Top Ten Challenges – The economy. How to prosper whatever the economy throws at you.

For this challenge I’ve turned to Ian Dickson. I’ve known Ian for a number of years. An excellent public speaker, nationally and internationally. Not attended one of his events? Make sure you do as they are highly inspirational.

Former copper on the beat in Brixton he has now found his niche in business transformation.

I’m going to let Ian have his say:

 Seek and you shall find!   Matthew 7:7

As Business Owners Brexit is an interesting situation for many of us. For many it creates uncertainty, change, worry, fear, potential commercial/financial disruption. On the other hand, for many it creates potential, positive change, certainty, clarity, opportunity, excitement.

My name is Ian Dickson and I am an international business speaker and multi award winning business coach. For the last 14 years I have been helping business owners around the world to become wealthier, healthier, and happier. Much of the success in my work comes from tackling and changing the mindset of the business owner.EU jigsaw

When the Brexit outcome was announced there was a predictable backlash and typical “knee-jerk” reaction from the financial markets. The UK’s (ongoing) fragile economy took a bit of an expected nosedive and the media “naysayers” were out in force generating anti-Brexit propaganda for their own interest and gain.

I, on the other hand had a very different outlook within just a few minutes of digesting the Brexit ballot results, I see it like this. By voting to leave change was guaranteed; what kind of change was and still is mostly unknown. I had a very simple and basic view on the situation – Stay in Europe and we stay the same, if we vote to leave the union, then change in inevitable.

The title of my article is indeed from Matthew and the Bible. But don’t be fooled into thinking my article has any religious connotations or views, it doesn’t, and I don’t actually practice any religion. But there is much to learn from such ancient profound writings and scriptures.

When you have a belief or need some reassurance that your point of view is valid or with substance we will often seek affirmation from friends, family, colleagues and of course our best friend GOOGLE! – Think the moon might be flat? Google it, the moon landings were faked, Google it, the Loch Ness Monster is real, I know, I googled it! Seek enough information and you will effectively reinforce your belief and point of view. I get this in business all the time. A client will say they have had a quiet month for sales, but it’s OK because they have asked around and its generally quiet everywhere. I respond by saying I guarantee you if I seek them out I can find equal number of people who will tell me and you it is actually a busy time.  Seek and you will find!

Another mindset that I have learnt through experience over the years is around decisions that are made for us. I have had numerous decisions made for me over the years that had a profound, massive impact on my life. The loss of a parent, personal illness, several redundancies, Brexit; these are all massive impactors that I had no real control over. However, without exception and on reflection, every single one of these decisions has resulted in a positive change or outcome. Bearing in mind, if I was personally given the decision to make again it is highly likely (in most circumstances) that I would not have chosen the decision that was made for me.

 

I use a simple formula to explain this thought process:

E = O – Event equals Outcome

An event occurs (that I cannot control) that results in an outcome – I am essentially a victim of the decision.

By applying a simple tweak to the formula I get the following.

E + R = O – Event plus Response equals Outcome

Now we have a different viewpoint. The addition of a response is an empowerment and an enabler. We now have something we can control, our response. This means we can influence and sometimes completely change the outcome. I am no longer a victim of an uncontrolled decision, I am a VICTOR!

So, Brexit is a decision that was made by the populous and was ultimately out of my control. I have and will continue to have plenty of opportunities to respond to the challenges and changes that come as a result of this “forced” decision/event. I am genuinely excited for my future and feel confident that these changes always result in a positive outcome in the longer term. There is also great deal of benefit in the certainty of change, we have time to prepare, take stock and structure our response.

My advice here is straight forward, apply this simple and effective formula E+R=O, be positive about the future and most importantly, be careful what you seek.

WINNER – Business Personality of the year – Highly commended.
Portsmouth Business Excellence Awards 2016
multi award winning business performance coach
and founder of UNLOCK SUCCESS
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Thanks Ian
, much appreciated.

Get a good business coach too, you NEED to make yourself accountable for those decisions once you’ve made them. Make sure you get a coach. Doesn’t need to me Ian, doesn’t need to be me but it DOES need to be someone…

If you would like to talk to Ian his contact details are above.

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I've been a Chartered Accountant since 1981 and I set up Avenue Business Services (ABS) in 2002. Alongside that business I am also ‘The Outsourced Finance Director’, assisting with strategic planning and wealth management to give business owners peace of mind and greater financial security.

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