Show Notes: For those who prefer to read rather than watch
Today we’re going to talk about jigsaws. The other day the Australian Prime Minister, when he was discussing the stimulus package, explained how jigsaws are one of life’s essentials.
I agree wholeheartedly with him because to me jigsaws are life essentials but not for the same reason that you would expect.
You see, I believe every single one of you is a jigsaw piece, and you are the perfect jigsaw piece for other people, particularly in business.
So, what does that mean? When your business is trading, what happens is that people go looking for a particular skill or service that they might be missing. They’re looking for a jigsaw piece to complete their jigsaw.
In regular times they’ll say, “I’m looking for a jigsaw piece”. And you say, “Hey! Here I am! My business delivers this piece of a jigsaw”. And they say, “Well that’s lovely, but I need an orange piece, not a blue piece”.
You understand that you’re not a match because the person is looking for a particular service or goods delivered in a particular way – and you are not that.
That’s in regular times.
What’s happening now is that everybody’s pieces of jigsaws have been thrown in a mess on the floor. All of the jigsaw pieces are in an absolute mess which means everybody is now trying to rebuild their jigsaw with new pieces or with new colours or new thinking.
This is the perfect time for you to have a look at your personal jigsaw and have a look at the jigsaw piece that your business is providing to see if you are happy with the design or if it’s time to change.
Yesterday I was talking to one of my colleagues who told me about a young couple that had moved into the end of his street over on the weekend.
My colleague felt sad for them because they had an old, beat-up car with just a tiny box trailer on the back. The trailer was stuffed full of slightly ratty possessions.
As they were moving in, my colleague got talking with them to welcome them to the neighbourhood. He asked them, “How’re things going – moving during the pandemic must be hard.”
They replied, “No. It’s brilliant! We finally got here. We’re New South Wales, and our house had been burnt down in the fires. We had lost everything.”
“We had been feeling sorry for ourselves but then decided that nothing was keeping us there anymore, so why not follow our dreams? We decided to do what we’ve always wanted to do, which was move to Queensland and start a new life.”
Could you think of a worst time to be changing States, trying to furnish a new house and to find jobs? But these people decided now’s the best possible time, so they packed up, and they decided to move quickly before the borders shut.
My colleague saw them a few days later and asked, “How are things going?”
One of the couple replied “It’s actually really brilliant. I’ve just been offered my dream job!”
What I’m trying to say is in the middle of crisis are the seeds of opportunity. There are seeds of opportunity if you know where to look for them. The seeds of your future are planted today.
So now is the time for you to look at your piece of the jigsaw.
Take a long hard look at your business and life jigsaw. Are you happy with your business the way it was before the pandemic? If you’re not, now’s the time to figure out who you are and who you want to serve.
Ask yourself – which clients do you want to be working with? What business model and shape do you want your business to take?
Now is the perfect time to hit the reset button on you and your business and your life’s jigsaw.
It’s time for mental reset because now is the time that you’re planting seeds for your future. The middle of a crisis is when you’re planting your seeds for the future.
- What are my skills?
- Who do I want to serve?
- How do I want to make a difference?
And adjust your business accordingly.
You see, I know in every fibre of my being that you do have skills and talents and that you have a purpose to deliver those skills and talents to somebody in this world.
You are somebody’s missing piece. Your jigsaw is the missing piece for somebody’s business.
However, right now is the time to check if you are happy with your jigsaw piece if you want to adjust it to be a better match for the people you want to serve in the future.