This Was Frightening
David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer
Last month, I completed my first quarter reflections. There were a few key takeaways, and I promised our podcast listeners that I would commit to getting back on track with my reflections. As I wrapped up my April reflections, something frightening came to the surface, and I feel compelled to share it with you, my readers, as well as our podcast listeners.
My reflection involves a process of asking the following questions:
- What went well?
- What didn’t go well?
- What did I learn?
- What will I change?
- What was the highlight of my day?
As I went back through my month, I was shocked that I recalled very few positive takeaways and experiences. There were precious few learnings as well. In terms of business, it was a great success, but as a whole, I feel April was a failure. So, what went wrong? What was missing? What happened?
As I searched my heart for a reason, I realized that I had limited my focus and stopped focusing on things that matter the most. I was very busy, and that was okay. I traveled to a very challenging conference, which was also okay. I need to remember that life isn’t always roses and sunshine. My focus was on things, revenue, and what was going wrong—not on what was going well. The notes from my trip were mostly focused on what was going wrong. I had started to lose sight of the abundant blessings in my life. I took for granted, and considered routine, the things in my life that matter the most. I stopped journaling about what was going well.
So how do I turn things around in May? I need to start being grateful for the little things. I need to slow down and allow learnings and blessings to penetrate my thought life. This can only happen if I shift my focus. Some may say that this will hurt the “business” side of my life. This may seem like a logical conclusion, but in reality, if I am not learning new things and maintaining a healthy balance in my life, it won’t take long for my business life to slow down and wither away. If I want to have a vigorous inspirational mindset, I need a life with a healthy balance.
If this topic resonates with you, please join Marisa Norcross and me for episode 256 of The Next Page podcast as we discuss simple steps I can take to get back on track.