Staying Sharp and RelevantRead Now
Ever try to cut a piece of paper with dull scissors? It’s an annoying predicament that will have you running around your office or home looking for a pair of scissors that will cut straight and finish the job. It’s even dicier when you’re cutting fabric with scissors that simply don’t have enough action to separate a piece of cloth or ribbon. When either episode happens, you have a few choices. You can replace the scissors with a sharper more reliable version that you have on hand. You can toss the scissors in the trash and purchase new ones. Or you can sharpen the scissors and bring them back to life with new gusto and precision.
In life, in your business or on our job, quite often we’re like those scissors. The potential is definitely there. The accomplishments of the past are in the record book. But there’s a need to sharpen our skills to keep us relevant and connected to an ever-changing marketplace.
Perhaps you’ve grown quite comfortable on your job. Prior to rumors of a company reorganization, you’ve had no reason to change, edit or modify anything that got you hired in the first place. You “fit in,” have a list of your past achievements and take charge only when you have to.
Maybe you successfully launched your business, and the pipeline of new clients has been steady. However, lately you’ve hit a plateau that’s lasted a bit too long and you need to figure out how to pivot before it’s too late.
Or the handwriting has been on the wall for months, and you need to figure out your transition strategy. Do you start that new business while your resources are solid or stay onboard your organization and “wait it out” until more certain times await leaving and starting a new venture?
All three situations lead to either scissor sharpening or staring at replacements right outside your door.
In our society, resharpening your skills should always take high priority in our life. You should make the time to stay relevant and current in your profession or business no matter who you are or what you do.
Find the sharpener in new courses you can take, a coach you can hire, or a “refresh” you can launch all by yourself. Don’t wait until you find yourself on the trash heap. Take action, stay sharp and fully expand the positive possibilities that await your life.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.