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One night last week I was awake worrying about a decision.

I had two options: I could go this way or that.

This way would result in either a huge success or financial ruin.

And so would the other.

I’d been thinking about this problem for months.

Decision time was looming – hence the sleepless night.

I was busy running through all the options, the what if’s, adding up numbers and subtracting them and trying to work out what would need to happen this week, the next, the next and the next, all the way to the end of (I think) 2023 or so so that I could make the right decision today.

(You might think I should know better. I thought I should know better. But there you go, we’re all human).

Then suddenly, after a couple of hours of this, for no reason at all into my head popped this random thought.

“If you keep dipping a plate in dirty washing up water, it’s never going to come out clean.”

“WTF?” I thought and promptly fell into a deep sleep.

When I considered it the next morning I realised three things:

  1. I realised what the thought had meant. It meant that if you have a dirty murky mind full of cloudy thinking, ANYTHING you take out of it to look at is is never going to be clean. Or clear. So what’s the point in dipping stuff in there and then taking it out and examining it?
  2. I didn’t have to understand my insight intellectually for it to have an instant effect.
  3. And I was reminded of the fact that wisdom is 100% reliable (not once did this thought show up in the 18 months I’ve been pondering on this problem, but only the night before the deadline) and 98% unpredictable. I thought any insight would come in the form of ‘here’s the answer – do this!’, but no. It came in the form of a weird statement – completely unexpected in its form.

I would tell you what the problem was, only I now have no idea what it was that seemed so important.

Going Upstream

“Never put anything in the washing machine unless the drier is empty.”

Frustrated at the laundry mountain produced by our family of five and being good at that sort of thing, my husband took it upon himself to do a root cause analysis to try to understand how on earth we end up spending hours and hours every Sunday putting all the laundry away so we can find our beds to sleep in.

Me? I’m too busy nagging everyone to pick up their clothes, ferrying it all to the washing machine, putting it in, taking it out, hanging it up over and over again to see beyond the drudgery to have that larger perspective.

With one golden rule – see above – (and a few little ones), he has reduced the laundry by 90%. There’s always less to do than you think. Even laundry.

How? By going upstream.

Whereas I was too busy trying to buy more driers to hang the wet clothes on and drawing up rotas so the kids put bundles of washing away, he tackled what was going into the basket in the first place.

And that’s what I’ve been seeing the value of more and more – instead of trying to upgrade my behaviours, improve my feeling state or even address my noisy thinking, the value of going upstream to consider where our entire experience comes from takes care of everything else that comes down-stream from there.

Here’s a video I created this week for my Simplicity Solution members which explains a little more.

Doors are currently open so if you like what you see, click here to read more and join us in this exploration of how to do less better.

 

Always Less To Do Than You Think – with Michael Neill

” Almost everyone has the life that’s unfolding in front of them, and then the life they’re trying to ‘make happen'” – Michael Neill

There’s always less to do than you think…..it’s a phrase I seem to end up using on nearly every client call.

And my experience more recently truly has been one where I have spent far less time at my desk, and yet seen the most profound impact on my productivity and the bottom line of my business.

I recorded this video as part of The Simplicity Solution program but it contained such a good exploration of WHY this can happen that it was too good not to share with the rest of the world too:)

I’d love to know what you hear in this…

 

 

 

There’s always less to do than you think

Over the past few months, I’ve been creating some wonderful masterclasses on the theme of There’s Always Less to Do than You Think.

I’ve been creating them with the best mentors and coaches in this field that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the past three years.

They form one of the cornerstones of my brand new Simplicity Solution program, so I wanted to share some of the highlights with you in this short 10 minute video I put together.

If you love it and want to learn more (and hear the full conversations!), then make sure you click here to jump on board The Simplicity Solution here.

What does simplicity mean to me today?

I’ve been speaking, coaching and blogging on the subject of simplicity for the last three years, and what simplicity means has really shifted and changed over the years.

In 2013 simplicity meant ruthlessly cutting back, getting clear one my ONE big goal, reducing my team and de-cluttering my wardrobe. I ‘went to war’ on complexity as if it were just another project that needed to get done.

In 2014 simplicity meant realising more about the inside-out nature of simplicity. I immersed myself apprenticing with my mentor Michael Neill and trained as a transformative coach, all in a quest to quiet myself on the inside and have a simpler experience of life no matter what was going on outside of me. Sometimes I was successful.

In 2015 simplicity meant an investigation into how the study of simplicity could make business results easier to achieve. How could simplicity help us earn more money, faster? If I no longer have to pay attention to my noisy thinking, what difference could that mean to my bottom line?

In 2016 I really realised how much more there was to the simplicity conversation than just how to make piles of money.

And that there’s more to life than working out how to make piles of money.

And then there just was more simplicity.

This video shares what I see about simplicity today.

Please excuse the sound quality – I was experimenting with a new microphone. When I checked it back, I considered re-recording the video for you, but I knew I could  never recapture the feeling behind these words.

This is one of the reasons I just love having a blog – to see my own journey unfold, and also the comments of those of you who’ve followed along as you share the journey – I hope you’ve learned something from it so far and continue to stay with me.

If you’d like to hear more about the new direction these reflections on simplicity are taking me in, and how to have YOUR life be filled with more simplicity, ease, grace and….well……life (!), please click here to join me on 10 January for my brand new webinar: The Simplicity Solution. 

For those who have realised there is more to life than making piles of money.

What a great way to kick off 2017 🙂

The things money can’t buy

I haven’t written for a while. Mainly because I’ve been out complicating things again 🙂

But then last week, right in the middle of an absolute racket going on in my head about the future, and what I might fill it with, I all of a sudden I woke up.

It was raining and I was out walking the dog, but I barely noticed as I was totally up in my head and actually crying at the frustration of my noisy, noisy head.

Bob had taken up residence for a few weeks and his insistent shouting and my desperately trying to follow his orders had just driven me to my limits.

I knew intellectually it was ‘just noise’ but that was just completely not helpful as I tried to ‘apply the strategy of seeing it as noise’ to ‘make it go away’.

(All of this makes perfect sense when you’re off on one.)

And then as I turned through my front gate with tears streaming down my face, for no reason at all I was hit by the simplicity and beauty of being out walking the dog in the rain.

It’s hard to describe in words but it felt like I just came back to myself. I was just touched so profoundly and I had the insight that THIS, THIS is all that matters in life.

Simplicity and beauty.

And I raised my head and I saw it everywhere.

The rain, the dog, my house, my garden, my kids, my husband, my friends, my cup of tea.

