Resolutions and Reasons to Improve

The New Year brings crowded gyms, good intentions and for some people a renewed vigor with which they approach their work and life. Whether or not a new calendar is your reason to take time and assess your situation and commit to any changes, the important point is that these self-examinations do take place.

I don’t personally use New Year’s as this catalyst. However, both professionally and personally I do make it a point to self-assess and search out ways to keep progressing. If New Year’s happens to be the spark to promote action for you, then so be it.

It can be difficult to know where to begin with such exercises. People may not be able to identify clearly what it is that may need to be tweaked. Wholesale changes may not be in order. Here are two questions that we have had success using with our clients to help you begin such analysis.

  1. What is something that we are currently doing, that we should be doing differently?
  2. What is something that we are currently not doing, that we should be doing?

These questions may help you to take a step back, reflect and determine some part of your business that could benefit from an update. It doesn’t have to be about a reinvention – there may simply be a few new patterns, actions or details that can produce significant results. In your group discussion today, it would be interesting to hear from someone who can speak to a time when such reflection has led to an update and the results which it brought.

If you have not yet gone through such an exercise yourself, I would recommend taking some time to ask yourself these questions. You may discover some changes that can have a lasting impact or you may discover a way to position yourself and your business for its next evolution. Being so close to your family business it can be hard to get perspective and be completely honest with your assessments so it can beneficial to enlist the help of someone external to your business.

Making progress and implementing lasting change is an ongoing process and not an annual declaration. In our experience, sustained positive improvements begin with the analysis and an understanding of why some adjustments are warranted. Whatever the trigger is for you to find continued improvements, I hope that your road to high performance is fueled by commitment and many logical next steps. That is a much preferred path to follow than the one paved with good intentions.