2017 was an amazing year. Legion executed a complete turnaround from the dark days of 2016 and found ourselves, in December, celebrating the best year we’ve ever had, by miles.
It was exhilarating. Tony and I were high-fiving daily, and also stopping to wonder at the company we’d created and how far we’d come in only 18 months. I’m not sure that I’ve ever felt stronger or more capable as a business owner.
But like all good things, 2017 had to come to an end. And with it, my certainty about my ability to run Legion like a BOSS vanished into thin air. I’ve spent the first two weeks of the year casting about for reassurance that last year wasn’t a fluke, a lucky break, an anomaly. And frankly, I haven’t come up with much.
For sure, there were a few events in 2017 (an especially strong hurricane season, for instance) that helped us to that record year. And I don’t expect this summer and early fall to be the same. But I do want us to keep carrying forward that momentum and work to make 2018 as good as we can.
I just don’t know how. I’ve never had to do this before. Turnarounds I can do – I can dig in, roll up my sleeves, tackle the big problems, stay positive and push until we’re successful. What I’ve never done before is convert one great year into a series of them. I want to prove that I can, that I know how to run a consistently successful business.
So I guess the big project this year is me. I have to roll up my sleeves, tackle the problem of my own insecurities and doubt, stay positive and push until I’M successful. Legion has all the tools and processes and systems it needs. I just have to keep steering us in the right direction. I have to keep eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and a strong faith in my own abilities.
It’s going to be a tough job. But I’m good at those.
Author’s note: As usual, when I’m faced with these kinds of challenges, I ask the people I respect most for help, and suggestions, for how they deal with these situations. Here’s what they had to say:
I feel like any one of those, done regularly, will help me. So I’m going to try them all and see what helps the most.