The First Quarter of 2015 Is History: How Did You Do?

Enterprises typically review and report business results every quarter. The reporting activity can either be broad (for publicly traded companies) or restricted to a few internal people (for non-publicly traded entities). \r\n\r\nCan you leverage this business practice to review your personal results thus far? Are you on track to achieve your 2015 goals?\r\n\r\nWhether you formally planned your 2015 priorities and goals or not, the following three suggestions will help you assess how your life is performing after the first quarter and what adjustments may be needed for the rest of the year. \r\n\r\n1. Plan and hold an interim review. If you haven’t done so, block out 30 minutes in your agenda to perform this task. Gather all the data you have that could help you assess your performance to date. And if you have not set specific goals for 2015, I invite you to do so now. Paraphrasing a Chinese proverb, even if the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.\r\n\r\n2. Look back, and assess your life performance. Answer the questions in the following three areas. Leverage any hard data you may have available and your own self-assessments:\r\na. Overall, what grade would you assign to your life? What stands out as positive and negative?\r\nb. What grade would you assign to your professional life? Is your career moving in the right direction? Are your business goals ahead of target? Are your work relationships getting stronger? Is there feedback from your boss, associates, or customers you can leverage? \r\nc. What grade would you assign to your personal life? Are your priority relationships moving in the right direction? Are you developing your physical, mental, and spiritual health? Are your finances in order?\r\n\r\n3. Look forward, and adjust where needed. Based on your answers in the previous section:\r\na. What is the one area that is working well in your life that you want to nurture and leverage during the rest of the year? It could be a strong relationship, a successful job, etc. \r\nb. Which is the one area that requires the most urgent intervention in the balance of the year? What will you commit to do differently to remedy the problem? The more precise and specific you can get, the higher the odds of success.\r\n\r\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from the American author, salesman, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\r\n

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