Why do they call it rush hour when we end up in traffic sitting still? As we enter November most businesses and employees are preparing for that big blitz through the holiDAZE. Like a traffic jam, we’re in a hurry to get our product to the marketplace with a trigger finger QUICK to point to anything and everyone  in our way as THE PROBLEM. BEEEEEP BEEEEEEEPPPP!!

I’m reminded of the 2002 bestseller, It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small… It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow: How to Use Speed as a Competitive Tool in Business, (Jennings and Haughton). The book examines successful businesses worldwide with a focus on commerce, resource deployment and people. These businesses thrive in environments with a business culture that anticipates the future, regularly assesses operations and human resources and makes adjustments as necessaryand often very quickly. Many companies do this but the MOST SUCCESSFUL do it while maintaining velocity through institutionalization and close customer relationships. Think faster. Think smarter. Move faster than your competition.

Whether you work for a company, are your own company, are unemployed or in job transition, to be successful you must remain the master expert of your own job and responsibilities and be certain you are doing all you can to grow and stay ahead of the competition. AND you must serve ALL of your customers with NO errors EVERY single day.  There’s an old Indian proverb that says, “There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Brings to mind that old quality phrase from the ’90’s….continuous improvement.

Dr. Richard C. Halverson, former Chaplain of the US Senate had the right idea:

The Nearest Battle  

Want to be a winner?

Compete against yourself, not somebody else.

Beating your partner at golf doesn’t necessarily mean you shot your best game.

Outrunning your rival doesn’t mean you ran your best race. You can win over another and still not fulfill your potential.

It’s true in all of life. To be your best, you must compete with yourself. It’s life’s biggest contest.

A loser is a winner – however many his losses – if he conquers himself.

A winner is a loser – however many his victories – if he loses the battle with himself.

Alexander the Great conquered the world, and cursed his own lack of self-control.

Victory over others may in fact be the very thing that contributes to the winner’s failure to conquer self. Winning makes him proud, arrogant, independent, thoughtless – and sometimes cruel.

To put it another way, it isn’t what happens to you that makes the difference but how you handle it.

As you ponder whether you are part of your problem or the solution to your own success, just remember that in the traffic jam, you are actually ahead of someone else who is waiting for YOU to move before he/she can make progress. The errors/arrows can point both ways.

~From the desk of Becky Morlok~

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