June 15, 2009

Out Of Uniform

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a buddy who was playing in an upcoming charity golf tournament. He hadn’t golfed in years. The clubs were a bit rusty but nothing compared to his game.

He went out and bought new clothes, along with new golf shoes, cleaned up the clubs and then worried. He hadn’t swung a club since 2004. He was concerned he would make a fool of himself.

How did it go?

He called me last week to say he had a blast. Apparently there were others in the same situation as him. They all had a great laugh about it. The takeaway was sharing the event, not how well they played. His team came in 3rd in best-ball and the event was a resounding success.

We worry about what others think.

I received an email this morning from a friend who told me how she saw her business turn around in the last six weeks simply because she stopped trying so hard. This is not to suggest her work ethic waned or her efforts diminished but she stopped worrying about what others thought because she knows her company offers great solutions for clients.

How can I help you?

Her focus turned from her needs to their needs and things began to fall in to place. There are those who won’t want your services and that’s okay, but if you focus on the needs of others you will quickly stop worrying about yours. In turn, yours will be met through helping others.

Sometimes we feel out of uniform. If you focus on your abilities, you will soon discover you have a lot to offer.

Go clean your clubs and get out there.

knealemann at gmail dot com

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