And as I’ve been in life over the last few days I keep alternating between ‘Gotta plan for 2017 and work my plan and know what I’m doing for the next 12 months and ya da ya da ya da’ (the noise I’m surrounded by in the ‘real’ world) and settling back into this feeling of beauty and simplicity that is so profound.

And I see that it doesn’t matter what’s in my bank account or schedule in 2017 – once beauty and simplicity is tattooed on your eyeballs, it’s there no matter what you point them at.

It’s an inside-out job.

That’s why I’m back here today.

This where I always find myself when simplicity and beauty become the direction I want to orient myself in more.

When I think back to the most beautiful moments in my life, they are time spent watching my kids play, the funniest things I’ve laughed at with my friends, wonderful moments spent doing karaoke and dancing, being immersed in decorating a beautiful cake, lying next to my husband when it’s freezing cold outside.

I wouldn’t put ‘worrying about my bank account and life strategy for the next 12 months’ on that list.

It’s a cliche because it’s true: there is more to life than making a pile of money.

That’s all I’ve got right now in terms of plans for 2017.

An orientation towards simplicity and beauty.

 

How to chill the f*ck out

This week’s advice to chill the fuck out is all you actually need to know to have a completely different experience of your business and life.

Nothing changes, but everything looks different when you Just. Chill. The. Fuck. Out.

Here’s why that is.

Entrepreneurs are the biggest proponents of ‘I’ll be happy when…..’

Cue the vision board with the lovely big house, the convertible car, the private schools for our kids and the wodges of spare cash in the bank account should we ever decide a holiday to the Caribbean would top the whole thing off nicely.

See the journal entries: ‘It’s the 31 December 2026 and I have a business that turns over three million dollars/pounds/whatever, I work only four hours a week and I have a team that takes care of the day to day running of the business. I have a housekeeper so I never have to iron again, three pedigree dogs and I spend my days alternating between flying first class, doing yoga and occasionally checking in on the number of zeros in my bank account.’

‘Come on!!!’, our crack-addicted mentors and mastermind buddies tell us – “You can do better than that! Add another zero on! That sounds like you’re working far too hard for your money! Only three dogs?”

“You can do more, bigger, better and certainly faster!!!”

And it looks true. Surely we would be happier if we could travel first class four times a year to a sun-drenched island? If we never had to iron again? If our bank accounts had six zeros in them rather than just one?

So, believing all the above to be true, sprinkled with a little bit of “if it’s to be, it’s up to me”, we go all out to create that perfect business with this many sales per month, at this price, with only these kind of clients, with this amount of revenue and x amount of passive revenue and this many twitter followers.

That is NOT chilling the fuck out, by the way.

But who cares, as long as we can get what we want, we’ll be happy, right? After all, that’s all we want, all that anybody wants, right?

Well here’s something that’s very VERY cool to know about that which will change your life.

It’s bollocks.

Not in a hippie ‘don’t worry, man, all you need is love’ kind of way.

Not in a glib ‘money doesn’t make you happy’ kind of way either.

But simply because this is true instead:

Your experience of well-being does not come from your circumstances.

If you get everything ‘right’ on the outside, it has fuck all to do with how you feel on the inside. (Sorry, I’m quite sweary today)

No really.

How do I know?

Because I’ve personally ticked all the boxes on getting it ‘right’ on the outside, and when I got ‘there’ there was nothing there.

A million dollars in revenue, sitting on a sunny beach with my gorgeous husband and my three healthy (privately schooled) kids having just bought the house of my dreams and my convertible car.

Nothing.

There was nothing there.

That shocked me to my very core. How could that happen? After everything I’d worked so hard for, why was the very thing I’d been promised not there?

“It’s all right for you to say, Nic, just give me the chance to make that much money and do all the blah blah blah that happened for you, and I’ll make my own mind up, thank you very much.”

(You’re not original by the way, this is my most oft-heard comeback.)

Here’s my reply to you.

Your experience of well being doesn’t come from your circumstances. That would be outside-in.

Instead, your how you feel is only ever a reflection of your thinking in that precise moment – it actually works inside-out.

Here’s how you know that’s true.

Go look at your bank account right now. Write down the feelings you experience.

Wait three days.

Go and look at your bank account again. Write down the feelings you experience then.

Wait three days.

Go and look at your bank account again. Write down the feelings you experience then.

Wait three days. (I fee like I’m writing a marketing campaign in Infusionsoft…)

Go and look at your bank account again. Write down the feelings you experience then.

If you actually do this experiment (which not one of you will because you’re all too busy working hard to make more money), you’ll fall into one of two camps.

One – the habitual thinker who is addicted to their favourite thought about money

Referring back to The Problem- Part Two,some of you will have such strong habitual thinking about your bank account that you will write down the same thing every single time you look at your bank account.

A fact that’s interesting in itself.

For you, it doesn’t really matter what number is in your bank account, you’ll always experience worry, anxiety and a concern that there’s not enough.

Think back to when you were a penniless student or backpacking around the world on a handful of baht.

Were you totally miserable the whole time then and completely happy all the time now?

That’s because your experience is created by your thinking in the moment, not the number in your bank account.

For others of you, you’ll notice that even though the number doesn’t change much over the course of the experiment, on the first occasion you may feel totally depressed when you look at your number.

On the next you might feel hopeful.

On the next you might feel total panic and desperation.

And the next a sense of peace and that all is well with the world.

And then back to panic again.

That’s because your experience is created by your thinking in the moment, not the number in your bank account.

Just think what that means.

It means that even if you never got anything on your vision board, you could be happy right now.

Not in 2026.

RIGHT. NOW.

And that, my lovely readers, when you start to see it, is going to help you chill the fuck out a little bit…….just come back tomorrow to keep reading.

 

The Solution

In summary, here’s the problem:

1.    Most entrepreneurs are hooked on crack
2.    Nearly everybody (entrepreneurs included) believes their thinking

So now, to the solution….

After I’d spectacularly crashed and burned as a result of number 1, I found that the idea of simplicity came to me.

I can’t entirely recall how, it just became an idea that appealed as a solution to what felt like an overwhelming pressure of the complexities in my business, which I held responsible for me being unable to cope any more.

At this point I still had no idea I was a crack addict.

So I consumed every book and every blog I could find on the topic of simplicity (in the way that an addict would) – all of which talked about how to clear out your wardrobe, find and focus on the ONE thing, reduce your spending and lead a more minimalist lifestyle.

There was such a sense of relief for me in the concept that I could just cut all the crap out of my life and be left with a simpler one.

