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Joe Marconi

Don’t Buy Into The “New Normal”

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Don’t Buy Into the “New Normal”

 

A few weeks ago I attended a business networking luncheon and overheard a few business owners having a heated discussion over the economy. They were discussing the economic climate as it exists today and someone made a comment that due to a variety of reasons, what we have today is the “New Normal”. He went on to say that our best days are behind us and that we need to adjust to the ways things are today.

 

Not knowing what to say to this group, I kept silent. I do realize that the past few years have not been a walk in the park, but to accept that things will never be the same as it was and because of that we should give up hope, is not only ridiculous, but self-defeating. A defeatist attitude will in fact cause the very thing they probably fear the most; and that is, failure.

 

Let’s say a ball team like the Yankees fails to make the playoffs a few years in a row. Do you think the managers, players and coaches get together during the off season and tell each other; “Well, I guess we should accept the fact that we can’t win anymore, after all, this is the New Normal.” On the contrary, not matter what kind of success the Yankees had last season, when the new season opens, their goal is to win the World Series. And as business people, we need to think the same way.

 

Today is not like it was yesterday and tomorrow will not be like it is today, that’s call life. Nothing remains the same and what happens in the past does not guarantee tomorrow’s success or failure. Make today better than yesterday and work hard today to insure that tomorrow will be better than today. That’s the only thing we have, our ability to not just embrace change, but to actually create it.

 

There will always be the naysayers. Those that say the world is against us, that there is some unknown force that stands in our way. Don’t listen to them; don’t get sucked into going down the path of mediocrity. It’s a road with no future, a road littered with causalities. Accepting the “New Normal” is accepting your fate, and that means accepting failure. The truth is, your biggest obstacle to your personal success is the person your look in the mirror each and every day.

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