I ran across a quote this morning that I think is thought-provoking. Not one that I hadn’t seen before, but still stimulates thought.
“The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.” – Peter Drucker
If you are at a crossroads in your business or your life, it is time to take stock. It may be time to make some tough decisions. It may be time to make major changes. When I talk about change with clients, they usually think of small changes and rarely think of significant changes. Change that is comfortable is probably not true change.
Here are some definitions of change that may help you think about change differently:
- the act or instance of making or becoming different
- a new or refreshingly different experience
- a clean or replacement phase
These definitions seem to remind us that true change is more dramatic than we would like it to be.
If you are ready for true change, ask yourself these questions. Think about your answer for each question for several minutes:
- How are you spending your time? Is your day over scheduled or under scheduled?
- Are you doing what you should be doing?
- How is what you are doing truly unique compared to your competition?
- Are you excited about what you are doing?
- Are you learning something every day?
- Are you getting the results you want?
- What would others say about what you are accomplishing?
- Who should help you when making change decisions?
- What should your goals be?
- What are the next big steps/changes you should be taking to accomplish your goals?
No one else will have the same answers to these questions. Your answers, your decisions, and your next steps are unique to you and your business. You may need a sounding board but don’t wait to begin making changes. Begin now!
“Personal leadership is cultivating the wisdom to recognize our need for renewal and to ensure that each week provides activities that are genuinely re-creational in nature.” – Stephen R. Covey