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Recently a client of mine won a prestigious business award from ex Dragen’s Den, Theo Paphitis.
Charlotte Kleban of Hand Drawn World (www.handdrawnworld.com) is a very gifted and award-winning graduate textile designer who specialises in hand print design but two years ago, when I first started to coach her, she harboured some doubts in her ability to build and grow her business.

In order to strengthen her self-belief in her ability to eventually make a success of her business, I introduced her to VISUALISATION.


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On receiving the award from Theo Paphitis, she sent me a message:

“I visualised myself winning so many times and it’s finally happened”
The ‘Small Business Sunday’ Award (#SBS) is the most recent of a long string of business awards that she has won and arguably this is the most prestigious of them all.
Every award has built her confidence and self-belief and has created much needed and positive exposure on social media and other outlets.

Exhibiting Her Products Was Important.

Charlotte Kleban creates and sells a large portfolio of products from Teapots and tea-sets to socks and greeting cards and exhibiting her products to potential customers and talking to these people was a major part of marketing her business.
I remember her texting me just before exhibiting as a trader at The Manchester Youth Market, saying she was a bit nervous.
I texted her back and said:
“visualise yourself talking to your potential customers and visualise them loving your products and buying them”
… she succeeded in winning a Highly Commended Trader Award at the event.

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Now her business is going from strength to strength with a strong demand for her products and she is in a ‘good place’.  As I write this article, she messaged me to say that she had just enjoyed her best week of sales, ever.
I am sure Visualisation has worked its part in her success.

When I First Started, I Doubted Myself

When I first started in business, I doubted my ability to grow a business successfully and I used visualisation to boost my self-belief and self-confidence.
I wanted to own and run my own public house, but I am a naturally shy person and knew I had to be able to talk to people.
And, that was difficult for me.
I repeatedly visualised myself talking to my customers, serving them with beer and them loving my public house.
It was tough at times, but I achieved it and the White Hart was a great success, with the business growing to include a total of five public houses and a brewery, building to an annual turnover of £5 million.
Much of this was down to my use of visualisation to boost my self-belief.

Many In Business Suffer From Self-Doubts

Many business owners can suffer from self-doubt and the lack of belief in their ability to grow their businesses into a success.
If you have the same self-doubt, you are not an exception.
Importantly, though, you can do the same as Charlotte and myself did  -  and it could be easier than you think.

Visualise Your Goals

Create yourself a goal or a visual image and keep thinking about it and keep visualising it in your mind.
It could be:
  • Selling to customers
  • Talking to happy customers
  • Receiving a business award
  • Seeing orders flooding into your ecommerce site
  • Receiving good customer testimonials
  • Seeing a bank statement with a large cash balance
  • Buying a nice car, you have bought from the profits of your business.
The process works by visualising any positive situation, positive thought or positive image that you can picture in your mind; it must relate to a good, positive goal being achieved or a good successful stage within your business being attained.
It could be something you have achieved in the past or something that you wish to achieve in the future.
By thinking about something you have achieved in the past, it can give you the confidence to know that you can achieve good things, especially at times when your self-belief is minimal.  By thinking about something in the future, it gives you a goal or target to reach for in the future, in the same way that Charlotte visualised winning the award from Theo Paphitis.
Importantly, visualisation can be used to create development in yourself and in your business, thus driving yourself and your business forward.

You Must Keep Visualising Repeatedly

It is important that you continually visualise your positive image or positive thought (past, present and future) literally many times a day.  By doing this, your sub conscious mind will gradually accept it and it will make it easier to use the image or thought for your benefit.

Our Subconscious Minds Are There To Protect Us

Our subconscious minds are very powerful and are there to protect us.
Going back thousands of years to when we were in the jungle, our subconscious minds worked to protect us from dangers such as wild beasts and our tribal enemies, etc..  When confronted with a ‘dangerous’ situation, our subconscious minds would automatically kick in to move us away from the danger, without us consciously thinking about taking action.
These days, it can work differently to protect us;  it can, for instance, work automatically and spontaneously to keep us inside our comfort zones and away from difficult situations, without us thinking consciously.
If confronted by a situation that makes us feel uncomfortable, our subconscious mind will stop us getting into that situation.

