This is the first edition of Q&A with Coach Ryan. Every few months we’re going to take a reader Q and give it a thoughtful A. And with that, I’ll chill with the lame Q and A puns.
This week’s question comes from Ken in Georgia.
I’m going for this promotion at work, but it seems like I’m being blocked by this one guy. It seems like he’s got it out for me. What do I do? Any advice?
That’s an interesting question.
One thing to remember, coaches don’t give advice. We create ways with you, our clients, to help you get to the goals you’re after.
That said, I do have a place for you to look.
Consider Nintendo’s Mario Kart series of games.
Yeah, I’m serious. Let’s talk about Mario Kart.
I love these games. I’ve been playing them since the beginning of the series. I really do love them.
If you’re not familiar, Nintendo’s iconic characters (Mario, Luigi, Link, Donkey Kong, etc.) race against each other in go-karts, motorcycles, and ATVs. It’s hours of fun. And hours of wasted time.
You get power up items during these races. These items range from bombs to banana peels. They either help you by speeding you up (mushrooms.) Or they hurt your opponents in the race.
Such as the red and green shells.
If you get a shell power up, you can throw it at your opponents. The green shells need better aim to hit their targets. If you get a green shell, you can throw it. It can bounce off walls and obstacles and could very well take you out.
The red shell: there’s the golden ticket.
Red shells hone in on their targets and explode on contact. If there’s nothing in your way, red shells will take out your target.
Ken, here’s what I say about your question. Use your green shell!
I’m serious. Use your green shell.
It may take him out, or it may miss and take you out. That’s the risk you run.
All kidding aside, if you take this guy out it may come back and bite you.
All you can do is keep your eyes on the track and drive a smooth line. Are your skills and your talents in line and aligned with what your bosses and the company needs out of the position? Are you demonstrating a solid work ethic? Do you show up, do your job, and do it to the best of your skills and abilities?
You’ve got to remember; some things are out of your control. You cannot control what others do. You can only control what you do. More importantly, you can absolutely control what and who you’re being in any situation. And if your thoughts and actions are in alignment, you can put yourself in position to be the best person for the job.
Or Donkey Kong can crack a red shell upside your head. And you can’t control that. And trust me…Donkey Kong is really good at cracking you in the head with that red shell.
Excellent question Ken. Follow up with me and let me know how it goes.
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