Hey, folks, I’m SEAC(R) John Wayne Troxell, and this is your Motivation Monday brought to you by Veterans Lending Group.
Today, I want to talk to you about a phrase I’ve used throughout my career as a leader in the Military, and I still use today – and it’s “Don’t get lost in your own museum”; meaning don’t get so focused on what you’ve done in the past in terms of accomplishments and achievements that you forget what you need to do in the current and future environment to continue to be successful.
I look at our professional careers as a book and what we’ve done in the past, our chapters in a book that have already been written, and what we need to do now and in the future are chapters that are being written now and need to be written in the future.
Now it’s certainly OK to reference past chapters in our book to draw on our experiences and our accomplishments to help us with the current and future environment, but if we get stuck in the past and remain stuck back there, we will find ourselves being complacent, being irrelevant, and in the end, being marginalized. Every day we have to validate our credentials through our actions and our example. We have to be goal-oriented and we have to learn, grow, and develop every day, and we’ve got to get better individually and organizationally every day to make sure we’re successful now and in the future.
So stay focused, stay relevant, stay empowered, and don’t get lost in your own museum. Boom!