The family of a good friend of mine has a special nightly tradition over supper. Each person at the table has to answer what have they learned that day? The first time I had the pleasure of sharing a meal with them I was struck about what a great question it was. I vowed that I would try to answer that question each and every day from then on. I was struck about how that simple question made me stop in my tracks and reflect on my day. What did I do? Who did I interact with? What did I do well? What did I fumble with? What did I learn? Like all great vows unless one is diligent it becomes forgotten. Luckily, I was able to have supper with them last night and guess what I was asked? Of course. This time though I had to think of an answer. And think some more. I couldn’t think of one for the longest time. I fumbled out a half hearted answer and promised myself I would answer this question in one way or another every day. It is so obvious that every day we learn something new and it should be acknowledged. Later that night I thought that this can be applied to business as well. I am going to sit back at the end of the day and either silently or with my wife or friends and ask myself what did I learn about the world around me and my business today? I hope it will force me to sit back and reflect on my day and its achievements, little victories or my works in progress.
So what did I learn today? I need to stop and think about my myself and my business. How am I doing personally? Where are we succeeding or struggling in our business? What goals have I forgotten about and need to reach? How are our veterinarians doing? How is our support staff doing? Did I do all that I set out to accomplish and finally where were our victories.
If you like this idea please let me know if it helps you or your business.