After a tiring day what do you do?


After a tiring day what do you do?

You know that sometimes the first thing to do after a tiring day is to get a meal, possibly a glass of wine, slump in a sofa and perhaps sit in the quiet or watch some favourite TV.

You know that the day has been a challenge and that you have earned some downtime and with a fair chance you can nod off and get an early night. Perhaps tomorrow will be better.

As we get older, that becomes an easier decision too. The next instalment of your latest chosen box set is on Netflix and is begging to be watched. The meal will be easy to devour because you put in such an effort today, there is no guilt about it and relaxation follows a meal quickly too. Bring it on!

Are we suggesting anything different? Is all the above what makes you happy? So why not? Well surprisingly most of us will either do this if we can or hope to and focus very hard on making it happen, so, not so much a change.

However, can we suggest a review?

If you find that a day has been challenging, the best you can get from that day is to review it. If you spend ten minutes asking the following questions of yourself, it can be a fabulous day.

Three questions then:

  1. What did I learn from today that can serve me going forward?
  2. What progress did I make that allows me to feel better about the challenges I had?
  3. How can I use this to make tomorrow a better day, with fewer challenges?

Ok, we know, it is enough that the day was challenging anyway. However, everything that tests us makes us stronger. Especially when we use it to improve going forward.

To make the same mistakes every day and then just keep repeating them, is improving our resilience, but not the outcomes. Our ability to reflect and review is incredibly powerful. Each progress step made is a motivator, and the plan to make life better makes us amazing.

Looking back to enable us to look forward and plan sets us apart from the reactionary world. Ask the three questions above and then a short to do list for tomorrow. You will enjoy the food, the TV, the wine and the company you share so much more then. The advantage it gives us is release from the day and a buzz about the seed of growth potential.

We get the start on the next day faster because we have already given ourselves a track to start on. No more wasting thinking time to decide what to do today as it is already done.

The immediate to-do list after the event of the day is the best time to be able to focus on it fast and be accurate. Trying to remember what to do the day after, is much less efficient.

Learn to be good to yourself and pat yourself on the back. Tough day, learned quite a bit and tomorrow I will do………….

The question then is not what do you do; it is what you will decide to do?

Your life, your choices, your time and of course your outcomes.

Good luck.

How to determine what action to take or habits to build


How to determine what action to take or habits to build

We live our lives in the ever changing moment. There is nothing we can do about what has passed, and we have little control over the future.  We all seek to improve either our life situation or our experience of life by our daily actions and the habits we build.

How should we keep ourselves on track to at least plan to take the right actions? It helps to determine firstly what you are currently doing and classify the experience.

There are essentially 4 classes of experience:

Class 1: You do something that feels good to you, is good for you, is good for others and is good for the greater good of the world. –  doing charitable work or helping somebody.

Class 2: You do something that does not feel good to you, is good for you, is good for others and is good for the greater good of the world. –  Exercise and eating healthy food

Class 3: You do something that feels good to you, is not good for you, is not good for others and is not good for the greater good of the world.- Drinking a lot or eating a lot of ice cream

Class 4: You do something that does not feel good to you, is not good for you, is not good for others and is not good for the greater good of the world. – Complaining or doing work you hate.

The first step is to make a record of the things and actions you have taken during the day and then place them as best you can into one of the 4 categories.

If the activity falls into Class 1 – Great, carry on doing it or even better do more of it.

If the activity falls into class 4 – Just stop. If you struggle to stop seek help to stop – for instance asking someone to ensure you pay a fine or donate to a cause you hate every time you do whatever it is.

If the activity is classified as Class 3  this is going to be more difficult to stop as you like doing it. Use the same habit breaking strategies as for Class 4 experiences but be more careful to get help as it will be easy to slip back into a habit.

The great movement forward in life is seeking to convert Class 2 activities into Class 1 by adjusting them slightly to make them enjoyable.

This will often require creative thinking on your part but is worthwhile if you want to build great habits into your life.

Building great habits is a core component of our “Giant leap” program. Using powerful strategies like experience classification will help you move forward rapidly in both your business and personal life.

Call us to book a place on our program today.

Hire slow fire fast

Hire Slow Fire Fast

Hire slow fire fast

When we employ enough staff, we start to realise that employees are transitional. They come and go based on their agendas, lifestyle, circumstances, competence or even just boredom.

Hiring people is an art form. Get it wrong and you will be going through a tough time. Hire well and it can be extremely rewarding and fruitful. Good staff and stability is a great measure of how you run your business.

