Category Archives: Mindset

Working from home, staying healthy

When you’re working from home and not commuting on a daily basis, it’s important to remember to keep healthy. Drink lots of water, go for a walk and take regular breaks. Set yourself a daily goal to walk, drink water, eat fruit and have a tea break at least every 2 hours. This was you will keep your mind clear and yourself ready for business.

If you have a day where you are tired or need a break, then have one! Stay in bed, read a book, watch your favourite movie – do something you love and take some time off.. it’s your body telling you that you need a break. It’s very easy to forget to breathe when working for yourself, but you wont be doing your clients any favours by being unwell.


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Mini Marketing Tip 2 – Image

Hello readers,

Here’s an interesting controversial thought: People judge you and pre-determine how you’re going to be by the way you look.

Don’t agree? Watch this video as proof (love her or hate her, you cant dispute that this was true in her case.)
So, if people judge you by the way you look, or at least make an initial judgement, then if you are representing your business.. how does this translate?

Well, if you show up to networking events with dirty hair, un-ironed clothes and slouched shoulders, then think of how people will see you. Yes, you can never judge a book by it’s cover, however, the reality is that we do form an impression of someone by the way they look. This possibly comes from the time of the caveman and is linked to a survival instinct; you had to know whether someone was friend or foe instantly!

It doesn’t matter how great your product is or how spectacular you are at providing the service that you do, if you are not dressed to reflect what you do, then people will make a pre-judgment on what you provide as a business.

Comments and/or experiences welcome!

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The cost of Unemployment… death for the other side?

In this time of unemployment, lack of jobs being available, no or little chance of finding work, no end to the recession in sight.. this story sums up how people are feeling..

Today’s news story:

Breaking News

Man had boss killed to save job. 

Spanish police have arrested a man whom they suspect hired a contract killer to murder his boss in a desperate bid to avoid being laid off, newspaper El Pais reported on Tuesday. The head of audiovisual services at the Barcelona International Convention Centre contracted a Colombian man who shot and killed the director of the convention centre on Feb 9, according to police.

The director had planned to lay off the arrested man as part of a restructuring project, police said. In fear of losing his job, the head of services, through his sister, contracted a team of six Colombians who planned and carried out the killing, El Pais reported. Police have also detained the sister and six Colombians.

The shooting marks one of the most extreme actions by Spaniards who fear losing jobs, homes and businesses during a recession in which unemployment is rising faster than in any other developed country. Other cases include an indebted Spanish builder who kidnapped his bank manager at gunpoint and the head of a construction firm who threatened to set himself on fire unless debts he was owed were paid. (Reporting by Andrew Hay; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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How I made a million by age 17…

Daily Mail

Schoolboy entrepreneur Ben Way made a million at 17, but then lost it just as quickly. Now 27 and head of an innovation venturing company, he is savouring success again. He lives alone in London.


Read this article here

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Fitness, Health and Wealth workshop – Interview


This is an interview with Karen Laryea of Korkoi on her workshop Fitness, Health and Wealth.
The whole workshop can be watched on YouTube.

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The Formula for Success – The final ingredient!

So now we know that to be successful you have to show up and give 110% but what is the final ingredient?

The final ingredient is belief. Belief in yourself, belief in your dream,

It seems such a simple thing to do doesn’t it? There must be a certain amount of belief in order to even get things started, but often once the initial euphoria has faded we are left wondering if we have the knowledge, strength or ability to push our business to where we want it to be.

So how can we get rid of those devastating doubts and replace them with a powerful sense of certainty?

First you need to break down your negative beliefs, to do this you have to question all the ‘evidence’ that supports that belief, let me give you an example; Julie believes she is no good at maths so therefore she’s hopeless at business. So to begin with I would question how true is it that you need to be good at maths to be good at business? Once we have established that it is actually not true at all we could then move on to break the underlying belief that she is no good at maths, even if she’s not the world’s best mathematician it is unlikely that she is so bad at it.

Then you need to build new beliefs to replace these and make sure you notice the proof of these beliefs often in your everyday life. It’s also good to surround yourself with others that have confidence in your abilities.

Affirmations are great way to build your confidence and belief in yourself; using affirmations is literally ‘brainwashing’ yourself but with positive thoughts instead of negative ones. I made my affirmations into a movie that I watch regularly (you can see this on my facebook profile

Sometimes though the lack of belief comes from not being able to see the path from where you are now to where you want to be, if this is the case then break down your goal into smaller milestones and work out a few actions you can perform to take you to each step along the way. Make sure these are realistic, achievable and rely more on you than on anyone else … then follow the plan! A while ago I created a Plan to Succeed Year Planner for precisely this reason; you can get your copy free now by going to my website and registering why not try it? After all as Henry Ford said “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.”






Gemma Thompson

Gemma Thompson is the business coach for small businesses, creative
people and soloprenuers, you can reach her on 07840 799630, or email or go to

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The Formula for Success – Part 2 by Gemma (guest blogger)

The Formula for Success

In the last blog we agreed with Woody Allen that 80% of success is showing up.
But you and I both know that isn’t the whole formula!  So what is the other 20%? And how can it be effective when it’s such a small percentage?

Well the good news is that the next part of the formula is to always give 110%! Thankfully this means that there is more than 20% left

So how can you always give 110%?

Here are 3 effective ways.

Give to yourself!

If you start by looking after yourself you will have the energy and ability to give to your business and clients. So right now book yourself some time off!
It must be said though that time does not necessarily have to be time off to be restorative, if you are creative you can enjoy a little bit of ‘me time’ in all kinds of situations. Make your journey to work an escape by making your car smell nice, reading a novel on the train, listening to music you love. My father has to spend a lot of time driving so he tends to listen to books in the car that he downloads from, they also have a terrific selection of personal and business development books too – or you can find my favourites of these on my website in my bookshop –

Underpromise, Overdeliver

In this day and age everybody seems to be promising us the moon and all we often end up with is an apology (if that) and a sense of disappointment. Instead of trying to lure customers with cheap promises of delivery half an hour ago or a sales course that will make you a million pounds in 50 minutes it is better to promise only what you know you can deliver. If you know delivery will take at least 5 hours but no more than a day then promising next day delivery means you can exceed your customers’ expectations.
It’s also a good idea to look at what could prevent you from delivering your promises and have a back –up plan in place to keep you as close to on track as possible, for example if you run an online store what will you do if your computer crashes while you are trying to process orders?

Look at things from your client’s point of view

What does your client need? What problems do they face? You may think you know your clients well but they will always surprise you. Try to view your clients as people rather than mere demographics, talk to them, and listen to them and you have a great chance of being able to give them110%. Treat their problems seriously and go out of your way to solve them and you’ll have a customer for life. I clearly remember this happening for me; I’d just taken a management role and was supposed to have a particular suit from a well known High Street store as my uniform. Only this uniform had been set 4 months before and the styles in this shop change quite quickly. When I went to buy it there was 1 jacket in my size and 2 of the shirts, however one of the assistants took the trouble to phone every store in the area and got my whole uniform for me in less than a week. I still go to Next before anywhere else because of this!

So go on … give it all you’ve got!

Gemma Thompson


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