Reviewing your life plan is an extremely valuable practice. Oftentimes, you don't really know if something is working or not until you step back and analyze it. Even if you don't have anything written down, you can still reap the benefits of reviewing what you've done. Here are five reasons why reviewing and revising is vital to creating and maintaining success while obtaining big results...
Reveal what's actually happening
Reviewing your plan forces you to write down the details of your activities and therefore to find out where your energy is being spent. Once the picture is laid out clearly, you can then start picking out what—out of all you've been doing—is actually working.
Make informed decisions
We want to base decisions on reliable data. Whether it's personal or work-life, it makes sense to look at what's already in place before adding something new. Looking at your data will help you make more educated decisions about where you need to go. Or in some cases, you may learn that you don't need to do anything at all.
When you make time to analyze your goals, as well as the activities required to reach those goals, you reestablish your focus. Your focus returns to priorities and productivity. And your plans, activities, and dreams tend to manifest, rather than fall through the cracks.
Find opportunity in the problem
Many of my clients struggle with reviews because they’re scared to discover all the things that aren’t working. But acknowledging what’s not working opens up even greater avenues for positive change. Learning what’s wrong early on is a good thing; it’s an opportunity disguised as a problem. Conducting a review helps you establish a regular routine of looking for and seeking out these hidden chances.
Get the BIGGEST results
In my opinion, this is by far the BIGGEST and BEST reason for reviewing and revising. It's like hitting the jackpot when you uncover the things that bring in results. You can now invest your money, time, and energy on those specific things to turn out big results. But you won’t uncover what’s working without regularly reviewing, revising, and changing your plan.
Give it a try: take out a notepad or open up a document on your computer. Next, pick one area of your business or life that you’d like to review. Then, make a simple list of what activities and tools you are using in your business, and what the direct and indirect outcomes of those things are. What’s working? And what’s not? If you haven't a clue, make a note of how you could start understanding the value of the activities and how they relate to your goals.
Assign deadlines. Stop investing in what is NOT working, and do more of what is. You might decide to nix many of the things you have written down and just focus on two or three activities. That would be great! Get detailed...and use color or graphics if you like!
Don't forget to schedule your next review; regularity is key!
When and how do you review and revise your plans to obtain big results? Share your comment with me below. I love hearing from you!
Here's to your illumination!