Complacency is a dangerous force. It blinds us to possible threats and keeps us from pursuing opportunities. It lulls us to sleep…and by the time we wake up, it may be too late.
And let’s face it; it can be easy to become complacent. If your practice is running smoothly, if you’re making enough to pay the bills, and if you know there are clients with cases in your pipeline…it’s easy to let your guard down.
But when that happens, you’re in danger. And let me tell you something…there’s NEVER any good reason to become complacent. There are always opportunities to improve your practice and your life.
Here are four ways to do that:
1) Stay up to speed in your target industry. What’s happening in the world that your clients live in? How are their lives or their businesses changing? What could you do to anticipate their evolving needs?
2) Take a hard look at “the way I’ve always done things.” Whether it’s filing, organizing your day, invoicing, or anything else – have you ever discovered that “the way I’ve always done it” doesn’t make sense anymore? I know I have. Look for opportunities to improve your systems, become more efficient, and offer better service to your clients.
3) Create more harmony in your life. Are you happy with your life…I mean really? Are you spending the time you’d like to be spending with your kids? Are you finding time to do things that you love? You CAN find harmony between work, family, and play…but it won’t happen on its own. You have to plan for it and work towards it.
4) Make a commitment to only do work that you love. Do you love the work that you do, and do you love the clients that you do this work for? If not, let’s change that! Life is too short to spend it doing something you hate…and you CAN create a strategy and a plan that allows you to make a great living doing work that you LOVE doing.
So, start breathing life into your practice and figure out how to truly THRIVE!