Seven Steps to Personal Mastery
By Gary Ryan Blair
To make 2010 the best it can be, you need to analyze what took place in 2009. You need to identify every nugget of knowledge your past performance offers and leverage it for all it's worth.
Unfortunately the vast majority of people and companies don't learn enough from their mistakes or their accomplishments. It's like everyone is simply plugging along with their heads down, and it's Ground Hog Day all over again. But, instead of repeating the same day over and again, both companies and individuals seem to repeat the same outlook, approach, and strategies.
You and I both know that no matter how good or bad your results were in 2009 - you can always do better. Yet, the single biggest key to improving both your performance and your results seems to go ignored by almost everybody. If you want to be at the top of your game you absolutely must review, analyze, and learn from what has already happened. There are seven steps in this process, and you must begin implementing the ideas that you are about to generate immediately...
- Identify Your Three Greatest Accomplishments In 2009
Even if 2009 was a challenging year for you, odds are if you look close enough there's something somewhere to be proud of.
- Analyze What You Learned from Each Accomplishment
Now that you have identified your three greatest accomplishments, go back to each one. This time though identify exactly what you learned or were reminded of by each of them.
- Identify Your Biggest Disappointments Of 2009
Practically every company and individual resists analyzing their mistakes. That's a shame because this is where the best learning comes from.
- Analyze What You Learned from Each Failure or Disappointment
No matter how great everything in life is going - we all make mistakes. The trick here is to really analyze them, what preceded them, what could you have done differently, and how can you prevent them in the future.
- Identify How You Limited Yourself and How Can You Stop It
Were there certain actions you took or didn't take that came back to haunt you? In order to make sure you don't limit yourself again - you need to bring these self-defeating actions to the surface, confront them, and most importantly determine what you must do differently to make sure you don't make the same mistakes all over again.
- Pragmatically Review the Information You Have Gathered
The goal of this exercise is not simply to know yourself and your business better but to actually use the information to make certain 2010 far surpasses 2009. What are the big takeaways from answering each question? What do you know about yourself or your business that you didn't realize or weren't thinking about?
The purpose here is to build in to your schedule, your interactions, your management style or whatever else you've surfaced in the previous questions and build yourself a new better approach.