Quick thought on a Wednesday. I've been lucky to have a great career in the world of HR and recruiting. I've been active on the side in basketball as well. The two are interconnected when it comes to times that I didn't get the results I wanted. At work, in projects, on the court, etc. Here's the common lesson I've learned in both:
When I don't get great results, I can almost always look back and blame myself for not adjusting or evolving quickly enough. I didn't scrap Plan A quickly enough. I held onto what worked in the past and didn't experiment with a new approach when performance was flat.
The biggest enemy of sustained success in your career is the success you've already had. That success makes you hold onto the way you've always done things - even when your present day results are telling you that change is necessary.
It worked before, so it should work now.
Things aren't going well, but if I hang on, it will get better. My way works.
They're wrong. I'm great.
Your way won't be successful forever. Eventually your competition figures you out, your market tunes you out or you simply become flat in your delivery. The first time you feel failure with the way you've always done it, maybe it's a fluke. The second time you feel failure after a great period of success, you should check the crispness of your delivery/plan. If that detail check doesn't solve it, you probably need to reinvent the way you're approaching your goals.
March Madness is all about survive and advance. Your career is all about evolve or die. Or at least evolve or fade away.
Change your approach to something this week.