Exercising feels good; traffic to work and home is minimal, I do my activities proactively, any urgent matters are addressed quickly and effectively and the results of my efforts are visible to me.
I thought for the longest of time that these perfect days are what I should be aspiring for and successful people experience this nearly everyday; but I was wrong.
I discovered in my work, finances, health, relationships and inner growth, as it is in nature too much of anything is detrimental i.e. blue skies>drought, rain>flood, pressure>rock, stagnation>poison etc.
When too much work is flooding in, I feel like I’m drowning and when no work is coming in, it feels like a drought. When I put myself under too much pressure, I harden then crack and when things become too easy, profits stagnate or worse decline.
On top of these natural changing business climates, are the days within each season; happy days, sad days, introspective days, outgoing days etc.
Days that not only do I want to throw the towel in but I actively resist doing the work that I concsiously know I need to be doing. I don’t quite understand why I do that while at the same time another part of me finds it enjoyable and empowering. “Pity parties” maybe the polite name for these moments but I like to call them my “Stuff it days”.
Days that I feel like coasting through with minimal input, I have a list of activities but I only do enough work to convince myself and justify to others that “I’ve done something with my time”. On days such as these if you ask me to do something, I will most likely accept but not act immediately as I’m having more fun doing other things that interest me “maybe writing my blog”. The result is important activities get put aside until they become urgent. Call it “procrastinating” if you must however in my defence lacking motivation in one area greater inspires motivation to do other important activities in my life such as exercising, self-reflection, planning etc.…
Days I’m pumped and eager to get in and do the work, then I when I get into work and I quickly fall into a “daily grind” or coasting day. These days are really frustrating as I held initial such high expectations of myself. The same frustration comes over me when I am motivated, pumped and getting through my activities however other urgent matters come up requiring my attention when all I want to do is get my list of activities done.
Perfect days. Exercising is easy, traffic to work and home is minimal, I do my activities proactively, any urgent matters are address quickly and effectively and the results of my efforts are visible to me.
What I have learnt is that I can’t control business climates or my day to day feelings, however I can acknowledge them and know them for what they are. And by doing so I now make choices with better perspective.
Here are some tips I apply!
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Personally I find achieving my goals difficult. Often I just put them to one side and hope that they will be achieved by themselves. Dreaming!!! Yeah I know, however in my experience life often finds a way of getting in the way, or making the goal I think about, inconvenient or increasing stress in other areas. So I give up!
Nine time out of ten I give up, I give up on even trying to attempt my goals. The one time out of ten is because I’m fed up with where I am and fearful of what might happen if I don’t. Looking back my personal conclusion is that only when my fear is greater than my procrastination do I begin to take achieving my goals seriously and commit.
Fear maybe a great motivator however from experience fear as a repetitive motivator has lead me to burnout, withdrawal, self-doubt, mental illness (depression) and wrong choices. All of which delayed me achieving my bigger goals or go so far as derailing me from achieving it at all.
A big failure of mine in the past has been listening to the noise in the world and good intentioned opinions of those important to me, telling me their views of what being a success in life looks like.
Am I living their life or mine?
Call it maturity, rebirth, taking ownership of my own life, or simply being true to my authenticity; however I now choose and approach my goals with respect and quiet reserve. I have documented a list of all the personal experiences I would like to have had in living a life on purpose. I have prioritised these experiences into this year, next year and years beyond along with what I need to do to make these experiences a reality and the help I might need or not.
There are things in life that are deeply personal to me. These “gold nuggets” are waiting to be mined and cashed in, so I can go dig for more of my “gold nuggets”, however mining for gold is dirty, gritty, exhausting, labour and resource intensive at the same time the input is all based on the assumption gold will be found, before actually finding it. I can’t find gold without digging!
Here are some tips I apply to achieve my goals sooner!
When buying a business what are the most important things you can do?
Rule 1# Do your due diligence
Identify the challenges and create opportunities within your own businesses existing culture, staff and roles. Consider ways to improve the existing culture, staff and roles within the new business you are considering to purchase by implementing the best from both businesses.
