Business Reboot Challenge Day 2

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Day 2 – Your Biggest Challenge

 

Hey challenger, it’s Nisandeh.

Welcome to Day 2 of your 30-Day Business Reboot Challenge.

WOW – what a start we had yesterday… 400+ comments, and everyone was so giving, sharing, advising, helping, supporting, acknowledging, complementing, giving feedback… I was online all day, reading the conversations and I WAS TOUCHED!

If you missed yesterday the chance to introduce yourself to the other challengers and give and receive feedback, or if you just introduced yourself and missed all the action – click here to do it now.

And… just before we move to today’s assignment, I want to apologize for not letting you know yesterday that we postponed the crowdfunding campaign in a few days. We’ve got many annoyed, upset, even angry emails from challengers who were waiting eagerly to the early-bird deal of the crowdfunding campaign.

My bad. But you didn’t lose anything… We just postponed Day ZERO of the campaign to coming Monday morning… So put it in your agenda – to open your email on Monday (November 20) at 8:00AM (Amsterdam time) for the early-bird offer of the crowdfunding campaign.

 Nisandeh Neta

YOUR ASSIGNMENT – DAY 2

Today I want to invite you to share your biggest challenge when it comes to growing your business.  You see, sharing your challenge with us means having the humbleness to do what many entrepreneurs won’t do because of their ego, which leaves them hanging without any support and any real momentum in their business.

It’s difficult for the universe to provide you with solutions to your problems, if you’re not willing to reach out and state them openly.

So the assignment today is very simple.

Answer this question: When it comes to growing your business, what is your biggest challenge?

 

Tips to get the max out of Day 2

Pro Tip 1: Be as specific as you can – e.g. I don’t get enough traffic to my sales page, my prospects are not willing to pay the prices I charge, every time I complete an assignment – I need to start looking for a new one, etc… The more specific your input, the more specific the support you can get.

Pro Tip 2: Read other people’s comments, and respond to as many comments as you’re willing to with a tip, an advice, or words of wisdom to support them with their business challenge.
The more people you help – the more “Karma Cookies” you get, the happier you will be, the more in-tune you will become with your inner wisdom, which in turn will help you solve your business challenge.
And come back often, read the support you’ve got, and maybe help a few others.

Pro Tip 3: Did you think for one second “I’m not gonna do this assignment”? Then watch this video on why it is so important to continue…


Go ahead and complete your assignment in the comment box below.

 

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SNEAK PREVIEW ON YOUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT

Tomorrow we will take the exchange of help to the next level and we will use a technique I often share in my events when we run networking exercises. You’ll have the chance to create instant relationships and collaborations with other challengers!

563 Comments

  1. Kathrin Neckermann

    I have several challenges which together make a big one as they influence each other: reaching nobody and changing my concept again and again trying to reach people then (thought: it needs to be better, clearer, more appealing…). Each time I think: ‘now I have it’ and ‘my target audience is clear’ I encounter difficulties reaching them and getting in contact …and think then that it’s not the right audience –> so I change again. I have good ideas and a lot of inspiration, and at the same time I have this huge doubt if I really can do it and being afraid that others will think that I’m stupid and know nothing at all about what I’m wanting to help others with.

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  2. Karina von Keitz

    My biggest challenge currently is to find out whether it’s good for me to become an entrepreneur and to be able to distinguish between gut feeling & ratio.

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  3. Raffaella Cicogna

    My biggest challenge is to manage to be clear and simple in selling my products

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  4. Raffaella Cicogna

    My bigger challenge is to show my self and just communicate what I’m doing and to just offer it with simple and clear intention.

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  5. Mirjam de Nijs

    My biggest challenge is my agenda, focus, not to work in my business, but on my business. In this moment I’m only working with clients and not growing. I want to reach more people (online training). And I’m thinking of ‘hire’ someone, but how? (ZZP/ Freelance). Because of this doubt, I won’t do it. I’m like a train, just drive and don’t stop….

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    • Karin Groot Jebbink

      Hello Mirjam, I recognise your doubt. Last year I hired someone to build my online academy and that was a big struggle. She did not finish the academy and I had to search voor someone who could. Finally it was finished half a year to late :(. This year I wanted to add another course and some masterclasses, sent out a e-zine frequently, but did not had the time myself, so I “hired” a freelance VA. And it was a relieve that I could hand over some work. Every month it is scary if I have enough profit to pay her, but it is wort every penny.

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      • Mirjam de nijs

        Thanks for your comment. I want to hire someone who can also treat children like I do. But he or she does have to have the same values. That’s what I’m struggling with…

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        • Karin Groot Jebbink

          Oh, you meant to a “business partner”. I know how that feeling as well, not to have or know somebody that works like you. I’m also trying to find somebody who could help me out when I’m sick, on holiday or when patients have to be helped quickly and my agenda is full. But I think that we never find someone who works exactly like ourself because your personality determines the way you work. Or you have to invest I someone and teach that person how you work. Teach them your skills.

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  6. Véronique De Prycker

    I lack time.

    I am looking for a new (virtual) PA (personal assistant) (freelancer! )
    I see however a lot of mediocrity, which makes me hesitant to start working with new people.

    The PA needs to be practical, fast, very meticulous and do it for a reasonable price.

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    • Nyncke Lingsma

      My biggest challenge is, to talk to people, to let them know what I am doing.
      Being enthusiastic and feel the feeling….alright I am selling something….I hate sellers.

      And there is a fear deep in me, I am not sure what it is about growing, about leaving the comfort zone.

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    • Raffaella Cicogna

      Ciao Veronique,

      You just need to look for someone that you perceive that it is not mediocre. Fact is that if a person does a good job, it gets independent fast and manage all the troubles, plus deal with the new emerging opportunities, well, this person will probably expect a good salary.

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  7. Helene

    My biggest challenge is to stay focussed on my real goal while trying to make money with my other business in order to be able to get to my goal. After long hours of work I tend to give myself some free time, with the result that I don’t get the things done that I wanted to. I often doubt if it would be wise to hire an assistent in order to have some free time and have time left to work on my goals, but on the other hand hiring someone else to do the things I could do myself costs a lot of money, money I’m so desperately trying to make to get to my goal. Dilemma’s….

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  8. Remco de Bruin Landsman

    My biggest challenge is to stay focused, so just to stay in line!
    I still see my goal, but often get distracted so easy!
    I just get back in line every time, so my goal stays away.
    I need to stay in line to get there!

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  9. Ins Sabanoglu

    I do not get the marketing – don’t get it. I’d rather meet people, warm acquisition, build relationships. See what it can add, but don’t understand … It also seems that everyone just flings on FB while my target group – Management Leaders and HR – is on LinkedIn. But you do not do that ‘advertising’ …

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  10. Manon Juliette

    My biggest challenge is to find a great, inspiring place for my business where:

    – I can present my work so people in a different field who are interested in my work can experience them.

    – I can create a safe and fun environment for a part of a group I work with who have challenges in life to have an “ordinary” job but are ready for the next level than they are in now.

    – have a great environment for students who want to do a stage with me

    – organize events

    – have the ability to create and produce more and more innovative products and projects.

    – I have the ability to attract and welcome all parties mentioned.

    Anyone any ideas :-)?
    Around Haarlem

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  11. Diederik Bakker

    When it comes to growing my business, my biggest challenge is to make time to do focused work. I have many other obligations and when they are finally over, I want to relax… This is the time to do some productive work or I will never get out of the rat race.

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  12. Monika Kalina

    Hi,

    My biggest challenge is rolling out my project. That is creating a platform that focuses on personal and professional development primarily for professional expats and gives the chance to trainers and coaches to present their work.
    The next step is aligning the trainers and coaches who are looking for a marketing opportunity and more visibility. The plan is to have an evening program per week. I am doing it now monthly. If you are interested, get in touch to find out more.

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  13. Margo

    Right now my biggest challenge is to position myself in a way that I can do my job without being in a danger zone because of legislation. (Dutchies like to over-rule society… Especially when it comes to taking responsibility for your own life.) I am a color light specialist and author of the book: “In je kracht door kleur”.
    When I position myself as a therapist, counselor or coach, I need to re-educate myself with another bachelor degree (investment: 4 years and a lot of time and money.)
    I really like to learn, but in the past, my motivation was to get better. So I took trainings which suited my path. Shamans and elder do not give certificates, you know…and I was not interested in that at all. Now the connection with society is my biggest challenge. People want sessions to be refunded by insurance companies. My colleagues in different countries get high fines or even jail time…
    I started with the MBK and the PSBK (according to Plato) all organizations want that, but that still is not good enough for me to join a professional association.
    The fact is: I teach coaches and therapist in the next step…. really integrate their soul destiny into their work by using all the expertise they already gained in life.
    So there is my biggest challenge…

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  14. Peter de Jong

    My biggest challenge is to find enough customers when starting up my new business in Q1-2018. I realy have to explore my network, use my website and social media to give potential clients “an offer they cannot refuse” by saving money, energy and time.

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  15. Mark Verschoor

    My biggest challenge in the field of “letting” my business grow is to divide time between the things that I have to do and should do. Time regularly leaks away which I would have preferred to spend later. Despite the fact that my company has grown from zero euros to a six-digit company in five years, I feel that the best has yet to come … maybe just make a simple day program and reward myself for good behavior ????

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  16. Mark Verschoor

    My biggest challenge in the field of “letting” my business grow is to divide time between the things that I have to do and should do. Time regularly leaks away which, afterward, I would have preferred to spend better. Despite the fact that my company has grown from zero euros to a six-digit company in five years, I feel that the best is yet to come … just make a simple day program and reward myself for good behavior 🙂

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  17. Maarten Schurink

    My biggest challenge is to find enough customers to come to our workshops. Also in the spiritual world there is a lot of competition. We don’t want to drop our prices, we do deliver quality. How can we find new customers and make sure that they feel they will get what they are looking for.

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  18. Gordana Kierans

    My biggest challenge is to create continuity in order to have a predictable income.

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  19. Brigitte van der Loo

    My biggest challenge is staying in line… I saw this part a couple of times already, but somehow I got it now. Problem is that I have two businesses: with the one I am doing well, and I am making money but I don’t really like it anymore, so I started a couple of years ago with my (our) coffeebusiness. I was hoping to grow that business, but somehow I don’t stay in line with that one. I keep going back to the starting point. #sigh

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  20. nicolet meenderink

    My biggest challenge is to grow my business. I wouldn’t think of expanding the course offer as a first to remain an expert.
    That means that I will have to go the extra mile to recruit new clients or customers. This is something we never do, we get new customers through word of mouth.

    I don’t have much trouble staying in line to keep my plan going. Certainly not when I believe in it myself. Of course, there are other things that regularly occur. I am reasonably steadfastly born as a pit bull 😉 So I will continue later. I do have to put projects on my agenda when they’re less motivating, otherwise they might be forgotten.

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  21. Frans Brouwers

    My biggest challenge is staying on top of a sales opportunity. I started creating a mailing list but notice I am not doing enough wit hit. You could say I should follow my sales funnel all the way through and I am not doing that right now. In a way it is staying in line…

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  22. Karin Francken

    My biggest challenge is to stay in line, as Nisandeh said in de video. I lose trust and the connection with my bigger why as there is not enough income from my business. Then I start asking myself questions like: is this what I really want/need to do?

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  23. Krista van Dijk

    My biggest challenge is that people get to know my brand (Krista’s tassen) so I will get more sales in my webshop and in the shops (from others) I am selling my bags to. Then there comes the next big challenge, to find (and trust) people who are better in promoting my brand than I am….. or finding my own good way how to do this

    So if anyone has any good suggestions – I am more than happy to listen

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  24. Emmy

    One of my biggest challenges is my inability to create supporting habits. I’m kinda allergic to habits. A meditation or an activation creates a steady foundation for a working day, but I have a hard time to meditate or doing an activation before starting the day. I’m open to implement any supporting habit in business but somehow I don’t seem to manage to make a habit last.

    The other biggest challenge is how to deal with my laserfocus. My super ability to focus on just one thing takes my attention away from what also needs attention. I’m open to suggestions…

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  25. Maaike van Walstijn

    My biggest challenge is: getting noticed as an expert in GDPR-consulting (European legislation on data protection) where I bring both my legal background as well as my change management expertise.

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  26. Karin Groot Jebbink

    My biggest challenge is that I want to switch from uurtje-factuurtje (payment per treatment) to gezondheid-op-maat-traject (longterm coaching).
    I have not clear yet how to organize this coaching and how to get to more clients who want to pay for this coaching.

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    • Mirjam de Nijs

      Hi Karin, it’s difficult once you’re paid by the hour, right? Have you ever thought about packages? For example a small package (bronze) in which you might only offer a number of valuable tips for a small price or maybe even for free. A somewhat larger package (silver) in which you, for example, offer a personal / skype session + the valuable tips. Then make packages (gold/platinum) to offer even more value in the sense of more sessions and the like? This way people can see exactly what you offer and how valuable it becomes. Make it attractive so that people choose the larger packages faster. Just an idea 🙂

      Hoi Karin, lastig he als je eenmaal in dat uurtje factuurtje zit? Heb je al eens gedacht aan pakketten? Bijvoorbeeld een klein pakket (brons) waarin je misschien alleen maar een aantal waardevolle tips aanbiedt voor een kleine prijs of misschien zelfs gratis. Een wat groter pakket (zilver) waarin je bijvoorbeeld een sessie persoonlijk/ skype aanbiedt + de waardevolle tips. Om vervolgens pakketten te maken (goud/ platina) om nog meer waarde te bieden in de zin van meer sessies e.d.? Zo kunnen mensen precies zien wat je aanbiedt en hoe waardevoller het wordt. Maak het aantrekkelijk zodat mensen sneller voor de grotere pakketten kiezen. Is maar een ideetje 🙂

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      • Karin Groot Jebbink

        Hoi Mirjam,

        Dat is inderdaad waar ik naar toe wil. Ik heb alleen problemen met het goed vormgeven van alle pakketten.
        Ik geef nu een consult van 1,5-2 uur aan huis, waarin ze ook alle informatie krijgen die nodig is om hun dier gezond te houden samen met het behandelplan voor het probleem waar hun dier mee zit. Voor mij zit er ook nog ongeveer 1 uur werk na het consult bij en een telefonisch consult van 20 min. Nu betalen ze daar 87 euro voor. Dat is voor mijn gevoel niet meer in verhouding met elkaar, maar ik zit ook met de prijzen die collega’s per consult vragen. Daarom wil ik over op pakketten en de waarde en meerwaarde meer benutten, zodat ik met onderscheidt van mijn collega’s.
        Maar de opzet en de vorm heb ik nog niet duidelijk en daarom begin ik er steeds niet aan en is het een grote uitdaging voor me.

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  27. Anja Gielen

    My challenge is that my business does not generate the money I need for my expenses.
    I just started a few months ago and understand that I have to work on growing my business.
    But the bills don’t pay themselves and seeing my savings decrease to almost zero I ask myself, is it smart to ‘stay in line’?

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  28. Lindsay Scheerder

    My biggest challenge will be my own faith in myself. I just graduated, don’t have a lot of experience in the workfield and I have no idea about how to run a business and everything that comes with it. I have to believe in myself and I have to be more convident about the things that I know and do.

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    • Anja Gielen

      Hi Lindsay,

      You have one HUGE advantage if you compare yourself to other starters. You joined this community and this will give you the possibility to start in the right way. You can learn so much here!
      I really understand that this is a big step for you, but I know you can do it. You go girl!!

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    • Ron Scheerder

      Hi Lindsay,

      I understand that you lack faith. It’s a big step. Remember, in the area of health and lifestyle you still know far more than the majority of people. And what the business skills are concerned, you have a great advantage by joining this challenge. Participate as much as possible. The more you put in, the more you get out.
      Luckily you’re a fast learner 🙂

      I’m proud of you, that you dare to take the step to entrepreneurship.
      And you know where to find me if you have nay questions.

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  29. Tatiana van Gaasbeek

    Hello fellow challengers,

    My biggest challenge is to attract enough participants for my group programs.

    Since I hate having to cancel the ones I got no more than 2 participants for I don’t book training rooms anymore (untill I have enough participants, but so far they stay away). But that might also keep the interested people away, since they don’t know the location of te training. What do you think?

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    • Monika Kalina

      Hi Tatiana,
      I understand your challenge and I think most trainers and coaches are struggling with the same. Would you be interested to present your skills in the form of a mini-workshop in front of a social network group of expats? It depends on your target group and also your topic, of course. I host events in Amsterdam where I invite trainers to share their work and then informally socialize with the participants. Feel free to get in touch if you are interested to know more. monika.kalina@gmail.com

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  30. Alexander Meijer

    Our biggest challenge are two, both of my co-founder en me.
    1. enough time to work on our company and not in our company.
    2. enough visitors on our sales pages.

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    • Tatiana Van Gaasbeek

      Hi Alexander, maybe this would help:
      1. outsource or hire a personal/virtual assistant
      2. offer something intersting for free to attract visitors

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      • Alexander Meijer

        Thanks, Tatiana!
        1. Can you recommend a personal/virtual assistant?
        2. Do you have a suggestion what in our case could be an interesting content or event?

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        • Tatiana van Gaasbeek

          1. Bianca vd Stadt for example
          2. I see you have an e-book. Just advertise for your free e-book

          Good luck!

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  31. Merel Groeneveld

    My biggest challenge is that I’m often too late to advertise for my next Powerwalking class or my next free webinar. As a result, I don’t get as much clients/viewers as I want. Or as I could have had.

    Do you recognize this? Have you struggled with this before? What solution helped you?

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    • Tatiana van Gaasbeek

      Hi Merel,
      I’m also struggling with this and haven’t got an answer to it yet. Let’s keep each other posted when we do find the solution! 😉

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  32. Cindy Declerc

    My biggest issue is scaling. I lack the knowledge, and I lack the network of highly successfull entrepreneurs.

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  33. Sanne Koomen

    My biggest challange is to believe in myself and go for it. I am sometimes scared that people want me to do things for their bussiness and I do nog know how. As a virtuel assistent you can get very different requests and tasks. I am just starting my bussiness, maybe its ‘part off the game’??

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    • Sin Declerc

      Hi there!
      Would it help if I said that I would love to know more what my current suppliers can do for me? Why not make a list of say 150 things you CAN do, no doubt about it, and that add: ‘Need something else done? Let me know and I’ll help you out – by fixing it myself, or by finding you someone who can do the job’.

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      • Sanne Koomen

        Maybe it would help to write down all the things I CAN do. It is worth a try to rise my self-confidence. Thanks you @Sin Declerc

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        • Sin Declerc

          Sanne, that sounds great! Just do it, it’ll boost your confidence. And do think about posting that list on your site or somewhere else your clients are looking for help – always bonus points on SEO if you have that kind of thing with the exact words they are looking for!

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    • Merel Groeneveld

      What helped me a lot to believe in myself and go for it, was the online course “Design your own life” and “Your Roadmap to success and happiness” by Michael Pilarczyk. At first I was afraid of posting things on social media, making video’s etc. Now I have post a lot more on social media, have no problem at all doing “facebook live” and I am even doing my first live webinar this thursday.
      Being a great entrepreneur means working harder on yourself than on your business…..

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      • Sanne Koomen

        That’s a great line @Merel Groeneveld “it means working harder on myself than on my business”. I’ll remember that. Thanks.
        I’ll also take a look at de course you’ve mentioned.

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    • Emmy

      You could offer what you do best while learning more on the side untill you’re comfortabel enough to offer that too. But don’t make it too comfortable though, for you need to stretch your comfortzone in order to grow. And remember if you fail, it’s a good thing. Failure is just feedback that enables you to improve what you have to offer. Entrepreneurs do fall a lot and that’s okay, just make sure you’re not staying down. Stand up, learn the lessons your experience presented to you and take the next step/level.

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  34. Lorraine Vesterink

    My biggest challenge is to explain in advance the results my customers receive. Once they did my masterclass they say things like this changed my life, this was the nog best gift to myself ever. But thay’s not concrete enough for others to do it as well. So the conversion is to low. And also the number of people i reach in the first place.

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  35. Boukje-Barbara Rolsma

    My biggest challenge is finding new language for my new level in my work. I procrastinate renewing my website and workshops.

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  36. Boukje-Barbara Rolsma

    My biggest challenge is now I reach another level to believe in myself. I find it hard to reach out to people as I need too find a new language for my new level. Procrastination is happening.

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  37. Ingrid Verbreek

    My biggest challenge at the moment in growing my business is procrastination.
    And then specifically expressing my knowledge online, building that expert position. In order to attract new business.

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    • Lorraine Vesterink

      Did you already published a book or articles in magazines or give webinar and presentations?

      Reply
  38. Thomas Monsma

    the only thing that I am succeeding in so far is to stay in line. I have a lot of setbacks, especially on the “hardware” that is the busses, what have more problems, than expected. Because we are a club of volunteers, it is difficult to get everyone to stay in line, and do their utmost.

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  39. Rozelinde Warmoes

    My biggest challenge is also having enough time to develop all my business plans and combine it with my personal life.

    I notice that there seems to be a red line in the comments: a lot of challenges are about discipline, focus, time, (uitvoering), etc.

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  40. Tineke Willekes

    My biggest challenge is the question if I have enough energy to do what I Love to do most, because of illness I have a low energy level.

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    • Manon Juliette

      Hi Tineke, keep in mind that if you really can do what you want to do it will energize you too! Doubt is a big big energy consumer! Use it instead to try, you won’t find out by questioning yourself, you will find out by setting a time for it ( start with just an hour for example)

      Just go and when you find yourself in flow your energy will grow!

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      • Tineke Willekes

        I do, but sometimes I can and a lot of times I can’t.
        Maybe it’s to Estland and do I need more recovery????

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        • Manon Juliette

          Hi Tineke, I think I’m missing something, I don’t know what you mean with “to Estland”.
          I understand it could be very frustrating if you can’t. If you need more recovery, focus on the recovery. Maybe you can find someone who has been in the same position as you who has found a way to recover which can inspire you? Wish you all the best!

