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Do you want a piece of amazing?

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I’m in the business of people!

My business is created purely to help people to succeed.  I say to my team ‘To be good, you have to want success for others.  It’s all about helping others.’

To be a good leader, you must invest in your team by spending time with them, and be willing to do what it takes to help them go the extra mile. I like to spend my time coaching and creating better businesses, helping others to be a success.

If you’d love to run your own business but feel a bit unsure, I can help you.  Even if you’re confident about running a business then it’s always better to have some support, a person to inspire and motivate you.  I’ve been coaching people to succeed for over 15 years, and I’ve been in business myself for over 25 years! Oh! Wow! How time flies!

If you don’t know what business to start then I can help you.  We can look at your skills and talents, likes and dislikes, digging deep to discover your true ambition and potential.

If you just want to get a business and earn some money as soon as possible then I have a business in a box! This makes starting up your own business so easy! Everything is done for you – the products, the brochures, the website, back office support, and a ready made team.  You can build your business straight away, with no restrictions on earnings, it’s entirely up to you.

The start up fees are so small, it’s like doing your weekly shop or going for a meal – instead you’ll have a lifelong business all set up and ready to go with everything you need to start in business. There’s no costly franchise fees, no boss to hassle you, and you choose your own hours of work. You can build this business to be able to work from anywhere, and the success and rewards are all yours! All the training is provided and you get support from me and our team of proven business experts.

You don’t only get paid when you work. Our model creates a residual income.  You can take time off –  take a holiday! Spend time with your children. And you still get paid – No questions asked! How many employers do that?

How much better and easier would life be, if you had all the ‘perks’, but no need for an employer?

If that wasn’t enough – There’s a car incentive plan. There’s an Annual bonus scheme. There are 5 star Holidays to be won! Yet remember –  you are your own boss. It really is the best of all worlds! Are you as excited as we are?

People from all walks of life can be successful; there is no stereotype for success, we can help you to achieve.  I’ve had the privilege of working with people such as a Medical Doctor; Law Student; Sports Student; Physio therapist; Human Resources Manager; Health Visitor; Estate Agent; Business Owner; and Management Consultant; as well as stay-at home–Mums and Dads, and child minders. There are so many varieties of professional backgrounds on our team.

What these entrepreneurs have all got in common is the desire to be free from their ‘lives of desperation’, away from the 9 to 5 of employment, they wanted to build their own business and they are willing to try something new.

Do you think we should talk? Call me or whatsapp 07951384928  or Email me at philippa@true-ambition.co.uk  find out more here https://trueambition.foreverlivingsite.com

 

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Working on the free lifestyle

Do you sometimes find yourself thinking ‘there must be more to life than this’ ?

That was me a year ago, ready for change and a different way of life.

When I was young I always dreamt of having a wonderful Free lifestyle, time with my family, time to have my own children and to enjoy seeing them grow up.

But I started out all wrong…

By the age of 17  I was a teenage mum, and by 21, I was a single parent, running a business and found it difficult to juggle everything and pay the bills.

I gave it up to begin a life of employment, doing well in senior positions as a Project Manager. Life was exhausting and hard work but I put 200% effort into my career.  I still kept my property business going as I wanted to increase our chances of a better future.

I quickly realised that being employed, meant being stuck in the 9 to 5 mindset, and I missed out on spending quality time with my children, I hated that! I thought it couldn’t be any different. But I also loved my job with a passion.

Then I hit the glass ceiling! Yes, it still exists! All my efforts and talents were disregarded based on …what? Being female?…. Being an unmarried mother…( I was actually told on a number of occasions that I should be at home with my children, not messing about as a senior manager!)…Really?

I began to realise that fantastic career was going no where, fast. I felt used, and regretted the hours of energy I had put in for my employer, while my children were waiting for me.

I became a freelance Business Development Consultant and sacked my employer (before they decided to sack me for being female and/or speaking my mind…how dare I!!). It felt great!

I still worked long hours but it was on my terms. I saw more of my children and life was hard work but more rewarding. I felt like I was moving towards my Free lifestyle.

I had a great time, earned a lot of money and made so many great friends.  However after 6 years I noticed that work had started to reduce; austerity budget cuts impacted considerably on my business and politics became difficult, which had major implications for local authorities and prime contractors, my main customers.

I had enjoyed a great income but it became obvious that I needed to look for other options to allow me to live that free lifestyle…and to keep the income coming in.

