It’s almost half-time in 2018 – are you focused?

Monday morning and my second full day in The Bunker, working 80% ON the business and 20% IN the business, having sacrificed my Sunday to get myself organised.

It’s a thing we do; sometimes the business of business has to be dealt with before we can relax.

Annie and I are off on vacation next weekend and I will not enjoy myself without clearing the decks before we depart, so this week will be about delivery and completion.

Friday will see the half-way point in the year and a moment for us all to reflect on our 2018 progress so far.

Take some time this week to think about the answers to the following questions, either individually or as a team:

  • What were your most significant accomplishments in the first 6 months of 2018?
  • What were the main things that you would like to have achieved but didn’t?
  • What tolerations, obstacles and roadblocks do you need to address and how?
  • What issues or challenges are you facing right now?
  • What are the biggest “wins” that you can make in the next 6 months?
  • In what way could a coach help you right now?

I’ll also be coming to the end of my first 3 months with Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner.

It has been a positive experience and I have already signed up to use the system for a full year.

The main reason?

It is helping me to stay focused (go figure) but here is the important distinction – focused on the actions that will have the biggest IMPACT, rather than those that are the most urgent.

Using the planner for 12 weeks, I’m reminded daily of the difference between “important and not urgent” (future profits), rather than “important and urgent” (today’s profits).

We have to address both but the latter often overwhelms us and forces the future profit work into the shadows.

It hasn’t been plain sailing and there have been times when the future profit work has simply been drowned by the NOW!

Hyatt’s system keeps prompting me to think about the things I have to do to avoid the future becoming repetition, as opposed to evolution – it has been well worth the investment for that alone.

So – ready, steady, go for another relentless week of doing all the things we have to do.

I’ll be here most of today, travelling the rest of the week.

I’m looking forward to three days of client meetings and one ADAM workshop – with a smile on my face as I think about the Greek islands – isn’t half the fun of a holiday the anticipation?

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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.