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Have you ever finished up one project and charged on to the next big thing without a second thought?

 

It happens all the time – we check off our daily and weekly to-do lists with the speed of a cheetah.  You have decide what needs to get done, you do it, and move on!

If you find yourself trapped in this cycle – you are not alone.

 

Successful Entrepreneurs and Puddles

In order to break free of this cycle of tasks and prioritized list you must add another step, the step that unleashes your true power as an entrepreneur.  Wanna know what successful entrepreneurs and puddles have in common.  They both reflect!

Puddles are a collection of water droplets, or ideas that have settled in one central location (for a common purpose).  As the water settles, some things sink to the bottom (the ideas that didn’t work) and other things float to the top (those things that rocked).  Common entrepreneurs walk away from the puddle at this point. What separates the good from the great is what happens next.  The successful entrepreneur peers into the puddles surface and sees a reflection.

Reflection is one of the most important phases of any project.  By truly understanding what did and did not work, you are able to continuously improve your business and professional practice.  Reflecting is the also time that allows you to honestly appraise your own performance.  This is not time to beat your self up, it’s a time to find opportunities to grow and become the best at what you do.

I recently developed and host a summer camp for students in my community in order to introduce them to careers in S.T.E.M. After closing out the program I took time to reflect on the highs and lows of the program.  I learned that I must plan for more parental contact before the camp so that they can play a bigger part in marketing the program.  I also learned that I need to gather as much information about students prior to camps and other activities so that the activities that I select are fun and accessible for all students.

Reflecting is not rocket science, it simply a time to pause and evaluate.  It’s a time to celebrate your hard work and planning.  What you come up with may not be ground breaking, but it could save you time and effort further down the road.

So that’s it,  reflection.  Taking the time to think about what has happened and searching for lessons or take-aways to make you better!  This process is a necessary step for all entrepreneurs to keep in your tool-kit!

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