First of all, Happy New Year to you all! For some, I am sure you were very eager to take down those 2014 calendars and send them for the old swan dive into the fireplace, never to be heard from again. For some, quite the opposite.
No matter how 2014 was for you, good or bad, it is gone, it is history. As Henry Ford once said; "the only history that matters a tinker's damn is the history we make today".
So here we sit, on today and there are many "today's" ahead. It's time for you to get started.
In reflecting on 2014 I realized very quickly that I, personally, was prone to placing blame. Even more terrifying, when I looked back, it wasn't only people I blamed for perceived misfortunes but places and things as well.
"This car is having trouble, it's a lemon"
"This place is too cold"
"This system doesn't work"
"This person is out to take me down"
It was really eye opening to take a look back and very quickly realize that the only person I never assessed in all of this, was me.
So that is the history of 2014, but it isn't worth a "tinker's damn" now is it? So let's look forward:
My new motto for 2015 is: "100% positive, 100% of the time in 2015! The only difference made that matters is the one that I can control, the one that I can make".
No matter what you believe the outside influence is that is contributing to a challenge you are facing, you must approach it with a positive attitude at all times and place it on yourself to make the impact and the difference. It is never fruitless, even if it feels like it at first.
That new hire that isn't working out?
Ask yourself: "What can I do to influence them? To change their mindset?" If you find something you can try, act on it. That is your impact, that is your difference maker. The results may not be immediate, they may not be impactful in the new hire's current reality and the new hire may not even make it afterall. That is ok, because the effort you made, the work around that you tried, the impact that you attempted to make, will be felt for days, months, even years to come.
Sometimes the difference you made didn't happen as you predicted it would or as you wanted it to, but what you may not immediately realize is that it changed the fabric of the situation in a way you didn't initially see as a potential outcome. By doing it versus not doing it, you literally changed history.
Ask yourself: What did I learn by trying to make that difference? By making that move today vs. sitting quietly, what did I do to the fabric of the situation. You can bet you altered something by taking action.
By remaining positive, no matter what the outcome, you will be able to see the whole picture, and more times than not, the winners are those who see everything.
See, most of us get frustrated if it didn't go our way and close ourselves off instantly, become negative and walk away. But if what you did didn't work, or perhaps even more importantly, if it did. Take a moment to observe the impact and the difference it did make. In some way it made a difference, and after all, that was your goal in the first place.
Maybe that underperforming employee still didn't quite make it, but if you hopped in a time machine, you might find them emulating exactly what you did with them in their own management career a few years down the road. That is the impact. Three years from now that successful manager may not even be as successful as they are now, had you not made that one move, that one move that didn't seem to work at the time. The truth is it did work, it was simply delayed or dormant until that new hire was ready to receive the lesson, and it was worth the lesson wasn't it?
So your bottom line in 2015? Be positive and worry about the things that are within your control because the only actions you can control are yours. You can lead YOURSELF to water and you CAN make YOU drink. No where else and in no other situation can you do both.
I look forward to reading all of your difference making efforts throughout the year! Happy New Year!
About the author: Chris Baker is Director, Buiness Develoment at Freedom 55 Financial in London Canada where he helps to build teams to success. He is a certified professional speaker (Canadian Association of Public Sepakers) and is involved in coaching, leadership development and management.
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