Your off season is an intentional period of time when you work on targeted areas of your life that sometimes get neglected in the hustle and bustle of running a business. If you use this time to truly reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going, you will step back into the game stronger and better equipped than you left it. Here are 3 things you’ll learn about yourself during your off season.
One of the first things you should focus on during your off season is how far you’ve come. Dedicate time to celebrating your successes, to acknowledge your hard work and the progress you have made. You’ve done some great things up to this point, took risks, made big moves, made sacrifices, and there is proof of that. Look back on your business and list all of the things you and your team did to move the company forward. When you focus on all the big things you’ve done, you can pinpoint your specific strengths and use them to get you to the next level. This off season should not just be spent focusing on how to make things better, but also on what it took to get where you are and how to continue to use your strengths to benefit your business.
This is the part nobody wants to talk about. It is easy to think about all the things that went right and then jump right into a new game plan without addressing the mistakes. During your time as a leader, mistakes have been made, and the only way to avoid making them again is to acknowledge them. Maybe the errors were in your leadership or communication style. Maybe there wasn’t proper training available, or you were unable to meet deadlines. Your weakness is a tool just like your strength is a tool. During your off season, you will learn about the areas that need to be improved upon. You will take a more in-depth look into systems and processes that don’t work, to leadership styles that could be adjusted, and to details that need attention in order for your business to thrive. The more open-minded you are to understanding your weakness and finding ways to work on them, the more productive your off season will be
Your Next Steps
Once you’ve analyzed what you’ve done right and what you could do better, it’s time to uncover what to do next. Our Off Season Training Course offers an easy, downloadable page that breaks your off season into four practical sections:
- Game Plan
This easy to use planning sheet can quickly help you identify where you want to go, what is going to get in your way, how you’re going to accomplish and it and action steps to make it happen. Our Off Season Audio Download is another way to learn the ins and outs of a powerful off season and take the first steps in making it happen you for.
There are personal days, there are vacations, and then there is an off season. With the right resources, your off season can set you up for success in a way that a simple mental health day or vacation can’t. Just like pro athletes use their off season to gain strength, speed, and power for their game, you can use your off season to develop your strengths, work on your weaknesses and do what it takes to return to your ‘regular season’ as a real MVP.