Reflection and Projection – the 2nd quarter of 2017 begins – are you ready?

Good grief!

We are entering the second quarter of the year – where did the first quarter go?

Time to share a couple of self-coaching exercises.

  • Reflection

This is an excellent exercise promoted by the clever folks at Strategic Coach in Toronto.

Take a few minutes for yourself and answer the following questions:

  1. Morale: “what were my 5 best achievements from the last quarter?”
  2. Momentum: “what are the 5 areas of focus and progress making me the most confident right now?”
  3. Motivation: “what new things are giving me the greatest sense of excitement going forward?”
  4. Multipliers: “If I could just focus on 5 things that would be the multipliers during the next quarter, what would they be?”

I completed this exercise for myself at the start of January and it’s been interesting to see how much of my desired future was achieved in Q1 – and how much fell by the wayside. I would estimate that I managed to get about 50% of my list done – such is life.

Equally revealing is how much of that first list I am motivated to take forward and try again – not everything, which illustrates that ideas and goals can and will change. That’s human nature.

Download your own worksheet here:

The 4 M’s

  • Projection

My second exercise is an old favourite, to plan goals for the next quarter, both Professionally and Personally.

I’m attaching here the goal-setting sheets I have used for many years and will be completing my own before the end of this week.

Again, you may want to give that a go – and, thus, provide yourself with a focus for the next 3 months.

Time passes quickly. It can be an enemy or a friend, depending on how well you plan.

Download your goal-setting sheets here:

21 Professional Goals

21 Personal Goals


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.