Gathering initial customer feedback, revising dozens of samples, doing multiple quality tests… Changing, testing and changing again…

 

Just imagine this!

 

People all over the world have had their impact on the Journal you’re holding right now!

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH for choosing it! Now, you’re a part of it too💞

 

Pss, if you randomly bumped into this page and have no clue what’s happening, here is what’s happening — Journal for Busy People 

LET’S JUMP INTO IT!

Here’s some guidance on how to use it and I will use myself as an example. I prefer that over generalized instructions because it’s easier to understand and relate.

 

If you need a more PERSONALIZED HELP, book a FREE strategy call with me. We’ll set up the journal together to make sure you’re using it at full capacity. 

 

Regardless, read on.

For setting my goals I use a top-down approach, and this Journal is based on it.

I start with asking myself a question:

“Where do I see myself in 12 months?” and decide what areas I want to develop.

For me, it’s

– Work

– Business

– Health and Beauty

– Personal Development

– Social Life

– Sport

– Finance

– Family

I call them goal categories and note them as headings in the 8 column table.

Then I start mapping out my goals by writing them down in the columns (under each heading).

I typically use the

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For example, one goal is

TO IMPROVE MY PUBLIC SPEAKING (what) BY GIVING A SPEECH AT TOASTMASTERS (how) EVERY OTHER MONTH BY THE END OF 2019 (when).

 

This approach triggers my brain to question: OK,

– how will I achieve this goal,

– when can this (realistically) be achieved,

– do I actually need or want to achieve this goal?

 

 

After that, I’m going to lay out my goals on a TIMESCALE.

The timescale is a line consisting of 12 months, and each month marked as a diamond.

In project management, a diamond represents a milestone, and we’re going to come up with milestones for each timescale. 

Under each diamond on the timescale, write down all the months starting from the month you begin the journal + 12 months, e.g., January to December or March to February.

You see, there are eight timescales, because each timescale is for one goal category.

 

Remember them? 

– Work

– Business

– Health and Beauty

– Personal Development

– Social Life

– Sport

– Finance

– Family

When I’m distributing my goals for the next 12 months on the timescale I’ll ask myself,

in what months do I need to work on my goals to meet the deadlines set in the table on the previous page?

 

For example, if I want to become a better public speaker by the end of 2019, I need to schedule a speech every other month. I’m going to ask myself, is that realistic? I’m going to flip through my other timescales: given that I have other goals, how realistic is this plan?

 

You’ll probably need to come back to the “GOALS FOR THE YEAR” and tweak some deadlines.

I always do this. That’s the purpose of this Journal – to set your goals mindfully.

The timescale serves two major purposes: 

  1. Helping you break down your goals into achievable steps

 

For example:

 

I aim to have 6,000 people using my journal by December 2019, because my journal can help them.

What are the steps to reach this goal?

– January:

Complete all the preparation for launching

– February:

Put up my first YouTube videos – this one, and another on unboxing.

– March:

Gather feedback from my clients and hand that feedback over to my supplier to further improve my journal.

  1. Helping you plan

 

For example, one of my goals is to read 6 books by December 2019.

So, what’s my plan?

– January: Read The compound effect

– February: Read Goals!: How to get everything you want — faster than you ever thought possible

– March: Read Sapiens

etc…

 

I also have goals that refer to habit formation. It doesn’t make much sense to me to put these goals on a timescale;

I’ll show you later what I do with goals like these (see Monthly spread below).

And yes, I write it all out in pencil, because I might have to change my plans, or might finish them earlier, or have to delay them.

 

Update: I’ve just ordered Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pen (black). I”ll post on IG @tianamcboz how it works on the Journal’s pages. 

 

Can you still follow? If you’re more of a visual learner, then my YT video can be of help.

 

 

In the shaded rectangle at the top of the page, you write down the month.

 

Below the month is a quote that I find motivating. I left half of the months’ quotes blank for you to fill in yourself. 

If you need some inspiration, click here for a collection of my favorite quotes.

