I was watching the men’s gold medal tennis match last weekend between Andy Murray and Roger Federer before heading to church (I love when there are live sports at unexpected times. The London Olympics have been on in the background pretty much constantly as a result). For those of you who don’t watch much championship tennis, the image above shows what happens whenever a player challenges the call of an umpire. The computer shot review system Hawk-eye produces an animation of what it ‘saw’. When it was first introduced it was controversial.
“How can we know if it is right?”
“It takes the human element from the game.”
Several years have passed now, thousands of calls have been corrected and there isn’t nearly as much controversy. Do you know why? Review Works! It works in tennis, in football, in our finances, in pretty much every area of life. Things are improved, we are more successful when we take time to review.
Personal growth and success is dramatically improved when we review and make adjustments. Looking back, sometimes with the help of others who can see things more clearly, more objectively, is a powerful tool that multiplies success.
About a year ago, using the help of a life plan tool at Michael Hyatt’s website, I created a life plan. It is the most thorough one I have ever created. It was good, but hard work to create that plan. If I make that plan, and never review it, I will never achieve any of it. Things that go unexamined go undone. I go over my life plan on Mondays, when I do most of my writing for the week. This 15-30 minute review keeps me moving toward my goals.
Questions to ask when doing some life/project review:
1. How am I doing? How did it go? – What are the honest quick, gut-level assessments you see about your life and/or the current project you are working on?
2. Would others agree with my assessment? – Not sure of this? Ask around!
3. What is going great? – Make sure to celebrate successes and duplicate.
4. What needs work? – Not a ‘beat-down’ but an honest, results related statement as to where you want to improve.
5. What’s my takeaway? – What next step will you take to duplicate past success and overcome shortfalls?
Scheduled, regular review is a powerful way to make sure that you succeed at an even deeper level!