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Establishing the Habit of Strategic Review

One of the most difficult habits to establish in self-leadership is making time to pull back from the flow for a bit of self-evaluation and assessment.  We get wrapped up in the day-to-day busyness of life, and that’s part of the problem.  The best way to see your way in a garden maze is to climb a tree, and that’s exactly what we have to do- get out of the trenches and take a bird’s eye view of our lives.

Strategic Review encompasses a number of important habits which can make essential contributions to our personal resilience.

  1. Stepping Back:  A sage said, I do my work, and I leave it be.  The habit of making time to mentally withdraw from your work, your plans, your problems, your thoughts, is essential.  It allows you to gather and conserve your energy, and to allow the inner monologue about all of these things to cease.  Only when it has ceased can you think clearly.
  2. Assessment: Looking back over the past few months of your life, over the goals you’ve set, ask yourself how much time you have devoted to your most important goals, and how much to other things.  Ask yourself if you’ve learned something that changes your goals, if they still represent the direction of your inner passion, or if they ever did.  If you haven’t spent very much energy on them compared with everything else, you are either in firefighting mode, or they do not truly represent your inner desire.
  3. Recharge: Take some time to do nothing, to think of nothing.  Meditate, take a walk, get some exercise, laugh, make a positive and deliberate contribution to your own mental state.  Do something you enjoy, go back to an old hobby, reconnect with people who are a positive influence in your life.  As your mental and physical states improve, as your batteries recharge, you will be able to assess the state of your life in a much more positive and constructive frame of mind.
  4. Goal Setting: Take the time to do it right.  What are you most passionate to accomplish?  What do you want your life to look like in a year?  What impact do you want to make on the world?  What is it that really motivates you?  What positive steps can you take right now?  What goals can you set right now that you believe in?  What other things are consistently eating up your time?  How many of them can you get rid of?  How many can you get ahead of?  Build your schedule making time for your most important goals in each area of life first, and everything else second.
  5. Appreciate: Take a moment to appreciate the people and things that really matter to you in life, that motivate you, that help you.  Take a moment to help out someone else in a meaningful way.  Ask yourself what you can do systematically to help others.  What ideas and talents can you bring to the problems that matter to you?
  6. Set Yourself Up To Win:  What small victories can you set up for yourself in the next few hours?  What about the next few days?  What about in the longer term?  Maybe it’s cleaning up the garden today, maybe it’s taking some steps to reduce your debt over the next few months.  Look back at some of the things that have fallen by the wayside that you can quickly and easily polish off.  Build a habit of success with some easy victories.  This is inconceivably important.
  7. Go Back To Your Longstanding Goals:  We read over our schedule, our immediate goals, far more often than the big-picture goals from which the schedule is supposed to come, so that one week to the next, the schedule takes over.  Go back and re-read those big-picture goals.


Speaking of goals, here’s an excellent primer on goal-setting by Jack Canfield:

Make time in your schedule for Strategic Review and Recharge sessions.  This is one habit that will greatly contribute to your quality of life, saving you time, energy and frustration and helping you to establish and maintain a sense of direction and purpose in your endeavours.


~ Dr. Symeon Rodger