You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!
For me, it's important to reflect in a space where I can allow my mind to wander.
No task list.
No time limit.
No mental boundaries.
Like I said: just let my mind wander.
As I found a quiet place to reflect earlier this month, my mind thought of the famous Dr Seuss book Oh, The Places You'll Go.
But instead of "Oh, the places you'll go" my mind kept thinking:
Oh, the places we've been
And I was really thinking of the places that we as a company have been this year. Places that are points on a map such as:
- Hoboken, New Jersey
- New York City
- the Bay Area
We also had the privilege of:
- Meeting new team members as they joined the team. They joined us from Fort Lauderdale, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Austin ... all new faces bringing their experience to the table
- Striking up relationships with new clients that wanted to learn from our talented team
- Investing more time in current client relationships to make sure we were doing everything that we could to help the client - the hero in our story - succeed
As my mind continued to wander about the places we've been this year, it me like a bolt of lightning: this post would not be a recap of all the things that happened in 2019.
Instead, this is an opportunity to share the things I personally benefited from in 2019 that I plan to bring into the new year with me.
Put your seatbelt on. Let's talk about things that helped me in 2019 that will benefit me in 2020 as well!
Know the Mission You Are On
Kerry and I decided to read and self-implement Traction (also known as EOS) this year.
One of the first exercises when implementing EOS is to outline your mission. They also refer to it as your ...
After much deliberation, we uncovered that our mission at MKG is to Help our clients grow big. We live for our clients - the hero - to grow big and land "whales".
That's right: Our clients are the hero in the story of MKG.
It's our responsibility to support the heroes so we can accomplish great things together.
This is a mission statement that we are just beginning to communicate internally as well as outside of the company.
Knowing our mission has helped us clarify who we want to work with as well as how we want to work together.
We aren't in the business of helping clients grow revenues by 1% every year.
We are working with high-growth businesses that are looking to grow by double (and sometimes even triple) digits every single year.
And while we aren't responsible for all of that growth ourselves, we have to come to the table with a growth mindset. And a mission. A mission that we want to help our heroes GROW BIG.
You'll be hearing more about this mission in the future. Get excited :)
An Attitude of Gratitude Will Take You a Long Way
It's really difficult for me to be grateful when things aren't going well.
Being grateful helps quiet all that noise in your head.
I don't mean to say that sometimes those feelings aren't valid (or even true!).
I'm just saying that noise can drown out all the good you have to bring to the world. To your kids or spouse. To the clients who depend on you. To your neighbor who is constantly parking in your parking spot on the street.
Practice being grateful. For me, it helps to drown out all the negative thoughts in my head so that I can actually do something productive.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday a few of our team members contributed videos talking about things they were grateful for. Give it a listen in the link below. Let us know if you felt strongly about anything that we expressed gratitude for.