I sat down and spoke my thoughts into a short 8 minute video about what I had realised and posted it on Facebook.

Within a few hours, there were hundreds of comments  and shares – I had obviously hit a nerve with some frazzled entrepreneurs out there who were also feeling the same way I did.

Interestingly, when I listen back to that video now, you can hear the crack edge to my voice. “Come on everyone, let’s work really hard to make our lives simple!” was my rallying cry. Yes, I did really say that.

And with that I set about reducing my team, un-complicating the back end of my business and eliminating the busy work from my calendar.

It was GREAT – it gave me such a buzz.

See how insidious the addiction is?

I decided that the THING I was doing (running my software company) had lost it’s thrill for me – it was no longer giving me the high it once was – so I began the search for my new THING that would give me the high I so desperately craved.

I reading all the  books and blogs and programs and courses I could get my hands on all about how to find your perfect THING. This became my new obsession and my Amazon bill raced back to astronomical levels as I searched for the answer that surely this time would give me relief.

It was then, completely by accident (or so it appeared) that I inadvertently stumbled across a handful of books with a common theme that promised clarity, simplicity and a different way of working with individuals to help them get results.

I had been a student of psychology and in the business of helping people live up to their full potential for 25 years, but what was being shared with me in the books I was reading was unlike anything I had heard before.

“This must be my new THING,” I decided.

So I started reading all the  books and blogs and programs and courses I could get my hands on all about this description of how human beings really work, and within weeks, I had signed up as an apprentice to a leading teacher in the field, Michael Neill so that I could satisfy this new craving at the most intense level (at the time I considered him to be the best crack dealer I could find).

What ensued was the most wonderful and unexpected journey that transformed my life.

Despite my best attempts to tempt Michael to indulge me in my crack habit, he gently but firmly refused to play the game.

Everytime I would show up to a call to him he would open the call with: ‘what would you like to talk about today?’ and I would pull out my list of ‘very important issues’ and what would pour out of my mouth at top speed was a list of questions I needed answers to, requests for him to help me to decide on this or that and wanting his opinion on my latest business venture plus if he could cure my acute anxiety while he was at it, I would be very grateful thank you very much.

All at 100 miles an hour.

What he saw, and what I now see in my own clients was a crack addict, totally high on the adrenaline of a speedy mind and mired in insecurity.

Michael, and the many other wonderful teachers who followed him, helped me come off the crack.

And now, through what I’ve seen for myself in this journey, I now help other business owners do the same.

Because, you see, coming off the crack is wonderful in and of itself.

But what’s really cool is this whole other world opens up to you once you start to get even a little bit clean that was completely invisible to you before.

That’s what this blog is about.

Because what I’ve found the other side of the crack addiction is a calmness, a peace of mind, and relaxed way to be in life.

I have a freedom from anxiety and migraines, better relationships with the people I love and a much quieter yet stronger way of being in business that’s filled with creativity, yet also a profound simplicity, ease and grace.

And I no longer believe what I think so much of the time.

This what I do now amongst other things (because there never really was a THING to be found).

Helping entrepreneurs come off the crack.

And there was far less to do than you might think.

 

 

The Problem – Part Two

In The Problem – Part One, I wrote about how I used to be a crack junkie.

(Note to self, must find a better description than this or my SEO is going to be very wonky).

And about how it’s the number one problem I see entrepreneurs come up against – the addiction to the buzz and adrenaline of being in business which means you’re constantly seeking the next high and chasing that feeling you think of as ‘being alive.’

Here are 8 ways to know you’re a crack junkie:

1)    Your bookshelf/hard-drive are groaning and if you ever took a really proper look at your finance you would see that the biggest chunk of your outgoings is spent on supporting your habit – in other words – products and programs all designed to help you go bigger, better and definitely faster.

2)    The thought of spending 12 months without buying single marketing program or attending a single crack party/’inspirational event’ brings you out in chills

3)    If your husband/wife rolls their eyes when (if) you tell them you indulged again and when they ask ‘how much does this one cost?’, you lie

4)    You can’t sleep at night because your mind is racing with new business ideas

5)    You’re constantly seeking the answer to ‘What’s next?’ so that you can relax

6)    You work through lunch and you stick your kids in front of their computers so you can get back onto yours because of FOMO on that next potential sale/ how-to-make-six-figures ad you might miss on your Facebook feed.

7)    When you’re at an event with any other entrepreneurs, you gravitate towards your fellow crack addicts and ignore the rest because they’re ‘boring’. In fact you might invest in a VIP ticket so you don’t have to mix with the ‘normals’ at all.

8)    When you get caught up in the receiving end of a launch sequence, you feel an actual physical craving for the product, and you know you can’t rest until you get your hands on it. Then when you do buy it, you exhale in relief………for about 3 weeks……..then the craving kicks in again.

In essence, you’re always ‘on’, you’re running on high alert and it’s impossible for you to chill out.

The problem here though, is that you can’t get enough of what you don’t really want.

You can seek that high forever, but it’s never going to be enough.

We’ll come back to that one tomorrow.

Here’s the second part of the problem.

You’re totally compelled by your own thinking.

It looks like what you think is true.

And when your addictive thinking arises (“just one more”…..), you feel like that voice in your head is a statement of fact and an unquestionable demand.

The craving, unsettled feeling looks like it has to be dealt with.

Relief from the feeling has to be found by taking action.

You have no idea your thinking is optional.

Bob, our dealer, shows up, gives us advice, and we say ‘Sit down, Bob and tell me how it really is’. We sit him down, listen to what looks like his wise words of counsel and then say  ‘Uh, OK Bob, whatever you say’ and off we go to do as he bids.

Or we might have a bit of a scrap with him to fight him off, but that never ends well.

(Read this post for more about Bob).

We indulge in our thinking.

Given that

1)    Going faster is better

2)    You need to know the next business idea now because otherwise how will you know the money’s coming in

3)    Being buzzed up is the state you want to be in when you’re doing your business thing

4)    You need a vision board to excite you and remind you why you’re in this game in the first time if your body should try to take a break, or god-forbid your mind should be in shitty state one day when you wake up

5)    You should be going out of your comfort zone

6)    Bigger is always better. So is faster

7)    If you’re not growing, you’re contracting

8)    If you’re not winning, you’re a loser

9)   If you don’t crack Facebook ads, you’re doomed to failure

(This list is endless, btw)

….then you’re better off getting off your lazy arse and getting your hands on some crack to get you through the day.

The problem is none of 1 to 8 above is true, but you think it is.

