Getting back to normal

I say normal – but for me , normal is sitting in a hotel on the West Coast of Ireland, waiting for a naked burger before I hit the sack.

Although this hotel, The Ice House, Ballina, has been exceptional in every department – location, customer service, environment, facilities – mark your card for a long weekend here and enjoy the magnificent views from every room (across the River Moy) and the outstanding spa.

After a day of travel, business coaching and some early evening emails, I have just enjoyed the biggest, hottest, steam room of my life, followed by a star-lit hot tub and relaxation in the night air by the river. I feel as if I’ve had a week off work this evening.

Normal – is a road warrior.

Normal – is solving problems for clients, whether its a business turnaround, a business start-up or a business that has hit a glass ceiling.

Normal – is listening carefully to the situation, asking permission to ignore how people feel about the situation – and then proposing elegant solutions that seem obvious when common sense replaces emotion.

Normal – is growing my own successful business with a hugely talented team of dedicated fanatics who are a “tribe with a cause” (as Seth Godin would say).

Normal is the absence of ego, micro-management, scarcity and fear.

Normal is only having to be right 80% of the time.

Normal is loving what I do, when I do it and who I do it with.

Normal is surrounded by friends.

It really is so good to be getting back to normal.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.