Renewal

It’s starting to feel like spring, at least it is here in LA.  Days are longer, warmer.  The sun is stronger.  It’s this kind of weather that keeps me here despite the traffic,Apple Blossoms the congestion, the cost.

Spring, of course, means renewal.

There are three major meanings for that word. Renewal can be extending the period of validity for something.  It can be the replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run down, broken. It can also mean restarting something after an interruption.

I’m in my 10th year of consulting.  Over those years, I obsessively review, assess, renew what I am doing.  It’s what keep work fresh and exciting.  This year, over the next several months, I’ll be introducing a new partner, strengthening affiliations, considering how the sector is changing—as it is—and thinking how to renew my practice so it better serves my clients.  My core business will be the same, but new growth along with a little pruning, will I expect make my business garden a lot lusher.

Renewal, of course, isn’t limited to Janet Levine Consulting.

As spring breaks out, what are you doing to renew yourself and your organization?  How are you stoking your professional passions, improving what you do and how you do it?  Here’s three things you can do:

  • Start a conversation with yourself. Ask yourself what works, what doesn’t, and think about what you want to do about that
  • Get out of your comfort zone. Stop doing what you are doing because it what you’ve always done.  That’s not just for you but also for your organization.
  • Picture success. Not my success or your mother’s success.  Your success and the success you want for your organization.  Write down what that looks like.  And map a road to that place.

There’s an exercise that helps me as I consider change.

First I think about something I really want to do.  It may be starting something new or improving something I’m already doing.  I write that down.

Then I consider the things I must begin doing.

To do these new things, what do I have to stop doing?

And what must I continue doing?

It’s not a finished product but it gives me the push I need to start out on a new or renewed journey

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