With Memorial Day weekend just ahead and summer right behind it, it’s time to take a moment and consider what you as a business owner or employee have accomplished during the first 139 days of 2014.
- You made it through winter. The brutal weather led to many cancelled meetings. The snow, ice and cold caused a variety of damages: broken bones, busted water pipes, dead car batteries, etc. But you persevered, got things done and dealt with the troubling situations.
- You worked to add new clients/customers. You reached out to prospects that came from recent referrals or from contact in years past.
- You reached out to previous clients/customers. You asked if you or your organization could address current needs.
- You gained new knowledge and/or skill. Your new insight may have come from a college course, conversations with colleagues, a presentation at a conference or even from a Wikipedia page. Or you learned to use certain software programs or physical tools better, simply by working with them.
- You revised your stated goals for the year in response to changing circumstances.
- You worked early, late and on weekends when necessary. But you also maintained life balance with a strong focus on friends and family and physical fitness.
- You celebrated your victories, bemoaned your losses and did everything you could to maintain a positive attitude.
- You contemplated your biggest challenges and chose one or more to take on during 2014.
- You focused on delivering real value to clients/customers while also improving personal relationships with the people who pay for your services or products.
- You took care of important paperwork and legal requirements (including tax obligations) that can sometimes be pushed aside when you concentrate on your main work.
Whether the first three-eighths of your year have trended good or bad—and whether you can agree with everything on this list—it is important to take a moment to appreciate what you’ve done so far in 2014. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! (Next post on June 2nd.)