by Geri Mason,
When we look around, we see others succeeding at the drop of a hat. We wonder what it is they are doing which makes them so successful. Do they have connections in high places? Do they have more money? How come I have been working at this idea practically all my life, and I still can’t get it off the ground?
Guess what? You could be standing in your own way.
We tend to operate our lives from a standpoint of what has worked in the past. Therefore, if nothing has worked in the past, then we don’t expect anything to work now.
You need to get out of your own way. Why not open yourself up to other possibilities outside your little box? I used to always tell people that I don’t do mornings. In order to do business with some people, I realized that I would have to learn how to do mornings. Some of the best deals have been made over coffee. When you meet someone and they call you later to ask for a one-on-one, that’s the first thing that comes out of their mouth. “Can we get together for coffee?” Even if you don’t drink coffee, you can still go to Starbucks and have that meeting, because they sell more than coffee. The last time I had a meeting at Starbucks, the client treated and I ordered a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. The best ever! I didn’t even know that they sold sandwiches.
So, you see where I’m going with this. In order for us to make it to the next level we will have to do some things that we wouldn’t normally consider doing. I’m not telling you to lower your standards or go places that will question your morals or values. What I am saying is, don’t get so caught up in the “how” that you miss the “why.”
Because you can endure the “how” if you know the “why.”
I have learned to step outside my box when the benefit outweighs the effort. And you can do the same. Ask yourself what you want the end result to be. What will you gain from the decision or what will the payout be? Will it cost you too much in the long run? Will it add value to your life or your business? If either of them will be better as a result of your decision, then it’s worth the effort.
All of this will help you determine what to do and when to do it. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. Get out of your own way!