Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Back to the core

It is just one of those terms that are used often, nowadays. In a business sense, going back to the core business means that (part of) the other activities that particular business is involved in ~ activities that may have grown out of the ‘core business’, the ‘core activity’ ~ will be stopped. If these new activities have been set up as separate businesses under the umbrella of the ‘core business’ ~ they are likely to be sold off.

The perception is that in going back to the core business, the business will become ‘leaner and meaner’; more flexible and better able to ‘roll with the punches’. And as such be more profitable ~ or at least will be able to survive the economic ups and downs...

On a personal level, back to the core means becoming centered again.
It is a perspective that is much like the way businesses look at it, as it is a process that brings us back to our true selves. Our core selves.
In order to get there, it is a good idea to eliminate all the background noise; all the things that we feel are scattering our focus and our energy. And in doing so, we become more flexible, and better able ‘to roll with the punches’.

In today’s world this is something that is easier said than done, however.
There are so many things required of us, so many questions asked, situations that need solutions, etc. that it is easy to loose track of what our core being is all about. We may find ourselves in a situation that we are so much jumping from one thing that needs to be done right now, to the next that needs our attention, to the next, to the next... that we lack the time or the focus to take a step back in order to see what is going on. Making it more and more difficult to recognize that we are scattering ourselves, our focus, our energy.

Yet there are things, kind of like ‘red flags’, that can help us come to the realization that it is a good idea to do things differently. That it is a good idea to go back to the core of ourselves.

For me this is when I start having trouble coming up with topics for this blog.
When my mind draws a blank on what to write about; when there are no words flowing onto the computer screen in front of me anymore... That, to me, is a sure sign that I need some ‘me-time’ in which I can center myself. Time to start walking that path back to my core...

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