Fresh Start Exercise

There is always an opportunity for a fresh start. You can begin today to address change in your life as a whole.  You can focus on one task a day and many of my clients find it helpful to brainstorm in the morning and act on the list in the evening. There are 10 parts to this exercise, 7 of which are listed below:

1. Physical Spaces
List all physical spaces (e.g. offices, closets, drawers, garages, etc.) you have not cleaned out in the last 12 months and set dates within the next three months by which each will be cleaned out.

2. Family & Friends
Make a list of your family and friends who cause you any ongoing upset, frustration, energy drain, etc.  Evaluate your relationship with each of them and write down any changes you want to make (e.g. in terms of time spent together, boundaries, delivering any undelivered communications, etc.).

3. Key Employees
List all key employees. Mark Yes or No — knowing what you now know — would you hire them again right now? If No, note the action you need to take regarding them and by when you will take it. Next categorize each of the key employees into A, B and C players and then note what actions you plan to take regarding your B and C players.

4. Clients
List all clients with whom you have any issues (difficult, unprofitable, etc.). Mark Yes or No — knowing what you now know — if they were a new client today, would you decide to work with them? If No, note the action you need to take regarding them and by when you will take it.

5. Frustrations
Create a brainstorm list (stream of consciousness/ no editing) of everything that frequently angers, upsets or frustrates you or keeps you up at night. After writing for at least 5 minutes, prioritize that list from the items have the most negative impact on you to the least impact.
For at least the top 3 on the list, note some action items you could take to address the impact of those things on you.

6. Limiting Beliefs
Create a brainstorm list (stream of consciousness/ no editing) of all limiting beliefs you have (e.g. I’m not good enough, I don’t deserve, I am afraid of, etc. – anything you think about yourself on a regular basis that doesn’t serve you).

7. Time
Create a brainstorm list (stream of consciousness/ no editing) of everything in your personal, family and business life on which you spend material time (these should be high-level big buckets not task level). After writing for at least 5 minutes, mark the percentage of your time in each and then mark your ideal percentage of time in each and in any other areas you want to add.

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