What’s Going On?

Mar 30, 2018

Whoa! Russia, DOL Fiduciary blowup, trade tariffs, stock market bouncing like a yo-yo, new tax laws, etc, etc, etc. Tumultuous times if you’re a worrier. Plenty of info in the news to affect even the most moderate of lifestyles. While we know there’s a lot going on in the world around us, there’s a lot going on in our individual worlds too. Regardless of how big or small your business, where you live in the country, own a home or not, drive a car or not, (maybe that should be have a car drive you or not) like hot or not, like cold or not, there’s no shortage of change in anyone’s life today. And it’s coming at us all with a more rapid fire pace than ever before. (Thank you social media, thank you technology…)

Professionally or personally, we’re in a bind. We really don’t have options if we want to be competitive, stay healthy and earn an improving income. Yes, you could choose to simply walk away from it all and live an alternative lifestyle but you wouldn’t be reading this if that were the case. I get to make some assumptions here.

I don’t have any answers to resolve the angst, anxiety or aggravation of what’s going on nor would I be the one to predict the solution. I just know the inevitable has arrived and we’re all faced with issues we’re going to have to deal with both professionally and personally. There’s no more kicking the can down the road. Times up. Gotta do something about something now. Games over.

So why bother mentioning what you most likely know? Because it’s important to look at options and opinions. It’s important to look for solutions to the problems. It’s important to seek help to minimize the amount of effort and energy that goes into changing things.

I’m guilty of the opposite and like many of you, take on too many projects, overwhelm myself and just grind it out, sacrificing too many personal and likely, professional opportunities in the name of “busy”. Too much to do, not enough time to get it done. Changes result in more time to learn how to do the same thing differently (often not better, just different and time consuming…) and so it goes. We do our thing, we continually strive to improve it, make it better, save time (so we can load it with something else we shouldn’t be piling on) and in the end, look back and approve.

There are resources to help those of us like this and we need to seek them out so we can spend the time to think, be creative and maybe even come up with solutions to some of the inevitable issues we deal with. I know. I’m preaching to the choir here. Wishful thinking even. But every so often in that break of time, that one li’l moment or window of downtime, we discover a nugget that really is a gem. It helps us realize we’re all in the same space doing the same things and for most us, even though we’ll occasionally complain, loving what it is we do and how we do it.

As long as we can look back and say what we did and how we did it has a lasting impact on something good for others not ourselves, I think we can agree, it was worth the hustle, the hurry, climbing the hurdle.

So worry on, load yourself up, do what you do and keep on doing it, bigger-better-best. There’s a reason we may not understand but there is a beneficiary paying attention to your good work. Have to run now, I’m late for deadline and have a project backed up.