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Check-up From The Neck-up

I'm not a writer, blogger or You-Tube star, so I always believed that I had nothing to say or write. Then my wife said to me one day "you should write a blog"! "Hmm....sounds good." I said, "but I really have nothing to say and no-one really cares"! She said, "Don't worry, I'll read it and I care".

This past year has been a year of transition. New business, new house, new challenges and new opportunities. At times, I found myself saying "yes" to everything and inevitably having to say "no" afterward as those opportunities were not all that they seemed to be.

So one day, a good friend of mine said:" Al, you need a check-up from the neck-up".

A checkup from the neck up is when you go for a long walk and have a serious conversation- with yourself- as to what is most important in your life and determine your mighty "Why" ( as per Simon Sinek). When I came back from my walk, I realized I did not have a mighty why or a clear focus as to what I wanted to do. "When you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there". I was chasing the shiny stuff that seemed important and cool at the time but did not yield the results I was hoping.

So, I sat down in my office, closed my door and went to work identifying my Core Values and coming up with my Core Focus (Mighty Why). It was tough. It took me a few hours, however, I came up with 5 Core Values ( which were both Personal & Professional) and then identified my Core Focus. Once I wrote them down and committed to them, everything changed. I reviewed everything I was doing and working on and if it was not inline with my Core Values and Core Focus, it was either let go or put on the back burner. (If you are interested, you can find my Core Values and Core Focus on my website at

As a result of my "check-up from the neck-up", I now have a clearer sense of purpose and direction. Everything I do has to fit with my Core Values and Core Focus. I hire, fire, take on opportunities, business relationships all based on my Core Values. Even with my work as an EOS Implementer, one of the first exercises we do as a Leadership Team is to identify the organization's Core Values and Core Focus as part of their Vision/ Traction Organizer (VT/O).

Maybe it's time for your "check-up from the neck-up".

Just saying :)

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