I’m in the middle of a major new endeavor that’s eaten up almost all of my attention.
As a result, I’ve spent a lot of time this week working in the zone– you know, that place where you lose all track of time because you’re so engrossed in, and loving, your work.
In the middle of this stint, I also took some time out to talk to two really amazing coaches: Jen Turrell, who is a personal finance coach, and Laura Gates, a Transformational Leadership Coach. Each of them offered me plenty of superb and tremendously insightgful advice and support as I move through this new phase.
In other words, things have been going pretty darn well.
And one of the things that happens when things are going pretty darn well generally, as you may know, is that is easy to get complacent.
And complacency is the death of creativity. (tweet this!)
What hit me this week, as I looked back at all the work I was really proud of over the last little while, was that there was still one question I needed to be asking myself despite how well things were going.
It’s a critical question designed to keep propelling you forward even when you think you’re already at the top of your game.
What is it?
How can I improve?
Let me give you a minute to let that one sink in.
It’s really easy, when we’re doing great work, to coast for a while.
It’s a short ramp, however, from coasting to stalled out.
And the reality is that all of us, no matter how we’re doing, have room for improvement.
Asking myself that question this week led me to a little exercise that I’d like to share with you today, particularly because we’re about to enter the second half of 2015, and you know how I am about using those transitional moments to review and revise your goals.
I took that question and used it as a jumping point to ask myself the following, in order, in a nice, tight little exercise that has clarified where I’m going for the next three months and beyond.
1) How can I improve?
2) Where do I know I need to learn more, research more, and build upon?
3) What are my concrete goals for the next quarter that will help me get there?
For me, this exercise ended up in a realization that I need to get my financial house more organized, wade through some paperwork that’s been sitting in my office in stacks, line up more help to keep my businesses going strong, and most importantly, clean the slate for what’s coming next.
Because that upcoming project I mentioned? It’s pretty much going to require me to be in the zone for the next three to four months solid.
And so this week, I invite you to look at where you are in your career, mark your achievements, and then ask yourself: how can I improve?
Trust me, the results will catapult you into your next phase of growth almost instantly.
Wishing you an awesome week.
All the best,