Thursday, 17 February 2011 11:51

Change your rhythm to make lasting changes

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I WAS recently informed that over 90% of what we do and how we do it is out of habit or routine and very little is spontaneous or based on the information on hand at the time.

Initially I wanted to challenge this suggestion but found that it is true in my life.


This fact explains why most New Year resolutions end up falling by the wayside pretty early on.

To achieve lasting change in performance requires us to change our behaviour or rhythm and actually make it our normal ‘rhythm’.

As we begin a New Year it provides a great opportunity to reflect on our own rhythm both personally and from a business point of view.

When looking back at the year, take some time to consider what worked well, what did you enjoy doing, where are areas that could be improved in the business or in your personal life, when did you get run down or overworked, when did your staff struggle, how well is your business really going financially, what should be changed to allow it to improve.

This process is one worth doing both by yourself and with a trusted partner.

Once you have identified and discussed the key areas, set specific plans to achieve lasting change in your behaviour and performance.

Setting achievable goals and identifying known areas where we struggle will help you to achieve change.

You may also identify areas of training and personal development offered within our industry that will develop you personally and professionally.

To achieve change, write your plans and goals down and tell your partner or your staff about the things that are going to change and how you plan to achieve them.

They may have helpful ideas and they will help with making you accountable to achieving the change.

There are areas within the farming business that may require you to get someone from outside of your business to take an independent look at what you are doing and provide constructive feedback that you may not have seen yourself.

In my role as a consultant this is a common scenario, where an independent view can offer up new ideas and approaches for achieving change.

So, as you plan 2011, plan to change your rhythm and see the benefits in your business and personal life.


Gavin McClay is a dairy business consultant based in Victoria. Tel. 0425 825 288, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


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