Practise what you Preach

Around six weeks ago, I completed the facilitation of an online business strategy and planning program.  While preparing the necessary documentation and recording I was reminded of my need to review my own business plan.  Then, whilst online with the Participants for our couple of get togethers and then with their individual sessions, I again was reminded of needing to review my business plan.  I believe I may have even mentioned it to them whilst we were all together.

It’s like the mechanic analogy.  A mechanic spends all their time working on their customers’ cars and they don’t work on their own.  Although I have a strategy day every month for my own business, which includes reviewing my business/action plan, I hadn’t reviewed my business plan in full for some time.  No.  I’m not going to share how long.

At the end of last week, I finally completed the review of my business plan.  It took a bit of time to get there and the key to completing it was the discipline of making the time to do it.  Sometimes I would block time out or I would utilise time if it became available.  Or there were always weekends.  I also had the guidance of my own business coach, who asks me the questions I don’t ask myself.  Besides, she is who holds me to account.

Creating your first business plan or reviewing your business plan isn’t always fun.  In fact, I used to think it was quite tedious until I changed how I do it.  But what I have found in the last couple of weeks, as it was all coming together, is my focus and how things start to fall into place.

Like the mechanic, I had been working on my clients’ business plans or other projects.  I hadn’t made the time for mine.  It’s a little like the ‘do as I say not as I do’ scenario.

What do you preach but don’t practise?  What do you need to do to make it happen?

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