We wake up in the morning.
We get ready for home-based work.
We tell ourselves that this is another week.
We can do good. We can be better.
We can be productive and positive In spite of the difficulties.
We get our acts together, focus on what we can accomplish today.
Today and the next few weeks will be very important to scale down the spread.
We live everyday with the conviction and hope that it will pass too.
We will go back to our lives stronger and more resilient as people.
We create a new pattern, a new way of doing, and a new way of thinking that reflect what we need for the moment.
These new scripts are very important to keep us on track and not slide down to getting stuck.
We can overcome!
I was in the emergency part of the hospital again this weekend.
Triage system is applied in seeking medical treatment, in disasters and in other situations when there are limited resources for overwhelming need/severity of the condition. Sorting them into three groups: those people that cannot survive even with care and treatment, those that will have 50/50 chance of survival, and those that can be saved/can benefit from treatment and care. In the waiting room, there is a huge sign that says, it is not a first-come, first-serve basis but people who are hard in breathing, bleeding, and in life-threatening situation will be administered first.
Taking this out of the context of emergency and humanitarian situations, triage will be hardly useful except when practically applied in priority-setting.
What should be the number one priority for the year, which will have tremendous life-empowering impact to you, to your family, to your economy, and your career/organization?
What actions/activities you should discontinue doing because it has lost its value, become burden than a joy, and lacks the challenge you require?
What support systems would be required to get you on the right track to accomplish the 'priority of the year'?
In the larger schemes of things, our actions should be aligned to the most important objective, not on the "non-urgent and non-priority, good-t0-have."
Imagine what you are losing or giving away unintentionally when you don't do this at the beginning of the year?
Start 2020 with a bang! How, go from a running start and not from an idle position.
It's hard to steer something when the object is not in motion. Take the case of the horse in carriage, whether you want it to turn to the right or to the left, if the horse is not moving, it won't budge and you won't get a inch of a motion. Also, when you are driving, if the car is not in motion, you can't get to your destination in the surest fashion.
Momentum is critical in three points:
1. Momentum builds confidence and inspires you to take more action;
2. Momentum helps when an activity takes more time, effort, and diligence to get it done in a proper way; you are already on the way, passed the 'thinking' mode which could be debilitating and paralyzing;
3. Momentum is like the oil that accelerates your progress in a nick of time;
Let this new year be a year of speed, effectiveness, and discipline as you carve out new resolutions and plans that will take your business, career, and organizations to the next level of success.
From my family to yours- Have a safe and happy new year!
Beware what you magnify, it expands and expands. That is the Parkinson's Law.
I was talking to this executive a few weeks ago and he said he is very busy dealing with some of the issues they are having with his organization. Fair enough, I left him alone with his busyness.
The fact that busyness is a sort of a prized, default position is alarming. If busyness is the blueprint for great work, there are thousands of organizations that would qualify for the prized award or recognition.
The work of dealing with issues in the organizations should not underestimated. It is tough and therefore could be frustrating in many times. But the fact that if the problem continues to persist, and that interventions seem to be wholly inadequate to respond to the problem, you might need an expert opinion or an independent sounding board to get your head out of the weeds so you can see the forest. That perspective would not only be effective, it would be a breakthrough for most of the time.
Going round and round like a hamster in a wheel, redoubling your efforts while you do not see results is insanity. The problem will just get bigger and bigger while the solution becomes unreachable.
Think about what you are focusing in your problem-solving.
Are you really solving the problem or creating more problems by letting it pester and get worse with ineffectual remedies?
Are you focused on band-aid solutions or lasting changes?
No matter how excellent you are in what you do, when you are tired, feeling low, and lacking self-care, you can slip into an auto-pilot and bad things can happen.
What to do when you feel that the tank is getting low?
1. Get out of your routine and walk around.
2. Ask for help and delegate.
3. Refuse to be involved in pity parties and complaints bureau.
4. Talk to a family member, friend, and a trusted advisor.
5. Call it a day and sleep.
6. Power down all tech gadgets and social media.
7. Journal your thoughts and write the best moments you want to cherish.
8. Exercise and breathe fresh air.
9. Watch a funny movie, listen to your favorite music, and play with a pet.
10. Enjoy silence and solitude.
Have peace in yourself and bounce back tomorrow.
Last week, I met two service providers and had a chat about business. Both of them have admittedly, that their businesses were not doing particularly well.
One cited the lack of clients, while the other one cited the lack of time for the delivery.
Obvious to their situation, it doesn't take time to figure out that both of these professionals lack the awareness of their own marketing effectiveness or just plain effectiveness.
Time is also a silly excuse considering that this is not an avocation but a fully operational business. Lack of time to market and get in front of your customers means that you have decided that doing other activities are important than that. Period.
Lack of client means one thing: you are lacking the activity that will attract, convert, and retain those clients that are precious for your business to grow.
You can control these variables: time, talent, and available resources.
If you are, not then either you have given up, have inadequate strategies, or you are not executing those things that you know you should be doing.
Check yourself in the mirror.