It’s that time of year - it's June and we’re nearly halfway through already - it’s time to review our business goals and achievements.
I'm part of a business membership group and this month the focus is on exactly this. Where are we at? What have we achieved? Are we on track?
So, I'm looking back over my year so far and I’ve done some great things but I’m not quite where I want to be.
But the fact that I'm reviewing my goals and my actions to date is really great in itself. It's something I always encourage my clients to do but something I don't always do myself!
I do wonder why I sometimes find it hard to practice what I preach!
The membership group I'm in shared a quiz by Gretchen Rubin regarding her book 'The Four Tendencies' - have you read it? She describes business owner tendencies to be:
I took the quiz and came out as an 'Obliger'.
This means I meet outer expectations (i.e. those of my clients) but resist inner expectations (i.e. those of me and my business).
BOOM! Here I had the answer and rather a light bulb moment.
After completing the quiz I was sent a report about my specific tendency and what it means for me. It told me that I need accountability in order to get things done. Yes, looking back I can see that this is definitely how I work best. I've worked with quite a few mentors and coaches over the years and even though I've often left doing the work until the last minute, I've always done it so as not to let my mentor or coach (or myself) down. But when it comes to working alone, there's always something else that I can be doing - namely serving my clients, doing the things I need to be doing for them.
Luckily, I do have an Accountability Coach at the moment. I'll be sharing my findings and plans on what I want to achieve and she'll hold me accountable. There will be other habits to change too and I'll probably read the book to work out how best to identify and tackle those changes.
I wanted to share this quiz and my findings with you as I thought you might find it useful for your own business development - you can click here to do the quiz, it only takes a few minutes. And if you're interested in the book, it's on Amazon here.
I'd be really interested to know - do you agree with the tendency you have come out as and what does it mean for your business? Will you need to make changes to the way that you work and how will you do this?