THINKING BUSINESS
a blog by Chris Barrow

Retreats and Sleep

Friday and Saturday were spent with a group of 6 clients, working on their 3-year vision, 12-month plan, 90-day goals, 2007 calendar and 2007 cash flow forecasts. It truly was an Intensive in every sense and we had all emotions on display. Here’s one testimonial I received on Saturday evening.

Chris, Congratulations for a wonderfully stimulating roller coaster ride that has sent all of my senses spinning! I’m so excited to have finally discovered more business strategies in the last 48 hours that will literally have a massive effect on how my relatively new business will flourish.”

I’m pleased and proud that the 2 days has such a profound effect on 4 dental practice owners and 2 coaches. At my age (53) it’s quite normal to wake in the middle of the night as bladder duty calls. I’ve become very used to that and can normally get straight back to sleep before the demons and gremlins rush through the “air lock door” (written about previously). During my working week it’s normal for me to sleep for 6 to 7 hours – I don’t watch TV very often and so enjoy the good habit of getting to bed by 11.00pm latest – and waking at 5.45am (with an alarm call) to throw on a t-shirt and shorts and start my early email sessions before the meetings or presentations of the day. I know how tired I am because, each of the last 2 nights I have slept over 10 hours without waking – even for a pee! My body is telling me that its “had enough” – and I have to listen or suffer the consequences. The last three months I’ve been working at least 6 days a week, sometimes 7 – the harvest time mentioned in my last ezine. I consider that such a pace can only be maintained for 3 months before severe burn out sets in – and my 3 months end this week, with yet another 5-day tour of Britain that starts in Cornwall this morning, visits Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle and ends in Glasgow on Friday night. Yesterday my only effort was expended on a hour’s walk in the fresh air and 2 hours watching Manchester United v. Chelsea on the TV – the rest of the day I did a pretty good impression of a vegetable. Probably a leek, bearing in mind my earlier comments.

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