After The Event - Now What?

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I was at the IFP Paraplanner Conference last week and have done a few talks this month.  One of the recurring questions or comments is often - "I've heard all this great stuff, I've learned all these great things but I know I'm too busy to put it all into practice."

Many people were motivated by the various talks throughout the day and enthused by the speakers and came away full of ideas.

Well, if you were taking notes during the sessions, the first thing you need to do is to plan time to go through them.  Whether it's at the end of the day's event or when you get back in to the office.  It's important.  You've spent the time and money (or your company has paid for you to attend), so you need to maximise your and their investment.

Don't lose those great ideas.  Commit to what you're going to put in to action.  What are you going to change or do differently as a result of the event?  What's realistic, what's practical, what do you need to do to make the change?

Set aside the time to do your Strategic Thinking - whether on a personal or business level.

Team up with a colleague, coach or mentor to help make that change happen.  If you went to the event with a colleague - buddy up with each other to check in and agree what you'll do and hold each other accountable over the next few days, weeks and months.  Review and accountability are key to making changes and sticking with them.

Otherwise, I know what'll happen.  Within a week of attending the event - you'll have got back into reactive work mode.  You may have managed to change a couple of things.  Within a month, the chances are, you'll have slipped back into your old habits because when we're busy, that's what we naturally do.  You haven't had enough time to make new habits stick and change a pattern of behaviour.

Get the most out of the events you attend - review the changes you want to make and the progress you've made.

Remember little and often and take small steps.  Don't try to do everything all at once or make big changes you won't be able to stick to.

If you'd like to create new habits, make real and lasting changes and have a review process that works to keep you on track, get in touch.
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