Why do you do what you do the way you do it? There are 4 possibilities;Change is good for business
- Because your mentor did it that way
- Because everyone else does it that way
- Because you’ve always done it that way
- Because you don’t know any other way
When you wake up in the morning you have a routine that begins with how you respond to your alarm going off. Without an alarm, you focus on meeting the day. You jump out of bed or hit your “snooze”
Then you eat, have coffee, go for a run or do something the same way you did it yesterday.
Things start to gain momentum in your brain and the agenda for the day is etched in your mind without much conscious thought.
Then you consult a list or an I-pad or a computer screen and your day becomes further defined. Then you check e-mail. Oops…
You get to the office, whether it’s your home office or your cubicle and things begin to groove without any further conscious thought.
You’re in a routine and your innate instincts have been taken over by your routine behavior. Why?
Because we don’t challenge ourselves on a day to day basis. It feels too hard.
The reality is that challenging the routine is the healthiest thing we can do, yet we choose not to more often than not. Comfort sets in. Ouch.
Let’s discuss the premise that challenging EVERYTHING WE DO EVERY DAY might very well be healthy.
If you do what you do in your business (or your life) simply because it’s the way you’ve always done it (for whatever reason), then you are missing out on the opportunity to get better.
Here are the top 10 potential examples of things you could change in your business:
- How you hire people
- Pricing strategy
- Vendor Relations
I could keep going here, but the point is; if you questioned each of these and figured out a better way, what impact might that have on your success?
Just stopping and looking at these processes, questioning them and holding them up to some level of scrutiny MUST improve your business.
Apply this principle to your personal life as well. What you eat, what you drink, who you hang out with, etc…
The power of questioning your own norms is palatable and potentially life changing. Doing things contrary to the way everyone else does things can itself be the secret to success…in business and in life.
We are what we think about and we get back what we give.
Why do you do what you do?