In order to THRIVE in business we need to periodically analyze the past and strategize the future. Take a moment to look back at the last six months in your business, are you: (1) very happy, (2) just OK or (3) dissatisfied with your results.
Let’s look at the various scenarios:
(1) You are very happy with your results for the last six months.
Good, keep going, keep doing what works. Maybe it’s time to raise the bar a little bit, to grow you want to ride at the edge of your comfort zone.
(2) You are just OK with your results.
Ask yourself, how can you increase your productivity by 20%? Identify the activities that produced the most results. Commit to do more of those. Identify the activities that produced the least results and take them off your routine or if you feel they are important find ways to do them better, in a way that produces results.
(3) You are dissatisfied with your results.
First take a deep breath and exhale sharply. It’s OK. It’s more important to see how to change this for the next six months rather than dwelling on it.
The past does not equal the future unless you live there. Tony Robbins
Dissatisfaction is a great place to be as long as you don’t stay there too long and you use it as fuel for strategizing, committing yourself to better results and taking action.
At this moment I am personally dissatisfied with my results over the past six months. Please note I am not dissatisfied with myself, there is a subtle difference here. I am dissatisfied with the results.
The question to ask is “what do I need to do differently to produce different results?” We know from Einstein that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
Make a list of all activities you do in your business in a regular basis then assign a percentage representing how much time you spend on that activity from the total of 100% of time that you work.
Next put them in order from the ones that produce the most results to the ones that produce the least results. Then adjust the percentages of time you will be dedicating to those activities so you spend more time on results producing activities and less time on the ones that do not. Look for places where you can be increasing productivity and eliminating time wasters. Look for things you can delegate and for things you can ask for help with.
Your Strategic Achievement Assignment:
Please share with me in the comments how you feel about your results over the last six months? Are you 1, 2, or 3? See if the strategies I offered make sense for you and also share other strategies that you use when you analyze and strategize.
I am very curious to read about your situation. I will respond and share my views.