FACT: Sh*t will go wrong in your business sometimes.
And when the inevitable happens, most business owners (and people in general) spend 95% of their time focusing on the problem.
That leaves just 5% of our time, resources and energy for the SOLUTION.
Imagine if you flipped that on its head…
What would happen if you spent just 5% of your time debugging the problem, and 95% on a solution?
What different results could you expect from your business (and life)?
Sitting in a negative frame of mind, blaming others, and basically not taking responsibility for our problems often feels easier.
In fact, it’s the go-to response of many people when faced with a problem.
But when we’re in that negative, blame-filled state… there’s just no way we can possibly get a good result from it.
Where our focus goes, our energy flows… and our results show
Brad Sugars talks about our types of thinking in a really easy to understand way. He uses a concept called above and below the line. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
Anyway, people who spend their time thinking above the line - taking ownership, holding themselves accountable, and assuming responsibility - tend to be the most successful.
Those whose thought patterns are more often below the line tend to wallow in blame, excuses, and denial… it’s always someone else’s fault.
Below the line thinking not only doesn’t solve problems, it alienates the people around you, and makes you feel like crap too.
Now, we’re all guilty of letting ourselves fall below the line at times.
Sometimes sh*t just goes wrong, and we’re tired or stressed or whatever… and we react with blame and denial.
It’s ok. We’re only human.
The good news is that elevating our thinking (and therefore our results) is totally possible.
Because the line that’s drawn between the two models of thinking is the line of choice.
We are in charge of how we respond to any given situation.
We can either elevate our thinking, and be proactive with solving the problem…
Or we can sit in a puddle of blame and get nowhere.
How to stay above the line -
Ask different questions.
Instead of reacting by laying fault, blaming someone, or defending yourself (“it’s not my fault because…’’)... try asking more constructive questions instead:
- Where I can take ownership and accountability for this problem?
- What could I be doing differently to support the team?
- Where is my role in creating this situation?
- How can I make a positive difference?
- What is needed from me to ensure this doesn’t happen again?
Being successful in business is about accepting the fact that you are accountable for whatever your situation is right now.
Where you are now is a result of the past decisions you make… and where you go in the future will be guided by them, too.