I’m one of those people that likes to challenge myself.
I love learning, trying new things, and going outside my comfort zone (well… most of the time :)).
When you challenge yourself in different ways it keeps you on your toes, helps you stay sharp, and inspires you to grow in new ways.
Sometimes I take on too much at once - like in 2011 when I signed up to run the New York marathon and then enrolled in the MBA programme at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.
Thankfully I’ve learned from that experience.
Challenging yourself does not mean overworking yourself.
I’m learning to be more creative with my challenges like finding better ways to do things that I’ve done before, making myself think outside the box, letting go of conventions that I’ve lived by, and approaching old problems in new ways.
I’m also experimenting with changing my routines.
I used to get up at 6am every morning and workout.
I’ve changed my...
It’s that time of year again where people are setting their goals for the year striving to make positive changes in our lives.
It’s just what everyone does.
It’s almost expected that you overhaul your whole life or at least pretend you want to.
Then we gloss over the fact that most people abandon their new year resolutions before February 1st.
So where do you start?
You start by identifying if your resolutions are dreams or goals.
In the first month of my Kia Tū Teitei Monthly programme: January - Planning Your Best Year Ever, I share a seven-part framework for setting goals – the SMARTER Formula.
That's Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Risky, Time-keyed, Exciting and Relevant.
This formula is great for ensuring that you are setting goals and not just naming your dreams.
A goal would be to lose 10 kgs by May 1st by exercising four times per week with both cardio and strength training and eating 1800 calories per day (only an example) from mostly whole...
How was 2016 for you?
Need an end of year ritual to finish the year? No matter what happened, you have the power to start anew and completely change your experience in 2017.
We know that when the clocks tick over, nothing really magical happens. It’s just a day like any other.
I don’t know about you though – it really feels for me like a chance to completely shift things. A fresh start!
Let’s end the year with one really simple but profound end of year ritual.
And it’s easy to do.
The exercise is make a list of everything you’re proud of over the last year.
Sounds easy, but trickier than it sounds.
First – do this with a partner.
That’s key, so you don’t chicken out and get all whakamā, like “I dunno. I guess I did some … stuff..?”
Do this with someone who gets you and really “sees” you and your accomplishments and who will entice more out of you.
Take turns asking each other what...
I’ve been helping a number of clients lately with their business plans and I’ve noticed some common mistakes keep surfacing. To begin with, many people underestimate the amount of time, thinking and patience it takes to put together a decent business plan. Often the reason they are ‘doing’ a business plan is because they're seeking a loan or investment to start or grow their business and they’ve been asked to present their business plan. So make sure you set aside sufficient time to work on your business plan and allow time for the many revisions it will take, before you get it right.
Here are 10 of the most common mistakes in putting a business plan together:
1. Not defining the target market
When working alongside my client I often ask who their target market is. And most people say everyone. They think that if their target market is too narrow they will have fewer customers. But no business will appeal to everyone. It’s best to define...
Having a successful business is about more than just opening your doors and starting to rack up sales. You need to have a solid idea of the potential upside for your business; in other words you have to be able to determine the size of the prize. Unfortunately, this is where most business owners fall short, but having a business coach to guide you can help to keep you and your company on track.
What exactly do we mean by the size of the prize? It’s simple really, it just means your company’s overall potential for success within your industry. Every company is out to make a profit, and that is obviously one measure of success, but there is more to it than that. Where does your company stack up in terms of industry standards? Are you keeping abreast of the competition and making a name for yourself?
The answers to those questions can make all the difference for your business. Determining the size of the prize, then,...
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