Monthly Archives: December 2016

Ok just stop it now

I’m really excited about the launch of the Insiders. It’s a way that I as Founder and our Insiders affiliates can help you more AND you can ask anything you like (confidentially) and we will do our best to get you the right expert to help you.

So today in preparation for our first webinar in the Inisiders secret Facebook group I thought I’d share the 7 top tips I’d give to anyone that was looking to increase their chances of success in 2017 when setting goals. And then in the webinar you can ask me anything you like relating to achieving your goals;

  1. Where has your goal come from? Who defined it? When a goal is not wholly created by you, according to your values and beliefs then you are less likely to achieve. I’ve seen this enough times to know this. The business woman that wanted massive levels of success and quoted many a entrepreneurial author at me, as I reminded her “Her brain didn’t get the memo on that, take all information and advice in like water into a sponge, then wring out what you don’t need.) In the webinar I will look at how to create a powerful goal. One that you take action on, like this business woman did and wowsers it was a “stand back and watch her go!” moment, that’s for sure!
  2. Challenge what you think. When I work 1 2 1 with a client I can literally stop their thought patterns in their tracks, by bringing to their attention their choice of words. It’s a point that the Institute of Directors picked up on in their review of my book, which leads us onto point 3.
  3. Watch your language no not the swearing but your choice of words. As I say if you wouldn’t say it to your best friend then don’t say it to yourself because our choice of words drastically impact on our success. However have you considered how you word your goal? The language you use? Challenge the assumptions and the idea that it’s going to half kill you to get the results you want in 2017.
  4. Who will motivate you? Clients do leave buzzed up and ready to take on the world. Audiences leave my talks in the same way, however as I point out in 6 weeks time when your cat/partner/child/work colleague has given you the lurgy and you feel as sick as a dog and like death, how are you going to get nearer your dream goal for 2017?  Our network is described as THE place to stay motivated and guess what that does when you combine it with the professional and personal training we provide too? Who will keep you going? And if you are an insider you have a confidential place to share when you need a boost too!
  5. And for the love of you, know when not to keep going! I had to fight for a whole chapter about “The Fear of taking time out.” in my new book Fight the fear, however so many of us think we need to be some robotic soulless machine to get to that big goal. There is a thing called life that you can’t forget about. For instance if your goal for 2017 is to grow your business, can your health, business model or family take it? If not what are the chances that you will achieve? I’ve seen enough people scupper their own success because they’ve feared how they will cope with success. What do you need to do to ensure success?
  6. Never fear saying “No” “I need to help” or “I don’t understand how to do this” If you do, then what are you agreeing to? I will share some ideas from my book on how to do these without damaging your confidence, brand or reputation.
  7. How will you monitor your results? The person climbing the mountain that doesn’t take the time to observe the view, rarely can appreciate how far they have come. If you were to compare who you are and what you have achieved right now to 2 years ago, would you be so cynical, critical or worried about what you can achieve? Likewise by breaking your goals down (I get my clients to create 1,3 and 5 year goals and critically importantly Now Goals too.)  you can start to see what actions need to be prioritised. And a big obstacle for so many business women is that they get distracted by the first shiny thing that comes along that looks easier than what has to be done and go off at a tangent, thereby slowing down their success and goal achieve. 

I could share a ton of ideas here to help you rocket your chances of success in 2017. For now check your confidence levels and follow these 7 top tips, and I look forward to seeing you in the Insiders next week. Not joined yet? You can here. 

As founder of The BWN Mandie Holgate care’s passionately about your success as much as our coordinators do. If there is something in particular you would like assistance with. What ever it is get in touch and we will do all we can to help. (And as always, without you having to spend a fortune!)

  • December 31, 2016

Mindset over Matter?

There are a load of people that teach mindset for a living.  Why is that?  Because we all understand that mindset is a huge part of our lives and how we perceive the world.  It has an effect on everything we do, life, family, work and even whether we think we can or cannot achieve our goals.  Mandie’s new book Fight the Fear: How to beat your negative mindset and win in life is a great example of someone looking at themselves and seeing that had it not been for a shift in mindset then they would not be achieving what they want and also being able to communicate that to others.

Personally I have had experience or not only changing and managing my own mindset, but also of changing my brain to overcome traumas in my life.  I now help others to free themselves of lifelong issues in short sessions which re-wire the brain.

So can you change your mindset – I believe so and clearly Mandie, the Founder of the Business Woman’s Network is out and proud about it too – so maybe there is something in this stuff?


  • December 14, 2016


Christmas may be around the corner, but how prepared do you feel? 

With many businesses closing their doors between Christmas and the New Year, the working month can seem all too short. At the beginning of December the amount to do during the month can seem overwhelming for small business owners.

Even if you haven’t made a start on Christmas preparations, there are many tasks you can offload to a VA to make the month easier and ensure some Christmas cheer. Think about how you’d like to communicate with your customers this year and a VA can help make it happen! From sourcing gifts or organising e-cards, a VA can craft that individual message which means your customers feel special. Or how about creating a festive newsletter for your clients with a 2016 round-up and a look-forward to 2017?

In fact, a VA could help you with your own shopping nightmares as well.

Simply pass on the list you have and a VA can put together suggestions, find the best bargains, organise payment online and make sure someone’s around for delivery.

Back in the office, if you have projects that simply need to get done before the end of the year a VA could be the answer to your prayers. They can take care of the end of year reporting if needed, pulling together all the stray bits of paperwork you’ve been meaning to get on top of, but simply haven’t had the time to do. And managing your diary is a synch for a VA! Not only can they make sure that you get enough time to go to all the events you’ve been invited to, they can help set up your diary for next year, scheduling all your regular projects and meetings so that you don’t miss a thing.

And if you want to take time off in-between Christmas and New Year…

If you want to take some time off between Christmas and the New Year but just don’t see how you’re going to manage it, a VA can help bridge the gap. Not only could they keep on top of essential emails and correspondence during that time so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities, they can also keep a presence going online by scheduling some social media content to keep you in your customers’ thoughts ready for 2017.

Here at PA Angels we’re ready to take your call and help this Christmas be the best yet. Contact us on 01621 680818 or email

  • December 8, 2016