Whether you are in business for yourself or working for others, it is natural in times of success to take credit for it. But it’s tempting to blame external factors (other people, customers, the economy, market forces, etc) when things go wrong.
However, to do so is no help at all except that it massages a fragile ego. You are still stuck. The mark of a successful business-person is one who looks to themselves in times of challenge. In this way, they retain control rather give away their power to outside forces. To avoid looking to what you could do differently is to be a victim, powerless to make changes. In this competitive world, it is unsustainable. The power is in the ability to evolve.
All it takes is a different perspective. Look to yourself for the solution and ask yourself the right questions:
- What factors have contributed to this problem?
- In what way(s) have I contributed to this problem?
- Where did I take my eye off the ball?
- What didn’t I do which I should have done?
- What did I do which I shouldn’t have done?
- What didn’t I do which I could have done?
- What steps can I take now which can remedy the situation?
- What steps can I take to avoid this happening in the future?
- Is this part of a bigger pattern?
- What else can I learn from this?
By putting yourself “at cause”, you take control, you evolve and you build a more robust business. It takes courage, insight and humility. Do you have what it takes?
It can be difficult doing this for yourself and this is where a good coach/mentor can really help. Why not book a session now? Call me on 0845 130 0854 to find out more. You’ll be glad you did!
© Tricia Woolfrey 2013
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