Those look like statements of fact if you have no idea that

1.    Those ‘facts’ are created by our thinking. They’re not true, they’re just what we have got used to thinking is true – and supported by our crack taking, internet-marketing/ social media-fuelled culture

2.    Our thinking is transient if we’d just let it be. You don’t HAVE to think any of the above. If you’d just stop hanging on to those ‘facts’ so tightly, new ones would come along that might actually serve you better

3.    You don’t have to worry, worry, worry all the fucking time because there’s a way better resource than our thinking that we can rely on that most crack addicts have NO idea that exists

In essence, you don’t have to believe what you think.

It all looks real, but none of it’s true.

“WTF?”

Don’t worry, we’ll go into it more over the next few days.

Chill the fuck out.

In fact, that’s probably the only bit of advice you need right now.

Should have saved myself 856 words.

And made do with just one ‘fuck’ instead of about twenty.

The Problem – Part One

I talked about this in yesterday’s video but I felt drawn to write this one today to continue the conversation – this is going to be part of a series of blog posts, so if you like it, make sure to follow the steps at the bottom of the post to follow along easily.

I used to have a crack problem and I didn’t even know it.

This is how bad it was…

I got the best marks in school, excelled in my corporate career and when I set up my own business, I worked my arse off determined to be top of the class and be one of those business women that ‘make it’.

I loved the thrill of setting up my business, the adrenaline roller-coaster of every launch and proceeded to get faster and faster and faster each week.

I would listen to audios, go to events and feel so totally revved up and ready to go by the end of each one: ‘THIS is the thing, I’ve got to do this!’ and I would.

I read a marketing book every day for about three years (yes, you read that right, this was a BAD addiction) and then moved to about one a week once I’d read most of the good ones I could find.

If I travelled on a long-haul flight, whereas most would watch movies and have a snooze, I welcomed the kid-free 10 hours to totally indulge in my habit and listen to back to back mindset and marketing audios.

I hired coaches who would deal to me and paid the most I could to have the most access to them I possibly could. If there was a risk the crack might be in short supply, I wanted to be top of the queue.

Just one more call, just one more launch, just one more audio – maybe what I was looking for would be there…

I became a crack dealer myself because I got high off seeing others get high.

In fact, I sold crack mainly to fund my own crack habit. Every penny went on coaching and training programs, my shelves groaned and my hard-drive gave up in the end under the strain of my habit.

I would lie awake at night ruminating over whether investing in this progam or that one would satisfy my addiction the best.

I NEEDED that high. That buzz. The adrenaline coursing through my veins that meant I got out there and did stuff.

I would go to marketing events and while others were still finishing up taking their notes and having a chat with other in the break-time, I would have gone up to my hotel room and implemented what we’d just been taught.

After all, wasn’t that what you needed to be successful in business?

Get into that buzzed up feeling and just go and execute?

My mentors loved it – my desire to be top of the class meant I implemented what they were teaching and I got results.

“Here, I can tell you LOVE the crack, have some more!”

I’d go to crack parties, hang out with my crack friends and we’d do it together, whirling each other up with ideas of world domination and ‘owning your niche, baby.’

We told ourselves we were ‘worth it’, that’ we had what it took’, we created vision boards to drive ourselves forwards and make sure that whenever we started to come down even a tiny bit, we had something to remind us why were in this game in the first place.

My head was FULL of whirring busy thoughts at all times – thinking, thinking, thinking and figuring stuff out.

Searching out challenges so that I could point my busy mind at things to find the answers to.

Ignoring my kids, my husband and my friends because, to be honest, when your brain is buy thinking up wonderful crack-filled future possibilities, to be frank, small children and ‘normal’ people are a bit boring.

I did six figure launches, took my twitter following to over 20,000 and created a million dollars in revenue – I was OFF MY FUCKING HEAD, MAN!!!

But the come-downs were horrible.

I would do a launch that would bomb and it would feel like the end of the world, I’d have clients that just weren’t that into crack and they would drive me bonkers because they just would not get off their lazy arses and do what it took.

I wasn’t a very nice person when I was a crack addict.

Sometimes I’d just wake up down for no reason.

In fact I probably wasn’t even down, I was just feeling how normal non-crack addicts feels but as you know if you’ve ever had a smoking, drinking or chocolate addiction, when you’re not high on your thing, everyday normal life feels kind of yucky and beige.

My solution to this problem?

Buy some more crack – wheeee heee!

I’d scroll through Facebook where crack is ALWAYS available when you’re a crack-addict and sign up for ooooooh, let me see, shall I choose a webinar or a 3 part video sequence?

Somehow there was ALWAYS something that looked appealing.

I’d watch and phew! Just sixty minutes later and I’d be high as a kite with my hand hovering over the ‘buy now’ button.

THIS IS THE ONE, I JUST KNOW IT. JUST THIS LAST ONE.

When I’d buy, the edginess would calm down.

It looked like the fix had ‘worked’.

I would calmly start on watching the training or videos I’d just bought and either

  1. a) get buzzed up again and implement like fury, creating chaos in my wake, or
  2. b) find them strangely unsatisfying so drop them after the first couple of weeks and go looking for my next fix

I’ll explain why that happens in tomorrow’s post.

Resonating?

Tick one of the following options:

  1. Yes, OMG I didn’t even realise I was doing that (the dawning on the addict that they have a problem)
  2. Yes, but who cares, I LOVE that feeling, what’s your point? (the addict who believes their addiction is serving them in some way and is massively offended by this sentence)
  3. Crack problem? What crack problem? (the addict in denial)
  4. Not any more – but this post makes me laugh because that used to be me (recovered addict)

This is the biggest problem I see entrepreneurs face that hold them back from creating the results they want to see in the world with simplicity, ease and grace.

I’m going to be writing a LOT about this over the coming days so if you’re curious to learn more, do this (addicts love a 5 step plan):

1.Go here and click ‘like’: https://www.facebook.com/simplicityproject

2. Then click the little arrow at the top right of your Facebook and select ‘News Feed Preferences’

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3. Then select ‘prioritise who to see first’

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4. Then pick the Simplicity Project page. That way you’ll see each post as it comes up and it will be a nice refreshing change from crack every day too!

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5. Post me a message here to let me know if my experience of being a crack addict sounds anything like yours.

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100% reliable, 98% unpredictable

100% reliable, 98% unpredictable

One night last week I was awake worrying about a decision.

I had two options: I could go this way or that.

This way would result in either a huge success or financial ruin.

And so would the other.

I’d been thinking about this problem for months.

Decision time was looming – hence the sleepless night.

