A New Beginning
‘To say it is life changing is an understatement — it is a new life, not life changing’
Tim Boyle (Australia’s first kidney and lower intestine transplant recipient)
This is a quote from colleague and friend Tim Boyle, who became Australia’s first kidney and lower intestine transplant recipient in October, 2015.
Twelve years ago Tim received the news that his lower intestine was no longer working and had it removed. Although he could eat, he could only process 10% of his intake as nutrition and had to be fed via an intravenous drip. Less than 2 years ago his kidneys failed which meant each week he spent up to 50 hours attached to medical machines.
Despite these setbacks, Tim remained optimistic for the future and was committed to his young family and continued to build his business. Although he had time to catch up for coffee, produce a monthly newsletter and write a book we noticed a slow decline in his health and in the last few months this became a rapid decline. Although he acknowledged this decline we ‘outsiders’ noticed a more rapid decline and feared for his future.
Tim’s journey and his quote got me thinking. How does this relate to business?
Many businesses are like Tim’s health. Slow decline not noticed by those in the business, whether it be the owners or employees but noticed by those outside. Complacency and accepting the current situation in business can be fatal. This can catch up on you without realising the true situation and can result in business failure.
It’s now January and the start of a new calendar year and it is time as Tim stated “it is a new life”. In Australia, January is the summer holiday period where staff are either on holidays or tend to be more relaxed. For business owners and managers it is time for reflection on the previous year and to plan for the next. Time for a new beginning…………
So what should you be doing?
What you should not be doing is relaxing and allowing the status quo to continue……it could be fatal to your business.
Here are some 5 suggestions to get you thinking (and acting!)……….
- Learn lessons from last year – write down what you have learned, good and bad and act on them for the next year
- Set goals for the next 12 months – write them down, be positive and ensure they are realistic and will make you look back in 12 months with a sense of achievement
- What bad habits should you eliminate? – we all have bad habits that if we change will make us, our staff and customers more productive, engaged and motivated
- Thank your staff and customers – in particular those who helped you and the business in the past year. Hopefully you would have done this before Christmas
- Clean up anything left over from the previous year – there is nothing better than starting the new year with a ‘clean slate’. Leftover tasks stop you moving forward with energy and enthusiasm for the new year deserves.
So let January be a period to commence the new year with a positive plan and outlook for the next 12 months, leaving the old year behind…………..
And think of Tim and remember this year is an opportunity for ‘a new life’………..
If you haven’t done so, why not consider becoming an organ donor? It is really easy to do but unfortunately most people don’t only because they haven’t thought about it. In Australia we have long waiting lists due to lack of donors and it truly saves lives. Tim waited 4 years and was unlikely to see Easter. Luckily ground breaking surgery with a different donor blood was successful.
Go to www.donatelife.gov.au for all details.