What’s something you “quit” that enhanced your life professionally? Personally? Do you know your people’s answer? Your partner’s? Your kid’s?
Professionally…towards the end of my career as an employee, I quit complaining when management presented change, new goals, and new directions. At this time, I had my own business and staff but still needed a job. When you start a business, you’re not making much money and the money you make goes back into the business, So, I needed a job and it turned out to be the best professional experience of my life to be on both sides of the fence at the same time… being a boss of your own and having a boss as an Entry-Level Employee.
At that job, I quit complaining about anything my bosses or management needed from me; as I understood it was either necessary, beneficial, or they may not have liked the idea and thought it was the dumbest thing in the world. However, the train had left the station and their boss told them what needed to happen, and they had to deliver the news to us/me with a smile!
Quitting this allowed me to serve better, work better, enhanced my mood, and be a model for my co-workers! Note: I’m not suggesting you never challenge leadership, share concerns, or offer alternative solutions… I teach and present how to do that in my Leadership Trainings. I am suggesting there’s power in going with changes that are presented without becoming a cog in the system with negative gossip, venting, and eye-rolling with co-workers all day long!
Personally… I quit going where I didn’t want to go! We all evolve through our different phases of life at different times and speeds. I had my firstborn when I was 23 years old, and my friends were not in “Dad-Mode” yet. When it was time to hang out for Guy’s Night there were places, they wanted to go that I didn’t. However, I went and struggled to have a good time. As I evolved, I didn’t quit hanging out with my friends; rather, I offered other suggestions and modified how we hung out. Instead of the bar until 2:00 am… how about lunch at 2:00 pm at a nice place downtown? I was surprised by how quickly they said yes. I was able to spend time with my friends, be back on the couch with my wife and kids by 6:00 pm, and have nothing to fret about, and they could go to the bar on their own at 11:00 pm, Lol! It took me years to get this down, but when I did it evolved my life and relationships tremendously!!!
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