A couple of years ago, our faithful apple tree just gave up and stopped providing fruit.
Just when it looked like game over, a further terrible thing happened.
I took my eye off the ball, ivy attacked and promptly killed it.
Not the whole tree – just half.
By the time I’d removed the incriminating creeper, pruned back the dead twigs and removed most of the bare branches, all that was left was half a tree and some sorry stumps.
I wrote about it two years ago and put a pic on my Insta.
Fast forward a few months and the blossom on the all new half tree looked better than ever.
A few months more and we had an incredible crop of apples.
In fact, the most we’ve ever had.
This year it’s the same. Check out the new Insta pic.
I’m not sharing this as an amateur arborist; it’s Thursday’s newsletter.
There must be an analogy though.
And it’s a blindingly obvious one!
Maybe the reason why you are not producing your best is because you’ve taken on too much. Too many branches?
When you take on too much, it’s difficult to get anything done, never mind everything done.
One of my favourite coaching questions for overwhelmed clients is, ‘If I gave you the challenge to remove half of what you do, what would you start with?’
Over to you. We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
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