If you consider staff to be friends then lines can get blurred. Complacency, familiarity and lack of progress are tell-tale signs that the job isn’t the job hoped for and must be guarded against.

Building a team of people that complement each other or generate a powerhouse of work completed takes time, awareness and attention.

The question is, who does that for you and what systems do you use to ensure great productivity? How much do you develop a relationship with staff or them with each other for optimal performance?

It could be considered formulaic. However, people are people and by that, I mean, we are all different. We may have skills that are needed to compliment others or complete a team. Overall though we need to feel human, fulfilled, valued, cared for, respected, listened to and appreciated.

Even if you are all the above, turnover of staff will occur. Loyalty cannot be bought. Life changes outside work and life impacts.

When trust breaks down, fire fast. No employee should be allowed to continue in their job if the trust has gone. It is better to pay them all they are entitled to and change the locks and passwords. If you find yourself compromised, shut up shop. Get rid and move on.

The opposite is true. Hire slow. Take your time to find the right person. Do not react by getting in the first person you can. Take your time. You could be with them for years to come. Valuable people are out there. People who have skills that are rich and useful and underutilised do exist. People who are looking for a breath of fresh air and want to be part of a company that is fertile ground that enhances their natural abilities and captures their great ideas are keen to be with you.

Where would you like to work and under what conditions? Create the type of environment that people will want to come to. They will want to work hard and feel appreciated. That must be better than trying to fill the bank account with enough money each month, just to get by. That style of thinking will never serve your businesses, the employee or others who work there.

We can stifle great people. We can micromanage them to the point of strangulation. I could not think of a worse job.

When selecting someone to take on board, they need to be self-starters. Batteries included. Your role in making that happen is important and worthy of investment.

Ask the candidate, how do you see yourself in three years’ time. You already know what you want to hear, and they will already know what you want to hear too. However, those that can easily answer and are excited about the prospect of growth and learning as well as being able to articulate that in a way that you know isn’t contrived should be sought after, cared for, protected, nurtured, cherished and included in your vision for the future.

Keeping your promises

Keeping your promises

Keeping your promises

Keeping your promises can be a measure of how well you do in business. We all know what it feels like to be let down. The disappointment, the reduction of trust levels and worse the promise you made on the back of someone else’s promise. I remember seeing a slogan from a delivery company, “Delivering your promises” and concluded that we all need to rely so much on others, it’s hardly surprising that we trip up or get let down. So many of the things we need to do rely on others and in a multi-complex interlinked society, the probabilities of things going wrong are magnified.

So, what is the solution? Firstly, know that the average person struggles with this too. To be above average, outperform or get a reputation for being reliable and trustworthy, the leap is not a big one. You do need some rules though, or you will become the also-ran we are sadly all used to these days.

Rule No 1.

Do not make a promise or say yes, unless you can consider all the elements of the equation at that point. It is better to delay a yes than to promise it and need to or be forced to break it. This rule seems simple, yet there are many layers. How do you hold a diary? Is it electronic, so that all who could be involved, would see it and you cannot clash with them if you said yes and put it in the diary now? How do you think others would feel if you said yes and as the impact would change things for them, you would be treating them to a disappointment? People, resources, timelines, other elements of impact and even your energy or commitment levels are all in play here. DO NOT SAY YES UNLESS YOU ARE SURE.

Rule No 2.

Does keeping this new promise align with your goals, your needs or does it compromise them. This test rule is easy to overlook. Clog or cleanse, enhance or undermine, compromise or build? If you are asked by a client to cut corners, how does this sit with your moral compass? Does eating the pudding mean you’ll feel less fit and struggle to play the game you promised to tomorrow with your team members because you’ll feel sluggish? BE AWARE OF THE CONGRUENCY OF YOUR PROMISE.

Rule No 3.

Can you ensure follow through? When you make a promise, and you only get 80% of it completed, you’re still letting that person down. Just because your got most of it done, you are not let off the hook. Ask yourself or the person asking for the promise, what does finished or completed promise look like? How will I know I have met my promise to you?


Often, we hear the phrase, under promise and over deliver and unfortunately, this is disingenuous.  What truly makes a difference is keeping your promise. Keeping your promise helps build relationships, businesses faith and families. The future seems so much more possible with a promise keeper than a person who lets you down, even if they do so only now and then.


A Strategic Alliance

A Strategic Alliance

A Strategic Alliance

Forming a strategic alliance has been a tactic used on many occasions by businesses, government parties and even countries to form a common goal to get better results. Not surprisingly the conservative party talked today about forming a new government with an alliance with the DUP, due to having fewer seats than before the election and being short of the magical 326 majority seats. Would they have been prepared to form any alliance before today?

