Early in my career, I took a position in a prestigious teaching hospital. This opportunity allowed me to utilize many of my skills and grow in an educational setting. With being new, there were numerous other pressures to produce results and become a contributing member of the team. There were two decisions, I made during that time, that impacted both my personal and professional life, for the better.
Do you feel frustrated with your career or business? Is the economy or finances adding to your stress level? Are you disengaged with the relationship between your spouse, children or friends? Maybe, you’re concerned about the impact of the headlines in the news. You have a great deal of company.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” -Tony Robbins
Where you are today, is the accumulation of decisions you’ve made up to this point. If you typically feel tired and out of energy by the afternoon, you’ve made unhealthy choices about the food you eat, how you recharge and the lack of exercise in your routine. If your home or office is disorganized and cluttered, you’ve made different decisions when you ask yourself what to keep and where to put things.
If you’re unhappy with an area or areas of your personal or work life, then it’s time to make different decisions.
Here’s how successful people make a change:
- EVALUATE what is not working for you in your personal or professional life. Ask yourself, what you are not happy with and is it something you have control over?
- DECIDE what you will change. Pick 2-3 things. If you try to change more, you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated, then quit before you see the rewards.
- ACT on your decision. Like Nike’s motto, just do it. Stop over thinking and analyzing things. You made a different decision, now get moving on that decision.
- REPEAT #3, again and again……
Back to my story. When I started working for that hospital, North of Boston, I realized I disliked commuting in rush hour traffic and the registry boards were going to be extremely difficult. I made two key decisions, back then, to help me live with two things I had very little control over: traffic and the level of difficulty of the boards.
Avoiding the bumper to bumper traffic, in the morning by exercising at a nearby gym, seemed like a viable option. The traffic was my leverage and it was effective. That habit is still with me today, many years after I’d left that place of employment. In the mornings today, I don’t decide if I want to go to the gym, that decision has already been made. It’s something that I do and my mental and physical health has greatly benefitted from this routine.
Passing the boards the first time would be consuming but well worth the investment of time. I scheduled almost 30 hours a week to studying, which was outside of my working hours at the hospital. (Yes, studying was the only thing I did…boring.) That went on for four months. Passing the boards the first time required dedication but freed me from the stress of doing it again the following year. I posses not one but two distinct set of credentials, which have contributed to excelling my career in healthcare. But it was making that very clear decision to only sit for each exam once, that motivated me.
Start today, because not making or avoiding the situation is making the decision, that you are satisfied.
Make one decision today and commit to it. (At least commit for the next 30 days.) In the comments below, share what you will decide to do differently.