The kids were on their school residential trip for a few days last week, so Mrs N and I got in some wine, made a paella, and sat in the summer house watching John Wick: Chapter 4.
We’re big Keanu Reeves fans, so were glued for over three hours (Jacki didn’t even fall asleep), watching him as John Wick trying to defeat the High Table to earn his freedom.
It was a great story of powerful alliances turning old friends into foes, and full of life lessons. One of which was a mantra we stand by – it’s even one of our Maxims:
“My father used to say, ‘How you do anything is how you do everything’. Called it the first and last rule of life.’ – The Marquis de Gramont
How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything…
Too many people continue to try and separate their business life with their personal life, but both are intertwined. So, how you think, act, and behave in one of those lives, will mean that you display and do the same in your other “life”.
Think about this – particularly the ‘Anything’ aspect:
- If you’re more of a winger than a planner and are often late with work deadlines, then it’s likely these characteristics are present in your personal life.
- If you’re constantly rushing around and don’t pay much attention to the detail in your business, then chances are these carry over into your home life.
- If you have conflict with family or friends, you’ll probably find you have conflict in your work life.
- If you treat people with little respect and make unrealistic demands on them, it’s likely you won’t be on the top of their priority list when you need their support or help (common in lock down).
The most successful business owners we work with are ones who do ‘Anything’ right, with pride and better than anyone else (even if it’s something they don’t particularly enjoy doing).
And they focus on the now, being present. The problem is, most people are always so busy thinking about the future, they’re not focusing on the tasks that need doing right now.
And the best bit – they have a team that thinks, acts, and behaves as they do – and the entire company cares about the brand as much as the owners.
Nobody is perfect, but this week is a good time for reflection on how we may sometimes act and behave, and what effect this has on others around us in both our professional and personal lives.