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It’s Not Always About The Business

December 15th, 2010

The purpose of PlanA Consulting is to assist companies both at a Governance and Implementation level to assist them to drive profitability and efficiencies. To that end PlanA Consulting works with clients focusing on business outcomes. With Christmas only a few sleeps away however, it’s perhaps time to reflect on why you may be in business in the first place.

If you asked a sample of business owners why they were in business they may say lifestyle, cashflow, family, freedom and so on. Why is it then that so many business owners work more hours than their staff (sometimes earn less than their staff!) have all the associated stresses and challenges with being in business and at times feel like they are spinning inside a washing machine, continually going around and around and ending up in exactly the same place they started.

To me your business life should be in balance and needs to fit into your personal life as well. Many years ago I read a book by Jack Canfield (author of the Chicken Soup series) called the Power of Focus. In that book Canfield identified 7 areas that should be considered to keep your life in balance and these are 7 areas that I personally focus on and hopefully you find of interest.

7 areas for a balanced life

  1. Financial
  2. Business/career
  3. Fun Time
  4. Health and Fitness
  5. Relationships
  6. Personal
  7. Contribution

As you can see ‘business or career’ only forms one small part of a balanced life. So as you take time to reflect at the end of 2010, perhaps give consideration to these other areas as well.

Think about the 7 areas and consider:

  • 1 or 2 goals in each area that you’d like to achieve within 12 months
  • Are these goals important enough to you to get you out of your comfort zone and to make you take action
  • Make sure any goal is what you actually want and not what you think you should do or what other people think you should do
  • Be prepared to think big and stretch yourself

If you want to reach those goals then:

  • Write them down
  • Have them in front of you on a regular basis (I have a personal mission statement along with other individual goals laminated and in the shower)
  • Identify any bad habits or challenges that may hold you back from reaching them
  • Work on achieving your goals on a regular basis
  • Work out a way to measure your success
  • Continually challenge yourself to make sure you are working towards those goals
  • Learn to say no to distractions that move you away from your goals

Sometimes we can become so business focused and immersed in what we do that we can lose sight of what is really important to us. So enjoy the Christmas period, enjoy your break if you are having one and give some thought to what you’d like to achieve over the next year. You may be surprised with the results.

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