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        • Shirley Jane

          Dear Tineke,

          I recognize this issue, so much! Combined with being way too impatient: what I want, I want it now; what I plan, I want to do it now, but sometimes I just can’t. Consequence: I’m frustrated -> stressed -> lose more energy -> (worst case scenario) get depressed.
          After ‘ages’ of struggling, I learned in the last 8 years how to break this cycle.

          It helps:
          1. to believe that I WILL reach my goals, sooner or later
          2. get in line and stay in line (even when I sometimes have to stop the whole thing, as soon as it is possible I take the next step)
          3. look back and see how much I already have accomplished, by not giving up.
          4. Remind myself that any setback is only temporarily

          I hope this will help you too.

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  41. Martine Donker

    My biggest challenge is my energy level. It`s very hard to get paid per hour. I am looking for another business model.

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    • Tineke willekes

      Is that because you have a lot of work before you can do your work and the pay is NOT just the hour you showed up?

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  42. Juri Falandt

    My challenge is to push myself to take action. For me the difficult ones instead only the tasks I like.

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  43. Jacqueline Sseggayi-Blankenstein

    Hi All, My biggest challenge is to have focus, working bits and pieces between being at home around my little one year old.
    And (mostly the technical parts of) creating a funnel and online program.
    So basically, a lot actually! hahah

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  44. Ylonga Arets

    My biggest challenge is to have more clients. I find it difficult to present myself and the few efforts I made, like addressing the general practitioners, did not result in the growth of my practice.

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  45. Anita Wols

    My biggest challenge is changing my business model from ‘uurtje-factuurtje’ into another business model that is giving me more free time but on the other hand still gives me a possibility of helping people. I am working as a therapist. I have a lot of administration to do that, in my opinion, I cannot delegate because it is the administration about the content of the therapy (session reports, etc).

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  46. Jarik Bijlsma

    My biggest challenge is actually reaching out to other dentists, approaching them to tell what I do.
    I am too busy doing my regular work, that I don’t finish my material to show others what I can do.

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  47. Mirjam van Galen

    The first thought of my biggest challenge was this: how to keep getting new assignments? I miss the constant flow of new assignments, so I need to keep on looking for them.

    But then I realized: under this one, and many others, there lies a bigger challenge, maybe the biggest of all for me:
    I need to believe in myself. Really, totally, absolutely believe in myself.

    The struggle I’m facing is that f***ing everybody seems to be a coach, or want to be a coach.
    Well, I am one. Actually I was born as one. But nowadays it’s hard to stand out of the crowd, even though all my fellow students and colleagues tell me how good I am at this. That’s what they say. And that’s great to hear, I do need to hear that. But even more: I need to hear that from myself – and absolutely totally, really believe it in every cell of my body.

    So, just that.

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  48. Sonia van Nispen tot Sevenaer

    Probably my biggest challenge is that I’m not even clear on that… But what I did see: I’m not managing yet to mobilize people to come to my presentations, even though the feed back of the people who do come is usually good. Also, I seem to lack the energy or stamina to take the necessary steps the few times I do know what I should be doing.

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  49. Niels Kunzel

    My challenge is learning more people to run smarter = business growth = more income.

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  50. Nathalie Koster

    For Pijn Poli Netherlands is the biggest challenge is to make a fan every day. A fan per day means eventually many ambassadors. Revising the corporate culture.
    For group practice, Beter Leven is the biggest challenge to be an authority in our field. We want medical and paramedical go hand in hand.
    The biggest challenge for lunchroom Beter Eten brand awareness and building a good name. The lunchroom is new so everything should be from the ground up. We already had a lot of setbacks so it can only get better.

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  51. Connie van Rossum

    My biggest challenge is to get assignments as starting freelance communication manager. I do have a wish of working in the leisure business, but this is quite a niche.

    For now, it feels ok to do everything that comes my way, but I don’t know if that’s smart to do. If I don’t focus enough in the beginning, will the focus come later on? What is your experience with this?

    Reply
    • Lorraine Vesterink

      Focus is a choice you make. You can make it now or later. Both is ok. The later you choose the later you will leave the parking lot.

      Reply
  52. mariëtte verlaan

    My biggest challenge is attracting and inspiring garden owners to invest in me (or my book) to create their garden for beauty, health, relaxation and most of all, JOY!

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  53. Arina Angerman

    My Biggest Challenge is to grow my Business Income and Passive Income in 2018 by working on Services 9 hours a week [PR and Marketing 10 hours and Other things like educational challenges 9 hours a week]! It is very easy for me to work on PR and Marketing and Other things …
    My biggest challenge is to work more hours on Services and to STAY IN LINE!

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  54. Christiane Bahr

    My challenge is the marketing and finding a manner what suits me, how I can make visible on social media what I do. Especially the trainings I give. Because you can’t really explain it, you have to feel it. Then you understand what you get. Your own experience of what you really can. That is what makes a change and understanding for my clients.

    I also get confused, because I do two main things. The trainings and photography. That’s a challenge too, to choose where to focus on and which target audience.
    This challenge gives me a chance to get it clear. And I need some more help in this.

    Reply
    • Connie van Rossum

      Hi Christiane,

      I can imagine what a challenge you have! Photography and the workshops you give have completely different target groups. I would recommend you to position both businesses separately and not combined in one website.

      On your homepage, you explain what ‘sonrisa’ means, but you don’t explain what you offer. I think it might help to look for an ‘umbrella’ for your products. For example: you offer energetic trainings to move happier. All the products you have can be placed underneath this broad description.

      I can help you get the positioning and promotion of your work more straight. you can contact me: connie@lumael.nl

      Good luck!

      Connie

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      • Christiane Bahr

        Oh thank you, yes, you are right. I am working on that and I am glad about every help. I will contact you by mail… 🙂 thanks Christiane

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  55. Blanca Vergara

    Wow!
    I’m blown way by the vulnerability and openess of all. I’m very grateful to you all and to Nisandeh for having built this space. Thank you!
    My greatest challenge is to manage the transition from having done it all to outsource it. This year I’m proud to say that I’ve built my team, but I’m far from over. Still I take too much on. I need to learn to delegate, outsource and automate. Learning to ask for help is still my biggest challenge.

    Reply
    • Mirjam van Galen

      Hi Bianca,

      Asking for help is this small, but oh-so-big thing to do. What is it that retains you in this, do you know that?

      For many people this is a search and often they find out that they don’t trust the other people as much as they trust themselves (oh, our egos) 🙂 Recognize this? For me the best solution in this was to surround myself with people that are really great in what they do – the experts. If you’ll feel that they actually outshine the others, it’s easier to trust them, give them the space they need and let it fall off your shoulders. Then you will refind the time and space to do what you are the best in. So much more fun!

      Good luck and have fun with that!

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      • Blanca Vergara

        You bet! Thanks a lot!

        Reply
        • Mirjam van Galen

          I just noticed I got your name wrong. Sorry, Blanca! 🙂

          Reply
          • Blanca Vergara

            Bianca is my alter-ego ;-D

    • Lorraine Vesterink

      Give them freedom and trust. How did you learn what you know now yourself? And what’s the worst thing that can go wrong and happen to you? What does it cost you if you don ‘t delegate?

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  56. Petra Lanphen

    My biggest challenge is procrastination. Through this I am not as productive as I would like to be. And I don’t spend as much of my time as I would like, on my business, myself and my family.

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  57. Jacqueline te Brake

    The biggest challenge is focusing. Doing the one thing.
    I’m easily distracted. So much other great stuff and things to do.
    I have to focus, focus and focus to stay in line.
    And the biggest challenge is asking for help.
    I know that I don’t know everything, but it feels not always that way 😉

    Reply
      • Jacqueline te Brake

        Thanks, Mirjam,
        A great video on procrastination. I watched this video a few times before. It’s a fantastic way to get a clear picture of why focusing is sometimes difficult. Thanks for reminding me!

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  58. Patricia Budding

    My biggest challenge at this moment is standing in front of a group of people/selfconfidence. Changing my thoughts and beliefs.
    And now I know what I will be doing next year: giving workshops 😉

    Reply
    • Francis Dalebout

      Hi Patricia,
      As a volunteer guide I’ve learned to talk in front of people. I’ve learned that it helps to just start small… start with a few people ‘at the kitchentable’ and build from that. Also find the setting you feel comfortable with. Do you like it when people sit in front of you on chairs, or do you prefer them sitting around a table where you stand at the head. Little things like that can make a difference at first. I see you work with guestparents, you might even make a more comfortable setting with couches to create this ‘homey’ environment where everyone feels comfortable.

      The other part is ‘know your stuff’… If you knów what you want to tell them, not ‘learned a text’ but actually own the information, than it’s much easier. You don’t have to be afraid o forgetting your text ’cause you haven’t memorised one, you knów what you talk about and the message you want to deliver. That’s your strength. And never forget people payed to listen to you so obviously they know you are the expert that can help them… That’s something to feel proud and confident about.

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      • Esmail

        My challenge is not business related but could be important and that is My Dutch language. I am working in it and getting better every day. I am a refugee business owner who chose to take “Uitkering Exit Strategy”.

        Over 23 years business coaching and helping many businesses grow , Even though I worked with different niches , I simply

        ” help businesses such as none business coaches and Yoga businesses grow fast and profitably.”

        My powerful e-learning marketing system dose 50% of the job for my clients. I am starting a mastermind group in 2018 with serious business owners.

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    • Mirjam van Galen

      Hi Patricia,

      As an addition to what Francis says:

      What might help you is a little game.
      1. Imagine a real situation where you found it scary-as-hell to stand in front of a group.
      2. Think of a person who is the best ever to stand full of self-confidence in front of a group. This can be a real person you know, someone from television, even a cartoon.
      3. See this person in front of you and observe closely what he (or she) does, how he speaks, what gestures he makes.
      4. Step into this person (take an actual step into your visualization, that helps) and now feel what he feels. How does this feeling appear? What thoughts do you have now, as this person in this situation? What do you believe about yourself, as this person in the situation?
      5. Summarize all your experience as this person in one image, one word or even one sound. Repeat this for yourself, while you enjoy this great feeling of self-confidence standing in front of a group as long as you want.
      6. Step out of this person/situation.
      7. Go back to your own experience, mentioned in point 1. Just look at the moment, just before this situation actually happened (e.g.: just before you step on stage or taking over the microphone).
      8. Recall your one image or word from point 5. Make it as big as you can, then even bigger and feel that feeling again. With this feeling step into your own situation. What do you experience? What do you feel and think now? Enjoy it as long as you want.
      9. Step out of it.
      10. Think of a situation in the near future, where you’ll need the self-confidence to stand in front of a group. Before you step into this situation, recall again the image or word. Then step into it and see what it does for you.

      Good luck and a lot of fun with it!

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  59. Dick Sandbergen

    When it comes to growing your business, what is your biggest challenge?

    Finding new customers, I have big difficulty finding enough new customers. I have tried a lot of things but unfortunately not the right thing for my audience.

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    • Arina Angerman

      Thks for sharing this biggest challenge : “Finding new customers” … Who are your Target Audience? And try again … as you know the advice is … persistence … Stay In Line!

      Reply
  60. Esther Sanders

    My biggest challenge is finding it difficult to think in terms of growth.
    I’ve started turning it around, setting myself the challenge to each day take some time to come up with ideas and train myself to think in terms of growth.
    I’ve had my moments before, in which I found myself capable to think in growth, even as recently as last week, so I have a strong positive experience to build on.

    Reply
    • Connie van Rossum

      Hi Esther,

      I think Zarayda kan help you. See: http://www.zarayda.nl/. She offers a free video training and she can help you in person to make good videos.

      Good luck!

      Connie

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  61. Gerard Petersen

    My challenge is: Reaching more people and convincing them we are a reliable choice when it comes to Managed WordPress and cloud server hosting, website and webshop security, (privacy) legislation, thus all aspects of running an online business. A lot of these necessities are unknown to a lot of people, but it’s hard to distinguish based on expertise, with so much (not always correct) information out there.

    “people” in this case also means project- and design- agencies, that we currently partner with to fulfill their (technical) needs.

    I have a 4-year-old self-sustaining business but can’t pull my own salary yet, so (increased) growth is my main goal at the moment.

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  62. René Arns

    My biggest challenge is to plan and systemize my business and marketing (autoresponder, blog, social Media). I do have a list but the lack of a system makes me not getting to my prospects and before I know it the weeks pass with no activity.

    Reply
    • mariëtte verlaan

      Just start with one of those issues and have that running before you move to the next one. Find out which system is most productive for the results you want. Success!

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  63. Esther Molenaar

    I lack tenacity. I tend to give up after one try. Especially when that one try did not bring the results I wanted.

    Reply
    • mariëtte verlaan

      Stay at your steering wheel, Esther, and sail considering the prevailing wind to find the most beneficial flow!

      Reply
    • Lorraine Vesterink

      If the why is big enough the how is easy. If you find something which is so important to you. It is easier to persist. – And remember the most succesfull people triest 1000 times! You see only the last one. – People often need 8 contactmoments before they buy… hang in there!

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  64. Jannie van den Boogaard

    Hi Challengers,
    My biggest challenge is myself…
    I find it a little hard to admit here, but I trust this group and I really want to break through this, so I do share it.
    I have trouble keeping deadlines, because I fear to disappoint people. And because of that fear it turns into reality, disappointing people. The quality of my coaching work is just fine, all the authors I worked with are more than satisfied in that part. But I always struggle with time…
    It is a personal struggle in all areas of my life. It is soooo important to be accountable, that people can rely on your time promises. I know it is! And I agree. Yet the daily schedules and plannings and tips are not working enough for me because there is an inside personal block that holds me back from success.
    I know all is possible, I really believe ALL is possible, but somehow I do not believe it is possible for me…

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    • Gerdy Heek

      Dear Jannie,

      Thank you so much for sharing this! The first step is recognizing it and acknowledging it… it’s a trap for a lot of people, especially when you are a perfectionist.. because you think it should be better than what you have already…

      Do you have an accountability buddy? I used to have one for quite a while and it SUCH a big help in being accountable… I have trouble keeping deadlines for important stuff because there is always so much going on that is urgent…

      Promising it to someone else already makes a difference for me. And having to tell him I didn’t make it sucked so every Sunday night (we talked on Monday) I was working my ass off to get it done… it wasn’t nice but it worked…

      we even did something with a punishment, that we had to come up with ourselves.. for instance giving money to a good cause that you really DON’T want to support, that hurt too… but actually it was not the punishment, it was the commitment of telling someone that you wanted to do it and disappointing someone.

      A good accountability partner will simply not accept your story.

      Maybe this works for you too.

      Hug,
      Gerdy

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      • Jannie van den Boogaard

        Thank you Gerdy, it strengthens me to read your reply.

        Yes, I have someone who wants to be my accountability partner, but it did not work out yet. I think we still are too nice to each other because we are close friends.

        While typing this… another person comes to my mind. Imagining that accountable Monday, it scares me to have her, but that is probably the best reason why I should ask her.

        Thanxxx

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        • Gerdy Heek

          if it scares you, it’s a sign you need to do it.. it will be out of your comfort zone and that’s where growth is… and imagine you, overcoming this challenge, how cool would THAT be…

          so… just to challenge you a bit… when will you call her:)

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          • Jannie vd Boogaard

            True… true….
            I already send her the request, and this sunday we will discuss how to apply this…..
            Thxxx

    • Gerard Petersen

      Jannie, the shortest tip I have is: “No” is a valid answer when it comes to planning. In the end, people will respect you for it. The result for them is better (and more reliable) when you communicate a date you know you can make, then the one you can’t.

      As for having that blocking aspect in yourself. Take some time every now and then (meaning: saying “no” sometimes 😉 … to aware, tell and re-convince yourself that the goals you have set are still what you want. Therewith that blockade will slowly lose its grip over you.

      Hope it helps!

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      • Jannie vd Boogaard

        Thank you Gerard for your reply. Saying no… that is indeed an issue. I fear losing respect by turning them down, but you are right: it is the other way around.
        And I agree, quiet time is important to stay on track. Using that to solve the blockade… thanks, I did not made that link yet 😉

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    • René Arns

      Hi Jannie,

      Thanks for sharing and so true that the first important step is to recognize that what is there.

      To have an accountability partner is a very good tip to help you make steps.
      But I think there is a deeper laying problem that needs to be adressed to take away the cause of this thoughtpatterns that “it nis not for you”. That has to do with the way you look at yourself and what value you add to yourself and your existence.

      That pattern is based on an experience in your life or childhood, what you were told, what you saw around you ect. Does something spring to mind? If so the good news is that can be solved easily.

      Another thing that can help is that you are definetily not the only one with this issue. In fact most people suffer from it one way or the other.

      I hope this helps!

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      • Jannie vd Boogaard

        Thank you for your kind and true words, Rene. Yes, I know where the roots came from, and I was well on my way of beating them. But this year was a rollercoaster of wonderful opportunities and challenges, which came down one by one. That doesn’t help. I know failure (or, lessons) are part of the deal, but it was one too many for me this year.

        Still, I’m not giving up, that’s why I am here 😉
        Knowing the theory is one thing. But apply it to me, that’s a different cookie.

        Reading I am not the only one struggling with this, does help. It shifts focus.

        Asking for help is a skill. And feeling that I too want to help others (so, why should they not want to help me?) is a great eye-opener. So thank you for your reply.

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    • Shirley Jane

      Hi Jannie, great to see you sharing this. Of course, you’re not the only one! After two years of working hard in a more appropriate way, following business and other training and having coaches to put me through all this… I come to realize that my biggest challenge is ‘me’ also. Fear to let people down, fear to miss deadlines, but most of all fear of being disappointed in myself if my goals aren’t reached within a (too) short amount of time. Yep, impatient too, but you already know this 😉

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  65. John-Pierre Cornelissen

    May challenge is to stay focused and do what I need and planned to do. For example, I wanted to spend 15 minutes here, but reading through many comments already made that 50 minutes.

    I need to start blogging and grow my mailing list, but somehow it still didn’t start.

    Another challenge is to reach my target audience to make enough money.

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    • Martine Waakhuijsen

      Hi John-Pierre, I recognize your focus issue. The way I try to handle it is when I a am busy doing things (like reading these posts) I stop thinking about the things I still need to do. This keeps my mind focused. And after I finshed my activity I notice that I was so concentrated on what I just did, that I am more satisfied with the quality of my work and that I also had more fun doing it.

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      • John-Pierre Cornelissen

        Thank you for your reply Martine, that’s something I do too! But it often means I spend much more time on things that are fun but less important then I originally planned to do. So I don’t do as much as I really should.

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    • Francis Dalebout

      Hi John-Pierre,

      This is só recognisable… My mailbox is full of things I still want to read, my to do list grows and there are so many plans in my head that I also want and have to do to let my practice grow.
      Privately there is also always something going on or chores that really need to be done.. I thing we are the kind of people that want too much to soon…
      What I try to do (but still fail to do just as often) is make a shortlist for the day. Pick only one or two things you really want or need to do. If your list is too long, you already know you can’t do all that stuff in one day, you don’t start at all but keep reading all these interesting comments here and in the end you feel dissapointed in yourself because – again – you didn’t do everything you planned.
      By making this shortlist, you will be able to check those boxes by the end of the day and you will feel good about yourself for checking your whole list. And feeling good about accomplishing chores will make you stick to your shortlist of the next day…
      (untill that next interesting distraction comes along 😉 but that’s ok sometimes too.. it’s your ‘me-time’ that everyone needs. Finding the ballance is what it’s about…
      Good luck!

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      • John-Pierre Cornelissen

        Hi Francis, thank your for replying. I do have several reminders of things I need to do in my calender, and a lot of them I keep moving to the next day and the next day, and… so on. And that’s not very satisfying…

        Then there is also the growing to do list, a to do folder in my mailbox, a to read folder in my browser favorits and so on. I keep telling myself that to do things in list and folders are not really urgent so not important…

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        • Arina Angerman

          Dear John-Pierre, Martine & Francis,

          Thanks for these comments and replies …
          I’m writing down 3-5 to do’s a day (by head = shortlist) before starting to open my laptop … It helps to focus and STAY IN LINE.

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  66. Saskia de Rooy

    My biggest challenge is;
    to stop overturning myself

    Reply
    • Jannie vd Boogaard

      Hi John-Pierre,

      Maybe it helps to set an alarm? Make it ring after 15 minutes (or what time you had calculated), give yourself time to wrap things up, and let the alarm go again some minutes later. Setting the alarm brings a feeling of urgency, so you may speed up or be more selective.

      Also be reasonable in setting your time. 15 is too short, 50 too long, give yourself 30 minutes tomorrow?

      Not all things work for everybody, but it may be worth a try 🙂

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  67. Monica Scheffer

    My biggest challenge is to create my online program and finish my book. I have enough clients to keep me busy all week and then I realize on friday that I didn’t write a single word for my book. Because I want different clients, than most of the clients I have now, it is important that I do so. And also being able to trust the process. I realize that I am really attached to the result, but doing that makes it harder to trust the process.

    Reply
    • Gerard Petersen

      Monica, I’m working on a book myself, and are often confronted with those ever famous if’s and’s and but’s (the voice in my head). My marketing lady says: Just keep writing … it’s easy to strip what we don’t need. So I just start writing, on the train or wherever I got some time to spare, and in the end, the most beautiful chapters emerge from my ‘digital’ pen.

      You can actually block an hour in your schedule and do it, or write a paragraph wherever you have some time. Waiting on the bus, sitting on the toilet, with a voice-to-text app and a headset walking the dog .. endless possibilities … Just get your mobile phone, type the paragraph and mail it to your self. Simply sort it out later .. With that one paragraph done, looking back means you already started.

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      • Monica Scheffer

        Thanks a lot, Gerard. Maybe I was to fixed on having lots of time to write. I’ll give it a try.

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    • René Arns

      Hai Monica,

      Maybe a useful tip to finish your book.

      Block one week in your agenda.
      Book an accommodation somewhere in nature (www.natuurhuisje.com has plenty) or go and stay somewhere without any distractions.

      And finish your book in that week.
      Sounds too simple? I wrote my whole book this way in effectively three days.

