Look back to move forward
Welcome to 2022! How has the year been for you so far? Are things going wrong or are you still gaining momentum? If you’re like me, I tend to start the year in a high state. The holidays have just arrived; you were with all your family, you had a great time, ate good food, business is calm and i hope you are in a good mood.
Before we go too far into the New Year, now is a great opportunity for you as the homeowner to walk into your office, close the door, turn off the cell phone, turn on some light. music and relax with your worksheets. Look at what you did and how you did and give yourself a pat on the back. Say to yourself, âYou know, you did well. You’re not that bad.:
I think a lot of us have been fighting for a while now, especially after the last couple of years. Here we are on the other side of 2021, however, and this may be the first time in a while that you have had time to reflect and say, “Wow, I’m glad where we are. planned to be. “
Then once that happens, you can look at your year, look at your spreadsheets, and really evaluate a lot of the different decisions you made in March or January. Now might be a good time to open QuickBooks and review the different decisions you’ve made. Remember when you decided to fire someone or they quit, how much did it cost you? When you tried this new thing or this new thing, how much did it affect you? Really look at the numbers and analyze them.
And while you study the numbers, I even encourage you, if you don’t have them in a spreadsheet, to take five hours to type everything from QuickBooks into a spreadsheet. Do not autofill; literally do it yourself. It’s crazy what it does to you when you get the job done. You think about it so deeply.
You may be asking yourself, âAaron, why is this necessary? You need it because we are always looking to the future and to an ideal scenario. We see the sunset is over there and we go, “Man. I want that. âBut as hard as we reach and as fast as we move, we can never catch the sunset.
This is why this quiet time of the year is so special. We have time to reflect. When you can sit down and just reflect, and just marinate in the joy of the New Year, you have time to review last year.
If you can come in with a humble heart and maybe a little skepticism and ask a lot of questions, what ends up happening is you find out all kinds of things. You might notice things that you missed that you need to add. You can review your choices and decisions. If you moved to a new location, how did it go? Was this the right decision? Would I do it again? What did I learn from this? These are the kinds of decisions you want to make.
Sit down and watch it. And then after marinating in it a bit, let your imagination run wild and dream. Ask yourself this question: “Wouldn’t it be cool if I did XYZ?” A lot of us don’t allow ourselves to do this and your imaginations will ignite. For a moment you can sit down and give yourself permission to imagine what it would be like to be a more successful version of yourself. I think a lot of us can’t turn off the noise long enough to do this. It is a powerful and powerful tool.
So I like to use the end of the year as a way to look back on my past and go, well, is that wise? Was it a good choice? Was it a bad choice? Was I seeing around the corner or was I making it up and talking to myself, telling myself a story?
I really enjoy this time of year as a way to make yourself wiser and provide you with constructive criticism to increase your self-awareness, your intelligence and the potential of your business.