There are two parts to the final word this month and I need to kick off with a message that is not new, but is critically important.
I’ve been at a couple of Inside Track meetings recently where it’s come to light that there are still members of the EC who do NOT do their 90 minutes – or at least don’t do them regularly.
Interestingly, the question I’m asked most often by people that I meet is along the lines of, “Do you really do your 90 minutes every day?”
The answer’s yes. It’s a habit that I’ve carried with me now for over twelve years, and it’s a habit that is responsible for pretty much all of the success that we’ve been able to achieve.
Even my team do it – because we know that it’s in the 90 minute chunks that all the important stuff gets done.
Peter Austen was at one of those Inside Track meetings in August and he posted on Facebook the following day how he’d been inspired to knuckle down and do his 90 minutes as a result of the meeting. His post ends, “Those 90 minute chunks really do work. Crikey…blimey…f*** me! I really should have been doing them before…”
And so should you.
If you want your business to be in a different place three months, six months, nine months from now then the single best step you can take to make that happen is commit to finding 90 minutes a day, four or five days a week to spend in an uninterrupted environment, working on the things that will make that happen.
I know you understand the logic, so what’s stopping you?
Several months ago now, we introduced something new into our business here at BottyTowers. It’s called 15/Five. It’s a feedback system whereby everyone in the business spends 15 minutes at the nd of the week reflecting on what they’ve achieved in the last seven days and answering two or three specific questions that I and my senior team choose to ask. Then, their responses are reviewed or five minutes (hence the name) by their line manager. Everything cascades up the organisation and it’s really helped us to communicate better and understand everyone’s perspective.
But for me, one of the most remarkable things about it has been to remind me of just how far we have come. You see, like other business owners, I suffer from the “Entrepreneur’s Curse”. We’re always looking at what’s next aren’t we. Always got an eye to the future, never satisfied with where we’re at, rarely pausing to smell the roses.
Well 15/Five has helped hugely with that. In fact, I was reviewing the last three months’ submissions earlier today and, when I look at what we’ve achieved and how far we’ve come in such a short pace of time, it’s quite remarkable. But I’m not sharing this with you to blow our trumpet, far from it. Because, what I know is that you will have made significant progress in your business as well. It’s just that, like me, you’re not good at pausing for a moment and looking at how far you’ve come.
One of the most useful things about Mastermind is that we keep people on track. Those sessions take place every 6-8 weeks and there’s a progress flow, momentum builds, milestones are reached and passed. There’s a sense of movement along the journey, and that’s why, to end this edition of the Circular, I want the final word to be a reminder and a nudge for you to just sit and reflect for a couple of minutes on all the things that you’ve got done over the last few weeks and all the progress you’ve made so far this year.
Because I know, for so many of our members, progress has been significant.
I salute you – and your progress.
That’s the final word.