      Lots of success! Just do it!

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      • Monica Scheffer

        Hello René, thanks. I thought about that. I blocked three days in my agenda at the end of november. No clients those three days. But I’m not going anywhere, because these days are not consecutively. But maybe I should go somewhere on those days, a nice place to sit and work, in stead of working at my office or at home.

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    • Jannie vd Boogaard

      Hi Monica,
      The mentioned tips are great ones. There is a feeling of needing loads of time to write a book, but that is not necessary. Writing on spare moments, or writing on blocked days, just try what works best for you.
      My experience:
      1. Start with your table of content first (inhoudsopgave).
      It is sooo much easier to shift the chapter names in the right order, rather than shifting big written pieces. Is saves you a lot of time in the editing proces.
      2. Write on regular base.
      When you wait days or even weeks in between your writings, you will get lost in your own words. In the beginning it will work, but the more content you create, the harder it gets to make it a whole, when you leave to much time in between. So stay connected with your message.

      When you have your table of content ready, the ‘complete book’ is divided into pieces, so you can write 1 piece at the time. Works for both writing in spare moments or writing in blocked time.
      If you like, you can download my ebook about making your table of content:
      https://eaglesuccessbooks.com/gratis-e-book/
      Go Write That Book!

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  68. Elisabeth Neutel

    My biggest challenge is to continue on reaching my goals, or referring to the video, to stay in line. As a single mom, I’m juggling time. Being busy with the children, my education, my business, etc. I motivate my self, I brainstorm and I set goals. It’s hard to be your own motivator to push through. Sometimes the bump in the road seems so annoying, you just wanna turn back and not overtake it. So my biggest challenge is doing it on my own.

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    • Monica Scheffer

      Hello Elisabeth, do you have to do everything on your own, or is it possible to create a team. I’ve been a single mom, but back then I had a job and wasn’t an entrepeneur. But I did have help from others in those days. Also I learned that even being a single mom it is very important to take good care of yourself.

      Now I am an entrepeneur and creating my team to ‘help’ me. It’s more co-create, than doing things on my own.

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      • Elisabeth Neutel

        Hi Monica, yes I do everything myself. And that’s the biggest challenge. And yes it’s possible to create a team, I’m open for that. I find it hard to find the right people, who are looking for a team as well. A lot of people wanna do things on their own (and/or outsource things), instead of working together. So, I keep on going. And yes, taking care of myself is really important. But who knows, maybe there’s someone one day on my path and looking for someone to work with as well in the same field (see challenge 3).

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        • Monica Scheffer

          Hi Elisabeth, sometimes it takes time to find the right people, it took me about 1,5 years to find some people to work with. So I hope you’ll find them to. I’ll take a look at challenge 3, maybe I can do something for you.

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    • Jannie van den Boogaard

      Hi Superwoman!
      I recognize what you say. I am a single mom of three and there is more in a day than working your business.
      I joined a Mastermind group that is really helpful as supportgroup. Although it is a big effort to meet eachother life every month (finding someone to watch the kids, being tired, having so much tasks left on the todo list) it is sooo worth wile every time we meet.
      So team up with people you know from the trainings, who have the same mindset and know what being an entrepreneur is like: facing that mountain, be affraid, and take the steps anyway. You can do it! xxx

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      • Elisabeth Neutel

        Jannie, thanks for the tips. It would be great one day to work with a strong woman on a business. A support group can be very effective indeed.
        Thanks for your kind words and that you recognize the hard work 🙂

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  69. Wabke Bouman

    My biggest challenge is to really go for it. Not only get in line – but really stay in line! With a good plan, strategy, and vision.

    The past ten years my workflow is 98% reactive; in the morning I open my e-mail box, start to work through it, then see what other things I need to do for my clients, what questions are open, and even when they say it can wait a bit trying to do it as soon as possible. And only after I did all that – and most of the time my day is over by then and I am tired, not really wanting to do anything anymore – feeling space for the more creative things, to reach out, to think about what way I want to go etc.

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  70. Zwaan Schutte

    My biggest challenge is to stay in line. I wachted the video and realised that I am the person who stays in the parkingplace. And that is not where I want to be . So I have to stay focused. I loose myself sometimes in all kind of new directions. I begin to see my strengh and thats is what I need to developpe. My biggest fear is to be rejected by people. I have to overcome that.
    My great inspirators are Eckhart Tolle and Abraham Hicks. There is somuch strengh in all of us if we can stay in the present en focus on are emotions that we wil have at time of alliment of who we really are

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    • Jannie van den Boogaard

      Hi Zwaan,
      I recognize that fear of rejection. Ask yourself: might that be the reason you keep working in all kind of directions? Choosing another path (line) when you get (almost) rejected?
      Try to accept it is part of the deal. You cannot make everybody happy. Rejection will always be there. And… rejection in your business is not rejection to you as a person (Im still working on that one too, haha).
      Next time, try not to run 😉 Hope this was helpfull for you.

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      • Zwaan Schutte

        Thank you for your reply. It’s very nice to know that more people struggle with this issue.
        I’ll try to stop running????
        I’m really glad about this platform. To hear more from others and that we’re all trying to do what we love to do.
        The film from Nisandeh was an eyeopener, I don’t want to stay at the parking place.
        I wish for you the same and keep on growing.

        Regards Zwaan

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  71. Timon Vinke

    When it comes to growing your business, what is your biggest challenge?

    Turning my experience and knowledge into a ready package.
    My clients are all over the world. Live training, therefore, is often a huger hurdle for my client companies and trainees.

    Finishing my book now.
    Online training is on the agenda.
    Subsequently an online software for production reporting of the dredging vessels.

    My biggest question and fear is: Are companies going to be interested in those products?
    I just started so I don’t have clients which I can ask, although I’m trying to get the info from my prospects.

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    • Zwaan Schutte

      Hi Timon,

      I assume you got into this area because you believe there is lack of knowledge. If you believe that then you can define your clients.
      So investigate where they can use you’re knowledge. Ask yourself why they would need your program.
      And you probably already know this otherwise you would not be writing this program. Go for it, and stay focused.

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      • Timon Vinke

        Hi Zwaan,

        Thanks for the reply.

        Defining my clients is exactly what I’m going to do with the help of people I connected with via the Day 3 challenge.

        As for the program. I believe it is better, as most companies now use excel with all its limitations, inefficiencies and security risks.
        But it is “free” in the sense they don’t have to pay out of pocket for it.

        What I worry is that I might believe they need it, but do they also believe that.

        Anyway, I’ll keep going forward and incorporate any feedback I get into the program.

        Reply
        • Zwaan Schutte

          I wish you all the best.
          And I agree, this is a great platform fit feedback.
          Also nice to know we are all struggle sometimes.

          Reply
    • Saskia de Rooy

      Hi Timon,
      Just forget getting over to them is a hurdle (dat is een beperkende overtuiging) Get on that plane and you’ll be there in a day! These days no place is far away, only in your mind. Succes!

      Reply
      • Timon Vinke

        Hi Saskia.

        Thanks for you reply.

        For me travelling is not an issue at all and for a dedicated in-house training for clients it is also not an issue as it is a small part of the costs.

        The problem I see is with shorter live events where participants have to travel to me. Think Business Bootcamp. Those kind of Front-End programs don’t work. I can make the fee low, but they still have costs for tickets and hotel.

        I am thinking about making Front-End webinars. Not ideal to promote my expert position, but a much lower hurdle for the participants.

        Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to reply, success to you as well.

        Reply
        • Saskia de Rooy

          Perhaps you can make an all-in offer. As an extra, you can point out people get to know others in the business. Conferences are quite popular.

          Reply
  72. Stefaan de Coninck

    My challenge is to reach my clients, to make my potential clients interested and to convince them the price is high but reasonable.
    My clients are companies with 500+ employees. I try to contact HR-managers and directors. Mailing gives almost no response. By phone these peoples are very often blocked by a secretary who doesn’t let you talk with who I want to talk. I’m seen as a seller and,… no time, no interest.

    Reply
  73. Veronika Rutten

    My big challenge is to set my boundaries! Doing what I want, not what others expect of me!
    The second is being vulnerable, this is a very big challenge! Well.. I am aware of it, that is already positive

    Reply
  74. Frank Verberne

    My biggest challenge right now is becoming more visible, offline and online. I do not regularly blog yet because I find it hard to differentiate the information I give away for free from the information I would like customers to pay for. Now I know that I should give my best stuff away for free, but will people still pay for that 5-10% new information? Also, although I know that repetition is good for my customers, I feel the need to give something unique in every communication. How do you deal with this?

    I would also like to create some online trainings, but the first few times in front of a camera resulted in not so natural clips. Now that I practice more and getting more and more used to the camera, I notice that it gets better and more natural. But in my mind, the quality I have in mind for a full online training is still far away. It seems that the perfectionism devil is rearing it’s ugly tail once more…

    Reply
    • Esther Molenaar

      I recognize your struggle. Look at it this way.
      When that 5-10% truly helps your client, they will pay for it.
      AND when they experience you in all the stuff you give away, it will be easier for them to pay you for the rest. People will think: Wow, if he is giving this for free, the stuff I pay for must be really valuable…

      Reply
    • Rozelinde Warmoes

      Hi Frank,
      I also recognize this dilemma. I don’t know what is your personal answer to this question but here are some thoughts:

      – How will you help others/the world the most and make the most income?: by doubting and not expressing anything because of fear. Or by trying and perhaps making mistakes and giving away too much for free?

      – I heard a trainer who made a book of all his old free blogposts. The free became later products with profit. What also happens is that trainers make payed products (example pdf or mp3) from free online audio lectures. One part is free: record everything so that you can make profitalbe products with it now or later.
      , e
      – people don’t only need information, they need help, assistence,

      – all the information is already free available for free, on internet, libary, friends etc. It’s not about the information only. It’s about giving people what they need in a focused way.

      – there are people with money who are very happy to pay for your service. When I have plenty I’m excited to pay for trainers to walk a part on my path together and learn from them.

      – people also need motivation, discipline, connection, networking, colleag’s, etc.

      – giving things away for free gives you experience, expert position, people get to know you and like you, a public a group of people enthousiasme, energy, etc.

      Much luck!!

      Reply
  75. Fanny Willems

    My biggest challenge is that my interior design work is one on one. I have to put in a lot of effort at First winning Projects and completing them. I would love to find a way to reach much more people, all over The world to spread ideas of how to make The ‘world’ a bit Nicer for people with care needs.

    Reply
  76. Anne Buiskool

    My biggest challenges, when it comes to growing my business are:
    – to ask and pay for the right help. I am swimming in things I do not understand!
    – to implement my knowledge about making an online course
    – to start blogging and vlogging again
    – to show up with my book that has the power to give me a huge stage.

    Reply
    • Mercedes Schoufoer

      Hi Anne ik snap wat je voelt. Let’s contact, maar dan vanachter mijn pc en niet deze mobile. Zit nu nog te ontbijten.. Haha tot gauw.

      Reply
  77. Arvid Kuipers

    My biggest challenge, for now, is reaching out to the public, find them and grow my mailing list.

    Reply
  78. Jennie Holm-Chadid

    My biggest challenge at this point is focusing and completing tasks that will actually get me somewhere. I know very well what needs to be done, but I am so easily distracted.

    As a jewelry designer, it is easy to focus on the fun part of creating new pieces and leave marketing, looking for re-sellers, deciding on what online shop to open for later.

    Reply
    • Arvid Kuipers

      Hi Jennie,

      Do you know http://tradepub.com?
      There are a lot of free inspirational reads on that site which might be welcome to you.

      Wish you well
      Arvid

      Reply
    • Fanny Willems

      Hallo Jennie, dat is herkenbaar!
      Misschien kun je een vaste dag in de week prikken voor deze werkzaamheden met bijv. 2 uur marketing, 2 uur voor opzetten webshop enz. Wanneer het eenmaal routine is hoef je er niet meer over na te denken en wordt het onderdeel van je normale werkzaamheden waardoor je bedrijf kan groeien!

      Reply
      • Mercedes Choufoer

        Goeie tip. Had ook zoiets maar ik laat mij dan toch weer afleiden.. Merci bedankt groetjes uit Frankrijk

        Reply
  79. Sigrid De Crem

    My challenge for the moment is taking better care of myself, having more discipline to feel better, get out of my comfort zone and letting go the perfectionism! Follow the line, thanks for the nice metaphor!

    Reply
  80. Ingrid van Dam

    How to manage my insecurity. How I can do my marketing and to grow bigger in my business. How do you do you do think to keep up.
    Want to change de dog world. Open their eyes. But how make I myself believable if I don’t have my degree in behaviorists. What do I do with that…

    Reply
    • Arvid Kuipers

      Hi Ingrid,

      Perhaps you are already doing this, but you could make videos showing what you do on handling problems that people might have with their dogs and show them on youtube?

      If you post your videos as answers to questions that viewers might ask, then they might spot you on youtube and instantly see your work, and succeed of course. So you can build trust.

      For instance
      ‘how do I keep my dog from barking to the neighbors’
      ‘stop your dog from pulling the leach’
      ‘teaching a dog how to sit’
      ‘make my dog come to me when a call him’

      Success 🙂

      Reply
  81. Michiel Los

    Our biggest challenge is to get our little resort across to the public. All guests that visit us give us great comments, leave them on facebook and tripadvisor. But it are to few, but with only 9 rooms we are in a niche market. But whenever you travel to Sri Lanka and you visit our place you know you are treated very well and have one of the nicest places to stay in Sri Lanka.
    To enable better business and better support to the local Sri Lanka we need more guests and investors to get our dream a Ayurveda village built to enable a fine market for people that take care of their health.

    Reply
    • John-Pierre Cornelissen

      Hi Michiel,

      Here is a starting point. How can people find you? It’s challenging to be found online as a small resort. The easiest way is to connect to online reservation platforms like booking.com, expedia, bedandbreakfast.eu, airbnb, wimdu etc. I know you have to pay a lot commission for the first 2, but that’s better then earning nothing. They also serve as a billboard, a lot of people who find you there will search for your own website. If they do, that’s where you need to try to get their direct booking. That’s where it goes wrong.

      * The room pictures on the home page are not sharp. The original image is much smaller then how they are displayed, so they are blown up and don’t look nice. The images you have on booking.com are so much better! Likewise for the images on your Google My Business page.
      * The news from us section is empty, and if I follow the link I get 2 messages with just a single line of text. That’s not news.
      * The information (main) menu brings me to an empty category page.
      * The rooms page has the same picture problem. Also, it just shows 3 rooms. I know you can click the arrows to see more rooms, but you don’t see the arrows unless you hover over it. If yo go to the details, there isn’t much information. And I can’t scroll through all the pictures (I have to wait for the auto scroll, but that takes too long).
      * I have to search for contact information. And when I am there, the contact form is broken.
      * I the footer you send people to ‘start pagina’ why? People who visit your website most likely already know they want to go to Sri Lanka. If they are on your site, they look for accommodation and want to book. You need to convince them to stay with you. If I look at your website, I can’t read why I should stay with you and not with your neighbours? What’s special about your resort? Also provide a lot of information about things your guests can do when they stay with you. Don’t ever send them to start pagina, because that where they immediately find links to your competitors.

      Mmm, this is a lot more information I planned to write down 😉 I hope it helps!

      Reply
      • Michiel Los

        John Pierre

        Thank you so much for your comments, this very helpful feedback. I love the time you spent to find me and scroll through my website. So again I’m very grateful for your feedback and I will improve these parts.

        Best regards,
        Michiel

        Reply
  82. Jet Sebus

    My challenges:
    1. Become visible: work on my website, ask for testimonials, do more with LinkedIn
    2. Develop my marketing funnel/products
    3. Get out of that parking lot: get in line, stay in line and keep my focus. Develop some healthy routines. More persistence, do one thing at the time and finish it.

    Writing this down has made me think: perhaps I’m not yet completely sure what I want to get in line for.

    It was a big step for me to comment and become more visible that way; fortunately there are at least 28 more opportunities to practice 🙂

    Reply
    • Mercedes Choufoer

      Hi Jet, herken je punt. We kunnen contact houden en elkaar stimuleren, samen weten we meer. Hoor graag van je wat je doet en wilt bereiken. Groetjes en tot gauw?

      Reply
    • Mercedes Choufoer

      Ik hoor mijzelf!! Misschien kunnen we elkaar accountable houden, elkaars stok achter de deur zijn. Ook al ben ik 7/20 bezig en gebeurt er veel, nooit genoeg of nooit echt afgerond. Erg moeilijk en alles is wel met alles verbonden. Herken jij dat Jet?

      Reply
      • Jet Sebus

        Wat maak je een prachtig werk, Mercedes! Schitterende kleuren. Ik houd van de manier waarop je speelt met licht.

        Het zou heerlijk zijn om elkaar te steunen en te inspireren. Ik geef sinds 2010 schrijf- en denkworkshops aan ambtenaren die heldere teksten willen schrijven. De eerste jaren lag het accent op ontwikkelen van de inhoud. Nu wordt het langzamerhand tijd om mijn kennis en ervaring uit te dragen. Daarbij raak ik gemakkelijk ‘overwhelmed’: zo veel ideeën en zo veel dingen die ik nog moet leren. Waar begin ik en waar wil ik naartoe? Wat is daarvoor de eerste stap?

        Ik ben benieuwd waar jij staat met je bedrijf en waar je naartoe wilt.

        Reply
        • Mercedes Choufoer

          Hai Jet, kijk maar eens op http://www.followmercedes.com. Nu heb ik geen internet… Weer eens uitgevallen, moet duidelijk andere dingen doen dus, zoals schrijven. En nieuwe video’s maken… Kijk op mijn fb daar staan 22 videos met tips voor meer Life Force energy exercises, want ik ben stress management and energy coach. Tot gauw, bellen is ook leuk!

          Reply
          • Jet Sebus

            Hoi, Mercedes,

            Ik heb je website(s) en FB-pagina bekeken. Waar kan ik je het beste mee helpen? Zullen we een keer Skypen (als internet het bij jou doet?)

  83. Elske van de Fliert - Zero-e

    My biggest challenge is getting a yes to my proposal if this proposal is a result of a sales meeting with a cold prospect. We are able to go from phone to meeting and from meeting to proposal. Then however reality seem to set in: although they really like my proposal and tell me it is what we discussed during the meeting, they cannot decide on their own or although the subject is pretty urgent, there are things that are more urgent or they do not have the budget now (and knew this in advance, but still wanted to talk to me – and yes, we now ask about the budget upfront more often). Part of the problem: I am much more able to get them enthusiastic in real life than on paper. I have thought about doing a video with the proposal.

    Reply
    • Timon Vinke

      Hi Elske,

      From my previous job I have the experience of discussing proposals that require an upfront investment, but will earn themselves back.
      Even now in own company this is still the premises.

      We already connect for the questions I had, so we can discuss this as well during the call. Just remind me please.

      Reply
  84. Francis Dalebout

    I think my biggest challenge is my own insecurity as a practicioner.
    I’m a kind of a perfectionist, I prefer to do things well or rather don’t do them at all.
    I graduated from a HBO-study of almost 6 years (with pretty good marks as well I might add) and just started my practice a little over a year ago and I’m still am in doubt about my competence as a homeopath.
    I often feel like I’m not good enough and in doubt about my ability to help my patients as good as possible. I help them as good as I can of course, and with succes, but even when I’ve helped them succesfully I feel that it could have been done better or faster if I had more knowledge…
    In my head I know I can’t know everything a practitioner with 25 years of experience knows, but somehow I feel like I should. Of course I work on this by following all sorts of extra schooling etc. and I know it’s a process that takes time, but I often wish I would get there a bit faster…
    Perhaps my biggest challenge isn’t insecurity, but patience…. 😉

    Reply
    • Elske van de Fliert - Zero-e

      Hi, my tip is to listen to the Ken Coleman Show, especially the episode: Your time will come.

      https://www.kencolemanshow.com/the-show/

      It can be listed to via iTunes, but I use Player FM (for android).

      Other than that: Of course you could have done it better and faster, but that is not the question here. The question is: were they happy with the result? Great. Next time you do it better and faster. Not? Then you need to worry.

      Reply
      • Francis Dalebout

        Thank you Elske, I will do that. Already saw another title on the list that might be interesting as well.
        Thanks for the tip!

        Reply
  85. Esther van Zurk

    My biggest challenge is making and taking the time to work and my new website http://www.azuracontrolling.nl

    This challenge is helping me, if I just take 5 minutes a day every day, breaking the work up in little junks, I will make a lot more progress, then when all the things on my desk are done, so I can work on the website.

    Reply
  86. Peter Plaizier

    My biggest challenge is to stay in focus and say NO to other challenges and interesting business opportunities.

    Reply
    • Frank Verberne

      I would like to advise you to get a great buddy to call weekly (or even daily). That decision made me way more productive and focused than I ever imagined. I now have a daily buddy for business and personal growth and it keeps my daily on track. Put the time/effort to find a buddy that fits you (and vice versa) and it will help you tremendously!

      Reply
      • Peter Plaizier

        Thanks Frank for your reply. I am going to search for a great buddy.

        Reply
  87. Rianne van der Steen

    My biggest challenge is:
    Stopping to put pressure on myself.
    Take more time off to reflect, to relax and enjoy the ride!

    Reply
  88. Ineke Bueno

    My challenge is to really make myself visible in the outside world and get in touch with the clients I like to work with. Next year my plan is to organize 8 days a month for (potential) leaders based on The Hero’s Journey. In 2018 I hope to welcome 800 partitioners over 10 months.

    With my new website (under construction, but soon to be online) and starting a blog, the adventure can begin. All good advice to help me fill these workshop-days are welcome!!

    Reply
  89. Angelina Jochems

    Hi, my biggest challenge is to expand my visibility. I’m working hard on it on social media. I would love to have several people who will share my posts. (I will do that for them as well.)

    I do have a big mission which is helping at least 1 million people loving themselves (more).

