The Holdsworth Group - January 2019


Volume 1 • JANUARY 2019


I t’s Monday … again. You walk into your office and toss your uneaten gas station bagel on the desk next to the now lukewarm coffee you didn’t get to drink because you were taking a bunch of calls in bumper-to-bumper traffic for the last 45 minutes. As you take that first sip of coffee, feelings of guilt surge to the forefront of your mind: you forgot to kiss your spouse goodbye and you didn’t have breakfast with the kids for the third morning in a row— even though you swore you would. Then you remember that you have to pack up files for the client meeting that will take you out of town for the next three days. You missed the neighborhood barbecue last weekend, you only made it to the last few minutes of your kid’s holiday play at school last night, and now it looks like you might have to go to bed early this weekend so you can cover another shift. Is this how you envisioned your leadership position, your marriage, and your family time? Is this the way you want to live until you retire? Will you look back 20, 30, or 40 years from now and say, “I wish I would have done things differently?” You know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I know the idea of making big changes might seem impossible — especially considering how hectic your schedule already is — but I’m here to tell you that it’s never too late to Hit the

RESET Button and take back control of organization and your life. Time is the only thing you can’t get back, so stop frittering yours away by doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same life- sucking results. You have the power to decide that you’ve had enough. You have the power to start a transformation in your organization. You can choose to Hit the RESET Button . Here’s how the five-step process works: organization’s strengths and weaknesses, what you like about your business, and what you want to see changed. E - Establish a Direction: You have to begin with the end in mind, which requires drafting a clear direction for your organization and laying out the action steps needed to make it happen. Wandering aimlessly or “going with the flow” is great for backpacking across Europe, but it’s no way to build a successful organization. S - Set Specific SMART Goals: Awish is just an unclear desire spoken into the wind, while a goal is written and shared. Use the SMART method to set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-specific goals that your entire team can understand and work towards. E - Execute the RESET : Once you’ve worked through the inventory and set specific goals and a direction for yourself R - Review and Refocus: You need to complete a self-inventory of your

and your organization, communicate these goals to employees, partners, customers, and vendors. Then set a date to physically Hit the RESET Button . Hang this newsletter on your wall or go to my website,, to print off your own button. I can’t stress how important this physical step is in the process. T - Tweak and Transform: No matter how specific your goals are or how passionate you are about your RESET , nothing is perfect. After all, as the old saying goes, “If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.” After you get 30 days into your plan, re-evaluate and allow for tweaks as you begin to see and enjoy the transformation. Don’t start 2019 feeling stuck, stressed, angry, or frustrated. Use this year to finally take back control of your organization and your life. Go to to get started!



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