Reflect then Regroup in Five Steps

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REFLECT, THEN REGROUP

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to reflect, thinking carefully through what did work, what didn’t work and what you love to do before pushing the reset button to regroup. Successful business people take time for reflection. For example, take billionaire Warren Buffet.  By his own estimate, Buffet has spent 80 percent of his career reading and thinking. Similarly, the faster and busier life gets for us, the more we need to build thinking and quiet reflection time into our schedules. It will help us regroup.

Some readers may be well-aware of the statistic that 80 percent of resolutions fail by mid-February. Nearly 45 percent of those failures are related to self-improvement or educational goals.* In relation to business, that failure rate is huge as so many personal goals have a direct effect on professional objectives. Spending the time to reflect on the why can make all the difference in turning a failure into success.

When you reflect, you are able to better sift out the projects, people or things that are bringing confusion or drawing energy away from what is most important. Recently, I’ve been listening to Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Even though I’ve read it several times, listening to the audiobook has been inspiring for me to get rid of what I don’t really love.

When our surroundings are free of clutter, we tend to think clearer, be more focused and be more productive. I know this is true in my life. I hang on to way too many things, thinking I’ll use them someday. The fact that I have to move those things multiple times throughout the year takes up energy and brain space that could be more productively used in other places. Why not regroup items we truly enjoy?

To start, begin with a thought, create a plan then commit to an action. With thoughtful reflection, there is greater chance of a successful, solid plan of action. However, you have to make time in your schedule to reflect and think. It works best to actually schedule this time in your week. If you wait for inspiration to hit and a break in your schedule, you may never get to reflection time. Below are a few action points that will lead you to a place to start.

FIVE ACTION POINTS

Action One: Define one or two areas that did not work well for you this year. You may have many of these areas, but focus on just a couple to start.

Action Two: Why did they not work? Spend some time brainstorming this question. It is important to define what is not working so you can discover what will work.

Action Three: Identify one or two areas that did work well for you this year.  Think of the positive aspects of what did work, even if those areas are small and seemingly insignificant.

Action Four: Why did they work? Pinpointing why they worked will help you build on positive steps.

Action Five: Define one to two specific tasks that will build on what did work. Put at least one specific action down in your schedule that you will do this coming week.

If you are stuck and feeling lost at the start of another year, these five action points should help you move forward with at least one specific action you can do right away. I’m a strong believer in success creating more success with momentum. Those successes don’t need to be huge, but even the small steps can make a big difference in the months and year ahead as you reflect and regroup! Here’s to your success!

*https://health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2018-01-05/how-to-make-big-health-gains-in-the-new-year

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About the Author:

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain™® and President of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. Deborah provides principles to produce a successful second half, creating momentum and getting unstuck, reaching expansive goals and a desired lifestyle. Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. Deborah is the author of Stuck is Not a Four Letter Word, Bad Code and soon-to be released Women at Halftime. She speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.