Did You Make a Difference in 2015?

https://youtu.be/IKXUvUBhjoE\r\n\r\nAs the end of 2015 approaches, let me suggest five potential answers to the question above:\r\n\r\n1. I don’t know, and I am too busy to find out.\r\n2. I don’t know, and I would like to find out.\r\n3. I think I did, but I am not quite sure.\r\n4. I don’t think I did, and I would like to improve.\r\n5. I know I did.\r\n\r\nDepending on your response, here are my suggestions for your next steps:\r\n\r\n1. If you answered #1 above, could it be that you are too busy putting out urgent fires, at work or in your personal life? I invite you to pause for a moment and brainstorm what the top three to five things are that seem the most relevant, but not necessarily urgent, in your life. I also invite you to read further and review my recent newsletter on the difference between “Important vs. Urgent.”\r\n\r\n2. If you answered #2, 3, or 4 above, let me share a simple process that can get you started:\r\na. Pull out your personal mission statement, New Year’s resolution, 2015 goals, or any similar document. Even if you never created such a document, please continue reading.\r\nb. Use the grading method with which you are most familiar to assess your results. It can be a semaphore (green-yellow-red), a 1-10 scale, yes-maybe-no, exceeded-met-did not meet, satisfied-not satisfied, or any other. The important thing is to pick a grading system.\r\nc. Grade your anticipated 2015 results vs. the goals you had set at the beginning of the year. If you did not set specific goals, you can assess how satisfied you are with your life overall and with your professional and personal roles.\r\n\r\n3. If you answered #5 above, congratulations! In the spirit of continuous improvement, I ask you to review the suggestions above. You may find new insights following this simple process. Likewise, I would like to learn from your experience. Feel free to share through the method most convenient to you (replying to this newsletter or as a comment online).\r\n\r\nYou may ask why I am suggesting to do this exercise in November and not in January. The reason is two-fold:\r\n1. I want to give ourselves a chance to improve our 2015 results before the year is over.\r\n2. I want to detach this exercise from setting our 2016 goals, which I will cover in my December newsletter.\r\n\r\nLet me close with a quote from the American basketball player and coach John Wooden: “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” Count on me to help you in this process. In my blog entries during November, I will provide further insights and suggestions to help you assess your 2015 performance.\r\n

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\r\n\r\nThe results will be shared in a future newsletter or blog article.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting\r\n\r\nPS1: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code MU5Z7NLM.\r\nPS2: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\r\nPS3: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.

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