 

To complete monthly focus I go back to the timescales and collect information from across all eight timescales.

This gives me a reference for what I need to do this month, sort of a reminder, if you will.

 

For me, it’s to close 2 pending deals at work, read the Compound effect, go to Innovation cafe, complete all the prep for the product launch (I mean this Journal!), prepare a speech on Tanban and start boxing. 

 

What to do with habit formation goals?

I put them on a tracker.

 

My habit formation goals are to

  1. Sleep: 7 hours a night

  2. Follow a 3-step bedtime routine

  3. Maintain my diet

 

If I manage to meet a goal, I cross out a square for the day; otherwise, I put a dot in there.

I don’t leave it blank because it makes me wonder if I’ve just forgotten that day or what has happened…

I can count the squares with dots at the end of each week to monitor my progress with each new habit.

 

The last section on this page is IDEAS/ NOTES for this month.

 

I jot down

– my thoughts on how to get closer to my goals,

– ideas for new goals, or

– how I’m feeling about my progress on habits that I track.

 

This is a spot to write myself high-level feedback.

 

On empty page I typically write down the next steps of the project I’m working on so I don’t forget, or make notes if I have new ideas related to it. Sometimes I use this space to elaborate on my ideas from the IDEAS / NOTES section.

 

In the center, I typically assign a number to each week, but you can leave it blank if you want.

 

I want to make sure that what I’m doing today is 100%, or at least 80%, aligned with my end goals.

How I set up my day will determine whether or not, and how fast, I’ll reach my goals.

 

There are seven boxes; each box stands for a day of the week. In each box, I’ll write down To-Dos for each day.

I try to link the to-dos in these boxes with my monthly focus and activities that I track.

 

Let’s say if my goal is to grow my YouTube channel, I’m gonna be thinking,

Which of the days I can film a video on. Aha, for this week it’s Monday and Wednesday.

 

I included “Grateful for” because gratefulness is positively linked with an overall perception of happiness.

 

I’m typically a happy and positive person but sometimes I start a pity party or have thoughts like, “it’s been pouring rain all day, I hate this.” Maybe in your country it’s boiling hot, and you hate that. We can’t really fool ourselves into suddenly loving things we actually hate, but we can shift our focus to other things.

 

For example, I’m grateful that my readers are so supportive. Acknowledging that fills me with happiness and prevents from going down the path of negative and miserable self-talk. That’s why I’ve included some gratitude practice in the journal.

 

Now we’ve got IDEAS / NOTES for a week.

 

I keep my Journal open when I work because then, if some idea flits through my head, I’m not distracted by delving into it just yet.

 

Instead, I write all my intuitions, random thoughts, and ideas down and consider what to do with them later. 

 

 

Now a little insight into how the journal is set up:

 

There are five weeks for each month.

 

I prefer to split the days of the week to fall into separate months.

So let’s say I’ll place the last two days of April 2019 under April and the remaining five days of the week I will place in May.

 

If you don’t want to separate the week, leave the weekly spread for the last week of April 2019 blank and transfer all days to the subsequent month; in our example it’s May. You can make a note for yourself if you like.

 

Does that make sense? 

If not, shoot me an email on hello@tianamcboz.com or text me on IG @tianamcboz.

 

At the end of the journal are 64 blank pages. I use this space to elaborate on my ideas and goals.

 

For example, if my goal is to become more social by going to a social gathering once a month through December 2019,

then I put the number of a blank page (say, 167) next to my goal, and on that page, I list social activities I might be interested in.

 

Here are some ideas of what you can jot down on these pages:

  • ideas/notes elaborating on topics from the weekly / monthly spreads

  • things that you always wanted to do but have never had a chance to

  • people you want to reconnect with

  • wise phrases your friend shared with you

  • themes for this month

  • movies to watch this month

  • the most memorable moments from your day

  • gift ideas

  • books to read this month

  • podcasts / audiobooks to listen to this month

  • challenges, such as talk to one person a day, go 2 weeks without sugar, no social media for 14 days

  • long-term aspirations to explore later

 

I’m absolutely fired up to see how you set up the Journal and learn about the amazing results it will bring you. 

