15 02, 2017

Is your business stuck in a rut

It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes we don’t even recognise that we’re in one.

A rut’s boring, same old same old. Dull, right? And that’s not your life!

Well what if it is?

Many successful small business owners get stuck in a rut. It’s called The Struggle, and while it’s anything but boring, it’s definitely a rut. Some find that they can’t get out of it. Many more don’t want to. It’s comfortable, they know where they’re at with it, it’s their norm.

They tell themselves that they’ve already stepped out of their comfort zone to create their business. They tell themselves that they are successful, and that running a successful business comes at a price – no time and no life beyond it.

They tell themselves they’re ok with that, and they’re surrounded by other Strugglers who confirm that they’re right.

 They revel in war stories of their eighty-hour weeks, and comfort themselves that they are still working to improve themselves by attending weekend seminars and late evening webinars, while other ‘less successful’ people are enjoying time with family and friends.

They’ve created a new comfort zone, and their rut’s too deep to see beyond it.

 Your personal management system will get you out of your rut, but it needs three things to be be successful:

Discipline – in developing success habits and daily routines, in ditching the stuff that doesn’t serve you and delegating to your assistant and your team, in listening to your mentor.

Integrity – keeping your commitments to others, and to yourself, persevering with your habits and sticking to deadlines.

Celebration – celebrating all of your wins, no matter how small they are.

Learn to manage yourself, and the business will be a piece of cake!


Do one thing: Review your habits – are they success habits or are you stuck in a rut; in love with the struggle?


[Excerpt from Marianne’s new book ‘Simple, Logical, Repeatable‘ coming soon! Want to learn more about Marianne and The McFreedom System™ in the meantime? Then join her for the next McFreedom Secrets Workshop – click HERE to find out more]

9 02, 2017

What you DO is a megaphone for what you believe in

What do you believe in?

What do you value? In life? In your business?

What would your team say you value?

When business owners are asked about their values, they’ll usually say things like ‘honesty’, ‘integrity’, ‘customer focus’, maybe ‘fairness’.

Clearly good values, but to be honest, these are standard principles that every business owner should live by. Business values 101. The expected minimum.

Your true values are all about you and the personality of your business – you’re going to hire team members who share those values – you’re going to attract customers who love your values.

You want these values to inspire, to attract, to hold everything together.

A brand strategy business I know has the following as their values:

Build Inspiration
Dream Bigger
Embrace Quirky
Tell it like it is
Expand your world
Live the Brand

That’s who they are. That’s how they behave. Everything about their brand fits with these Values.


Who are you? Really!

Do one thing: Get really clear about the answer to that question – the success of your life and business rely on it!

[Excerpt from Marianne’s new book ‘Simple, Logical, Repeatable‘ coming soon! Want to learn more about Marianne and The McFreedom System™ in the meantime? Then join her for the next McFreedom Secrets Workshop – click HERE to find out more

26 01, 2017

Planning to hold your true course

Imagine you have a boat.

You’ve just set sail and you’re headed out to sea – full of optimism and excitement. Captain of your destiny.  Master of your fate.

But where are you headed?

Wherever the current takes you? Slave to the tide and the prevailing wind?

Or have you plotted a course to take you to your dream destination?

Now imagine that boat is your business.

How well prepared are you for your business journey?  How clear are you about where you’re headed – your destination – your goal?

Have you thought about your ports, your milestones and how you’ll deal with any difficult waters and get around hazards?

What about your anchor – a mentor to help you through difficult times when the sea is raging or there’s no wind in your sails.

Who’s in the boat with you? Are they well drilled? Eager to perform their duties?

Business navigation is no easier than navigating the ocean, but just like sailing the high seas, you’ll always be better off with robust preparation and planning, so give some thought to the following:

What’s the name of your boat?
This will say a lot about how you see yourself right now.
If you had to name it today what would it be ‘Destiny’, Endurance’, ‘Unstoppable’?
Or might it be ‘Sinking Fast’ or ‘All at Sea’?

Have you set your course?
What are your goals for 2017; for the next 90 days?
And what about action plans to achieve them?

How will you recognise that storms are coming before they hit?
What have you put in place to pick up on problems – to anticipate and overcome them?
How will you fill the gaps in your knowledge and experience?

Who or what are your anchors that will keep you from going under?
These are often the people who keep you grounded, keep you going, maybe develop and inspire you.
Perhaps they are words from a loved one that you carry with you.
Or perhaps it’s a faith, a belief in something greater than yourself.

What are the Values that will keep you on a true course?
Those things that make you and your business tick, that show the world what you stand for.

Do one thing:
Think about where you’re headed in 2017, and ask these questions to check that you’re prepared for whatever comes – good or otherwise.

Wishing you a safe and splendid passage through the year.

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