Why You Should Get Fired At Least Once a Year
There’s nothing more invigorating than a fresh start. Whether it’s a new house, new diet, new job, new project or anything else new, the excitement and motivation is endless. You’re ready to attack and create some positive results.
As the new year approaches, I encourage you to try to attain this feeling by firing yourself. Or at least pretend to fire, then rehire yourself.
Imagine today was the first day on the job. Would you make the same decisions that got you to this point?
Would you pick the same vendors? Use the same fields in that customer onboarding form? Choose the same colors on your sales slides? Implement the same HR policy?
It’s not about regret. You (or someone else) made those decisions in the past based on the information and situations of the past. That’s fine. Don’t dwell on it or regret it. But also know that it’s okay and healthy to question it. You now have new data, new research, a new macro and micro environment. In business, nothing is ever truly done. There are always improvements that can be made.
There will (hopefully) be many past decisions that are still correct, and no change is needed. There will be some that were wrong, but it’s not really worth making a change at this point. That’s fine too.
And of course, there will be some things that do warrant a change now. Attack those like you would if you were actually new to the role.
These don’t have to be big things. In fact, often a series of small incremental improvements is more effective and practical than seeking a large change.
I promise if you go through this exercise once or twice a year, you’ll be better at your job, improve your business, and re-energize yourself.