How do you react when something doesn’t go right in your business? Have you ever heard of the saying: Hindsight is 20/20?
It’s a popular thing to say when you have some kind of bad situation in which you learned a message… that you probably knew before you started. It’s kind of a second tier lesson after the famous “Murphy’s Law” saying – “If something can go wrong, it will…”
Unfortunately this quote is the result of too many business owners who fall into the habit of not listening to our intuition and inner guidance before we make decisions. Often times, business owners will have ‘feelings’ about business moves or decisions – but ignore them and forge ahead.
It’s my belief that those nagging feelings are there to guide you – as a sort of internal navigation system. I tell my kids that it’s their internal, emotional barometer – an easy way of checking in with yourself.
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Think about a recent experience you had in business, where you know things could have gone better than planned.
- What was the situation?
- What were the consequences?
- What did you NOT DO, that would have made a difference in the outcome?
- List five things that worked well and five things that didn’t.
What would you do differently?
Knowing what you know now, if you were to experience this again–what would you do differently?
Your Sanity Assignment
Apply this thought process to everything you do in your business and watch how the constant improvements and refinements eventually transform your business into a well-oiled machine.
What type of lessons have you had as a business owner in hindsight? What advice would you give to others as a way of paying it forward? Please share your insights and comments about ‘business lessons from hindsight’ below!
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