Some Light Weeding

“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”

~ Whitney Young Jr.

Some Light Weeding

By Simon Tyler

I have a great garden, yet would not describe myself in anyway as a gardener, or especially motivated to get to work on a flower bed. However walking around the garden in the sun this week allowed the weeding metaphor to hit me.

Weeds, although not dominant yet, are many and thriving. Within a few weeks they will dominate the beds and prevent the desired plants from flourishing. It doesn’t seem urgent right now to attend to the weeds, but once done the space for growth expands, and even creates the opportunity to add new plants.

You get the metaphor, yes? Our minds, desks, plans, shelves, diaries collect weeds. They seem unimportant and inoffensive until we hit the point where concentration suffers, focus is hindered, we get tired, lose sight of our goal, and the dream gets lost.

It is springtime, time to weed out the unwanted, create some space, allow the good stuff to grow, and the new ideas and initiatives to be planted.

My challenge to you…

Schedule 30 minutes this week to:

  • Weed your desk, your diary, your involvement in peripheral projects
  • Become mindful of and reduce watching, reading or listening to negative news, negative people
  • Fill any obvious gaps with meeting positive and inspiring people

Keep it simple and let me know how you get on.

Simon Tyler is one of the world’s leading business coaches. His work simplifies the lives of business leaders and owners. He is an incisive consultant, inspirational writer, provocative public speaker and master facilitator. To learn more about Simon, visit

Coaching Call To Action

I love when nature reminds us of what we need to do in our business.  This week, in addition to Simon’s recommended activity, consider what else nature is reminding you to consider in your work life. For example: Be in the sun – spend time with those people and clients who “warm” you up.