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Meeting of One
By Victoria Munro
Whether clients are calling and sales
are up or you’re just getting a new business off
the ground, running a business is demanding. The crucial
daily tasks of running the business, wearing the many
different hats, trying to catch up and keep up can consume
all your time and energy. The thought of stopping to
take time out to reflect, review and plan can seem absurd.
Yet it could be what you need
If you want to grow your business and have
a life, taking regular time to step away and think is
key to your success.
Schedule a Meeting of One
Set an hour or more aside each week for yourself. Regularly
scheduling your own private meeting of one can keep
you on track, bring to light innovative solutions to
problems, turn mistakes into helpful learning experiences,
clarify what’s really important, help you maintain
a balanced life, inspire creativity, and rekindle your
passion for the business and for life.
Make your Meeting of One a regular event.
Put it on the calendar at the same time each week. Get
out of the office, away from the phone and other distractions.
Perhaps go to your favorite coffee shop or the local
library. In the summer, a park bench or picnic table
might offer an ideal venue. See this as an important
meeting with the company’s key player—you.
There’s Value in Taking
Time Alone to Think
Rags-to-riches millionaire and philanthropist Peter
Daniels has created successful ventures around the world.
In The Power of Focus, authors Jack Canfield,
Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt write, “When
asked what turned his life from triple indebtedness
to unprecedented success, he (Peter Daniels) replied,
‘I scheduled time to think. In fact, I reserve
one day a week on my calendar just to think. All of
my greatest ideas, opportunities and money-making ventures
started with the days I took off to think.’ ”
Your Meeting Agenda
Ideas for your meeting agenda might include:
your long- and short-term goals.
you on track to reach them? Are there adjustments
you need to make?
the last week.
was your biggest success? Challenge? What can you
learn from each of these?
did you do in the business last week that was fulfilling
and fun? What did you least enjoy? Could you delegate
could make customers’ experience with your
company more profitable and enjoyable for them?
Can you offer additional products or services would
is the most important task, and the second most
important task, you can accomplish this week? What
might prevent you from accomplishing these? How
will you overcome this?
Close your meeting by making a note of new ideas and
anything you’ve committed to do or do differently
© 2005-2007 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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