When you are living your personal life, it’s like navigating a car without a map or a GPS. You can be travelling down the highway and all of a sudden find yourself stuck on the shoulder or in a ditch or you may be uncertain which exit to take so you just get off at the next exit only to find that you are truly lost. You may also encounter some detours as well as some unexpected twists and turns. More often than not you get stuck behind a slower car when you want to speed up or you find yourself slowing down as other cars seem to be passing you by. You feel like you are truly out of sync with the people in your world. Rather than continue on the highway, it’s time to pull into a rest stop and take a break and figure out what you need to do to adjust your speed so you can get back on the highway, enjoy your life and the people in it.
When you are living your professional life, whether it is managing your career or growing your business, it’s like running a marathon. You are at the starting line with your first role or your first client/customer and you then begin to build your career or your business mile by mile, role by role, client/customer by client/customer. As you are running along, you find that you are either at the front of the pack or at the back of the pack. Some of the people that you counted on at the start of your career or business have pulled ahead of you while some have fallen way behind you.
Are you feeling bored or fatigued with your career or your business?
In your career, it’s easy to blame outside causes like the role, your manager, or the people that you work with for your boredom or fatigue. Perhaps it’s time to look inside yourself and recognize that you may be trying to run too quickly and may need to adjust your speed. If you are way out in front and there is no one beside you, you may be going way too fast for the people around you and both your manager and your team may start to isolate or resent you. It’s time once again to adjust your speed or, if you feel that you can’t, find another role either in the same organization or in an organization that is more suited to your speed.
In your business, it’s easy to blame outside causes like costs, market conditions or client/customer demands for your boredom or fatigue. Perhaps it’s time to look inside yourself and recognize that you may be trying to run too quickly and may need to adjust your speed. If you are way out in front and there is no one beside you, you may be doing too much, charging too much or expecting too much from yourself or from your clients/customers. It’s time to adjust your speed by taking a good look at your costs and your productivity and seeing what savings can be had with some adjustments. You need to pass on these savings to your clients/customers by lowering your price or increasing the quality of your product and/or service. If you feel that you don’t want to make any adjustments or that the business will suffer, you need to decide whether you want to continue with this business, pursue another business or make a complete change in your professional life by re-entering the workforce and pursuing full-time or part-time work.
Even when you feel that you are at just the right speed while you are travelling the highway of life or running the marathon of your career or business, it’s always wise to remember that you may need to adjust your speed when necessary.