What is the cause of your current stress level? Interestingly, most people and organizations tend to look at outside factors. Achievements parallel our own development, both as individuals and as teams. The real causes of stress are rarely acknowledged or addressed.
Unrealistic expectations of ourselves or others
Ignoring inner guidance
Doing for others at the expense of negating self
Taking appropriate action steps with a resentful demeanor
Misalignment of investment (time and money) and ROI (return of investment) netted. Keep in mind both tangible and intangible come into play here as the intangibles, though indefinable at times, are the crucial factors in the measurable results produced. Bottom line is, of course, tangible, and therefore quantifiable, while personal leadership, employee engagement, communication, even joy are a few of the unquantifiable components that will determine the outcomes.
Stress occurs if you keep doing the same thing and yet wanting something different than you’re currently experiencing. This is applicable even with positive improvements. Whether moving into a new place, getting a new (even if only to you) car, growing your business or developing skills, the concept is the same. To get new results change is necessary. We are funny creatures in that we say we want new results yet without the change in our behavior or actions.
Often we use the excuse of wanting to avoid making mistakes. Meanwhile, we are making subtle, yet very costly, mistakes in our automatic routine. Successful people and businesses do not fear mistakes. Many have even been so bold as to welcome them functioning with a fail fast mindset. The faster failure is experienced, the quicker one can get on the road to creating what is desired. This is the ‘it’s how you respond instead of what happens’ principle in practice.
The willingness to fail is a risk and experimentation is necessary. In some areas we think nothing of this approach, such as buying food we never eat or an outfit we never wear or a variety of other decisions made on a daily or weekly basis. Ever watch a movie or check out a new restaurant and be disappointed? The investment is more than the actual currency spent. What about your time? What else could you have been doing for two hours?
As any business continues to evolve and grow, sometimes models need to change in order to continually advance. Finding what works best involves a willingness for experimentation. Naturally, it is advisable to be as informed as possible in the decision making steps along the way. At some point, however, implementation is a must in order to gain insights that allow a business to flourish. Expansion is what business, and in fact life, is all about. In my case, applying what I teach, one of the areas to evaluate in 2015 is the current format and frequency of this newsletter, among a variety of other aspects. Your feedback, as always, is welcome during this testing phase.
As we prepare to move into 2015, pause to consider and decide what you want to be, do and have this time next year. What would you like to be different in 2015?
Create a plan now
Take manageable action steps on a daily basis
Be willing to take risks to learn and expand
Be flexible and adaptable to the feedback while keeping sight on the target
Celebrate the journey and accomplishments along the way
Repeat the above steps over and over for a successful business and an enjoyable and fulfilling life. Remember, the decisions you make today will determine what you experience and reflect on tomorrow and at the end of next year.
Go create a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!
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