Eros on Piccadilly has been cleverly turned into a snow dome, Mr Jones up the road, in a stunning feat of engineering, has decided to project a smiling face of Santa onto the side of his house (why not if that’s what floats your boat) and we’ve been looking for the end of the sellotape since July!
As it’s my last blog before Christmas I thought I’d take a look through the last 12 months of the Tinder-blog. The snippets which we’ve shared made me smile; Jason, Lyn and I swam 10k down the River Dart, Julie used every trick in the (Leadership) book to get her family to align on the house renovation project they’re undertaking and Helen had a frustrating first hand experience of managing self when an injury kept her out of the water for a few weeks.
So my counsel to you is to take some time to look back and smile. Whatever 2013 has thrown at you find the good in it - it’s time which you’ll never get to experience again. Find some memories which make you laugh, cry and anything in between.....and then decide to make 2014 even better!
So people say that the universe has a way of sending you messages. As I was unexpectedly laying on the patio looking at the sky, I wondered what the message was that I was being given..........and then I realised. I’d been meaning to jet wash the patio for a few weeks now, especially given how slippery it had become, and despite a few near misses, I’d been putting it off. So ironically, I was on the way to the shed to get the jet washer when I finally slipped and enjoyed my moment of reflection.........
So it made me think about ‘those things’ that we all have to do – that we know we should do – but keep putting off. So what’s the key to dealing with stuff that you keep putting off? I think it goes like this:
- Trust your instincts. If you’ve decided something needs doing, then back yourself and get it done. Don’t allow yourself to make excuses.
- Make sure you WANT to do it vs think you should / need / ought to. Your motivation is seriously impacted if you don’t want to do (Rule #1 of coaching). So remind yourself why this is a good thing to do and what the positive benefits are to you and others.
- Set a date. Any date. Then stick to it. An item on the ‘to do’ list without a deadline is just a wish. Give yourself a day, a week, 2 weeks, whatever, but when that time comes deal with it. Holding yourself accountable is the most powerful way to ensure you do something you have committed to.
- Be kind to yourself and reward yourself afterwards. You deserve it.
So anyway, the patio is nice and clean and slip free. I was also inspired to dash (gingerly) into the office and deal with a couple of other work related issues that I had been putting off. I’m also full of reward-cake. So happy days!