I often receive guidance from all sorts of places. The guidance comes through auditory, sight, my emotions and occasionally, I receive messages through dreams. Last night I had a dream about a very large, dilapidated house. We are talking about “The Haunting” level of house, but if the ghosts really let it go. I knew that I could not fix the whole thing myself, but there were a few areas that I know enough about to be able to start work on those.
There were other people surrounding me, shaking their heads, saying they didn’t know how to fix the house. While I understood that they didn’t know how to fix the whole house, I would ask them, “What area of a house do you know how to fix?”. Because all of us know how to fix something, right? You have those of us who have learned to fix the section through experience, you have others who have learned more because they have a passion for it, and there are those that specialize in fixing certain sections of houses. Some of us don’t know how to “fix” per se, but we can wield a mean broom and mop! All of us together is what makes the difference in fixing up the house. There is no one person who knows how to fix every aspect of the house…except for maybe Mike Holmes.
Can you translate that over to your business as though your business is the house? There is no way that you are an expert in every area that you need for your business to function optimally… and that’s OK.
Does that mean that you only work on one section and hope for the best? Does that mean you work on one section, then look at the entirety of it and say, “Well, this isn’t worth much, I give up!”
Do you rate yourself because you’ve done such a poor job on the rest of the house that you didn’t know how to fix by yourself?
So many people take the path of one of the above. You can apply this to your life, your business, your relationships...any aspect of your journey, really. The path you choose often depends on your perspective.
When I first entered the world of business, there was so much talk about competition. It was always about looking out for your competition and trying to best them in the same arena. I never found that to work for me. I always felt like if I could build a community and collaborate with others, that was my best chance at survival in the business world. I have found this to be extremely true. If you are sitting only in a place of looking for your competition, then that is all you will be doing; comparing yourself to others.
When you build relationships, and engage in collaborations with others, your success comes more easily.
Now, was competition ACTUALLY the prevalent business focus for everyone when I started, or was that simply my PERCEPTION of the world at the time?
Two people walk into a room. One person looks around and thinks to themselves how dusty and disgusting the room is, and how much they would like NOT to be in the room anymore. This person wouldn’t like to sit or explore; they would prefer to leave. The other person looks around and thinks how quaint the room is. They notice a rose sitting on the table as the light streams in through the window and makes the dust on it glisten as though it is sparkling, full of magic.
Now, I ask you, which person is right?
Is the room disgusting or is it quaint? The answer is that BOTH of them are right, because they have both observed accuracies of the room.
The difference is the observer bias, or the “colored glasses“ they were wearing at the time they observed the room. These glasses are due to a multitude of factors, including their paradigms, how they were feeling that day, and even their physiology. Perhaps the one observing all of the dust and disgustingness is actually allergic to dust. That doesn’t mean either of them is wrong.
What’s especially important here is that if only in observation, neither of them can visually change anything in the room, they can only affect their perception of it. I would however, make an argument that they would be able to impact the energy of that room. If you were to show up second to either, you may be biased in one direction or another, based on their vibration. This is just like when you walk into a room and you can tell there’s been a tense situation even if there are no visual cues.
You have an incredible power to choose how you perceive any given situation.
You have the power to determine what area of your business is the best for you to work in, and where you need help.
What colour are your glasses?
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