The Right Path
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By taking the time to gain new insights into ourselves and our business, we
create an opportunity to see things in a different light - to truly see things
as they are. Once we do that, we can much better determine whether we need to
take a new and better approach to building our business or instead, choose a new
path for ourselves. You may find that you're running hard down the wrong path
If you decide that you're on the wrong path, it's OK. It is VERY common for
that to be the case. In truth, many people suspect they're on the wrong path but
don't acknowledge it. They end up spending a lifetime being unhappy and/or
dissatisfied with their life. Take stock of the things you enjoy doing and where
your true talents lie, and then go about identifying new and different
opportunities in which to apply them. Once you're in an occupation that you
enjoy, life really becomes enjoyable and satisfying. You'll end up working less
(mostly because what you'll be doing you won't consider to be work), and you'll
achieve a much greater level of success.
If instead, you decide that you ARE on the right path, then good for you! But
you have a different challenge ahead of you. Remember that old saying about the
definition of "insanity"? It goes like this: "The definition of insanity is
doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!"
If you aren't at the level of success you want to be and you've determined
that you ARE in the right kind of occupation, then it probably is time to do
something different. Stop conducting "business as usual". You need to become
more open-minded about how to get the job done. Here's how I see it: You can
insist on doing things the way you've always done them, or you can choose to
reinvent yourself and your business, and start doing things differently. Even if
you've been in this business a while, be open to taking advice from others. Even
newer people can have good, fresh ideas. Things that didn't work years ago may
now be effective - given changes in society, and given your present level of
expertise and experience. Commit to investing in yourself and your development.
Start reading on a regular basis. Start attending or acquiring educational
programs. Even ONE new idea can take your business to a whole new level.
One of the problems we have is that we often get completely caught up in our
day-to-day routine. This prevents us from stepping back from our work,
reflecting on our lives and our business, and reevaluating what we really want
to do. My suggestion is to do just that. It is CRITICAL to your success and your
happiness to take the time to reflect. When you get away from your office you
gain new perspectives.
Re-evaluate yourself and your business. Gain clarity as to whether you should
continue to build the business you're in or change occupations. If staying where
you are is right, then commit to changing and growing. Be open to new ideas,
even if the "new" ideas are ones you tried years ago without success. Remember,
times have changed and you have changed. We are not the same people we were 10
or even 5 years ago. As our experience grows, so does our ability to succeed
where we once faltered.
OK, now go get a cup of coffee...
© 2008 Exceptional Leadership, Inc.
About the Author
by Michael Beck, an Executive Coach and Strategist specializing in
employee engagement, executive development, and leadership
effectiveness. Connect on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mjbeck
and visit www.michaeljbeck.com
to learn more.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-12-29 01:45:52 in Personal Articles