Are You Your Biggest Obstacle?

Young man facing image of himselfSelf-reflection is useful. Self-criticism, less so.

By Bill Reeb

A couple of years ago, when I was consulting onsite with the executive team, one of the managers pulled me aside and asked me for some personal advice. She said, “I am thinking about asking to go part time because the stress of this job is really getting to me. What do you think they will say?”

MORE: Why We Risk Change | Work ‘Better,’ Not ‘Harder’ | What a Pro Knows | Don’t Let Opportunities Become Detours | COVID Crisis Requires New Mindsets | What Are You Giving Priority? | Don’t Let Others Block Your Path
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

I told her that I thought they would be willing to do whatever she wanted. But then I added, “What are the owners or your direct boss doing to create this stress?” Here was the conversation that followed:
READ MORE →

Why We Risk Change

Two men training in tae kwon do at gymFrom martial arts to business: 5 steps of evolution.

By Bill Reeb

John, my instructor, teaches us that there is a hierarchy to learning martial arts.

MORE: Work ‘Better,’ Not ‘Harder’ | Why Your To-Do List Isn’t Getting Done | Appreciate the Joy That Comes From Work | Covid Crisis Requires New Mindsets | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

First you learn techniques, like punching and kicking. As you gain confidence in your technique, you can jump to a higher level and incorporate interval into your self-defense toolkit.
READ MORE →

Work ‘Better,’ Not ‘Harder’

Man working hard at office deskThis extends to how you use and train your people.

By Bill Reeb

Overachievers typically don’t have a problem working hard, but they often have a problem working “better.” So let’s focus on learning how to work better.

MORE: Why Your To-Do List Isn’t Getting Done | Learn to Embrace Failure | What Would Make You Happy? | COVID-19 Crisis Requires New Mindsets | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

Regarding any technique, know that by remaining open to learning while doing the work (letting go of what you think you know), that is where you will find the “wisdom in the work,” which can bubble up into profound thoughts and ideas that can help you work better.
READ MORE →

Why Your To-Do List Isn’t Getting Done

Businessman in dark gray suit raise his hand in action of stop and word "stop" on his red palmWhat to stop doing may be more important than what to do.

By Bill Reeb

Much of your focus is naturally on “What can I do today to move me one step closer to whatever I am trying to achieve?”

MORE: Learn to Embrace Failure | What a Pro Knows | Appreciate the Joy That Comes From Work | What Would Make You Happy? | Don’t Let Opportunities Become Detours | Covid Crisis Requires New Mindsets | Do You Have a Goal or Just a Speed? | What Are You Giving Priority? | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | Learn More By Letting Go | Don’t Let Others Block Your Path | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

While “doing the work” really seems to be about actions you should take, often it is just as much – if not more – about what actions to stop.

READ MORE →

Learn to Embrace Failure

Coats hanging on wall hooksIt often comes when we tackle new work.

By Bill Reeb

The learning process is often frustrating. So why is it so difficult to learn new things?

MORE: What a Pro Knows | Appreciate the Joy That Comes From Work | COVID-19 Crisis Requires New Mindsets | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

One answer is that we don’t have “hooks” for what we don’t know (neither the mental acuity nor the physical skills). An example of this is found anytime businesses train their employees.
READ MORE →

What a Pro Knows

Golf club by tee at tee box, looking downhill at holeWhy brutal realism is the only true path to achievement.

By Bill Reeb

During golf season, I like to hit practice balls at the driving range.

MORE: Appreciate the Joy That Comes From Work | What Would Make You Happy? | Don’t Let Opportunities Become Detours | Covid Crisis Requires New Mindsets | Do You Have a Goal or Just a Speed? | What Are You Giving Priority? | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | Learn More By Letting Go | Don’t Let Others Block Your Path | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

I also like to take lessons with my golf professional – mostly playing lessons as opposed to ball striking lessons, because just hitting the ball is far less of a problem than the lapse of synapses striking properly in my brain.

READ MORE →

Appreciate the Joy That Comes From Work

Climber standing atop mountain with another in distanceStop wishing your life away.

By Bill Reeb

We spend about 99.7 percent (statistic totally fabricated but the phrase “vast majority” would certainly apply) of our time en route to some objective. If you can find happiness, serenity or a feeling of success only when you arrive at your intended destinations, then you are destined to be unhappy or feeling unsuccessful almost all of the time.

MORE: What Would Make You Happy? | Don’t Let Opportunities Become Detours | Covid Crisis Requires New Mindsets | Do You Have a Goal or Just a Speed? | What Are You Giving Priority? | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | Learn More By Letting Go | Don’t Let Others Block Your Path | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

I remember my wife and I vacationing in Puerto Rico many years ago. We decided to go to the El Yunque National Forest Reserve and walk up to the top of one of the El Yunque mountains. Given that we like to hike, this was not a difficult climb because it was only about five miles roundtrip on a paved path.
READ MORE →

Prepping for Post-Crisis Opportunities

https://www.successioninstitute.com/finding-time-manage-firm/
Click for the video and the handouts. No-charge, no-obligation with password: FREE (until June 30)

Free Video Learning: Get ready today for the rebound to come with these top ten practice management video courses.

From The Succession Institute

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, CPA Trendlines is partnering with The Succession Institute to offer free access to some of its most popular video training programs. This is a limited-time-only offer, expiring June 30.

CPA Trendlines readers can use the password “free” (all lower case) for each video (plus the handouts) and get more details here.

Now is the time to re-think and re-plan how you want your firm to evolve and prosper as this pandemic fades into the background.  The videos are packed full of ideas and opportunities to become better, faster, and stronger in the future. READ MORE →

Don’t Let Opportunities Become Detours

Perception vs. reality: How opportunities can cause chaos.

How to stay on track toward your goals amid chaos and confusion.

By Bill Reeb

Without clear direction, every alternative seems like an opportunity.

But with direction comes a course of action, whether that is to preserve what you have or achieve something different.

MORE: Covid Crisis Requires New Mindsets | Do You Have a Goal or Just a Speed? | What Are You Giving Priority? | 3 Early Warning Signals for Overachievers | Learn More By Letting Go | Don’t Let Others Block Your Path | How Overachievers Can Get ‘Unstuck’
GoProCPA.comExclusively for PRO Members. Log in here or upgrade to PRO today.

Knowing what direction you want to head will drive the creation of a plan. And the greatest benefit of planning is that it provides you with a sanity check to know when you are drifting off course.

Regardless of whether we are talking about your personal life, career, or business, I believe it is nearly impossible to get to your desired destination or to accomplish your goals in a straight line.

We end up straying from our original course because of the mistakes we make along the way. Opportunities become detours. And chaos ensues
READ MORE →