TIP #1: REALITY CHECK

Have you heard of SWOT-analysis? In short, SWOT-analysis is used in business to gather the whole picture and plan strategically.

I was working on it for some company when this idea crossed my mind: 

Hold on, if big corporations use it to get clarify on their reality and direction, why cannot individuals?”

Here you go. I’ve created a personalized SWOT-analysis (P-SWOT) for your own reality.

It will help you look inside and extract the right information to analyze it later (TIP #2, you’ll receive it tomorrow), exactly as it has done for me.

P-SWOT

Read on and reflect. 

Want to see my own P-SWOT-analysis*?

(*) – My actual P-SWOT is much more detailed. Below I’ll share just a gist of it to help you build yours:

TIANA’S P-SWOT

So, what do you think? Let me take a guess…

“Cool stuff, but not sure if will work for me?” 

Am I right? And you’re right too. 😃 

This will only work for you if you will work on it. 

Logical, huh? 

One way to do that is to write your answers down because:

— Writing activates the sub-conscious brain —

By writing down my ideas I set the brain’s reticular activating system to work, seeking a solution. 
Pss, this is the part of our brain that sends two types of signals: one that goes to the “urgent” brain, and the second to the sub-conscious.
So, the process of writing it down puts my sub-conscious in motion; it started observing my thoughts more closely and “dig deeper” into the topics I was trying to discover.

Practically, something like this would happen:

I would be working on some task at work when a solution crossed my mind. This is how our sub-consciousness works: it seems that we arrived at the solution randomly but it wasn’t random at all. There is a system behind it.

If you are still here and follow me, you might have a question:

Where to keep it all?

My answer is – keep it in one dedicated place. Otherwise you will create more mess in life, and we’re currently trying to do the opposite 🙂 

I would suggest keeping it in a bullet journal.

Pss, never heard of a bullet journal? Imagine a blank journal that looks stylish and helps you live your life intentionally. This is what we’re talking about. Want to learn more? Check out my blog post

I’d love to add more value and offer my bestselling book Practical Guide How to Start a Bullet Journal”. 

This book is for beginners who want to understand how to start a bullet journal and get some tips & tricks. 

Click here to look inside and decide if that’s for you.

And I’m soo excited for tomorrow because TOMORROW you’ll learn how to use this information to set your goals. 

I hope you got a lot of out it.

If you have any questions, DM me on IG @tianamcboz.

See you tomorrow!

