The good the bad and the ugly all have a best before date, and that day was yesterday. Today is new, as is tomorrow… and the next day. This is to remind us that this too (meaning everything) shall pass. It’s best not to spend too much time either celebrating or whining as it’s a new day and a new year, what are we going to do next?
As 2015 draws to a close, the business owner, entrepreneur and executive cannot help but look back over the year. Your year may have been stellar, a complete disaster or somewhere in between. One thing is for sure, yesterday has passed.
There is always learning in the past, so plan not to stick your head in the sand and pretend you had no impact on the results. Sitting on ones laurels will not work for long as coasting is always downhill. That’s the disappointing bit. But knowing what worked and what didn’t can set you on a new brighter path for 2016.
I believe in glancing over our shoulder for information, just not stare. It will give you a pain in the neck then expectations follow. You will likely expect the same results, which will set you on the path of doing exactly the same action that got it for you the first time or feel badly for past choices made. Sounds like not a bad plan if things went well, but where’s the challenge and growth in that?
Og Mandino said, “Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.”
Now, take a plain piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise. Top left what worked and top right what didn’t or needs tweaking and a second shot. This may take a bit of thought but worth the time to not make the same mistakes twice. Think about where you want to be next December.
I know that another year in business for entrepreneurs and business owners is a good year, so congratulations for making it. Now let’s do it better this year! I wrote about working the numbers before and I have attached a link to a one-page business plan that you can start off with for the New Year. It’s simple but thorough so take a day and do it for the sake of your business.
This and many more tools will be used in the six-month Leadership Academy starting in January 2016. If you are ready to talk about how this could help your business, pick up the phone and give me a call at (514) 918-5476. I would love the opportunity to speak to you anytime!
Happy New Year to you and yours! May you show up in the best possible way, and have the courage to do the right things necessary to have exactly what you desire in 2016!
I will close with a few quotes from very smart folks!
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one. ~ Mark Twain
If you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. ~ Peter F. Drucker
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ Saint Francis of Assisi
Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. ~ Alan Cohen
A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large. ~ Henry Ford