The Importance of Reflection When the Glass Seems Half Full
Can you believe October is upon us? It always seems that once the new financial year arrives, it’s not long before it’s Christmas once again.
At the end of last year’s event program I asked the YTM community what it is they value about regularly attending YTM events, being part of our Think Tanks, helping them develop their networking strategies and inviting us to work with their teams.
A consistent theme was how much our professional community enjoys the opportunity to learn from others. Our unique approach means you can learn from our guest speakers and have enough time and a safe format to engage in more meaningful conversations with other professionals about your business.
Leigh and I work with many businesses throughout the year and most conversations at our events start with a problem or an opportunity. Which got me thinking. What is the biggest problem or opportunity facing most businesses at the moment? To do some research, I asked two separate questions, at different times, in a Facebook group called Business Business Business. My first question asked people their biggest problem in their business right now. My second question asked people their biggest opportunity.
Why Is it Easier to Spot Problems vs Opportunities in Your Business?
The results were very interesting, and not in the way you might think. What I found was that so many people were able to quickly and easily share their problems (in fact, I had around 88 people share their problems). And yet when it came to opportunities, there were only 5 or 6 comments.
This taught me an important lesson and has helped inform our final event for 2017, our "Problems versus Opportunities" Panel. At this event you will have the opportunity to reflect on the past year, consider what success looks like for you and hear the problems and opportunities faced by our guest panel.
More importantly, you will have the chance to have deeper conversations. Face to face networking provides you with the unique opportunity to explore your problems with other professionals and discuss how this can be tackled. While it’s great to have online forums like the BBB to vent and ask questions, online networking can be enhanced by being part of real and one on one conversations with YTM members or new guests over a glass of wine or beer while enjoying our popular cheese platter.
Time to Reflect, Learn, Grow & Achieve
It seems that it’s so much easier to dwell on the problems. Your opportunity is to reflect on these challenges and consider questions such as ‘how did this happen’, ‘what can I learn from this’ and ‘if I face this situation again how will I handle it differently’? They say a problem shared is a problem halved and it is certainly Leigh’s and my experience that there are some common themes to the problems we are all facing as business owners. In a digital age where things are happening at such a rapid pace, it’s essential to take stock and reflect on what is working within our business and what is not.
I believe that networking enriches your life, both professionally and personally, and enjoy creating opportunities to help you learn from others, reflect on your problems and opportunities, build relationships and help start these more meaningful conversations, all with the aim of helming you reach your goals.
If you are new to our events, I’d love you to join us on 28th November for our unique and dynamic format that provides the opportunity for you to reflect and discuss your problems and opportunities with other professionals. If you are familiar with the YTM events, I’d really appreciate you sharing this blog with colleagues and friends who you feel would benefit from this event and the guest panel.