As the New Year quickly approaches, guest blogger Diann Ilkenhons, Marketing Manager at Senninger Irrigation, shares insights to creating a prosperous business year in 2018.
After more than 25 years in agricultural irrigation, achieving various goals comes because of one thing—perspective. That one thing manifests itself moment by moment. My perspective makes me look at a glass and see it as half full or half empty. My perspective makes me decide that I get to go to work or I have to go to work.
Each day, I find fulfillment because what I do helps provide a product that offers a solution to a grower. That grower helps provide food, fiber or fuel for a growing world. I love meeting farmers and listening to their stories. Their perspective is one of perseverance and faith.
The best thing about perspective is that it is a choice and is totally within my control. What about you? What is your perspective? Where should you look to discover your perspective? I suggest looking three places.
Looking back over your career, have you noticed that each step was just beyond your grasp? That a new job was more than you imagined, requiring some investigative effort to get it done. A new opportunity arose that meant leaving your comfort zone to take a new path. In each instance, you chose a perspective. I am guessing you selected a growth perspective to learn new things, to do something different or to become more than who you were. Every step prepared you for the next.
If you’re like me, there are days when I wonder how I got to where I am. I love my job and the people who work with me. I realize that these people are counting on me to fulfill my job responsibilities successfully.
Although intimidating at times, what I do impacts my company and all the employees. Because success takes all of us working together, I also count on them to do their jobs well. However, I also contribute in other ways. I influence those around me in how I respond to challenges and obstacles. I am keenly aware that they watch what I say and do. If I approach difficulties with determination and integrity, I leave a positive impact. If I share credit with others over the victories and successes, I instill value in others.
Circumstances are not accidental, but by design. My faith has me believe there is a plan for my life. This faith perspective gives me confidence that I am to bloom where I am planted. When things get tough, and they will, I need not ask, “Why me?” Instead, knowing there is a reason, I need to ask, “What am I to do here?” I choose this perspective so that I can encourage those around me to have hope for tomorrow.
When considering your perspective, just look back, look around and look up.