Stop Complaining – Do Something About it! JUMP into Action!
One of my all time favorite books is called “Bold Moves: Jump to Outstanding Self-Managed Action!” by Allan Milham and Shayla Roberts and it is about a frog named Jump. This frog is often in my thoughts when I find myself frustrated with any aspect of my life. That little frog causes me to make bold moves today, because he reminds me that I am in control of my life.
What Is My Rant?
Let’s face it, today more than ever we can find someone that is unhappy with their career or if not the career they’ve chosen, then the employer they have chosen. I am not interested in listing the reasons why you may be one of these people who are dissatisfied, because that isn’t productive, but if you are one of these disruptively frustrated individuals then stop complaining and do something about it!
“It would be terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wise crack” – Katharine Hepburn
This is much like owning up to any addiction. The first step is accepting it and admitting that yes, you are one of those disgruntled folks that is allowing your frustration, fear, loyalty, or kindness to get in the way of you dreaming big once again.
So What Can You Do About It?
First of all, making a bold move does not equate to making a rash move. Just because you are feeling the intensity and nagging desire to make a change doesn’t mean it’s the right time for one. A bold move should be a well strategized plan. Sometimes your extreme impact is a genius moment that you don’t even see as an option because you have tunnel vision to “get out”.
So, take a deep breath and realize that patience is going to be a key in this process.
“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard
5 Steps To Finding Out What Your Next Chapter In Life Will Look Like:
Dream – Allow yourself to dream and be creative. Keep a notepad over the next several weeks of some of the things that inspire you or that you always wished you could do. One of my clients spent a month really collaborating on several of his dreams and going through this exploration process. What he found is that he didn’t need to make a quick career move but rather a long term plan to spend more of his time working on his own “hobby company” until he could turn it into a full time job. He now has an exit strategy that is 5-7 years from now instead of feeling a need to leave right away and he’s found a renewed energy because he has a dream.
Define Your Personal Board Of Directors – I covered this in a previous post. You are going to need that personal board of directors throughout this entire process to vet your dreams with, to help you explore more of your genius moments, and to help you execute your plan by expanding your network and resource depth.
Evaluate Your Compass – I covered this in a previous post about discovering your brand. This is a critical time to evaluate what you are happy with in life, what your shadow looks like (what are you afraid of), and what needs to change.
Design Your Strategy – This is a complex step but essentially you will need to utilize your personal board of directors to help you look your signature strengths square in the eye, re-evaluate your brand and how you may need to re-brand yourself moving forward. This is also the time to tackle long range & short range plans and both financial & human resources to accomplish your dream.
Execute On Your Strategy – This is the moment that will give you that “I want to throw up right now” kind of feeling. This is the part you’ve been waiting for and the culmination of all of your efforts now come to a head. Be brave. You’ve got this. Rally your personal board of directors and recognize that just making a change, no matter how big or small it is, is going to change the direction of your life and cause a new chapter in your book to be written. Stand proud.
My Bold Moves – Please Share Yours:
Since reading the wonderful story about that delightful frog, I have made many bold moves and they have all reaped great rewards, tremendous adventures, and truly defining experiences. Each one has allowed for me to learn and grow.
- My first bold move was to do my first XTERRA off road triathlon and I have learned you can do anything that you put your mind to no matter how weak your body may be. I was not an athlete ever in life until I started towards this bold move.
- My next bold move was leaving the only company I had ever known after 18 years (Marriott) and trying my hand at a designing a new brand sales experience with Cambria Suites (Choice Hotels). This was terrifying and yes I wanted to throw up. In fact, on the first day in the new job, I almost turned around and walked out the door running to my old boss at Marriott to beg for my job back. Courage kept me there and I am so grateful I had that courage.
- My latest bold move also made me nauseous..I’m now celebrating the one year anniversary of starting my own company..VPStrategies, LLC… by far the greatest fear and greatest rewards. I have found life again and am learning what 70% of all Americans experience..small business and a foundation that our country is built upon.
No matter your genius move..your innovative move…your bold move..make it count.
If you want to share your next chapter with me, I’d love to hear your stories! firstname.lastname@example.org