This is the Most Important Year of Your Life

This feeling that now is not your most important moment is your elephant in the room.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming made a comment from the Senate floor on January 9th 2018. He shared that his 96-year-old mother watches CSPAN each morning making sure to catch the pledge of allegiance and the opening prayer by Reverend Black. This gives her confidence that the nation is moving forward. She also told him every year since he was a boy that this is the most important year of your life.

Is this statement true? Is this the most important year of your life? Will everything you do this year set you in the right direction for each year thereafter?

You might not think this year is your most important. Maybe last year or 5 years from now will be. This is because you are still thinking about last year or anticipating a year in your future when goals are met and dreams have come true.

This feeling that now is not your most important moment is your elephant in the room. It is a feeling that is false and distracting you from doing important things today.

Today you can identify one thing that is important to you or your business that you have been ignoring. Take five minutes to break it down into small tasks, and complete the first task on the list. Maybe tomorrow you will complete the second.

Think of goals as the result of a series of tasks and behaviors as opposed to a challenge to achieve or accomplish. Goals are the outcomes of small focused moments and actions. Of course, they take effort and time, but they can be enjoyable. When you need help with a task, seek help with that task alone, not necessarily the broader goal. That’s an easier approach.

So, what does this mean for a small business owner and working professionals? I invite you to stop thinking so much about the big picture and focus more on what you can learn and do today. We have all convinced ourselves that we are striving for an accomplished life or successful business, represented by titles, possessions and bank accounts accumulated by some future date. While we do this, we miss the importance of and the inherent surprises in daily activity that define a well-lived life.

Every work environment is a unique expression of dynamic human beings interacting to create moments of satisfaction – arising from productivity, appreciation, learning, teaching, giving and receiving.  This is your life absolutely, the sum of these moments. Recognize them with the confidence that this is the most important year of your life.

Our team simplifies business management with a focus on critical and satisfying tasks. For more information, contact us.

You Might Not Need a Small Business Consultant

You might not be ready for for the consulting process. It takes a commitment to working smarter and choosing concrete goals.

Business Consulting is a growing industry throughout the globe. However, not every company needs one or is ready for the process. You might not benefit from a small business consultant if…

  • …your business net income and resale value are exactly what you desire and what you intend to leave as a legacy to family, partners, potential buyers or investors.
  • …your operations, systems and processes are tech-enabled and efficient to the degree that you have adequate work life balance, and the joy you feel from productivity and value creation far outweighs your daily frustrations and disappointments.
  • …you are confident that your social impact, internally and externally is in line with your brand values and vision.
  • …you or your leadership is resistant to change and growth; or nothing can be done to remove or influence an intractable or toxic business partner.

If you can say yes to points one through three, CONGRATULATIONS! We would love to hear your story. Feel free to call us to be featured as a model local business on our website.

If your circumstance is summed up by bullet point four, you might not be ready for new strategic projects at this time.

If you are not quite sure if you need a small business consultant, please contact us.