How many times have you walked into a conversation and jumped to share something you believe will help with the subject the group is talking about. Then you get a look from everyone in the group and you think, “What did I do wrong?”
We all hate that awkward feeling like we did something wrong and just do not know what it is. In a matter of minutes someone in the group mentions that they talked about that two minutes ago.
Your head sinks down and you feel embarrassed; you feel like you are useless. We all want to avoid that. We all want to feel like we have something to contribute to make our world better, but sometimes we just are not able to find the place to reach out and help.
This week in our back to the beginning theme, we mentioned how the first thing we need to do to be successful is to observe where we are, to know what is going on around us before we offer that awkward idea that was just mentioned minutes before we entered the room.
Once you find out what’s going on, it’s time to take the next step. If you remember back to the beginning, our second step to be a RockStar where you are now is this:
Find out what is expected of you.
So you know what and who surround you, including who controls your future at this place you are at. Now it’s time to determine what is expected from you. In that time of observing, you find out how long it really takes to reach the expectations set by those who have authority over you. Learning what those expectations are and, as stated earlier, what everyone else is doing, you can evaluate how long it will take to meet those expectations by breaking things down.
For instance I worked a job as a yard attendant for a trucking company once. My job was to fuel up the trucks and wash them. Each day we had three guys working our shift. The goal set by the company was to wash 15 trucks per night. I watched for about a month, as the other workers would do the minimum and spend the rest of the night just sitting around watching TV.
Then, one night I decided to see how many trucks I could wash myself. I reached 20 trucks. You see, by learning what was expected and what was done by the other workers, then looking at my own abilities, I set my standards much higher. And that’s how I became a RockStar at my job.
So find out what is expected of you and use it to see what you can do. Then set goals to reach your own expectations. And exceed them.
Come back tomorrow for the next part in this process to becoming successful where you are.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. Are you ready to live your dream? Let’s start now and make 2013 rock