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Archive entries for: Dec-2009

Reflect for success

Categories:  Business Coaching, Being on purpose

‘Tis the season of goodwill, good cheer and over indulgence!

If however, we’re wise men and women it is also a great time for reflection; an opportunity to look back on 2009 and learn some lessons from our actions and possibly also our inactions!

Here are Leonard’s 11 questions to prepare you for 2010. Take a little time to consider your responses; you may wish to focus on one particular area of your life e.g. your business, or take a helicopter view of the whole picture.

Above all, be honest with yourself and decide how you will use this information to make a positive start in the New Year.

1. What action have I taken that I’m most proud of this year?
2. What was the one thing I didn’t do that I wish I had?
3. What was the reason I didn’t do it?
4. What gave me the most pleasure or satisfaction in 2009?
5. What were the reasons I found most satisfaction in this/these areas?
6. Who did I really enjoy spending my time with in 2009?
7. What were the reasons I enjoyed being with them?
8. What one thing can I do to ensure this/these relationships continue to be positive?
9. What one thing will I do to improve communications with my clients/customers in 2010?
10. What are the two most important things I learned, or re-learned in 2009?
11. How will I use what I learned in 2009 to best affect?

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2010.

From a reflective Jacky Leonard

Go make things happen…

Jacky Leonard
www.jackyleonard.co.uk

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Are you making things happen yet?

Categories:  Business Coaching, Being on purpose

There are 3 types of people in life

Those that make things happen

Those that watch things happen

And those that wonder what happened!

Which are you?

I have to admit I’ve been every type – sometimes all in one day!

So do people have a natural propensity to take action, while others prefer to observe proceedings, or even at times find themselves so immersed in the past or future that they completely miss what’s going on around them now?

And…

If like me you’re likely to have been all 3 at sometime what factors would influence your action or inaction?

Here are some factors to consider:

  • Personal Experience
  • Belief systems
  • Values
  • Experience of others
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Peer pressure
  • Environment
  • Friends and family
  • Education
  • Media pressure
  • Perceived competence
  • Desire

I’m sure some if not all of the above contribute, however I want to focus on what I believe is one of the key drivers and that’s…

DESIRE – how much do you really want to make things happen?

Whether your goal is to:

Do something e.g. run a marathon

Be someone or something e.g. a successful author

Have something e.g. a shiny red sports car

Or even Go somewhere e.g. a cruise around the world

You’re more likely to be successful if you are truly committed to it and absolutely passionate about it.  Or as Brian Mayne says it’s doing the “thing that makes your heart sing”.

Remember the old adage “where there’s a will there’s a way” well there’s certainly something in that!

Consider people that have apparently succeeded against all odds.  Who would have believed we’d see a black president in the White House?

“My parents shared not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren’t rich, because in a generous America you don’t have to be rich to achieve your potential.”

Barack Obama

They have a goal; maybe a pretty audacious one, but more importantly they have a burning desire to achieve it.  Their WHY is strong enough so even when the going gets tough they find extra reserves within themselves and find a way to make things happen.

This may mean reviewing their goal, adjusting their course, or even starting all over again.  In fact they’ll do whatever it takes to reach their outcome, because their reasons are so powerful that it’s not a matter of ‘maybe’ or even ‘must’; it’s a very definite ‘WILL’!

Woulda, shoulda, coulda just doesn’t work here. As Tony Robbins says there are plenty of people out there who “should all over themselves!”

Now consider those occasions when you’ve achieved most…

What was the difference that made the difference?

Tapping into that place; that state; that desire – the one where you’re at your most resourceful.  Your positivity creates clarity, discovers options and provides the energy to take action.

Well what are you waiting for?

Go make things happen NOW!

Jacky Leonard
www.jackyleonard.co.uk

 07894 904041

Do you know where you’re going?

Categories:  Business Coaching, Being on purpose

“Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?” asked Alice.

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get,” said the Cat.

“I really don’t care where” replied Alice.

“Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

I came upon this excerpt from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland the other day and thought how perfect a metaphor it is for the lack of direction in many small businesses. I have similar conversations with business owner/managers; like Alice they are sometimes not really clear about what they want to achieve or where they’re taking their company.

As a coach it’s not up to me to dictate their direction, especially as invariably they already have the answers and just aren’t asking themselves the right questions. That’s where I come in; my job is to help them find clarity of purpose and identify priorities by asking the right questions and providing the appropriate tools to ensure the actions they take are as effective as possible and justly rewarded.

So do you have a vision and goals for your business and if you do, are you on track? It’s easy to blame the current economic climate for a downturn in profits, but are you working smarter, not just harder and taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, even in a recession?

Taking time to re-assess your priorities and evaluate the reasons for your current situation helps to provide perspective and get you back on track.

After all, people who aim at nothing seldom miss the target!

Call now for a free 45 minute business diagnostic to get you back on target.

Jacky Leonard
www.jackyleonard.co.uk

07894 904041