I was busy running through all the options, the what if’s, adding up numbers and subtracting them and trying to work out what would need to happen this week, the next, the next and the next, all the way to the end of (I think) 2023 or so so that I could make the right decision today.

(You might think I should know better. I thought I should know better. But there you go, we’re all human).

Then suddenly, after a couple of hours of this, for no reason at all into my head popped this random thought.

“If you keep dipping a plate in dirty washing up water, it’s never going to come out clean.”

“WTF?” I thought and promptly fell into a deep sleep.

When I considered it the next morning I realised three things:

  1. I realised what the thought had meant. It meant that if you have a dirty murky mind full of cloudy thinking, ANYTHING you take out of it to look at is is never going to be clean. Or clear. So what’s the point in dipping stuff in there and then taking it out and examining it?
  2. I didn’t have to understand my insight intellectually for it to have an instant effect.
  3. And I was reminded of the fact that wisdom is 100% reliable (not once did this thought show up in the 18 months I’ve been pondering on this problem, but only the night before the deadline) and 98% unpredictable. I thought any insight would come in the form of ‘here’s the answer – do this!’, but no. It came in the form of a weird statement – completely unexpected in its form.

I would tell you what the problem was, only I now have no idea what it was that seemed so important.

Going Upstream

Going Upstream

“Never put anything in the washing machine unless the drier is empty.”

Frustrated at the laundry mountain produced by our family of five and being good at that sort of thing, my husband took it upon himself to do a root cause analysis to try to understand how on earth we end up spending hours and hours every Sunday putting all the laundry away so we can find our beds to sleep in.

Me? I’m too busy nagging everyone to pick up their clothes, ferrying it all to the washing machine, putting it in, taking it out, hanging it up over and over again to see beyond the drudgery to have that larger perspective.

With one golden rule – see above – (and a few little ones), he has reduced the laundry by 90%. There’s always less to do than you think. Even laundry.

How? By going upstream.

Whereas I was too busy trying to buy more driers to hang the wet clothes on and drawing up rotas so the kids put bundles of washing away, he tackled what was going into the basket in the first place.

And that’s what I’ve been seeing the value of more and more – instead of trying to upgrade my behaviours, improve my feeling state or even address my noisy thinking, the value of going upstream to consider where our entire experience comes from takes care of everything else that comes down-stream from there.

Here’s a video I created this week for my Simplicity Solution members which explains a little more.

Doors are currently open so if you like what you see, click here to read more and join us in this exploration of how to do less better.

 

Always Less To Do Than You Think – with Michael Neill

Always Less To Do Than You Think – with Michael Neill

” Almost everyone has the life that’s unfolding in front of them, and then the life they’re trying to ‘make happen'” – Michael Neill

There’s always less to do than you think…..it’s a phrase I seem to end up using on nearly every client call.

And my experience more recently truly has been one where I have spent far less time at my desk, and yet seen the most profound impact on my productivity and the bottom line of my business.

I recorded this video as part of The Simplicity Solution program but it contained such a good exploration of WHY this can happen that it was too good not to share with the rest of the world too:)

I’d love to know what you hear in this…

 

 

 

There’s always less to do than you think

There’s always less to do than you think

Over the past few months, I’ve been creating some wonderful masterclasses on the theme of There’s Always Less to Do than You Think.

I’ve been creating them with the best mentors and coaches in this field that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the past three years.

They form one of the cornerstones of my brand new Simplicity Solution program, so I wanted to share some of the highlights with you in this short 10 minute video I put together.

If you love it and want to learn more (and hear the full conversations!), then make sure you click here to jump on board The Simplicity Solution here.

What does simplicity mean to me today?

What does simplicity mean to me today?

I’ve been speaking, coaching and blogging on the subject of simplicity for the last three years, and what simplicity means has really shifted and changed over the years.

In 2013 simplicity meant ruthlessly cutting back, getting clear one my ONE big goal, reducing my team and de-cluttering my wardrobe. I ‘went to war’ on complexity as if it were just another project that needed to get done.

In 2014 simplicity meant realising more about the inside-out nature of simplicity. I immersed myself apprenticing with my mentor Michael Neill and trained as a transformative coach, all in a quest to quiet myself on the inside and have a simpler experience of life no matter what was going on outside of me. Sometimes I was successful.

In 2015 simplicity meant an investigation into how the study of simplicity could make business results easier to achieve. How could simplicity help us earn more money, faster? If I no longer have to pay attention to my noisy thinking, what difference could that mean to my bottom line?

In 2016 I really realised how much more there was to the simplicity conversation than just how to make piles of money.

And that there’s more to life than working out how to make piles of money.

And then there just was more simplicity.

This video shares what I see about simplicity today.

Please excuse the sound quality – I was experimenting with a new microphone. When I checked it back, I considered re-recording the video for you, but I knew I could  never recapture the feeling behind these words.

This is one of the reasons I just love having a blog – to see my own journey unfold, and also the comments of those of you who’ve followed along as you share the journey – I hope you’ve learned something from it so far and continue to stay with me.

If you’d like to hear more about the new direction these reflections on simplicity are taking me in, and how to have YOUR life be filled with more simplicity, ease, grace and….well……life (!), please click here to join me on 10 January for my brand new webinar: The Simplicity Solution. 

For those who have realised there is more to life than making piles of money.

What a great way to kick off 2017 🙂

The things money can’t buy

The things money can’t buy

I haven’t written for a while. Mainly because I’ve been out complicating things again 🙂

But then last week, right in the middle of an absolute racket going on in my head about the future, and what I might fill it with, I all of a sudden I woke up.

It was raining and I was out walking the dog, but I barely noticed as I was totally up in my head and actually crying at the frustration of my noisy, noisy head.

Bob had taken up residence for a few weeks and his insistent shouting and my desperately trying to follow his orders had just driven me to my limits.

I knew intellectually it was ‘just noise’ but that was just completely not helpful as I tried to ‘apply the strategy of seeing it as noise’ to ‘make it go away’.

(All of this makes perfect sense when you’re off on one.)

And then as I turned through my front gate with tears streaming down my face, for no reason at all I was hit by the simplicity and beauty of being out walking the dog in the rain.

It’s hard to describe in words but it felt like I just came back to myself. I was just touched so profoundly and I had the insight that THIS, THIS is all that matters in life.

Simplicity and beauty.

And I raised my head and I saw it everywhere.

The rain, the dog, my house, my garden, my kids, my husband, my friends, my cup of tea.

