We’ve all heard the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” What this translates to in the business world is the temptation to believe that someone else has it better, or that you might be more prosperous if you tried a different strategy, or even worked somewhere else altogether.
But, Sparta Consulting Group strongly believes that much like everything else in life, your perspective is everything. Perhaps, the grass isn’t actually greener elsewhere. Or, alternatively, perhaps the grass is indeed greener — but because of someone’s intensive time and effort.
Usually, all it takes is TLC for your own grass to be green. Let’s find out why the grass is greener where you water it…
1. When you’re focused on watering your own lawn, it also means that you’re not distracted by what someone else is doing. It is physically impossible to be preoccupied by someone else’s choices or results if you’re actually focusing your full attention on what you’re doing. Tip: Stop worrying about what others are doing.
2. Watering grass isn’t just a one-time thing. If you don’t maintain it, it won’t stay green. The same goes for your career. When it comes to setting the right example for your team, or even impressing your boss, consistency is essential. Tip: Figure out the best practices for your industry, and then do them consistently — even when you don’t feel like it.
3. Achieving the greenest of green grass doesn’t happen overnight — and neither does success. You have to patiently persist, and you have to be willing to delay gratification. If the grass isn’t green today, it’s only going to make matters worse if aren’t patient and choose to give up. Who wants a brown lawn? Tip: When you start feeling down, remind yourself that it takes 10-15 years to achieve ‘overnight success’.
4. You simply can’t skip the hard work. Get it out of your mind that there’s a hidden shortcut or a secret hack that will produce massive success. You have to get your hands dirty. You have to put in the effort. The people with the greenest lawns are the people who have invested their time and energy into making it that way. Tip: Give yourself some perspective. Learn about the level of effort that other successful people had to put into becoming great.
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