I suspect that people reading this post are not all in the same camp, politically. You may be happy about the political changes happening in our nation or you may be concerned. As I’m not intending to be a political commentator, I won’t pontificate with any personal thoughts on that topic. I do try to stay informed, evaluate, and then vote my conscious and heart in each election available to me. No matter which political persuasion is calling the shots, I am still in charge of my own personal destiny. We must wakeup to the fact, if we feel victimized there is no hope in that, and also in America it isn’t reality. I have many possibilities through my own personal skills, ambition and initiative.
With this preamble in mind, I have tremendous hope for my future and for your’s. What is your NEXT STEP to start that new business, improve and grow your current business, make that career change, or repair a damaged relationship? If you need help discovering that NEXT STEP, that is what I specialize in. Our future can always looks bright, even in the midst of a pandemic or political upheaval, it depends on my mindset whether I STEP OUT with confidence or cower in fear. Where are you on that spectrum of possibilities?
In my last blog posting, I mentioned a book, “The E Myth Revisited” by Michael E Gerber, this book is an excellent manual for small business operators. In this book Gerber quotes the founder of IBM, Tom Watson. Mr. Watson said “IBM is what it is today for three special reasons. The first reason is that, at the very beginning, I had a very clear picture of what the company would look like when it was finally done. You might say I had a model in mind of what it would look like when the dream-my vision-was in place. The second reason was that once I had that picture, I then asked myself how a company which looked like that would have to act. I then created a picture of how IBM would act when it was finally done. The third reason IBM has been so successful was that once I had a picture of how IBM would look when the dream was in place and how such a company would have to act, then I realized that, unless we began to act that way from the very beginning, we would never get there. In other words, I realized that for IBM to become a great company it would have to act like a great company long before it ever became one. From the very outset, IBM was fashioned after the template of my vision. And each and every day we attempted to model the company after that template. At the end of each day, we asked ourselves how well we did, discovered the disparity between where we were and where we had committed our selves to be, and, at the start of the following day, set out to make up the difference. Every day at IBM was a day devoted to business development, not doing business. We didn’t do business at IBM, we built on.“
What do you think of that statement. It reveals what makes a great business great. What sort of vision do you have for your business or your life? Are you acting upon your vision as a reality? Are you living it out even before it is fully realized? Are you believing in your vision? What is your NEXT STEP, even if you can’t see the whole staircase? Do you think Martin Luther King Jr. believed in his “I had a dream” speech becoming a reality? I believe he would be pleased today to see the strides that have been made in his vision of America based on his dream, and even well after he has left. What impact will you be leaving behind after your departure?
Okay, FIRST NEXT STEP, it is always time to act, but what action will lead to a correct and successful result. Remember, you aren’t a victim, your future is up to you and not some other entity or person. Want to consider having a coach? Contact me here…
Larry Anderson (Coach)