We Can Override Our Subconscious Minds

It is possible, however to override our subconscious minds;  by repeatedly thinking about and visualising a situation, thought or image that takes us outside our comfort zones, we can program our subconscious minds to accept that we want to experience an uncomfortable situation.
Eventually it will allow us to do this.
For me, it worked by allowing me to enter a bar full of customers and to talk to them.  For Charlotte, it allowed her to talk to people at her exhibitions and it allowed her to have the courage to put herself and her business forward for business awards.

Visualisation Helps Focus

Repeated visualisation also allows us to maintain focus on our goals and our business journey.
When the goals involve personal self-development and growing our businesses, the continual visualisation ensures we are continually focused on moving forward; then continual progress forward is achieved.
Focus is really important, if business success is to be attained.

Visualisation Can Cancel Out Negativity

Very often, doubts can manifest themselves when negative comments are recieved or a negative situation arises.
Mentally, it can only take one negative comment to cancel out the positive feelings created by a large number of good comments or one negative situation can cancel out the effect of many positive situations achieved previously.
By using visualisation, you can cancel out a negative comment or a negative situation.
When a negative comment is received or a negative situation arises, for instance, you must first deal with it, then you must visualise the many good comments and good situations that have occurred in your business, previously.
This then should divert the focus from the negativity to the positivity.

Here Is An Example

At The White Hart, complaints were very rare.
I remember one situation on a Saturday evening when we received one complaint about a meal after serving 300 meals  -  the staff were feeling a little dejected because they were focusing on the ONE complaint.
We had been showered with compliments that night from the other happy customers and I said to my staff:
“Please focus on the 299 happy customers NOT the one unhappy customer”
That comment changed their mood, completely, as they visualised the happy customers, that they had served, and forgot about the one unhappy one.
It is very easy to focus on the negative – we can all do it.

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Try Visualisation Today, Yourself

If you do lack self-belief or self-confidence, you can use visualisation, yourself, to bolster your self-belief by setting and achieving goals.
Use this method:
  • Make a short list of your main goals
  • Choose the one or two most important goals
  • Break each of the chosen goals down into the steps, need to achieve each goal
  • Write down each goal and the steps required
  • Visualise each goal and its steps in your mind
  • List the challenges on the way and visualise you combatting these
  • Visualise the benefits that you will derive from achieving each goal
  • Write notes to remind yourself of these goals (and steps) and leave them in strategic places in your home and office – even the loo!
Breaking your goals down into steps will allow you to see how your goal can be achieved and this process should give you some confidence to think that the goal can be achieved, eventually.  There will be difficulties and challenges along the way and you should visualise yourself combatting these.
Each goal should be big enough to create ‘benefits’ for yourself or your business and you should visualise the benefit that will come from achieving each goal.

Use ‘Post-Its’

‘Post its’ are a good way to remind yourself of your goals and the steps  -  try leaving them anywhere that will prompt you, several times a day.
Gradually your subconscious mind will accept your thoughts and goals and it will allow you to act out the steps to achieve your goals.

Visualise The Benefits

Visualising the benefits can be very powerful.
If, for instance, your business is making a trading loss, this situation could creat worry and stress for you  –  can be a ‘horrible’ feeling.
You could set a goal to gain a certain number of new customers to stop the losses and to create a profit.  Here the real benefit would be greater sales from the extra customers and hopefully the creation of a profit.
You could imagine the ‘nice’ feeling of making a profit replacing the ‘horrible’ feeling of worrying about having a trading loss.
I hope you can see how visualisation can work.

Go Back To Your List Of Goals

When you have achieved your first goal or goals, then go back to your original list of goals and choose more and repeat the process.

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Give Visualisation A Go

I hope you can give Visualisation a go to move yourself and your business forward  -  whatever your situation, I am certain it could make a difference.
This is a very short explanation, but if you wish to talk more about visualisation, please contact me below or email me: robert@prestigebusinesscoaching.co.uk.

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8 Ways For Overcoming The Fear Of Failure In Business

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8 Ways For Overcoming The Fear Of Failure In Business

The Fear Of Failure Is Very Common & It Can Be Very Disabling, Holding Entrepreneurs Back.      But It Can Be Beaten & In This Article, I Describe 8 Ways For Overcoming The Fear Of Failure.

If The Fear Of Failure Is Holding You Back, Please Read On.

