Resolution, reflection, evolution

28th of March 2019
Resolution, reflection, evolution

UK reporter Lynn Webster starts the year inviting us to give some thought to our direction for 2019.

Starting the new year, we all set our sights on changing the world or at least our own world. It may have just been the usual pointers of an improved healthy lifestyle; more or starting visits to the
gym, better diet or less alcohol (who survived Dry January?) or stopping smoking.

But did we apply the same determination to our working life and our businesses? New Year is often a marker where we take stock of the last 12 months. Did we achieve the business growth we expected? Are we taking the company in the right direction? or personally am I happy in my role? Is this still the career for me?

Now we are over two months into 2019 are we going in the direction we chose to? Keeping up with those new ideals can seem daunting, if not impossible if we set unrealistic challenges or targets. It is not too late to set new goals for the year. It’s not easy but sometimes,all it takes is a little determination.

In business such resolutions can have significant impact on future success. Consider some of the encouraging words of others …

Mahatma Ghandi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Is change what you need?

George Eliot: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Timing can be critical.

Look at where your aspirations lie; where you aim to take your business forward perhaps with these ideas:

• Consider not only the plans and goals for 2019, but look towards 2020 and beyond. So much is impacting on our business. New research (MTW Contract Cleaning Market Research & Analysis 2019-2023) indicates where the opportunities and threats may lie. Forecasts are positive with growth potential in many areas.

• Perhaps review your communications strategy; engaging with current and future clients; turning the focus from quantity to quality on social media with a focus on posting interesting information. Taking time to value your connections rather than sending 100 retweets or pressing ‘like’ on LinkedIn or Facebook posts without thought.

• Our workday doesn’t end at 5pm on Friday and start at 9am on Monday. With the increase in ‘executive burnout’ and stress levels increasingly affecting our mental health and wellbeing it is important to take the time to recharge ourselves.

• Not everything you do or sell will be the best in the market. So when the service, technique, product or business relationship isn’t working for you, stop using it. Now. Why invest time and effort in making something work that clearly doesn’t work for you?

However there will be times we don’t manage to succeed. How do we cope with the desolation and feeling of failure from all those good intentions that do not work out?  I leave you with the words of one of my all-time heroines, Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing is impossible - the word itself says I’m possible!!”

 

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