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Feb 01

Hubby’s Cry For Help

By Pauline Martin-Brooks | Accountability

This morning I awoke to a love note of a different kind.

You see my hubby and I were married back in October 2005 and ever since that date he has been writing me morning notes.

My hubby is a tradie (well a Trade Business Owner) and as such he's out the door way earlier than I care to climb out of bed...usually.

Most mornings he professes his undying love for me and tells me how grateful he is that we are in each others lives.

Some mornings he tells me about his crazy dreams and others he just dumps out what's on his mind before he faces the day.

Either way for me it's like Christmas morning.

I head downstairs and look straight to the table where he leaves the note.

I pop on the kettle and sit down to get ready to reconnect with my hubby even though he's not here.

It's a strange kind of ritual but it works for us.

Ocassionally I even write a note back!

This mornings note was the heavier kind, the kind that lists the challenges and the frustrations of being a small business owner.

The kind I could readily relate to.

As a small business owner myself I'm torn between learning the latest and greatest productivity tools or software to make my life easier. The latest marketing strategies of all kinds and staying up to date with the numerous things that I'm certified in.

On top of that, though that alone could take me a day or more, I'm planning new assets for my business like building courses, service offerings, freebies etc.

Of course I'm constantly in the middle of numerous client projects, until all of a sudden I'm not!

It's odd how that happens right, one minute you've got more clients than you can poke a stick at and you're wondering how on earth am I going to fit this in.

So you jump in and work ridiculous hours to get on top of it, breath a sigh of relief and then you have the sudden realisation that oh crap now you've got nothing.

This is essentially what just happened to my hubby. One minute his tree business was mental and he was booked over a month in advance, next minute he's wondering where the next client is going to come from.

It's a challenging situation and we've all been there.

It's also super hard to stay motivated when you're in a scarcity mindset!

This is actually one of the reasons that I created 26 To Win.

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One thing we all need more of is Accountability. Just the other day I met with someone and he said no one keeps me accountable and I'm challenge to keep myself accountable.

He is not alone and neither are you.

I've rarely met an entrepreneur who needed less accountability and believe me I've met thousands having been responsible for Strategic Partnerships for Business Blueprint, KPI (Dent Global) and Universal Events with Chris Howard - all of which educated Entrepreneurs en masse.

The missing link that enabled some of these people to truly thrive was leaning into the acountability element.

Environment dictates performance and we're not always in the best environment to achieve our goals.

Intention only gets you so far and looking at your numbers is great but WHAT ARE YOU MEASURING?

If you're measuring engagement on Facebook, or the number of new clients or even the amount of cashflow you have coming in, that's all well and good and not a bad place to start.

But these are known as lag indicators, which means you have to wait to see the result, which could turn out to be good or bad.

So think about what leads to results and you'll realise it's actions.

So it's your actions that also need to be measured.

Like how many calls did you make, how many blog posts did you put out? How many facebook ads have you scheduled etc.

These are known as lead indicators and they are a much better analysis of how you and your business are doing.

Anthony Robbins once said "you're only a leader if you can take your vision and break it up into a series of daily actions".

Are you taking the action you need to be taking?

If not click here to find out more about my accountability coaching 26 to Win.

And yes just in case you're wondering that was the advice to my husband, he also needs accountability coaching, the only question is whether i should make him pay for it?!

Comment below and let me know what you think, Yes he should pay or No he deserves a free ride?

Personally I'm thinking he should pay, I've always gotten more out of something when I've handed over my hard earned dollars!