That was easy!

//That was easy!

That was easy!

A colleague of mine has a large red button on her desk.  The idea is that you hit it every time you complete a task or take a difficult decision.  The reward for doing so is an electronic voice saying “that was easy!”  Now I can see the benefit of such a tool on difficult days like today when I struggled to get my adrenaline pumping; a small reward for a completed task might have been just enough.

However (and there are always “howevers” in my blogs, just in case you hadn’t noticed already) there are times that I get so wound up that I think that if I had such a button on my desk, it would get hit so hard that the pain in my hand would coincide with its complete and utter destruction.  I guess there might be some therapeutic benefit in the ironic delight I would have by shouting “now that was easy!” while on the way to casualty.

I have been over doing it recently, forcing myself into impossible deadlines by not saying ‘no’ enough. Time after time I allow myself to get sucked into fun sounding projects that I believe I can somehow squeeze in-between my other commitments.  The result is that I find myself working almost seven days a week. Consequently, my sense of fun in life, all but almost disappeared.  However this weekend I was privileged to spend some time with some really inspiring entrepreneurs and also, for once, it was not raining so I managed to find an hour to take a trip on my motorcycle (in sub zero temperatures) that punched not only some fresh air into my lungs but also some fresh thinking into my brain.

Consequently I have decided to say ‘no’ more often to new demands that encroach on my private time.  To say ‘no’ to unnecessary complexity in my business career, to say ‘no’ to anything that is not helping me focus on the things that matter:  My home life, my core business, my colleagues and clients.

Now that was easy!

Have a good week,


2016-11-17T08:25:00+00:002 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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