Your position as a business owner often means being on your own, but a marry with another business could be extremely beneficial. A good example of this is the M & S shops in BP garages. They are everywhere now. It lifts both brands and is symbiotic in many ways. Nothing new I hear you say. However, please consider, who could you ally with that would lift you to new heights? Financial Advisers and Accountants could be a great one for instance. You know your industry better than anyone else. If you looked at all your suppliers and customers, who could you parley with for a mutual benefit? One plus one can often make more than two. Is it blinkered thinking to not be open to this style of suggestion? Sure, there are businesses out there you would not want any strategic alliance with, yet there may be some that could enhance what you do. It is an example of synergy that benefits all.

The questions to ask yourself are;

  • What businesses do I know that are like my own and have a trustworthy outlook that I can feel confident endorsing?
  • What professions do I engage with that I like and are respected?
  • Who do I know with a success based attitude that has a future based outlook I admire?

This will open your thinking to opportunities and ideas you may not previously have thought of and following that train of exploration could bring a eureka moment worth capturing.

Many businesses are often swallowed up by bigger companies merging or buying and this can seem a great way to grow. The trouble with this is that creative and ground-breaking experience gets merged and diluted. A good alliance will bring to the table regular, different and new formats and ideas that set us apart. Economies of scale are useful too but do not let that be your driver. An enhancement of credibility and a win-win environment is the real goal.

So, whatever happens with our new political parties and how they cooperate with each other will be interesting to watch unfold. They perhaps will both have their own selfish goals and reason for teaming up. It could be very useful. In politics, nothing surprises us these days. In the business world though, those that create healthy strategic alliances show their strength of character and a willingness to support others with a common goal. Admirable qualities to transmit to clients in a way that will draw them to you.

Consider for now what that could do for you and where you want your business to be in the next few years.





Are you generating mistrust?

Are you generating mistrust?

Are you generating mistrust?

Are you always running late for meetings? Business or social. If so you could be generating mistrust in the minds of people who are important to you.

In our society, everyone seems to be rushing from one point to the next. What is the impact on your relationships? How can you build simple habits to improve your trustworthiness?

Integrity is a word that seems to carry different meanings to different people. In this post, I will simply ask you to consider that if you have agreed to meet someone at a certain time and place and if you are not there exactly on time you have no integrity on that occasion. As such you are generating mistrust.

Is that a bit strong? Maybe, but it depends on how you define the words integrity and mistrust. If you take it to mean that you always keep your word on everything you say, including timekeeping, then it’s not strong at all.

A little story might help illustrate this.

Many years ago when my daughter was just leaving school, we agreed on a meeting at my office at 11 am to review her university application. She strolled in 15 minutes late, which bearing in mind, it is one minute’s walk to my office from our home, was not a great start. When I challenged her on the time she got agitated and said: “It’s only 15 minutes – why do you have to be so uptight about it?” I bit my tongue and said, “don’t worry we can discuss it later”.

A few days later I catch 30 minutes with her to discuss the issue of timekeeping and its importance.

I start off with – “You are going to your prom night next week, and you need your brand new dress turning up a few inches. The only person you trust to do it properly is your grandmother who lives 15 minutes’ drive away. However, she can only do the job on the day of the prom itself. You are working all day in your Saturday job that day and cannot get out early enough to pick it up yourself. Therefore, you need one of your friends to do it for you, but as you are working, you cannot remind them on the actual day.

Ok – So make a list of all your friends and then put them in order of who you are going to rely on to pick up the dress for you. Remember, if it’s not done – that’s your prom night ruined!

Why are they in that order?

What makes this person at the top of the list and why is that person at the bottom?

No surprise – It turns out that she judges (as we all do every day) who is reliable by how well they keep their word on many previous occasions. Even tiny little lies, failure to keep promises and continual lateness for agreed meetings have an impact.

I then ask her:

  • Where are you on other people’s lists?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • What do you need to do to ensure you are considered trustworthy?

I would challenge you with the same exercise yourself, and you will probably come to the same conclusion. Keeping your promises count and being on time is a promise made but frequently not kept – especially socially.

People are always and continuously judging you on lots of different criteria. Is trust very high on the list of criteria they use to form an overall opinion of you?

Next time you are late for anything or in keeping a promise, consider you just lost points on the trustworthy scale that everyone keeps in their heads – even if they do not realise it.

