💡 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.
💡 Remember the time we buy a box of chocolates that has a variety of options, and we decide to eat the favourite ones first❓
Similarly to how we may choose to tackle our favourite chocolates (purely through conscious bias and decision making), the choices we make in entrepreneurship (or even life for that matter of fact) are very much like selecting from a box of chocolates we eat
It may sound odd, but below are THREE lessons to learn from this:
✅ Like we choose what we want to eat, WE should choose to focus on what brings purpose, satisfaction and meaning in #business and life. Remember, if we just work for money, and don’t love what we are doing, there will never be fulfilment in anything we do.
✅ When in business, capitalising on our strengths (the chocolate pieces we eat first) is crucial to igniting the engine, but to continue driving the vehicle forward, it’s important to mitigate our weaknesses (the parts we choose NOT to eat first) through #selfdevelopment, working with a #businesscoach or having colleagues in the business that tackle these areas
✅ Understanding our surrounding environment is key to either uplift us or drain us – if we choose to indulge in the negative aspects of life, people who drain our energy and attempt to brings us down – IS IT WORTH OUR TIME❓ Remember, our digestive system excretes the things we do NOT digest…so consider doing the same in business and life❗️