    Reply
    • Veronika Rutten

      I follow you a while, I know you, we have done a video course together, what I see, maybe it’s a mistake, that you don’t give likes at so many other posts! I like social media and I am very interested in how it works! But one thing is for sure, if you want to have more likes .. you have to do it also for other People… It’s give and you’ll receive

      Reply
    • Mercedes Choufoer

      Hi Angelina. What an immensely but great goal. But I might be able to help talk later again. I am on FB/mongolzaonline and try with a series of 22 videos to bring more health, energy and less stress to people. Of course, I try to reach out to as many as possible but just started. Together we can be strong.

      Reply
  90. Josja Biessen

    Challenges change. At this moment my biggest challenge is:

    building a good funnel. It is a task I enjoy very much, but also there is a lot to learn. I have got help. I think its just working consequent, every day a bit.
    Insight: I can use this challenge just to set a goal for the next 28 days and get the work done.

    Decision made!

    Reply
  91. Karin Visser

    I am afraid that my product is not worth the money. That I can not live up to it. That would damage my reputation before even becoming a remotely successful entrepreneur. And then people think I am not good enough.

    Reply
    • Rianne van der Steen

      Dear Karin,
      Believe in yourself, make as many mistakes as soon as possible. That’s when you learn!
      Keep on moving. You can do it!

      Reply
    • Elske van de Fliert - Zero-e

      Karin, you might want to consider these questions:
      Who are your competitors?
      What do your customer expect?
      Is your product better than the competitors product and what your customers expect?
      Is your product cheaper or more expensive?

      If you have clarity on the first two and you can say yes to the third than the answer to the fourth should be: yes, of course. And if you are just starting out, you can do a trial run for customers: they try the product at a low price, relieving you of the pressure and then give feedback (required).

      Reply
  92. Simone Swinkels

    My biggest challenge is to put the method I developed on paper, develop a course in order to teach other instructors how to use my method.

    Reply
  93. Natasja Helbo Verbeek

    My biggest challenge is…
    Fear of failure that as a startup there are no customers who are willing to buy me and my services/ advice. That they will think that I am not a valuable professional.
    As a result, my mind(set) is like a monkey. One day there is so much energy and strength, the other day there is a lack of energy, faith and a lot of fear and no action.

    Reply
    • Rianne van der Steen

      Dear Natasja,
      Just go out and do it! Be positive and keep on moving. You can also ask friends to help you by asking them if the know people that can use your service or advise. You can also select 1 person who can use your service for free to get serious feedback so you can start growing!

      Reply
      • Natasja Helbo Verbeek

        Thanx for this energizer Rianne!

        Reply
  94. Merel Slotboom

    Hi Nisandeh, my biggest problem is that I could not find the Why. Now that I found it (create a center for human bonding), I need to put it down in words, redefine my website and start attracting the right therapists and coaches for Praktijk Edsion. Together with Anna, I’ve already discussed how the selection of the therapists will be. Together with my lawyer, I’ve created the contracts for hiring. After this weekend I start attracting my team. Nice:) Thanks, Merel

    Reply
  95. Patricia Leenaarts

    What stops me from growing my business:

    1. The fear of failure, the fear of hurting someone if I make a mistake.

    2. The shame that my Dutch and English spelling and grammar is bad.
    I have my blogs checked by someone. It takes a long time before I get my Blogs back when they are checked. I know I have to write further ahead, that’s what I’m working on.
    I have already overcome a large part of this shame by participating in this.

    3. Recognize that my services can provide money. I have to turn my mindset over money. Today I worked on this issue. I found out that there was a big money issue in my family. When I was young there was always a fight over money, and I discovered that my brother even died because of the loss of his money. So now I understand why I had a problem with earn money. I have to get used to the new idea about money now. It feels different.

    All love

    Reply
    • Clemie v.d. Boorn

      Hello Patricia,

      Thanks for sharing.
      If you know what your challenges are, you can work on them.
      You are much more than the challenges you described. Think about the things you are doing good.
      Maybe it helps you to work on your challenges one by one and take every day a small step in the direction of your goal. Get focused on your goal and dare to do things even if they are not 100%. Then you are learning on the job…..

      Cheers,
      Clemie

      Reply
  96. Silvie van der Zee

    My biggest challenge is actually 2 things:

    On a basic level: getting my clients to pay the rates that I think I am worth. Translation is not viewed as very important, or as the professional skill it is. Anyone can translate, right? Wrong! I do have a few customers who appreciate my work and the service I provide (over-delivery!) and they are willing to pay me well, so I am trying to find more of those.

    2. Trying to find a way to turn this model into a more automated or passive income model. Sure, I can give work to other translators and charge the end client a bit more than the other translator charges me, but I don’t intend to become a translation agency. Nor am I looking to become a ‘train the trainer’ for other translators. So not sure how I’m going to work on this.

    Reply
  97. Lambertus Bongers

    My biggest challenge is to be consistent and keep a positive mindset. Many times I have started something and wanted to go all the way for it. But then when success doesn’t come quickly or the things I have to do seems to be too hard I quit.

    Right now my challenge is to find a way to find the people who are willing to take control of their health in a natural way. I miss some skills there to reach out to people but I’m trying to overcome them. The hardest thing to overcome is your own barriers that will hold you back from really doing something to grow your business.

    Reply
    • Merel Slotboom

      Hi Lambertus, I just wondered, are you really doing what you want to be doing? Because I think when you love what you do, you will be motivated. Greetings, Merel

      Reply
      • Lambertus Bongers

        Hi Merel,
        Thank you for your comment.
        In every job or business there are things you do because you have to do them.
        For me that is reaching out to people and try to convince them that they should use our products that’s the bad part. the good part is that I like to teach people and help them find their way in using our products. Because not everybody is knocking on my door motivated to start using our products i have to reach out to them as an introvert person i find that difficult.

        Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Hoi Lambertus

      Often there is something that takes charge of our lives. This ensures that we do what we do. An unconscious process. Maybe you can discover what the common thread in these experiences is. when you solve this problem you can stay in line

      Reply
      • Lambertus Bongers

        Hi Patricia,

        Thank you for your comment, you are absolutely right. I know it but it’s also one of my fears. i have made some improvements already but there’s still some way to go. My product (essential oils) are doing a great job there but perhaps soon I will find a mentor to help me to dig into that.

        Reply
        • Patricia Leenaarts

          Hi Lambertus

          Maybe you have found this mentor now. Take a look at my site if you want

          Reply
  98. Martine Waakhuijsen

    My biggest challenge is to stop feeling ashamed that I did not get to the point where I want to be with my business.

    Reply
    • Silvie van der Zee

      Why do you feel ashamed? Where does this feeling come from? Are you setting the bar (too) high for yourself?

      Reply
      • Martine Waakhuijsen

        Hi Silvie, thank you for your reply! You’re right, I am setting the bar fairly high for myself. Because I have a backgroud in marketing it’s my opinion that I should be able to flawlessly implement marketing for my own business. So I thnk the key is to accept I am not perfect and contine what I love doing most.

        Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Do not be too strict for yourself, you are exactly in the right place. Enjoy where you are.

      Reply
      • Martine Waakhuijsen

        Hi Patricia, thank you for your reply! I agree with you, my challenge is to enjoy the moment and the things I did achieve sofar, instead of being totally focused on the goals I have not realised yet.

        Reply
  99. Jet van den Heuvel

    My biggest challenge is to go public –

    I loved developing my online program and was so happy with everyone that joined, but this scaling thing is something else. And in order to stop with my “normal work” I have to scale up (In 2016 I started with happyfoodsteps, in 2017 I put it on hold because of too much of the old work – that is finished now for this year- so great time for the challenge since I really have to decide whether I take it up again in 2018).

    I think the challenge is most of all about not daring and not knowing how to do it. For instance, I want to make good vlogs, but don’t know how to do it and I am also still ambivalent about my subject: helping people lose weight- a market where thousands of people offer help – and although I do think what I offer is unique, and I like what I started doing … How the heck stand out as something else?

    Reply
    • Karin Visser

      You are unique! So your guidance, your view, your character, your background, it all makes you uniquely different from others. And then there is the magic in between you and your client, which is unique as well! You attract the people that need your uniqueness. And yes, there are lots of others that help with weight loss. Just like there are lots of supermarkets. But, there are also many many people with weight loss issues, so be glad you are not the only one offering this beautiful and necessary product 😉 I wish you all the success in the world.

      Reply
  100. Manny Moerman

    My biggest challenge is to put my views, experiences and ideas in a specific form (video, text or whatever) because deep down there’s still a part of me that’s afraid that people say I produce nonsense or that I am a poor imitator and not the slightest unique, or even worse: people ignore me.

    Reply
    • Silvie van der Zee

      I understand how you feel, but from experience I know that what you think is not unique and new, it can be for people. Not all people know everything you know, or they might not have found this information in the way you present it. I hope this helps 🙂

      Reply
    • Roos Warmoes

      Hi Manny,
      When you talk from your heart; when you share what has helped you…etc.
      you WILL help people
      you WILL touch people

      people want to be free, themselves, happy, shine, etc. When you share how you accomplish what others want to accomplish there will be many people who need your advice

      maybe and likely not everybody; nobody can do that, but the right people who need your advice, heart, and energy.

      My advice would be to follow your feelings, intuition, and heart and you will get there!

      Reply
      • Manny Moerman

        Thank you, Roos, for your beautiful words and advice. I let them sink in.

        Reply
  101. Giovanna Gomersbach

    My challenge is to strategize, structure and sticking to it, long enough for the most valuable ideas to materialize. Based on what’s already here and available, instead of staying curious and ahead of things, in the world of possibilities. It’s a dance with my different parts :+)

    Reply
    • Ineke Bueno

      Hi Giovanna,

      How recognizable 🙂 !!
      It’s also my big pitfall. Now I have made the commitment to myself to make a visible step every day, however small, of the plan I have for being more (very!!) visible for all the clients I like to work with. Our different parts are really very nice :-), but it’s also a great reward to see your plans materialize! Have fun with it!

      Reply
      • Giovanna Gomersbach

        Ha Ineke,

        Great commitment and even better that you commit to yourself. That’s where the magic starts :+) And now we’re in this challenge. Let’s see if that helps bringing us back to where it’s coming from :+)

        Reply
  102. Gert Dobbenberg

    My challenge is to adapt to the changing world of online business. I am wondering which way to go: continue in internet marketing consultancy (which I have done for more than 10 years), which is helping businesses to solve their strategy, search- and visibility issues, or to develop a completely new proposition to create a future-proof business with a new proposition and vision that will last at least 5 years in the field of online business. I got stuck because the old business is decreasing (dying) – but still drawing attention – and stepping into something new takes time and focus. Too many possibilities, it seems. It is hard for me to choose for 1 thing to focus on. Letting go is important to start flying, but also very uncertain.

    Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Take a weekend off and go into nature and feel what makes you glow from the inside.

      Reply
      • Gert Dobbenberg

        Thank you for your suggestion, I will plan such a period of time and see what is coming up 😉

        Reply
      • Gert Dobbenberg

        Thanx Angelina, I am working on it 😉

        Reply
    • Roos Warmoes

      Hi Gert,
      Is there a way to combine both? At least in the beginning.

      Here’s a general approach to this (exeptions might be possible)

      Generally it is wise in a business to put 20-30 % of your effort in a risky project.
      70-80% of your effort/investment should go to solid profit products. This means products and services that you have expertise in and that are shore to make your business viable.

      This way your business is secured, you can be rest ashored, you have peace and balance.
      AND the 30% risk might lead yuo to big break throughs.
      The risk is necessary to grow, stay modern, have fun, expand, grow, etc.
      The security is encessary to make your business viable so that you can continue working.

      With risks it’s normal that they don’t always succeed. This is part of life. With this balance you are almost always shore (with some exceptions), and might discover the biggest breakthroughs.

      Many big companies work around this 70_30% rule.

      Maybe this helps you with your choice?
      Much luck!!

      Reply
      • Gert Dobbenberg

        Thank you, Roos, this makes a lot of sense. It is so tempting to jump in new opportunities. When markets are mature, they are more profitable than in the beginning. Good advice, thank you.

        Reply
  103. Richard Kok

    Finding the right target audience to connect with.

    Reply
    • Silvie van der Zee

      What’s your business, who would you like to help? What is the problem, are you thinking too narrow or too broad?

      Reply
  104. Richard Verbree

    My biggest challenge to grow my business;

    1. Stepping out of my comfort zone to more actively approach potential customers
    2. Staying focussed and not let myself be distracted by competitors

    Reply
    • Karin Visser

      1. Maybe you just need to make it easy for the right people to find you. Make sure your footprints are out there (online, but also offline, like menu cards or flyers), instead of approaching thém.

      2. Competitors are not like you. You are one of a kind, so competitors have their set of unique skills? So have you. Focus on your authentic view maybe describe your passion as accurate as possible. Competitors are simply your colleagues helping the ones you don’t like to be your client ????

      Reply
      • Richard Verbree

        Thanks, Karin, interesting way of looking at things/approaching things

        Reply
  105. Nicole Klip

    My biggest challenge is to get my target audience to find me and to contact me. I am really working on my visibility: I go to network events, I regularly post on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (and starting to find out about Instagram) and I am now working on my presentation skills so I can give lectures.
    The clients I have had so far, have come to me because they met me in person, so I know that’s where I should be more present. But I also want to attract my target audience online.
    Maybe my spirituality scares people, they might think I am some kind of Jomanda. But once you meet me, you’ll find that I’m completely not somewhere up in the clouds, but steady grounded :).

    Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Make the spirituality practical. If you give examples, people understand it better. Perhaps your own thoughts about this are probably in your way to be able to shine

      Reply
    • Karin Visser

      Your spirituality scares people? Then you have my interest! I would love to work with spiritually inclined people ???? There are a lot of people searching for deeper insight and intuition. Online you can meet people as well. Your radiation will shine through the screen and will be attracting other customers from over the world. Maybe make some video’s, a live video via FB or do a webinar. Find out those kinds of possibilities. Enjoy! ✨

      Reply
      • Nicole Klip

        I have some videos, live FB is the next step. Thank you! ✨
        And you’re right, there are more and more people spiritually interested. Thanks for your support!

        Reply
  106. Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

    Hi everyone, wow, thank you for being so open…
    My biggest challenge is to really be clear in my message; what can I do for who?
    This is what I came up with so far: I train women truly committed to full self-realization to live their best [ever] life, by giving the skills they need to strengthen their personal identity, inner wisdom, trust and delight. I believe that overcoming your fears, opening your heart and being aware of universal energies will show the way to a world in which care for eachother and respect for life enhances concious, creative solutions.
    But in one sentence… I really don’t know…
    Thank you for your help!

    Reply
    • Yvonne van gennip

      I know how it is to wrestle to tell something short and clear, what pops up to me reading your story is: Help women thrive in all parts of their life?

      Reply
  107. Astrid van de Kamp

    My biggest challenge is overcoming my fear of becoming a full-time entrepreneur. Recently I lost my job. I didn’t like all the aspects of the job and was dreaming about what I should do, what makes me really happy. I realized that I’m good at decluttering and improving processes to have a smoothe day to day routine. Before I was told that my contract wouldn’t be prolonged I already made plans for setting up a business as a professional organizer beside my job. Now knowing that that job ended I decided to go fully for a business as a professional organizer. I know that this will make me happy and a lot of people I can help. But I keep on doubting. The financial uncertainty holds me back. What if I don’t attract enough clients? What if I don’t earn enough? I do have to pay my mortgage. And I have two kids I have to take care of.

    I know I have to give it a chance, that this can really be the job that I like but this uncertainty may be the cause of actually stopping before giving it a real chance. Or choosing a part-time entrepreneurship besides a paid job…

    Reply
    • Manny Moerman

      Hi Astrid, thank you for sharing your thoughts and fears. I recognize the struggle and that’s why I feel free to say that thinking ‘What if’ will keep you stuck in the parking lot, just as Nisandeh says in the video. Connect with the belief you have in yourself and keep the connection going. You do believe, otherwise, you wouldn’t have started at all on this journey. Only if you keep believing, people will start believing you. And then the clients will come. Don’t listen to doubts, take the challenges head on en keep going!

      Reply
    • Angelina Jochems

      Hi Astrid, just follow your heart. Do what you love to do. Now is the time! Enjoy it!

      Reply
  108. Marlies van Geloven

    My biggest challenge is to be more bussinesslike. To charche more money and not to be sweet. I have a lot of skills and expertise but sometimes I think people don’t take me serious. So far my business didn’t grow. I don’t want to give up so I’m still trying to learn how to tackle this challenge. By the way, moving twice this year and being pregnant isn’t really helping either.

    Reply
    • Nicole Klip

      If you think people do not take you seriously, please ask yourself the question how seriously do you take yourself?
      Moving and being pregnant are roadblocks you put there yourself. As long as you think those circumstances matter, they matter. This is your mindset and your target audience feels this.
      Picture yourself having an inner girl who really wants to be sweet to everybody. Talk to her. It’s okay to be sweet, but you also want to be able to charge more money, because paying more will make your clients more committed to what you have to offer them and it will make you happier. A mighty win-win.

      Reply
      • Marlies van Geloven

        Nicole, thank you for your comment. You’re absolutely right. I have to change my mindset. Thank you for telling me. Something to workshop on ????

        Reply
        • Nicole Klip

          You’re welcome 🙂
          Warm greetings, Nicole

          Reply
  109. Bernardine Rauwerda

    My biggest challenge is that I can’t find the time to let my business really grow. I have enough work, but I want to do more with Social media, update on website and to start online coaching. When I am free, I do not invest time to that, because I also want to enjoy others nice things in life….

    Reply
    • Nicole Klip

      It might be good to really take a good look at your agenda: plan focus blocks on specific days, of say, an hour, to focus only on your website (for example). When the hour is over, relax a few minutes and start with a new block. Focus on just one item. First week, item website, second week item online coaching, second week … etc. etc. Multi tasking sounds great, but your mind just doesn’t cope with it.

      Reply
      • Bernardine Rauwerda

        Thank you, Nicole. I will follow your advice immediately!

        Reply
        • Nicole Klip

          You’re welcome!!! 🙂

          Warm greetings, Nicole

          Reply
    • Manon Juliette

      Hi Bernardine, heel herkenbaar en social media, is al helemaal een enorme tijdrover.
      Als oplossing ga ik buffer en hootsuite uitproberen. Dat betekent full focus aan het werk kunnen door maar 1x in de week ( of langer ) posts in te plannen :D.
      Mocht je er nog niet bekent mee zijn dan vind je ze hier:
      https://buffer.com/
      https://hootsuite.com/

      Succes!

      Reply
      • Bernardine Rauwerda

        Thank you, Manon!

        Reply
  110. Arno van Diete

    My biggest challenge is to increase my ability to link the right people to the companies I work for (which at the moment is already happening) and in the future charge money for that specific “service” (which feels uncomfortable doing right now).

    Reply
  111. William van Rossum

    Finishing my online video course “Video Blueprint“
    in which experts learn how to create their own videos.
    Creating more exposure for my offering.

    Reply
    • Ineke Bueno

      Hi William,

      You make me curious 🙂
      Can’t wait to watch your online course, so please finish it fast and let us know when we can learn to create our own video. We need you!

      Reply
        • Ineke Bueno

          Just did it!
          Looking forward to it 🙂

          Ineke

          Reply
  112. Ciska Menting

    Mijn grootste uitdaging is het houden van focus. Het gebruiken van mijn kennis. Een manier vinden om de kennis over te brengen naar klanten op een manier dat ze er iets aan hebben. Van lezers en luisteraars klanten maken. Potentiële klanten zover krijgen dat ze de laatste stap zetten en echt klant worden. Meer in mijzelf geloven zodat mensen meer waarde hechten aan het feit dat ik hen kan helpen.

    Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Wat bied je de lezers en luisteraars aan om klant te kunnen worden? Geef je bijvoorbeeld iets gratis weg zodat ze je kunnen ontmoeten?

      Reply
      • Ciska Menting

        Ik ben veterinair homeopaat, mijn luisteraars zijn mensen die wel meer willen weten over homeopathie maar het toch hocus pocus vinden. Hoe krijg ik eigenaren van zieke dieren zover dat ze een behandeltraject ingaan? Aan mijn kennis mag het niet liggen , heb 2 voltooide opleidingen,nascholingen en. Heb wel moeite met het opschrijven van de info die in mijn hoofd zit.

        Reply
    • Richard Verbree

      Wat zorgt er voor dat je de focus verliest?

      Reply
      • Ciska Menting

        Teveel dingen waar ik mee bezig ben? Kan niet lang met hetzelfde bezig zijn. Kan van de hak op de tak vliegen.
        Doe dingen goed of helemaal niet waardoor er werk blijft liggen. Hierdoor zelf bergen werk creëren.

        Reply
        • Patricia Leenaarts

          Hi Ciska,

          Klinkt bekend, alles leuk vinden. Het betekend voor mij dat ik heel streng moet zijn tegen mezelf om mijn focus te kunnen houden. Iedere keer als ik iets anders doe vraag ik aan mezelf, draagt dit bij aan het doel waar ik aan wilde werken?

          Reply
          • Ciska Menting

            Hoi Patricia, Dank voor je reactie. Als ik ergens mee bezig ben zeg ik constant nee eerst afmaken waar ik mee bezig ben. Dit werkt wel in het af maken van dingen maar ik wordt daar erg moe van. Savonds ben ik dan echt uitgeblust en gaat mijn lampje uit. Hierdoor heb ik uiteindelijk minder werkuren en blijft er toch weer werk liggen.

  113. Yvette Backer

    I would say our main challenge at this moment and the reason we can’t grow is all the work that needs to be done next to the ‘real’ work. We’ve developed a new training and already sold it a couple of times, which is pretty cool.
    But there so much work to do: hire a nice location, order catering, sent confirmations and invoices etc.
    We tried to look for a virtual assistant, but did’t succeed until now. And even looking for an assistant takes a lot of time 🙂

    Reply
  114. Gabi Grupe

    My biggest challenge is that I work in Greece and due to the crisis, consumers spend less. There is financial and political insecurity and new taxes. Consumers are scared to spend money even the ones that still have it. We also have capital controls.
    I target middle to upper income consumers and have also started to look at new markets in neighboring counties like Cyprus and Bulgaria.

