I’m not good at asking for favors. There is a strong thread of independence woven deep in me that resists it. But desperate times call for desperate measures folks…
It was a Thursday evening in Seattle and, after lingering in the office and underestimating traffic, I arrived at the airport just 30 minutes before my flight. Greeted by a ridiculously long security line, my fate looked dismal. That’s when the desperation set in, moving me past my stubborn independence. I humbly begged and pleaded my way up to the front of the line, scrambled through security, then sprinted to the gate with my shoes in hand. I was “that person”—an embarrassing gift to the people watchers stationed throughout the terminal.
Despite the stressful experience, I made it to the gate just in time. The other passengers may have stared as I walked on as a disheveled mess, but the important thing is, I walked on. I didn't give up, despite the odds.
What’s my point? We often think it’s too late when we actually still have time. Perhaps you’ve been going so fast the past few weeks that you never took time to reflect on 2017 and establish fresh plans for 2018. And now that it’s mid–January, it feels like you missed the window, so instead you just keep plugging along. Stop! You still have time to “catch your flight” (only this process is much less embarrassing).
Intentionally pausing for reflection directly impacts your performance (watch this video, if you don’t believe me). It’s worth its weight in gold. Ideally, you would set aside several hours, even days, to reflect on 2017 and establish plans for 2018; but if you can’t, don’t dismiss it altogether. Consider journaling responses to these five questions for a quick, but effective exercise.
We become our best selves when we intentionally commit to growth—pruning the bad and nurturing the good. Reflection and goal setting help us become expert pruners. So commit now. It’s not too late—in fact, today is the perfect time to get started.
Abbey uses over a decade of talent management experience to help organizations drive business results through effective leadership practices and enhanced employee engagement. She is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to be their best. She's also a mom to two sweet girls, a wife to one good man, and a fan of running and hosting dinner parties.