At least twice a year you should examine where you are in life and determine if it is time to raise the B.A.R. to reengage and make an impact.
The first question is your BELIEF in what you are doing. Belief answers why you do what you do. It set expectations. Many people take a big picture view of “Why” they do what they do. “I want a bigger house, a better car, or I want to be better than everyone else;” however, those don’t answer what you belief in at the core. You may have a lot of money and still be miserable and unchallenged. Ask yourself why you still do what you do. If it is simply about money, ask yourself if you are truly happy. Do you still come to work each day or attend the group function trying to make an impact, or are you simply going through the motions? To make an impact, one must believe that what they are doing is going to make a difference. I have met interesting people, who have jobs most would look down upon, who feel their job is meaningful. If you are stuck in a rut, change your perspective. Just be curious about why and how you do your job. You don’t have to change jobs to reengage. You simply have to believe you can make an impact.
How are your ACTIONS helping you realize your beliefs? No one succeeds along and success isn’t about all the things we do, but the things we do well. Every day, try to do one thing better than you did yesterday; I am only asking you to do one thing better. If you do one thing better, look at what you will accomplish at the end of the year. Don’t fear being going big, fear being mediocre. Your actions demonstrate how you meet the expectations developed by why you do what you do and core beliefs.
What are the RESULTS of those actions you took to realize your beliefs? What were you trying to accomplish? Did you map out a plan or wing it? Hint, most of the time we have set backs. The ones who are successful never give up. They look at the results, try to learn a lesson, and then go at it again. If you are working with a team, it takes time to overcome organizational inertia and get people moving in a new direction. If you didn’t get the results you were looking for, you should be curious to discover what happened. The answer to what happened opens up new avenues for you to explore, to create new ideas, and reinvigorate whatever interests you.
In short, to be effective one must believe they are making an impact. The actions one takes should support those beliefs. The results are the effects of your actions you took based on your beliefs. You decide if it is time to get real and raise your B.A.R. to create an impact.