As Wayne Gretzky said a number of years ago:
"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been."
— Where do you think your puck is going to be in the next five years?
— Where is your career or business going? Is it thriving or flat?
— Where is your industry going? Growing or shrinking?
These are VERY scary questions to ask on a Monday morning. Let’s be honest — when is the right time to ask?
We tend to hide in our comfort zone — we cocoon in our offices and cubicles or keep selling the same products and services year after year.
Suddenly, someone comes along and upsets the entire apple cart. They not only turn it over, they burn it down. We’ve seen it happen to many industries lately — but we keep sticking our head in the sand hoping to get just ONE MORE YEAR.
I want you to be proactive instead of reactive. Here are three actions for success:
Who is your most connected, influential or successful friend? Set up a lunch with them. You need to start surrounding yourself with success — they know where the puck is going. Do this every week.
Where is your industry, company, clients, etc. are going to be in the next 2-3 years? What’s happening? What’s changing? Who are the change makers? Learn who’s doing what and where you need to go.
Start preparing yourself. You need to get into the mindset that you’ll be moving from company to company every few years. If you own a business, you need to re-evaluate your clients, your products, and your marketplace yearly. Don’t get complacent — that’s a recipe for disaster today.
Go hit that puck. Today.