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The Power of Reflection on Achieving Your Goals

The Power of Reflection on Achieving Your Goals - Business Success

No matter what you want to accomplish from this day forward, what happened in the past is often a good indicator of what will happen in the future. Therefore, reflecting on what happened, both good and bad, can help you do better at achieving future goals. Sometimes reflection can be painful, though, so be sure to follow a process to help.


The Benefits of Reflection


First, let’s discuss the power of reflection and what it does. It…


* Transforms experiences, both bad and good, into learning
* Connects actions with success
* Develops problem-solving skills
* Increases your self-awareness
* Improves the ability to relax
* Helps you learn to ask more questions
* Identifies areas of change
* Figures out how you can improve next time
* Helps you apply resources
* Improves commitment to goals
* Helps you evaluate your experiences
* Assists with the ability to make change


All of these things will help you with your future goals. You’ll learn to take experiences that you have had, connect your actions to success (and failure) and then analyze how you can repeat the success and avoid the failure later.


How to Reflect with Purpose


1. Get comfortable

Before you take the time to reflect on the past, be sure to get into a comfortable place both mentally and physically. Make the room quiet and comfortable. If you want to get into your PJs and wrap up with a blanket, with a cup of tea or hot chocolate, do whatever you need to do in order to be comfortable truly reflecting and thinking about the past in a positive way.


2. Look back at failures

If you need paperwork, get out your laptop. But, if you already know what you want to reflect on, just close your eyes and start thinking about the failures you had this past year. Getting a notebook or a voice recorder can help you hash it out in an organized way that creates some actionable steps for future goals. For example, say you wanted to launch a new product the past year and you never did it. Make a list of why you did not do it, and be brutally honest. Was it lack of time, lack of conviction or something else? What could you change to make it happen in the future?


3. Note any “aha” moments

At some point during your reflection, you may come to some moments of clarity that help you understand what went wrong. Maybe even what went right will come into focus. The important thing is not to beat yourself up over failures. Instead try to turn them into lessons on how not to repeat that failure in future. If you focus on the moment of learning and not on the feelings of failure, you’ll be able to be more rational about it.


4. Look back on successes

This is easier, of course, because success is always fabulous. But, you need to look back on each success and analyze why you succeeded. Sometimes the truth is that the success just fell into your lap, or someone really gave you a lot of help. Other times it’s because you stuck to a schedule and worked every day toward success. Remember that a success in spite of your own actions is still success, but it’s not repeatable. You want to figure out how to repeat success so that it becomes more common.


Reflection helps you look back on your year and see what actions you took and how exactly they affected the future. This is helpful because now when the New Year happens, you can live your life in a more mindful way, knowing that every action or inaction you take makes a difference.


Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross


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How to Not Get Overwhelmed

How to Not Get Overwhelmed

How to Not Get Overwhelmed

When working on a big project, it’s easy to look at it and think “there’s just no way I can do that”. But a big project becomes a lot more manageable if you break it down into smaller pieces – you just have to know how to divide it up.


Before you dive into breaking up your project and making a plan, you need to figure out exactly what needs to be done and when the project needs to be done by. This may be very easy if your client has a clear idea of what they want and a solid deadline, but they may be more flexible and want you to fill in the blanks, it which case this might take a bit longer.


Either during or after figuring out your full goal and deadline, break the job down into exactly what needs to be done. Break the job into small pieces. Don’t worry about the order yet, just make sure you have a list of all the tasks involved. Also make sure to put next to each tasks who needs to be involved and what tools and equipment will be needed to complete it.


The next step is to organize all the pieces into an order. You can do this based on several criteria including:


* Client needs.

No matter what your preferences, to run a successful business, you need to put the client first. If your client needs certain parts by certain dates, then that’s going to be the first determinant of your schedule. Once that is decided, you can fill in the other blanks from there.

* Chronological considerations.

While certain parts of projects can be done in any order, some activities require other portions to be done before they can be finished, or sometimes even started. Once you are done organizing things by firm deadlines, they can be ordered in this way.


* Availability of people and tools.

Generally, you’re going to need certain employees, outside contractors, specific equipment, and other items. These are likely going to be different for each part of the project. Organize your timeline based on who is needed for each part. For example, if you need a certain contractor for several steps, it’s easier to do those steps one after the other instead of spreading them apart. And if a person is working on a part of the project that will take up all their time, they obviously can’t work on another project at the same time.


Once you have a general order set up, you’re ready to set up a more specific timeline with dates that specific parts of the project need to be done. Unlike the previous step, this one may be more difficult (and you may have to redo the last step). For your timeline, you need to take into account not only when things are due, but when people and equipment you need will be available.


Once you have your final plan, you’re ready to get started. But, don’t let you’re planning be done there. We all know that nothing goes exactly as planned. Re-evaluate your plan every so often to make sure it still lines up with client expectations and how things are going. That way there won’t be any surprises later on.


Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross


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