A former client rang me to tell me her business revenue has increased 62% since working with me and her profits have quadrupled. How far she’s come! How we’ve all grown on this business journey!
How do I know how far?
Every 90 days I run a business planning retreat for business owners. We reflect back on the last 90 days in our personal lives and our businesses, we check our numbers, and then we plan the next 90 days, setting clear goals and activities that need to be completed to achieve those goals. Over time, we can see our growth rate and we test and measure and work out what we did to achieve that growth.
Most growth – personal and in business – is a result of stepping up and outside our so-called “comfort” zone*. By doing this daily, weekly, monthly, every 90 days, we grow.
Getting out of your comfort zone
Two years ago I never would have done a live Facebook video – that’s a cynch now. (I don’t like doing it but I’ll do it anyway. Previously I found many reasons not to do it … )
A year ago I never would have deliberately recorded my voice and posted it on the Internet – now I’m 15 episodes into my own podcast show.
And the great thing is that by doing my podcast show, I also help others to grow!
Inspiring confidence and self belief
I set up my podcast show, Bold Business Bits, with two motives in mind: (1) to raise my business profile to let more people know I exist and that I’m here to help business owners; and (2) to encourage phenomenal female business bosses to get out of their own comfort zone, engage in a recorded conversation with me and tell the world how amazing they are.
We talk about business challenges and times of adversity but also what fun we have. Because business can be tough and lonely and a bit of a rollercoaster at times, but we do have fun. If not, what’s the point?
Each of our conversations is unique – every one of my guests has an amazing story to tell about how she came to be in business. But there are some consistent themes emerging. Maybe you recognise some of them:
- Balancing work and personal life
- Being brave and bold
- Learning from mistakes
- Bouncing back and resilience
- Recruiting the right people for our business
- Planning and having clear goals
- Inspiring others
- What we learned from our mother
- Drinking wine …
If you’d like to take part in my show just get in touch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07818 646672.
*Our comfort zone is not necessarily a happy place to be. It’s just where we’ve got used to doing the same thing over and over – and somehow expecting different results …
About the author
I’m a business coach specialising in working with SME business owners and their teams to help them achieve more than they’re doing right now. I draw on a massive toolkit of expertise from 20+ years’ experience with big corporates, tools and strategies from ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching firm of which I am a franchise partner, methodologies from my Engage & Grow licence that help fix the huge challenge of employee disengagement and leadership development – and so much more. I am proud and honoured to have helped hundreds of business owners across Yorkshire to grow the business of their dreams while I’m working on growing my own.
It’s so easy to coast along in life, to settle with what we’re familiar or comfortable with – even when we’re not particularly happy with where we’re at. Let me ask you, when was the last time you asked yourself, Is this all there is? Or wondered if you’re capable of more than you’re doing right now?
I work with business owners who want to learn how to achieve more – to be willing to get out of their comfort zone and try new ways to stretch themselves and grow their business. I help them do this by providing the expertise, perspective and accountability you’ve been missing.