    Reply
    • Frank Verberne

      Hi Gabi,

      To be honest: it sounds like you’re not taking responsibility for your results. I think you’re filling in what consumers think in order to explain the results you get. My mindset is that if you give enough value to people to fix problems they care about, people are willing to pay, even during a crisis. Look at the Business Bootcamp of Open Circles as an example. During the crisis, people were still willing to pay thousands of euros to attend their follow-up trainings.

      So start taking responsibility for your situation and figure out ways to improve your situation. The sky is the limit :)!

      Reply
      • Gabi Grupe

        Hi Frank,
        thanks for your comment. That inspires me not to give up! 🙂

        Reply
  115. Marjolein Kalter

    When it comes to growing my business, my biggest challenge is creating, launching and selling my online programme that helps people to create and improve their job

    Reply
    • Yvonne van Gennip

      Hi Marjolein,

      Just go and do it, you have a great program to guide you, I know :-). Plan a certain time a week only for this, block it, you can do it, you have the tools! Good luck and blessings 🙂
      !

      Reply
  116. Eli te Winkel

    My biggest challenge when it comes to growing my business is that I have a very broad interest. I like a lot of things and I can do a lot of things. Sometimes it makes it hard to focus. It’s getting better, especially since I started helping others with their focus 😉

    Sometimes it’s a blessing because I can do a lot of things in my business myself, without spending money. But it also holds me back, because it costs a lot of time to do everything myself and that makes progress slower.

    Reply
    • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

      Oh Eli, this could be exactly my story… In my case it could be a trick of my subconcious that is still scared to be visible? Try to feel, when you read this, what your inner self has to say about this? Feel that feeling (in my case: plain fear of failure and exile, really!) as deep, intense and as long as you can. Normally it will only take a minute or so. Then the emotion will fade, and you will be able to continue, easier then before… I wish you focus, and maybe my best trick (a step-by-step plan in my agenda) will also work for you.

      Reply
      • Eli te Winkel

        Hi Maaike,
        Thank you for your reply. I also use the emotion-method you describe. It’s very useful indeed. Feel the wave and let it pass, without suppressing it.
        The step-by-step planning was killing my energy, so I stopped it. I do use structure, but just in large chunks of 3-4 hours a day for multiple days in a row.

        Reply
    • Bernardine Rauwerda

      Hi Eli,

      I really recognize myself in what you wrote. It is so easy to say to everything ‘yes!’ But then everything I do I do it half. So I made a decision and choose the work I like the most, where I get the most satisfaction and where I earn enough money with. Now I have my focus on one job and that works!

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Eli te Winkel

        Hi Bernardine,

        It really is easy to say ‘Yes!’. I love life, all of it, which gives a lot of opportunities to say that ‘Yes!’.

        After I posted my comment I looked at everything I did and one by one asked myself ‘Do I rather do this or go for a hike in the forest?
        Or does this support something I rather do than going for a hike in the forest?’.

        I’m throwing out everything that gave me 2 no’s. Feels better already 🙂

        Reply
  117. Ingrid van Ophem

    My biggest challenge in business is that I always doubt the choices I have and therefore I do not make them or it takes to much time to make them. The reason I doubt lies in not able to chose and that I want to do things perfect. It’s getting better over the years, but at times it is still an issue.

    The funny part of it is, that I help other entrepreneurs making these choices as a business coach but for myself, I always find it difficult. Good to write it down here, open my own eyes to what I do and think.

    Thanks, Nisandeh for this question.

    Reply
    • Marjolein Kalter

      And be specific, which choices are most challenging right now?

      Reply
      • Ingrid van Ophem

        To chose between the work I get offered. The problem is that I find everything interesting and then I lose my focus on the things that are important to stay in line. That’s why things, like building my online program for the sales training, are taking to long. But this morning I e-mailed a client that I didn’t want to take the assignment. I want to focus on other matters so I’m getting better at this.

        Reply
        • Patricia Leenaarts

          Hi Ingrid, well done, that’s a big step, congratulations

          Very recognizable thank you for sharing.

          Reply
    • Bernardine Rauwerda

      Hi Ingrid,

      Maybe it is an idea to have a coach for yourself, too. As a coach myself, I know exactly how to coach others. But for myself, it is always difficult. So that’s why I work with a coach for myself, too. It works for me!

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Ingrid van Ophem

        Bernardina, you’re completely right. That’s what I thought while writing it down. Thanks for the tip

        Reply
  118. Ard Heijboer

    My biggest challenge is to let go of my financial backup (a full-time job next to my enterprise). I need to let go to really focus and give it all my time but it also means letting go of a certainty of an income at the end of each month

    Reply
    • Bernardine Rauwerda

      Hi Ard,

      If you really want to have your own business, go for it! When your focus is completely there, your business will grow. In the beginning, you have to make some sacrifices and spend less money on the pleasant things in life. But that will come back to you soon enough. Go for it!!!!

      Good luck!

      Reply
  119. Tsafi Nelken

    My biggest challenge is time management and to stay focussed, I have 3 different business and I have the feeling that the time go very fast.
    I don’t manage to take every week time to work ON my business and when I do work ON my business I’m not always implement all that I want.

    Reply
    • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

      Hi Tsafi,
      should you try to automate more? or delegate? Or perhaps, like I try to (being a mom with also other projects at hand 😉 ) assign specific days or hours to a task? And not do them on any other moment. This is going better and better, fortunately!

      Reply
      • Tsafi Nelken

        Thanks, Maaike,

        I think I will go with delegate more… Don’t forget you are super Mom and I will never be-)

        Reply
    • Merel Slotboom

      Hi Tsafi, I recognize your problem. I have three businesses too. What helps me is the 20/80 rule. 20% of your time creates 80% of your outcome. Just try to figure out what you can do now, what gives you the biggest result. Gogogo! I’m proud of you, Merel

      Reply
  120. Arabella Seegers

    My biggest challenges:
    1. Picking up the pace, and following through on new ideas and plans right before and after migraine attacks (which may last for several days, several times a month) of migraine. All flow I will have built up preliminary to an episode will have dissipated
    2. I have been struggling with my lack of exposure due to feelings of ineptitude but also for a lack of ability to express my message engagingly in my blogs, on my site and on Social media. Somehow when I write in Dutch it just doesn’t flow as easily and definitely not as much fun. My target audience is Dutch.
    3. At the moment I am seriously considering acquiring an IT consultancy assignment temporarily to generate more cash flow but I would love to generate sufficient income from coaching and training.

    Reply
  121. Jantina van de Waal.

    My problem is that I don’t want to be in the picture. I am afraid of promising too much, that I can’t deliver.

    Reply
    • Gerdy Heek

      And you just did!! First step! amazing achievement Jantina…

      Reply
    • Arabella Seegers

      Hi Jantina, are you still uncertain of that when you speak with a client? what I recently discovered in my fear of not being to deliver: when I have my first intake with a prospective client, I aim to establish a connection and in that conversation, I feel much more confident about being able to help. However, I also stress the fact that the client has a personal responsibility. I can offer my knowledge and guidance but they need to be serious in their effort. Also, I feel there is a difference between being confident about the effectiveness of what you offer and offering guarantees. Don’t promise, but be confident there is much to be won in how you can help.

      Reply
    • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

      But, Jantina, there are many others ‘just like you’ out there… Is it meant to be to stay in the shadow? Or is it, in this world we live in today, very necessary that especially these strong, sensible women come out of their home to help the others with their unique experiences and talents, to make the best of this life and to make the world a more beautiful and loving place for everyone? Please, Jantina, you might be very scared, but you know that you are needed, right now, right here… please take this task upon your shoulders, you know you can do it, you just know it… xxx

      Reply
  122. Oriana van der Sande

    I have a few.
    First, I find it difficult to get out there and sell myself/my products. It’s like I don’t want to bother.
    Secondly, I change my focus too often, and boy I do have lots of activities and interests.
    And third, I procrastinate.
    Probably no 2 and 3 come together.

    Reply
    • Ineke Bueno

      Hi Oriana,

      Something strange happens when we have a plan to grow. We really have the commitment, but at the same time our ‘immune system’ gets activated. That immune system thinks that it has to protect us from doing what we know we have to do. It thinks that we are in danger. So … we do anything but the things we planned.
      When you can define what you are (maybe unconsciously) deep down afraid of and then ask yourself what can happen worst case scenario, you can put the self sabotage voices to rest.
      Then you see yourself suddenly do easily and joyfully everything you were procrastinating before.
      Have fun and get out there!!

      Reply
      • Oriana van der Sande

        Dear Ineke,
        I liked how you said that our immune system gets activated and thinks we are in danger.
        Thank you for your comment. I need to figure out what I am deep down, and hopefully this self sabotage will stop.

        Reply
  123. Clemie v.d. Boorn

    My biggest challenges are:

    – To implement the activities of ‘Spring’ into my life and at the same time maintain my most
    important relationships.
    – As Nesandeh said in his video: ‘Stay in line no matter what happens’ (focus). These 30 days
    are good for me.
    – Get a professional attitude with social media. I think I could do much more with my
    website, facebook and Linkedin.

    Cheers
    Clemie

    Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Hi Clemie,

      Take it stap by stap and make a plan. Block a day in your agenda and work on one item at the time in de same place. Make it a 30 day challenge

      Reply
  124. Ammy van Bedaf

    My biggest challenge is to sell more of my continuity program VVideoyearprogram, with the TOP 15 symptoms for people who want to let go (loslaten): worry (piekeren), fear, depressive feelings, loneliness, sleep badly, stress, burn-out, tiredness/lack of energy, lack of confidence, doubt/regret/indecisiveness (besluiteloosheid), pleasing, shame, guilt, anger/frustrations, emotional pain/grieve, and not being able to enjoy live.
    I already earn 1/3 of my monthly income with this Videoyearprogram, but I want to earn enough passive income with it, in order to be financially free. And go on working….

    Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Ammy,

      How do you market. and sell your online program. Do you use offline events to sell your online product. From what I see, this is a great way to sell your online program.

      Reply
      • Ammy van Bedaf

        No, I don’t do offline events to sell my products.
        Yes, that is a good idea: to sell ‘from stage’!
        It is not my favorite way, but perhaps I’ll have to make a choice about that…
        Thanks, Ron!

        Reply
  125. Gabriela van Gemert

    A: Really focus one a focusses target audience and go out and spread the news. And not enough time to do that because I also have to do assignments and earn money. Still working “uurtje factuurtje” …

    Reply
    • Lenie Verhelst

      Hi Gabriela
      The more you feel time pressure, the higher the need to take some time to reflect :). Maybe you can start by taking 15 minutes every day and focus on just one thing that’s helping you grow your business during these 15 minutes.

      Reply
  126. Mireille Vandevorst

    My biggest challenge for growing my business is my own work/life plan and daring to take the decision to work on my business and not combining it by also working in my business. Still no plans for changing this, because of fear. Therefore, it will be my biggest challenge in growth.

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Mireille,

      Regarding fears, for me, there are 2 ways you can look at your potential: 1. what’s probable and 2. what’s possible.

      If you think in “probable”, you are likely to see your future based on your own past history and current abilities. You often use words like “realistic” and “likely”. The problem is that when you get an opportunity that does not fit your limited reality, you simply conclude that “you can’t do it”.

      I suggest you reflect on how to become more a “Possibility” thinker, which is basing your assumptions on what you imagine to be capable to accomplish. Use terms like “I conceive, I imagine, how can I make it possible?”. Take into account that what you don’t know today can be learned, purchased or outsourced and that the world around you is always going respond to your signals.

      Be flexible, active and alive 😉

      Good luck!

      Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Mireille,

      My tip is to just plan 4 hours a week to work on your business. Block your agenda and stick to that for the coming month. This will give you direct results. As soon as it’s possible you can increase it to 8 hours a week.

      Reply
    • Lenie Verhelst

      Hi Mireille
      Maybe you can plan a short amount of time everyday to work on your business (and not in your business). This will also help you to break down the big goals into small pieces, so you can go step by step in growing your business. Small steps are still steps 😉

      Reply
    • Clemie v.d. Boorn

      Hello Mireille,

      I recognised what you wrote.
      As I saw your challenge I thought: I’m possible!
      Maybe it helps if you do every day a little thing out of your comfort zone.
      Step by step you can reach your goals.
      Good luck!

      Cheers,
      Clemie

      Reply
  127. Monique Aipassa

    I am in the process of finishing creating my first online course that I am going to launch internationally. Who can help me in dealing with “terms and conditions” when working together with clients from outside of the Netherlands? Do I need to let the “Dutch legislation” be the basis for “contracts and agreements”, because I am the one who lives and works here? Who has experience in working internationally? What are the things I need to take into consideration?

    Thank you so much in advance for your willingness to help me with this. I highly appreciate that.

    Love and blessings.

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Monique,

      we have determined the T&C based on the country where the company is based. If it’s in Holland, many of those terms are applicable in the rest of Europe.

      I suggest you get some professional advice, especially when it comes to issues like data privacy, data retention, and refunds.

      On the other hand, don’t let this uncertainty stop you from going out there and sell the product. You can always notify later your clients that new T&C are in place, once you’ve consolidated them.

      Rule of thumb: always act ethically and reasonably, issues will never escalate. 🙂

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Monique Aipassa

        Thank you so much for your response and suggestions Luca.

        I wish you wonderful business.

        Love and blessings.

        Reply
    • Bas Smeets

      Hi Monique, I would have this done by a legal advisor so you are sure you have everything set up correctly.
      I can recommend my friends for this, they charge very fair rates: http://www.janssenswachten.nl/

      Reply
      • Monique Aipassa

        Thank you so much, Bas, for your response and suggestion.
        I highly appreciate your help.

        I wish you a thriving business.

        Love and blessings.

        Reply
  128. Annemieke Kegel

    My biggest challenge is to FOCUS and STAY IN LINE. There are so many things I love to do, but I keep changing all the time. Every time I make the decision ‘this is it’, but then other projects that are new and fun and seem to be related……without noticing myself I’m wandering of and find myself in a totally different place which is kind of related to what I am doing and therefore so tricky. Which is why I constantly sort of starting a new thing. I need to make a commitment to my own plan stop doing all the other things on the side. It will never work if I don’t focus on one clear goal. I feel like I have been building a whole city of half houses, according to business. I desperately want to complete my goal step by step.

    Reply
    • Lenie Verhelst

      Hi Annemieke
      Sounds like you need someone to help you focus 🙂 Like a buddy maybe? I don’t know if you’ve tried something like this?

      Reply
      • Annemieke Kegel

        I really need one that helps me focus on this! You’re right! Thanks

        Reply
    • Arabella Seegers

      Hi Annemieke, it sounds to me like you are creative and easily recognizes opportunities others may not. Perhaps your “short” term goal you are too big (or not short-term enough) allowing you to easily get side-tracked. How about defining a project that serves your business goals that can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time (2-3 weeks) and will require all your creativity and attention to achieve? That way you can let your mind wander freely within a set boundaries and it won’t feel like having to postpone other projects too long.

      Reply
      • Annemieke Kegel

        This sounds like a great solution! I’m going to give that a try. Thank you so much.

        Reply
        • Arabella Seegers

          You are welcome! apologies for the sloppy writing.
          PS. I am also following my own advice on a small project by the way. You are not alone :-).

          Reply
          • Annemieke Kegel

            Good job! Keep me posted!

    • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

      Dear Annemieke,
      I recognise your story, but I found out that it has to do with ‘energy’. In my case, I had to ‘solve’ some things first, before ‘clarity’ came. Now I do not change anymore (and I do not even try to focus, it goes as in flow 🙂 ). Maybe your changing plans/doubts have a deep rooted fear/conviction underneath. Try to get through that, and you’ll probably ‘just know’ what you should do…
      Take care,

      Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Annemieke,

      It’s all about focus. Please remember: “less is more”. If you focus on the goal, you will get more results.

      Go for the goal which is most important to you. And write down the following sentence on some post-it notes on your computer screen, notebook etc.

      “Is what I’m doing now, helping me to reach my goal faster

      Then look at this note every hour and answer the question. If the answer is NO, drop that activity and start an activity which supports your goal.

      Reply
      • Annemieke Kegel

        WoW! Thank you, Ron! So much useful feedback on this platform. This advise is really practical: I need it!

        Reply
    • Patricia Leenaarts

      Hi Annemieke

      Find what makes you happy, what makes your heart glow. Find your target audience. Which people do you like, from whom do you get energy.
      build that house that makes you very happy and you will see that all houses are the same.
      don’t look too far away. Good luck.

      Reply
      • Annemieke Kegel

        Nice! Thanks Patricia. Let’s start to build just one perfect house and finish that one. Take one step at the time and complete. I know what to do now. (copied all the replys in a document and now I will work on those).

        Reply
        • Patricia Leenaarts

          Hi Annemieke, it doesn’t even have to be perfect, I know… I do that too 🙂 But indeed a plan is the most important thing. Set a goal en stick to it. 😉

          Reply
    • Anja Gielen

      Hi Annemieke,

      Do you make a planning concerning your goal? You can pick a date in the future when you want it to be accomplished and then work backwards. What needs to be done during that time (from today until then) When you make a plan and know what you have to do every week it easier to stick to it.
      hug, Anja

      Reply
      • Annemieke Kegel

        Thanks Anja????, you’re so right! I have to make a better plan.

        Reply
      • Patricia Leenaarts

        Thank you Anja, Thank you, I will also do that, I know it is necessary, but I find it so difficult.

        Reply
  129. Alexandra Wilkinson

    I have to get out of my comfort zone and start a vlog. I believe this will be a big improvement to my marketing (know, like, trust).
    And for years I want to write more articles, but I can’t seem te get it done.

    Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Alexandra,

      Just start by recording some video’s without posting them. Just to get used to stay in front of the camera.
      When you feel more comfortable, you can record video’s which you can post in public.

      Reply
      • Alexandra Wilkinson

        Thank you, Ron!

        Being a bit camera shy is just one thing. Finding the time to shoot and edit is a whole other issue.
        But getting started and not publishing (yet) is a great idea! Takes the pressure of 🙂

        Reply
  130. Yoran Heij

    My biggest challenge is to overcome my own insecurities. I always think I don’t know enough in my field, need to specialize more, or diversify more, need different clients, need to perfect a design more before presenting it, etc.

    Reply
    • Clemie v.d. Boorn

      Hello Yoran,

      Thanks for sharing. If you keep on doing what you allways did it will take a long time to start your business the way you like it.
      Maybe you can change the way you look at things.
      What is going well? What are the things you are doing great? What can you learn from your clients? Look at things to improve if you are in a good mood.

      Good luck!
      Cheers,
      Clemie

      Reply
  131. Martine Rodenburg

    My biggest challenge is fear. I switch to business. Is this enough? The feeling is good, but when I think about it, then there is fear. What if … it’s not good enough if we don’t make enough money … but in the end, this is what we want.. how much time do we need? Do we adopt another interim work close to the financial gap? Then we will keep less time to boost our dream.
    And it feels as if it should be done now, we must do so now…

    So fear is my biggest challenge

    Reply
    • Monique Aipassa

      Dear Martine,

      Would you be willing to “starve your fears” and “feed your faith”?

      here’s a powerful resource that has helped me many times whenever I let myself be “entertained” by (financial) fear, worry and doubts.

      It’s a “tap along video” by Brad Yates, who is a master in Emotional Freedom Techniques, a holistic healing modality that you can practice immediately to find relief from whatever you are struggling with. Enjoy tapping along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqsfTE0wDAA

      Love and blessings, Monique

      Reply
      • Martine Rodenburg

        Thanks, Monique, I never tapped before 😉
        it helps.

        Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Martine,

      Regarding fears, for me, there are 2 ways you can look at your potential: 1. what’s probable and 2. what’s possible.

      If you think in “probable”, you are likely to see your future based on your own past history and current abilities. You often use words like “realistic” and “likely”. The problem is that when you get an opportunity that does not fit your limited reality, you simply conclude that “you can’t do it”.

      I suggest you reflect on how to become more a “Possibility” thinker, which is basing your assumptions on what you imagine to be capable to accomplish. Use terms like “I conceive, I imagine, how can I make it possible?”. Take into account that what you don’t know today can be learned, purchased or outsourced and that the world around you is always going respond to your signals.

      Be flexible, active and alive 😉

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Martine Rodenburg

        Hi Luca,
        Thanks, the How can I make it possible, is on my wall now;-)
        it gives me energy. thank you!

        Reply
    • Scheerder Ron

      Martine,

      Fear is excitement without breathing. So just keep on breathing when you are faced with an activity which gives you fear.
      The only way to overcome fear is to face it and go through it.

      Most of the things we fear, are made up by our mind and do not happen.

      Reply
      • Arabella Seegers

        wow… “fear is excitement without breathing”. I love it! thank you for sharing that 🙂

        Reply
  132. Helena Ström

    When it comes to growing my business, my biggest challenge is having traffic to my online-courses and to have people to decide to buy my program. I would really love to go from being a traditional/IRL-consultant to have my programs online.

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Helena,

      the answer is this tribe. There is a lot of knowledge that can help you make that step.
      Stay tuned for tomorrow, you’ll see what happens….

      This is a semi-spoiler 🙂

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Helena Ström

        ????Looking forward to tomorrow then! ????

        Reply
  133. Joyce Vanes

    By far my biggest challenge is to outsource and also to balance out on which scale to do so. Yes, I’m one of those people who think I am the best in allllll areas of the job. But since my time is limited it stops growth. So: to dare to grow and let other people do parts of my tasks is a challenge, a goal and an inevitable path at the same time.

    Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Joyce,

      Outsourcing is the way to go if you want to grow. Just start with something small and then start outsourcing more and more.

      One tip: Do not outsource your problems. Outsource activities you know and are familiar with.