And as I’ve been in life over the last few days I keep alternating between ‘Gotta plan for 2017 and work my plan and know what I’m doing for the next 12 months and ya da ya da ya da’ (the noise I’m surrounded by in the ‘real’ world) and settling back into this feeling of beauty and simplicity that is so profound.

And I see that it doesn’t matter what’s in my bank account or schedule in 2017 – once beauty and simplicity is tattooed on your eyeballs, it’s there no matter what you point them at.

It’s an inside-out job.

That’s why I’m back here today.

This where I always find myself when simplicity and beauty become the direction I want to orient myself in more.

When I think back to the most beautiful moments in my life, they are time spent watching my kids play, the funniest things I’ve laughed at with my friends, wonderful moments spent doing karaoke and dancing, being immersed in decorating a beautiful cake, lying next to my husband when it’s freezing cold outside.

I wouldn’t put ‘worrying about my bank account and life strategy for the next 12 months’ on that list.

It’s a cliche because it’s true: there is more to life than making a pile of money.

That’s all I’ve got right now in terms of plans for 2017.

An orientation towards simplicity and beauty.

 

How to chill the f*ck out

How to chill the f*ck out

This week’s advice to chill the fuck out is all you actually need to know to have a completely different experience of your business and life.

Nothing changes, but everything looks different when you Just. Chill. The. Fuck. Out.

Here’s why that is.

Entrepreneurs are the biggest proponents of ‘I’ll be happy when…..’

Cue the vision board with the lovely big house, the convertible car, the private schools for our kids and the wodges of spare cash in the bank account should we ever decide a holiday to the Caribbean would top the whole thing off nicely.

See the journal entries: ‘It’s the 31 December 2026 and I have a business that turns over three million dollars/pounds/whatever, I work only four hours a week and I have a team that takes care of the day to day running of the business. I have a housekeeper so I never have to iron again, three pedigree dogs and I spend my days alternating between flying first class, doing yoga and occasionally checking in on the number of zeros in my bank account.’

‘Come on!!!’, our crack-addicted mentors and mastermind buddies tell us – “You can do better than that! Add another zero on! That sounds like you’re working far too hard for your money! Only three dogs?”

“You can do more, bigger, better and certainly faster!!!”

And it looks true. Surely we would be happier if we could travel first class four times a year to a sun-drenched island? If we never had to iron again? If our bank accounts had six zeros in them rather than just one?

So, believing all the above to be true, sprinkled with a little bit of “if it’s to be, it’s up to me”, we go all out to create that perfect business with this many sales per month, at this price, with only these kind of clients, with this amount of revenue and x amount of passive revenue and this many twitter followers.

That is NOT chilling the fuck out, by the way.

But who cares, as long as we can get what we want, we’ll be happy, right? After all, that’s all we want, all that anybody wants, right?

Well here’s something that’s very VERY cool to know about that which will change your life.

It’s bollocks.

Not in a hippie ‘don’t worry, man, all you need is love’ kind of way.

Not in a glib ‘money doesn’t make you happy’ kind of way either.

But simply because this is true instead:

Your experience of well-being does not come from your circumstances.

If you get everything ‘right’ on the outside, it has fuck all to do with how you feel on the inside. (Sorry, I’m quite sweary today)

No really.

How do I know?

Because I’ve personally ticked all the boxes on getting it ‘right’ on the outside, and when I got ‘there’ there was nothing there.

A million dollars in revenue, sitting on a sunny beach with my gorgeous husband and my three healthy (privately schooled) kids having just bought the house of my dreams and my convertible car.

Nothing.

There was nothing there.

That shocked me to my very core. How could that happen? After everything I’d worked so hard for, why was the very thing I’d been promised not there?

“It’s all right for you to say, Nic, just give me the chance to make that much money and do all the blah blah blah that happened for you, and I’ll make my own mind up, thank you very much.”

(You’re not original by the way, this is my most oft-heard comeback.)

Here’s my reply to you.

Your experience of well being doesn’t come from your circumstances. That would be outside-in.

Instead, your how you feel is only ever a reflection of your thinking in that precise moment – it actually works inside-out.

Here’s how you know that’s true.

Go look at your bank account right now. Write down the feelings you experience.

Wait three days.

Go and look at your bank account again. Write down the feelings you experience then.

Wait three days.

Go and look at your bank account again. Write down the feelings you experience then.

Wait three days. (I fee like I’m writing a marketing campaign in Infusionsoft…)

Go and look at your bank account again. Write down the feelings you experience then.

If you actually do this experiment (which not one of you will because you’re all too busy working hard to make more money), you’ll fall into one of two camps.

One – the habitual thinker who is addicted to their favourite thought about money

Referring back to The Problem- Part Two,some of you will have such strong habitual thinking about your bank account that you will write down the same thing every single time you look at your bank account.

A fact that’s interesting in itself.

For you, it doesn’t really matter what number is in your bank account, you’ll always experience worry, anxiety and a concern that there’s not enough.

Think back to when you were a penniless student or backpacking around the world on a handful of baht.

Were you totally miserable the whole time then and completely happy all the time now?

That’s because your experience is created by your thinking in the moment, not the number in your bank account.

For others of you, you’ll notice that even though the number doesn’t change much over the course of the experiment, on the first occasion you may feel totally depressed when you look at your number.

On the next you might feel hopeful.

On the next you might feel total panic and desperation.

And the next a sense of peace and that all is well with the world.

And then back to panic again.

That’s because your experience is created by your thinking in the moment, not the number in your bank account.

Just think what that means.

It means that even if you never got anything on your vision board, you could be happy right now.

Not in 2026.

RIGHT. NOW.

And that, my lovely readers, when you start to see it, is going to help you chill the fuck out a little bit…….just come back tomorrow to keep reading.

 

The Solution

The Solution

In summary, here’s the problem:

1.    Most entrepreneurs are hooked on crack
2.    Nearly everybody (entrepreneurs included) believes their thinking

So now, to the solution….

After I’d spectacularly crashed and burned as a result of number 1, I found that the idea of simplicity came to me.

I can’t entirely recall how, it just became an idea that appealed as a solution to what felt like an overwhelming pressure of the complexities in my business, which I held responsible for me being unable to cope any more.

At this point I still had no idea I was a crack addict.

So I consumed every book and every blog I could find on the topic of simplicity (in the way that an addict would) – all of which talked about how to clear out your wardrobe, find and focus on the ONE thing, reduce your spending and lead a more minimalist lifestyle.

There was such a sense of relief for me in the concept that I could just cut all the crap out of my life and be left with a simpler one.

