If you walked into a room full of people smoking and stayed just a little while, you’d end up smelling like you’d been smoking too. The fumes would have seeped into your clothing and only a trip to the dry cleaners could get the odor out. Your personal operating system – your head, heart and hands – is a lot like that. Every day thousands of messages are sent to your system and make their way into its core. Whether you realize it or not, you are picking up information from everyone you come into contact with. Both positive and negative data is being downloaded into your system, and it sticks around for a long time.
I wonder what is seeping into your system these days? What might be causing it to stall instead of operating at optimal level? Or, what has been causing your system to run better and faster lately? What might you be storing in your system’s file that is holding you back? Or, what have you filed away that is suddenly allowing you to move forward? Could it be time to examine your system more closely, delete the trash and clean off the desktop?
Lately, I’m sure you’ve been spammed constantly by messages of recession-recession. If you repeat the message – let it bleed into your system – then you begin to believe it, which in turn creates behaviors that slow your operating system down.
If I hear one more person tell me that we are in a recession, business is slow blah – blah, I think I am going to scream! I want to yell back at them and say: How do you know? Who told you so? Do you believe everything that you hear? It was Richard Nixon who said, “A recession is anytime people lose confidence in the future.” So even if it is true, no one can stop you but you. I don’t sit around waiting for someone or something to tell me what my future is going to be. I create it. I suggest you do the same. This so-called recession could be a golden opportunity for you to go for it.
As you know, Microsoft introduced Vista, an upgrade from XP. If you and your company intend to be relevant, competitive, and on the cutting edge in this global economy then you, too, need to upgrade or be left in the dust. As you step back and think about this from a few different angles, you have actually been upgrading all of your life.
Your parents enrolled you in school, and you were upgraded from elementary to middle school, high school to college, and sometimes, college to graduate school. Every upgrade required a shift in thinking and perspective. With each change, your system received new information that you continue to use to this day.
Through the years, perhaps you’ve upgraded your job. You may have gone from being an hourly worker to a salaried employee. Maybe you’ve been promoted, or upgraded, to the role of supervisor, manager or head honcho. Passengers have the option to upgrade from coach to business or first class when they fly. Look at your cell phone. How many times have you upgraded it to enjoy the latest features? Whatever the case may be, your system is very familiar with upgrades.
At this time in history (a time of great opportunity, I am sure), I invite you to upgrade your own operating system. Here are some thoughts:
Upgrade by Synthesizing information. Chris Sessums said it best, “Pull together information from multiple sources, evaluate its reliability and value, and construct a new picture of the world.” What you feed your mind will happen in time.
Upgrade your Relationships. It has often been said that birds of the same feather flock together. Well, here is a 21st-century spin on that concept: they flock together and fly to the same place. Where is the flock that you associate with on a regular basis headed? And do you really want to go there? Every relationship waters the garden of your mind.
Upgrade your Personal Brand. When you hear someone’s name, what comes to mind? What do you think people say when they hear your name? Your reputation is your brand. You are remembered for the things you do and the impact you make. What are you known for and what is your core expertise? What differentiates you in the market place? Determine now where you want to go and who you want to be. If you don’t, then someone will do it for you. Every action you take is building reputation capital.
Every day is an opportunity to upgrade or downgrade your system. I think you know which one has value over long term.
ps: one of those recycled mails circling around, but it makes me think, so…