Have you ever caught yourself asking the question, “Why can’t I get a great team?” We’ve all certainly heard friends, family members or colleagues in our business communities whinging about the inability to get great workers. People that are as hard and dedicated as themselves. Someone that just happens to have the attention to detail that they do. Well, the reality to the situation is quite simply that you get the people you deserve.
When I first got told this by a mentor of mine several years ago, “Jason, you get the team members you deserve.” It was something that admittedly did hurt a little bit as how else could it be taken but as a direct comment to my ego?! But as I started to realise, the truth behind the comment was completely valid.
Whether in business or in life, whatever we put out there, say, act and do is exactly what we seem to get in return. Life is a mirror. Whether you believe it or not there are very few people that will be foolish enough to argue against this theory.
The more goodwill you out there the more you will receive. The more gratitude you express, the more you will receive. The more positivity you put out, the more will come your way. Regardless of how you break it down, what you put out to the world is what you always get in return.
So for those of us that might catch ourselves making comment or whinging about the people around them and the people they choose to employ, engage with or associate with, maybe it’s time to stop and have a look at what are the messages and feelings you’re putting out in the first place. Maybe we all need to take a reality check and swallow our ego and commit to a plan of improved dedication to becoming more aware of what we say and how we express ourselves. The ability to put the right things in the mirror in front of us is completely our doing and it’s a simple decision and self-discipline that enables this to occur.
So now that we all realise that we get the people we deserve, then surely it’s time to take a good look in the mirror and make a positive and sustained change to the person we see staring back at us.