comfort zone

A sh!tstorm in a teacup?

When you're drowning in 35,629 Things To Do and you're exhausted and you can't see an end to it, running away seems like a good plan. To a cave, on a mountain, with nobody else in sight.  I was talking to one of my book coaching clients the other day. She's fallen behind because her [...]

Running face-first into tiny willies

I was talking to a friend a couple of days ago. She shall remain nameless to protect the loony. And we were talking about her Man Woes.  Specifically, how she kept running face-first into tiny willies. And so she’s done with men (for now) while she works out a different strategy. After I'd stopped snorting [...]

"Take that frown and turn it upside down!" Said with manic Stepford-Wives glassy smile and empty eyes.  Just another meaningless platitude from people who can't cope with the real world. Well, here's my antidote to that: keep your frown and use it to power yourself to success. In a world filled with fake positivity and [...]

Business flirts: don’t date me

If you're an All Or Nothing person, you need to read this. I'm that person. When you do crazy tricks 4m above the ground on a bar hanging from two ropes, you kinda have to be.   There's a move in trapeze called the millwheel. In essence, the trapeze bar becomes an axle or a [...]

Screaming sweet nothings into your ears

"You are not The One." Not special. Not magical.   Remember when the Oracle told Neo he wasn't The One in The Matrix? How crushed he was? Then remember how Neo went on to beat the machines in round 1? The Oracle didn't tell Neo what he wanted to hear. She wasn't whispering sweet nothings [...]

Get your butt out of my face

I like big butts and I cannot lie! Not yours, though.  No offence, like. It's just big buts have no place in your business or your vocabulary. Because ohmygod is there anything more annoying than the words "Yes, but..." Don't answer that. It's a rhetorical question. When it comes to business and marketing, take it [...]

Swallow this bitter pill and make money

"Those trousers make you look like a chimney sweep. Can you Dick Van Dyke it up a bit?" My husband's thoughts on the high-waisted, rockabilly trousers I was rocking.   Or, thought I was rocking. I had my favourite red lippy on, my hair all funky and with a 50's quiff, and a tight t-shirt [...]

Remove spike from butt and STAND OUT

What lengths would you go to, to fit in? Are you like this puffin?  *disclaimer* I have no idea if the following story is actually true, but it made me laugh and cry. *disclaimer ends* So, biologists wanted to reintroduce puffins to the islands of the east coast of the USA. Puffins are really social [...]

Maybe they’re right about you…

"Your little business looks like fun, but when are you going to get a real job?" The words twist in your gut, because secretly, you've asked yourself the same question, haven't you?  All those sideways looks from well-meaning friends and family, worrying that you won't make it, wondering what you're doing and why you don't [...]

Dropping a value bomb on yo’ ass

Today I'm giving you a little nugget of pure gold. Way more value than I should give away free... and it doesn't happen often. So listen up. Come closer. Pull up a chair... And I'll tell you a tale of lost money and easy wins. I had an accountant. A firm of accountants, in fact, [...]

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