“Punt aan the lijn!” [Full Stop!]

Posted on May 23, 2017

First Published on BellaNaija: https://www.bellanaija.com/2017/05/ngozi-adebiyi-punt-aan-lijn-full-stop/

Punt aan the lijn is Dutch for full stop! On a recent trip, a group of us stayed briefly with a Dutch family and amidst banter and laughter one evening the phrase was used and out of curiosity it was defined for us as a line used to depict the end of a matter.
• Full stop
• Period
• End of discussion
• The end
As I pondered over it, it set me thinking….
What is it time to:
 Close out on?
 Retire?
 Say no to?
 Remove from?
 Delete?
 Take away?
 Erase?
 Clear out?
 Do without?
 Just simply end?

Punt aan the Lijn!. In other languages it is Finito [French], Nkwusi [Ibo] ni kikun duro [Yoruba] Shekinan [Hausa]. Point to the line in simple translation kept coming at me mentally and it set off deep questions which I challenge you with today.
What needs to be pointed to the line at work? In life? Sieve through and introspect –
 What’s eating into your time?
 What’s keeping you from getting things done?
 What’s making you fall behind on deadlines?
 What’s cutting short your sleep or time at work or productivity?
 What’s making you tell fibs? Causing you to lie to your employer or family?
 What’s distracting you?
 What’s making you procrastinate?
 Who’s contributing in making you not achieve goals?
 Who’s causing you to get into trouble often?
 What are you spending on unnecessarily? Is it really an investment?
 Who is your advisor? Your sounding board? Are decisions in your interest or theirs?
 When do you need to stand up for yourself?
 Who seems to be the one dragging you back to old habits?
 Who is not respecting your boundaries? Consistently?
 How are your tracking on your resolutions & KPIs? Are you your greatest deterrent?
 How do you plan to make a change?
 When are you going to put a giant full stop in place in these areas?

Fire up a punt aan the lijn where it’s most needed now – Time is fleeting and the business of life waits for no one. Make it count and know when to put a full-stop.
Ngozi Adebiyi is the Lead Consultant at OutsideIn HR & Career/Leadership Coach @ OutsideInCoach. Our focus is practical interventions that address the challenges of businesses today. We specialise in HR Business Partnering & Leadership Development with the goal of revolutionising HR in Nigeria & consciously unleashing inner greatness! Ngozi@outsideinHRng.com

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