Turn Autumn Leaves into a Force of Nature!

My goodness September is a busy month! It’s been drilled into us since we were school-age. Summer’s over, playtime’s finished, it’s time to do some work! In the business world it’s just the same, targets go back up, appraisals loom, no more sloping off to the pub to enjoy a warm hazy evening. Productivity and economic activity goes through the roof in September. And that’s fine by me. Our great nation wasn’t built on siestas and 2 hour lunch breaks. Today I want to urge you to think about why.

Why do you do what you do? What makes you get up in the morning and scrape the ice off the car? What gives you the buzz? What makes you tick? What makes all the stress and multi-tasking and late nights worth it? Because when you comprehend and get your head around and reconnect with the reason, motivation and inspiration for all your hard work, you can be unstoppable, a force of nature!

So how do you do that? Well the easiest way is to take a piece of paper and divide it into 3. Label each part ‘Be’, ‘Do, and ‘Have’. Imagine yourself a year from now, and fill in the relevant section with everything you’d like to be, do and have. Get really specific. Now here’s the challenging bit; for each item on the list, ask yourself why you want it. What will it give you? Does it meet your values? Your life plan? Will it make you happy or successful? If it passes the test, it stays on the list. Next, scrutinise and compare what you’re doing today to your aspirations list. What are you doing to move one step closer towards your goals everyday? If it’s not helping, stop doing it immediately. If you are crystal clear about what you want and why you want it, then nothing can stop you getting it.

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