Stop Being Comfort-Centered
Success in almost any industry is predicated on numerous workings that include determination, calculated decisions, hard work, and precise timing. But success also comprises the willingness to voice concerns, ask questions when something doesn’t make sense, and stand up for what you know to be true. Not surprisingly, the willingness to share reservations about your company or what could be improved is not always appealing. So, instead of rocking the boat, people just coast along while passively patronizing everything the company does, often times, without analyzing the situation or identifying if it is the right decision.
This is a recipe for disaster.
Companies that have a culture in which everyone puts one foot in front of the other while failing to look up to see if they are headed toward success or off the edge of a cliff will inevitably fail. Validating every action and blindly following orders epitomizes a lack of critical thinking and instills a false sense of confidence that will not produce the positive results the company is interested in achieving.
Building a cohesive unit is important; however, maintaining harmony in place of discovering the best path is not the answer. The necessity of having at least some level of friction is required for a business to be successful. In order to grow, you must push against blind acceptance and the willingness to conform.
Yet no one wants to do this, especially when you are succeeding as an organization. Making considerable transformations when all is well is unpopular. However, the success you have is not sustainable if you do not continue to adapt and evolve.
Your contentment will ultimately drive your business away from reaching its full potential. Reject the urge to accept life as you have always known it and push back against patronizing everything your company does. Success in the present day is only valuable if you are able to build on it for the future. There are organizations in the world today that are focused on capitalizing on the gaps in your system so that they can put you out of business.
If you do not change, you will be opening the door for them to succeed and you will blend in with every other organization until you eventually become irrelevant. Impractical visions for how the market will remain steady to meet your outdated ideals do you no good. Push back against being comfort-centered and fight against the urge to justify every decision your company makes.
Changes in the business world are coming faster, are more intense, and have greater consequences than ever before. This means you need to stop being content. Determine what you want to do and where you want to go. This will ultimately enable you to build for the future.
To level up, you must stop being comfort-centered.