Often times someone’s first thought,
idea and decision for their life may be a good fit but it may not always
be the best fit. How will that individual know or identify which option
or direction is best?
This article speaks about the steps
and benefit of taking a minute to think and compare what may lie ahead,
before making a decision.
An old proverb in the Bahamian culture
says "haste makes waste", which in this case implies that
rushing to immediate or the first judgment, may lead to one’s detriment
Here are steps to help you think
from a new perspective to make the best decision:
First; Establish a direction, maintain focus and understand the
importance of what is to be achieved. Individually this is accomplished
by seeking the wisdom of a mentor; at the corporate level through the
instructions of a consultant, research findings of the bench marks and
companies within your sector and industry who have overcome or fallen
from having experienced similar.
Second, do absolutely nothing. Be still in the midst of chaos
and excessive chatter. Individually seek to isolate yourself to
hear, de-clutter, analyze and envision. Wait until passions are
cool, wind have shifted direction, waters recede and fires are near
ash before endeavoring to approach the exit, way forward, up and beyond.
Oprah Winfrey, acclaimed talk show host and philanthropist often says
"when in doubt do nothing", a perfect summation of this tip.
For the workplace now is not the time to listen and adjust to the noise
in the market but to remain focus the mission, vision, strategic plan
and client needs while upholding the corporate core values.
Third, compare all options by detailing their processes. Comparisons
are important for three reasons. First, it draws out the outline what
is required and involved. Second, helps estimate the emotional, physical,
financial and spiritual cost. Third, estimates and forecasts the consequences
and outcomes of each option. A common process which websites allows
for product offerings to be compared; Residence Inn, operated by Marriott
allows for the amenities of each property to be compared according to
the search request. This is mention is not to endorse either companies,
but merely as only a point of reference based on personal experience.
The fourth is deemed as the "secret ingredient". Unusual
and simple, it is the process of envisioning the desired outcome; the
landscape of the ideal future. These imageries are captured in
the composition of a descriptive statement that anchors the composer’s
belief and links what they envisioned to their reality and pursuits.
An alternative to the vision statement is a vision board arranged with
pictures of the ideal. In the movie "Last Holiday" starring
Queen Latifah and L. L. Cool J, the character Georgia Byrd composed
a "Possibilities Book" a scrap book that protected and held
all the things that she wanted to experience and acquire in her ideal
life. By the end of the movie two desires from her "Possibilities
Book" were manifesting; engagement to the character Sean played
by L. L. Cool J and being a step closer to owning and operating a restaurant.
One possibility was a reality, to stay at a grande European hotel. In
the workplace it is important that all associates not only know the
corporate vision but they are excited about it, passionate playing their
part to ensure its realization, committed for the long haul and flexible
to shift with industry trends and client demands.
Your life is valuable and the workplace
has great significance, take the time to
and compare your options to embrace
new opportunities and growth and to experience change and a new direction.
Copyright @ 2011 Kaylus Horton
Kaylus Horton is the Principal
of Renaissance Group of Companies. As a Certified Path Coach she facilitates
learning and discovery for the focus, direction and the pursuit of vision.
For more information about
coaching in the workplace visit www.renaissancebahamas.com or send an