Time for Reflection
Business is not just about numbers, activities, strategic plans, objectives, and revenue.
All of these items are important and in many cases critical to build a sustainable business. But they are only half of the equation. The other half is YOU.
Business success and your contributions are inextricably tied together. Your contributions are directly related to your ability to grow and develop. It requires honest reflection and anytime is a great time to look inward. Evaluate yourself and your experiences with as much objectivity as you can. Reflect on YOU and YOUR contributions to the success of your business.
Answer the following questions:
- What did I learn – new skills, knowledge, insights, etc.? (List them all.)
- How have my newly acquired skills, knowledge, and insights contributed to the success of my business?
- What did I accomplish? (List all your wins and achievements.)
- How did my wins or accomplishments impact the success of the business?
- What would I have done differently and why? (Be specific and honest with yourself.)
- What were my most significant events of the year thus far? (List the top three.)
- What did I do right?
- What do I feel particularly good about?
- What was my greatest contribution?
- What were the fun things I did?
- What were the not so fun things I did?
- What were my biggest challenges, roadblocks, or difficulties? (Be specific.)
- How am I different this year than last?
- What will I do differently for the balance of this year? (Be specific.)
- For what am I particularly grateful?
- Feel free to add additional questions that may provide meaning for you.
As you can see, it is very difficult to ignore the power of the I’s and the My’s in those questions. You are a critical component to the success of your business. An honest, objective evaluation of where you are could be the difference between success and failure. Your ability to achieve your desired goals and build a sustainable business begins and ends with YOU. There will always be outside forces generating obstacles or pushing and pulling your business in different directions. The most powerful asset you have is YOU. Make a commitment to honestly evaluate your contribution as a business asset and make the commitment to reinvest in yourself and grow. The success of your business depends on it!