Sometimes the work you do can only be described by one word: BAD. Itís tough when you get to the place where you have to admit that the work youíre doing is just not good enough. Itís not cutting the cheese or the mustard or anything else. Itís just bad.
What makes work bad?
It gets bad when you lose your focus or purpose. When youíve lost sight of the ďwhyĒ of work and what you want to accomplish.
Iíve been writing this column for quite a while now and you know, I must admit that itís just not good enough for you.
Iíve been reading The Impact Equation by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith. The cover of the book presents this question:
Are you Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?
Sometimes making noise feels like something is happening. But there's a question to ask: Is something happening? If so then what is it and how is it measured?
How can you monitor ďwhatísĒ happening to be sure, it truly is happening? Is your mailing list growing?
Are you getting new customers, members, friends?
There's a price for doing bad work.
Have you ever felt this in your business or even life? Have you ever had that little inner nudge that says itís time for a change?
As hard as it is to look at this situation head on, it may be the best thing for your business.
Not everything youíre going to do is going to be great work. Even if you have a good plan and good vision, sometimes it wonít work and you have to admit it; stop doing it and begin again.
What if you donít know how to begin again? Where do you start?
Start with what matters.
What matters to your customers? What matters to your clients? Why are you in business anyway? Do you know? Do you remember? If not, ask your customers what they need from you.
Read about the hurt, pain and frustration of those you serve and go back to that place where you made the decision to solve their problems, meet their needs or answer their questions.
Go back to your purpose for starting a blog, building an online business, creating a training program or writing the book.
Go back to purpose and what matters and start there. Itís good to admit when itís bad because thatís when you can begin again.
This is your column, how can I help you?
What do you want to know about? Do you want to contribute? Do you want to be featured or do you have something of value to share with other business owners? Have you recently launched a new book or new product that you know will help improve the lives of business owners? Are you stuck and would like help getting through a difficult situation? Would you like to meet change-makers or are you a change-maker?
These are the things that matter. You and your work and how I can use this platform to help you.
In the New Year, I look forward to getting back to what matters to you and your business and helping you accomplish your business goals.