Mindsets and maps

May 30, 2023 | Professional reflections

BARB starts with mindset and commitment work (this runs throughout the programme), and two maps to give direction
BARB begins with “Module 0”, an introduction and overview of where we are going.

But this is more than just an intro. We are asked to work on our mindset, essential for successfully completing the programme. Mindset comes in three parts


Christie is adamant that BARB becomes the only thing in your life (almost). As such, I have set out a number of things to help me focus:

  • Working first thing in the morning.
  • Working in silence, either at home before everyone wakes up, or in the office.
  • Working in silence – no radios
  • Taking a break at regular intervals
  • An empty desk, being tidy, no distractions
  • Set aside 1 to 2 hours each week for non-related business admin
  • Deal with “stuff” as soon as it arrives
  • Put phone on silent the working (try personal focus)
  • Limit focus time to four hours per day
  • “Unsubscribe” wherever possible (this has been fabulous)
  • Learn to say “No” ( I find this difficult)
  • Add Coach Pony support sessions to my calendar


Real commitment is essential for making big changes, and I have done a number of things to ensure my commitment to building a business that is fun, rewarding and life-changing for me and my clients:

  • Schedule recurring time in my calendar to do the work
  • Add additional recurring time at the start and end of each week to check the BARB Facebook group
  • Reflected on past successes and where the commitment came from, including at Planning for Life:
    • By building processes
    • Through training and always finding a new edge angle
    • Sense of duty to existing clients
    • Pressures of compliance (unwanted)
    • Having a goal (£100k turnover)
    • By aiming to be the best of the best
    • By wanting to demonstrate to other advisers that there is a better way
    • To demonstrate my personal worth, and proving to myself I can do it
  • Writing out my commitment to myself:
    • What made you really commit to making progress toward your goal? The shame of letting down others. Kudos of success. Passion for the project
    • What got you to follow through when things got difficult? Resilience. I understand that there are always challenges, and I am responsible for overcoming them. Again, fear of letting down others and passion for the project. Knowing if I succeded, I would make a difference.
    • How will you apply these lessons to BARB and your business? Getting into a routine. To-do list and calendar events. Having faith in Coach Pony, Christie and the system.
    • My commitment: I commit to showing up for my business and completing and applying every module of this programme.


Action is the foundation of all success. It is also the antidote to fear, as are the benefits of action. Dealing with self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and gremlins can paralyse. The third element of the Mindset module is to write out the two BARB mantras and post them where they can always be seen:

  • Progress, not perfection
  • Let go and take action

I can not just think my way into my new business; I have to take action to figure things out

Roadmaps to success

Christie’s programme is based on developing five main business systems. However, Phase 1 is all about back to basics and takes a slightly different route that covers all the main processes at the basic level.

Here are the two maps:

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