The Blog

Ash’s thoughts, thinkings and ideas on being more productive in your business (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Are you letting your environment affect your business?

I’m still playing golf.   Yes, it’s a bit cold although not too bad for the time of year.   Yes, it’s very wet and conditions are not conducive to smacking the ball long distances.  It’s not great for hitting cute shots from the rough either.      The environment becomes all-consuming at times.   It […]

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Are potholes in your business making you lose momentum?

  It’s pretty where I live.   In the country. Lots of green space, fields, woodland and farms.   Once you get past our tiny hamlet of four houses the only dwellings for about a mile are three stables. We live on a single-track road (with passing places) in South Buckinghamshire.   It’s surrounded by […]

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4 Ways To Look After ‘Me’

I think many business minded people start off in life thinking only about the money – how much can I make and how quickly can I make it?   We put money above all else at the expense of the rest of our lives.   I was no different …   I lost a lot […]

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4 Mottos I Live By

Take responsibility Do the work Act fast Play through the fear   Having a motto, or mantra, can be very beneficial. Whether to keep you on track towards your goal or to remind you who you want to be. These short, memorable sentences are a great way to motivate yourself. And you can also change […]

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You “Can’t” Or You’ve Decided You Can’t?

My neighbour, Chris is a great guy.   We get on well with both him and his wife, Andra.   We share many things such as a love of good wine (they have a wine cellar) and good food (I love to cook).   We were recently sitting in the garden, mopping up the remnants […]

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Stop Beating Yourself Up (Nobody Else Does)

This Wednesday was World Mental Health Day and it got me thinking about the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others and the gap in between.   One weekend last month I was really lucky and played a lot of golf.   I played 9 holes on the Friday night, 18 Saturday, […]

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Are You Catering For Your Customer’s Needs?

On the 27th of May earlier this year, I proposed to Kay.      We were in her favourite place in the UK, Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk Coast.  Josie and I planned the whole event together and when we asked the question, it was from us, rather than just me.       The only […]

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Stop Being Your Own Critic And Start Being Supportive

We are our harshest critics.   There’s no one else in the world who will find fault as often and as discriminately as we do to our selves.   It’s good to look back on what we’ve done and learn from our mistakes but there’s a fine line between being critical and being cruel.   Next […]

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‘The Right Choice’ Is Just A Story We Tell Ourselves

I sometimes get stuck when making minor purchases. Sometimes for weeks.   If I don’t find a notebook or a pair of shoes that feels right, I’ll step back and gather more information.    I’ll look at reviews.  I ask the advice of friends who seem less intimidated by the prospect of notebook or shoe shopping.  Mostly I […]

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How Daily Habits Can Help Keep Motivation Up

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how forming new habits can create a ‘new normal’ for yourself and help you to stay motivated. Yesterday I was chatting with Robin, one of my clients, who has been implementing this very advice for the last month and a half. I noticed a massive change in […]

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