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Better Business, Better Life – Issue 110
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Welcome to our new look newsletter.
Still focused on helping you live a better life through creating a better business, but with more practical tools & examples to help you put things into Business Action.
This newsletter will be sent out fortnightly by Business Action with articles & contributions from myself (Debra), Jeni & Nick Clift.
And if you know someone who would benefit from reading this, then please forward it onto them 💖
BUSINESS TOOLS & REAL-LIFE LESSONS
In this section, we share one of the tools from our toolkit, with some real-life examples & common pitfalls to avoid. Take lots of Clarity Breaks. And that is my featured tool for this newsletter.
The Clarity Break
In this newsletter, I’d like to explore the Clarity Break as a tool to get yourself set up for the New Year.
I am currently typing this as I sit by a pool in Bali. I didn’t bring a laptop, as I knew I would get distracted from relaxing & want to jump in & do some work, so I brought my remarkable & its keyboard.
Once I have finished typing this up, it will go to our VA team, who will get it ready to go out to you all.
Because this holiday, I intend to have a good break from work & take lots of Clarity Breaks.
What are Clarity Breaks?
As the name suggests, it’s about taking time to get clear on business & life.
Imagine a glass of water with some sand in the bottom. The glass is your brain, the water is what helps your brain to function & the sand is all of the ‘stuff’ you have going on in life.
When you are constantly moving – fighting fires at work, making decisions, answering emails, checking social media, taking phone calls, WhatsApping, just doing stuff – that sand is always moving around in the glass, making it difficult to see clearly.
When you take a break, that sand can settle & suddenly, everything becomes clearer.
In this space of Clarity, you make better decisions about the future. We all know what it is like when you are so ‘busy’ & rushing around doing everything & never sitting still, with just your own mind as a company… We generally make ‘in the moment’ decisions rather than long-term decisions.
Give your brain a chance – take a Clarity Break & see what comes of it!
The first time I did this, I created a new 6-month Mastermind programme that I had been procrastinating on for months. The full programme with all the content & all the marketing messages in just 2 hours… But I had been waiting 6 months to start on it as it felt overwhelming.
One of my clients refused to do this for almost 12 months as she said she was too busy & couldn’t find the time. After my constant but gentle & caring nagging, she finally took her first Clarity Break. What she got out of those 2 hours on a beach was invaluable & now she raves about them & encourages all of her leadership team to take them.
So, what is a Clarity Break?
It sounds really simple & it is. But just because it’s simple, it does not make it easy. You need to have the discipline to carry it out & then continue to carry it out regularly to get the most benefit.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Take yourself to a place away from your regular distractions – for me, this is generally a place in nature – a forest or a beach. For others, this might be a cafe or home alone. Wherever it is, make sure you can commit to at least an hour, preferably two, with absolutely NO distractions.
- Turn off all electronic devices & don’t try to do this with an iPad or a laptop. A good old-fashioned pad & pen is best, but a remarkable one can work well, too.
- Just sit with yourself & your thoughts until everything is settled & calm.
- Now, start writing the things that come to mind. If you get stuck, I have attached a bunch of work questions you can ask yourself – print this out & take it with you.
- Once you start scribbling, drawing or writing, just go with the flow & stop when you are ready.
That’s it – nothing complex. It’s a mixture between journalling & furious focus.
All it really is, is a way to calm the mind & allow it to wonder & wander.
Let the sand settle so that you get the Clarity of focus you need to deal with life’s opportunities & challenges.
Just make sure you do it regularly to get the true benefit. Once per week is ideal, but if you can’t manage that, then at least once per month. Some of my clients do it every day – just for half an hour before they come to work.
What about preparing for the New Year?
Well, I have a special set of questions I have pulled together & used at the end of each year to get me thinking about the New Year.
The questions are both business & personally focused & designed to get you really thinking about what’s working & what’s not working in your life.
Once you know this, you can take an additional Clarity Break & start thinking about what needs to change.
And that’s the tool for this newsletter – print out the two attachments & give it a go. I promise you won’t regret it… Unlike all that food & all those drinks over Christmas. 😊
LINKS TO USEFUL STUFF
This section gives you quick access to 9 links - articles, blogs, podcasts & stuff that we have come across that we think are worth reading or listening to.
Better Business Articles
Podcasts to Listen to
How to be moderately successful
Mike is an Adelaide EOer & I like his no-nonsense approach to business & life. There are certainly things to take on board for all of us.
The Science of everything - James Fodor
This show covers everything from crytocurrency to biochemistry & metabolism to the science of emotion. As an ex Biochemist & curious child, I love it!
The Power of Structure, Mentorship & Collaborative Clients with Adam Wolfe
Adam Wolfe emphasises the importance of reading and asking three questions to ensure you want to learn from a book before reading it.
MEET OUR TEAM
In future newsletters, I will introduce you to our team & our Trusted Partners. It will take too much effort to do this for this newsletter & I want to get back to the pool, so watch this space next time around!
FIND OF THE WEEK
We are here to help you live a better life by creating a better business. We are real-life business owners with years of experience & a strong desire to make a huge difference to the lives of entrepreneurs.
If anything here resonates with you or you would like our help, then please get in contact. Just reply to this newsletter & let us know who you would like to speak to…. Or visit our webpage & contact any of our team from their own pages.
And finally, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all of you. I hope that no matter where you are or who you are with, that you have a relaxing & enjoyable break.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these tools or would like to find out how I can help you achieve a better life through creating a better business, then book a free Discovery Call with me.
We’ll talk about what you want to get from your business & your life & come up with a plan to do that!
Certified EOS Implementer | Accredited Family Business Advisor | Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach | Speaker & Workshop Facilitator