do you know Jill of all things? Well, that’s a spinner on the Jack of all thing’s cliché. Well, even though you may be good at many things, it’s not wise to do it all. Spending some downtime will help you visualize what you do best, outsource the rest. Whether you prefer getting small business help and support, additional hands can help you strategize more and be more efficient. I do recommend playing to your strengths.

Make Connects

Meeting real people can be inspiring. The energy and motivation that flows from an in-person seminar or conference can give a big leg up to your confidence. Networking can open up new pathways you never knew existed. Why not check out a business coaching seminar at gold coast and give a shot in the arm to your business?

Well, that’s my Inspiring Business Bucket List for this year, what’s there in yours?  Brew your favorite drink and make your list today. List your thoughts on paper, Trello or Wunderlist. What matters is getting things done.

I would love to hear your list and be your partner in making you accountable. Instagram your ideas and let’s make 2019 exciting!