How are you doing? This is the usual question you hear when you have not visited with an acquaintance for some time. Our typical response is business is good, the family is well and so forth, but do you ever really step back and ask yourself “How am I doing?”
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the immensely popular mayor of New York City, Ed Koch used to walk the streets of New York City and ask the citizens how he was doing. He did this because he did not want to be told by his aides how well he was doing but wanted to hear from the people on the street if he was doing a good job or not.
Some of you probably want to know what does this have to do with me. Well, given the frantic pace of our lives, we fail to ask ourselves or those around us “How am I doing?” An occasional assessment of feedback from your peers, customers, family, and friends can provide you information to evaluate how you are doing. You may be surprised by the responses you get, but no matter how good or bad the responses, it is always useful information to be able to determine if you are on the right track or not.
The questions remain: where am I today, where is it I want to go, is it still the same place I originally wanted to go, and finally do I have the right plan in place to get there?
So you should realize, it is never too late to look at yourself, and ask the question “How am I doing?” You might be surprised to find that you are doing fine or that with a few small changes, you can get back on track.
So, how are you doing?