How can you ensure you nearly always on time for meetings?

  • Ensure all meeting times (including phone meetings both personal and business) are entered into your smartphone and simply set a reminder alarm.
  • Ideally set 2 alarms within 10 minutes of each other
  • At the start of every week, look at all your appointments and ensure timely alarms are set for each appointment or phone call. (Tip  – set a weekly alarm for Monday morning to remind you to set all other alarms)

What is timely?

Just work out the journey time and add 30% to determine the time to leave.

You will normally arrive in plenty of time and better still the journey will be stress-free. Imagine letting other drivers through or strolling along enjoying the rain, rather than running. As you arrive early, you can always chat with other early birds (other stress-free and organised people) or make a quick phone call to someone.

A little side story

A very good friend invited us to a BBQ at his house, and I called him a couple of days beforehand and asked the time to arrive. He said about 2 p.m., so I said OK, see you between 2 and 2.15 pm. For various silly reasons we left a bit late and also go lost on the way and so arrived at about 2.50 instead. (Interestingly there was only one other guest there, and we considered ourselves late).

Later on in the day knowing I had raised the question of timekeeping before, my host teased me by raising the fact I was late. My point is that when you raise these things with other people, they then hold you to a higher standard which is a GOOD thing. Knowing this in the back of your mind means you are likely to put more effort into making sure you are always on time, thus building your trustworthiness.

As you start to use this system and so inevitably almost always arrive early, will notice how many people are always late or rushing around or driving like idiots. Far too much stress! – just because they did not have a personal reminder alarm system that works?

I urge you to build a reputation of trustworthiness and get the icing on the cake of significantly reduced stress in your life.

Set alarms to arrive early and build trust – it’s just a habit.

Enjoy the journey

P.S My daughter is very punctual as a habit these days.


How are you playing the game of life?

How are you playing the game of life?

How are you playing the game of life?

Looking at life as a great game is already a well-developed idea. Like many other games it has an ongoing level of success, team members, rules and referees. Society determines the rules and has the legal system and the police to (referee) enforce those rules if breached.

You, like every human being on the day of your birth, are automatically enrolled in the great game of life, and you cannot stop playing until the moment of your death.

Do you know what winning looks like?

How much effort do you make every day to win?

Are you so wrapped up in sub games like making money that you forget the objective of the main game?

To begin with the end in mind, we need to determine what a winner looks like as there is no absolute definition and yet we mostly recognise one when we meet them. I would suggest that a person who achieves the main objective is playing in the top division and can be classified as a winner even if some of their sub-games are below par. It depends on the importance of the sub-game. Losing the health game kills you, and so all other games are off.

I would classify the objective of the game as:

Living a happy, healthy and mentally fulfilled life every day.

The problem occurs in defining happy and mentally fulfilled. Ok, you don’t need to define it, but you will know if you are living it or not.

Although not absolutely essential to winning the overall game, the objective for most people is to play a whole number of sub-games well. With good mental training and attitude, it is possible to achieve the main game objective irrelevant of any sub-game. Indeed, I would urge you to consider (and work towards the mindset) that by total acceptance of any situation you can live a happy and mentally fulfilled life despite what is happening in your life situation.

It’s not the situation that’s usually the problem it’s the perspective you have on it.

Having said that, let’s look at the benefits of considering life as a game and what it brings to you.

The main purpose of playing games is to enjoy them and help other players enjoy them too. Are you enjoying the game day to day or do you get upset merely because the game is difficult and you suffer setbacks as a result?

Games can help you grow mentally, in that a player who takes a game seriously (but not so seriously as to cheat or be a sore loser) will work to develop their knowledge and skills of different parts of the game so as to improve their performance in the overall game. Are you constantly working on improving your skills and knowledge in the different parts of your game?

Great players take on coaches and have a support team to help them in different parts of the game where they may be weak or help them maintain strength.

Do you have mentors, coaches and a support team to help you in different parts of your game or do you really believe you can do it all yourself?

Great players apply time to train and practice intensely to improve. How much time, money and energy do you apply to train and practice to improve?

The mindset and attitude you bring to the practice and the game itself is a huge factor in determining the results you achieve. How tenacious and committed are you to improving your games? Do you constantly moan about the rules, circumstances or other players or simply do everything in your power to improve your game – despite the cards you are dealt. You can always lose the odd hand, but you only lose the game by giving up.