      Reply
      • Joyce Vanes

        Thanks Ron! Your sentence “Do not outsource your problems” makes me Laugh Out Loud (of recognizing the tendency). 😉

        Reply
  134. Lenie Verhelst

    My biggest challenge is me.
    Deep down I still don’t believe I’m worth it to be succesfull. This means that I’m sure that there will be someone else, who can do a better job than me, that I’m almost invisible, afraid to expand my network…

    Reply
    • Yoran Heij

      Have you tried working with positive affirmations?
      Take a quick look at the “The Miracle Morning – 6 Habits to Create A Successful Morning Routine – Hal Elrod” video on Youtube by “Practical Psychology”.

      Reply
      • Lenie Verhelst

        Hi Yoran
        I’ve tried this once, but I felt really stupid, so I did it only one time. But you’re right, I should give this another go. My brain knows this will be good for me, but my ego is trying to keep me in my comfort zone :). So thanks for the tip

        Reply
        • Yoran Heij

          This only works through repetition, and what have you to lose except for feeling a little silly (what nobody notices) and a little time 🙂

          Try it for at least 30 days in a row, I am convinced that you will notice a difference in your thoughts!

          Reply
        • Marjolein Kalter

          Maybe starting to count your blessings first?
          Write down (every night) just before you go to sleep the 10 things that you are grateful for this day.
          It might be that you are grateful for things that happened of succeeded.
          By writing them down you feed your system with things that did work out well, and so melting away the thought that you are not (worth to be) successful. Every day you see the results

          Reply
    • Annemieke Kegel

      But you’re here! So you do believe in yourself somewhere somehow… You where brave enough to take this step, now try to get to the next level 🙂

      Reply
    • Angelina Jochems

      Why do you thing you are not worth it? It is a limiting belief and it does not help you further. Just decide to step into the light. Tell yourself everyday “I’m worth to step into the light. People are waiting for me!” Just do it!

      Reply
  135. Tina Sterguljc

    I have several challenges. So I will try to sum them up a little bit.
    1.) The biggest is to let go and saj no. I have to many projects, and I cannot say no, or am not able/willing to ask for help, since I hardly trust somebody to do the things. There is also a financial isue behind, because I can’t really afford to hire somebody.
    2.) The second is with selling and marketing – I always had a negative isue with selling, but I’ve worked a lot on this in the past year, so I’m really trying to come out of my comfort zone in this field.
    3.) The third isue is giving myself the right price tag, seem I have a fear of asking the right price for my thing and my services and also still doing a lot of project just for reference or cost-coverage. I’m in the moment trying to reprogramme myself into my right value.

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  136. Helga Peeters

    My biggest challenge is to increase my visibility. People do respond. I do have dreamclients who see the value of what I do and are willing to pay a correct prize. I have a funnel that, in theory, works. But here I am, looking at yet another Facebook ad that I “really need to launch”, I know that when I do, it will work (eventually). But actually doing so, seems difficult. When I do have a “good month” and make some money, I feel easily overwhelmed. So I guess my biggest challenge in growing my business is stop being afraid to grow 😉 (or something…).

    Reply
  137. Elisabeth Hijweegen

    The biggest challenge for me is staying focused. I have made a plan and set my goals, but another ideas are popping up. I have a big field of interests and a enthousiastic person, love to jump into all kind activities and loose my focus.

    Reply
    • Yoran Heij

      Would it help to set aside time each day to let your mind to some “free wandering”? Therefore training yourself to keep focused when you need to, and be free to think and dream when it’s the right time?

      Reply
      • Elisabeth Hijweegen

        It would help absolutely. Nice to plan special time for that and write it down in a special project document. Good way to end a working day. Thanks and enjoy your day.

        Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Elisabeth,

      I totally relate to it, I am not a true specialist and I like to explore new territories and new ways to stimulate my brains.

      Sometimes, however, I realize I get more excited by the novelty of the idea, rather than the idea itself. So I know the excitement won’t last too long.

      What I do is I write my new idea/new goal and set it aside for a few days and then go back to it and see if I still feel the same way. Most of the times I don’t, so I know I just saved myself some time and loss of focus.

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Elisabeth Hijweegen

        Hi Luca, thanks for the useful tip! Yeah it goes like you describe. I’ll start writing down these pop-ups! Also for you good luck and lots of pleasure.

        Reply
  138. Ron Scheerder

    Our biggest challenge is to find an Copy-writer superstar. We are able to use various marketing tools and strategies. We can create fantastic funnels, e-mail-automations and campaigns, but without excellent copy, the effectiveness will be low and conversions will be less then we want.
    So if you know a great copy writer, please let me know.

    Reply
    • Joyce Vanes

      Great way to spread the word, Ron! But now I’m curious about your personal challenges. Are there things that distract you from staying in line?

      Reply
      • Ron Scheerder

        Joyce,

        I have no problem to stay in line. I’m good in focussing. The challenge I have is that I should focus 80% of my time on Marketing, sales and Product development and the other 20% on delivery, support and finance.
        At this moment I am dragged more often in Support and delivery. This takes now between 50 and 70% of my time.

        Reply
  139. Yvonne van Gennip

    Hi everybody, how motivating to see how many people are connected here, eager to learn and to help each other! Thank you for this great Challenge it already is!
    I had a very hard time in my private life last year and because of that I had a long pause, although I was quite on my way to finish my free online Challenge, an online training that comes with it and a high-end product (a 3 month program to help parents deal with the crying and anger of their children in a unconditional way to create more love and connection). I’m so motivated to go on and, just can’t wait to share it.
    I picked it up again recently and though I came out of this period with so much more stamina, my biggest Challenge still is the fear that no one will buy at the end. Probably because of that I find myself still too much distracted to too many things. That puts my second biggest challenge aside for a while to stand in front of a big group of parents to teach them in an inspiring way how to create more love and connection in their families, which is my dream :-).
    But most of all it is knowing how to be seen and heart, in a way that I touch something in people so they will ‘know, like and trust’ me, will become eager to work with me and will experience how they grow from this together with their families!

    Reply
    • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

      Dear Yvonne, you know deep inside what has to be done, no? Just do that, and the rest will follow, for sure! I love so much what you do, children need full support from their parents, and many parents would be happy with a little help and clarity, I know. Just trust… xxx

      Reply
      • Yvonne van Gennip

        Thank you so much Maaike, it’s really inspiring me your comment! Blessings for your work :-)!

        Reply
    • Angelina Jochems

      Hi Yvonne, just visualize that people are buying your product. There are people who are waiting for it. So go out and shine! You’re changing/helping to make the world a better place. Just believe in yourself and everything will follow!

      Reply
      • Yvonne van Gennip

        Thank you so much Angelina, I appreciate it and I will do this :-)!

        Reply
  140. Ineke van der Valk

    My biggest challenge is to come out of my comfort zone, to go for networking, to talk about my product with coaches, general practitioners or doctors, psychologists.
    But I also have to find new people for my courses and workshops. The word of mouth (mond-op-mond reclame) goes slow.
    Yes, I’m passionated about my work, but telling strangers about it, is scary, feels often intimidating …. I take my steps and slowly I’m coming out … 🙂

    Reply
    • Martine Rodenburg

      Hoi Ineke,
      Wat herkenbaar..uit je comfortzone, netwerken… Misschien dat we iets voor elkaar kunnen betekenen. Heb je site net bekeken en voor mij super interessant wat je doet! ik heb Open je Blik met een partner, we zitten nog in de opstartfase en het levert nog niet veel op. Maar als het eenmaal gaat lopen, en we gaan verder of ik kom iemand tegen die ook geïnteresseerd is wat je allemaal doet, dan stuur ik ze graag door. Dus… begin bij mij?

      Reply
      • Ineke van der Valk

        Hoi Martine.
        Ik wil graag bij jou beginnen … in het kader van dag 3 … zullen contact leggen?

        Reply
        • Martine Rodenburg

          Helemaal goed, fijn! Wil je mailen? Kunnen we daarna wel ff bellen. Martine@openjeblik.nl

          Reply
    • Helga Peeters

      Hi Ineke,

      That sounds familiar to me, that process. 😉

      What really worked for me is give things for free.
      Or yes, step by step, and feel good about every step. Make a list of three coaches to talk to about your product. Coaches are generally nice people ;-), easier to talk to (I think) then doctors. Then schedule an oppointment and start with n°1. 🙂

      I am a coach 😉 I’ll be happy to listen to you. 🙂

      Reply
      • Ineke van der Valk

        Thank you, Helga! Your tip about contacting coaches feels good.
        I would like to contact you and talk about this. Is it possible?
        Love to hear from you

        Reply
    • Mirjam van Galen

      Hi Ineke,

      As an addition to what Martine and Helga say:

      It sounds like you can use a shot of self-confidence in this, to get off your comfort zone 🙂 If that’s right, a little game might help you:
      1. Imagine a real situation where you found it scary-as-hell to go out of your comfort zone.
      2. Think of a person who is the best ever to go out of the comfort zone full of self-confidence. This can be a real person you know, someone from television, even a cartoon.
      3. See this person in front of you and observe closely what he (or she) does, how he speaks, what gestures he makes.
      4. Step into this person (take an actual step into your visualisation, that helps) and now feel what he feels. How does this feeling appear? What thoughts do you have now, as this person in this situation? What do you believe about yourself, as this person in the situation?
      5. Summarize all you experience as this person in one image, one word or even one sounds. Repeat this for yourself, while you enjoy this great feeling of self-confidence being out of the comfort zone as long as you want.
      6. Step out of this person / situation.
      7. Go back to your own experience, mentioned in point 1. Just look at the moment, just before this situation actually happened (e.g.: just before you start talking to someone or put your hand in the air in a group).
      8. Recall your one image or word from point 5. Make it as big as you can, then even bigger and feel that feeling again. With this feeling step into your own situation. What do you experience? What do you feel and think now? Enjoy it as long as you want.
      9. Step out of it.
      10. Think of a situation in the near future, where you’ll need the self-confidence to go out of your comfort zone. Before you step into this situation, recall again the image or word. Then step into it and see what it does for you.

      Good luck and a lot of fun with it!

      Reply
  141. Corine Stavenuiter

    My biggest challenge is that there is so much new stuff to learn AND implement. And off course it all has be done by yesterday!

    Doing income generating activities and actually seeing the money coming into the bank account are two different things.

    But I have faith, I trust that it will all work out in the end. And if it is not working out now, it’s just not the end yet.

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Corine,

      I suggest you give not only priorities to every task, but you also assign a tangible value to each of them. For example, Task A is worth 20€/hour whereas Task B is worth 200€/hour. You then categorize every task by its worth and create different clusters.

      Once you have a clear picture, start working on the highly valuable tasks (oftentimes they are the most uncomfortable, I know), and give up the rest in the form of delegation, outsourcing or simply stop doing them (in case they are time-wasters)

      Good luck!!

      Reply
      • Giovanna Gomersbach

        Great practical tip on making the value of actions to take more visible/tangible, thanks Luca :+)

        Reply
    • Helga Peeters

      Hi Corine,

      Also, sounds very familiar. 🙂

      What works for me is at the each of every month, day 1, take a piece of paper, and write at the top the amount of money that I wish to earn in that month.

      Then underneeth, how I think to achief that.

      It helps me bring my focus to the actually selling part. Knowing myself, that the learning part wil find it’s own way (don’t need a paper for that).

      Reply
    • Merel Slotboom

      Hi Corine, I hear you say you have faith….are you sure? What can you do to have more faith? In the Be Happy & Healthy program, Roy Martina taught us to tap the pinky sides of our hands rapidly and say: I love and accept myself, even when…. (i don’t have faith, I’m afraid I won’t learn the new stuff, I won’t get the money in the bank). Good luck! Greetings, Merel

      Reply
  142. Rudolph Huizinga

    My biggest challenge is to rely on modern online marketing systems to reach prospects.
    We recently invested a lot in it in terms of money and time and we found a great partner who will do the actual work.
    But still, it is not in my hands anymore and it will take some time to see results.
    I’m an ‘old school’ salesman. Which means i.e. cold calling was never a prob. I’m fairly good at it. But to be more efficient and effective we made this choice.

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Rudolph,

      sounds like you made the right choice, outsourcing while at the same time educating yourself in order to be able to control the overall outcome.

      If done right, modern online marketing can give you plenty more leverage and outreach, but it always depends on the type of business you run.

      In the future, keep an eye on the evolution of artificial intelligence applied to online marketing. For example, I suggest you check out these guys https://albert.ai/ (FYI, we have no affiliation with them whatsoever and we have never worked with them either)

      Good luck!

      Reply
  143. Bernhard Friedrich

    My biggest challenge is to go out and talk to people I don’t know. Showing myself and being confident in what I have to offer.
    Best wishes, Bernhard

    Reply
    • Helga Peeters

      Start with someone you know a little bit? Or with someone that knows someone that you know?

      Good luck! 🙂

      Reply
    • Gabriela van Gemert

      Maybe you can join networks like Open Coffee or BNI. Especially BNI works with a structure that will help you to meet new people, to pitch every week again and again..

      Reply
    • Arabella Seegers

      Hi Bernhard, very many people feel the same way. The next time you are surrounded by people you don’t know, look around and observe; not everyone will be equally comfortable. Perhaps look for someone who seems to be alone also, or covering up their anxiety by fiddling with a phone. Just think how relieved they would be if you approached them. People are easily stuck in their own perspective. It might be harder at, say a wedding where there may be groups of friends oblivious to their surroundings. The advantage of a network is that you will never be alone, any group circle you join will welcome you and immediately strike up a conversation. If there is someone you feel is very confident, how about just mentioning how you feel? A confident person will make you feel comfortable. If they it says nothing about you. Move on to the next. Tip: people love talking about themselves so ask them questions. Chances are they will reciprocate after a few minutes and you will have your chance talk about what you know best.

      Reply
  144. Ibolya Rosy

    My biggest problem is my health. I am all the time very enthusiastic and then i become ill again. I have c-ptss and have done a lot of therapeutic work and now i am reprogramming myself. But i do need to stay at a tempo that is good for me. But every time i do to much in relation to my energystate.
    So i know my trap. I have to do it more slowly and more straight without temptations. Like trying out new tools etc. And further i think Always that everybody is more important then i am. I know it it’s not true but this is a very big issue for me.

    Reply
  145. Rozita

    Focus and Prioritization

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Rozita,

      you completed the daily challenge in less than a minute.
      I’d say it’s an awesome display of focus and ability to prioritize. 🙂

      Stay tuned for the next days, we’ll help you get there!

      Reply
  146. Marjolein Kamstra

    Goodmorning,
    My biggest challenge right now is in launching an online product. Until now I have always worked face to face. There will still be face to face sessions but it will mostly be online. So this is getting me out of my comfort zone.

    Reply
  147. Michal van Belle-Stup

    My challenges are the following:

    1. Find a good business/earning model for my business. I think about affiliate marketing, but as I would like to have only affiliates I trust it may take time to start generating money from my site.

    2. pricing- although I would like to create an online business which will not demand MY time. I know that the client does appreciate the personal help I give . to explain my problem I will give an example- I had a client, and I wanted to charge them less as a pilot ( a year ago). the end of the process was as reverse negotiation- in which the client has said that they do not agree with the price I have offered as it was too low in their opinion, at the end of the negotiations the clients have agreed to pay me 10 times of what I have asked from them! this is a clear sign that I do not price myself high enough…

    3. I need support from someone with experience in building an international business.

    4. I need to find a good partner who is strong in taking actions, and in online marketing.

    5. Focus- I try to deal with the fact that I see opportunities everywhere. That stands in my way to focus on accomplishing things in the best way.

    6. Not take business issues personally. I find it a challenge.

    Reply
  148. Yvette van Boven

    My biggest challenge is to overcome myself by staying in the place where I have proven myself. I must stop handcuffing myself by holding myself back and playing it safe because of fear of failure and fear of success.

    Reply
    • Helena Ström

      You will come out of that place. You are aware. What will be your next step?

      Reply
      • Yvette van Boven

        You will learn that there are many things you can do that will enhance your chances to become cancer-free and/or improve your quality of living because you don’t feel a helpless victim anymore but a powerful creator.

        Reply
          • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

            Also powerful creators can be (and should be?) afraid sometimes… What is your deepest fear? Why are you afraid to ‘move’ from that safe spot? Feel it through, deeply, and it will help you in your next step(s) of creation… xxx

      • Yvette van Boven

        My next step will be face the fear and do it anyway.

        Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Yvette,

      Regarding fear, for me, there are 2 ways you can look at your potential: 1. what’s probable and 2. what’s possible.

      If you think in “probable”, you are likely to see your future based on your own past history and current abilities. You often use words like “realistic” and “likely”. The problem is that when you get an opportunity that does not fit your limited reality, you simply conclude that “you can’t do it”.

      I suggest you reflect on how to become more a “Possibility” thinker, which is basing your assumptions on what you imagine to be capable to accomplish. Use terms like “I conceive, I imagine, how can I make it possible?”. Sometimes it can as easy as changing your daily vocabulary. Take into account that what you don’t know today can be learned, purchased or outsourced and that the world around you is always going respond to your signals.

      Be flexible, active and alive 😉

      Good luck!

      Reply
  149. Lieve Moermans

    My intention. I am also still working for a boss and my coaching is for the moment started as a side business. So I am still figuring out: is this really what I really want to go for 100% and more. Am I willing to do everything that is needed to go for it every day?

    Reply
  150. Anita Pieterman

    My biggest challenge is to lift my PR up to a more professional level.
    Find doctors and HR managers who want to send clients in.

    Reply
    • Rudolph Huizinga

      Let’s start by saying that I don’t know anything about how you do your PR. So my apology in case I got you wrong. What I understand is your PR doesn’t bring the results you want right?

      Let’s assume your PR is that you tel doctors what you can do for them and for their clients …….. Now, imagine you have a terrible ache in your shoulder and you go to your doctor for help. Without asking questions (s)he opens the consult by telling you all the things (s)he can do for you, beginning with your feet, your ankle then up to your knees and the rest of your body until finaly ending with your shoulder. How big is the change you will come back to that doctor when you have a headache? Small I guess.

      So if you want to reach doctors you have to behave like a doctor (not this one) and ask questions and questions only until the doctor points out very clearly what he/she sees as a prolem and a possible solution. Not a minute earlier then that moment you start talking about your solutions.

      Doest this help you a bit?

      Reply
  151. Bene Bailleul

    My biggest challenge is ‘goal – plan – focus’.
    My goals are clear. Then I’ve a lot of ideas. And I’m doing, doing, doing.
    Most of the time without a plan. So I live without a good focus (my goals): procrastination, doing without planning, doing things good instead of doing the good things good, …
    Good insights are always welcome. Thank you 😉

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Bene,

      I would wonder why you go straight into execution without a clear plan of action. Is it because it’s boring to plan? Or is it because you want to feel like you’re doing something, even if it’s not the things that really matter? Or maybe because you don’t want to be clear and then eventually set yourself up for a possible failure?

      Think about it 🙂 The answer is already within you. Once you become aware of it, you can decide how to prevent it from self-sabotage.

      Good luck!

      Reply
    • Rozelinde Warmoes

      Hi Bene,
      Nice to see you again 🙂

      It seems to be very clear what your problem is to you: needing a plan.

      A suggestion: do you have a personal coach? It seems like this is a possible solution in your case/problem. It could also be a buddy, but you will be much more invested in a real professional coach and this is much more viable.

      knowing you I know you have the skills, it’s just about executing them 🙂

      Good luck!!

      Reply
  152. Hanno van Koppen

    Just read: No multitasking, focus on one thing… there I go… window cleaning is my core business, besides that, I’d like to develop new products, writing a book and be a great dad and golf player… so that requires loads of efforts and discipline, of course, I know that! Participating in this already helps me… getting things clear… So…

    my BIGGEST problem is not letting things do by others, want to do it all by myself

    ;-((( Also in Window Cleaning, no one is doing it better than I do…

    Reply
  153. Han Plaatsman

    Staff,
    When to hire and when not?
    Who to hire and who not?

    those are my challenges

    Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Han,

      Did you ever consider to work with other entrepreneurs instead of hiring?

      Reply
      • Han Plaatsman

        Unfortunately, it takes about two months to teach people the system.

        Reply
  154. Marcel Heijnes

    Hello everybody,

    Biggest challenge: get more clients to pay my lifestyle.

    The leverage is my Mind. If I say to me I’m worth it, I get things done. When I acknowledge myself I’m proud and thankful where I’m standing.
    And that keeps me stay on my line. Choosing just helping women with shoulder issues and knowing I can more is a little bit scary. But hé, I’m really good in it and my professional heart beats louder when I focus on the shoulder. And I’m aware of choosing is the key.
    Another attraction is more time spending on therapeutic skills than marketing skills. That’s why I fully do this challenge.

    To every one of this challenge; choose and you will get on a higher energy level.

    warm regards, Marcel

    Reply
  155. Grada Huis

    My biggest challenges are to find clients outsite my network. The second: everytime I complete an assignment I need tot start looking for a new one by the same client,
    Third: I mostly get paid by the hour.

    Reply
  156. Claire Verbeek

    My biggest challenge is the fear of growth. We hired our first employee (just 6h a week) and it is very scary in my opinion. We really want to grow, but it’s hard to know when to take what step.

    Reply
    • Han Plaatsman

      Claire, you can reduce some of the fear by using a payroll company,
      instead of being fully responsible yourself. (they realy saved my a…)

      Reply
      • Claire Verbeek

        Hi Han,

        Thanks for your reply! I already use Payroll. I think it is not as much the money aspect of growth but more the fear of losing grip or something. I have to adapt my place in the company as well as how it functions in total.

        I have to deal with all kinds of new problems and questions I never thought of before. It is transforming from my small little sweet zpp business to a grown-up company and that I find a bit scary 😛

        Reply
    • Francine Recca

      Is it possible to work with freelancers? So you are not ‘stuck’ to them?

      Reply
      • Claire Verbeek

        Hey Francine ,

        Thanks for this tip! We do work with colleagues on bigger projects now and then. But the Apple business it not really a freelance market. As I just told Han I also think it is not really the commitment that scares me.

        Reply
    • Jet Sebus

      Hi, Claire, I think you took some big steps already in a relatively short time. Do you remember where you were just one or two years ago? Can you see the big steps you’ve made? Wow ! Even though you felt the fear, you did it, step by step and sometimes by a jump. I admire you for your persistence and determination.

