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Adopting A Mindset For Change!

In our last posting we spoke about the need to be able to change ourselves in order to cope with all those other changes over which we have little or no control but which, nonetheless, influence our personal and working lives.

Sticking with the whole change theme (which we'll be covering over the next six weeks or so) what we have to remember is that this is not about the one-offs; neither is it about the occasional adjustments we need to make, believing that they will comfortably stay with us forever.

No way!

Once you've implemented one change and started to manage its effects in those key areas of your life and business, rest assured, there will be another one waiting round the corner, poised and ready to land bang in the middle of your circumstances!

We just have to get used to it!........

The good news is that, even though change may hit you as a moving and frustrating feast of constant volatility, the more it confronts you, the better you will manage it. It's kind of like most sports. The day we can cast into our sub-conscious the need to keep the eye on the ball, the hand on the club, the pressure in the shoulders, wrist or whatever, the more we improve and hone our competitive toughness.

The not-so good news is that, by not facing change and readjusting our methods accordingly, some small business owners will wake up one day and find that everyone else has moved on. How depressing it is to see your competitors adopting those changes leaving you high and dry facing dwindling turnover, unhappy customers and, worse of all, the negativity of it all impacting your family life.

So let's not let this happen but rather embrace change as a fact of life. The other piece of good news is that change doesn't have to be a transformational firestorm that knocks all your stakeholders- staff, customers, suppliers et al - off their feet. No it can be managed in bite sized chunks once it becomes part of your way of life.

We'll be talking about effective planning for change later on but, just to whet your appetite here's a link to one of the several practitioners operating in this area covering the kind of topics that are all part of the rich change arena.

Ted Beecher
BLA Director

When Running a Business You Need Sleep Discipline

When running a business, it's good to be disciplined around sleep, diet and exercise. This enables us to manage, not just the daily highs, lows, stresses and strains of our business, but helps create a buffer against the onset of more serious matters like anxiety and depression.

This week, let's look at a few tips regarding sleep: 
• Try to get out of bed as soon as you wake. Don’t go back to sleep or try to make up for ‘lost sleep’.
• Get outside during daylight hours for both the fresh air and the daylight. Responsibly spending time in sunlight helps stabilise our body’s sleep and wake cycles.
• If you are worrying about something during the night, set aside some time for problem-solving during the day; write your problems down.
• Avoid caffeine after 4pm and try not to drink more than two cups of caffeine-type drinks each day, e.g. coffee, tea, cola or energy drinks.
• Avoid taking alcohol to help with sleep.
• Make the bedroom quiet, dim and cool. Avoid all technology and distraction, e.g. TV, phone, I-Pad.
• Avoid too many blankets and electric blankets. If you’re too hot, you won’t go into a ‘deep sleep’.

There are many websites to chose from offering help and advice on the subject of sleep. Reinforcing some of the above tips, try this one on sleep education by the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep.

Ted Beecher
BLA Director