When faced with new tasks or experiences we often feel a mixture of excitement or trepidation depending on what the task is. If the task is something others are going to rely on there’s an increased likelihood of us feeling the latter rather than the former.

Those of you that know me will be aware that tennis is a big part of life at home and after months of rackets being restrung at an alarming rate, not to mention the cost of paying someone to undertake the task every time, I decided the point had come to invest in a stringing machine and take on the responsibility myself.

If you’ve ever seen a stringing machine it looks a complicated contraption – all manner of levers, clamps, knobs, pulleys and so on. Success is measured by getting the correct tension on the string without it breaking the racket or coming undone on the first point. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong so when I was greeted with the words ‘Dad, I’ve snapped another one…..’ I thought ‘great, now I get to try out my new toy’ together with ‘I hope I don’t mess this up.’

Life teaches us that things we dread or worry about often turn out to be not so bad after all when we confront them.

As we approach New Year maybe it’s a good time to think about trying new things or doing those tasks that we have been putting off for fear of not knowing how to start, being worried about getting it wrong or simply that the task has been too easy to put off or avoid.

Business Continuity is a topic that ‘ticks all the above boxes’ so if you are part of an organisation where it keeps getting ignored, put off, or perhaps it’s never even been mentioned now is the time to be brave and take the first step.

The good news is, like the stringing machine, it may appear to be time consuming and complicated but with the right help, guidance and support you will find it relatively straightforward and painless – hey, ‘Simple and Effective’ even.

So 2014 can (should?) be the year in which you finally get your Business Continuity Plans sorted. Irrespective of the size and complexity of your organisation there are ways you can quickly and easily make progress. You may just need some guidance or training, you may want to audit what you currently have in place, you may need help on certain elements, you may feel comfortable working with some guidance material or you may want some consultancy support.

All of these options are available to you in the form of my Simple and Effective Guides or the services I provide. Just give me a call and we can work together to identify the most effective approach for you.

Whatever your choice, the important thing is that you make a start.

I guarantee that with the right input you will find it a lot easier than perhaps you anticipate.

Anyway, the good news is that stringing rackets is a doddle and the feedback I received was ‘good job, well done, thanks’. Not so bad after all!