Written By: Troy Tait
In April, Med One held our Annual Meeting at the Montage Deer Valley Resort. I’m not a big fan of meetings, but this is one that I really look forward to. Each year, we get together and hear messages from a wide variety of employees as well as our owners Larry Stevens and Brent Allen. It is always a great opportunity to listen to the thoughts and insight of my coworkers and get their perspective on Med One. I have to say, we have some great people at Med One and the messages were very inspiring. It made me really appreciate the importance of being part of the team.
I had the chance to provide the opening presentation of the general session. Part of my assignment was to introduce the theme–All In. To start, I provided a little history of the phrase All In and its meaning. As most already know, All In is a phrase typically associated with gambling. While it started out as a gambler who was down on his luck, going all in was his last effort to stay in the game. Over time it evolved into a strategic move used by a strong, savvy gambler who was looking for a way to take out the competition.
Through the years, the phrase gained more popularity and was being used as a marketing catch phrase, business strategy, and even as a motivational phrase for sports teams. I’m sure, many of you have heard or possibly used this phrase at some point in one of these examples.
As I continued with my presentation, I brought up one important element of going All In: mindset. This is not something that is easy to do and going All In might require a change of mindset due to the risk element. One of my favorite quotes about mindset reads, “Mindset is what separates the best from the rest.” But changing a mindset is not easy. In fact, change in general isn’t easy, but it really is the thing that can make us better.
As I continued with my presentation about changing our mindset and going All In, I shared the following quote, “Don’t let what you think you see, prevent you from achieving what you want.” I think there are times when we perceive obstacles that may not really exist. We might over analyze or convince ourselves that something is not possible, based solely on “things that only appear to exist.” When this happens, we are simply removing the opportunity for us to do something that could be very rewarding simply because we think we see obstacles that we can’t overcome.
I have been with Med One for just over 28 years and have watched this company change from a small start up to an amazing organization with some of the best employees. I am grateful that our owners, very early on, had the mindset to keep going no matter what challenges came their way. Trust me when I say, they faced many challenges, and for most, it would have made sense to give up and try something else. But they didn’t let these challenges— whether real or perceived—get in the way of achieving what they wanted. They changed their mindset and pushed through each obstacle that stood in their way.
Today, we still face many challenges and obstacles, but we have been well trained to avoid falling into the trap of letting something we think we see, prevent us from achieving what we want.
Don’t let what you think you see, prevent you from achieving what you want.