When Sheila and I moved to Sarasota almost two years ago, we drove both cars down. During the drive my car was filled literally to the top. It wasn’t what I planned, but at the last minute I discovered a bunch of pictures that hadn’t been packed and the only way to take them was to load them on top of everything in the back seat. I was left without a rear view mirror and had to rely on my side view mirrors for the entire drive from Ohio.
Trust me there’s a point here!
Because I was relying entirely on my side mirrors I found myself using them differently than normal. Normally you use your side mirrors when changing lanes, relying on your rear view mirror most of the time. Instead I found myself using the side views all the time to see who or what was coming up behind me or who/what was on either side of me throughout the trip.
Okay, so here’s the link that got me thinking about business. There are times when we just focus too much on what’s immediately behind us. We don’t look to the side to see what’s coming up next, but spend our time more in a “wish-I-hadn’t-done-that” mode. We look back too often wishing we could change something, but we’d be so much stronger focusing on what’s in front of us, while keeping an eye on what’s coming up behind us next.
Here’s an example: The year is half over and it doesn’t matter what you didn’t get done in the last few months. Using a side view mirror, you can see your competitors, other programs coming up. Looking forward you know what’s coming up for business in the last quarter. You know which conventions and workshops you need to attend next year. You know what equipment you need and what you need to do to strengthen your skill set.
You can’t do anything to change the path you chose in the past, but you can make a difference in where you go next and in what direction.
I’m a huge fan of diversity in your skill set. So let’s assume the path you need to take is to develop at least one more skill set to help your business be stronger in 2014. That’s the view of where you need to go. Your side view mirrors will help you see what your competitors might be doing and what’s going on in your market.
The bottom line goes right back to the control you have for your future. Stop worrying about the economy and things you can’t change and focus on the incredible potential in whatever path you choose going forward.
My favorite quote from Zig Ziglar seems to fit this morning:
“If you wait until all the lights are "green" before you leave home, you'll never get started on your trip to the top.”
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