And then it came to me – I had watched my friend on social media for a year and her lifestyle was getting better and better while I was struggling to stay motivated.

She was building her business from home with a laptop and a smart phone, traveling the world and enjoying life and I wanted some of it.

We had a quick chat, I loved what she showed me and started to believe that maybe, I would be able to do the same.
I got to work.
How life has changed!
I can now work part time doing work that I love!

I can pay the bills easily each month!

My mortgage is paid off!

We have amazing holidays planned for the next year.

I never thought it was possible but it is and I can show YOU how to do the same.

If you can answer YES to the following then you could be who I’m looking for.

🙂 Can you find 10 hours a week to do what I do?
😊 Do you have a deep down burning desire to change your current circumstances?
😊 Are you positive and outgoing as a person?
😊 Are you ambitious and driven to succeed?
If so, then it would be great to talk.
For more information call me on 07951384928 or go to

http://trueambition.foreverlivingsite.com

and complete the contact form.

Sack the Rat race – Forever

I am enthused about my new business that I started this year, and I thought it was an ideal time to share my excitement! It has been a great adventure for me, and I’m only in the fourth week of trading!

You may know that I’ve been involved in different businesses over the past 20 years, and a business coach for 14 years now.  My new business allows me to help others to benefit from my experience as I help them to set up their own flexible, home based business.

At the same time, I am recommending fantastic products that have amazing impact on health, wellbeing, and fitness.

How does it work?

When people join my team as a Forever business owner they have access to award winning training and support, I provide mentoring, and they have support from wider team members.

Being a Forever business owner means you have the flexibility to work your own hours, and fit round other commitments. You still have the support of a team, and a business coach to encourage you to define and achieve your goals.

You have the support of a multi-national company, Forever Living, that operates in 158 countries (and growing), is cash rich with an annual turnover of $2.6billion, £75 million in the UK, and rising year on year.  They’ve been around for 37 years, and have been awarded Gold Investors In People Award, are members of the Direct Selling Association, with award winning training programmes.

They have an excellent rewards system, and I have been told I’ve already earned bonuses!

Forever is the only UK company that is licenced by the Aloe Science Council to supply natural Aloe Vera products.  They have their own Aloe Vera Plantations where they treat their employees well, and have patented the method of storing Aloe Vera to ensure it retains all its minerals and nutrients, naturally. The products are cruelty free.

Who can do it?

There is not an ideal ‘type’ of Forever Business owner, but this is not a get rich quick scheme, and you do need to work for it.

You need to have a positive attitude. There are a lot of sceptics out there that can be really negative about Forever Living and the business model (including some members of my family, until they tried the products and saw the bonuses!).

You need to listen to advice and learn. The training programme and the support of your mentor is a luxury that many entrepreneurs do not have access to.  It’s worth its weight in gold, but you get it when you join my team for no extra cost!

You must have a desire for more, to achieve, to do better than you currently have. This is an opportunity that works brilliantly for those that are hungry for success.  It works well if you want to fit it round your current work, but I think you’ll love it so much you will soon want to bin the day job and the grumpy boss!

What do you have to invest?

I would suggest a time commitment of 10 – 15 hours each week.  I didn’t spend that much time on it to start with but still earned my original investment back in 10 days!

You must be willing to learn new skills. This can be done slowly, when you have the time, but I found that I was so enthusiastic that I was spending an hour every evening on it to learn faster!

You have an option to sign up as a business owner when you buy £100 worth of products. However many new business owners, like me, purchase the ‘Business in a Box’ for £199.75 which gives you a starter box of products, and literature.  You will have access to your own website.

If you feel like you want more in your career, or your current job does not excite you, or if you’re saying to yourself ‘there must be more to life than this’, then it’s time for change, the time is now to take a look at joining me. 

Have a look at the video on my webpage and get in touch.

True-Ambition Forever!

 

 

Who would have thought that the search to find a new moisturiser would lead to a whole new business!

For many months I’ve been looking for new products to sell alongside my consultancy work, as I want to build a better future by reducing the daily grind of balancing work, clients needs and my family duties,  and reduce my workload.  I couldn’t find anything that would reduce my workload or that fitted with my passion for helping people.  I have to stay true to my ethics and passion.

At the same time, I was hunting for a new moisturiser, as my current one just wasn’t good enough any more.  I suppose I have to also admit that I’m no longer a spring chicken, which means my skin is changing….so I needed change before everything started drooping!

