May 10, 2016

Spring Clean Your Business

This weekend felt very much like Spring had arrived and as it did Shara and I took to cleaning the house, got some fresh air out walking and my thoughts turned to my health.

Health, in particular making time to be healthy, has been a constant challenge to me especially since Shara was born 4 years ago.  I want to be fitter BUT something always stops me.  I can hear the excuses now:

  • I don’t know where to start
  • There is so much conflicting advice in respect of diet which one is right for me?
  • That works for everyone else but they are not me and I’m different
  • I don’t have the time or energy to do that

Two of my biggest blocks are not wanting to know how bad it has got (measurements!) and not wanting to share that information with someone who can help as I’m afraid it will not look good.

So as I’m sharing my springtime walk with my wonderful little girl I made the decision that this is my time to face up to the excuses and just get fit anyway.  And for 5 days in I’ve juiced daily, I’m being more active and I’m talking to two personal trainers about getting help with planning and staying on track.  Oh and I took some measurements!

So what does that have to do with you and your business?  Well I realised that the feelings I have around health are the same feelings many business owners have that stop them improving their businesses.  I was with one such business owner today who, although they knew business was tough, did not have the information to know why or how bad things had got.

My first step with them has been to have a detailed look at what is going on and make recommendations for how they can structure management reporting going forward.  And I have to say I was nervous about the meeting as I did have bad news to deliver.  BUT it went really well.  The meeting highlighted for the business owner what was not working and because I had identified key drivers that needed to be addressed to improve performance an action plan was created that I am confident will make a big difference to business results quickly, one step at a time.

This reminds me of what my personal trainer said to me this weekend.  How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.  An old one but it makes sense.  You just need to start somewhere.  So for my health that means:

  • Decide what my end goal is
  • Measure where I am now
  • Get support
  • Plan my strategy
  • Implement
  • Review and adjust my strategy based on results.

And I’m excited to have already started.

Which leads me to ask you – what is it you want to spring clean?  Your business?  Your health?  Or is it something else? And what will you do differently this time to make sure you get better results.

Until next time, keep growing

Best regards

 

Jo

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