For all professional sports teams what happens on a rolling basis is:

  • Performance is constantly monitored
  • Strengths and weaknesses are identified
  • Goals for improvement with deadlines are set
  • Training programs are implemented to try and achieve even minor improvements in many different areas
  • Feedback and performance are measured regularly and training adjusted to drive improvements.

Identify all the sub-games in your life and apply a professional teams “never ending improvement” approach:

  • The wonderful spouse game
  • The brilliant parent game
  • The financial well-being and peace of mind game
  • The excellent personal health and vitality game
  • The vision and long-term planning game
  • The personal organisation and self-discipline game
  • The great friends and strong family relationships game
  • The satisfying career or own business game
  • The living life for a purpose game
  • The great and varied experiences game
  • The regular fun and laughter game
  • The happy and mentally fulfilled game

All of these sub-games are being played every day. If you concentrate on one game (like financial well-being) and let the others slip, your chances of winning the overall game are significantly reduced. Keep the main game in mind not the sub games.

The purpose of the game is not to acquire a mountain of gold.

Just because your pot of gold takes a big hit does not put you out of the game. In fact, many of the winners of the game have no gold at all – Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi to name a few.

I have a friend who on almost every sub-game is a winner, but fails significantly in the health and vitality game. He says he is not bothered by his weight and fully understands the long-term impact on his health but I wonder if he has just given up because that particular game is too hard for him. It’s easy to say I don’t really care. It’s much harder to work on your habits and skills to improve. I wonder will winning all the other games be super-seeded if he falls into serious illness like diabetes as a result. On his death bed, the richest man in the world would give up all his wealth for one more year of healthy living

I urge you to consider life a great game, with a large number of sub-games – all of which you work hard to improve on to win and stay winning. You cannot expect to win every hand – there will be setbacks or else you are playing at too low a level. If it’s too easy, set your standards higher – a life without healthy challenges is pretty boring. Look at short term failures as feedback that you need to improve and don’t be a sore loser – you are just being tested to check your commitment to the game of life.

So, how are you playing the game of life? If you do not pay sufficient attention to any sub-game, your overall game may suffer – like having one bad player on your team. A few bad players and you end up playing in the lower leagues and never fulfil your potential.

In the end, if you leave the field of play having given everything and have really enjoyed the main game – that’s all you can hope to do.

Enjoy the journey

Why I love the number 8

Strategy, innovation and planning crosswordWhy I love the number 8

The number 8 is my favourite number. I guess that’s a bit strange – but it is!!

Why have a favourite number? It helps put a wide number of things in perspective and set some strategies too.

Here’s a few of my thoughts – what would you add?


  • 8 minutes to relax
  • 8 minutes to refocus and prioritise on best use of your time


  • 8 Minutes of gratitude every morning for what you already have
  • 8 minutes to review your life purpose and current goals
  • 8 minutes to plan and prioritise your daily tasks in line with your goals
  • 8 minutes tidying up any growing clutter
  • 8 minutes to review the day mentally
  • 8 minutes to journal what went right and you have learned today
  • 8 hours work
  • 8 hours rest/sleep
  • 8 hours play


  • 8 Minutes to review tasks completed from your task system in the last week
  • 8 minutes to review the past week from your journal and calendar
  • 8 minutes to plan your upcoming week
  • 8 minutes to set alarms on your phone to ensure you are on time
  • 8 existing clients to speak to
  • 8 friends to speak to
  • 8 connections to grow
  • 8 hours to study something new to help achieve your goals
  • 8 hours practice at skills improvement
  • 8 acts of kindness


  • 8 Minutes to review your expenditure (presuming you are recording it all)
  • 8 minutes reviewing your capital investments
  • 80% of income spent and 20% saved – at least (Ok I cheated a bit here)
  • 8 hours contribution to others – at least
  • 8 hours of intense exercise (approx 2 hours or 4×30 mins a week)
  • 8 hours improving your home


  • 8 hours to plan the year ahead
  • 8 goals a year to set and accomplish in line with your life purpose
  • 8 books a year to read – at least
  • 8 weeks holiday – at least

8 on its side is the sign for infinity which means there are no limits on your potential

Enjoy the journey!

PS Strategy has 8 letters

Why I try to prove myself wrong

Why I try to prove myself wrong

Why I try to prove myself wrong

Our biggest errors in making decisions often occur when we believe we are correct about the facts or information around a subject but in fact we were wrong.

It’s true that you cannot go on second guessing yourself forever and sometimes decisions have to be made with the information that’s available to hand. In most cases however and certainly for longer term goals and strategies it pays huge dividends to double check your information or get expert help from a variety of sources.

