Listening to Roger Federer’s post-match interview following his eighth Wimbledon title, I was struck by the comments he made about his desire to play the perfect tennis match. On the one hand this is an aspiration that has driven his whole career. On the other, he understands that ‘the perfect match’ is unattainable.
The fact is that Federer is driven in large part by perfectionism. This is reflected in his record breaking achievements on the court. Don’t worry, I’m not going to list them all! As well as his philanthropic endeavours off the court. Federer’s Foundation is set to open its 81st pre-school in Malawi, and aims to provide educational opportunities to 1 million children by the end of 2018.
“Brilliant”, “awesome”, “phenomenal,” “the greatest of all time” are just some of the breathless descriptions used to describe the tennis genius that is Roger Federer.
When Federer left Wimbledon last year with a serious knee injury and took six months out for rehabilitation, few people thought he would win another Grand Slam title, let alone a further two (so far) in 2017. Let the record state that I’ve always believed Federer will win 20 Grand Slam titles – although I didn’t think it would take quite so long.
When we think about our favourite brands, we see their success. We forget that many entrepreneurs started their business from the kitchen table, and worked their way up from there. This is exactly how Chrissie Rucker, founder of one of my favourite brands, The White Company, started out: running her business from home until it became full to overflowing with boxes.
It was five years after officially launching The Everygirl, one of my favourite lifestyle blogs, that the team moved into their first office space. The team had always worked remotely from home with staff in both Boston and Alabama, but after they hired two full-time employees from Chicago, the timing was right for a centralised workspace in Chicago’s West Loop.
Iconic brands really can be launched from the kitchen table. But with so many distractions, running your business from home can be a challenge. Follow these top tips to get the most from your day and set yourself up for business success.
Last week, I shared my process for quarterly reviews. The reason? Quarterly reviews are a habit I started as a CEO, and have continued over the past 14 years. This process of reviewing and planning is indispensable, providing a regular shape and rhythm to the way I run my business. But if you want consistent business results, reviewing and planning are not enough. For a business to evolve into a brand, your plan has to be implemented consistently on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
The truth is that regardless of your business experience and skills, given enough time, you can succeed at almost anything if you are consistent in your business habits and routines. The number one reason why incredibly talented and highly motivated people don’t succeed in business is inconsistency. They start out all guns blazing, but their efforts fizzle and peter out long before they’ve built up any momentum.
Today is moving day. I’m relocating from London, where I’ve lived for the past 32 years, to the Sussex south coast. Now let’s be clear. I’m not writing this article as the removal team pack up around me! I wrote it a few days ago and scheduled it in advance, ready to publish today. This article is about how to respond to unexpected setbacks after all.
If you’ve ever bought and sold a property in the UK, you’ll know it’s not the most straightforward process. All the logistics happen once you’ve had your offer accepted, found your dream home and instructed solicitors to act for you. This means there is plenty of opportunity for the unexpected to happen, and things to go wrong. Last week was a case in point.
Most of us experience ‘gut feelings’ we can’t explain, like making snap judgements about people we’ve only just met, or falling in love with a property when we’re house hunting. I had an intuition recently about a decision I’d made, and wasn’t sure whether or not I should trust it.
I’m in the process of moving to the Sussex coast and want to build a new network of business associates in the area. I’ve been researching different networking groups in an around the Brighton area and decided to join one. A few weeks later I wasn’t sure about my decision. I had that nagging feeling, or intuition, that this decision wasn’t right. But I couldn’t put my finger on why I felt this way.
On the face of it, I had no rational evidence to explain my intuition. So I hesitated about whether to listen to it or not. But at the back of my mind were reminders of the times I didn’t trust my intuition – only to regret this later on. Sound familiar?
I’ve always been a big proponent of candour in business, because straightforward, frank communication stimulates real debate. And debate is what leads to smart ideas, fast action and good employees fully contributing to the company they work for. Candour is a rarely discussed secret of the most successful businesses.
So why don’t we see more candour in business if it’s got so many advantages? Well, the fact of the matter is we’re socialised from an early age to soften bad news and to be nice about awkward subjects. Not to be troublemakers. Candour unnerves people.
Oprah was the first person to popularise vision boards. “Create the highest, grandest possible vision for your life because you become what you believe,” she said. In the world of business, founder of Net-a-Porter Natalie Massanet started making a vision board after reading Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualisation.
My own experience of vision boards began back in 2000 after reading John Assaraf’s The Secret. I generally create at least one vision board a year, usually during the week between Christmas and New Year. It reminds me of being a child, when I was never happier than getting out the sugar paper, glitter and glue and making the latest project on Blue Peter (the longest running British children’s TV programme and an intrinsic part of our culture). My current vision board includes references to a workcation in Bali and adventure travel to Kashmir and the Himalayas.
I love this Henry Ford quote: “If you think you can do a thing, or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” It goes straight to the heart of our belief in our ability to be successful. It’s this limiting self-belief, or lack of confidence, that I see hold back too many very able business owners. So I wondered – are limiting beliefs getting in the way of your business success?
Have you heard people talking about how they ‘get in their own way?’ What they’re really talking about is their limiting beliefs. Limiting beliefs are the stories we tell ourselves to keep ourselves small. It’s far too late for me to leave my job and start a business. I don’t have enough business experience. I’m a creative and creatives can’t make real money. I don’t know enough about running a business…
Kathryn Brown is a productivity coach and systems strategist. She helps small business owners leverage their time and expertise, and streamline and scale with systems so they can work less and live more. Before creating her own business in 2014, she provided management-level training and served on the leadership team responsible for ISO certification for a tech company. She was school improvement co-chair for compliance and certification as a professional development and technology coordinator for a local school. Today, Kathryn offers workflow and systems design, goal setting and achievement strategies, and work life balance integration to the small business owner. You can find out more on Kathryn’s website here
Want to “find” extra time every time you’re at your desk? The best way to achieve this is by intentionally creating a workspace that works for you!
In today’s post, I wanted to share an easy-to-implement system with you that you can complete this weekend. Let’s systemize your desk and maximize your productivity!