Friday, December 23, 2016

Gearing Up for the Holiday Weekend

We've really hit the final stretch, less than eight days left in the year. It seems that everyone is trying to get their last few things in before 2017 hits. So in the midst of all that chaos, it's also a good time to take a moment, maybe even a quiet one, and just relax. With only eight days left in the year, there are only so many things you can get done in the time remaining. Rather than stress about all of them, take some time, plan out your final few days, and gear up for a great 2017...


Or you can join the hordes of shoppers descending on malls and stores for one last bit of shopping...


Either way, make sure you enjoy these last few days!

Monday, December 12, 2016

What is your Why? Your Reason for Being?

As the year winds down, many year end lists are popping up with advice and other strategies to make your 2017 better than your 2016. One of the more interesting concepts to cross my path this week was the Japanese concept of Ikigai, which translates to your reason for being. This came up during a recent meditation session and then also on the radio where they discussed being able to center yourself on your Ikigai and then letting things grow from there.

Finding your reason for being often takes a deep inquiry into your inner self to find what is the real reason you get out of bed in the morning? Is that an easy question to answer for most people? Probably not. But the quest to get to that answer is a useful exercise to get control over the hectic nature of life around the holidays in December.

There are plenty of resources online to help you with this journey:

Whichever method you choose, take some time out this holiday season to get a little peace and quiet and explore your Ikigai...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Year End Planning: Bouncing Back from a Setback

The Harvard Business Review has an article out today from Neal J. Roese on "5 Steps to Help Yourself Recover from a Setback" that focuses on counterfactual thinking and how it can be applied to help you rebound from a business or other setback.

Mr. Roese explores a different way of thinking, leading yourself through five questions about your recent setback that you can use to stimulate counterfactual thinking, which will hopefully "ease the pain of the setback and position you to do better next time."

The five steps, which Mr. Roese explains in more depth in the article, are
  1. Imagine a better outcome, Part 1
  2. Imagine a better outcome, Part 2
  3. Imagine a different path leading to the same outcome
  4. Imagine the same path leading to a different outcome
  5. Imagine a worse outcome
Using these steps allows you to avoid bias and self-blame when looking at your setback. They also allow you to look at what Mr. Roese explains is "an enlarged, nuanced picture of the failure" to allow you to see what the true causes were of the setback. In using these steps, you are given a way to plan for future occurrences and use this experience to improve your future performance.

As many of the businesses I represent prepare for year end reviews and 2017 planning, examining the setbacks they encountered throughout the year can be one of the most useful ways to grow your business and prepare for the future. Utilizing these five steps, businesses can use counterfactual thinking to add more depth to their review of 2016 and planning for the future.