By Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
Lionesses, I don’t know about you but I love the beginning of the year because it symbolizes new possibilities. Psychologically, the New Year gives us an opportunity to wipe the slate clean in order to make a new start.
There is an excitement that usually accompanies the month of January because it is like a landmark that triggers reflection and the optimism that starting over is possible. Sometimes setbacks from the previous year can prevent us from recognizing new opportunities and endless possibilities that lie ahead of us.
At times, business failure may be as a result of external conditions beyond your control. Hence, despite your passion, good intentions, hard work and sleepless nights, failure is always a possibility. So, don’t beat yourself up over things you have no control over or dwell on what went wrong, what could or should have been, because you can’t change the situation. Rather, learn whatever lesson there is to learn from the experience and take advantage of the fact that it is the beginning of the year and you get to turn a new blank page.
Remember, challenges afford you the opportunity to evaluate where you are so you can reposition yourself. You may need to transform yourself, acquire different set of skills in response to market shifts, ground breaking technologies and new information. Sometimes you may need to adjust or pivot quickly to re-invent yourself, so as to have a competitive advantage.
So, what are you filling your new page with? Does this page consist of old and irrelevant ideas from last year? What do you plan to do differently? What are the reasons behind the decisions you are making now? Remember, whenever you make a decision, write down what you expect will happen 12 months from now and then compare the results with the actual outcomes - what went right or wrong. Such analysis is critical as it gives you feedback on the “vitals” and health of your business.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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