At this time of year it’s very common to find people exhibiting high stress levels. A trip for groceries, or to the hardware store, takes a bit longer due to long lines and depending on where you live the weather.
Strategic Discipline Blog
It’s possibly one of the most damning statements that can be made about a person or business. It’s the equivalent of Jim Collins, “Good is the enemy of great.”
“I’d get up at 4:30 AM, exercise, read something inspirational, and then have a healthy breakfast. That was my routine.” My client was explaining why he decided to re-gage our coaching work. When we were working together this had been his faithful morning regiment, every day. For the past year or better he explained he’d not been following this routine and he found his business and personal focus suffering.
How are you feeling about your business today? We invest a great deal of time and energy on the Strategic Disciplines of meeting rhythms, metrics, priorities, and work process flow charts. These are all objective elements to running a successful business. There is another perhaps more subtle yet just as critical aspect to running a successful business and that is the subjective - the raw emotions that it takes to provide the energy that drives your business.
It’s half-time in a girl’s freshman basketball game. The score 31-9. My officiating partner and I discuss how difficult our job can become in a lopsided game. We need to keep our heads in the game despite the score. The team that’s leading is the first to score in the second half. They score again, and again, still again. By the time the third quarter is over they are the only team that’s scored and it’s now 48-9.
Have you ever found that when you go on vacation you come up with great ideas for your business? Seemingly impossible challenges suddenly become simply resolvable when you are away from work? It’s not surprising. Michael Gelb, Author of “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” wrote, “Where are you when you get your best ideas? Almost no one claims to get their best ideas at work.”