  • Standing out or fitting in when it comes to business?⁠⁣⁠
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I work for a male-dominated company. Like really it's 20 men and me. ⁠⁣⁠
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I'm often the only one who doesn't speak the native language.⁠⁣⁠
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I'm the one that comes from a business, not an engineering background. ⁣⁠
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⁠Putting it like this doesn't sound too bad.⁣⁠
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But in the heat of the situation, all I wanted is to just blend in. Why? ⁣⁠
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I wanted to be a part of the group, not a black sheep. I wanted to belong. ⁣⁠
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With time I weirdly came to terms with it because I've learned to see my differences as my advantage.⁣⁠
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Yes I don't talk football and cars.⁣⁠
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Yes I don't share men's humor.⁣⁠
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Yes English is not my native language.⁣⁠
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Yes I don't understand much about transmission equipment. ⁣⁠
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But should I really? ⁣⁠
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Being different is my inner power that no one can take away from me.⁣⁠
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I've learned to be OK to be different and now I'm actively learning how to confidently bring different perspectives and consciously benefit the conversation. ⁣⁠
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Have you ever felt different from the crowd? ⁣⁠
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  • “I see the value in coaching but let me just try to DIY everything first. I just don’t have the budget for it”.⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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The sad truth is, some of us don’t realize the power of investing. ⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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I get it. I myself was cheaping out on courses and coaches because good coaches are an investment. ⁣
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I would much rather spend my time searching for free advice and cheaper options than working on my business. ⁣
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Until I got really fed up with myself and decided that I was GOING TO afford it. ⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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I was listening to a book ‘You are a badass at making money’ where the author shared: ⁣⁣
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“If it doesn’t scare the crap out of you, you don’t want it bad enough”.⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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I’ve DECIDED to want it bad enough. I was no longer there to play small. I was there to make it work. ⁣
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Sounds easy? ⁣
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I was terrified to hire a coach and invest in courses because it was still a lot of money to me and you never know in advance if it’s a high return investment but I thought: ⁣
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“How can I expect big things happen to me if I’m not ready to play big?"⁣
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"How can expect someone to invest in my services and if I am not investing in myself?”⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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And you know what happened?⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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Not only that I got paying clients but also the money came to me from the least expected sources. ⁣
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It’s called the power of investing. ⁣
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Money is the energy: you will get back 2x more than what you’ve invested in. ⁣
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You can never expect to reach ‘a serious level’ if you are holding onto your money and refuse to take bold actions. ⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
Tell me, what holds (held) you back from investing in yourself? ⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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Disclaimer: In this post I’m sharing my personal experience and NOT giving any financial counseling. ⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
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  • Saying Yes when your answer is No⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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I used to be a people pleaser.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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But I would NEVER describe myself that way because I thought: ⁣⁠⁣⁠
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"I don't want to please people, but I just don't want to offend anyone or hurt people's feelings.⁣"⁣⁠⁣⁠
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What's the difference though 🙈​⁣⁠⁣⁠
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My conflict strategy was conflict avoidance. ⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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I would much rather agree than go down the path of confronting people with saying NO.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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I'm still suffering from being a YES girl but much less so.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Because... ⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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I figured that it's not only personal but also cultural:⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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I live in The Netherlands, and I've noticed that people here are direct and efficient. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁠⁣⁠
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They consider it polite to honestly assess your abilities and communicate it.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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So, when they cannot do it, they answer: ⁣⁠
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No I cannot.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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They don't even add "sorry" because from their point of view:⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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⁣⁠⁣⁠what do I apologize for? I haven't done anything wrong. I just cannot do that right now. ⁣⁠⁣⁠That's it. ⁣⁠
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To their mind, it's polite and much more respectful to be upfront with what you want / can do than ending up not doing it or worse - building up the inner resentment.⁣⁠
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I once shared that I didn't say No because I felt bad. ⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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They got really confused: "Why didn't you just say you couldn't do that?"⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Got me thinking... ⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Yes indeed, why? It's just three simple words:⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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[I'd still add the fouth though: "sorry"]⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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What do you think about this kind of approach?⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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  • Finding the right mentor is such a slippery slope...⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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I realized the true power of coaching only when I became one. ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Still, I often debate with myself whether a coach is worth my financial and time investment.⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Recently I've hired a coach. I had the same questions: ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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"Maybe I can still do that alone?"⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
"Maybe I don't really need one?"⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
"Maybe I can progress myself?"⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Honestly, answers to all these three questions are ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
✔️ Yes⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
✔️ Yes⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
✔️ Yes ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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The problem I've discovered with these questions is that they aren't right to ask. ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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The real question here is:⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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"Am I ready to spend years / months figuring it all out myself? Or will I rather pay someone to save me pain and show me a faster way?"⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Essentially, I'm asking here what's more important time or money?⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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  • They say: “You need this and that to start a business”. You do quick math and get discouraged to even try.⁠⁣⁠..⁣⁠
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My own clients often come to me overwhelmed:⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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- “I haven’t had any clients yet but tell me, how to make contracts?”⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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- “I don’t know my niche yet but what email marketing platform to invest in?”⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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- “I need to hire a photographer and make my feed aesthetic.”⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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We hear a lot of noises. ⁣⁠
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We hear more experienced coaches share their experiences. ⁣⁠
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We look at our peers, and they seem to be using all the tools, having it all figured out...⁣⁠
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So, we automatically assume that we need it all too.⁠⁣⁠ Immediately. Well, I mean yesterday. ⁣⁠
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While those noises might be sensible, they are relevant to THEIR businesses at THEIR stage. For your business right now, it might be not necessary. ⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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In my language we say: “Smart people learn from their mistakes; wise people learn from the mistakes of others”.⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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Meaning I definitely encourage you to be responsive and listen to the experience of others.⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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However, be constantly asking yourself: ⁣⁠
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“Given my budget, my business model and my goals, do I need this?”⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
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  • “I've been scrapping and replanning my business model for a while now. Still, I'm in the planning stage of my business”.⁠⁣⁠
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- Your friends tell you: “Yes this business idea sounds reasonable!” but do they really mean it?⁠⁣⁠
- You’re angry with yourself because you’ve pivoted waaay too often.⁠⁣⁠
- You’re reaching out for help in Facebook groups... ⁠⁣⁠
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Still, you're wondering: “WHERE TO START?” ⁠⁣⁠
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I myself was consuming a lot of content, binge-watching tons of Youtube videos... ⁠⁣⁠
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Still, I hadn’t started my business. And I didn’t know why. ⁠⁣⁠
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One day I said to myself: “Maybe a coach will help. I’m going to look for one!”⁠⁣⁠
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I committed my time to the search and doing my due diligence:⁠⁣⁠
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Some of the coaches didn’t come across trustworthy or weren't operating from the place of integrity.⁠⁣⁠
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Others seemed credible and engaged but were beyond my budget.⁠ ⁠⁣⁠
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Do you think I went ahead and hired one? ⁠⁣⁠
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Naah, I got back into “I can do it myself”. ⁠⁣⁠
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Aaand I got even more confused and overwhelmed because I had already been sitting on the idea for so long that I started questioning the validity of it:⁠⁣⁠
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"Maybe what I am doing doesn't make sense at all?"⁠⁣⁠
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I sensed that my whole business was under danger of survival because the chances were I might not be able to overcome my next dip alone. ⁠⁣⁠
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That was the moment when I took the leap of faith and hired a coach. ⁠⁣⁠
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Have you ever felt stuck at the planning stage of your business? ⁠If yes, what do you need to move forward? ⁠⁣⁠
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