Below is the scene currently at the front entrance of our competition in Wrightstown. You can call Miron for a delivery, just not this winter.
Miron, you see, goes south for the winter and is closing the place down.
At least he has the balls to actually close the place.
Much of our industry also closes for the winter. They just don’t post it.
They cut back hours as far as possible. Training is put on hold. Growth is put on hold. Costs are controlled tightly. They crawl into a hole and try to ride out all winter has to offer. Their “leaders” go to Cabo for a week, and then go to a “business trip” for another two. And then back to Cabo for two weeks. And in Spring they will come back with a fresh start. So they tell themselves. But they are even less prepared as they were to face the ever changing needs of their customers the season before.
Often all of us
CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.
Mentally and physically.
We say things like:
I will do it in Spring.
It’s too cold.
Pretty slow today.
Not much happening right now.
Nobody is working.
Just not in the mood.
Bidding a lot. Gonna be busy come Spring.
We count the days until Spring.
We watch the scoreboard of business and life… and the score is often bleak in Winter. We should instead work on our blocking and tackling, knowing limiting mistakes will crush our competition and delight our clients. We miss the opportunity to grow!
WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. But…
Improvement shouldn’t take a day off.
Did you know most people die before they are 21?
When we were young, we had dreams. We were going to do something fantastic. The sky was the limit. We knew we would be better, way better than anyone you knew.
Then something happens…
We “decide” to settle for life. Actually we never really decide. It just happens.
Our dreams to “be somebody” died at some point. We weren’t going to be a professional athlete, a singer, or a race car driver. We settle. We die.
But why can’t we be realistic? What’s wrong with being great in any role you have? What’s wrong with being awesome? Why does your current life have to be consider settling? Maybe you are doing exactly what you were meant to do? Or maybe we crave to be more, what better way to start THEN RIGHT FRIGGIN’ NOW? Maybe we should live for what God has given you.
Are you living your life to your potential? Is life just something you are getting on with?
There is no rewind button. No pause button in life. You don’t get an eraser.
Helen Keller was asked what would be worse than to be born without sight. She replied, “To have no vision.”
You must have a vision and then execute the plan.
You get one life. Spring isn’t promised to you. What if you don’t make it until then? What impact will you leave THIS WINTER? And almost worse, what if you make it until Spring 2015 and YOU haven’t gotten yourself or those around you better? Is that almost worse, haven’t you already died?
Despite your current circumstances, challenge yourself to be phenomenal.
It’s our passion to be busier NOW then we will be this summer. Maybe it’s because we enjoy golf. But I don’t think so. This is the time to get in the film room, learn how to block and tackle, and get better.
1% better each day.
Now is the time to grow and change.
As the competition hibernates:
we work on ways to drive them crazy in Spring.
Spring is coming, will you be better?
– Joel Fleischman. Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply. (drexelteam). You can follow him on twitter: @JoelmFleischman. He has provided solutions for builders and their clients since 1996 and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about.