The Power Hour – How to Kick-Start Your Biz in 60 Mins by Sara Noel
We have all been there. Feeling like we are fighting the tide of running a business, whilst juggling everything that comes with running a household and everyday life.
It is ever so easy for solopreneurs to lose focus on growing their business and fall into the trap of just getting by day to day.
The admin piles up, the marketing becomes inconsistent and the passion that was once there in that honeymoon phase of launching your business is nothing but a distant memory.
The power hour challenge is specifically designed to ignite your ‘Why’, make a decision on your future vision, set long term goals and scale back the focus on a 4-week plan that is broken down into key tasks that are prioritised over the 4 week period. This process ensures that you are taking positive steps to achieve those beautiful long-term goals that are the very reason you started your business in the first place.
Mind Mapping your WHY
The beauty of starting with your ‘Why’ every time you plan your goals for whichever period you are looking at is to trigger motivation to action. It adds more meaning and acts as your driver.
Be creative. Draw pictures against every goal, symbols, emoji signs, whatever triggers an emotion attached to your long-term goals.
Next, we look at your core values to build clarity and self-awareness in everything that you do. Core values are what support your vision and help you in every decision-making process in your business. So, it is important to remind yourself of these in your marketing messages and the way you conduct yourself in business. Your principles, beliefs, and values are what will attract your ideal client to you.
We then move into goal setting. So, when looking at the future vision of your business you are reminded of your core values to ensure that your vision is aligned with the heart and soul of your business. You will then list 10 important goals that you want to achieve in the next 6 months. Then after reflecting whether said goals are aligned with your mind-map you created at the beginning of the challenge, I will ask you to redo the list in order of what is most important. Using ‘The Pareto Rule’ you will then choose the top 2 goals and break them down into tasks to focus on over the next 4 weeks. The Pareto Principle is a concept that suggests two out of ten items, on any general to-do list, will turn out to be worth more than the other eight items put together. Essentially, the short-term goals will be significant milestones to achieving the long-term goals mapped out at the beginning of the workshop.
And there you have it – a simple but effective way to kick-start your biz in 60 mins. A power hour that will reconnect you with your business and ensure that you are setting yourself goals over a short period of time; making sure you are leading yourself in the right direction to your long-term vision for your business.
Time waits for no one and it is important we use our time effectively.
It is also important that we share our goals with people who will hold us accountable. Accountability is key and I shout about this all the time. Having an accountability partner significantly increase your personal accountability and helps destroy your bad procrastination habits.
I have been running this challenge in a workshop setting this year and I always encourage anyone that attends my workshops to share their goals with someone in the room, and to keep in touch with one another throughout the 4 weeks following the event. Many ladies I work with run their businesses alone and not having someone to oversee the work a solopreneur does on a daily basis can lead to the bad habit of saving what can be achieved until tomorrow and repeating that same pattern until tomorrow never comes. Therefore, the likelihood of them taking action with accountability is significantly increased.
For this challenge why not ask someone in your network to hold you accountable and watch the magic happen.
MIBA Surrey – 12th December
The Half Moon @ Windlesham
Church Road, GU20 6BN Windlesham
MIBA Newcastle – 6th January
The Great British Cupcakery
15 Queen St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UG