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 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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Find motivation in your new normal

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden   This is one of my favourite quotes at the moment.   Probably because it’s a topic that’s been coming up in my Masterminds a lot lately. Like many business owners, I have some clients who really struggle to motivate themselves through […]

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The things I HATE in business!

I recently found myself watching an episode of room 101 on YouTube.   It was because I was watching highlights of England’s magnificent victory over Sweden to reach the Semi-Finals of The World Cup. I suspect YouTube may have recommended the episode as it’s hosted by Frank Skinner.  Frank who with David Baddiel and the […]

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Make Decisions Fast (then implement them immediately)

This week Josie was doing some work shadowing with me on my Masterminds.   She was told by the school to observe but not get involved with any of the actual work. I don’t really understand the point, either. So, she sat in on the two days and took notes. Mostly she didn’t get involved […]

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Amateur Vs Pro

“Let me try that…”   “Wow, that feels nice, I mean really nice.  I think I’ll give it a proper go today and see if I can put a decent score in”    I’m standing in the club shop of a Silves golf club in the Algarve, Portugal.  I’ve just spent five days playing golf on some beautiful […]

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5 tips for couples in business

Running a business is really tough, making a marriage work can also be very challenging. When you combine the two by running a business with your significant other it can be double the trouble. However, if done right you’ll have an incredible bond with your other half and the recipe for a successful life together.Here’s […]

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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

If you read my last blog.  You’ll know that I was talking about the importance of practice. That learning on its own isn’t enough, that you need to do the work in between to make the changes that you want.    I also talked about my golf coach Paul, who wouldn’t allow me to have […]

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