A good way of thinking about it is to set a system in place to double check your information and the strategies that are driven as a result of that information.

“In other words when I’m certain that I’m right about something, I will try to prove myself wrong.”

Trying to prove myself wrong is the best way I know of to improve my education around a subject which will then drive my strategies and actions. However it flies in the face of how we are raised and rewarded. Usually, you are rewarded for the “right answer” in a world of education where there is a perceived right answer. So we are subconsciously raised to believe there is one right answer. This also falls right into our preferred method of thinking which is to seek easy answers as anything else raises uncertainty and then takes too much time and effort to resolve.

We tend to skim information and accept what we read and hear at face value. For instance -almost everybody will judge other people diets believing they are healthy on not, based on superficial information and education. Unless you have done at least one thousand hours study and in depth research into an effective human diet or any other complicated subject you have almost no expertise – so presume you are wrong.

There also exists the problem of confirmation bias, which leads us simply to seek out information and facts which support the decisions (often irrational and emotional) we have already made. This effect is even stronger in emotionally charged issues when ambiguous information is used for supporting evidence. It is often easier to try to prove someone else wrong than make the effort to get more educated ourselves.

“When we are open to the possibility of being wrong, we gain knowledge which will help guide our strategies and decisions.”

Even when trying to build your knowledge, you have to be careful about people’s opinions as everyone has some sort of agenda, which while it might be well intentioned, may also be as a result of their own confirmation bias. Most documentaries, magazine articles or blog posts will be written by someone with an agenda and it’s not difficult to research any subject and find a different point of view on the same topic.

However, in big life changing decisions like your diet, exercise program, career or finances it is certainly worth the time to make an educated decision as possible. Trying to prove yourself wrong is an effective strategy as this route usually leads you to find out that the issues involved are much more complex that you originally thought and the world is rarely black and white. You have probably studied your career for over 1000 hours but can you say the same about diet, exercise and financial well being?

We need to start off believing we are right but then really make the effort to prove ourselves wrong and seek out information that flies in the face of our beliefs. When we are open to the possibility of being wrong, we gain knowledge which will help guide our strategies and decisions.

Other than the time and effort it takes to more fully and deeply explore any subject that could lead to big decisions there is little to lose and much to gain.

  • You gain knowledge
  • You gain balance and empathy with other people’s points of view
  • You gain better strategies and decisions

Simply put in taking the time and effort to prove yourself wrong – you gain.

Enjoy the journey

Beginning with the end in mind

Beginning with the end in mind

Beginning with the end in mind

In his best-selling book, The 7 habits of Highly Effective People (one of my favourite personal development books of all time) Stephen R. Covey, identifies begin with the end in mind as an essential habit for success and effectiveness. However, when I question many of my business owner clients at our first meeting what their plan is for extracting themselves effectively from their business they are usually struggling to answer.  It is obvious that this essential issue has not been thought through and planned for in any detail.

A good starting point is to consider this question; If I were to be looking to buy a company like my own, or like one I am about to set up, what would it need to look like for me to consider it seriously and with the hope to purchase, because it is so attractive? Let’s face it, we can get caught up in the idea of either creating a business that is making use of what we do well, or it can be a new idea that we are blindly enthusiastic about to the point of making emotional decisions, naively throwing resources at the idea with a hope it’ll work. We need a checklist and sounding board as well as trusted opinions. ‘Beginning with the end In Mind’ is a solution. These are important questions to ask yourself before you even begin:

Do you want to replace your job with a business that gives you the same income?

Do you want to make a big pile of money, sell it and escape?

Do you want to create a legacy?

Describe the ideal scenario. Speak to those you know and trust who have relevant knowledge and experience. Make a list of the skills you will need to be able to make it work. You may be a good painter and decorator, but are you a good business person? You may need to study accounting, social media, marketing or dealing with finances, in a way you have not done before. The focus of the consideration of beginning with the end in mind is always going to help steer your decisions.

What would the long-term effect of this change of direction be?

Who would need to be involved?

What time line are you happiest to commit to?

By reviewing that target regularly you can check your progress, adjust and even plan for a bigger result. The type of things that keep us struggling are the lack of facts and vision. Decide to be sure about what you are aiming to achieve and how you are going to measure your progress BEFORE you even start. This will help you make better decisions in the now. It will reassure you when things get tough. It will motivate you when you start to realise your progress. It is a necessity.

Know your goal, know your exit plan and if you still want to go ahead then find a why. A big why. A well-defined and thought through why.


Good Luck.


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