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    One of the most common things that stops us from moving forward in our business and smashing our goals is accountability or to be clear the LACK of accountability.


    Being responsible and accountable can be especially difficult  for those who are not practiced in the art, maybe before you have been in paid employment, you had a Manager or team relying on the completion of your actions. When we don't have this so many people can struggle to follow through.

    What simple steps can you take to overcome this?

    1. Lists, lists and more lists

    Did I mention lists?! You can create a list of the actions you need to take to reach your goal, it can be anything from creating some content, scheduling your social media, arranging a meeting, writing a blog post, updating your website and over time it will add up to a meaningful progress. Make sure you add a done by date date to each action to keep you focused.

    This will give you a chance to compare your progress each day and an opportunity to choose actions based on when they are due. Working in this way will help to keep you focused and moving forward.

    2. Tell someone about your intentions and goals

    This is where an accountability buddy can be gold! Having a regular c heckin with each other and keeping them upto date with your progress will give just the right amount of 'pressure' or encouragement to ensure you get the job done.

    3. Working with a Coach

    Hiring a business coach to keep you on track is another way to fill that accountability gap, it is the same as the second strategy but with an encouraging element as the coach knows every detail about your business. A business coach understands the direction of your business and what you’re trying to accomplish, they will keep you accountable and give you the support needed to hit those targets on time.

    Knowing where you’re heading with your business will make the coach’s job easier and more effective. With this type of support and encouragement, you will accomplish your objectives and generate the progress needed to grow your business.

    Creating accountability when you work for yourself can be super challenging but it is down to you to find a way of filling that gap if you want to see any growth in your business.

    I’ve listed methods to stop you from hitting that snooze button, now it’s your responsibility to find the right strategy to help you complete daily tasks and progress towards accomplishing your objectives.

    If you would like to know more about how accountability forms a large part of our coaching relationship then don't hesitate to contact me at [email protected]

    Make sure you head over to Instagram @wendywood_coaching and check out my accountability post, lets get accountable! 

     

    Wendy 

  2. SMART Goals

    Goals provide a sense of direction, motivation, and clarity. In setting goals, you are providing yourself with a target to aim for.

    A SMART goal is a tool to guide us and to keep focus and energy.

    SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

     

    SMART goals are:

    • Specific: What it says on the tin! 
    • Measurable: We should be able to measure the progress of the goal
    • Achievable: Allow the goal to be attainable
    • Realistic: The goal should be doable! Within reach and realistic
    • Timely: It's essential to set a clear schedule and a 'done by' date that you will stick to

    It is common to set unrealistic goals the result being a loss of direction, momentum and belief.

    SMART goals set you up for success, they keep you focused and ultimately will support you to reach your goals.

    Wendy 

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    Have you started writing Blogs to share on your website and is it worth it?

    Short answer: Yes! Why?

    1. It helps drive traffic to your website.

    Every time you write a Blog you can create a social media post detailing a snippet of what your Blog contains, you then ask them to click the link in the bio to read more in your blog. WIN WIN, a great way to send people to your website.

    2. You can repurpose blog content for social media.

    Instead of  always needing to create brand new content for your Blog you can just repurpose content from previous social media posts and expand on them.

    3. It helps convert traffic into clients.

    Now that you have some traffic coming to your site through your blog, you have an opportunity to convert that website traffic into clients.

    You may decide to have a sign up form for your newsletter on your website, another great way to stay connected to your audience and build relationships.

    4. It drives long-term results.

    A great blog will answer the common questions and pain points that their potential clients have.

    If you consistently create valuable content or articles for your target audience, it will establish you as trusted authority, Google will love this! 

    5. It helps you share your news.

    Blogs can contain not only educational information but also can highlight what you are up to and your latest offerings.

    Have you launched a new service? Share it on your blog.

    Released a new course? Post it on your blog.

    Have a brilliant testimonial? Share it on your blog.

    Are you appearing at local fair or trade show? Drum up attention for the event through your blog.

    Not only does sharing company news on your blog humanize your brand, but it also helps your audience see that you’re not always about selling.

    So first things first do have a Blog page on your website, if not it's an easy addition to make.

    When it comes to how many words long should a blog be, how long is a piece of string? Ask different people and you will get different answers. So start off with whatever feels good, whatever makes it easy for you to do, see how it goes and increase it if it feels good to.

    Next let's start thinking about all the things you could Blog on in the comments.... GO! 

    Wend x 

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    Maybe all the grand plans you had for your business back in January haven't quite happened yet, maybe you haven't hit the gaols you set or even started to take the actions.Life happens, sometime S___ happens and one of the first things to get put on hold is our business. That's fine because for me family will ALWAYS come first.

    But sometimes when this happens it reinforces to us that our dreams will never come true, our goals will never be met. We've missed the chance, if it's not already happened then it's never gonna happen!

    WRONG. Sometimes things pause. BUT at any moment we can choose to begin again.

    If this year hasn't quite started out as you hoped you have a choice.

    It's ok to start today.

    Wendy

  5. Copy of Business Question

    One of the 1st things most of us do when we are looking to buy a product or service is check out the reviews to see what previous clients or customers have to say!

    Yet as business owners we can be pretty rubbish at asking our own clients or customers for those super important reviews!

    Why?

    I get it, it can feel awkward, people are busy! Have they really got 5 minute to write me a review!

    I know I am always super happy to leave a review because I know how important they can be for small business's, that 5 minutes it can take to write one can have such a huge impact on my business and I'm always super thankful.

    So maybe have a think about how you can make it as easy as possible for people to leave you a review.

    You could add a tag line to your email signature asking clients to leave you a review, you could send an automated email after they have purchased from you, you can ask regularly on your platforms.

    You could create a simple Google Form for people to complete which you can then repurpose and share. I think it's super important to ask for clients to complete a review on your Google my Biz, just grab the review link and add that to your emails, maybe set up an automation reminding people.

    Maybe you send a regular newsletter, another great opportunity to ask the question.

    And then make sure you share those reviews on your social media, website, newsletter, it's not bragging it sharing the experiences that your clients or customers have had with you, you should be proud!

    If you don't ask you don't get.

    How do you feel about asking for client reviews?

    Let me know in the comments.

    Wend