What does running ‘My Biz, My Way’ really look like?

It’s March 2018, and I’ve just finished my third book of the year. My ambitions at the start of the year of ‘read one book a week’, have since been revised to ‘just one a month will be fine’. There would’ve been a time when the internal conversation would’ve been more along the lines of “for goodness sake, why can’t you stick to ANYTHING you say you’re going to do, please?” (more on that later).

The first book I read this year was My Biz My Way by Judith Morgan and I’m so pleased I did. It’s really had an impact. Have you read it? If not, and you’re a small biz entrepreneur, oh you must. It’s brilliant. You know those rare moments when someone gives you some home truths? Yet, instead of feeling defensive, disillusioned, or like you’re a total failure, it all goes very quiet and the world seems to stop for a moment and this teeny tiny voice from inside speaks up and says “my goodness, she’s right you know.” Read more

Dealing With Depression As An Entrepreneur

Depression. What is depression?

The feeling of waking up each morning exhausted regardless of how much sleep you’ve had. A severe lack of motivation and enthusiasm to do anything or go anywhere, and a head full of rumination with frequent thoughts of “what’s the point?” and “what’s wrong with me?” When you find it almost impossible to string a sentence together or remember what you did 30 minutes ago, let alone last weekend.  Read more

Be Kind To Oneself: in conversation with Renée Van Der Vloodt

“Please, please to be kind to oneself. I think entrepreneurs can have an enormous perfectionist tendency, because they’re so eager to bring that thing they believe in, into the world, and perfectionism can really throttle us. If we can be kind and forgiving to ourselves, I think that is the one thing I’d like to see. I’d love people to learn that, very early on, rather than wait until they’re my age to be kind and generous to themselves.”

I’m delighted to welcome Renée Van Der Vloodt who is this week’s guest on the Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast.  Read more

Where To Look For Resilience As An Entrepreneur

A couple of months ago, I attended a four-day retreat, in the middle of the Suffolk countryside. The foundations of the retreat were firmly rooted in the principles behind our experience of life (more on that another time).

During this retreat, I came to understand a lot of things, things that make a lot of sense, and things that can save us a lot of time and mental energy, in work and in life. Anxiety and the pointlessness of it was one of them, and I’ve already written about that, which you can read about here. Read more

Believing In My Own Resilience – In Conversation with Louise Moles

“You have strengths and you have emotional resilience, and you have unique skill sets that you can use within your business, so put those to use, and don’t move the goal posts along the way.” (Louise Moles, Thrive with Louise)

If you’re in need of a pep talk this week, then this is it!

This week on the podcast, I’m in conversation with Louise Moles of Thrive With Louise. Read more

The ‘Inner Journey’ Of Being An Entrepreneur (warts and all)

If you’ve been listening to The Happy Healthy Entrepreneur Podcast recently or receiving these newsletters for a while, you’ll often hear me talk about how the entrepreneurial journey is full of ups and downs, and twists and turns.

What you’ll also hear me say is that the rocky ride is all quite normal and expected; and actually, the closer we can sail to the reality of that, the less likely we are to feel frustrated, fed up, or disappointed when things don’t go our way. Read more

Anticipatory Anxiety

Anxiety Is An Incomplete Equation

In the work that I do as a hypnotherapist and coach, I very often talk to clients about the idea that when change happens, it happens within them, not outside of them. In other words, the world doesn’t necessarily change, but they will feel pleasantly different. It may be very subtle, and it may not even occur to them until they reflect on it. So they may have a new perspective on something, or see a problem in a very different way, to the point that it just doesn’t bother them anymore.

Anxiety is a bit like that. Very often people link anxiety to events, circumstances, people or situations. The first option they’ll try is to change those things first, or even move away from them. “when this isn’t in my life, I will feel better”. I’ve been there too, believe me!  Read more

What To Do When You’re Struggling To Make A Decision

Making a decision should be easy. That choice or this one. That’s it. Yet, why does it feel so hard to make a decision sometimes?

Some people talk about the feeling of ‘analysis paralysis’ and it really can feel like that at times. The anxiety of not being able to make a decision for fear of getting it wrong.   Read more

Grass Is Greener Syndrome In Business

Is Grass Really Greener On The Other Side?

Grass Is Greener Syndrome. I made it up. Well, at least I thought I did until I consulted Google and realised I didn’t make it up at all! Apparently – it’s a ‘thing’.

Grass Is Greener, Shiny Object Syndrome – call it what you like, what we’re really talking about here is a feeling of dissatisfaction with what one currently has, and so looking outside of that to fix it.

Being aware of doing it is one thing, knowing what to do about it is another.  Read more

What To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up In Your Business

The rollercoaster ride of being an entrepreneur. Some days the work feels so joyful and effortless, while other days it feels like a total uphill struggle – which is no fun at all. What about those days  (correction, weeks) where it does feel tough? Where it all feels too hard, and the excitement that you first felt about setting up on your own feels like a very long time ago indeed.

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