Have you noticed how easy it is to think you’ve nailed something down only to discover, further down the line that what you are doing is no longer relevant?
I am mindful that successful outcomes are born out of routine; and the ability to repeat behaviours and activities that work, on a consistent basis. Certainly there is benefit in that approach as it reduces the number of decisions we have to make day to day.
It can also lead to missed opportunities for growth, as we plough on with routines in exactly the same way that we’ve always done them. No doubt the approach worked at the time we adopted it. What we may fail to notice is that circumstances change; and what was without question the right thing to do at the time may no longer be appropriate now.
Ultimately, what most determines our lifelong success, progress, achievement and satisfaction are the mindsets we develop to move ourselves forward; how we think about the future on a consistent basis over the long-term.
It takes a sustained effort to invent, design, build, grow, and maintain a thriving career (and business if you have one); along with a fulfilling social and home life. It involves restarting, over and over again and taking on the view that each day is a new day, no matter how long you’ve been in business.
It’s also a balancing act between habituating repetitive tasks and continually revisiting your approach with a fresh eye. Whilst we are shaped by our environment we can act with the intention that circumstances can and will change; and see that as a positive and exciting force.
Suddenly, what seemed like hard work becomes an opportunity for progress; a challenge to be embraced and only good things can come from an approach like that.