Reset, restart, recharge

Image courtesy of Pixabay
Image courtesy of Pixabay


I’ve been off for the last few weeks. By off, that means away from work, switching off digitally but mostly not feeling myself.

I seemed to be working on a dozen things at a time and in the last few weeks I recognised that sometimes you have to halt, consider, re-prioritise and restart.

So for the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing computer games, cycling, exercising, reading, watching sport and reconnecting with people offline. I’ve taken the time to think about a few things and appreciated some truths that I seemed to have forgotten. They’re not life changing, they’re not critical but they matter – to me at least.

  • Believe in yourself – if you don’t, who will?
  • Live outside your habits – habits become the easy way to do things
  • Network – if you don’t appreciate the value of the people in your network you may as well give up now
  • Find inspiration everywhere – it will pop up and hit you when you least expect it
  • Look for inspiration everywhere – it’s there if you look hard enough
  • Ask for help – what’s the worst that can happen if you do?
  • Ask for real help – don’t ask for superficial inconsequential assistance; people recognise when they’re not contributing
  • Really ask for help – explain what, why and how
  • Question – too many people have accepted too much on face value
  • Accept criticism – doesn’t matter if you think it’s justified – the other person does
  • Make people care – people who care about what you do and say are your biggest advocates
  • Keep learning – to not learn is to regress; everyone else is going to accelerate past you

Do you have any life truths that help shape you, your thinking and actions? Let me know in the comments.

7 thoughts on “Reset, restart, recharge

  1. Good to see you blogging again Andrew.

    I love “live outside your habits.” Wise counsel.

    Something that underpins my work is the belief that to “understand an organisation you have to change it.” The act of changing is where new knowledge emerges that informs us. Probably why so much traditional change “fails” where we try to predict and therefore control the future.

    We changed something very big in our lives last year, and what has emerged has quite simply been a lovely and challenging unexpectedness. We just couldn’t have known.

    So, if you want to change something, do it, and then see what happens next.

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  2. This post really spoke to me this morning Andrew. As someone who has made some big decisions recently I have realised how important it is to add another ‘R’ to your list – reflection. We are all so busy being busy, it can be challenging to stop and reflect on where you are and why you’re there. I hope the opportunity to reset has been useful for you and you’re feeling more like yourself again now.


  3. Great post Andrew and welcome back. My ‘life truth’ would be to recognise that some events in our lives act as a transition to something else. Doing all the things you have listed can really help with those transitions and seeing them for what they are.


  4. Nice post Andrew – a holiday is as good as change – wise words – as per your request I will add a few more:

    Respond / Interact with those that interact with me because everyone is special – no matter if they are in your clique or not !

    Share without fear or favour – pay it forward.

    Keep your followers close and your non followers even closer – they can be your future clients one day.

    CYA !


  5. Nice post, Andrew. It resonates with me because it’s particularly timely. I’m in a bit of a transition phase at the moment – I start new adventure with the OU in October – and it’s caused me to reflect on my recent learning and development. Adding to yours, lessons not to be forgotten are celebrate success and acknowledge support. This is my blog post, complete with big intro about my holiday/walking exploits
    All the best


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