Throughout life, we all experience pain and losing a loved one is one of the most difficult parts of living. This experience usually allows you a time of intimate reflection in all parts of your life, including professionally.
This recent experience in my life has given me time to hit the pause button to truly understand what has worked and what hasn’t gone according to plan.
This process is not for the faint of heart because you must be completely honest with yourself. No bullshit, no lying that everything is “ok” after you have lost your job. You must be totally open to seeing your life through new eyes. In the end, this honesty can be your greatest strength if you can learn from your mistakes.
Here is what I have learned.
PLAYING TO WIN MEANS YOU MUST PLAY THE LONG GAME
Life is not a sprint, but a marathon. I know when I say that, you are probably shaking your head and thinking, “Yeah, I know that already”.
The question is – are you truly living your life that way?
If I asked you right now, how do you think about your goals?
What would be your answer?
Do you think about them for the next week or month?
Or do you think about them for the next six months to a year or longer?
There is not a right or wrong answer, however I would encourage you to begin thinking about your goals in a timeline that’s longer than one year.
This is because it takes time for you to achieve the aspirations you have made for your life. If you don’t give yourself enough time to do what you want to do, you may not get what you desire which will leave you deflated and unhappy.