‘How To’ Coaching series – Activity 5

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Chapter 1 Destination – choose your own way

This is part of the ‘How to’ coaching series.  An ongoing series of activities to make your business successful.  Follow it step by step and see positive results as you develop a robust business model set on a solid foundation.

5 – I have a life plan that I refer to regularly.

Alongside the business plans, it is good to have a life plan too.  From personal experience, when you can clearly see why you are doing what you’re doing, you will have more chance of success, and a reason to put the effort into the work.

As with any plan for your business, it is important to review your life plan regularly. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in work and forget the reason you started the business.

There is a good saying, start with the end in mind.   Usually, people tell me it’s ‘to give them the life that they want’. Well that’s not nearly specific enough. The more tangible a goal is, the more chance it will happen.

It could be that you are planning on selling your business.  So, what will you do after that? Your dreams should cover the ‘what next’ part of your life.   One of the key reasons that businesses don’t sell, is that the owner has ‘sellers remorse’, and pulls out – they cant imagine not getting up early and going into work, adored by their loving team.

The ‘How to’ bit:

Make time to define where you want your life to go.  Choose your journey, and who is going to share it with you.

It is a good idea to work on your life plan with your nearest and dearest.  How about you all having a life planning day between Christmas and the new year?  Make it fun, with nice things to eat and drink.  Take time to dream about what you want to achieve in the future and what you want to achieve in the coming year.   Dreams shared by all, have greater weight.

It should be something special, something to aim for.

To find inspiration, you can look at publications, TV, friends…  also there are many resources online – websites for houses, cars, planes, holidays, sports, clubs, hobbies, the arts…

I have my dream images on a screen saver. Every time I log on, there are the images that drive me. You could also put pictures of your goals on the fridge; or anywhere you look at often.  Just little reminders of what rewards all your efforts and hard work will bring.

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