12 November 2013

This week, a colleague of mine asked me how I stay in the present when I’m always focused on the future. It’s true, I always have one eye on the horizon, but this doesn’t mean that I spend every moment worrying about it. I simply won’t allow myself to do so.

Planning goals is important; it helps to keep you on track and headed in the right direction. As Abraham Lincoln said, “the best way to predict the future is to create it.” However, once I’ve written out my goals for the year, I simply close the book. Yes, you can return to a blank page and fill it with smaller goals for shorter lengths of time – the month ahead, for example. But don’t forget to shut it afterwards.

Your brain is intelligent enough to know what you need to do to achieve your ambitions. Somehow, once you’ve laid out your goals on paper, you seem to gravitate towards them. Stressing about them is not conducive to reaching them; quite the opposite, in fact.

Never underestimate the importance of switching off. Running a business is stressful but you have to be disciplined. Personally, I play squash to help me disconnect from work mode. Exercise is a great way to cleanse business issues and allow you to switch off. On Saturday morning, after a game of squash, I’m in dad mode and that’s that.

It’s easy to bring work back home with you but if you only focus on that then you miss out on being in the moment with the people around you; your family and friends. Life is simply too short not to make the most of it so next time you get home from work, leave your business baggage at the door and close it firmly behind you.

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