I recently revisited Napier, the last time being 10 years ago. One of the return visits was to the earthquake museum.
I’m sure you’ve heard the proverb “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, and you probably know it has nothing to do with a road to hell or that the road is paved, but that, ‘hell’ (or Sir Hell) was paved with good intentions.
What is an anchor? “An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current”.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this slang expression which means “To be concerned about someone or something. Typically used in the negative to convey the opposite. I don't give a fig about making money, I just want to do something with my life that makes life better for others”.
‘Big picture thinking’ is a person who looks at problems and opportunities. A creative person, an idea generator who brainstorms as many ideas as possible.
I seem to have a lot of mantras! Another one of them is “Challenge: EVERYTHING” - I’ve even had a stamp made of it. Alongside that I put 3 principles that I was taught when I was studying to be an architectural draughtsman.
Are you a yes person reluctant to say no and then feeling overwhelmed with work you can’t handle? Are you a no person who feels bad about letting someone down trying to justify you have done it for the right reasons?
There are so many ways nowadays to communicate with others. The old-fashioned way, face-to-face or telephone, video conference, either audio or visual, and of course in writing, whether pen to paper, email, text, message etc. The list is endless.
The reality is that we can’t see the bigger picture. We are too close, can’t see the wood for the trees, perhaps too emotionally involved, in danger of not making good management or strategic decisions.
You will have heard of the insanity definition “doing the same thing expecting the same results”? But what causes us to get stuck in that rut, repeating things we know we shouldn’t be repeating?
After separation followed by the inevitable divorce, at some point you have to realise that life must go on, and so must you! It’s easy to fall into the trap of denial or resentment and become paralyzed by inaction.
There are some of us that still feel what we are doing isn’t what we would ideally love to be doing, we just know that what we are doing isn’t right for us, now or in the future.
As a business owner, whilst we don’t like to boast about what we do, we know we are good at what we do and are passionate about the service or product we provide, and to be successful gaining clients and generating revenue
We hear about leadership a great deal, don’t we? But how do we know if we have the characteristics of a good leader, and are these skills inherent within us or something that can be learned?
Perhaps we could try to avoid them rather than how to deal with them. But if we are realistic we would probably realise it would be more sensible to accept that setbacks will happen at some point.
Perhaps that person is from our past, our childhood or school days who was an influential part of our lives. It might be from our present, someone in the workplace or another business.
Our fear of failure – We are so worried we might make the wrong decision or the wrong choice that we do nothing. Who decides what is a ‘wrong choice’ anyway? Is it the result or the outcome we measure this by, or the way we were made to feel after we made our choice?
Are you feeling stuck or stressed with your present situation? Are you dissatisfied or disappointed about how things are you for you right now? Are you avoiding the things you most need to be confronting?