This is the time of year when we think of starting new things: the diet, the exercise program, or learning a new skill. But are there issues hovering from the past that need to be confronted?
In Necessary Endings, Dr. Henry Cloud points out that our lives can only improve to the degree that we see endings as a “necessary and strategic step to something better.” It is critical to accept when and how to let go of something or someone that isn’t working, be it a personal relationship, a job, or a business venture.
A friend of mine owned Kodak stores before digital photography took off. Business was strong, profits were high, and the future was rosy. Rob heard stories about coming innovations, but like Kodak, he could not conceive how taking pictures was changing. Against his wife’s advice, he turned down a generous offer for his business in 2000. Three years later he filed for bankruptcy.
Had Rob listened to his gut and spent time learning about the digital revolution he might have seen the writing on the wall. He would have developed a sense of urgency to change as opposed to doing what he’d always done.
To make your endings smoother:
- Understand that endings are a normal occurrence in business and life. Expect and accept them and use them as opportunities instead of overwhelming problems.
- Identify internal maps that keep you from executing necessary endings. What thoughts and beliefs hold you back from making the needed change?
- Remember that when endings are done well, they create room for growth, both personal and professional.
What have you been putting off?
Is now the time for you to correct the bad and broken in your life to make room for the growth you seek?
The road is easier together,
Linda Laitala, President
Raven Performance Group