I had a recent conversation with a consultant that I did some coaching for a few months ago. She shared that she was finally coming to a point where she had to stop comparing her results to a time when she had no children at home. Back then, she had more time (and energy) to work on her business. Now, she juggles her time with her career on a smaller level while she does a great job of being a mom (her most important career).
I confirmed her thinking by telling her that at one time in my youth, I could jump high enough to touch a basketball rim (10 feet). Twenty-six years, 20 pounds, and a bad Achilles later, I’m lucky to clear a basketball laying on the ground. If I used the same metrics I had back then today on touching the rim, I would be failing miserably every time and that affects my outlook.
Sometimes you have to change your metrics and your mindset. There are good reasons for change in life (parenthood and age); and good reasons in business (economy, products, mergers, technology). Life and business require reinvention. For some of us, reinvention might happen on a more frequent basis, but it still must happen. When it does, it calls for reassessment of objectives, metrics, and goals. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your time and energy trying to touch a rim that is out of reach. Rather find new results that match where you are today and where you want to go. That way, you’ll be in position to slam dunk every time!
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This week’s quote –
“The main thing to do is relax and let your talent do the work.”
– Charles Barkley (former NBA player and announcer)