What can you do to further your business on Christmas Day?
Well, it didn’t look like a lot. By the time the children had unpacked their stockings and we’d breakfasted off the biggest pannetonne in the world (it must have been two feet high by two across – half price from M&S) it was time for the Christmas morning walk.
This involved saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone we met – but that was hardly a conversation likely to lead in the direction of: “Are you in the market for more time, more money or possibly both?”
So we came home and started eating again – and we didn’t rise from the table until late afternoon – just in time to start on the presents under the tree.
That left just time to spend a jolly hour wrestling my son’s new time trial bars onto his bike before filling two bin liners with old wrapping paper.
And it’s now late in the evening, the older children are watching their new DVD and I have wandered into the office for the first time today and began jotting down a preliminary list of goals for 2012.
One of them is a “Clutter-Free Office.”
And when you set a new goal, it’s a good idea to do something towards it immediately. It doesn’t have to be anything big or dramatic. But it does have to be immediate.
So I took the letter from the overflowing pile in the basket on the desk and dealt with it.
The letter was from the Suffolk Constabulary (… nearly gave me heart failure when I opened it!) In order to maintain my status as a community volunteer – occasionally I man the community speed gun – I needed to update my details. Had I acquired a criminal record in the last 12 months… or begun to associate with known criminals?
… or been charged with a motoring offence?
And this is how my speeding conviction came to light – which is not good news for a speed gun volunteer.
But it did give me the opportunity – just before I sealed the envelope – to reach out and pop in a recruiting leaflet in along with the completed questionnaire.
Police officers make darned good distributors. Everyone knows that…
This is Chris Williams’ guide to Goal Setting. An absolute must for anyone who wants to achieve their dreams. Chris designed my company’s Goal Setting course and I go on it three times a year.