What Separates A Good Employee From A Great One?
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We all reach a place in our lives when we’ve got to make a decision: step up and do what it takes to get to the next level or settle for mediocrity (or even failure)…and a close friend learned a HARD lesson last week & I’m sharing it with YOU!
How do you respond to challenges? Do you get all stressed, freak-out and lose sleep over it? Or do you stay calm, prioritize and tackle the problem? Do you totally shut down, paralyzed with fear – whether fear of making a mistake, fear of failing, fear of saying (or doing) the wrong thing, or whatever else may be your response? Or, do you remove the emotion and simply find a solution for the problem you’re facing?
Can I be honest? Many people think they can take out all of their emotions and just face the problem head-on… but most of the time, they get stressed-out and cower in fear. I’ve actually experienced this! Often times, we spend way too much time over-analyzing, and usually end up making the smallest problems much bigger.
In fact, a friend of mine recently realized just how big this weakness can be, and how it was affecting every area of her life. (Okay, they didn’t just happen to realize it… someone shined a big, bright spotlight on it – her BOSS!)
But, as scary as it was for her to admit this to herself, she STILL has hope! Why? Because Dani’s training, coupled with diligent work and dedicated effort, that allows her to know she is capable of change and strengthening herself in that area.
THAT, my friend, is why we (yes, myself included!) MUST continue to plug in to all of the training we provide, like The Daily Fix, The Dani Johnson Show, First Steps To Success and Creating A Dynasty. That’s why I MUST follow the principles taught in “Job Domination” and “Time Secrets”… because when people unplug, it’s NOT pretty! These tools are available because all of us at DaniJohnson.com want you to SUCCEED!
I’ve been at this for almost 28 years now, and I’ve noticed something very interesting during that time. When people “unplug” from training, a shift takes place in their life. Unfortunately, they usually don’t notice this shift until someone else points it out – which can be very uncomfortable and painful.
It starts with simple “compromises,” just letting little things slide a bit. But, when you compromise once, it seems like no big deal… EXCEPT it makes the next compromise easier, and the next and the next. Pretty soon, you constantly compromise, because that’s your “new normal.” That’s the standard you set for yourself. You’re no longer working to shore up your weaknesses. Heck, you don’t even see your weaknesses anymore!
So, how does this start showing up? For my friend, it was “unplugging” from the content and training we share. It’s being “too busy” to listen to The Dani Johnson Show today. It’s “I can’t make the next First Steps To Success… it doesn’t work with my schedule or flights are too expensive.” It’s believing her own excuses. These are her words, not mine! “When that begins to happen, my work performance starts to slip. I’m ‘only’ 5 or 10 minutes late; I choose to give 70% instead of 100%; I miss deadlines; I coast on my last success, instead of chasing the next one. And the list goes on.”
So tell me, what happens when an employee starts making these “compromises”? They don’t stay employed for long, do they?! What happens when a business owner does this? They lose business – fast! What happens when a stay-at-home parent does it? Their home and kids are a mess, it affects their marriage, and soon the whole house starts falling apart!
Why? Because of “little compromises.” Because a decision was made, and then repeated. Because YOU stopped working on you!
The truth is, we ALL are – or should be – in a constant state of being refined. We ALL have weaknesses. But, with the right training, along with consistent and conscious effort, we can overcome those weaknesses and move on to bigger and better things. This goes for your personal and professional life.
With that said, I encourage you to take a few minutes to evaluate yourself today. Be very particular about the questions you ask. Don’t ask, “Do I have any weaknesses?” Ask, “What ARE my weaknesses?” Don’t ask, “Am I making any compromises?” Ask yourself, “WHERE am I compromising?”
My friend, I am evaluating myself and making notes right along with you. I am dead serious about stepping up my game and overcoming these things that have been trying to taking me out. (Hello, if I weren’t, do you think I would be airing out my dirty laundry right now? HECK, NO!)
Now the question is, how serious are you? Are you ready to shore up your weaknesses? Are you ready to face these things head-on?
The compromises END HERE.
The excuses END HERE.
It’s time to let go of anything holding you back, give it all you’ve got and do what it takes to succeed. I also want you to know I am here FOR you – and WITH you – every step of the way. I want to see you succeed. I want to watch your story unfold. So, if you’re ready to get started on this journey – whatever that looks like for you – hit “REPLY” to drop me a line or leave a post on my Facebook wall and let me know. We are in this thing together, after all!
In great faith,
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