Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What 'Went Right' Last Year?

In a perfectionist society, gearing up for the new year usually means thinking about 'what went wrong' last year. That's not to say that we don't acknowledge 'what went right', but if you consider the amount of time, energy and focus you place on the two, hands down 'what went wrong' wins every time. 

You can stop in your tracks right now and change that.  Focusing on 'what went wrong' isn't as beneficial as you might think.

If you want to make the most of 'what went right' for years to come, make it a priority to find, study and deeply investigate each and every success (big and small) for everything it has.

  • Why did it happen?  
  • What does it mean? 
  • Why now?  
  • What are the ramifications?  
  • What can you do to replicate it?  
  • How can you build on it?

Even though it feels like beating yourself up over 'what went wrong' is the right thing to do, there’s a lot more to gain from deeply studying 'what went right'.  Don't let the fact that it's a pleasant process fool you into thinking that it's not good business sense.  


I also wanted to thank you dear readers for following our blog and to wish you a happy new year and all the best for a great year ahead!

- Sandra Bekhor, Toronto
President, Bekhor Management


Louise Edington said...

Feels so weird writing about New Year in July lol. I do an end of year refection but yes I focus on achivements and what went well. I also set intentions not resolutions. Welcome to my group!

Linda Roisum said...

I love this message especially for those who do focus on the negative. They should realize that when you focus on the negative you get more negative; but if you focus on the positive you get more of that according to the Law of Attraction.

I like how in depth you get with your "analysis". When I do my review I will have to ponder some of these questions.

Linda Roisum said...
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Toronto Marketing Blog said...

Hi Louise I also do some planning at year end but with my clients timing is more driven by goals.

Intentions are a great part of this process. They can also be easier to remember and commit to.

Toronto Marketing Blog said...

Hi Linda
Thanks for your feedback and I'm glad to hear that this article was helpful. Unfortunately, the general approach to strategic planning is focused on the negative. This takes time and attention away from building a really strong point of difference.

By the way the deleted comment was just simply because your comment was published twice.