I sat down and spoke my thoughts into a short 8 minute video about what I had realised and posted it on Facebook.

Within a few hours, there were hundreds of comments  and shares – I had obviously hit a nerve with some frazzled entrepreneurs out there who were also feeling the same way I did.

Interestingly, when I listen back to that video now, you can hear the crack edge to my voice. “Come on everyone, let’s work really hard to make our lives simple!” was my rallying cry. Yes, I did really say that.

And with that I set about reducing my team, un-complicating the back end of my business and eliminating the busy work from my calendar.

It was GREAT – it gave me such a buzz.

See how insidious the addiction is?

I decided that the THING I was doing (running my software company) had lost it’s thrill for me – it was no longer giving me the high it once was – so I began the search for my new THING that would give me the high I so desperately craved.

I reading all the  books and blogs and programs and courses I could get my hands on all about how to find your perfect THING. This became my new obsession and my Amazon bill raced back to astronomical levels as I searched for the answer that surely this time would give me relief.

It was then, completely by accident (or so it appeared) that I inadvertently stumbled across a handful of books with a common theme that promised clarity, simplicity and a different way of working with individuals to help them get results.

I had been a student of psychology and in the business of helping people live up to their full potential for 25 years, but what was being shared with me in the books I was reading was unlike anything I had heard before.

“This must be my new THING,” I decided.

So I started reading all the  books and blogs and programs and courses I could get my hands on all about this description of how human beings really work, and within weeks, I had signed up as an apprentice to a leading teacher in the field, Michael Neill so that I could satisfy this new craving at the most intense level (at the time I considered him to be the best crack dealer I could find).

What ensued was the most wonderful and unexpected journey that transformed my life.

Despite my best attempts to tempt Michael to indulge me in my crack habit, he gently but firmly refused to play the game.

Everytime I would show up to a call to him he would open the call with: ‘what would you like to talk about today?’ and I would pull out my list of ‘very important issues’ and what would pour out of my mouth at top speed was a list of questions I needed answers to, requests for him to help me to decide on this or that and wanting his opinion on my latest business venture plus if he could cure my acute anxiety while he was at it, I would be very grateful thank you very much.

All at 100 miles an hour.

What he saw, and what I now see in my own clients was a crack addict, totally high on the adrenaline of a speedy mind and mired in insecurity.

Michael, and the many other wonderful teachers who followed him, helped me come off the crack.

And now, through what I’ve seen for myself in this journey, I now help other business owners do the same.

Because, you see, coming off the crack is wonderful in and of itself.

But what’s really cool is this whole other world opens up to you once you start to get even a little bit clean that was completely invisible to you before.

That’s what this blog is about.

Because what I’ve found the other side of the crack addiction is a calmness, a peace of mind, and relaxed way to be in life.

I have a freedom from anxiety and migraines, better relationships with the people I love and a much quieter yet stronger way of being in business that’s filled with creativity, yet also a profound simplicity, ease and grace.

And I no longer believe what I think so much of the time.

This what I do now amongst other things (because there never really was a THING to be found).

Helping entrepreneurs come off the crack.

And there was far less to do than you might think.

 

 

The Problem – Part Two

The Problem – Part Two

In The Problem – Part One, I wrote about how I used to be a crack junkie.

(Note to self, must find a better description than this or my SEO is going to be very wonky).

And about how it’s the number one problem I see entrepreneurs come up against – the addiction to the buzz and adrenaline of being in business which means you’re constantly seeking the next high and chasing that feeling you think of as ‘being alive.’

Here are 8 ways to know you’re a crack junkie:

1)    Your bookshelf/hard-drive are groaning and if you ever took a really proper look at your finance you would see that the biggest chunk of your outgoings is spent on supporting your habit – in other words – products and programs all designed to help you go bigger, better and definitely faster.

2)    The thought of spending 12 months without buying single marketing program or attending a single crack party/’inspirational event’ brings you out in chills

3)    If your husband/wife rolls their eyes when (if) you tell them you indulged again and when they ask ‘how much does this one cost?’, you lie

4)    You can’t sleep at night because your mind is racing with new business ideas

5)    You’re constantly seeking the answer to ‘What’s next?’ so that you can relax

6)    You work through lunch and you stick your kids in front of their computers so you can get back onto yours because of FOMO on that next potential sale/ how-to-make-six-figures ad you might miss on your Facebook feed.

7)    When you’re at an event with any other entrepreneurs, you gravitate towards your fellow crack addicts and ignore the rest because they’re ‘boring’. In fact you might invest in a VIP ticket so you don’t have to mix with the ‘normals’ at all.

8)    When you get caught up in the receiving end of a launch sequence, you feel an actual physical craving for the product, and you know you can’t rest until you get your hands on it. Then when you do buy it, you exhale in relief………for about 3 weeks……..then the craving kicks in again.

In essence, you’re always ‘on’, you’re running on high alert and it’s impossible for you to chill out.

The problem here though, is that you can’t get enough of what you don’t really want.

You can seek that high forever, but it’s never going to be enough.

We’ll come back to that one tomorrow.

Here’s the second part of the problem.

You’re totally compelled by your own thinking.

It looks like what you think is true.

And when your addictive thinking arises (“just one more”…..), you feel like that voice in your head is a statement of fact and an unquestionable demand.

The craving, unsettled feeling looks like it has to be dealt with.

Relief from the feeling has to be found by taking action.

You have no idea your thinking is optional.

Bob, our dealer, shows up, gives us advice, and we say ‘Sit down, Bob and tell me how it really is’. We sit him down, listen to what looks like his wise words of counsel and then say  ‘Uh, OK Bob, whatever you say’ and off we go to do as he bids.

Or we might have a bit of a scrap with him to fight him off, but that never ends well.

(Read this post for more about Bob).

We indulge in our thinking.

Given that

1)    Going faster is better

2)    You need to know the next business idea now because otherwise how will you know the money’s coming in

3)    Being buzzed up is the state you want to be in when you’re doing your business thing

4)    You need a vision board to excite you and remind you why you’re in this game in the first time if your body should try to take a break, or god-forbid your mind should be in shitty state one day when you wake up

5)    You should be going out of your comfort zone

6)    Bigger is always better. So is faster

7)    If you’re not growing, you’re contracting

8)    If you’re not winning, you’re a loser

9)   If you don’t crack Facebook ads, you’re doomed to failure

(This list is endless, btw)

….then you’re better off getting off your lazy arse and getting your hands on some crack to get you through the day.

The problem is none of 1 to 8 above is true, but you think it is.

