What’s Your Report Card for the First Semester of 2020?

In the last 4 to 6 months, all of us have gone—and are still going—through what has likely been the most challenging period in our lives. We did not plan for it, but we have had to make several adjustments to our professional and personal roles.

The question I want to pose is: How would you rate your response to the Covid-19 crisis?

Here are three steps to consider for assessing your professional and personal performance in the last six months:

  1. Do you feel 100 percent accountable for the decisions you made (and did not make) in your life? Don’t feel bad if your first reaction is to blame Covid-19 for the events that didn’t go well in the first semester. This initial reaction is probably OK, if you resolve to move past this stage and take personal accountability for what you want to make of your life, starting today.
  2. When looking at both your professional and personal roles, what was your biggest accomplishment in the first semester? What are you most proud of? What did you do well that led to this accomplishment?
  3. What was your biggest mistake in the last six months? What are you least proud of? Did you make the right adjustments to your work? Did you neglect an important relationship? Were you able to take good care of your health?

The outcome of this simple but powerful exercise is to place you in the right frame of mind to plan for a much better second half of 2020. Covid-19 is likely to stay with us for a while, so I suggest exploring the improvements you want to make in both your professional and personal roles:

  1. Given your current work situation, what opportunities are there to grow in the second half? If you were fortunate to maintain your job, how can you add more value to your current employer? Perhaps become more proficient in delivering results through others? Or become a better team player?
    If you lost your job, what are you good at that can be valuable to employers? What are the technical and people skills that you can polish to increase your market value?
  2. What are the important relationships in your life that you will focus on in the next six months? Are you eating well, exercising (within available conditions), and sleeping properly?

There is a Chinese proverb that says: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is today.” Contact me if you want to discuss how I can help you address any of your growth needs.

Percy M. Cannon

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