There is a lot of overlap how we handle life and business; which is why my message directly correlates to people personally and professionally on all levels. Why are they similar? Life involves interactions with others. Business exists and succeeds because of both the people at the business and the people the business serves. It’s often the stuff; feelings, perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, words and behaviors; that get in the way of our results. This stuff is part of our humanness and therefore shows up personally and professionally. Personally your team may comprise of who you live with, family, friends or those where you conduct your business (banking, shopping etc). Professionally your team may comprise of coworkers, bosses, clients, and vendors to name a few.
Keep in mind we always produce results. Are your results what you want or would you prefer something else? In order to move forward . . .
Be grateful for where you’re at AND express daily, appreciation in advance as if the outcome desired is already your reality
Commit to persist with steady and necessary actions in the direction aspired and stay the course. This may require an outside source to help you achieve
Celebrate any and all progress throughout the journey
Repeat steps 1-3 until what you intend is attained
Apply this process again and again, and again, and again . . . in all aspects of life and in business
Challenges and problems; and at times undeniably difficult, unpleasant and unfair ones; exist and present themselves in life, in general and in business in a variety of forms. A shift in perspective is required. At a minimum, this takes awareness and courage, though often the full character of a leader is needed. Take a breath, decide and carry out actions a step at a time, and as you do, explore; what can feel like a distorted approach; the bountiful blessings, which are often hidden behind the disdain of the situation or circumstances. Totally agree if you think the last piece may sound completely absurd. From my experience, it also feels a bit peculiar, while simultaneously having a sense of being aligned.
Imagine getting to the heart of the matter, releasing the weighted burden you or your team are carrying around, and ultimately moving forward in confidence individually and collectively. What’s required?
A decision from all involved to commit to the process of improvement
An investment in yourself, the team (each person must fully participate), and the process
Willingness to . . . go through the discomfort to grow, let go of what holds you/the team back, and recognize beneath the surface we all are the same
Focus on gratitude and appreciation
What’s required may seem like a lot. How is the alternative working in your life or your career/business? A common response is to state reasons why action is easier for someone else or why it’s harder for you or your group; two faces of the same excuse. It has been said, success is achieved by doing what the majority determines requires too much effort to apply. Yes, success, whatever that is for you or your team, takes effort; simply and ultimately, success is a choice.
Our differences on the surface can be so evident, annoying, and downright irritating until we delve deeper. Staying on the surface keeps individuals and teams stuck. This jam is caused by our attachment to our perceptions. When attached, we are convinced of our conclusions which means we are closed to options and therefore block the very solution(s) we seek.
Notice to “move forward” and “what’s required” begin and end with gratitude and appreciation. Though life and business will deliver tough times, gratitude and appreciation change the energy and the impact of them. At our places of work, you may experience being laid off, what seems like unreasonable bosses or policies, or deal with challenging coworkers. On a personal level you may face extreme conditions such as the recent storm Sandy that devastated many in the Northeast, or have a loved one facing a terminal illness or other difficulties.
Underneath all the “muck” we really are the same. How would your relationships and results in life be different if functioned from the idea that we are one? Even at our places of work, love, compassion, and gratitude and appreciation can allow us to break down barriers, overcome obstacles, and climb mountains to achieve what otherwise bogs us down, adds stress and destroys morale and productivity. Where will you begin to make a difference? When will you start?
In gratitude and with much appreciation, Happy Daily Thanksgiving!