Ever heard of, "If... Then..."? I hope so because these two words combined is one of the most basics of great planning and making best decisions both in personal and professional lives. Everything is "math" the Mathematicians say and they use these two words. Art is life, say the artists and even the basics of mixing colors, they use these two words. Probabilities and statistics, changing information and data will have that "If... Then..." theory. It's the same in business, leadership and the successful mind setting towards reaching goals.

People call me the "Human Operations” and in my years of working business operations, these two words are constant in my mind. Every decision I make, every system and procedure I create, every problem I solve and issues I resolve, these two are always present because in every action, there's that opposite reaction. In the real world, we all coexist so it's important to keep in mind at all times that even for your own gain, what you do towards reaching that goal affects everyone, everything and anything around you.

You can say, "I mind my own business" but understand that even while doing this, you are affecting everything around you. Doing and not doing anything affect everything that goes on because again, we all coexist.

Doing business, playing business, starting business, business, business, business... Whether you are playing a role you set for yourself, playing the role of giving roles to others or just the person playing a role given to you, the question to ask yourself is, "Should I do "ME" or should I not? It's all about the strength of your sense of accountability and responsibility. How is doing "YOU" going to affect the other individual "YOUs" that exist in this world, in your life, in your business and your success?

We think back to the "If... Then..." of every situation. What is your decision making process? How strong is your sense of accountability? How does each action you take to self-advancement, goal reaching and mapping your success path affect others? There is always an end result for you and for others.

When I say, "You need to see the whole picture", I mean, "Not just seeing the whole picture as I want to see it." There's "Seeing the picture in the eyes of those people I know will be affected by each step I take to completion."

And it's not, "How are they going to react?" because we're humans and most humans entertain emotions more than practicality . Expect the worse especially if you’re implementing changes. It's more, "How will it affect them, their mindsets and their individual roles?". If you don't know the answer to the later then it's time to "communicate" and collaborate. Transparency is the key.

Here's my most basic steps towards any project completion, simplified.

  1. Identify the goal.
  2. Who do I co-exist with in this goal.
  3. What is my role.
  4. What are their roles.
  5. Map down the steps I see are going to work towards successful goal reaching.
  6. Pros and cons of each step the way I personally see it.
  7. The "If... Then..." brought about by every step I decided are the pros.
  8. The "if... Then..." brought about by every step I decided are the cons.
  9. Look through everything and weigh the value of results.
  10. Look at the effects each result have on other people.
  11. FACT FINDING so you re-evaluate, communicate, collaborate and then recreate.
  12. Finalize.
  13. Implement.
  14. Troubleshoot and resolve issues during execution process.
  15. Succeed together by meeting the goals.
  16. Update your process.
  17. Appreciate and make known all value added by people around you in reaching the goal
  18. Off to the next goal.

It's really not that simple. There's a lot of work put into every big decision you make but you need to make sure you are "aware", have all the facts, never clueless and prepared. In all success stories, "simple" was never in the equation. How much work do you want to put in to succeed? YOU NEED TO OUTWORK YOURSELF. Don't rush. Take your time! Enjoy and learn from the adventure.

People who venture into their own business have things in common whether they say these out loud or not.
- They don't want to be answerable to anyone.
- They want to have the freedom to make decisions and not have to worry about other people's validation.

Simply put, "They want to be their own Boss!". But should it really be that simple?

From experience, I know that everything and anything you do or don't do will impact other people in either or even both positive and negative ways. Don't you want to increase the positive and decrease the negative? To do this, you can't have the "FREE TO DECIDE and whatever goes, goes no matter the consequences" mindset! You have to have that strong sense of responsibility towards yourself and others.

Before you do "YOU", ask yourself, "Should you DO “YOU”?". Depending on the "goal" set, is it good for your team, good for the business and good for you? There is no "OR" about these three if you mean serious success. There has to be balance in your priorities.

Before you can lead others though, lead yourself to do the right thing. First: OUTWORK yourself to exceed expectations assigned by you or others to your existing role. Next? Increase your influence the right way, use that influence to assist and be assisted, to lift and be lifted and to grow together "individually" and as a team.

So here's your takeaway, "Diminishing the value added by others isn't the way to self-validation and to adding value to yourself and your life. Remember that any value added to others is value added to you and value added by others is value added to the team."

And then, you can DO "YOU" as you know you should. Afterall, if you want success with no conditions, exhaust all the conditions in your journey towards that success

About the author:
Bernadette Canero holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. She is one of the founders and owners of Summit VA Solutions. Ms Canero is Summit VA Solutions' Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Virtual Assistant Trainer.

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