The fear of failure in business is very common and it can prevent people who run businesses from moving forward. It is usually a state of mind that can be very immobilizing, preventing us from stepping outside our comfort zones into the unknown, leaving us saying:

“I Can’t Do This”

This can manifest itself in someone fearing failure by feeling physically stressed and anxious and thinking: “I CAN’T DO THIS”

By Changing Things, People Think They Risk Failure

Those experiencing FEAR OF FAILURE think that by changing things, they risk failure  -  they think that any changes made may have a negative effect and not work, making their present situation worse, so they decide to maintain the status quo.

For many business owners, they find they cannot step outside their comfort zones to achieve actions within the business to move it forward, thus restricting business success; they feel comfortable within their COMFORT ZONES and don't feel like venturing outside.

Overcoming The Fear Of Failure Is Very Possible By Changing How You Think & Act

Overcoming the fear of failure is very possible by changing how you think and how you act and many have done it and I am sure you can, too.

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The Subconscious Mind Is Programmed To Protect Us

The subconscious part of our brains are programmed to protect us when there is danger; if you have a fear of spiders, for instance, your subconscious mind acts to protect you when you see a spider by spontaneously moving you away from the 'danger' of the spider.

Many of us have fear phobias - it could be the fear of heights, water, enclosed spaces - there are so many.  But our subconscious minds are there to protect us against these instinctively without us consciously thinking about them, when we are faced with such 'dangers'

For us in business, a fear phobia can manifest itself as a 'fear of failure'. Those that experience this fear phobia have a subconscious mind that is protecting them from failure in their business and this prevents them doing anything that means them taking action that they are not confident about and are not comfortable about.  In other words, their subconscious minds are preventing these people to 'step outside their comfort zones'

Very often these people decide that they cannot take certain actions to move their businesses to higher levels in case the actions don't work and their businesses are damaged or even fail and the result is to take their business backwards rather than forwards.  They decide to not take the action and keep their business in the space it already occupies.

The danger here is that any business that tries to stand still often ends up going backwards, because there is no innovation or creativity happening within the business.

Sometimes a previous failure or set-back can prevent someone from trying again as they fear the same outcome.

Different people have different reasons for the FEAR OF FAILURE becoming a handicap to business development.  Whatever the reason, the fear of failure is one of the biggest reasons for failure in business -  businesses that do not move forward ultimately end up going backwards and declining and it can often be the FEAR OF FAILURE of the business owner that can create this situation.

It Is Possible To Beat The Fear Of Failure

But it is possible to beat the fear of failure and here are EIGHT ways to do this:-

  1. Try to analyze your own fear inside your mind - try to see where it originated - Ask yourself if you are, for instance, worried about losing money or ‘face’ in your business? If you lost some money, would it be the end of the world and if it is ‘face’, does it matter what people think about you - the chances are they won’t think as badly about your situation, as you think they will.  Make a list of the things that create your FEAR and try to focus on the main reasons for your fear; try to understand them and try to accept that they are not important and that you should not be worried about them.
  2. Break down what you wish to achieve into ‘chunks’ - if, for instance, you wish to grow your business, there may be several ways that you wish to do this. You might want to launch a new product or several products or sell into new markets, say. Rather than trying to do everything at once, select ONE thing to do, set that as your ONE objective and concentrate on that. Very often business owners try to do too many things at once and get overwhelmed.
  3. Analyze your one objective  -  you should analyze how you will achieve your ONE objective. You should break your objective down into small goals that when put together will achieve your ONE objective. By doing this, you are focusing on the small goals rather than the overall objective, which should be less daunting.
  4. Set a strategy   -  having set your small goals, you should then create a separate strategy for each goal and use that to achieve each goal. As you achieve your separate goals, your confidence should grow along with the belief that your ONE objective is possible.
  5. You should quantify the benefits of attaining your ONE objective to your business  -   this could be a rise in profits, such as a 10% increase in your net profit.  Think how it will feel to have more profit in the business and what benefits there would be.  You should also look at the downside, if you don’t achieve your objective. One way to think about growth is to think that you have nothing to lose - if the ONE objective is not achieved, your business will be no worse off, but if you do achieve it, you could substantially improve your business finances.
  6. Think about learning - even if you fail in your ONE objective, you should learn much from the process and possibly about yourself. It is impossible to go through life without some failure and setbacks - the most successful of entrepreneurs have had many failures (Richard Branson is a good example) but every one of the most successful entrepreneurs has learned from the process and has used that new knowledge to try again. You should think that failure is part of succeeding and that you must first fail in order to ultimately succeed.
  7. Try to think positive about your ONE objective  -  keep saying to yourself “I CAN DO THIS” and say it over and over again. You should say or think this especially at times when you feel the fear or you feel negative about your business.
  8. Try to imagine how you will feel when you have achieved your ONE objective - almost certainly it will give you a huge confidence boost and enhance your well being and happiness.  Try to imagine or visualize how you will feel, having beaten your 'fear' and having achieved your goals and objective.  You should feel really good.   Think that you want that feeling and that you will only achieve it, if you beat the FEAR OF FAILURE.

