Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Planning For Success.

When you start a business you write a business plan. Why would you not have one for your daily life?

This is a simple idea that will help you as you move into the new year. It's an exercise we often suggest our clients try to get into the habit of doing. Start the year with a plan. Ask yourself, 'What do I want to accomplish this year?'

Now, this is the important part. Write it down. Yes, actually put pen to paper and then start to develop the idea a little further.  What do you need to do to get to that goal? Are there any special tools you require? Do you need to enlist the help of anyone? Do you need to upgrade your skills to make the goal attainable? Can anyone help? Are you being realistic, and if not what can you do to set meaningful goals.

In the coming year, setting out a plan, scheduling ahead to be sure you hit certain deadlines, and most of all enlisting the help of stakeholders and friends, are all components of building this plan. Make it into a project, even build a presentation - to present to yourself. Each bit of detail you create makes it more attainable. The success of the plan will lie in the detail, so start big but progress down to the minutest of details if you can.

Don't expect this exercise to take 5 minutes. Set aside some time to work on this project. Forty five minutes a day for about three or four days would be reasonable. If you want to make it a family exercise even better.  Training your children to get into this habit may be one of the best gifts you ever give them.

Review your plan once a quarter. Don't expect it to be 100% smooth sailing.  Most plans require adjustment as they progress. You may even find your goal changes quite radically. But it all starts with a vision and a plan. And this is the best time of year to do it.

Rob Hadley

Monday, December 24, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas is coming...

Christmas is coming, and for some people it's just not the cheery time of joy that it is for others.

For some, the senselessness of tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre will trigger feelings of desperation and futility. These feelings will outweigh the happiness of Christmas carols and turkey. Seeing the joy of Christmas will be done from the other side of a veil of sadness. Merry Christmas will be something other people experience.

For the the families that are together, and the friends that party it up on Christmas eve, an invisible multitude will quietly spend the time alone. The families experiencing their first Christmas after divorce, the teens that no-one listened to, and people who simply have no loved ones, will experience Christmas in their solitude something many people simply won't see.

So this Christmas think about reaching out gently. Invite the person who is alone. Put away that part of you that is too proud to have a relative stranger with you at Christmas. You never know when you might just save a life.