How do you stay the course when life throws you multiple curve balls leaving you wondering if you even have a clue what course you’re on?
Every business and every person goes through a variety of ebbs and flows. To think otherwise is a grave mistake. What company culture and personal habits have you and your team developed to weather the storms? John Wooden and Vince Lombardi; a couple of great coaches – basketball and football respectively; always taught about the simple things making the biggest difference and a philosophy of back to the basics whenever a team (or individual) strays off course.
Some things that are big ordeals for some companies or individuals are simply blips in the road for others. How is that possible? The latter group have honed the skills of reframing situations always for their benefit, persistent forward action, and constant attention to what is working well. Whereas others develop the muscles of wallowing in their disappointments, thinking about taking action or lack of direction and complaining.
Reframing requires willingness. One must be willing to look beyond what is. This ability is very different than denial, which negates what is. Looking beyond, on the other hand, is about expanding and opening one’s mind to a solution that is invisible to the eye because it is stuck on the current problem or condition. In addition, one must be willing to appear as a fool or be ridiculed for their thinking.
The action of your team or your action must move you closer to your goals or desired outcomes. Simply ask yourself, does this action move you or your team in the direction you want to go. If so, keep taking the action. Thinking, of course, is an action. Are you and your team thinking empowering thoughts or debilitating yourselves with disempowering thoughts? Discussing our true thoughts can be extremely vulnerable and delicate – especially in a work environment. Consider however, the detrimental and costly impact of ignoring the unspoken issues.
Application of WWW (what’s working well) takes practice and is a lot of work when the curve balls of life are coming fast and furious. Yet without that effort, productivity stalls, stress escalates and the bottom line plummets. One of my executive clients shared that what gets him through the rough patches is keeping sight on the company’s vision. Another client did some honest self-reflection and decided to put all her effort into what was in her control. Also, as a result of some workshops and team development, an organization regrouped with team members now more committed to their individual contribution to the collaborative success of each department.
When you consciously reframe disappointments, take appropriate action and focus on WWW, gratitude resurfaces. When gratitude resumes, energy and engagement increases, stress decreases, unlimited possibilities open so you and your team excel with a profitable bottom line. What do you and your team do when gratitude seems out of reach??
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