I Had The Fear Of Failure When I Started

When I started my first business, I had the fear of failure and I overcame this by doing what I have suggested above, here, and if you have the same fear, the above could work for you, too. It will take a little time but be patient with yourself and let it happen gradually, but never give up.

If you would like to talk more about this with me, please contact me at Robert@prestigebusinesscoaching.co.uk.

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Is Your Mindset Holding You Back?


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Is Your Mindset Holding You Back?

Your mindset could be the difference between SUCCESS and FAILURE.

Psychologists suggest that business people have one of two MINDSET TYPES:-


The most successful in business have a growth mindset.

What mindset do you have?

In order to determine which type YOU are, YOU should answer the following questions:-

  1. Is your mind free and open to NEW THOUGHTS and eager to keep learning new things?
  2. Are YOU always keen to keep moving yourself and your business forward, whatever it takes?
  3. Do YOU view challenges as exciting and eager to accomplish them?
  4. Can YOU step outside your COMFORT ZONE and do whatever it takes to drive your business forward?
  5. When YOU have a set-back, do YOU learn from the set back and bounce back quickly and keep moving forward?

If Your Answer “Yes” To All 5 Questions, You Have A Growth Mindset

If YOU answer “YES!” to these FIVE QUESTIONS, then YOU have a GROWTH MINDSET.

By having a GROWTH MINDSET, YOU and your MIND are prepared to take your business in whatever direction it needs to go to ensure SUCCESS and you UNDERSTAND the reasons for doing so.

4% of the most SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PEOPLE –  the likes of Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Peter Jones  –  all have a GROWTH MINDSET and this state of MIND is fundamental to BUSINESS SUCCESS.

A Fixed Mindset Is Opposite To A Growth Mindset

A FIXED MINDSET is the opposite to a GROWTH MINDSET and if that is the state of your mind, then YOU will struggle to attain REAL BUSINESS SUCCESS. A FIXED MINDSET has the following characteristics:-

  1. Your mind will NOT be free and open to NEW THOUGHTS and YOU will NOT be eager to keep learning new things.
  2. YOU will NOT always be keen to keep moving yourself and your business forward, and YOU would be happy with the status quo.
  3. Challenges will frighten YOU.
  4. YOU will NOT step outside your COMFORT ZONE and YOU will NOT do whatever it takes to drive your business forward.
  5. When you have a set-back, YOU will dwell on it and become NEGATIVE about it.

You Can Make Changes

If this is YOU or if YOU experience some of this, then YOU can make changes.

The place to start is to become AWARE of the state and when YOU feel it, YOU should react in POSITIVE WAY and to do the following:-

  1. FREE and OPEN UP your mind to NEW THOUGHTS and BE EAGER to keep learning new things.
  2. YOU must be keen to keep moving yourself and your business forward, whatever it takes.
  3. YOU must view challenges as exciting and BE eager to accomplish them.
  4. YOU must step outside your COMFORT ZONE and do whatever it takes to drive your business forward.
  5. When YOU have a set-back, YOU must learn from the set back and bounce back quickly and keep yourself and your business moving forward.
  6. Keep saying to yourself “I AM A SUCCESS” and “I CAN DO THIS”

It will take a few weeks, but by continually thinking the above to yourself, gradually, your MINDSET will change, along with prospects for your SUCCESS.

If you would like to talk more about this with me, please contact me at Robert@prestigebusinesscoaching.co.uk.

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