What do you see in your own reflection?

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What Really Works team enjoying a break from work. Taking time to connect and look ahead.

Just as families need vacations for renewal, business owners need retreats for reflection. This past week, my team and I ventured Up North for a lakeside pause to reflect ahead. The timing for me personally and professionally was faith at work.

With three weeks of personal strife over my father’s angry Bipolar rampage, I was tired.  Who am I kidding…exhausted. Before bedtime, I peered over Gull Lake both heavy-hearted and grateful. Blessed because I consider my work colleagues to be friends. What a gift. Feeling that warm embrace, my racing brain considered the question: will I actually sleep tonight?

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Beautiful morning for reflecting at Madden's on Gull Lake

Alas, the morning brought new promise — I woke both calm and energized, filled with the inspiration for a quick run. Pausing lakeside, I peered into my own reflection. At almost 50, it suddenly occurred to me: I get to decide.  Yes, work/life has been unnervingly stressful lately.  But I get to decide whether or not the wrinkles I see around my eyes are signs of wisdom or worry.  I get to decide whether or not the business risk will make us weary or wise. Faith at work.

When was the last time you got away with your work friends to reflect ahead about your business?  Everything is so intertwined today — when done well, a business retreat is actually a vacation. With colleagues who you also consider friends, you can exercise, strategize, criticize and energize one another.  Blending.

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Reflecting ahead from the pontoon on Gull Lake

Do you have a reflection planned?  If not, I believe we have the experience to help you. Especially after this week.

Good leaders make a habit of surrounding themselves with colleagues who are also friends.  And they bring their whole self into the equation: personal and professional, wisdom and worry.

Send us a note and share your thoughts — what’s the best form of reflection for you?  We want to know about your success habits.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

2 Comments

  1. Jnorals on August 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you for your reflection and reminding all of us that we do get the chance to decide how we will “be” (think, feel, respond).  This is a powerful reminder that while we can’t control all things, we do get to “decide” who we will be in any given situation.

    As for my favorite time, place for reflection, it’s a long drive with minimual traffic.  Where I can “fly” and just think.  Good music also helps.



  2. Jnorals on August 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for your reflection and reminding all of us that we do get the chance to decide how we will “be” (think, feel, respond).  This is a powerful reminder that while we can’t control all things, we do get to “decide” who we will be in any given situation.

    As for my favorite time, place for reflection, it’s a long drive with minimual traffic.  Where I can “fly” and just think.  Good music also helps.



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