As creatures of habit, we can sometimes get stuck doing the same things and thinking the same thoughts. This is not always a bad thing, depending on the habit. But it could prove to be troublesome when our habits are keeping us in a constant place with the unchanged perspective. It doesn’t allow us the chance to adjust, grow, or improve. If you have been following my writing, you know that my personal tagline since I started at the Chamber is “always improving”. It is something that I constantly keep in the back of my mind. How can we improve upon what we do and why we do it? How are we bringing value to our membership and the business community? What else can we do?
They say you can change your life when you change your habits. In fact, there are numerous books and YouTube videos on it. Even a small change such as simply driving to work on a different road can open your eyes to things you don’t normally see or maybe even to what you didn’t even know was there. Try it! Seek out the new, changed, or different offerings in the community.
At the Chamber, we are adding new and improved possibilities: besides our new Network before 9 (next one is February 27th), another new opportunity we’ve identified is for consumers. We’ve been preaching the importance of shopping local and now you’ll have more of an opportunity to do so. Next month we will begin our ‘Shop First Sundays’ promotion – where our area retailers will open specific hours on the 1st Sunday of every month. You can get out of the mindset that shopping must happen anywhere but here in your own town! You get to save gas and time and find the great treasures that are here locally.
Perspective is defined as a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a way of considering something. Do you see dandelions as weeds or as wishes? I believe that changing your perspective can lead to a change in habit.
I also believe our area is in a unique position to take advantage of the growth and utilize the possibilities…the ‘thousands of wishes’ out there. With the right perspective, hard work, good strategies, and input from our members, our community will reach its great potential. The Chamber is here to drive our business community to that potential, to serve you and your needs and to help us all have a more unified business community. It is my vision, my mission as I see it in this role, and I am determined to use a new perspective to allow us all to ‘be better than yesterday’.