I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I look around and just wonder.
What am I doing? Where am I headed? Is it worth it and what if I’d made some different decisions long the way? It’s not that I’m unhappy with where I’m at, I actually love serving our members at WorkLodge and have met some truly incredible people along the way. I also genuinely enjoy working around some of the great staff we’ve been able to hire and wake up grateful for my family, health and the simple things in life.
But… I also wonder, in part because I’ve got 3 kids who are all growing up and starting to wonder too. Who do they want to be when they grow up.
When things don’t quite work out the way I’d hoped or anticipated, I wonder. Could I have done something differently? Should I have done something differently? I don’t know if it’s a healthy mechanism or not, and I’m pretty sure that depending on who you ask you’d get a different opinion as to which it is. So, if you’re like me, I’ve got 3 ideas to help us along the way.
If you’re going to look back, do it in a way that sees the positives, the ways you could have grown and then use them as a guide to help you plan a better tomorrow.
The key here is not looking at an alternative wishing you’d chosen that instead of this, you can’t change time and we live with the choices we made. It seems far better to look and understand ‘what made me choose this path vs. that one’? This new product line instead of that one? What were the criteria, the thought processes used that took me to where I am today? That way I can modify those processes in some small way so that the choices I make today deliver an even better tomorrow.
Everything doesn’t happen for a reason.
It just doesn’t. Sure some things do, maybe even most things do but I just don’t believe that everything does. Some things happen because others make decisions you don’t control. Some things happen because. Just because.
Maybe the hurricane headed to Houston today is the result of global warming, but if it is, global warming was there yesterday and will be tomorrow, so why today? Don’t over-analyze and don’t over-process, but instead, spend some time with the one person who knows you best, because he created you, and see what his word has to say about whatever it is that’s got your focus.
Tomorrow won’t magically be better than today. We have to work at it, focusing on growth, improvement and development. Nobody else is going to care about your growth like you should, so develop the drive, hunger and desire now to invest in yourself. Whether it’s reading, taking classes, attending conferences or something else. I’ve started waking up earlier, to give me more reading time, and it’s been awesome.
If you’re sitting still you’re really going backwards because just like a fish swimming upstream, the world around you is moving whether you do or not.
In this week’s podcast I talk about understanding whether you’re doing things for your customers, or to your customers. Taking it a step further, let’s make sure we’re also doing things for ourselves, and not to ourselves.