“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” – Anthony Robbins
I first heard this quote from a good friend of mine Neil Harvey from resQ Management Resources, it’s a favourite saying of his as it reflects what he does for businesses all over the country. He specialises in Lean Manufacturing processes and the essence of the Lean principle is to look what a business does and do it more efficiently. What this quote does say is what we in the IT industry inherently do without even consciously doing. If you ask a IT service business why they do something a particular way you will generally get a blank look saying, “that’s the way we’ve always done it”. Now that really doesn’t mean that what they are doing is wrong but if you can remove yourself from the situation then you may actually find that there is a better way of doing thing. This industry is full, as are many others, of people that are averse to change and really like to stay well within their comfort zone. But as the title suggest, the only thing that is constant in life is change and everyone needs to have a plan in place which deals with ‘change management’.
Now that seems to be really formal and probably sounds quite boring but the fact is that if something unexpected happens in your life, whether in your business life or your personal one, then it can really knock you for six and can disrupt your life. However, if you have some process that allows you to deal with change in a constructive and logical way then it will help you to move forward with minimal stress. One of the great books that I read recently was Notes from a Friend by Anthony Robbins which really helps you to change your perspective on life and the things that life throws at you. I would highly recommend anyone who has not read any of his work to start with this as it will really help to change the way that you look at the challenges in your life and is very light but powerful reading.
Here are some of the points that I picked up from the book:
- You can make things happen – by changing the way that you look at things in your life you have the power to control what happens but you have to change the way you see the things that happen
- Your past does not equal your future – what you did yesterday does not matter, after all there is nothing you can do to change yesterday. What matters is what you do right now and in the future
- Never focus on the problem – you should never focus on the obstacle in front of you, but instead focus on how best to overcome it so you can move closer to your goals
Those who know me already know that the last 4 1/2 years have been difficult on our family, for those not familiar you can read here, and those years of struggling really did take their toll on me. During that time I had a roller coaster of emotions which, if I’m honest, affected me on every level so changing my thinking from a negative thought trail to a positive one was not an easy thing but it is very possible to do.
I am no expert on the subject, in fact I have had a tremendous amount of help from a very good friend of mine who over the last 3 years has helped me to change the way I look at what life throws my way. But it is a slow and steady change which is ultimately worth the effort. So the best advice I can give is that the only true failure in life is to give up trying.