|Id be willing
to bet when you started your business, chose your career path, or sent out your last
resume, you did it because you could do something better than someone else. Youre
not likely to hear, "Im going to open my own garage Im almost as
good as those guys." No. You set out to win we all do.
So, what happened along the way? Did the bottom line start becoming
your top priority? Or did the profit margin begin to outweigh your passion? Financial
success in business is important, but it doesnt come first its a
byproduct of everything else.
Square One the Second Time
No matter what point youre at in your professional life its never too
late to be who set out to be. Think back to the early days before you even started
on the path youre on now. What looked like success through those young eyes? Was it
money? A big car? A house on the lake? Probably not. Most people just want to be
recognized as the best in their field ahead of the crowd. Become the best, and the
rest will follow. With that in mind, here are five steps you can take to get back on
Rekindle Your Passion
Explore your industry. If its technical examine the latest trends, if
youre a communicator, take a close look at new technology. Dont envy the new
things thinking youve got to have the latest to survive. Instead, let your
discoveries spur you on to new heights. Knowing what youre up against will inspire
you to make a few small changes that could put you back on top of your game.
A key word here is shoestring. When you got started you had all sorts of great ideas that
didnt cost a dime or at least not many dimes. If they worked then,
their offspring will work now. The idea is to get out there. Years ago, I met with a
business consultant a free service of the Business and Industry department of our
local Community College. He said to me, "Get 500 business cards, and put every one of
them in someones hands." I remember thinking how ridiculous that sounded. I was
a graphic artist, I designed business cards. In retrospect, it was exactly
what I needed to do. He was telling me as a start-up business owner, to get out there and
get noticed. Thats a good point to revisit now and then. People move on. What were
once key relationships can fail you. Closed doors in the past could be flung wide open
Hone Your Skills
Have you taken any classes or attended any seminars lately? Most of us get those shiny
brochures in the mail and think, "I already know that stuff
"I cant believe they charge that much for such simple information."
Truth is - its probably well worth the money. Brushing up on the basics of your
industry doesnt hurt. And who else will be there? People like you! Business people
interested in getting better at what they do. Theyve each got a different set of
circumstances and reasons they are attending. Some have questions you didnt think to
ask and when they get the answers so do you! Check your local Community
College they probably have business seminars on a regular basis, and a lot of them
wont cost you a cent! Drop your guard and get in there! Ask questions, network with
others who are looking to improve themselves, learn from other peoples mistakes. You
just might correct some of your own - before they happen!
Learn Something New
Since youre reading this online, I can safely assume you have access to the
Internet. One thing I can assure you about the Internet is this: No matter what you do
theres a wealth of information about your field available online. In the
course of a week, I wear several hats. Not literally hats bug me. But as a
professional, you are probably trying to do and know a lot of things at one time. Why not
get some help? For no more cost that your existing Internet connection, you can be in
touch with hundreds of experts and others who know about your field. Heres what you
do: Phrase your question like an answer, like "certifying new
mechanics" or "improve hiring procedures". Go to your favorite
search engine google, dogpile, yahoo - whatever. Web search engines are constantly
trolling the Internet waters looking at text hidden and visible to help you
find what you need. Searching for those key phrases will help you quickly arrive a dozens
of answers. Try it youll see what I mean.
Take A Break
From experience, I know how it feels to go overboard in my professional life. About the
only time Im not going too far, is when Im leaning over the edge looking for
somewhere to land. Im a "doer," and Ill bet you are too. So do this
take a week off. If you cant afford a week, take a day off. Not a Friday,
thats too close to the weekend and all of its activity. Pick a day right in the
middle of the week, when nothing else is going on. Stay home. Go sit on your porch. Read.
Think. Let your subconscious thoughts work their way to the top of your mind. Chances are,
the answers to many of your questions are right there, inside of you, just waiting for the
opportunity to present themselves.
When it comes to your future now is always the perfect time. The perfect to start
thinking about it, the perfect time to begin making changes, the perfect time to evaluate
your position and strategy. Now. Let all you do drive you toward all you hope to become.
Its that simple. So go ahead grab hold of that notion that set you on this
path in the first place. You know youre the best, now just be it.