Ben Only Went And Lost His Hat

I love a good walk. I like to get out in the fresh air 4 or 5 times a week. It helps me think and get some exercise.

Right now, some weekends, I get the pleasure of taking Ben (my 17 month old son) with me. He’s not very talkative (so I still get some thinking time) but he’s great company! At the moment he is really enjoying spotting dogs and the excitement in his face when he does is a joy.

Anyway, on a recent walk…

He lost his hat!

Here’s Ben – still with his new hat on!

Here’s Ben – still with his new hat on!

I didn’t notice at first and it gave me a dilemma.

You see…

Sally (my wife) had searched high and low for a sun hat he’d actually wear.

He was wearing it that day and I’d been in charge when he’d lost it!

How far back do I go to look for it?

I set off in the direction I come from and walked for about 10 minutes. Still no sign of it.  I could see down the path for quite a long way and I couldn’t see it in the distance either.

So I made the decision to turnaround and carry on my way. There will always be a chance to buy another hat.

That got me thinking….

Where in my life am I still turning round looking back for something I have lost? Could I now turnaround and leave it “lost” and move forward on the journey I am travelling?

And I’ll ask you the same…

Where in your life or business are you still looking back and that is affecting your forward journey? Could you let that go and move on at a faster pace? If so, what’s stopping you?

Go do it.


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Simon has been inspiring, challenging and supporting business owners and their teams to be the best they can be since 1997. In the first three years he owned GreenStones, he quadrupled its profits, tripled its turnover and doubled the number of team members. And if that is not enough he has also ran the London Marathon, cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats (raising over £20K for Arthritis Research) and qualified as a hypnotherapist. Simon now spends his time helping business owners use the Bravest Business Model to help them focus on the most important functions of their business. After they have been working with him for a while they start to earn the money they deserve, they get more time with their family doing the things they want to do and they make their mum proud!

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5 Responses to Ben Only Went And Lost His Hat

  1. Paula April 23, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Reminds me of Who Moved My Cheese – a book you kindly sent to me some years ago and one I often give to my clients. In fact have a look at this
    Happy times!
    Kind regards

    • Simon Chaplin April 28, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Hi Paula. I hadn’t made that connection but it is a great one. Thanks for the reminder

  2. Carole Dent April 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi Simon You were on to a winner starting this post with your son and his lost hat! I expect many mothers and grandmothers like me couldn’t resist reading the post with a title like that. I do see what you are getting at though and it has made me think about what I am holding on to from the past when I should let it go and look forward.
    Thank you for an inspiring post

    • Simon Chaplin April 28, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Hi Carole. Thanks for the kind comments. I thought long and hard before using it as blog but in the end went with it as it is just part of my life. Tomorrow’s blog is a children’s song!

  3. Graeme Hall May 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Who stole my cheese.. Blimey I read that years ago. I’m grateful for the reminder. G

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