 

Use #journalforbusypeople to get inspired and inspire others!

 

If you want more insights, check FAQ.

 

Hit me up on IG @tianamcboz to simply say Hi, ask your question or share your experience. I’d love to know.

 

– Tiana xx

DON’T FORGET YOUR THREE FREE SESSIONS ON HOW TO SET GOALS

  • 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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#mindsetiskey #growthmindset #selfgrowth #millenials #limitingbeliefs #honoryourself #empoweringothers #universehasyourback #ceomindset #hustleandgrind #livingwithintention #buildyourtribe #findyourfearless #thinkandgrowrich #keytosuccess #rightmindset #sidebusiness #innerknowing #selfgrowthjourney #ownyourpower #stepintoyourpower #findingyourfearless⁣⠀⁣⁣⁠
#hustleandheart #faithoverfear #trainyourmind #dontquityourdaydream⁠
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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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#persevere #personalgrowthjourney #trustyourjourney #hustleandheart #taketheleap #quitmyjob #embracrchange #freedomlifestyle #quarterlifecrisis⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
#workforyourself #buildingbusiness #t9to5life #liveforyourself #buildyourempire⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
#freedombasedbusiness #businessbuilder #beingboss⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
#workfromphone #careertransition #younghustler⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
#ownyourownbusiness #no9to5 #entrepreneurlife⁣⠀⁣⠀⁣
#beaboss #hustlewithease #fireyourboss
  • 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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No⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
I⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
Cannot⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
[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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#honoryourself #quitmyjob #taketheleap #buildyourempire #dontquityourdaydream #mybestlife #mindsetiskey #universehasyourback #embracechange #freedomlifestyle #knowyourself #quarterlifecrisis #goalcrusher #abundantliving #retireyoung #faithoverfear #taketheplunge #onlineentrepreneur #buildyourbusiness #buildingbusiness #opportunityawaits #beyourownboss #empirebuilding #workforyourself #sidebusiness #sidehustle #overachiever #liveforyourself #hustlerclub #selfwork
  • 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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#mentor #mentorship #successmindset #selfgrowth #entrepreneurslife #businessgoals #mindsetiskey #onlineentrepreneur⠀⁣⠀⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
#buildyourbusiness #entrepreneurmind #workforyourself⠀⁣⠀⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
#hustlelife #transformationalcoaching #empirebuilding⠀⁣⠀⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
#empoweringothers #taketheplunge #buildingbusiness⠀⁣⠀⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
#sidebusiness #selfgrowthjourney #soloprenreurs⠀⁣⠀⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠
#buildabusiness #sidehustler #futureceo #freedompreneur #imperfectboss #myownboss #bossladymindset #hustleandheart⁠⁣⁠
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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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#quitmyjob #taketheleap #buildyourempire #dontquityourdaydream #mybestlife #mindsetiskey #universehasyourback #embracechange #freedomlifestyle #knowyourself #consciousentrepreneur #quarterlifecrisis #goalcrusher #abundantliving #retireyoung #faithoverfear #taketheplunge #onlineentrepreneur #buildyourbusiness #buildingbusiness #opportunityawaits #beyourownboss #empirebuilding #workforyourself  #sidebusiness #sidehustle #overachiever #liveforyourself #hustlerclub #selfwork⁠
  • “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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#quitmyjob #taketheleap #buildyourempire #dontquityourdaydream #mybestlife #mindsetiskey #universehasyourback #embracechange #freedomlifestyle #knowyourself #consciousentrepreneur #quarterlifecrisis #goalcrusher #abundantliving #retireyoung #faithoverfear #taketheplunge #onlineentrepreneur #buildyourbusiness #buildingbusiness #opportunityawaits #beyourownboss #empirebuilding #workforyourself  #sidebusiness #sidehustle #overachiever #liveforyourself #hustlerclub #selfwork
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