Is Money Holding Your Power While You Grow Your Business?

Shelagh Cummins
May 30, 2016
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It’s time that we talk about money. I’ve been listening to you this week, and right now, MONEY IS HOLDING YOUR POWER. Yes, I am shouting. Not knowing exactly where you stand financially allows you to protect yourself from seeing the reality (good or bad) and will feed the power your money has over you. How can you operate your business powerfully when you don’t actually know if you have a business that is profitable or losing money? Watch this weeks #MondayMotivation to start shifting that power back to you. If you like your numbers (revenue – expenses = profit), then hurrah! Let’s celebrate and do more of what is working. If you don’t like your numbers (particularly around debt or profit), then we can shift to making some very powerful moves to change it. Today. It’s time to reclaim your power and regain control over the situation. Your challenge is … Continued

You ARE The Competition When You Grow Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
May 8, 2016
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You ARE The Competition When You Grow Your Business There are several ways to think about your competition. I’m not talking about those resentful, jealous or angry feelings. I’d rather think about who you are going to be to them. It is infinitely more productive to think of yourself as the competition of your competitors. Follow along, I am going somewhere with this. Isn’t it more fun to think of your competitors being resentful, jealous, and angry at you? That means you must be doing something right. To keep ahead of your competitors, you need to keep the competition in mind. 1. Focus on Your End Game Let us start from the end. What is your end game? You know I am all about setting goals for yourself and your business. But, do you have a plan? You can bet your competition has a plan. If they don’t, you will … Continued

The Slippery Slope of Avoidance or Neglect in Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
May 2, 2016
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I hope this note finds you well and ready to take on the week. Have you ever stopped to think about what you are avoiding or neglecting in your business? You already know, I am sure, but you keep pushing it aside for another day. I am curious, what is the impact of that avoidance on you, your family and your business? This week, I walk you through how to shift from avoidance to action. Let me give you a hint – it’s not WHAT you are avoiding that is the gamechanger, it’s WHY you are avoiding that is critical. Leave a comment declaring what you will take action on this week that has been neglected or avoided… your Email List? a Sales call? Content creation? Financials? Taxes?  

Your Words Are Your Truth When You Grow Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
April 25, 2016
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Have you ever stopped to listen to the words you use when you speak to yourself? Have a listen. Focus in this week on what stories you tell yourself as you make your Power Moves in your business – those actions which are going to have impact on your growth and success. I’ve been listening to some of the stories you are saying… things like: There is no way I’m ever going to get all this work done. I can’t deliver this project on time. There is no way that anybody is ever going to pay what I want for my services. People aren’t going to buy from me. They’re not going to invest in what I have. Friends, These words are really not serving you very well. Have a watch: I’m sure that you have your own set of words that you keep feeding yourself, which is enabling you … Continued

Are Assumptions Killing Your Business?

Shelagh Cummins
April 18, 2016
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Are Assumptions Killing Your Business? I’ve been hearing a lot of assumptions in our conversations. Those assumptions seem to be related to all different facets of your business. Some of you are making assumptions about what it is that your customers actually want. Some of you are making assumptions about whether you can afford to invest in a service or in someone when you haven’t actually talked to them about what their costs are. Some of you are making assumptions about what people want to buy without seeing any evidence that they’re going to buy it. Be careful about running your business based on an assumption. There are so many times when we can get some raw data, to help us make a really powerful decision to move us forward. Assumptions can kill your business. You are taking a guess about something that is really critical. If you don’t actually know … Continued

Are You Attracting or Repelling Clients?

Shelagh Cummins
April 10, 2016
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If you’ve hit a stand still in sales, or things are not growing as quickly as you would like… then take a moment to stop and think: Am I attracting or repelling clients?

Did You Hit Your Quarterly Goals?

Shelagh Cummins
April 3, 2016
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We are at the end of Q1. 90 days since that moment when you set your sights on your success for 2016. Did you nail it? Did you hit your quarterly goals? The beauty of breaking the year into 90 day chunks is the feedback if things are not going well. It’s not too late to fix it. This week, I am talking about how to reset your goals and get back on track… the good, the bad and the ugly. Leave a comment with your goal for Q2! Let’s hear what the next 90 days will bring you. XO Shelagh P.S. If it’s time to move into daily action, then it’s time you start using your Productivity Planner. Click Here To Get Yours.

The Need for Camaraderie When You Grow Your Business

Shelagh Cummins
March 23, 2016
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I’ve just hung up from my final client call of the week, and I have been listening hard to you this week. There has been, actually, a common theme throughout quite a few of my conversations, and it has to do with how you’re feeling within your business. There are lots of you that have pinpointed to the need of having more people around you in your business. You’re feeling a little bit lonely, in fact, a little bit like that lone wolf who is out there taking on the world all on their own without anybody to help them. I totally get how that feels. And I feel that way too. That’s why having some kind of group around you of people who support you and champion you and get you and are there to pass ideas and bounce ideas off of—that’s why it’s so important, when you are … Continued

What Stands in the Way of Your Success?

Shelagh Cummins
March 6, 2016
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We all have obstacles to success. Barriers to entry like the dollar value, market saturation, lack of capital or finding the best staff are all real obstacles and problems. So if problems can be solved, and they can, what really stands in your way? Why are these problems not getting solved? What is your number one obstacle? Can I guess? Gremlins. Gremlins are those thoughts that creep into our subconscious and stop us. Our inner critic as it were. They tell us that we don’t look good in that bathing suit. They tell us that we are not worthy of having a successful business. They tell us that the lack of capital is why we are stopped. It is not the problems stopping you. It is you. By giving space for your gremlin to operate, you are, unwittingly, allowing her to sabotage your business. Gremlins stem from information coming at you from society, your friends or other … Continued

What CAN you do this week to Grow Your Business?

Shelagh Cummins
February 28, 2016
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Do you ever find yourself held back by your perception? Many times in client conversations and consultations, I’m amazed to hear smart, talented and intelligent people undervalue themselves in terms of their abilities. When we start talking about the goals and desires that we have for our businesses, often times I’ll find people saying that they CAN’T achieve the things they want to achieve. Clients tell me that they can’t hit their sales goals. They can’t make sales calls. It’s more commonplace than you might think. But what if we were to strip our doubts of all their power? Think about it! The minute that we profess our inability to achieve, we allow our doubts and fears to take hold of our intentions. We effectively give away our power in business! So, how do we challenge our perceived downfalls or weaknesses? Well, I think that our CAN’Ts are a good … Continued