Change seems to be the only constant in life. Doesn’t it? The seasons change. Like right now, leaves falling down all around us. Soon there will be that pretty white stuff on the ground! Yikes! I said it, I’m sorry!Then there are the technology advances, like every day… overwhelming. The stock market and the economy are forever switching the direction in which they are moving. Fashion has it’s ins and outs. Hair styles switch up all the time. Not to terribly long ago the “faux-hawk” was the in cut for guys! Much like the mullet of the late 80’s to early 90’s. Gas cars to electric, (well maybe). You get used to something or comfortable doing something and Kaboom! Somebody Dropped da Bomb on Us /You/Me! Change! It’s forced upon us.
Psst, it’s ok. Things work out.
We either embrace it or we don’t. It’s there. You deal with it the best you can and you move on.
John Wooden, perhaps the greatest basketball coach of all time – certainly at the college level – once said after his seemingly unbeatable UCLA Bruins lost to a very talented Notre Dame squad: “It was the best thing that could have happened to us. We had grown complacent. We weren’t improving and growing any more. Both as individuals and as a team. We needed the wake up call, the chance to really evaluate ourselves and make needed corrections. The loss to the Irish provided us with that.” The Bruins had become a victim of their own successes. When you win something like a thousand games in a row and five dozen National Championships, (it wasn’t that many, just seemed like it!) you become lazy. You don’t push yourself. Perhaps, even feel like you cannot lose!
(10.14.1910 – 6.4.2010)
Some would call it the Syndrome of Success. You’re winning, why change things? “You don’t fix what isn’t broken.” The market is sailing along, why adjust the sails? Why? Everyone wants to play for a winner. Everyone wants life to be easy. But sometimes, just like the Bruins of the 70’s, we need a wake-up call to really evaluate what we are doing, why we are doing it and what direction we want our business and perhaps our lives to go.
Take some time this month for personal thought and evaluation. What is it that you want from your business practice and your personal life? October is a great month for reflection. Take advantage of it. If you need help, ASK! There are people here, ready. Really.