Those look like statements of fact if you have no idea that

1.    Those ‘facts’ are created by our thinking. They’re not true, they’re just what we have got used to thinking is true – and supported by our crack taking, internet-marketing/ social media-fuelled culture

2.    Our thinking is transient if we’d just let it be. You don’t HAVE to think any of the above. If you’d just stop hanging on to those ‘facts’ so tightly, new ones would come along that might actually serve you better

3.    You don’t have to worry, worry, worry all the fucking time because there’s a way better resource than our thinking that we can rely on that most crack addicts have NO idea that exists

In essence, you don’t have to believe what you think.

It all looks real, but none of it’s true.

“WTF?”

Don’t worry, we’ll go into it more over the next few days.

Chill the fuck out.

In fact, that’s probably the only bit of advice you need right now.

Should have saved myself 856 words.

And made do with just one ‘fuck’ instead of about twenty.

The Problem – Part One

The Problem – Part One

I talked about this in yesterday’s video but I felt drawn to write this one today to continue the conversation – this is going to be part of a series of blog posts, so if you like it, make sure to follow the steps at the bottom of the post to follow along easily.

I used to have a crack problem and I didn’t even know it.

This is how bad it was…

I got the best marks in school, excelled in my corporate career and when I set up my own business, I worked my arse off determined to be top of the class and be one of those business women that ‘make it’.

I loved the thrill of setting up my business, the adrenaline roller-coaster of every launch and proceeded to get faster and faster and faster each week.

I would listen to audios, go to events and feel so totally revved up and ready to go by the end of each one: ‘THIS is the thing, I’ve got to do this!’ and I would.

I read a marketing book every day for about three years (yes, you read that right, this was a BAD addiction) and then moved to about one a week once I’d read most of the good ones I could find.

If I travelled on a long-haul flight, whereas most would watch movies and have a snooze, I welcomed the kid-free 10 hours to totally indulge in my habit and listen to back to back mindset and marketing audios.

I hired coaches who would deal to me and paid the most I could to have the most access to them I possibly could. If there was a risk the crack might be in short supply, I wanted to be top of the queue.

Just one more call, just one more launch, just one more audio – maybe what I was looking for would be there…

I became a crack dealer myself because I got high off seeing others get high.

In fact, I sold crack mainly to fund my own crack habit. Every penny went on coaching and training programs, my shelves groaned and my hard-drive gave up in the end under the strain of my habit.

I would lie awake at night ruminating over whether investing in this progam or that one would satisfy my addiction the best.

I NEEDED that high. That buzz. The adrenaline coursing through my veins that meant I got out there and did stuff.

I would go to marketing events and while others were still finishing up taking their notes and having a chat with other in the break-time, I would have gone up to my hotel room and implemented what we’d just been taught.

After all, wasn’t that what you needed to be successful in business?

Get into that buzzed up feeling and just go and execute?

My mentors loved it – my desire to be top of the class meant I implemented what they were teaching and I got results.

“Here, I can tell you LOVE the crack, have some more!”

I’d go to crack parties, hang out with my crack friends and we’d do it together, whirling each other up with ideas of world domination and ‘owning your niche, baby.’

We told ourselves we were ‘worth it’, that’ we had what it took’, we created vision boards to drive ourselves forwards and make sure that whenever we started to come down even a tiny bit, we had something to remind us why were in this game in the first place.

My head was FULL of whirring busy thoughts at all times – thinking, thinking, thinking and figuring stuff out.

Searching out challenges so that I could point my busy mind at things to find the answers to.

Ignoring my kids, my husband and my friends because, to be honest, when your brain is buy thinking up wonderful crack-filled future possibilities, to be frank, small children and ‘normal’ people are a bit boring.

I did six figure launches, took my twitter following to over 20,000 and created a million dollars in revenue – I was OFF MY FUCKING HEAD, MAN!!!

But the come-downs were horrible.

I would do a launch that would bomb and it would feel like the end of the world, I’d have clients that just weren’t that into crack and they would drive me bonkers because they just would not get off their lazy arses and do what it took.

I wasn’t a very nice person when I was a crack addict.

Sometimes I’d just wake up down for no reason.

In fact I probably wasn’t even down, I was just feeling how normal non-crack addicts feels but as you know if you’ve ever had a smoking, drinking or chocolate addiction, when you’re not high on your thing, everyday normal life feels kind of yucky and beige.

My solution to this problem?

Buy some more crack – wheeee heee!

I’d scroll through Facebook where crack is ALWAYS available when you’re a crack-addict and sign up for ooooooh, let me see, shall I choose a webinar or a 3 part video sequence?

Somehow there was ALWAYS something that looked appealing.

I’d watch and phew! Just sixty minutes later and I’d be high as a kite with my hand hovering over the ‘buy now’ button.

THIS IS THE ONE, I JUST KNOW IT. JUST THIS LAST ONE.

When I’d buy, the edginess would calm down.

It looked like the fix had ‘worked’.

I would calmly start on watching the training or videos I’d just bought and either

  1. a) get buzzed up again and implement like fury, creating chaos in my wake, or
  2. b) find them strangely unsatisfying so drop them after the first couple of weeks and go looking for my next fix

I’ll explain why that happens in tomorrow’s post.

Resonating?

Tick one of the following options:

  1. Yes, OMG I didn’t even realise I was doing that (the dawning on the addict that they have a problem)
  2. Yes, but who cares, I LOVE that feeling, what’s your point? (the addict who believes their addiction is serving them in some way and is massively offended by this sentence)
  3. Crack problem? What crack problem? (the addict in denial)
  4. Not any more – but this post makes me laugh because that used to be me (recovered addict)

This is the biggest problem I see entrepreneurs face that hold them back from creating the results they want to see in the world with simplicity, ease and grace.

I’m going to be writing a LOT about this over the coming days so if you’re curious to learn more, do this (addicts love a 5 step plan):

1.Go here and click ‘like’: https://www.facebook.com/simplicityproject

2. Then click the little arrow at the top right of your Facebook and select ‘News Feed Preferences’

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3. Then select ‘prioritise who to see first’

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4. Then pick the Simplicity Project page. That way you’ll see each post as it comes up and it will be a nice refreshing change from crack every day too!

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5. Post me a message here to let me know if my experience of being a crack addict sounds anything like yours.

Nicola Bird

Nicola Bird

Blogger. Coach. Entrepreneur. Wine-drinker. Owner of 1 husband, 3 kids, 2 chickens, 6 fish, 2 cats and one crazy dog.

Passionate about exploring simplicity.

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