Some things just work together.
Fish and chips, Ant and Dec, strawberries and cream.
Those are the ones that come to my mind, at least.
But my favourite combination by far is sunshine and a BBQ.
As soon as the mercury rises and it becomes t-shirt weather, I’m thinking about when I can get the BBQ out and get grilling.
Living In The Moment
It’s a familiar smell on a sunny day in the UK, that faint whiff of sizzling sausages and burgers as the hazy sunshine beats down on you.
Those are the moments in life that you have to sit back and enjoy – and that’s something that as business owners, we sometimes struggle with.
The temptation to always look forward and consider what’s next can hamper our ability to be present in the moment.
And the thing is… you need to be able to do both.
It can be hard to be introspective when you’re so involved in what you do, which is part of the issue.
Because so many business owners start out with all the motivation and drive in the world to make things a success, but the reality of business is that it is difficult.
And over time, you reach a natural plateau.
Maybe growth wasn’t where you wanted it to be, maybe you’re a couple of clients short of where you need to be, and maybe you’re not quite sure where you want to be.
The question you need to ask yourself is this:
Is what you’re doing now going to get you to where you need and want to be in 12 months’ time?
If the answer is no, it might be time for a change.
Time will pass whether you’re aware of it or not. It’s something people often talk about when they’re motivating themselves to exercise or make big changes, and there’s a good reason for that.
Making incremental changes day by day will pay dividends if you stick to it for two weeks, two months, or two years.
Now, as business owners, it can be difficult to have that sort of mindset when you’re busy dealing with a million different things at once.
So, what do you do?
Well, you have to MAKE the time.
Take an hour in your diary and block it out – that’s your time to do what you want with. Think, plan, pontificate.
It can help to take a deep breath and enjoy time to yourself, whether that’s lighting the BBQ and having a couple of drinks on a sunny evening or going for a walk or doing whatever you like.
And if you’re looking for a change of perspective, it might be worth us having a chat about how we can help.