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I've noticed a lot of people I meet or talk to for the first time tell me how they want more focus or direction. Some may even use the 'S' word ... as in 'I think I need to look at my business more strategically'. And others say things like 'I never do much planning' in the same breath as 'I never seem to find the time'.
Quite often they then carry on with a list of things in their business and indeed their life that's not working or going wrong ... or describe a situation that they've lived with for a long time but wish they could change.
Approaching a new year is a popular time for many to reassess and re-evaluate and several clients have come to me this month for just such a review session (another popular time is the Spring).
Many more specifically set aside time over the holiday period to plan. Even those with young families and busy households often find that the complete break from the office routine allows the mind to throw up unexpected ideas and thoughts at the most unexpected times. So whatever your circumstances over Christmas and into the New Year, here's just two questions to ponder in a quiet moment ...
- What's the one thing that would make the biggest difference to you in 2012?
- What would life be like if you could achieve it with complete success?
Ok, that's a good start at doing some 'conscious thinking' ... which is my simple definition of 'being more strategic'!
If this prompts any specific thoughts, please do share them with me.
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