Several years ago, my wife and I took a business / personal trip to California.On our way to the hotel, we passed a sign proclaiming, “SUP Rental & Instruction, 7-Days a Week.”
Not knowing what SUP stood for, we asked our taxi driver. He informed us that SUP was shorthand for Stand-Up Paddling and explained that it was popular up and down the coast.
Perhaps it is time for you (for me) to stop fighting against that thing.
Perhaps it is time to step back; revisit your approach, and to explore a new way. Allow the wisdom that you’ve gathered through proactive learning and experience to inform you of a new way forward.
This doesn’t mean you give up on your goals, it merely means that you might find a way to accomplish them that doesn’t require fighting.
You’re excited about your new job. You want to make an impact. You hit the ground running.
Over time, you build new relationships, deliver good results, and make a name for yourself.
- A few weeks pass.
- Weeks become months.
- Months become years.
- You grow comfortable.
If you see yourself or a colleague falling into the comfort zone, perhaps it’s time to do what all true achievers do:
In today’s world, it can be easy to be only partially present, somewhat engaged, or hedging our bets. I’ll go a step further and say that we are encouraged and rewarded for this type of behavior.
We are provided countless opportunities to:
- Put our resumes online and have them seeking new employment for us even as we sit in a meeting at our current workplace.
Sometimes when things are going well, we find ourselves not appreciating the moment, but yearning for more. Or, we are anxious about what is around the next corner.
Experience has taught us that, for the most part, we are either moving forward or sliding backward. A business is either evolving or unraveling. A plant grows and dies, but doesn’t remain static. Occasionally we must hit pause and appreciate wherever we are on the journey and thank those who choose to travel with us.
Everybody does it at one time or another.
You know what I mean.
It is a behavior that distracts you or bothers others.
It is often a trivial activity that is of little value or, even worse, negatively impacts your productivity.
Here are a few examples:
- Perhaps you sit in meeting with your head down, texting away. This activity is often called “The Leadership Prayer” (think about it).
The most effective performers put their best energies toward things that they can control, instead of focusing on the uncontrollable. I know; the uncontrollable will frustrate you. You will want to fix it; however, you will find that it is just beyond your grasp. Chasing the uncontrollable will leave you feeling out-of-control.
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) proclaimed that Barely Half of 30-Year-Olds Earn More Than Their Parents. The piece, written by Senior Editor Bob Davis, explains that middle class wage stagnation makes it near impossible to reverse this trend. Perhaps these four entrepreneurial lessons will prove them wrong.