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New Year…Same List

By on January 1, 2015
Every January it is customary to make promises (to ourselves or others), write plans and produce lists for the year ahead. 

January is the opportunity to really shake things up, to make a fresh start and to do things a little bit differently than the previous year……And then the day-to day routine sets in, and how easily we forget those promises we made to ourselves:I’m going to spend more time working ON the business this year

I’m going to write a marketing plan and stick to it

I’m going to do some appraisals and spend more time with my team

I’m going to make sure we have regular team meetings this year

I’m going to get rid of that troublesome/underperforming staff member

I’m going to look at my accounts every month and stick to a financial plan

I’m going to manage the stock better this year

The list goes on…and without any action, year after year the list can have the same things on it.

What I LOVE about my role as coach is that I help independent practice owners get out of that rut (if they want to that is)!

At our annual Freedom Planning event for clients in December, we ended the day with something different and offered them the chance to break a thick wooden board using only the heel of their palm (it’s called a board-break). It was a challenge that many were up for completing (me included – see picture) and it symbolised that with focus, a ready mind and a positive attitude – we can achieve anything; not only in business, but in life.

After all, if we continue to do the same things, we will get the same results. If we don’t like the results we have, we should change the things we do.

This year, I challenge you to change it. Change your mind-set. Change your attitude. Change the results.

If you would like to do something about the items on your to-do list this year, make a start by booking a complimentary 30 minute slot in my diary.


About Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson has worked her way from the ground up in optics, starting as receptionist, she moved to Dispensing Assistant and then to Dispensing Optician, then Store Manager then Group Manager. This has given her a unique insight into the workings of Independent Optical Practices. At Practice Building she has found a home for sharing her innovative ideas for making running Independent Optical practices efficiently, profitable and enjoyable.

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