One of my favorite quotes that I keep in my office within easy viewing distance is: “Sometimes what may seem like the end, may be a new beginning” (original author unknown). It’s especially relevant because as Labor Day approaches, there’s been a substantial increase in the number of people mourning the end of Summer rather than anticipating the beginning of Fall. Transitions can be challenging, whether they’re personal or in the business world.
When facing a new situation, I’ve found that many people spend more time looking backward and magnifying how great everything was, rather than being grounded in reality and looking forward to what is possible. For example, this is the perfect time to reassess your January goals for 2007. Questions to ask yourself and others include:
- What has changed and what has remained the same since the New Year?
- Given the changes, how do I/we need to adapt goals to get more of the results we want?
- What do I/we need to do differently or better to accelerate progress toward goals?
While it’s important to acknowledge what is ending, it’s counterproductive to stay there. Focusing on new beginnings keeps us moving forward and getting the most from what life has to offer.