What if, tomorrow, you got hit by a truck? No, I really hope that doesn’t happen to you. That’d be bad. But my question for you is, have you taken care of your team? You see, if you were gone tomorrow, could someone step in, see your daily checklist, your weekly checklist, your monthly checklist, your quarterly checklist, and see for each item on the checklist where exactly your procedure is? Is it right there on your desk, available for someone else to be able to replicate the results you get without going, “Gosh, they left us in a mess?”
You see, it’s your job to make sure that you always have the ability for someone else to step in, because you don’t have a job, you have responsibilities. If you’re on vacation or you catch the flu and you’re out for the day, well guess what? The party goes on. And your team needs that to be handled. So we all have lots of hats. Take one hat at a time and write it up. What’s your daily? What’s your weekly? What’s your quarterly checklist? And for each checklist item, what is it that are the procedures within it, and how do you define exactly where to look? Make it a connect-the-dot experience so that anybody can walk in and successfully do that job.
Don’t be that kind of person that says, “Then they wouldn’t need me.” I’ll guarantee you this. They don’t need you now if you think that way, because you’re thinking in scarcity. Think of abundance. By writing this up, you can advance yourself and be promotable. Be that kind of person who brings extreme value by making sure your team is taken care of. I promise you, you have a very, very bright future.
We all get into ruts, don’t we?
I do. And because we keep doing things the way we’ve always been doing it, we tend to get results that are maybe 2% better or 5% better than they were the year before. What if you reinvented your results? What if you sat down today and asked yourself, “How could I double my performance in the next quarter?” Really, think about that. In fact, go block a half hour right now, or sometime in the next day, and ask yourself that question. I know, even take this home at night. Figure this out. This is important.
What would you need to do and who would you have to be in order to create that kind of results change? Write it down and put an action plan behind it. Then build it into your monthly plan, your weekly plan, your daily plan because immediate habits and actions create the result. But do take that half hour. It will be one of the best half hours you will invest in yourself in this year, I promise you.
If you have a business, you’ve got problems. Most managers point out the problems to people who can’t do anything about them, but there’s another way. Watch this video to discover how to get problems handled.
Have you noticed that sometimes things go wrong?
Exactly. If you have a business, you got problems. So, you were not hired to point out all the problems to people who can’t do something about it. In fact, that’s being very negative. And if you’re doing that, you’re really taking energy out of the organization. Instead, take negatives and roll them up in the organization. In other words, never talk to your peers or co-workers about something that’s going wrong. Instead, go to the person who can make the difference and bring a solution, alternatively. As Thumper used to say, “If you can’t say nothing nice, don’t say nothing at all.” Be the positive force that creates change, not the victim who is complaining about what is. Of course, those things will go wrong—it’s a business. Get comfortable with that but own your power of bringing solutions every day to the right people who can make an impact.
Watch this video to discover the simple solution to living with high self-esteem.
One of the best ways to improve your self-esteem, which is really what, when it’s improved, helps you from not being defensive, is to take on the behaviors of not being defensive. The next time someone gives you feedback say, “That’s interesting. Tell me more about that. How else can I improve that?” as opposed to, “But I did this and don’t you understand that?” Be the kind of person who has the behaviors of strong self-esteem and you will build your self-esteem. Eventually becoming defensive will fall away as a pattern and you will have a career that’s going in the right direction powerfully and quickly.
In today’s video I reveal the common truth hidden behind “complaining about my boss” and what to do about it.
Do you ever complain about your boss?
I hope not. In fact, that’s a terrible habit. Instead, often times realize that when people are complaining about their boss, it really has more to do with the fact that they’re not performing. So what if instead you used that energy to complain about the boss and rechannel that to transforming your performance and going to your supervisor and saying, “Can you help me do this better? I’m working on this. Can you see how I can do this better?” Get the coaching and the feedback alternatively and be that positive force both for your career and for the results of your entire team.