The importance of reflection time

Expert AdviceIt has been some time since I last wrote a post here. There has been so much going on across the board for me that it has been difficult to find the time. For those of you who know who I really am you may understand what I am saying and a have a bit of empathy.

Strategic business planning from Recruitment DadI have been working with a number of different businesses who were all focussing (at different levels) on planning. Be it strategic planning, defining 5 year business visions and then developing business plans aligned to those visions or working with senior account managers and business developers on creating 12 month business plans. I love working with companies and businesses on developing their visions. Goal setting and planning is such a powerful thing to do. To be able to align a whole organisation’s employees with a single vision makes a massive difference to the performance of that business. Seeing the difference it can make to a an individual to have a clear definition of what they what and how they are going to achieve it is very empowering.

Then I look at what I am doing. I confess to having had to re-evaluate what I am focussing on and I have been working with an external consultant on building my business and creating a vision as to what I want it to look like in 3 years time. Part of my development was to build in some reflection time. To be able to sit back and truly imagine what I wanted and how I am going to achieve it, to ‘blue sky’ some ideas and get creative. That is where I have been for the past 4 weeks. Thinking, developing ideas and creating a plan. I now have a very clear vision of what I am going to achieve.

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I am more than capable of facilitating directors of sizeable businesses to develop a vision and then a plan of what their company is going to be and what it will achieve. It takes a lot more discipline to get selfish and do it for yourself. When was the last time you reflected on what you were doing? Not just today or this week but really doing?

What do you want?

How will you know when you have achieved it?

What does success look like for you?

What will you do if you don’t get there?

So how important is it that you do?

What are they landmark steps you will need to achieve to know you are getting there?

What has stopped you achieving it before today?

If you knew that you couldn’t fail at anything today, what would you do first?

What do you wish to be remembered for?

I realise that this is a different flavour of post than I normally write. Everyone would benefit from some reflection time. Take 10 minutes today and write a plan as to what you really want. When you know what you want making a plan to achieve becomes much easier. You may also feel more committed to achieving it too..

See you soon.

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