One of the biggest controversies of life is when there is a clash between matters of the head and matters of the heart. Often, we find ourselves stuck in front of two paths, one covered with rose bushes and lovely, lush greenery with occasional thorns to be wary of, while the other is the shorter, bare path. Naturally, the practical thing to do would be to opt for the latter to get to where you want to go, but the more romantic thing to do would be to enjoy the way to your destination. What would happen if we picked up logical lessons from the more emotional areas of life? What if we learned to manage our professional lives from the lessons we learn from our personal ones? Not possible? Read on!
#1: Don’t stop trying:
Maybe things are well settled at the moment and matters are quite stable. But that doesn’t mean that they are going to stay that way if you stop trying to keep them there. For that, continuous monitoring and constant attention are required. Just because your girlfriend finally said she loves you and months of constant wooing paid off, it doesn’t mean that you’ll stop the compliments and the gifts. Similarly, just because your business management has kept your environment disciplined and structured, you don’t stop the planning and relax, thinking that everything is going to remain the same way without constant supervision.
#2: Creativity is appreciated
Routine can be a buzz-kill. Effective management requires the ability to get creative with even the smallest differentiations. Be it the initiation of a simple rule or the implementation of a major procedure, bring it about innovatively. Surely, you need to spice things up a bit in your relationships every once in a while, don’t you?
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
#3: Change is a good word
Your boyfriend might have been perfect a little while ago, but now, with maturity and intelligence on your side, you may be thinking otherwise. Don’t look at change as letting go of the old. Think of it as replacing the past with the wonderful promise of the future. Success is incomplete without modifications. Take this lesson wisely. Your employees need some positive differences. Teach them how to adapt.
#4: Time won’t wait for you
Sometimes, we wish we told our loved ones how we had felt about them before the unimaginable had happened. Be it an expiring mother or a friend who’s leaving the city forever, we wish we had more time, and if possible, a second chance. It is important to act immediately in coming up with a decision or even a plan because otherwise, time might just pass by and you’ll never be able to turn back.
#5: Goal Setting is essential
Maybe you’re not very academically strong. But your parents aspire for you to be good at what you do. With gritted teeth, you decide to set yourself a target. It may be low at first, but eventually, it will build up. In business as well, targets are very important for success. Start at the bottom, aim at the top.
“Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety per cent of the time you haven’t.”— Peter Drucker
#6: Facts vs. Judgement– The right thing to follow
Often, we are told to follow that which is factually proper. But in most situations, we think otherwise. Our opinions differ from that of those closest to our hearts. In every aspect of life, we do not realize that judgement is more important than what’s right. Individual opinions what connects people, and by people, I also mean consumers.
#7: No one is born with Knowledge
The biggest achievement in life is to try to constantly excel. Suppose you meet a girl you know nothing about, you long to keep interacting with her till you learn more about her. Management is the same. By piling up all the information, one needs to try to retain the important lessons and use them to reach the top.
#8: Commitment is the key
No relationship lasts these days as easily as it used to. One of the key ingredients to a lasting relation is commitment. It’s time to get down on one knee and propose one hundred per cent loyalty and dedication – To both the relationship and your business!
#9: Recognise achievements, compliment genuinely
Everyone loves to blush a little every now and then when they’re reminded of how valuable they are. Be it an underappreciated girlfriend or a hardworking friend, people deserve appreciation every once in a while. Add to that list a frustrated colleague or a dejected employee and the process is complete!
#10: The Future is more important than the present
The biggest social dilemma that is most evident in relationships is that of fidelity. Do I give in to lust, or do I not? THAT is the question! The correct answer to that is ‘Don’t’. Surely a one night stand can’t compare to a lifetime of hugs and cherished experiences?! Just like financial matters are more stable in the future run if every aspect or transaction is taken in a fair and just manner today.
There you have it, a list of lessons that apply to both the professional as well as the personal lives of humans today. We’ve just done what the old adage keeps warning us about… mixing business with pleasure! On that conclusive note, it is hence proved that love conquers all!