To challenge the status quo means understanding everything involved with the word “challenge.” In this context, the word challenge means to dare or better yet to defy something and in this case that something is the status quo.
Sometimes it helps to answer this simple and not easy question:
Are you where you want to be?
If you are not where you want to be, then where are you?
Looking are the different aspects of your personal life, where are you right now respective to the 8 areas of life balance:
- Purpose and Ethics & Beliefs (Spirituality)
- Mental and Physical
- Family and Social
- Career and Financial
Through a self assessment of the 8 areas of life balance you begin to define your own status quo through your own emotional happiness and satisfaction. This process brings greater clarity to how you challenge the status quo. Sales Training Coaching Tip: These Personal-Sales-Wheels may help you.
Having a written action plan supported by SMART goals also supports your defiance of the status quo. Through this process you will be applying critical thinking skills that your brain may internally fight because the brain wants conditioned behavior. Thinking requires energy and our brains want to conserve all energy for those flight or fight moments.
Then again another behavior change or personal growth strategy is to think about what you do well and then apply what you do well to defying the status quo. Unfortunately most people from my experience do not know what they do well and waste precious resources of time, energy, money and emotions by focusing on weaknesses or turning non-talents into weaknesses. Sales Training Coaching Tip: This talent assessment may also be of some assistance to you in your efforts to challenge the status quo.
Challenging the status quo can be achieved provided you have the correct mindset reinforced by proven tools. In the words of Henry Ford:
If you think you can or you think you cannot, either way you are right.