Remember how Einstein defined insanity as doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results? As we are now in the second quarter of 2016, perhaps you might see some of this insanity in how you are running your business.
Generally speaking, there are three types of people:
1: The Sleepwalkers
People who have a victim mentality. They life is 'doing it' to them. There always seems to be someone else to blame for their plight. This is the large section of the population who moan and groan about their circumstances. They are either totally blind to the truth that they have created those conditions or they are not willing to face their responsibility of it.
Either way, they refuse to take responsibility for changing their lives. This person is living life by default rather than by design.
2: The Once in a while Aspiring
This group has similar traits to Sleepwalkers. Once in a while they are prompted to aside from occasionally be, do and have more in their lives AND to look at themselves in the process. Unlike Sleepwalkers, they do accept some responsibility for their circumstances, and a couple of times a year they are prompted to do something about it.
They read a self-help book once a year on the beach and promise to make changes when they get home. But they fail to follow through. Then comes the New Year and they make a few resolutions. Despite the best of intentions, they fail to follow through yet again. Then there is the percentage of this group who go to a seminar or event once in a while and they declare to step up and make changes. But again there is a lack of discipline and implementation. Their life returns to its familiar pattern.
This is a life of tolerance–not design.
3: The Conscious Entrepreneur
Here you find a small percentage of the population who not only take full responsibility for their existing conditions and circumstances, they also take full responsibility for making a change in them.
These individuals are often reflecting on their life experience and their role in creating them. They continually look tat ways they can improve
themselves in order to improve their lives and business. They are disciplined in daily activities that improve themselves. They understand the difference between an event (e.g. seminar, book) that is the catalyst for change and the process (continuous coaching, self-improvement program that makes the change possible.
This population understands that their personal and professional lives can only reflect the quality of thinking they bring to it; therefore, they become very intentional about their personal growth.
This is a life lived by design.
All three categories are observable behavioral traits rather than rigid personality assessments and sweeping generalizations. There will be people whose behavior fits between aspects of each group. There will also be those who evolve from group one to group two to group three.
It begs two questions of you:
Which group most accurately represents you today?
Which group do you choose to be represented in tomorrow?
You decide who you will be and whether you are willing to do things differently in order to accomplish it.
Given that the quality of your life is reflected by choices, there cannot be a more rewarding activity than to consider your choices and their implications.