This is the last in a 3-part series about repositioning yourself profitably. However, if you think about it, that’s really the whole theme of this blog: seeing new and brighter possibilities for yourself and living into them in a fun way. What happens though, for a lot of us, is that when we go to reposition ourselves by stepping up to bat, there’s this voice inside our heads that’s asking if this is really the normal thing to do, or not. Usually it’s not normal to simply demand more out of our lives. There’s that pressure to fit in, to not make waves, to enjoy the steady paycheck, to live for the 2 weeks of vacation each year, and count down the years to a glorious retirement. Are you kidding me?
I’m having to deal with this issue frequently now as people ask my why I’m not continuing to teach college students while I build my business. That would be a normal thing to do. When occasionally wonder myself about my own sanity, I always think of what Buckminster Fuller said, "Live life as an experiment." Fuller was an American architect, author of more than 30 books, designer, inventor (of the geodesic dome) and futurist. He was not normal.
BTW, repositioning yourself profitably does not mean you necessarily have to quit your day job. It does mean you have to seriously question what you’re doing there, and be willing to challenge the norms. One easy way to do that is to work one or two days a week from your home. I teach specific strategies for that to get the green light from bosses who secretly fear mutiny. Another thing you do is make requests, rather than complain to people who have no power to change things and are too scared to make requests themselves.
The core issue is to decide how you really want to live your life. Strange as it seems, most people have no idea. They’ve never taken the time to ask those questions. They’re crazy busy, remember?
Here’s something of incredible value for you:
Assuming you’re paid for results, and are not an hourly wage-earner, you can improve your life today by figuring out how to achieve the same results, or better, for your employer, in LESS time. That would definitely be repositioning yourself profitably.
I got this clear about this trick while teaching full-time. I learned to politely turn down requests from my boss, to ask for repeated sections of the same course, to miss meetings, to focus more on being present to my students. It’s not that I NEVER helped out with the endless and truly infinite calls to "volunteer" time and energy in one capacity or another, I was just exceedingly particular about when I would comply. It was much easier for me to do this because I was never interested in tenure.
So, what do you do to reposition yourself profitably? How have you invested in yourself, stepped up to bat and surprised everyone, including yourself?