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Imagine you’re playing the game of Life (yes, the board game). As you maneuver across the board you encounter different obstacles where you are forced to making decisions and then live with the consequences good, bad or otherwise. Based on your decisions, you either win or lose—there are no in-betweens.

Much like the game of Life, we go through our own lives behaving a certain way based off a set of rules and beliefs that we think are right and inherently true. While we all encounter failure from time to time, it’s what we do after we’ve failed that counts.

There are two ways we can handle these situations. We can either act above the line or below the line.

Take your place of business for example: When challenges arise, are you letting your own thoughts and emotions get in the way of success? If something inevitably goes wrong are you looking for ways to justify the mistakes or blame others?

If you answered yes to any of these than chances are you are living below the line. Stuck in what we call the victim cycle, these individuals cause everyone to lose their spirit and resolve, until, eventually everyone is either burnt-out or pissed off.

So, how can you live above the line at your job and win the game of Life?

  • Living above the line means taking ownership of your problems, accepting responsibility, and responding to the challenges each day with a positive attitude. If you encounter obstacles, live above the line and develop a plan that will help you move forward.
  • It’s about humility. No matter how large or small the business is, remember that each employee plays an important role. No one employee knows everything and there are always individual improvements to be made that will ultimately improve your business.

A business is only as successful as the people within it. It’s the above the line attitudes that we carry with us day-to-day at our jobs that lead to greater success, happier clients and ultimately more motivated employees.

Does your business live above the line? What are some different ways you have successfully handled business related obstacles?

Katie Snyder
Katie Snyder
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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