If you took time out over the summer, here is my recommendation for how to get your head back in the game fast and with purpose…

When people have taken time out, it is essential that you can focus yourself as quickly as possible on return to build your momentum and productivity. I have suggested below a model that works for me, drawn from my studies and experience of what I find most effective. I hope that some of this might be useful to you.

GRATITUDE – Take the time to acknowledge and internalize the great memories, adventures and learnings that you have been able to experience in the last few weeks and the year to date.

VISION – Re-affirm your vision for your future. Where do you want to be in 5 years’ time personally and professionally. Document it and be acutely aware of the major steps you need to take.

CONSEQUENCE – Get real about the impact of inaction. Connect with how you will feel if you do not achieve your dreams, what will that mean to you. Feel the disappointment and use it positively.

ROAD MAP – Define a clear road map to execute your vision. Set your annual objectives then pull this back to the month then the week to define the key deliverables you need to achieve to meet your objectives. Record your progress on a weekly basis.

COMMIT, DELIVER  – You now have a clear plan and purpose. Embrace the challenge and get on with it.

MEASURE, REVIEW, REPEAT  – Take this opportunity to build the habit of reviewing your weekly and monthly progress against your primary objectives. (This has been the most impactful tool that I have realised for personal development. Enjoy the learning and the increase in motivation.)

I guarantee that the more regularly you follow this process, the greater your level of clarity and focus. With this focus comes increased motivation, energy, productivity and self belief. All of these components require commitment. Take this opportunity to build a great habit and own the direction that you take in your life and your career.

This Spirit of Adventure

This Spirit of AdventureWe learn more and more about psychology and neuroscience year on year which enriches out understanding about ourselves, how we can successfully interact with each other, our behaviours and so much more. However, some concepts about attitude, behaviour and character can stand the test of time. To that end, I wanted to share a letter which was written by my Great Grand Father to my Grand Father in 1923. The simplicity and power of the message is brilliant.

This Spirit of the Future 

I look upon each minute as precious and to be exchanged only for it’s full equivalent in progress.

To develop, continually, every faculty which helps to build greater judgement, energy, determination, imagination with a good cheer, for each is necessary to the happy individual. To look upon work during the working hours of the day as a privilege, as a game, as a requisite of the full & complete life.

To look upon idleness with disrespect, as a waste of time, the only commodity of which everyone has an equal amount.

To feel that the waking hours after the day’s work is over are best spent in study, in agreeable companionship, in recreation, in those acts which build happier, stronger character & better health.

To strive for higher standards and ideals. To look upon the bright side of things and be an optimist in the best meaning of the word. To act quickly and avoid procrastination. To think broad mindedly and to scorn meanness and jealousy.

To punish dishonesty with the utmost effort. To appreciate fully intelligence, originality, loyalty, recognising merit only as the door to advancement.

To acknowledge no obstacles as unsurmountable which stand in the way of splendid progress.

Ever your affectionate, Dad

1923