As a reminder, the W.I.N. method is based on three simple questions:
- What went Well?
- What needs to Improve?
- What’s Next?
This week, I want to focus on the areas that need improvement based on the story I lived in 2013.
What Can Improve
I mentioned in my last post that, on most counts, the past year has been good. There are areas I can definitely improve upon:
- When it comes to my health, it was a decent year, but I am getting older and on two occasions in the past year, my running was impacted by injuries that could have been avoided. In my attempt to get my training runs checked off the list, I didn’t follow proper stretching protocol (pre and post run) and this resulted in two injuries.
- I did not complete a marathon in 2013 – see above for what made it impossible for me to do so.
- Too many distractions – in many ways, I lacked focus in 2013 and this affected every aspect of my life and story.
- Not enough planning – I’m all for spontaneity but in both my professional life and the life of my podcast, planning would have served me better.
- Not enough focus on my music – I didn’t dedicate the time needed to allow my creative side to flourish. No new music came as a result of this. This must change in 2014 – music keeps me grounded and looking back, it’s clear to me that I need that time at the piano.
- Too much second guessing – I wasted tons of energy second guessing myself and as a result I stood still when I could have kept moving.
- Not enough ‘date nights’ – I was successful in keeping my commitment to have breakfast with each of my children, but I failed in doing the same when it cam to time with my wife.
- Lack of consistency – I wanted to blog more and continue to grow the audience for The Conversation Hub in 2013 but I lacked consistency in my approach.
- Failure to ask – I let the fear of getting a negative response prevent me from asking. Too many potential guests were simply not ask to be a guest because I convinced myself they would say no. Must do better in the future…
The preceding list is just a sampling of the things that “needed improvement” in 2013. I’m grateful the experiences I had this year and look forward to applying the lessons from 2013 as I move forward.
In the next post, I’ll answer the final question and talk about what comes next.
Until then, be well and make it a great day!