Your Perfect Day

Today I wanted to touch on what so many Business Coaches and Life Coaches touch on. We don’t all do it, because it was in the coaching manual 101 – we do it because it’s so important. Your Perfect Day. Your Perfect Week. Your Perfect Month. Your Perfect Year. Sounds like a lot to do, doesn’t it? To some of you it may even sound like complete bullshit. No such thing as a perfect day. Well, it’s rare, I will agree – but it does happen, so plan it the way you want it and see what happens! I suggest doing this exercise with some peace and quite and in a space that makes you feel fab. So don’t do it in front of the tv, with the kids screaming, while you’re getting up every 5 minutes to stir the dinner. There’s a series of questions you need to ask yourself. Answer them all – please. You can also grab a download for the exercise here. What time do you wake up? Who do you wake up with? Where do you live? What is the first thing you do? Perfect Day by a Perfect Pool What are you grateful for? What are you excited about? How do you feel everyday? Where do you work for the day? How much do you earn a day? What do you do for work? Who do you work with? How many hours do you work? What exercise do you do daily? Any spiritual or education plans? What fun activities are planned? Describe your family time? What are your relaxation rituals? What time do you go to sleep? Once you’ve got these questions answered, I want you to get really creative. Spend some time writing an imaginative paragraph (or 5) about your perfect day. Be as descriptive as possible. You should be able to feel it, picture it – if it involves spending an hour in a coffee shop with friends everyday, I want you to be able to smell the coffee (now I need to go make one – what did we do before Nespresso). Don’t stop at Your Perfect Day either….keep going with the questions. I sat down and re-did this recently. I’ve rushed all my life. Multiple jobs, businesses, commitments etc. Getting in and out of my car. Wrestling with Sydney traffic. I’m over it. I like to be a lot calmer now. So I work from home, not the office a couple of days a week. It means I can relax and spend some more time before and after school with Elodie and I get lots done (but that’s a whole other post about setting yourself up to work well from home). How many days a week do you work? How much do you earn a week? What fun activities do you do? How many holidays do you take a year? How many seminars do you go to? How much do you personally earn a week / month / year? How do you give back? Again, spend some time writing really descriptively about your year. If you want you can get really creative and do a vision board, or mind movie about it. It’s actually impossible for us to work productively for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year. But so many people feel they have to do that. It will make you sick, destroy relationships and chances are – you won’t make you any more money, than if you were actually working how you want to work. You achieve magic when you are happy and contented with your work structure. I love doing this exercise every so often. It also helps to show me how far I’ve come. Some things I’ve got on my agenda for this year are Elodie and I doing some volunteer work, sailing and a massage once a month and having dinner with friends at our house more often. None of those are huge – but wow they make me feel better when I’m doing them. Lastly – what is one thing that you can do today, that it will make it more of a Perfect Day? Go on, do it, I dare you!!!!!

Understanding Successful Business Strategy

You hear me bang on about successful Strategy sometimes (ok maybe lots of times), but do you really understand what I mean? Here’s a confession from me – I thought I understood this years ago……BUT… was only after application and not just reading about it, that I really got it. Successful StrategyStrategy comes from 2 Greek words (now I’m hungry). ‘Stratos’ – army and ‘Ago’ – to lead. Don’t let that make you feel like it’s all in Greek to you! That kind of thinking makes Business Strategy all seem very aggressive and masculine, which it doesn’t have to be. The bottom line is successful Business Strategy is about working out where you want to be and planning how to get there. Business Strategy isn’t all about men sitting around in fancy suits in boardrooms working on strategic plans for 12 months, that then present as a 100 page bible, that will take 52 years to implement. It’s also not something that only people with an MBA can work on. Especially if it’s your business – you should be working on the strategy, I will say however that this is where a good Business Coach can come in handy. You could look at Business Strategy as a bit of a journey – but like all good journeys, some detours can get thrown into the mix, so don’t be alarmed or turn out to be a statue stuck in stone, if something needs to change along the way. These are the things you need to think about for your Business Strategy trip or journey:
  1. Where am I?
  2. Where am I going?
  3. How am I going to get there?
  4. What do I need to help me get there?
  5. Who needs to be involved in getting there?
  6. How and when can I check that I’m on the right track?
Then it’s all about checking in with the business and the people involved along the way and making changes as needed. Remember, it’s your business, so the journey is about where you want to be and how you want to get there!!! I promise you, I have stuffed up royally by making changes to my strategy based on what other people were doing – it generally doesn’t work. Business Strategy has to be true to your vision. To me having good strategy in place is a bit like knowing your Top 5 Passions – it helps guide you and makes decision making so much simpler. You just need to ask yourself the following questions: Is it in alignment with my passions? Is it helping me get to my greater vision? Over the coming months I will delve deeper into Business Strategy by looking into the different areas of your business and the strategy involved with all of them. In the meantime though, here are my Top 5 Tips for Successful Business Strategy:-
  1. Be clear on your bigger vision
  2. Understand your industry and your business inside out
  3. Have a strategy for each of the 12 areas of your business
  4. Monitor and change strategy when needed
  5. Action Action Action
It always bloody boils down to Action people. Remember, don’t plan yourself out of business, plan to create a better business.