Are you able to see the opportunities open to you? Often we find ourselves viewing our lives in compartments, through a silo mentality, failing to see the broader connection and the systemic nature of our lives. This makes us blind to opportunities that sometimes are right under our noses. There are many opportunities for us to do more of what we are doing, earn more or connect with others who can support us, however when we see life as a competition and view ourselves as lacking, we fail to see those opportunities. Instead we become bent on self preservation and wrestling with others or even looking at creating obstacles and placing them in other people’s way so we can become better than them. This false mentality of progress limits our growth and keeps us small and makes us less impactful.
I had a client who saw what someone else was doing and followed everything this other person was doing. It came to a point where in her attempt to copy she became too greedy and did something to sabotage the other person. This caused quite a kerfuffle. It turned out that this client felt inadequate and thought the only way she could move ahead is to copy what others had done. There is nothing wrong with copying others to a point. What’s important is to weigh this against your values and personal style. It may be that what the other person is doing is a natural fit for them and though it looks easy and works great for them, it may not be a good idea for you. It is important that you do the things that reflect who you are and work with others in a complementary way. There is strength in numbers.
This week in our summer business coaching institute we are discussing the opportunities that come from strategic alliances and business alignments. This is where you begin looking at what you do and what others are doing and how you may complement or form an alliance. This is a step that needs to be done with care and consideration to not make you vulnerable to the wrong person. It will require some good relationship building skills and some research and inquiry. Not all business owners are open to growing that way and will be open to a strategic alliance. Take yourself and your game to the next level and begin creating strategic alliances and business alignments to grow your business. There are many opportunities out there waiting for you to see and act on.
To Your Wellness
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Strategist, Interpersonal Wellness Expert and Executive Coach who works with entrepreneurs, mid-career professionals, executives and their organizations to address challenges and conflicts, to maximize time, resources, energy and results, so they maintain life balance and wellness. She is also Director of the only ICF approved training program for Coaches and Wellness Facilitators in Manitoba. You can learn about the IWS Network of Coaches and Facilitators by clicking the link below.