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Stefan Kazakis on 29 August 2020

From surviving to thriving...

Well, Spring has sprung…   

It’s a new season, which means new opportunities and new beginnings  

I know many of us are feeling mentally drained. But now is the perfect time to consider this next season as a clean slate  

I want you to refocus your attention: to what’s next?   

What are your goals right now and what are your goals to achieve in the next 3-6 months?  

I know it has felt like we have been treading water for 6 months. But as winter melts away, we have a lot to look forward to in the next quarter.   

So we need to start thinking about getting back to business, and prepare to bounce back. 

What are you doing in the next couple of weeks to get your team prepared to return to a safe workplace?  

Have you communicated with your team?   

Do they have a clear idea of what you expect?  

Are you utilising the time you have right now to your fullest extent?  

How is your time being consumed? Being productive really comes down to just two variables: time and tasks.  

Time is when are you doing something and how long is it taking you? And tasks are simply, what are you doing? 

From surviving… 

Surviving in business is nothing more and nothing less than spending all your time doing what seems most important because it’s right in front of you, right now 

The immediate reaction is If I don’t do this then there will be a consequence. 

When people are stuck in survival mode they are simply trying to prevent pain.  

It’s just about getting through the next day without things collapsing.  

Dealing with each issue that arises becomes about simply solving it right now, rather than putting in the work required to ensure this problem doesn’t occur again tomorrow.  

They want to prevent a pain today rather than eliminate this problem forever. 

For a lot of people, this period has been default survival mode, but for those who decided that wasn’t enough, they have gone above to do everything they can to thrive through this period, despite the obstacles. 

Whether that be adapting your business to drive sales, a focus on training or pivoting your business – for a lot of business owners they turned that pain in to motivation.  

And know we are moving in to the next ‘season’ in business, I want you to find motivation from the pain, because I know you have it in you. 

It’s not enough to just stay in survival mode anymore, you must bounce back.  
 
Naturally the brain will say What will happen when we don’t do this? Then we look at the consequences and we will be motivated to act accordingly, hence people stay stuck in mediocrity.  

That’s why you often see high-level managers wasting time on trivial matters. They want an immediate resolution to a problem, rather than letting somebody else sort it out now and the manager spending time to make sure it doesn’t happen again. 
 
Productivity is defeated, and a pattern of mediocrity sets in.  

Being productive is about the long term, not today. 

The other major problem with a survival pattern for doing business is that it creates a negative energy and mindset.  

People don’t feel like they are building for the future, or that they have a plan or direction.  

They spend today dealing with the problems created yesterday, and tomorrow they will do the same.  

There’s no bigger picture to inspire and motivate people. This comes at the expense of productivity and growth and momentum for continued growth. 

You can be the business you want to be in this time, there is opportunities out there, you just need to be prepared to look for them and put yourself out there.  

The reward is in the risk.  

…to thriving 

Thriving tasks push us forward and allow us to look beyond what has just landed on our desk.   

They allow us to duplicate and triplicate good outcomes. In business (and in life), 80% of success is based on thriving tasks and only 20% is based on surviving tasks.  

So why do people so often gravitate towards survival tasks? 
 
This is a basic human instinct that we are all hardwired for.  

It’s our default position.  

We are programmed to respond to what’s right in front of us because it seems immediate and urgent. 

Sometimes it is, but very often it’s not – it just seems that way because it’s right in front of us.  

Overcoming this natural instinct is hard work, and that’s why only the top 1% of businesses and teams achieve this end. 

The current climate has made this mindset especially hard and of course almost everyone has gone in to survival mode at least once.  

The trouble with survival mode is it limits our ability to look beyond the problem right in front of us, it limits our ability to think outside the box.  

I want you to get used to being in a growth mindset, even through hardship.  

That’s what sets the top 1% apart.  

They think in a growth mindset even when things seem near impossible.  
 

Power to you!  

Stefan Kazakis 

CEO, Business Benchmark Group


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