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You don’t have to look too far across entrepreneurial blog posts to see that this time of the year is ripe for the planning season. Even in our personal lives, the year-end brings with it a flurry of ‘what next?’.
For many, they will race ahead into planning season without considering critical steps, with human nature immediately wanting to jump into the ‘doing’ mode.
Too often at this time of year, with our focus on the future, we overlook a critical phase that contributes just as much (if not more) to your success.
These next five women run hugely successful businesses, from a cross-section of niches—anything from healthy living to money mindset and motherhood. They’re heart-centered entrepreneurs, meaning that they are in business to also make a difference in the world.
And, all five share a common message: prioritizing a ‘review’ or evaluation phase of the year that has been will make a big difference to your success, both personally and professionally.
1. Kris Carr – New York Times best-selling author, wellness activist and cancer thriver.
Kris Carr recently blogged about the two phases of year-end planning mode as ‘honoring your year’ first before ‘intention-setting’. She too cautions that often we want to skip ahead to the planning without fully evaluating what has been and celebrating our successes. Kris sets out seven questions which will guide you to spend time in review before charging ahead.
Marie shares a quote from Margaret Wheatley (a leadership expert) in her year-in-review advice, “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.”
Marie’s success has been built on consistency, and this reflection process is part of that. She says the process does not need to be too long, even spending 10 minutes and asking yourself these three questions could make all the difference.
3. Kate Northrup – Entrepreneur, best-selling author, mother, and teaches achievement-oriented women about sustainable success.
Kate Northrup, in short, teaches women how to ‘do less’ whilst having more. Kate and her partner, in business and life, Mike, take a full day or two out each year to focus on these questions. The structure they follow is similar to Kris Carr and Marie Forleo, further reiterating the importance of time out for review, just as much as planning.
4. Denise Duffield Thomas – Money Mindset Mentor, award-winning speaker, author, entrepreneur.
Denise’s recent year-end review blog post gives incredibly valuable insight into her own business and success, including revenue, profit and even the number of courses sold. Reading through her personal review you get a sense of a similar structure: what worked, what didn’t and what needs tweaking for next time around. She’s honest, reflective and personal. Reiterating also that a year-end-review is about much more than just business.
5. Danielle La Porte – Entrepreneur, author, Forbes “Top 100 Websites for Women” and HuffPost “12 of The Wisest Twitter Accounts Worth Following.”
When it comes to year-end reviews, Danielle La Porte’s process stems from what she first shared in her book, The Desire Map, which she has evolved into an entire planning system.
The key message is that in order to live a life (and grow a business) that truly makes you happy, you must be creating ‘goals with soul’ and start with how you want to feel rather than what you want to get or have. Her year-in-review questions are simple and to the point (similar to Marie Forelo’s advice): What worked, what didn’t, and what are some highlights? How deep you take it really is up to you.
Turning your success around
You could say that all five of these women are remarkably ‘busy’ and yet all still prioritize this process of review and not just planning. They also integrate their business with their personal life. Something that many people miss entirely, focusing too much on taking care of their ‘job’ instead of ‘themselves’. Creating space for review this year-end will make all the difference to your success in the new year.
December 27, 2018 at 06:13AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs