Sameness is Actually a Fast Track to Mediocrity

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Who likes change?  I don’t and I am not afraid to say it.  Change is not easy and the older you get the more set in your ways you become. The fact is that things are always going to change.  You can be at a place of work and they have constant change taking place.  If you are running your own business, how you market is constantly changing.  In our electronic age you cannot buy a new smart phone without a new and better version come out within just a few months.

Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.  ~unknown

We do not have a choice on change itself, but what we do have a choice in is how we are going to react to that change.  Do we handle and manage that change, or is it going to manage us?

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In the long run, sameness is actually a fast track to mediocrity.  When a company becomes mediocre, they begin to fail.  Change can be a gift if we allow it.  If we choose not to change, your competition will pass you by.  We have to be willing to challenge ourselves right to the point that we are uncomfortable, and sometimes just a little bit more.  That is the key to a successful person.

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It is easy for folks to pass the buck.  It is actually human nature to do so.  Adam passed it to Eve and Eve to the serpent.  Personally, my business is not moving along as quickly as I would like.  I blame the lack of time, the economy, and at times even others.  The fact is however that the major reason is looking back at me in the mirror.  I have to tweak my attitude when I find myself doing this blame game because if I don’t I will remain exactly where I am, striving hard.

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There is a great book titled Who Are “They” Anyway?  by B.J. Gallagher and Steve Ventura about achieving success through personal accountability.  They have a list showing how each person can benefit in a company by adopting a “personal accountability attitude”:

  • You have more control over your destiny
  •  You become an active contributor rather than a passive observer
  • Others look to you for leadership
  • You gain the reputation as a problem solver
  • You enhance your career opportunities

 

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  • You enjoy the satisfaction that comes from getting things done…the power of positive doing
  • You experience less anger, frustration and helplessness-all leading to better physical health
  • You realize a positive spillover effect into your personal life at home

According to these authors, the most important words of personal responsibility are as follows:

The 10 most important words:

I won’t wait for others to take the first step  

The nine most important words:

If it is to be, it is up to me     

The eight most important words:

If not me, who? If not now, when?

The seven most important words:

Let me take a shot at it

The six most important words:

I will not pass the buck

The five most important words:

You can count on me

The four most important words:

It IS my job

The three most important words:

Just do it!

The two most important words:

I will!

The most important word:

ME

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.  ~Frank Tyger

You may think that the list is for people working in a company, but this can apply to each and every person, whether it is a CEO or the lowest person on the ladder.  It also applies to the solopreneur. The truth of course is that change can be a wonderful gift in ANY organization.  Do not allow your competition pass you by, embrace that change.

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When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. ~Tuli Kupferburg

#change   #success     #motivation     #mediocrity

How do you feel about change in your life?  How do you handle them?

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