I’m also not happy with the way certain brands are still using animal testing on their products. I cannot agree with that!  This was another reason for the change.  I was looking for a company with natural products, that do not test on animals.

I’m frequently telling friends and family about the benefits of herbal remedies, so when my friend told me about Forever Living and their Aloe Vera products, not tested on animals and entirely organic, I needed to know more.

My friend gave me a basket of health and well being products to try.  I’ve never been a girly, girl type, but I loved the handwash, my sore hands were instantly smoothed by the lotion, I was energised by the milkshakes, and the Aloe drinks helped me power through the day.

I looked into the company providing the products, aware that my ethics are so important to me.  The company have been around for nearly 40 years, they give a 60 day money back guarantee.  Their Aloe Vera is all organically grown on their own organic plantations, and they do not test on animals.  They’re a cash rich company so I know they are going to be around for years to come.

I’ve emptied my house of all the different products that I used before and replaced with my Forever Living products, I love them!

I love the products so much I wanted to join the team, I want to spread health and well being among families throughout the world, and create prosperous futures for my family and others.  This company is so true to my ethics that I had to be part of it!  Plus the incentives are fantastic! A new car, holidays, high quality training, a share of the profits…..wow! Amazing!

I’m now recruiting my team and I’m coaching people to build their own successful businesses. It’s fantastic that I’ve found a company that enables me to build a business and coach others to be successful in their businesses too! I’d love to introduce you to a healthy, wealthy world of Forever Living.

 

 

 

 

21 BusinessMum Rules that I wish I didn’t (frequently) break!

POSITIVE

  1. Remember to leave your office occasionally to acknowledge/feed/wash/cook/care/referee the family, regardless of your pressing deadlines.
  2. Always be in control, despite the world being full of idiots.
  3. Winning Mother of the Year Award is not that important when a major career deadline is looming.
  4. Always be confident, even if you fell asleep during the preparation and planning stage of your presentation.
  5. Listen to your loved ones, even when they frequently talk crap.
  6. Be considerate of others, although they often don’t deserve it.
  7. Be calm, despite your rising stress levels and the idiot that refuses to stop talking.
  8. Remember the customer is always right! Do not argue too venomously.
  9. Income should always exceed expenditure, even when shopping online.
  10. Don’t get angry with the kids when a customer has wound you up.
  11. Don’t get angry with a customer when the kids have wound you up.
  12. Don’t get angry with your partner when you’ve been disturbed with a cup of tea.
  13. Always remain polite to customers, despite the expletives about to fall off the edge of your sharp, and weary tongue.
  14. Working more hours than sleeping is not allowed, every week.
  15. Your time is precious, stick to the plan!
  16. Keep freebies to a minimum, although they are interesting, good for moral, and building customer relationships, they do not pay the bills.
  17. Remember to take regular breaks, eating and drinking is particularly useful.
  18. Staring out of the window is not productive, remain focused at all times.
  19. Always turn up to meetings looking and sounding professional, regardless of your work deadlines looming, and your inability to arrange for someone to collect the kids from school.
  20. Always check the route before you set off to your meeting, ‘lost’ doesn’t earn a penny.
  21. Remember to return home from a stressful, busy day, with a smile on your face, ready to undertake parenting/cooking/preparation/cleaning tasks with the enthusiasm and excitement of a contestant on Mother of the Year!

14 Tips to be the best BusinessMum

14 tips for being the best BusinessMum

I know how the days go rushing by in whirl of family, work, house, work, and more work! Trying to fit it all in, and have some sanity time often feels like an impossible task, leaving you drained and desperate to hide away! Here’s a few tips on being the best BusinessMum that you can be, based on the last 26 years of being in Business while bringing up my delightful brood, who are now aged 27, 24, 21 and 9!

1. Know what you want: Each year I start a new year with my list of what I would like to achieve and what my targets are. This is themed around 4 areas of life 1. Fitness and Health 2. House 3. Activities and Holidays 4. Work and Ambitions.  I scribble all sorts of ambitions on there, and divide it into the months of the year so I know which targets I need to achieve for the next step, for example if I want to go on holiday in August I need to start saving. If I want to run a half marathon in September I need to plan my training.  If I want to do a course in WordPress then I have to factor in when that will happen around my current work.

