23 September 2016

Finally summer silly season is over and autumn is here. Time to get back into the swing of things, build momentum and drive towards the end of the year.Lawrence Jones MBE entrepreneur

In the Netherlands, they call summer period Cucumber Time. There are no real explanations for why it’s called this but many assume that it’s simply because there’s nothing else in the news other than people growing the biggest cucumbers!

Whilst summer is a great time to relax and take time to enjoy life, now that autumn is here, we’re back in business. The government is back in full swing, schools are back in session and the disruption of summer holidays is over.

I am motivated and excited to get our teams back into full momentum. We’ve had a record year so far and I can’t wait to see where we’re at at the end of the year.

I often like to stop and take stock of where we’re up to. The change of seasons is the perfect time for this and soon, we’ll be heading off on our annual holiday – now that everyone else in the business is back to work – to take some time away to set our goals and see how we’re progressing,.

My wife Gail and I have always done this. As UKFast and our group of businesses grow, so does our list of goals. This means that our annual goal-setting, which once took us an evening, now takes two days!

I firmly believe that if you write your goals down, you’ll achieve them – no matter how big or silly! We should always dream big and aim as high as we can – this way you’ll always reach further, whether you hit the goal or not.

Some goals do take a little longer than others and stay on the list for some time. One such goal of mine has been there years – to buy a boat. Last year, I’d added that I also wanted a submarine but when it came to redoing our goals, Gail noticed the submarine had been taken off the list.

She asked why and I told her that I’d simply upgraded my boat goal and the submarine is in the bottom of the boat!

Now that we’re into a new season, take some time, set your goals, see where you’re up to with your current goals and build that momentum so that, come New Year’s Eve, you can say that you’ve had your best year ever.

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