If, like Shrewsbury based business coach Alan Adams of Horizons Consultants, you're thinking of escaping to the sun, read on to hear more about how we can apply holiday lessons to the rest of our lives...
Well, the weather is bad again and there does seem to be a mass exodus of people going abroad looking for the bright shiny, glowing orb thing that seems to have been missing in the UK rather a lot.
And we can all learn from how we book our holidays. Hardly anyone decides one day to pack their bags, rocks up to an airport, points at a plane and says “I’ll go on that one”.
You could end up at some completely disastrous destinations and depending upon what you packed, completely unprepared for the location. A bikini in the Artic won’t be of much use.
However, a lot of people spend more time planning their holidays than they do their life, which is an absolutely crazy way to live, yet the process for a successful life, holiday or business is exactly the same.
You start by setting it as a written goal. Decide what you want to achieve, what you want to do and why? (Have a great holiday, go snowboarding, because I love it).
You set a date for what you are looking to achieve, (date you want to go on holiday). You look at where you want to be, what you want to achieve (the destination, what type of holiday you want and how you’ll feel while you’re there).
Then set out the steps you need to take, and any skills or resource gaps you require to meet - going snowboarding you may need to learn new skills, and make a list of stuff you’re required to get - snowboard, appropriate clothing.
Eventually, the day comes when you achieve what you originally set out to do - you’re snowboarding down a mountain, having a fantastic time.
Now did you notice that I put down about how it will make you feel? Ultimately everything we do, we do because we want feel something, a sense of achievement, love, happiness, contentment, it all comes back to feelings.
So what is it you want to achieve from your life or business? How will that make you feel and why is that so important? Once you know why you want it and you make that why as big as possible the how you’re going to achieve it becomes irrelevant, because you will do it no matter what it takes.
The old saying “don’t think it ink it”, for example, has been scientifically backed up, a doctor’s used to have 18% no-show from his patients after they booked the appointments.
They reduced this to a staggering 9% just by, rather than the receptionist writing out the appointment card, the patient filled it out themselves. It’s all to do with how your mind views writing things down and from a psychological point of view it’s really powerful.
So whatever you really want to achieve in business or life, write it down!
To learn more from Alan, especially if you own a business, give him a call on 0845 373 0046.]]>
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