When it comes to having more control in your business it is vital to have strong but flexible boundaries.

The tricky thing is, getting the balance right and to remain in control. Otherwise it’s all too easy for other people’s interests to take precedence over your own.

There are essentially 4 types of boundaries:-

1. Soft
A person with soft boundaries basically has no boundaries. There’s no distinction between them and other people. They can either be completely narcissistic, on one end of the spectrum, or on the other end they’re really easily manipulated, disempowered, controlled or taken advantage of.

2. Spongy
What really defines somebody with spongy boundaries is that they’re either inconsistent or unsure of what to let in and what to keep out. For example, this might show up as somebody who has to ask the opinion of a lot of people first before they know what to do. They can sometimes be a little overly rigid, and then they’ll flip-¬‐flop the other way. There’s a lot of inconsistency.

3. Rigid
Going to the place of being rigid can lead a person to the point where they cut themselves off from opportunity which is not great either. A person with rigid boundaries is closed or walled off. They don’t let people get close to them as a form of protection which results in being closed off to possibilities.

4. Flexible
The last one is flexible. This is somebody who has distinct boundaries but has a sense of control so there’s a little bit more margin or flexibility for give and take without being manipulated or exploited. They understand and are making a conscious choice about what they’re doing and are in control.

Though fairly resistant and consistent they have some flexibility that comes from more certainty and confidence so they can decide clearly what to let in and what to keep out.

Ask yourself where you are on this scale in most situations? And how you can move towards being more flexible.

A few tell-tale signs that your money boundaries could be slipping are if

•    You often feel uncomfortable discussing money
•    You have not substantially increased your income over the past year
•    You often under value what you are worth

If any of these are true for you and you are ready for this to be different, take my tip and focus on strengthening your boundaries.

Aim for flexible boundaries that value yourself while honoring others, and apply them so you’ll have more control and soon begin to make and keep more money in your business – and your life.


Business Goal planning and implementation

OK, we’ve established that setting smarter business goals is crucial to achieving success but it’s only half the story. Without timely and effective implementation, you don’t stand a chance of realising your business goals.

And just like that old joke “how do you eat an elephant?….one bite at a time” you need to break your goals down into manageable chunks so you stay focused and out of overwhelm.

So now that you have your annual goals clearly articulated and written down it’s time to break each of them down into quarterly and then monthly measurable milestones. This makes it easy to stay on track from week to week as you begin to take action.

Would an example help?

Say one of your annual goals is to increase your turnover by 40%.

Your quarterly goal is to track and measure if you’ve achieved at least 10% every quarter. Achieve that and you can’t fail!

The actions you take monthly/weekly/daily are ‘how’ you will reach your 10% increased turnover each quarter. Put another way, it’s the steps you need to take to achieve the goal.

Remember, weekly & daily goals are actually the actions/steps you take and not the business goals you’re working towards.

For instance, some of the actions you could include: –

• upsell/re-enroll ‘x’ current clients
• run a workshop at a specified dollar amount
• create a new program and enroll ‘x’ clients at a specified dollar amount
• increase your prices
• attend at least 2 targeted networking events each and every week
• post, promote or advertise on Social Media or other targeted media
• run email campaigns to your database
• publish a regular newsletter
• publish a regular blog/vlog
• produce a regular podcast series
• deliver presentations to your ideal customer audience to generate leads or sales
• schedule regular meetings with key referral partners

Regular consistent action

Find an implementation process that works for you. Ad-hoc activity will diminish results as well as drain your energy and enthusiasm.

I recommend you start each week by writing down those 1-2 major goals and perhaps 2-3 lesser goals referred to in (Part One). Including the steps you’ll take and by when over the coming week.

At the beginning of every day write down the goals/actions you’ll take TODAY and focus on those as far as you can progress them. On the following day review how you went with the previous day BEFORE you write your goals and actions for the current day. This means you do not fill out the whole week with your goals and actions which is often counterproductive. Rather, you do this day by day in the context of your weekly goals. So, you won’t get ahead of yourself and you will accomplish the important things more consistently.

Aim for Continual improvement

And guess what. You never get it done. There’s always more. And that’s a good thing. The main thing to remember is you need to build on results. What works. What doesn’t. Continue to set and reset goals and supporting actions based on experience.

Keep taking action, week in – week out and you’ll see how much more focused and productive you will be as you continue to kick goal after goal to create your best year ever.