The English man says that two heads are better than one and so we all need direction. However, not all advice is tailored towards your individual success. However, everyone has their own binoculars of looking at life. What may work for another, may not necessarily work for you.
The question still stands, how can you tell which decision works for you while you are pursuing your roles at your work place? Joseph Kibuuka, a business consultant working in the Ministry of Finance says that the debate of which advise to pick on and which one to abandon begins with your vision. This is what distinguishes gold medal winners from losers.
“Determine your vision in life so that accompanying advice may help you arrive at the place and not a place. Without a vision, you have misdirected thoughts, actions and targets,” Kibuuka said.
Kibuuka calls the art of bearing a vision readiness to success. Therefore amidst all the advices, one should bear in mind that before taking on any one’s advice, it should support his or her vision.
I was once in a dilemma of what advice to accept when I had just ventured into the working world. With journalism, it is a collection of different genres that can be masterminded by all and specialized by a few. I believe it is the same in other professions. So here I was being told by experienced cadres of what would work best for me.
Painstakingly, I went back to the drawing board and re-examined my strengths and weaknesses and picked on that advice that would enable me ride on my strength and work toward eliminating my weaknesses. Therefore choosing which decision works for you, it is crucial to understand your own weaknesses and strengths.
Douglas Mazune, a former Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) President who has associated with major brands like Uganda telecom and City Tyres, advises that your own SWOT analysis should be considered before accepting or rejecting advice. That is finding out one’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
“SWOT helps you to position yourself suitably in the inevitably competitive environment today. This will help ably judge advise received. Do not see problems in opportunities like most pessimists. You could even look for an opportunity in a problem,” Mazune counsels.
He added that individual focus on one’s ability matters a lot. The main thing is for one to take on the advice that will help him or her go for the specific, measurable, achievable, and realistic and time bound objectives.
Kiggundu also recommends determination of the career progression path. That is; how people who do the same work as you have typically progressed and their average tenure position in the organization. The advice that one chooses should be able to fulfill their primary satisfaction criteria.