Man, I can't believe it is the first day of the second quarter already! Where does the time go?!
In light of this thought I wanted to talk about review. Looking back on the past and assessing our performance in order to make adjustments to stay on track for our goals. Far too often I have been guilty of setting a goal and then not checking in with myself on how things are going along the way which ultimately leads to either not achieving the goal or not having a clear understanding of the path it took to get there.
I know there are a ton of good resources on this topic and I'm sure everyone has their own style and process of how to do the check in with yourself, but the important thing is that you do it. I like to start out with listing the things that went well. The things I'm grateful for and the things that I'm proud of. I keep a little jar on my desk that's called "The Little Jar of Awesome" and I write down all the good things that happen and keep them in the jar. If you're ever having a tough day you can open the jar and read some of the awesome things that you've accomplished. We are our own toughest critics so it's good to be able to pat yourself on the back sometimes.
The other thing that is really good about reviewing is that it gives you a chance to improve. If you are honest and open about how things are going you can identify areas for improvement and make steps to change for the better. Then you can try the new plan or the new actions and see how it goes. Being in business is just like playing sports or playing an instrument, you have to constantly be improving and constantly challenging yourself to grow. It doesn't happen overnight but the small improvements add up and you will soon notice the positive changes.
Take some time to look back on Q1. Take credit for, and savor the positives. Be honest with yourself about areas for improvement. Make a plan for Q2 and include SMART goals for improving on Q1. I'd love to hear what some of your goals are if you are willing to share them! Now go CRUSH Q2!