2. Be organised: Do not set off on a journey without knowing where you want to end up, you must define your map.  Write down what needs to be done and what you want to do to achieve your targets. A planner or diary helps to plot out what needs doing from day to day. Set yourself a daily, weekly and monthly task list and put it on a noticeboard where you can see it.  Renew your daily task list each evening, it should only take 10 minutes and make sure you refer to your weekly and monthly task list when updating your daily one so you don’t miss any important activities or deadlines.

3. Routine: I often have so much to remember that certain tasks may be forgotten, despite referring to my daily task list. It’s important to keep a routine, not only so that you do not have to rely on memory but also because it is good for your children to have routines. It adds comfort in knowing what comes next in their day, which builds confidence, and allows them to take responsibility for certain tasks. As they get older the responsibility grows steadily, developing confident, happy children who are less likely to forget their spelling books or gym kit.

4. Include a business routine: Keep your routine in your business day too, for example check emails 3 times a day and act on them. Do not keep randomly checking emails throughout the day and then not making time to act on them because you were actually in the middle of something. Allocate your day the night before, allowing for some random time in case something changes. If you work from home, keep the office routine as if you were clocking on, including factoring in breaks.

5. Focus: Set a task from your task list and do it to completion. You may have a whole bucket full of tasks to get through, but focus on priorities and completion. Ticking off tasks that are done feels so good!  If concentration is an issue, give yourself timed tasks. See how much you can get done in 45 minutes, reward yourself with a drink and a 5 minute break then return for 45 minutes.  

6. Delete, remove and throw: If there’s anything that you don’t need to do, that has no relevance to what you want to achieve or what you have to do, delete it! Whether that is sales emails for something you might possibly buy next year, a phone call from a friend who always bitches about her husband, or the pair of trousers that your baby grew out of 2 years ago, throw it out, delete it, remove it from your life – it is cluttering up your energy, space and time – you do not need it.  

7. Delegate: Your child of 8 years old can pack their own school bag; your husband can make his own lunch; each member of the household over the age of 3 can remove their dirty clothes and put them in the laundry basket (put a laundry basket in each bedroom if it helps); every person over the age of 3 can help to clear up after every meal. Make it routine that everyone helps where they are capable of helping.  This works in business too – everyone who is involved and/or employed in the business can keep their spaces tidy, and be an ambassador of the business, do not leave it all to the Marketing specialist, if you’re lucky enough to have one! You can delegate some tasks to digital tools too, for example payments can be scheduled by Direct Debit, social media can be scheduled by programmes such as Hootesuite, saving you valuable time.

8. Delay: prioritising tasks is important. If your credit card payment day is the 2nd of the month then schedule it to arrive that day, is there any need to pay earlier? Tasks that have a longer timeframe can be scheduled later, as long as they are on your to do list and you do not over delay!

9. Do: I will borrow Nike’s strapline for a moment to say ‘Just Do It’ – stop putting it off, get it out the way, get it done!

10. Be reasonable: You may have a whole load to get done, but you have to be reasonable with yourself and remember that you can only do so much in one day. Do not get stressed out about the little things that don’t matter – the lower priority jobs can be done when you have a few spare minutes, if they don’t get done of day 1 of your list then do not worry. If they are still on your task list by day 10 then you need to ask yourself if it really needs doing (see delete or delegate above).

11. Be flexible: Things happen to surprise you, particularly when you have adventurous children like mine!  You may need to take time out to be a taxi service to the doctors, or see your little one perform in the school play. These moments are important for Mum and child, if you can attend then do so, but do not allow the guilt to set in if it can’t fit in with work.  

12. Time management: Try to make appointments at the beginning or the end of the day to make the most of your time. Get up early and go to bed at a decent time, only allowing a few exceptions.  Being tired drains your ability to work and to be a good parent, factor in your sleeping hours to make sure you get as much as you need.  If you have young children, you may need to learn the art of cat napping to keep sane during those hectic BusinessMum years.  Breaths of fresh air and sipping cold water, help to deal with tiredness temporarily to help you through the day.

13. Seek Help, guidance and a confidante: Whether life is going well, or if it isn’t, you must make sure you have someone to talk to, someone to confide in, and someone to share your ideas with. Do not exclude yourself from the world. Husbands, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, siblings, older children, colleagues and best friends should be there to help, to advise, give you guidance, listen to your dreams and hear your tears. Make the most of them.

