Don’t Let Good Success Inhibit Greater Success (Even Subconsciously)

  1. Weave constant reevaluation into the fabric of your program. Stay up to date on the latest trends in your industry use them to perform a litmus test against your program. Does it stand up to the test? If your initial reaction to this is hesistation, why is that? Are you afraid of what you may discover? If so, ask yourself why and try to work through that. Are you concerned perhaps that if it doesn’t stand up to the test and weak spots are revealed that it may cause concern of your ability to run a program? I challenge you to think of it this way instead. The very fact that you ran the litmus test proves that you DO know what you are doing and shows you have a finger on the pulse of your program and are able to detect possible obstacles to growth when they are still in its infancy. Conducting a litmus test isn’t revealing your weakness; on the contrary, it is validating your strength.
  2. As difficult as it is, prepare your mindset to be open to change. It is vital that you separate your emotions from the project, process etc. I know this is a HUGE ask. When you have poured your heart and soul into a program or project, and are passionate and care about it so much, and it is finally starting to be self sufficient, why would you want to rock the boat? I ask you, however, what is the harm in questioning it? If you end with the same conclusion, great! No harm done. However, if you take a look at it and discover something new, voila! Your program is escalating and on the way to a better place. It is truly a win / win scenario.
  3. Seek out colleagues in the same profession across various industries to put a fresh set of eyes/perspectives on it and ask for feedback. For example, if you are an HR professional, collaborate with other HR professionals from different industries such as Finance, the Arts, Marketing etc. You may learn different practices that can apply to your industry. This serves a dual purpose becuase not only are you open to feedback to improve, but by sharing what you are doing you are learning from each other resulting in the elevation of both of your programs
  4. Is what you are doing scalable? Meaning, does your process allow for, or stunt, the growth of your program? Even if your process is working flawlessly (good success), if it comes to a halt if you aren’t involved in it (great success inhibited), you should take another look at it . Dare I say it, you should be able to go on vacation for a month and the program/process still run efficiently.
  5. It is not enough to be open only to new ideas. Dare I say, be open to old ideas….. presented through a new lens. If you hear yourself saying, “we did that already and this is why it didn’t work”..don’t stop the sentence there. Continue by adding….”and I am interested to hear how you would approach it and why you think it may work”. Yeah, and don’t be condescending about it. Say it with genuine interest like you really mean it. You never know what you may learn!
Nicole Smith speaking at TLCC 2019



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Nicole R. Smith

Nicole R. Smith

Nicole is a Panamanian-American, single mom, workforce development specialist, published author, dancer, and motivational speaker. Her experience spans 20 yrs.