A time for fresh growth?

Yesterday, Wednesday March 20th 2013, marked the Vernal Equinox, the start of spring, in the northern hemisphere; not that the weather would portray that. Spring is associated with new beginnings; new life, fresh growth. As it also falls towards the end of March, in most businesses calendars it also very close to one of two events
1. The end of the first quarter of trading for 2013
2. The end of the fourth quarter and trading year 2013/14

A time for reflection and new starts?

This time of year, with the new leaves, spring flowers, lambs and many other cues presents us with a very visual ‘natural’ reminder of new starts and fresh growth. Not that this is the only time we should be thinking of these things; I think we should be continually renewing, focussing on and setting yourself new challenges and goals. However, traditions are what they are…

How was it for you?

Here are a few questions that I pose for you to do your own reflection and review, whether you are reviewing your first quarter performance for 2013 or the end of year performance for 2012/13

  • What have you achieved?
  • Which of the goals that you set off into this period with have you actually achieved?
  • What behaviours, characteristics, strengths did you use to achieve these things?
  • What have you learnt as a result of these achievements?
  • What did not go so well? What did you not achieve that you set out to do?
  • What stopped you? (behaviours, characteristics, weaknesses)
  • what can you learn from that? What can you do to tackle those so that they do not stop you in the future?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • Where did you really surprise yourself?
  • What is your biggest achievement of this period and how are you going to celebrate it?

What are you going to do?

The next period is rapidly approaching, have you thought about what you want to do, what you want to achieve, what you want to have? Using a selection of the questions above, imagine yourself at this time next year as you reflect on what do you want the answers to these questions to be?

  • What have I achieved?
  • Which of the goals or resolutions that I set off into the year with have I actually achieved?
  • What behaviours, characteristics, strengths did I demonstrate to achieve them?
  • What have I learnt as a result of these achievements?
  • Where did I really surprise myself?
  • What is my biggest achievement and how am I going to celebrate it?

Think big, think about what you would do if success was guaranteed. Which reminds me of the inaugaration speech that Nelson Mandela gave, the part I want to draw to your attention is this

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?… Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory… that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others

Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, Harper Collins, 1992. Chapter 7, Section 3 (Pg. 190-191)

As you think big go back over the success planning principles that I have presented. Perhaps get yourself a coach or mentor, like me, to help you develop those big plans and goals & to help you with your thinking and accountability.

Go on, go out there and make it happen!