Whether you are a self employed cake sales individual or a high flying CEO of a fortune 500 company if you are not happy in your current endeavour then you have a very real danger of becoming stagnant.
There can be several factors as to why you are not happy:- overtime rates change, shift patterns change, difference of opinion, no pay rise, long hours, no bonus, your own poor performance etc…none of which are important, the important things to ask yourself are – “am I in a position in which I can have an immediate impact to change the things that I am unhappy with?” & “if I immediately change the aspects that are making me unhappy will this be enough?”
If you can not answer yes to both of those questions then you are wasting your time in your current employment. The longer you sit stagnating the more difficult it becomes to move and the more mediocre your personal performance becomes.
This is infectious, not only affecting you but those around you, your subordinates, colleagues, customers, friends and family, it can breed a mentality that failure and complacency are acceptable.
So what’s stopping you taking the dive, getting your details out there and becoming the best cake sales person, the best mechanical engineer or the best managing director you can be? The truth as much as it hurts is that it’s YOU!, yes, you are the only barrier between success and failure.
The barriers you set up for yourself are “finish lines to failure”, if you walk out of your office or workshop now and go grab yourself a coffee, what is it others have in their fundamental make up you do not? the people you pass in the street – the refuse collector, the bus driver, the electrician, the police officer, the company director, NOTHING! we are all biologically, chemically and physically put together the same way.
The only difference is those that have become successful have stood on the edge of that diving board and said enough is enough, I am better than this, I deserve success and I won’t wait for it anymore. Instead of climbing down again and accepting their mediocrity they accepted they need to change either themselves or their surroundings, they have “taken the dive”.
The truth is you may sit there and convince yourself you are not capable, not worth it, not intelligent enough or not physically able, but you are. Nobody in life is going to offer you anything on a plate and the sooner you realise it is down to you the sooner you will be stood on the edge of that diving board ready to throw yourself into your new career.
Don’t stagnate, don’t waste your life wondering about what you could have been, be the best you can be, seek your success, work towards your achievements…everyday!, be relentless, take pride in your work. Your tenacity, work ethic and attitude will not go unnoticed!