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Clearing Out Those Old Ideas

Written By: Catherine Morgan | Comments Off on Clearing Out Those Old Ideas

When spring comes everything can start to look different. You may find you get a burst of energy to throw out the old and bring in the new as you cheerfully pack away your sweaters in anticipation of warmer weather.

You may find yourself decluttering your closets, but have you thought about clearing out the clutter in your head?

What’s hidden away?

When was the last time you had a heart-to-heart talk with yourself and assessed (kindly) where you are in your business, and if your current work is working for you?

Are there some outdated ideas of who you are and what you should be doing hiding in an old chest with mothballs? Throw them out or shake them out and expose them to some sunshine!

Old fears tend to dissolve when they are exposed to light. We all have some legacy ideas from our family, friends, and early career that probably no longer fit us.

Just like struggling to squeeze into those jeans from college, we also may have parts of our work we have outgrown.

I left my safe job in corporate and comfortable salary to start Point A to Point B Transitions. My job no longer fit me, my values, or my goals. I find most of my clients similarly reevaluate their career or business in their forties or fifties.

What needs space?

In order to create space for the new, we often have to get rid of something.

Am I recommending that you exit your business or quit your job? Not necessarily.

However, I am suggesting that you look at how your work makes you feel and commit to honestly assessing your current business or career, and evaluating your options.

What do you do that you love, and what do you dread doing?

Try to keep using your best skills and doing the tasks you like – and try to minimize or eliminate the tasks you don’t enjoy or don’t do well.

What can you start?

Spring is a great time for new beginnings. You might want to plant some seeds now. Are there skills you need to learn that would help you grow your business?

Do you need to start marketing more consistently? (This is something I definitely need to commit to.)

Is there some aspect of your business that has become old and stale for you? Maybe you need to prune your service offerings or products and focus on the most profitable ones.

Have you been putting off launching a new product or service?

Do you need to bring in some employees or contractors to help you?

Would you benefit from hiring a consultant or coach?

I hope I planted some seeds or sparked some ideas. I’d love to hear what you are going to get rid of or bring into your business.

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Catherine Morgan is the editor of Business Unplugged ™, an engaging speaker, and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant and former employee of three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines strategy development with accountability coaching. Her productivity tips and career transition advice have been featured on WGN AM 720 and WIND AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, and on WCHE AM 1520 in the Philadelphia area. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, small business, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.