By Scott Westerman
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What happens when desire or circumstance puts you outside of your comfort zone and into that terrifying position where you must re-envision your future? Press Reset.
Colleen and I got new phones this week. After years as iPhone people, we’re moving to the Samsung Galaxy 5. It’s a different ecosystem and we’re rebuilding our application suite from scratch. It has been a sometimes frustrating, ultimately enlightening experience. Our phone desktops now look totally different. We’ve recreated some of the familiar but have also discovered new and better ways to leverage our smartphones to best serve our needs.
The environment is always in flux. Disruptors are everywhere. What happens if you’re an iPhone and your customer decides to switch to an Android? Here’s a fact of life. If your job isn’t at risk now, it likely soon will be. What happens if you are forced to press the reset button?
Keep Calm – This is the natural progression of life. We are meant to periodically shed our cocoon and spread new wings. Keep breathing, keep centered and look past the fear and into the realm of opportunity.
Take Stock of your skill portfolio – It’s likely that you already have a strong career toolbox in place. What are your strengths? In your current position, what do your perceive as your liabilities?
Take the broad view – How could your skill set be deployed in an emerging industry? Imagine someone approaching you with a job offer in a new, innovative company. How could you become an asset?
Put your ego into the box – Your body of work, no matter how extensive, may or may not help you when you press the reset button. Hold your temper if someone in a position of power doesn’t appreciate all that you have to offer, gives you a cubicle instead of the office you used to have, takes away your company car, or makes you pay for your own cell phone. Look at it from the company’s point of view and you may be able to figure out how to get what you need by helping them get what they need.
Sharpen your saw – Stephen R. Covey’s seventh habit of highly successful people is something you should always be doing. Learn a new skill. Figure out how to be more productive, more effective, more useful. Keep learning how to become the best in the world at what you do.
Create a new desktop – Now is the time to look over your behaviors and habits. Are there things that no longer serve their purpose? Revisit the timeless behaviors common to all successful people. Are you proactive? Are you anticipating the future state of your industry? Your Company? When was the last time you helped your boss innovate? What time are you getting up on the morning? What are you doing before you go to work to ensure you have a productive day? When was the last time you revisited your goals?
Add Value – Companies don’t give out jobs, they hire solutions. Find a way to add value, right now, right where you are. And do it.
Repeat – These eight activities, when repeated over and over, invariably generate wealth. Keep applying them. Your future vision will become clearer and you will be able to capitalize on new horizons.
Remember, no matter how “secure” you may feel in your current position, there is one truth you can always count on: Things will change.
Have a great week!
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