💡 It’s a fact of life that some people may hold us back, while others will propel us forward. Learning how to deal with this is more important than wishing our reality was different. We therefore cannot hang out with negative people and expect to have a positive life and be thriving in business.
More importantly, if we do all the right things, but don’t get around people who hold us to a higher standard, we may not thrive further than our current limits (and why so often we may struggle in any ventures, be it business or life).
The lesson here❓
✅ Actively constructing our social environment is important, BOTH for our life and business.
➡️ Don’t let it depend on proximity or chance or on how the past has always been. Rather consciously plan which opinions, attitudes and life philosophies are allowed and NOT allowed in our life.
✅ Putting ourselves in environments where we can maximize #growth is the best tool (learning) for success.
➡️ Do not hesitate being in such environments for the fear of looking stupid. This only limits the opportunity for growth.
✅ Investing in a business coach or mentor who not only holds you accountable but is able to help us steer our ship in the right direction is a recipe for success (versus one that is trial and error).
➡️ Being the smartest in the room is a sign that a new horizon is required. And remember, success leaves clues, so surrounding ourselves with success is key!
Food For Thought: Are you using bandaid solutions❓
💡 Have you ever felt that life (or even business) is on continuous life support, with this major rush to continue patching up bleeding wounds with band-aids (or plasters as we say in South Africa)…
The society and culture we thrive around often brings busyness in all aspects of our lives (and business), and consequently, we may use “band-aid” solutions as quick remedies to get through these stages.
However, such solutions are not long term❗️ Rather consider the following:
✅ Commit the time and effort to slow down, be grounded and re-shift focus towards sustainable long term impactful behaviour.
✅ When faced with problems, understand the root cause before rushing to any solution and just treating the symptom(s). If missed, the real problem spreads and often can result in a deadly infection.
✅ Lastly, find leaders who have gone through similar problems who may be outside of your business sphere and connect with them for conversations. Look for thought leaders who solved similar problems in real life practice.
💡 “I have no motivation today…” Hands up if you’ve ever said that to yourself or a friend during the work week whilst having tight deadlines to meet in business (or anything)❓
I know I have…and guess what, it’s completely normal to feel unmotivated at times, especially when we see a mountain in front us versus a hill in light of our end goal.
The next time you feel this way, remember the following:
✅ Tiny steps are required when shooting for the moon – small wins build motivation. But, this doesn’t mean we simply tick off to-dos or answer emails and feel motivated to push on.
✅ Rather, its about being crystal clear with our end goal and ensuring we are productively achieving measurable outcomes considering those goals.
✅ Connecting our emotions to our end goals helps us understand our purpose for achievement e.g. if you been itching to start a business, but don’t know WHY you want to do it, identifying with that emotional connection opens up a reason for us to push through when we may lack motivation
✅ Lastly, building a daily routine where we use our most productive hours to make progress on something we’ve been putting off, can help drive us through the rest of the day.