      Just keep connected to your intuition and to the things you enjoy; and make sure your core values keep shining in your business. Big hug from Jet

      Reply
      • Claire Verbeek

        Hey Jet!

        Good to hear from you 🙂 Thanks for these kind words! I know I already came a long way. Thank you for reminding me. Step by step we are going in the right direction.

        Are you following this challenge too? We should meet again soon!

        Reply
        • Jet Sebus

          Hi, Claire,

          Yes, I’m following this challenge too – I really need a structured, step for step-approach.

          See you soon :-),

          with love from Jet

          Reply
  157. Foeke van der Zee

    My biggest challenge now is to keep on growing my company (helping students to learn how to do excellent research). It looks like the Dutch market isn’t big enough (nor willing to get rid of the pain), so I will go international. I won’t do this alone, but I have to make a start. So on January first, I want to have the basic part of my site in English. Let’s go for it!

    If anyone has some suggestions who can help me, or suggestions how to handle this project, please let me know!

    Reply
    • Connie van Rossum

      Hallo Foeke,

      Heb je het idee dat je je doelgroep in Nederland goed hebt weten te bereiken? Heb je goede feedback ontvangen van studenten die jij verder geholpen hebt? Referenties werken altijd goed ter promotie, dus anders nuttig om deze op te vragen.

      Het belangrijkste voor het gereed maken van je website in het Engels is een goede planning maken. Wanneer ga je de content goed ordenen (niet alles dat voor een NLer geschikte info is, werkt voor buitenlanders), wanneer heb je de content af in het NLs en wanneer stuur je het naar de vertaler zodat die op tijd de input kan leveren om het Engelse deel van je site te vullen? Ik kan je zelf als projectmanager helpen. Als je een goede vertaler zoekt, kijk eens op: http://www.pumpkineditorialservices.com/.

      Succes!

      Groet,

      Connie

      Reply
  158. Hans van der Meer

    My biggest challenge is my focus. I would like to have enough passive income to be able to focus completely on writing. This passive income can be generated by the business I am in: selling software development outsourcing services. However, I experience that it’s really tough to get new customers in. Maybe my prospects ‘smell’ my struggle, but I know there is lack of software development resources out there, so there must be opportunities enough. I only don’t run into them.

    Meanwhile, I have written 5 books during the last half year and I am in the phase of trying to get them published. Of course, when the books will be sold it can generate also a passive income, but for the time being, I need to focus myself on selling software development outsourcing services.

    Reply
  159. Maurice Leentvaar

    My biggest challenge is marketing. I did some emailings in the past but I cannot get myself to create and publish the next one and get into a rythm. Just once a month would be nice. Besides emails I also have some Adwords ads, but I don’t look at that for months to then adjust a little bit and forget about it for the next months (sometimes even half a year). I put a reminder in my agenda to post something on facebook every week, but perhaps once a month I actually post something. I always feel my mail/post is not relevant enough or not interesting enough, or not ‘fancy’ enough, etc… It is on my top priority list but everytime I think of marketing I tell myself I can also grow my business by improving my website and create better product data, but that is only half the challenge.

    Reply
    • Foeke van der Zee

      Hallo Maurice. Ik snap je probleem en ik weet hoe het voelt, want zelf heb ik dat idee ook wel eens. Vaak blijkt later dat mensen er wel erg veel aan hebben gehad. Dus wel blijven doen en misschien zelfs wat vaker.
      Het werkt het beste als je een lijstje met onderwerpen hebt waarover je kunt schrijven. Soms kun je een aantal artikelen vooruit schrijven (bijvoorbeeld 4 op één dag voor de hele maand). Als je het op prijs stelt, wil ik me wel aanbieden om meelezer te worden zodat je al feedback krijgt voordat je de mail (nieuwsbrief?) de deur uit doet. Neem gerust contact op.

      Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Maurice,

      Marketing is indeed crucial. By the way. Your website is a crucial part of marketing, so improving the website is important, as long as it is about improvement which lead to moe conversions, e-mail addresses and clients.

      Instead of emails /blogs, you could consider video or audio/podcast.

      And as expert, your posts en messages for sure will be relevant and interesting to you target audience.

      Reply
  160. Silvia Dragoni

    My challenge is to start to work in a new city from January and I would like to work with 20 clients.
    I have to start from zero because many clients will not join me, I am very scared.
    I have to find a way to advertise myself in order that people want to be involved and paid for the service (to learn to let go efforts, to relax body and mind, to deal with fear, pain, and stress in their daily life).
    Each individual session last 1 hour, 85 euro, the people had to engage in at least 6 sessions.

    Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Silvia,

      Did you ask the satisfied clients from previous cities, if they know potential clients in the new city.
      And maybe people are willing to travel, because they want to work with you.

      Reply
      • Silvia Dragoni

        Thank you very much. Some of them will join me. Some won’t. I will ask them to invite people they know. It is a good idea. If You have more, please let me know.
        Have wonderful days

        Reply
        • Ron Scheerder

          Silvia,

          You might focus on a better-paying segment of your target audience. You could, for example, give the sessions at the clients’ location and charge double or more.
          I checked your site and I see you are using the Grinberg Method. I had the privilege to get some training from Avi himself. The method is amazing, so for sure, there are people who want to pay more if you visit their location.

          You can also visit networking meetings in the new city.

          Reply
  161. Boukje Canaan

    My Challenge is to stop doing things that don’t help my growth. I turn of my phone often. check email only twice a day, but I find other things to distract me, or go do things that I love doing, but they are not scheduled in, so have my agenda messed up. Then I create a mess on my desk. So I can see how things are not helping. I follow training on how to be more productive, I started the Miracle Morning from Hal Elrod, which makes me feel great, but the realtity still has to kick in harder. I have to mess up more possibly to understand the necessary of FOCUS!
    I want to launch my online trainings, I wish to find help for this. When you read this, would you like to keep me on track? Or be my accountability partner?

    Reply
    • Marcel Heijnes

      Hoi Boukje,

      You need a buddy.
      I have one buddy for almost 6 months. And it helps a lot to keep me on track.
      And keep asking yourself, why I’m doing this and better is to ask: How can I find ways to get done what I want to get done.
      There are, I think more people is this group, who can benefit of taken you as a buddy.
      Success. Rgds Marcel

      Reply
    • Francine Recca

      Goeie website. Goed verhaal. Goede ‘why’ van je business. Goede klantervaringen. Veel goeds Boukje! Ik ervaar als zangeres precies hetzelfde als wat jij beschrijft. Doelen stellen, maar agenda die toch anders loopt. Wat zou een accountability partner voor je moeten doen?

      Reply
    • Rupal Chauhan

      Hi Boukje,
      That’s a great idea!! To find an accountability partner to stay focused and grow together. I also want to start online activities and marketing. May be we can brainstorm together about how to approach and start Challenges for each other!!
      It all starts with an IDEA…
      Regards,
      Rupal

      Reply
    • Yvonne van Gennip

      I recognize this Boukje and I’m also in the process of finishing offline and online training programs. I’m so motivated to go on. I picked it up after a long pause being in very hard time last year in my private life, and though I came out of this with so much more stamina and picked it up again recently, I find myself also too much distracted to too many things. So, if it appears to you, send me an email and we hopefully will be able to help each other on track.
      To get in line and stay in line 🙂

      Reply
    • Silvia Dragoni

      Why don’t you try when you go to sleep to breathe and think for 2 minutes what would you like to achieve. Without knowing in which way just relaxing and breathing without comanda on You. You can try many time night and rest helps you to maintain your Will 🙂

      Reply
    • Maaike Bressers-Wiersma

      Hi Boukje,
      What is holding you back? Why is it possible for you to be distracted? What’s underneath that wants to be seen first?

      Reply
  162. Brenda Serrée

    A big challenge for me is to structure the launch of my online course ‘Online visible for your target audience’.
    It seems so much although I’m doing a program that helps me with this.
    Still lots of work besides my advice sessions and brand design.
    It seems overwhelming.

    Reply
    • Wouter Weber

      Hello Brenda, I see myself in your shoes. I decided to ask help. Good luck, Wouter

      Reply
      • Brenda Serrée

        Hi, Wouter with which steps you ask help? Writing your blogs, making social media posts, preparing your webinar or writing the giveaway? I appreciate your advice. Bye Bye

        Reply
        • Wouter Weber

          Hello Brenda, I would suggest: first see what task you know really a lot about. I think you can tell the story of your online message yourself. But the technique how to do the marketing, you can ask help. I have an appointment next week for to see what others are able en willing to do and a price for that. Let you know more next week. Make a list in order the priority, then look for outsources. Make one step at the time. Go for it, Wouter

          Reply
    • Boukje Canaan

      Hi Brenda,

      This sounds very much like me. Can we help each other? Make an accountability partner of each other?
      I have the video’s made for the training, set up much behind the scenes, but can’t find the inertia to finish it all and start the launch…

      Boukje
      shoot me an email if you think this might be an idea. info@boukjefotografie.nl

      Reply
      • Brenda Serrée

        Hoi Boukje, ik heb je gemaild. We hebben contact, groetjes, Brenda

        Reply
    • Rupal Chauhan

      Hi Brenda,
      I understand…I find my days overwhelmed with all the choices and MUST-DO lists. At the end of the day, I am not happy with all accomplishments as it is impossible to focus on all.
      What program are you doing to overcome your challenge?
      Regards,
      Rupal

      Reply
      • Brenda Serrée

        Hi, Rupal I do the launching programme with Powe2Bloom. It’s very practical and structured, offering exactly what I need at this stage of my entrepreneurship. It helps me getting done more in less time. Yet, it is much. As Reina says in her comment, it’s partly my mind which worries about time and deadlines. I can improve my mindset. And you? Do you follow a course?

        Reply
    • Reina Oversteegen

      Hi Brenda, it probably is overwhelming! But seeing how wonderful your communication towards your clients and your prospects (me, we met at a Bewust Haarlem meeting where you presented yourself) is, you will do great if you manage to set aside time to work consciously on this new program. Maybe the time pressure in your mind makes it so hard? Can you change something in your mindset, regarding your planning? Does it have to be finished by… or can you rely on yourself finishing somewhat later, but being relaxed and a wonderful person to be around in the meantime? Considering that a huge profit too?
      We can only do so much ourselves. Outsourcing would maybe help too.
      I wish you all the best and am looking forward to the result, whenever that is 😉

      Reply
      • Brenda Serrée

        What a warm comment from a wonderful person. Thank you, Reina

        Reply
    • Helena Ström

      I think i share your challange. I tried but I did not do it well enough. My lesson was that I do have to be more structured and to do it bigger. Structure does not help we if I am hiding myself at the same time. I do not know if this goes for you.

      Reply
      • Brenda Serrée

        Hi Helena,
        I agree the challenge is to prepare (video)blogs, webinars, social media posts for the near future and in the meantime be fully present.
        For me, it doesn’t feel like hiding myself. I am online & offline visible for my target audience and interacting with them. It’s more preparing all the things I want to structurize. Also, I want to make lots of video’s and find it time & energy consuming. A matter of timing, keeping the right focus, taking good selfcare… For you too?

        Reply
  163. Margreet van Bork

    My biggest challenge is to be visible. To expand my network. To be known.
    My second challenge is the great influence of my (temporarily) bad health on my business and how to cope with that.

    Reply
    • Dennis Keim

      Hi, beautiful Margreet!
      Lovely to meet you here. I have warm memories of our encounter, you surely were visible to me! So put on those dancing shoes, and go get them!
      I have to go now, but all the best in your endeavors 🙂

      Reply
      • Margreet van Bork

        Thank you for your supporting comment. I too remember our contact as warm and inspiring. Face to face there is no problem. Expanding my network as well as keeping in touch with my network is part of my problem.

        Reply
    • Brenda Serrée

      Hoi Margreet, online zichtbaar zijn voor de mensen die je graag helpt is voor veel professionals een ‘ding’. Het gaat in mijn optiek om een combinatie van 4 dingen. Zou je het leuk vinden als ik als personal branding coach eens met je meekijk naar wat je nu laat zien en naar wat nog meer gezien mag worden? Laat maar weten.

      Reply
      • Margreet van Bork

        Dank voor je reactie Brenda.
        Ik heb net je mini cursus gelezen en de vraag hoe anderen mij karakteriseren zal ik gaan stellen.
        Het gaat mij niet zo zeer om wat ik zichtbaar wil maken ( visie, doelgroep etc.), maar meer om hoe ik dat het beste kan doen. De eerst volgende stappen zijn voor mij helder: uitbreiden van mijn facebooknetwerk, bloggen en het verbeteren van mijn facebook pagina’s.
        Ik heb je uitgenodigd voor contact via facebook en wil gebruik maken van je brandingscan.

        Reply
        • Brenda Serrée

          Hi Margreet,
          Nice to connect on Facebook, I already saw your invite. See you soon on Skype as well for the brandingscan. Bye bye, Brenda

          Reply
  164. Sietske vd Veen

    * time management
    * collect the good people around me/ you:)
    * my English haha.

    Reply
    • Luca Mossini

      It looks like you have no problems with:
      – being synthetic
      – creating bullet points/checklists 🙂

      You have a clear short-list. Start with 2, that will help 1 and will give you time for 3.

      Good luck!

      Reply
  165. Siri Amrit Khalsa

    My biggest challenge is reaching my potential clients and being seen. I don’t have a regular flow of clients and I feel stuck as to what is the efficient way of reaching them. On the one hand, I also feel overwhelmed by the number of others out there offering similar services and sometimes just want to crawl back into my shell. I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I force myself to use it but sometimes I struggle with expressing my authentic voice. Also, as my life is very busy and I need to earn money to support my three kids it is really a challenge to make time to invest in doing the work necessary to get clients at this time doesn’t bring in direct money but is a long-term investment. But once again it comes back to the fact that I am often perplexed about what exactly I need to be doing to get clients. So I guess lack of marketing skills and strategy?

    Reply
    • Silvia Dragoni

      Why you don’t try to talk more with people around you: friends, colleagues, people that work in the shop you go in… In order to present more your work through talking more than social network?

      Reply
    • Rudolph Huizinga

      You are very honest sharing your challenge. I’m sure many of us share the same. Now, what to do? What helps me to get access to prospects is to take their ambition as a starting point. In general, people are interested in their own stuff, wich is OK. That means for us ‘sales people’ that we have to talk about their business and forget for a while how good we are. Only once we know through interviewing what their ambition or goals are and know what their challenges are, we finally can demonstrate how our service or product relate to their world and bring added value to their goals. And not a minute earlier we talk about our selves, our products, our services or how damn good we are.

      Does this help you?

      Enjoy

      Reply
  166. Sattva Chandra

    The challenge for me is keeping a business mindset in an environment where people only believe in working for a boss. In the last years, it really helped me to grow and reflect with the business buddies that I had. This year I am blessed with another buddy* (that is resonating with the process where I am in) and how I see and feel it is that by supporting each other, we keep the energy focused on that and feeding each other.
    So that is also why I am grateful for this challenge, to feel and focus on growing this mindset so I can create the results. Good luck to all of you!

    Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Sattva,

      Start to get to know other entrepreneurs, who can support you.

      Years ago I had very little entrepreneurs in my direct surroundings (family, friends). Now the majority are entrepreneurs. Off course i have still my family 🙂

      Reply
      • Sattva Chandra

        That is why i love to be here ! thank you for your reply and yes, its great to see so many inspiring people here that i bathe in it 🙂
        Good luck and success for your business and great that you have overcome this challenge!

        Reply
  167. Janie Meiburg

    My biggest challenge is to get more people buying the dog food I sell. It is a niche market and thus it is hard to find the right audience. Once they are my customer, they “never” leave due to the good quality product.

    I have some ideas about this, but somehow the normal daily routine seems to absorb me fully already. I need to focus on sales more!

    Reply
    • Silvia Dragoni

      Why do you not try to see more clarity? What is it what you belief,that not allow you to be more known? You can write down all the things you believe in.
      Maybe it will be hard, afterwards you can have a look on each point and make a new more specific list.

      Reply
    • Alexandra Wilkinson

      Hoi Janie! Leuk dat je ook meedoet ????

      Er zijn heel veel verschillende voeders op de markt en de uitdaging zit er in dat je op moet vallen.
      Wat wil jouw target audience? Bestelgemak? Abonnement? Bezorging aan huis? Heb je al eens een enquete gehouden?

      Groetjes, Alexandra

      Reply
  168. Melati Helmhout

    Oooooh my biggest challenge is .. me.
    Afraid of not doing it perfectly is paralyzing. So I don’t do it at all.
    Instead of just starting and growing and learning, and getting energy from the process, I believe I should know everything already and do everything right.

    Reply
    • Silvia Dragoni

      You could try to note how all the ideas you have about yourself involve the breathing, the body, the tensions… you take between 3-5 minutes to note this and then through movement, breathing, relaxing the body you could note if something change in your way to relate to yourself.
      Kiss

      Reply
      • Melati Helmhout

        Hi Silvia,
        Thank you for your advice! I will try that.

        Reply
    • Yvonne van Gennip

      I recognize this Melati and still this is a challenge. What helps me is setting small goals, drop everything except one or two things and focus on that, little steps and take the next step. The energy that comes from these results made me go on like this. Throw your believe in the bin, you should know everything and do everything right 🙂

      Reply
      • Annemieke Kegel

        I like that Yvonne! That helps me too, thanks!

        Reply
      • Melati Helmhout

        Hi Yvonne,
        Thank you for your advice! haha, I recognize saying that to others, but not myself… blindspot! Small steps and small goals might indeed work better! Very nice this.

        Reply
  169. Rupal Chauhan

    Hi Reina,

    I just dropped by your site. Nice content and offers but I feel you should keep your coaching and Studiowork separate to attract different audiences. Maybe have two websites so that you can position your Coaching business better.

    One small thing: while clicking on your name (About) it can go directly to your page then one showing just contact details and further drop-menu clicking.

    Regards,
    Rupal

    Reply
  170. Dennis Keim

    Fortunately, my biggest challenge is me, I can at least change myself 😉

    I’m now reading Napoleon Hill’s epic book Outwitting the Devil, and one thing stands out like a sore thumb: Learning from adversity.
    Allowing myself to make mistakes and the eagerness to learn from them. Surely Nisandeh’s talked about that a lot, failing forward, make as many mistakes as fast as possible…

    In our schooling system and job market, we’ve been conditioned to avoid making those mistakes, which in turn turns out to be a HUGE mistake.

    I’m stepping away from the ZZP status, which also means dealing with some control issues, being more out there, true and humble, being so much more aware of the people and energies I surround myself with.

    As much as its magnificent possibilities for growth and fulfilling one’s potential, it still spooks me. So, new times, new habits, and new people to resonate with and problems to solve. I don’t wish to rip anybody off!

    Have a fine day folks, all the best to you, and godspeed!

    Reply
    • Wouter Weber

      Hello Dennis,

      Mistakes are the best way of learning and acting fast. Put your goal after you defined your target audio. Also, it can help to speak with your future clients to see if you are on the right track.

      Good luck,
      Wouter

      Reply
      • Dennis Keim

        Thanks Wouter!
        All the best!

        Reply
    • Michal van Belle-Stup

      Hi Dennis,

      I liked your comment very much…it is familiar.
      My question to you is what change EXACTLY are you planning to make in the way you do things? What are you going to practice do differently now?

      Good luck!

      Michal

      Reply
      • Dennis Keim

        Hi Michal,

        Thanks a lot! Actually, you are a witness to it right now. I’m committed to this challenge in all my humbleness, and I feel a great surge to get ahead. It’s wonderful to feel all the support and to give mine in return. I feel way more on top of things and am very much looking forward to that challenging gift under the tree in the morning. I’ll be monitoring myself closely ;)!

        All the best!

        Reply
    • Ron Scheerder

      Dennis,

      Great book ‘ Outwitting the devil’. I have the audiobook and listened 3 times already.

      There is no such thing as failure as long as you continue to try different things. So keep on making mistakes until you cracked the code!

      Reply
      • Brenda Serrée

        Great tip, Robert. I like audio versions as well!

        Reply
      • Dennis Keim

        Thanks, Ron!

        When I said read, I meant listened, and in my case twice ;).
        I very much prefer the audiobook versions, and I love my ‘university on wheels’.
        This creates so much more time well-spent learning :)!

        Reply
  171. Anne Verheyen

    It is difficult for me to define one challenge as I feel I have 2 major challenges which I will both express here:
    1. FOCUS and PROFESSIONALISM. I, me, still in come in between too much: my concerns, my experiences, my past, my doubts and uncertainties, they still make me focus too much on myself instead of on the client.
    2. STEP OUT OF COMFORT ZONE: I know and do realize I am a “content” person. I can spend endless time on acquiring knowledge, content related to what I do and find it difficult and continuously find excuses for not giving any time to finance, administration, even computer work

    Reply
  172. Wouter Weber

    My biggest challenge is to teach my knowledge to entrepreneurs, who want to improve their sound recordings and speak attitude for video marketing purposes, instead, I do that for them.

    Reply
  173. Kim Buining

    My biggest challenge in business is to let go. The last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot about the power of energy. I learned how to recognize other emotions instead of interpreting them as mine. I learned to lean back more and realized that the more I relax and trust, the more customers will come. The power of energy is so fascinating.

    The only thing that I still think is really when it comes to letting go, is dealing with people that get ‘a little bit too much inspired’. I love to hang out with like-minded others that shift quickly, but the thing that I think is super challenging is when people are inspired by my work and decided to do the same. And I don’t mean like ‘oh, I want to help people with socials as well, but more like really starting to make the same offers and even making the same products and organizing like-minded events using almost the same words as my advertising.

    I thought a lot about why it ‘hitted’ me and I think it’s because I’m really open and when I share my biggest dreams and vision I’m so happy and enthusiastic. I just I don’t feel ‘safe’ anymore when I’m surrounded by people that use these ideas a few moments later for themselves (although it could be possible that they had the same ideas) I know, I’m still safe. I just inspire them with my actions. But this cost a lot of energy and I would be thrilled if I know a way to let it go 🙂

    Love to hear your advice on this topic.

