“There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.”
There is 1 week left in the month of June, and 1 week left of the first half of the 2016 . When we reflect upon any period of time we realize how time flies past us without realizing where it went.
It is important to reflect periodically on our failures, missed opportunities and most importantly our successes and the progress we are obtaining. I remind myself of what Earl Nightingale practiced and preached:
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.”
Success does not lie down when you achieve some material goal; success is in the act of achieving the goal you have chosen, within a specific time period. It is in the act of accomplishment that reflects success.
So, when do you reflect on your personal as well as your business progressive realization of a worthy goal? Usually at the end of a calendar date, some people (most successful) review as often as daily, some weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual. Many utilize all of them.
“The real man/woman smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”
Why? It takes away time I could spend working.
Reviewing your progress is valuable in order to gain needed knowledge as to where you are now. What adjustment must be made to reach your goals in your allotted time you set for yourself? What is working? What is not working as well as you hoped? What is exceeding your expectations? Remember, no one can put a plan together without making many changes and adjustments. Do you need to change your operations? Is your increase in face to face contract providing you with more opportunities than you expected and maybe you need to increase the number of face to face contacts?
Whatever you decide, include in your activities a time to review and reflect your progress as that is you being one of the successful people in this world.
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
Leonardo da Vinci