I have always advocated being proactive. During my corporate career one of my job functions was quality improvement. That is what I base our business model on now. For our company I have written a statement: “Everything you do in your organization to achieve success requires identification of goals, analysis, strategy and planning”. This I advocate for our clients, but, something I realize I never really implemented in my life. I feel that I’ve mostly utilized the “shoot from the hip” philosophy, just being happy to get through each day.
Life a continuous learning process, and I have learned some things recently. All brought about as I search for meaning in development of timetoplay.com and through talking to people. My goal for the site? How can it help the most amount of people have a quality of life. I really am working on it.
Something new I’ve realized (although it is obvious) but didn’t really put into practical operation is every action we take provides a reward or a consequence.
Let’s think about this — both in business and in life.
In business, are you achieving? If not, what actions are you taking? Are you being proactive? Have you evaluated the past to find out what can be improved? Have you set goals? Have you planned? Again, what actions are you taking? What will be the consequences or potential rewards of those actions? If no action is taken and you go on with the same old, same old, what consequences will there be? I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to that wound up not implementing changes to make their business work and wound up out of business. It is sad.
In life are you happy? If not, why? Did you ever really stop to think what will make you happy? Did you ever try to make a plan or set a goal to acquire what will make you happy? What have I realized lately? I have to make it happen. I have to make the change. I have to set the goal. I cannot wait. If I don’t make it happen, it is not going to happen. One of my friends was unhappy in her marriage. On the outside she had the perfect life. A wonderful house, wonderful kids, etc. But she wasn’t happy. She is going through a divorce and she is so happy. She is free. She has found a man that loves her. SHE made it happen.
In things like relationships, lateness, job satisfaction, weight loss, exercise, procrastination, behavior (being crabby), etc. . . . the list is endless. . . Every action (or no action) we take provides a reward or a consequence. What changes need to be implemented. What actions do/should you take? What is the reward? What is the consequence of an action or no action. No actions may provide no results. Bad actions may provide bad consequences.
Let’s take those good actions. Proactive actions. Let’s get that reward.