Stop Trying to Get All Your Ducks in a Row

Got Your Ducks in a Row?

Have you ever tried to chase a flock of ducks and get them to do what you want?

There you are in your weekend best sweatpants running with Kennedy flair at the park saying:

“Here Donald line up behind your friend Daffy and by all means behave!”

How did that go?

More importantly… do you have a video of that? (I am certain it will go viral on YouTube and make you an online legend).

Silly, right? Yet I can’t tell you the number of times I hear business owners say that just as soon as you:

  • Organize your house, office, and papers.
  • Figure out your brand (in isolation) as you agonize over your business name and logo (which, by the way is not your brand, only one representation of it) while being adamant about having to learn more about websites.
  • Sort out your business model, plan, and projections to the 9th decimal place.

THEN, you’ll be ready.

Except, as soon as THEN arrives,  there will be another list of 10,000 things that need attending.

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Soothe that Nervous System! [Business Flow]

Sometimes life and business can leave you feeling  That’s when you most need to let the dust settle, soothe your nervous system, and step away.

Watch this video about how and why this is crucial for effective decision making and well-being in body and business.

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What do you do to soothe your nerves when you can’t take it anymore?

Deliberate Choices [Business Flow Video]

It’s not what you do, how much you do, or when you do it that will determine your success and happiness. Deliberate choices are the difference between victimhood and servitude and true freedom.

Join Paula G as she delves into the power of business flow with the topic of deliberate choices on this spring kayak trip.

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How do you make your choices deliberate? Comment below…

Why I’m burning down my website, and what I’m doing next

It’s true… I’m making some big changes here and I want you to come along with me (but only if you want to!).

First off – let me tell you what’s up around here.

As I shared in a short video  this week,

I am firing up the pyrotechnics and burning down my current website and changing email marketing providers as well.

Why I am changing

Well, my child has been growing. So as you might have done with your children (or your mother did with you), you extend a little pant hemline here, take out a seam there, and make things work because you know that next growth spurt is around the corner. Except at a certain point you realize all this patchwork has overcomplicated things and left you with plaid pants that aren’t doing it for you. That is what has happened to my site in the last bit of time.

Another good reason to do this now is because I do this very work with my own clients and it is high time I stopped the “cobbler’s family has no shoes” effect and fixed things.

Why I am excited

I am excited (and to be honest a bit terrified) because what I am doing will radically simplify my online presence and save me money (and a few headaches). I’m also thrilled about how it will significantly change my website visitor’s experience making things clearer, easier, and more useful. Think more white space, more zen.

What’s Next?

You might also see a little herky-jerky communication and blog posting in the next two weeks or so because all this is happening on the fast-track. You can expect to see a new site and newsletter within this month. Call it super-charged, call it crazy, or consider it ripping off the bandaid quickly to get on with things… but things are happening around here.

Curious? Questions?

I always want to add value to you and your business. So, if you have specific questions about this process, let me know! While I can’t answer all your questions real-time (moving all this stuff while serving clients takes time), I will do my best to answer as many questions as I can in upcoming blog posts and newsletters. Stay tuned.

Update 11/2014: Here’s a quick snapshot of my previous website which I am referring to in the above blog post.

The Paula G Company

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Do You Know or Are You Guessing at How Your Business is Doing?

  • Does your strategy look a bit like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks? (And has anyone ever really thrown spaghetti at the wall?)
  • Do you keep doing what you’ve been doing even if you’re not 100% sure if it is working (for you)?
  • Would you rather do just about anything else rather than confront the sick to your stomach feeling you feel when you think about looking more closely at the return on investment of your efforts?

While there is a lot of inherent uncertainty in running your own business (like a LOT), there are also a good number of things you can actually know for sure.

Look at Your Business MetricsPhoto Credit: Flickr

Wouldn’t it feel good to know for sure?

I would think so, but I’m discovering that a lot of business owners would rather guess than know. Why is that?

Here are the top 3 reasons I find business owners avoiding the actions that would empower them with more certainty and business growth.

1)    Assume This Doesn’t Apply to Me

People make assumptions about everything; it’s the way you and I operate. Sometimes it works well (like assuming the rest of the cars on the road will also follow the traffic rules); other times it creates a gaping black hole in the way we make choices.

Whether you assume your business is too unhealthy or growing too nicely to take a look at what’s really going on, either way it is an assumption that limits your power and potential. Guessing isn’t knowing. Challenging your assumptions is a good thing. Challenging them doesn’t make you wrong, it makes you more confident and empowered in your choices because you have some data and knowledge to support your intuitive guidance.

2)    Feel Too Bad, Scary, Sick to Your Stomach, or Generally Icky to Take a Look

I’ve had more than one client tell me “it makes me sick to my stomach to look at my numbers”. In fact I’ll admit that there have been numerous occasions over the years where I would feel a pit in my stomach even thinking about looking at my financial numbers or business operations; that feeling where a root canal would be more pleasurable.

And do you know what? In the end it wasn’t remotely as painful as they (or I) feared. It created a sound starting point for strategy and action. Almost without fail it creates opportunities for income growth, saving money, and ultimately more profitability. If nothing else it gives you concrete clarity and certainty from which to navigate. That alone is worth its weight in gold.

3)    Don’t Even Know Where to Start

It can be hard to know where to start. When you’re in your business, you’re so close to it that you lose perspective. You may not have the business background or know-how to understand how everything works. There’s no shame in that! After all, most people start a business not because they love the business of doing business, but because they have a service, product, or skill that they are passionate about offering and want more freedom and flexibility from their career.

You start by looking at what is right in front of you (cash in and cash out for instance) and build from there by learning more or getting help from someone who finds this sort of thing second nature.

So What?

Business can be risky just like life is inherently risky. Calculated risks create growth (most of the time) but random guessing is a crapshoot. Which odds do you prefer when it comes to the viability and sustainability of your business?

Wonder what might be possible with a little “peek under the hood” of your business? This stuff comes second nature to me. Contact me for a discovery call and find out.



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