While it’s true that occasionally in life things happen to us (both good and not so good) that we did not choose, I think most of what happens to us is the result of the choices we make.
Think about all the things we get to choose on a regular basis, such as:
- How we spend our time
- How we spend our money
- The daily level of activity we engage in
- The content we consume
- The type of foods we consume
- The people we associate with
- Whether or not we think critically
- The careers, causes, values, and beliefs we hold and support
- The way we treat those around us
That’s a small portion of a VERY large list!
Now think about this: the small choices we’ve made over the days/weeks/months/years/decades of our life have compounded to form us into who and what we are today.
It’s hard to consider that thought without also pondering the following: Are you happy with the compounding result of your choices? If you are, then great! Stay on track.
If you don’t like the compounding result your experiencing, I have good news. It’s not too late to change course. And it all starts with the choices you make from this point forward.
I had the best experience at an auto dealership service department that I’ve ever had this week. The service person that I was in contact with was Phil and he was what made the experience so great!
For starters, he called me early on the morning of my visit to let me know exactly what they would be doing to my car. He also gave me a price of what the worst-case scenario, from a cost standpoint, would be. What appreciated most about Phil was the customer service. The way he described everything and communicated with me instilled trust.
After talking with him a couple of times on the phone, and when I picked up my car at the end of the day, I got them impression that his main goal was to ensure that my car was properly taken care of and that I had a good customer experience. I also got them impression by observing him interact with others, that this is the only kind of customer service he knows how to give.
As I was talking to him before I left, I told him how much I appreciated working with him that day and what a good experience I had.
I think it’s important to let people know when they do a great job and give them with positive words of sincere appreciate. I know I enjoy getting positive feedback. My guess is others do as well.
“If you need help, ask.” Whether at school, at home, or on the job, we’ve all been told this as some point. If we need help, assistance is just a request away. Yet why is it that we seem to wait so long for before we actually avail ourselves of the assistance others are willing to offer?
I get it, we like to be self-sufficient and figure things out for ourselves, or perhaps we don’t want to be a burden to others. I recognize myself in both of those statements. And while I agree that we need to make an effort at whatever we’re attempting, at some point we need to enlist the help of others to move forward. When we find ourselves spinning our wheels or overwhelmed, that’s a significant clue that we should be asking for help.
Keep the following thought in mind the next time you need to ask someone for help, especially if you feel like your asking is a bother to others. While you’ve undoubted have been told, “If you need help, ask”, have you ever told that to someone else? (I’ll bet you have!) And when you told them, did you mean it? (I’ll bet you did!) It therefore seems reasonable to believe that most people would be glad to help, if you simply asked.
My wife and I are going to have some home improvement work done starting in May. Nothing major, just carpet, floors and interior painting. It’s going to be nice to have that all done, but what’s really proven helpful has been to start the planning process early.
We started planning this way back in February. There have been several things to coordinate such as:
- Getting on the schedules of the people that will be doing the work
- Selecting colors, patterns, etc.
- Ordering fixtures and materials
- Arranging lodging for ourselves and our pets for the time we can’t be in the house
- Packing things up that we’ll have to get out of the house
- Saving up to pay cash for the improvements
Starting this project early allows us to manage it with significantly less stress than if we started later. If we waited until the last minute to get started, we would have had a greater likelihood that contractors would already have full schedules, materials wouldn’t make it in time, or a number of other setbacks that could have been avoided if we just had more time.
If you have a project or task on your horizon, I’d suggest to start it early versus waiting until the last minute. For the cost of your time (which you’ll have a lot more of early on) you can eliminate unnecessary stress and actually enjoy the process.