Retreat Reflections - What Really Happened

Last week I shared a super optimistic plan for my upcoming business development retreat.

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Now comes the moment of truth. What really happened?

Okay, I have to admit that I kind of overestimated what I can get done in a week. Especially since I was staying home and I couldn’t completely avoid other personal responsibilities.

By the end of the week, I didn’t accomplish even half of what I had planned. I didn’t get to start the new course I’ve been waiting for, I didn’t write a million blog posts, and I didn’t get a chance to finish my new book.

But on the list of things that I didn’t plan, I accomplished a whole lot more that I ever could have expected!

  • I couldn’t have known that I would be hit with massive inspiration and fill my notebook with pages and pages of exciting ideas.

  • I couldn’t have planned how much I would be able to learn from reading even half a book. I didn’t just read it, I studied it. I did the exercises on the spot and implemented everything I learned right away. It wasn’t about finishing the book, but rather making the most of every page I read.

  • I couldn’t have planned that I would decide to refresh the home page on my website so it can do a better job at reflecting the work that I do.

  • I couldn’t have planned how much I would enjoy working out of the house. I never thought I was the “type” to work from public spaces. I assumed that I would get distracted and be unable to focus. But I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to go on this business development retreat and now I got to learn something new about myself!

I accomplished a ton at the juice bar last week. How much? Enough to find me back here the following Monday morning. Hey, this might even become a part of my weekly routine.

I would like to take a moment to encourage you to get out there and experiment. Find a local store with a nice vibe, grab your notebook and pen, and just go. When you get there choose a table, preferably in a sweet corner, but really any will do. And get to work!

What should you do there? Well, that depends on your specific business priorities. You can plan your schedule, write an article, batch a week’s worth of social media posts… You can choose any activity that will move your business forward.

Try it once - you have nothing to lose. And you may even find yourself making a weekly trip out of it!