14. Be positive: When you’re tired and anxious it can be so hard to enjoy your days, and getting bogged down in negativity can impact on your health relationships and your business. It is important to remain positive and enjoy your time as you’re living it now.  I’ve coached many entrepreneurs and CEO’s whose negativity has nearly resulted in tearing family’s apart and killing businesses, life should never get so bad that you hate to get out of bed in the morning. Take positive action if you feel everything is getting too much. Every morning, think about what makes you happy? What are you grateful for? What do you love about your life? In the words of Peter Pan ‘Think Happy Thoughts’ – your family, and your business, needs your positivity to thrive.

Some of these points you may be already doing, and perhaps you think about doing some of them, or not at all. Try to get a balance of thinking, doing and enjoying in your life, always enjoy the moment you are in before its gone.  Your children won’t stay little for long and nothing is permanent, life is always changing. Make sure you and your brood are changing, learning, growing and happy 🙂 Good luck to all the BusinessMum’s out there! Let me know how you’re getting on.

Unconditional love

What horses have taught me about being a good leader!

I’ve been horse mad since a very early age, and I was finally allowed riding lessons at 8 years old.   The first few sessions were a bit shaky, with a few nose dives as I fell off on a couple of occasions, but I was determined this was my sport. Although I was not allowed my own horse until I was 15, I made maximum use of everyone else’s, and was soon competing.

At the time I was totally unaware of the skills I was developing and it’s only now, 30+ years later that I appreciate what horses have taught me about being a good leader.  When I first started in a leadership role it never occurred to me that being around horses could impacted on my career.  More recently my new horse has reminded me about being a good leader.  Here are some examples;

Preparation and Planning:

There’s a lot of work involved in caring for horses, and this can be less or more according to the type of breed.  For example a slinky thoroughbred needs more care than a robust cob type due to their different genetics and origins of the breed.  I’ve benefitted from the company of cob’s, thoroughbred’s and anything in between, over the past 36 years.

Planning all the necessary requirements of a horse into my already hectic day is an absolute must.  My children and my business activities also have to take priority, which means everything has to be planned and organised to perfection.  My horse would not forgive me if I failed to make time for the gallops or arrived late with her tea, and my family are not too great when hungry either!

The planning process includes everyone who needs to be involved, whether I’m planning the business requirements, family activities or horse duties, those who play a part will be included in the planning. I make sure I am clear and concise in sharing my expectations and I always double check everyone is prepared and understands their part, no matter how small.

Understanding Personality:

In the equine world the difference between the personalities of mares, geldings and stallions is well documented, suggesting that geldings can be managed, mares will negotiate, and stallions rule the roost!  However the personality of the horse is actually not so stereotypical, for example some geldings refuse to accept the lower status, and mares often have days when negotiation is not on the agenda.

Training ex race horses and unbroken horses has helped me to understand that there is so much going on inside someone’s head that we do not know about.  With people, we expect to be told they are having a bad day (how many of us will admit that to the boss?), whereas horses will not vocalise their feelings, apart from a whinny when they’re happy to see you carrying breakfast. It’s up to us, as leaders, to feel the changes, learn empathy and to be observant, look out for the signs of what colleagues are feeling.

Understanding mood swings and how personality plays a big part in leading teams is vital to good leadership, with a good leader having the ability to read the atmosphere, pick up on body language and distract away from major issues.   Taking time to learn about personality and how different types of personalities interact with each other can make major improvements in productivity and reduce the fight for power (either in the board room or in the paddock!).

Build confidence to improve performance:

I’ve spent many hours repairing ex racehorses who have experienced hectic athletic careers, and suffer mentally as well as physically from their extreme workloads.  Working with a horse to build trust and confidence through a safe environment helps to reduce the damage and stress, providing a nurturing environment to make subtle changes and improve performance.

I set achievable targets and allow for mistakes to build confidence.  Allowing time for practice of new skills or new ways of working, within a non judgemental environment, will nurture and build confidence. The smallest change should be rewarded immediately, increasing the move towards improved performance.    Good leaders use rewards effectively and genuinely, encouraging small steps of change to improve performance.

My latest horse love project has almost reached a year with me, straight from the race  track to my caring, empathic family, where she has repaired, grown in confidence, and learnt a whole new world of work and fun.

I have been lucky to work with some fantastic teams, both in the equine world and in business. I’ve watched them out grow their confidence issues and go on to achieve great careers. I’ve come a long way from those days of my first few riding lessons, and although falling off is still part of the action, my leadership skills are on top form.

I aim to be learning from horses for a long time into the future.