January, the month we collectively hit the reset button and develop our goals for the New Year, has come and gone. Are you one of the people who expects to thrive in 2017? If so, what changes are you making? Are you enthusiastic about your progress? Are you disappointed? Are you somewhere in between?
If you answered, “Enthusiastic,” keep up the good work, but don’t stop there. If you stalled, find yourself procrastinating or feel stuck, there’s something you can do right now to get back on track so you thrive in 2017. Whether you’re enthusiastic about January or find yourself in some version of stalled, your next step is the same.
In the world of professional athletes, players review game films to study their performance. They study their opponents as well, but the high-performance athlete is keenly interested in their own performance. A picture paints a thousand words, and the film makes no distinction as it reveals both the mistakes and how the player excels. In the beginning, most athletes find it difficult to study their mistakes, but once they experience the results on the field that come from a disciplined approach to improvement, and focus their efforts on the nuances of the things that matter most, they’re hooked.
In the world of business, leaders who excel regularly review their “game films” and make adjustments.
How about you? What if, you paused to review your January in the same way? Beyond the “Yes, I hit my goal” or “No, I didn’t,” you’ll uncover feedback to consistently improve in the areas that matter most to you.
Imagine what all of those small “wins” will feel like.
The winning formula for your review is the 3 C’s: courage, compassion and curiosity. With courage, you tell yourself the truth about what really happened. Compassion means you’re gentle in the areas you need to correct. Curiosity opens your mind to new approaches. When you practice the 3 C’s and use quality questions, your discoveries will astonish you. As you do your January – or February review, ask the following:
Let’s see how this works. Jason is a family man and business owner who comes into the office before his employees. He wants to improve his health and fitness this year, so he joined a gym. He decided to get up an hour earlier three days a week for 6:00 am workouts. 4 weeks later, he’s been to the gym 7 times instead of the 13 he planned. Jason is discouraged and plans to drop his gym membership, if February isn’t significantly better.
When Jason used these 5 questions to review January, it required courage to answer, “What worked well?” He wasn’t happy about the 6 workouts he missed, but the question focused his attention on the 7 workouts he completed and the benefits he already noticed.
What do I need to do more of? “Get up early” - which he dreaded. It required compassion to admit how much he’d rather catch a few more z’s than go to the gym. “What do I need to do less of?” “Dread getting up early.” He laughed. His curiosity kicked in. Getting out the door by 5:40am was the biggest block to his workouts, but his schedule during the rest of the week was locked in. Or was it? He considered an afternoon workout, which required leaving the office early. He had concerns, but his staff had come a long way. He’d talk with them. “What to stop?” Making things so hard.
Jason was optimistic about the changes he planned. Better yet, he discovered the power of the review. In less than 30 minutes, he’d gone from being discouraged to having a high level of confidence that he’d make adjustments until he dialed in his workouts. Jason just took a giant step toward thriving in 2017.