Posts Tagged ‘test’

Test the Water

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

When we don’t test the water we don’t know where we stand.

I was taught not to disrupt the flow and keep up the status quo.

That was poor advice but it was what I learned to do.

If we don’t test the water we don’t know just how much we can grow.

In all relationships we have a choice.

We can stay with what we know and basically tread water indefinitely.

Or we can present a challenge to self and partner. Raise the bar so to speak.

Ask for what you need and want. You are not asking for too much when you do this.
It is never too much to ask for what you want and to have your needs met–it is a sign of strength.

A true partnership is much stronger than we think. A partnership that goes untested is more fragile than one that has faced multiple challenges.

A true valued partner provides opportunity for candid and quality conversations. They will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. If you never get to the place where the water is tested chances are you will not meet growth
head on. And if you choose not to grow your going in the opposite direction.

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Assume Nothing

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Assume nothing when it comes to other people, situations, circumstances involving others, opportunities, business dealings etc.

You simply don’t have enough information to assume that you know everything there is to know when it involves anything or anyone outside yourself.

As a salesperson I have caught myself thinking that I can read my customers and almost to a one I am wrong.

You don’t know the back story about any person before you meet them. You don’t know the series of decisions they made before getting to the point where your paths crossed. You don’t know anything about them yet every day people assume a lot at surface level about others. When you first meet another individual all you’ve got to go on is the physical presence of the person standing before you–a visual.

Would you buy a house without going through the front door and walking around the perimeter?

Would you buy a new car without opening the door, sitting in the driver’s seat, putting the key in the ignition and going for a test drive?

A house and a car are two of the biggest purchases we make and if we do our due diligence we stand a much better chance of making a positive decision than if we don’t.

As a business owner, I conduct new employee interviews. The interviews I wonder most about are the ones I never have. The applicant doesn’t show up and they don’t call to tell me they are not going to show up. I end up wasting valuable and precious productive time on a person who must have assumed something about the outcome, their interest level, or the employer and didn’t want to bother.

In life the only time you can assume anything is when it directly relates to you and even then your decision is based only on your past actions and reactions.

When you assume you just may be missing out–on valuable learning experiences, wonderful people and fantastic opportunities.

On the house–Walking through the door is a must.

On the car–The test drive speaks volumes.

On the interview–You may surprise yourself.

Assume nothing.

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When Things Don’t Go Smoothly

Monday, January 7th, 2013

A few weeks back I had one of those weeks where as much as I wanted things to go smoothly they didn’t.

It started out on a Monday with a quest to get my fax working again but after what seemed like five hours on the phone with the utility company I knew no more than I had when I first got on the phone. Frustrating to say the least. Several weeks later my issue is resolved so I can reflect on it calmly, something I couldn’t do a few weeks back.

Sure it’s a pain when things go wrong but it’s more that it is  irritating and inconvenient, not catastrophic.  Deep down I knew that if I stuck with the issue my problem would eventually be resolved. In the short run life was a little more difficult but if I did my part it would get taken care of.

Looking back, I think it was a test. I was starting to feel like I was getting the hang of things in my new business so the time was ripe to throw in a kink and see how I responded. One thing I hadn’t expected to learn during my fax trouble is that there are great customer service representatives and those who should do something else for a living. I sincerely appreciate those who showed me kindness and followed through with their promise to help me take care of my problem.

The biggest lesson I learned–if at the end of the day I can say I did my best the irritations that come along are really just part of the journey. After all, even the smoothest road has a rut in it somewhere along the way.