It’s Time for Change
You’ve been successful, diligent, disciplined and innovative. The enterprise grew rapidly and profitably. Then the world changed. Your once thriving enterprise has stagnated, been disrupted or seen its market collapse due to external factors or internal mistakes. You need a breakthrough and you need it now. But it’s elusive. For every step forward, there are three steps back. Why?
Breakthroughs Are Challenging: The Grooves That Drive Us
In Yoga philosophy, there is a word: Samskaras. They’re important. Simply put, samskaras are the patterns and habits that drive our life. We may have chosen them consciously or they may have developed over time. Think of those life-driving patterns as a groove on a record. The more you’ve played them, the deeper the groove. The deeper the groove, the more likely you are to “fall back into it” when something jars you. In business, in good times, those grooves drive repetitive success, scaling. Blended with the right values, vision and mission, the right samskaras become the culture for extended success. BUT when the world changes, when we need to break through those same patterns, that groove, well it has the power to hold us back.
Deep Grooves Create Sustainable Breakthroughs
In business when the world changes, we react with vigor. We apply resources. We hold events. We focus on things quickly and efficiently. The numbers tell us to. We think up new ideas and draw up plans. We execute them. The new song is playing. The new groove is playing. Problem solved. Or is it? Soon enough, we fall back into the same patterns. We start listening to that old comfortable groove and find ourselves in the same place. There’s a simple reason. When the first road bump against our new initiative appears, that “bump” is enough to jar us out of our new groove and we jump back to the old one. We didn’t make the new groove deep enough.
Sustaining Success, Keeping Your New Groove Doesn’t Require A Lot of Time or Money. It Does Require Awareness and Commitment.
As I’ve worked with companies and organizations of all sizes and structures (for-profit, not-for-profit) work towards sustained breakthrough, a couple things have become clear. 1) No matter how great the new strategy or tactic, sustainable breakthrough, creating a new groove, typically isn’t achieved overnight. 2) The good news is, the single biggest thing driving sustained success is not our two precious resources, time and money. It is something much simpler, which most leaders have in ample supply: Awareness and Commitment. In the early days when the groove isn’t deep, we’ll jump to that old groove. That’s not a problem. In fact, it is expected. Aware leaders will notice this and simply correct course by putting the record back on the new groove. What fuels awareness in a world where we’re constantly under information siege? Simply put, commitment. When we consciously commit to developing a new awareness, we’ll do it. Moving the record back to our new groove isn’t difficult, we just need to be committed to doing it. Over time as people and systems hear the new music, as the music plays, that new groove will be deeper. Sooner than you may expect, you may wake up one day and find you don’t have to dial it up anymore.
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