Taking The Right Steps
Have you ever had a friend suggest a self-help book or fitness DVD or motivation CD? I have, and on the flip side, do in return all the time.
Have you ever taken one of these friends up on their advice as a person you trust, only to find that the book or DVD or CD didn’t really work for you? Okay, first I should ask if you went into the book or DVD or CD with the full intention of following the programs as directed, but assuming you did not cheat the system, the system just failed you?
Don’t worry. Chances are, your friend’s life wasn’t totally transformed by every word read or spoken, or move mimicked. But something in that self-help book or fitness DVD or motivation CD did make a spark that did light a fire in their hearts and minds.
Don’t dismiss the package and don’t feel like you have to avoid friends that are offering up suggestions for your well-being with the best of intentions, and you know which ones do have your best intentions at heart. Find something in the material that you can use to grow on, and thank your friend for introducing it to you. Then, make sure you do use it to grow on.
You would expect a consultant to toss out the question, “Is that the best you can do?”
You would think you hired the wrong guy to help you maximize your efforts if he asks, “Is the best you can do slowly doing you in?”
If you are a natural achiever, and always looking to hit the next opportunity or milestone, and you start to find that your working environment is offering fewer opportunities or milestones, you should keep the idea in the back of your head that their might be new trails that need to be blazed and that you should look into picking up a few fresh horses if you unexpectedly find you need to take that journey immediately.
Organizations that thrive on thriving will always be looking for new ways to push the boundaries of the status quo. Organizations that thrive on keeping the status quo only because they can’t justify lowering the standards don’t like natural achievers. Their standout performances make them stand out from the crowd. What is usually a positive that should get you noticed by your superiors is for these organizations a negative, that will only bring notice to just how ‘different’ you are to the culture. Even if ‘different’ should be considered more competent and capable.
Yes, there will be cases when working harder, smarter, better will be far from worth it. At least while you are still receiving a paycheck from your current employer.
There are plenty of new trails just waiting to be blazed . . .