What are the costs and how much time will merge the two businesses require?
How will you retain your existing business and new business clients, while also minimising the risk of loss of these clients?
How will you be adding more value to existing and new clients than they received previously?
What potential new supplier relationships will there be and how will these impact your existing relationships?
Do you require non complete clauses (restricting the seller) within the business purchase contract? This should document timeframes and territory restraints.
How is the business valuation calculated? (Past earnings continuation, profit & loss, business tax returns, depreciation schedules etc..)
How will you purchase the business? i.e. Your funding mechanisms. Will the purchase be made with cash, vendor finance, personal borrowings etc. and will there be any milestone payments?
What is the best structure of the new business, taxation reporting, payroll and compliance?
Will you retain continuation of your own business branding or new branding? This goes across social media, logo's, business cards, signs etc.
Where is the preferred business location and sub locations and how to cost effectively maintain the existing footprint and service existing clients?
Do you need to update or change your technology, software and business process across both businesses?
What is your exit strategies for the new business?
What is the expected income, profit and loss, assessing the effort required and cost viability of the exercise vs. organic growth of existing business?
This above list is just the tip of shark errr iceberg when it comes to the different areas one needs to consider when purchasing any new business.
When I purchased another financial planning business the purchase was within the same industry that I knew, even then I've found the process both daunting and exhausting. I would expect even more due diligence would be required if the business was to be in a different industry than one's own.
In my experience the purchasing another business involved all the above areas or diligence and implemtation plus changing licensees, software, locations, residence, business structures, business accounts, changes in location i.e. moving to cairns from Sydney. It's been a massive task!
Very importantly the transition required increased communication with clients and staff and promoting the positives or the expansion. We also had to refurbish the existing premises and much, much more which has been now rolling out over the last 12 months.
12 month gone, with hindsight and on balance, I am happy with the progress the team, our clients and I have made.
The next 12 months our focus is on delivering even more value to clients; giving them greater convenience and reducing clients costs. This too is our business marketing approach because our clients are our greatest advocates and helping them achieve their goals sooner is do what we do and helps us achieve our goals sooner too.
Just like when my personal computers freeze because I have too many programs open so to my decision making freezes when I have so many competing important matters in my life.
This got me thinking about how to solve life’s problems from the perspective of an IT help desk.
Life has taught me when I choose to neglect a problem so too does my probability of an epic crash increase. When talking with others about my problems I’ve also found that most of us share similar if not the same problems and fears. Most importantly our problems are not unsolvable.
Often I've experienced many of my life’s problems solved simply by updating an old program or as I call it my daily routine. If this update doesn’t work then I research better programs to do the job and install this new program i.e. daily routine into my life.
Deleting my problem programs can feel good at the time and often solves my problem however it can also impact other programs running simultaneously. As an example is if my new routine was not to include sugar in my diet and my partner still wanted to eat foods containing sugar. This would cause obvious conflicts.
If these above steps don’t solve my problem then a full system reboot may be required. From my personal experience this rebooting decision is dramatic and drastic, however doing so I’ve often found it to be the fastest way to achieve results. This reboot is akin to saying this is the new me and moving forward my life will have the following routines <add>, the past is deleted and this is my new operating system.
The last alternative is definitely the most expensive and radical. It may be time to buy a new computer. Think career change, residence change, partner change etc. Hence from my personal experience this last decision should not be taken lightly however it may be required and serve a greater good.
Acknowledging and taking action to address problems in our lives takes courage. It also requires a mindset of personal accountability time and patience, however most importantly it takes action.
How do I fix the problem of too much debt? Get it to a sustainable debt level where it doesn’t negatively impact me or remove debt completely from my life.
How do I fix the problem of having enough in retirement? Create a habit of minimizing my lifestyle expenses and increase my savings. This has two benefits first it reduces my day to day lifestyle expenses and obviously second it increases my wealth.
How can I enjoy a more balanced life? Do the things that only I can do and delegate everything else.
How can I worry less in life? Focus on what I can control and let go of what I can’t.
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