Starbucks has a “Happy Spring” gift card available right now, and it made me smile. Those first Spring days make my heart jump a little and I grin from ear to ear. When I was in corporate America, I promised myself that when I owned my own business my strategy would be to declare the first spring day as a company holiday. I’d encourage everyone to take a walk, to look for flowers shooting up, to lift their face to the sun and be thankful.
New Hampshire is enjoying those early spring days yet I’ve spent the last several days inside. Today will be different. Sure, I could spend another day at my desk but to what end? How much better off will my business and I be by what I accomplish inside? What will happen if I take a walk? What will the consequence be if I play hooky and look for early crocuses? I may not cross as much off my to-do list, but my thoughts will be clearer.
Years ago my first coach gave me the assignment of taking a day off with nothing planned for it, no strategy, not even picking up the dry cleaning. Nothing. For the first hour I went a little stir crazy but then I found a new rhythm and my day flowed easily. Back at work the next day, I mapped out a sales and marketing strategy for a product our sales team had been struggling with. One by one, our sales team came and watched as I sketched out the strategy – there was excitement in their voices and a couple of them even went off and started executing. I hadn’t actively spent time thinking about the product or anything to do with work, yet this innovative approach just fell out of me. I got the lesson my coach wanted me to learn: a clear, relaxed mind is more productive than a stressed, over-worked one.
It’s supposed to reach 64 degrees today. If you’re on the East Coast, you are probably experiencing a similar glimpse of spring. Go take a walk. You’ll be amazed at what it can do for your business.
– Helen Dutton, Business Coach