Archive for May, 2007

Sunday mornings

I LOVE Sunday mornings!  While everybody else is sleeping in and wasting daylight, it’s a rare Sunday when I’m not up and about, riding my bike at 8AM.

Over the years, a lot of people have called me many things!  “Who wants to get up that early on a weekend?!?”, “You’re a loon – I’d much rather be tucked up warm and cosy!” Well, sometimes I have to admit to being tempted to agree. Crawling out of bed when I really didn’t want to would be a real challenge – what if it’s wet outside? – What if I’m in the middle of a great dream? – What if I’m hung-over?  

The thing is, on Sunday mornings I rarely have trouble, because I’ve already told myself I’m going to do it!  Sunday morning is MY time. I can get up and do exactly what I want to do. Very often, this involves cycling in silly places, getting very muddy and cold and returning home with a silly grin plastered across my face which I just can’t wash off with the rest of the mud! Other times – if it’s raining too hard to even get my bike out without getting soaked, for example – I’ll sit down and catch up on a bit of reading I’ve been meaning to do. Trade magazines or articles that I just haven’t made the time to read over the last few weeks. Occasionally I’ll make a decision before I go to bed that I AM going to have a lie in this time, but even this is MY time, and I’m doing it because I know I need to.

What does it get me? This getting up early and having some MY time?  It gets me just that – time. If I get up a couple of hours later on a Sunday morning I’d be stealing time. If I was a bit later getting on my bike I’d get back later and then I’d be stealing time from my family – Come mid morning, the kids are up and they want Dad to spend some time with them – I’d be messing up their day as well as my own.

If I didn’t go cycling, I wouldn’t have that silly grin on my face and I’d really miss that (I’d probably end up less healthy as well!). If I didn’t read those articles, I’d have to squeeze them in or not read them and neither of those options really does me any favours. Now you may consider me a loon. You may not want to go cycling. You may even have a very good reason why Sunday mornings aren’t a good time for you to be getting up and doing anything. Think about it though. Because if you’re one of those people that whines that you never have time to do anything. You can’t get fit because… You can’t keep up to date on information because… When I do go out later in the day, the car parks are full, there are loads more people on the trails causing queues, and most of them are moaning because of these same facts.

There IS an easy way to avoid it; you just have to decide to do it! 


The Apprentice

SO how many people out there are addicted to ‘The Apprentice’?  Being British I am, of course, referring to the UK version with Sir Alan Sugar as the man to impress, but having seen a few of the USA episodes I think this blog probably applies to both.

So now you’ve owned up to watching avidly, how about this one – Are you one of the people who then discusses the merits and flaws of each contestants performance in the tasks with friends and work colleagues?  If you nodded, think about this again. Re-read the question if necessary, mote that I said ‘merits and flaws’, not just ‘flaws’. The reason I ask this is simple. I’ve heard plenty of conversations (and taken part in a few myself) about The Apprentice. Some people seem to take it seriously and try to learn some lessons, others just look upon it as entertainment. Almost ALL of the conversations I’ve been privy to have actually revolved around slating people’s performance with very little by way of compliments being awarded.

Now in some ways this is just human nature. I’d hope, though, that if the people being discussed were present we’d give them something a little more constructive than just telling them what they did badly!  How about trying to make things just a little more constructive anyway though. After all, we’re watching the program, using up time from our schedules – our lives, doesn’t it make sense to try and learn something new? Actually I’m going to up the stakes a bit here and make you a challenge.  How about taking something from the program that you will actually do.   Hmmmm – I know, tough concept, but if we’re really going to learn something there’s not a lot of point in it just staying in our heads.

So, my challenge to you Apprentice addicts out there. Stop shotting everyone else down in flames and think of how you’d have done it differently. Think of a way you can apply this new knowledge in your own life. Go do it!

 NB – this doesn’t have to be just lessons from the Apprentice – it can apply to just about anything. If you learn something that can benefit you – use it!

…………….and let me know if it works!

About me.

A professional speaker focused on helping people get more out of their day; for themselves and their companies.
I help people get things done by helping them realise that all the knowledge in the world will do absolutely NOTHING for them - if they don’t use it.
I want to change the world, and getting the right people in the right place is only the start. In todays world it is so, so easy to get pulled into doing all the wrong things. I help people figure out what the right and wrong things are and make sure their energies are focused in the right place.
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