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a blog by Chris Barrow

Your three most important goals right now

In amongst the bewilderment of tiered lockdown, the relentlessness of Groundhog Days and the COVerload of "everything else", it's easy to fall prey to some unsuccessful habits.

Here's a few I've found myself manifesting:

  1. Procrastination - faffing about before starting an important task;

  2. Distraction - getting sidelined by emails, newsletters, conversations and posts about Bright Shiny Objects (BSOs) - "stuff" (like bikes, software, running gear and the iPhone 12) and other people's business ideas that I might be missing out on;

  3. Burn out - working too hard for too long and then simply running out of energy, unable to function - staring at the screen.

I spend many hours, sometimes feeling like the cobbler's son, listening to my clients describe the same challenges - and offering my advice.

Here's what I find myself saying......

That we need to focus on three issues:

  1. The Art of Extreme Self Care - visit the book on this subject by coach Cheryl Richardson

  2. Financial security - you have to be able to pay the bills, personally and professionally - and so, as you all know - "Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity and cash is king"

  3. Leadership - motivation isn't working - you can only inspire - "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” -John Maxwell

Note the first of these is Extreme Self Care.

I learned a long time ago that you are no use to anybody if you are broken. Whilst tending to others, we all need to ensure that we heal ourselves.

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