What do you do when the going gets tough? I believe it all starts with a decision, one of two things, do nothing or act. I have never been one to do nothing but I am sure you can see that from reading my other posts, the level of action I have taken has varied but doing nothing just isn’t me. In some cases, however, doing nothing is the best decision and wait it out. I however, at times have not stopped to observe the entire situation to realize nothing may be best. In times of stress or tough, my juices flow and I constantly think of ways to get out of the tough time. I offer my unsolicited advice…
This is where I see individuals fail the most. They are trying so hard to defend themselves or justify themselves that they just do not listen and dig themselves in a deeper hole. Please, please, just stop talking, when you continue talking you are not listening and most of the time you are making it worse for yourself and those around out. Here is where is you are unsure, ask. Asking for clarify on expectations is an amazing tool, use it. Not only pay attention to what is happening in your situation, pay attention to what is happening in situations around you, you may see something useful in their dealings.
Notice, I said work smarter, not work harder, there is a significant difference and one I have the hardest time getting through to most. Working more hours is useless if you continue to spin your wheels. Get ahead of the situation. Make changes. I once had a spin instructor say in class when everyone was struggling and wanting to slack off- “things will never change if you don’t change, even a slight change”. I have used this phrase a few times since as it is so true.
Don’t make excuses, once you articulate the reasoning behind the results, don’t excuse the deficient performance, present your actions to alter the result in the future. Re-asses as needed but make if your priority to deliver. When presented with a tough situation at home, you focus energies on correcting it, same in your work situation or your own business. Deliver on your promises to any situation.
Whether you decide to “drink the Kool-Aid” or not when presented to correct a tough situation, it is on you to rise to the occasion, dig in your heels, and make it happen. Even if for no other reason, your reputation is at stake.