    Psst.. it’s a bit scary also for me to share this out in the open.

    Reply
    • Dennis Keim

      Thank you for your openness!

      There’s a saying in the design world: Don’t worry too much about people copying your work, worry more about them not copying it. You must be doing something right! And there’s a reason that YOU’re doing it like only you can.

      It might also point to a lack of creative imagination on their part. Let karma deal its brand of cookies there ;). But surely, don’t turn a blind eye when lines are being crossed bluntly.

      We live and learn… But remember: you’re at least one step ahead of the people copying you, and most likely in a completely different mindset :)!

      I wish you well, and good hunting!

      Reply
      • Kim Buining

        Thank you, Dennis :).

        It’s true, it’s a huge compliment cause they also say:
        you’re growing so fast and your idea sounds so good, I think I will do the same. And then my heart stopped like a scene in a movie – freeeeze.

        I’m going to make a picture of your comment and look at it when the feelings are ‘popping up’.

        Reply
        • Dennis Keim

          🙂 !

          Reply
    • Sattva Chandra

      Good morning Kim,

      Thank you for sharing your personal story and I recognize this process too. In the process of becoming aware of myself and consciousness, I also came across this. The thing is, people are inspired when they hear/sense things that feel ‘right’. That is how I also started to see the kind of words that I normally use.

      When you look at Nisandeh and the way he (and his team) created Open Circles, there were also a lot of entrepreneurs that using the same kind of words/products etc.
      But you know what? in the end its not about nice words. It’s the energy behind it. Consciousness and evolving means that a larger group can grab information from the same source, with related information, words etc.

      True creativity comes from your heart. Never let people steal your shine… that is impossible because you are unique and will attract the right people by being you. And if the people that are still being like a parrot: are they the people that you want to have in your life?

      Letting go of worry and keep on shining harder: focusing more on being you and your business.

      Wishing you a lot of success!

      Reply
    • Hans van der Meer

      When sharing your ideas and creativity, you are always in a vulnerable position. But to be successful, this position is inevitable. Like Dennis replied: you will always be a step ahead because you have enough creative energy; more than the people trying to copy you.

      Reply
    • Yvonne van Gennip

      Hi Kim,
      I recognize this, keeping stuff for myself, afraid that others will copy it. The keyword here is ‘afraid’, fear, anxiety.
      Your energy will be low when you come from fear.
      Maybe it will help to work on coming from love instead of fear and I know that can be a hard process, but I also know you’ll grow personally from it.
      Actually, look at Nisandeh, he’s teaching us his principles, his way of thinking, working etc. but he stays the only Nisandeh doing it his way, we all copy him in a way and hopefully make it our own way, a different way.
      Copying exactly the same won’t work as you won’t be authentic and people will feel that at the end.
      Maybe you can even work together, create joined forces from it if you let go of your fears, come from love and feel like it.
      I wish you all the best Kim in this process! You can do it!

      Reply
    • Annemieke Kegel

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for your words. I believe we will get our answers when we open up. I can relate to what you are experiencing. I’m experiencing the same. It feels like people ‘steal’ your ideas. But I guess you can never escape from it, because it comes with being succesful and inspiring to others. Use it well, to keep on going and keep ahead from them. Don’t let it bring you down, but change the energy by labelling it differently: you’re on the right path when people starting to copy your ideas! And there is nothing people can copy: that’s your ‘handwriting’ and your future ideas. Go on, and just be the best in your zone and never let go!

      Reply
  174. Jur Houtman

    The biggest challenge,
    1. To stay focused!
    So many things to do every day. Some things distract.
    Administration, finding/ attract and mail new clients. Busy working on new/better shows. Improving al the time, learning!
    2. Time management. Working on visibility/website. / SEO. Facebook/LinkedIn/twitter.

    Reply
    • Kim Buining

      Hi Jur, If I can give you a little tip: start your days with ‘checking in’ with yourself.

      What’s the most important thing to do? Do that first.

      Than decide every Sunday the most important goal for your company. Meaby you want more awareness for a new product. Think every morning – after the no 1 must-do task – what you could do to share this lovely news with the people that you could help.

      Goodluck! If you want to hear more, please let me know.

      Reply
      • Jur Houtman

        Thankx KIm

        Reply
    • Silvia

      Hi Jur, why don’t you try before to make a list of priorities to take few minutes of breathing? Let go the efforts in the body, to relax and breathe fully, 3′-5 minutes. And then to make a list, to work on priority and each hour to take a little streching, relax the body, move a little, in order to be focus and relax at the same time. To refresh your mind to get new ideas!

      Reply
  175. Nienke Dekkinga

    My biggest challenge is to get paying clients. And put the time and effort in to do whatever it takes to get them. I still need to set up a working sales funnel, but somehow I haven´t managed that. So focus on what is really necessary is very important for me. I sometimes lose myself in work that isn´t really essential for getting paying customers.

    And another challenge for me is to let go of the fear that I am not good enough. I am good enough I just have to keep on working on getting better and getting an expert position.

    Reply
    • Kim Buining

      Hi Nienke,

      Can you tell us a bit more about the thing that you offer?
      I would start with this:

      Step 1: Who can you help the most?
      Step 2: What do you want to do/give to this person that would make their lives better?

      Write this down and share the message everywhere you go. If you know who you can help the best, people know what to buy from you.

      Reply
      • Nienke Dekkinga

        Hi Kim,

        Thanks for your tips.
        My audience is people with a chronic disease or disability who suffers from sexual problems. So I help people to get the maximum out of their lovelife.
        Right now I am in the middle of launching my onlineprogram Intiem met MS, Boost je Liefdesleven. I do this by doing Q&A session on Platform.MS and ginving free webinars and I got invited to give a presentation on National MS Day this Sunday, whoohay.
        But still I think it’s not enough. I have to have more consistancy in contentsharing, write more often blogs et cetera. But getting there, slowly but every day I make my steps.

        Reply
        • Sattva Chandra

          Hi Nienke,

          Its a really unique concept. is there a possibility to create something that clients can pay some of your services (partly) through health insurance?
          It’s great you’re going to present your business Sunday!! good luck with that and hopefully you’ll attract the right people for your next steps…
          wishing you success!

          Reply
          • Nienke Dekkinga

            Hi Sattva,

            Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, health insurance will not pay for this.
            So people have to pay for themselves. Maybe in the future. 🙂

    • Luca Mossini

      Hi Nienke,

      Regarding fear, for me, there are 2 ways you can look at your potential: 1. what’s probable and 2. what’s possible.

      If you think in “probable”, you are likely to see your future based on your own past history and current abilities. You often use words like “realistic” and “likely”. The problem is that when you get an opportunity/challenge that does not fit your reality, you simply conclude that “you can’t do it”.

      I suggest you reflect on how to become more a “Possibility” thinker, which is basing your assumptions on what you imagine to be capable to accomplish. Use terms like “I conceive, I imagine, how can I make it possible?”. Sometimes it can as easy as changing your daily vocabulary. Take into account that what you don’t know today can be learned, purchased or outsourced and that the world around you is always going respond to your signals.

      Be flexible, active and alive 😉

      Good luck!

      Reply
      • Nienke Dekkinga

        Hi Luca,

        Thanks for your comment. It really makes sense. I try to think in challenges instead of problems. But to be honest I don’t manage that all the time.
        I am gonna watch my words more carefully. And start thinking in possibilities.

        Kind regards, Nienke

        Reply
  176. Rupal Chauhan

    I face two challenges:
    1. My target audience is not clear at the moment:
    I offer Graphic Design services to let’s say “Everyone”. I would like to focus on Branding (for Start-ups) and Publications (specifically Book Design). I have done projects in these areas but need to highlight them in my marketing approach and on my site.(I am already working on making changes on my site since yesterday’s comments!! Thanks Richard, Eric and Josja.)
    2. Second challenge is language. I MANAGE in Dutch but I shine in English during networking or writing work correspondences so I prefer to use English for work. But I am very conscious about using English as I live in the Netherlands. For me my work is Design not words. So once I get a client, it is a smooth sail..but I feel, I miss the “race” due to language. May be it is just a story in my head.

    Reply
    • Nienke Dekkinga

      Maybe your second challenge will resolve if you have your Target Audience clear. What if your target audience is English speaking? Wouldn´t that resolve that problem?

      Reply
    • Sattva Chandra

      Hello Rupal,

      At first, I would like to share that I recognize the process of making the target audience clear. It really took some years for me to be able to grasp that. What I read in your words is that you are already clear about it so progress it is!

      for the language thing…is it an idea to create an option on your website where you can translate it into English (or create an English version too) for the international Clients?

      wishing you success and good luck in building your business. You are on your way!

      Reply
    • Wouter Weber

      First of all, define your target audience.

      Second to be honest. I think that when you are shining in English, use that power. Your business is about communication and most of the time there are just English terms/ words. Look for Nisandeh, he always in the Nederlands spoke and speak English.

      Reply
    • Michal van Belle-Stup

      Dear Rupal,

      I recognize the language problem. Even if you speak fairly good dutch- there is the barrier of being able to really express yourself in fine tune….. And therefor feel blocked.

      My question is: I understand that you live in the Netherlands, and would like to speak the language. But in the present market- there is no reason for you to restrict yourself to work in the Netherlands. You could work online and use your full abilities in English.
      Good luck!
      Michal

      Reply
      • Rupal

        Hi Michal,
        Thats a super insight into the problem!! Why am I limiting myself…Thanks Thanks Thanks…
        Cheers,
        Rupal

        Reply
  177. Bart Van Veghel

    My biggest challenge is to keep the focus on multiple businesses. Too often I do something on every business but I don’t do the big things and I don’t do them fully. Most of the time the fun tasks. My biggest challenge is focus and maybe dropping something temporarily to get more focus on something else.

    Reply
    • Kim Buining

      Hi Bart,

      I recognize your challenge from myself a few months ago.
      Running a blog, YouTube channel and company was a bit of a challenge.

      When I started focussing on the things that I loved to do the most, everything fell together. What’s the thing that you would like to do for your customers in 2018? What did you do this year that makes you feel great? What type of things that you do that took to much energy?

      Write this down.

      Another thing that you could do is make monthly goals. When you look at your business,
      what do you really want to do this month? Do you want to talk on a tv show, go live on your Facebook page for the first time or even make more time for your family? Whatever it is, make a monthly goal and checking in with yourself on a daily basis, really helps to stay focused.

      I hope my message is clear since my vocabulary isn’t that perfect anymore :p.

      Reply
    • Wouter Weber

      Hello Bart,

      Or make a choice, what you can do best and hire somebody for things need to be done but you don’t like to do them.

      Reply
    • Rupal Chauhan

      Hi Bart,

      I recognize the losing focus part… it can happen in one business also! I just make a list on paper under Important, Urgent, Important and Urgent. I have read somewhere that our mind process to-do list on paper more efficient than a list on a screen… so going back to old way of noting down is a good idea.

      I don’t know much about your multiple Businesses… but just reserve day slots for different projects help me to give attention to multiple projects I handle.

      Sometimes taking a break helps the productivity and focus..:-)

      All the best,
      Rupal

      Reply
  178. Monique van Dam

    My biggest challenge is to stay focussed and put time aside to work ON my business instead of IN my business. Time management seems to be an issue, combined with a slight lack of fearlessness. Waiting for ‘some right moment’. I can take a first step, but taking the second and the third is more difficult in my new areas of business.

    Reply
    • Rupal Chauhan

      Hi Monique,
      I can so relate to what you are writing. As I see that you work in the online industry where netsurfing is part of your work…and it can be a big distraction in working and thought process. Being a graphic designer…so easy to get lost on Social Media (and not necessarily unimportant surfing…but related to work).
      I am working towards fixed social media time and have a better schedule to get the work done for my company.
      Digital detox needed!!!
      Regards,
      Rupal

      Reply
      • Monique van Dam

        Thanks Rupal. Digital detox is a good idea. Now I will put it in my agenda :).

        Reply
        • Tsafi Nelken

          Hi Monique,
          I have the same problem with time management and on trick I use is writing in the morning 6 think that I’m going to do today and then set timer when I start to do the first on and not moving to the second until I finish the first one or until the time on my timer is off, then I set time for between the job and stop when my timer says to stop, and if I don’t finish all 6 job (happen a lot) ijust move the one that didn’t finish for tomorrow.

          Reply
          • Monique Dam

            Nice one, thanks. Focus on a goal of 6 items. Like it… Good reminder!

    • Cob Rijsdam

      It is exactly the same for me, Monique. I tend to hold off actions.

      Reply
  179. Reina Oversteegen

    My biggest challenge is sticking with what I choose to offer. I have different talents, which I all like (I have art studio and I have a gift of helping people to overcome their limitations, so I work as a coach/trainer). I change careers every 7 years, approximately. I like that personally, but it does nothing for the continuity in my business.
    Having made a choice now (coaching) my biggest challenge is to communicate what I offer in a way the client get it. Since what I truely have to offer is a raise in awareness that brings unity consciousness, full access to ones intuitive abilities and creating through the power of intention.
    Me talking to people and connecting, brings in clients. But to communicate through other, more impersonal channels like the internet, and attract clients is a real challenge.

    Reply
    • Sattva Chandra

      Good morning Reina,
      Thank you for sharing this. I recognize this and I have peeked on your website. You really have great communication skills, that is how I read your texts.
      I love to write too, and unity consciousness, awareness and making people more aware of themselves is a subject that is unlimited and doesn’t have boundaries… I feel that is why its challenging. What I also noticed is that you have your artwork and coaching together on one site.. could it be handy and maybe its an idea to make to different sites so it becomes more clear that there are two skills with different target audiences?
      They are all part of who you are. That is also what I understand.
      Wishing you a lot of success!

      Reply
      • Reina Oversteegen

        Thank you, Sattva, for your loving reply. I see, that essentially, we are in the same ‘business’. Spreading Love and awareness. Thank you for your compliment on my writing, I do love to write. It’s when I focus on a target group I get a bit confused. Brings in to many limits! 😉
        You have a good point about maybe not mentioning my art on my coaching site. I do indeed have a separate art website, just under my name.
        Well, stuff to think about and take action upon.
        I already love this challenge for all the nice people I encounter.
        Wish you all the best too!

        Reply
        • Sattva Chandra

          I hear you haha 🙂 Thank you! and wishing you great insights for your progress and target audience! and indeed: same vision, in the end, it doesn’t count which target it will be, it’s about sharing unconditional love and awareness, assisting in a limitless wave 😉 Good luck!

          Reply
      • Rozelinde Warmoes

        Hi Sattva,

        Changing our job-position every 7 years is healthy. People who don’t do that get a burn-out. Changing our whole life every 7 years is going backward (or not forward) indeed, but maybe you are not doing that. I would not see the past as a bad thing but look forward from now on. Everything has given you a lot of experience.

        In my eyes is finding our life mission a life mission in itself, it grows by following our feelings, trying things out, making mistakes, having successes, following our intuïtion, meeting people, being calm about the process and search, having trust that it will become clear on the path itself. This is what life is about in part.

        I would advise listening very carefully to your feelings, and making goals and taking the first steps. Where do you want to be in 10 years? So which steps do you need to take to get there? What idea comes up about what the first step is. We don’t always need to know what our whole life plan will be, it’s enough if we know what the next step is; From that step, we will learn, grow, make progress, get clarity, have fun, meet people, etc!!

        Much luck!!

        Reply
        • Sattva Chandra

          Hello Roselinde,

          I just read through the comments and saw that you mentioned my name….I guess you wrote it for Reina . Its indeed very healthy to keep on growing and evolving and in 7 years there is also an energetic transformation (also planetary).
          It is kinda funny that I am in a change too (also company wise) that is related to the 7th year.
          Thank you. Wishing you too a lot of succes!

          Reply
    • Rupal Chauhan

      Hi Reina,
      To attract clients through the internet has been a challenge for me too. My personal experience in today’s way of doing business is: one has to attract client in person and as well through online channels also…it is AND and not OR anymore. The people live their work lives online and show it in a way that one almost knows many details about the person just through the internet. Everyday learning by doing and we can overcome our challenges.
      Good luck,
      Rupal

      Reply
      • Reina Oversteegen

        Yes Rupal, we will persevere! I am working on an online program for my teachings and looking into the structure that needs. Hope to have clarity on that soon and then bring it to life.
        I am getting closer every day 🙂
        Thank you for your reply!

        Reply
        • Sattva Chandra

          Hello Reina, i noticed that Rupal had made another reply for you but it came in another section , so you have to scroll a bit to see her second reply for you (with the tip for your website 🙂 <3

          Succes!

          Reply
    • Chiel Nobels

      I once read a coaching book, and this has always stuck with me: “Who cares that Barbara Streisand is also a good cook”. Meaning, specialize in one thing, do that one thing great and don’t spread your attention on too many things – because these will get mediocre.

      Reply
      • Wouter Weber

        So true, even when Barbara wants to be a singing cook, she can’t combine that. Either she is great in singing or she is great in cooking. Nisandeh’s motto is “multitasking doesn’t work”

        Reply
        • Reina Oversteegen

          Luckily Leonardo Davinci did not live by that rule 😉

          Reply
          • Wouter Weber

            Okay, What I mean can she be singing and cooking at the same time and both perfect. We can ask her to perform that for us and then we judge. Maybe I wrong, she is a great singer when she concentrated on that. And at night a perfect cook when she concentrated at that. Also, she is a great actress.

      • Reina Oversteegen

        Yes, you are right. That’s why I choose 1 main focus every 7 years. But boy is it hard to stick with that for longer!
        I Am specialized in the growth of awareness though. That is the main subject of all that I do. Maybe that should be my main message.
        Thank you for your reply, appreciate it!

        Reply
      • Hans van der Meer

        I think it’s a great metaphor this example… also confronting. And true to a certain level. When I read the name of Barbara Streisand my first picture of her was her appearance in ‘Meet the Fockers’ and not her performing a song… 😉

        Reply
        • Reina Oversteegen

          She did what she loved and figured out what suited her the best, I guess. Beautiful way of living 🙂

          Reply
    • Marcel Heijnes

      Hoi Reina

      Congrats, you made an decision. I recognize your getting clients in by talk. What I learned is I have to expand that way of getting people. So I arranged lectures/workshops by persons who also work with my target audience. (women 40-65, company owner, shoulder problems etc) Maybe this works for you.
      Still you gotta have to explain in writing to your audience; what results can they expect and which promise can you give. And choosing the right words for it, which is a continue process.
      Keep up your work, your on the your path. Wrgds Marcel

      Reply
      • Reina Oversteegen.

        Yes, I agree totally, this is a good way. Since I choose to coach as my main business offer, I have been connecting with great people with whom I can join forces. Inspiring and beneficial for all parties concerned.
        Giving public lectures is on my to-do list, by the way. Step by step, moving forward!
        Thank you for your reply, appreciate it.

        Reply
    • Martine Rodenburg

      Hi Reina,
      Nice site and nice work! I understand your challenge. In our coaching work at Open je Blik, one of the pillars are communication and behavioral styles. What I see on your site is that there is quite a lot of text. That is not accessible to everyone. Some want bullets, others prefer a movie and yet another would like more detail. Perhaps you can something here. For me for example, there is too much text. I would like to know immediately what it poses… If I can help you, let me know, I like!

      Reply
      • Reina Oversteegen

        Hi Martine, Yes, my challenge is to say in short what I have to say. I’m currently working on an online program and intend to launch a new website with that. Bullet-proof style 🙂
        This challenge is so well timed, in that perspective. Love to ‘meet’ all you great people as well!
        Thank you for your feedback, I might come back to you for advice, it has been noted!

        Reply
        • Jacqueline Sseggayi-Blankenstein

          Hi Reina, perfect, I’m in the exact same situation you are. Creating an online program, new website etc. How/where are you doing your online program? I could use some guidance in this thing.;-)

          Reply
          • Reina Oversteegen

            Hi Jacqueline, it is an interesting and adventures journey, the whole online educational business! I started with a ‘build your website in 14 days’ program from Rogier en Stijn. Google it. Simple and effective. There are probably more up to date versions of this, but they explain very well what you need and give good options for software et cetera. Well, you can check it out 🙂 Good luck! Reina

    • Annemieke Kegel

      Hi Reina,
      I can relate to the changing now and then. Sounds like me! It’s also a proces you have to go through to get to understand what you are really about, but in the end it will only work if you make choices and get in line and don’t stop until you reach your goal. This is what I need to do too.
      What you say about getting your message more clear to others, you might give it a try to ask others to repeat what you just told them. Then you will hear from them, which part of your message they are not getting. And also what might help is to use some metaphors in your story so they have an image that comes along with it or examples of the results of your work it can give to people. It might help to better understanding what you are about. I know you, you’re wonderful!!

      Reply
      • Reina Oversteegen

        ???? Thank you, Annemieke. Touched… And I recognize so much of your gentle communication style in your advice. Completely understand what you mean!
        In a written text I have a huge challenge, I use so many words! Will make that my next challenge… say all I have to say in max 5 sentences per subject. Love the thought of that! And then add blogs on the subject for my writing urge and everybody who loves to read 🙂
        Thank you for your response!

        Reply
    • Christiane Bahr

      Hi, Reina and everybody who reacted.
      I have the same challenge because I am a photographer and I help people to feel mental and physical stability in life and use more there capabilities.
      I love both and find it difficult to focus only on one thing.
      I would love to hear more how you do that. Maybe we can keep in touch?
      I often choose to focus on only one thing and then the other thing comes more in my life.
      I also find it difficult to do the marketing and communicate it clearly and on a way that fits me on social media

      Reply
      • Reina Oversteegen

        Hi Christiane, I just looked at your website and saw some beautiful pictures. One of someone I know too. Small world 🙂

        Maybe we can connect through Skype and see if we can mean something to one and other. Will you send me an email? Thank you!

        reina@isitra.nl

        Reply
        • Christiane Bahr

          Oh, that’s funny! Which person was it? Small world yes!
          I will send you an email…thanks for your reaction!

          Reply

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