National Geographic defines cast-net fishing as one of the more sustainable methods of recreational sports fishing. Cast nets are one of the oldest and most efficient ways to catch large amounts of small- to medium-sized fish. The ancient Polynesians who first settled Hawaii between the 4th and 9th centuries probably brought the skills and technology of cast-net fishing with them. So what is a cast net? A cast net is usually small enough to be operated by one person. It is round or oval, and can be thrown, or cast, over a large area. Weights on the side of the net help it sinks, catching any sea creatures inside.

Cast-net fishing is very similar to personal and professional growth. I know you are probably trying to figure that out but keep reading. You are going to be quite surprised.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. How effective is my net (assessment)?

2. How skilled am I at casting MY net (approach)?

3. Am I catching as much as I can (effort)?

4. Where am I casting my net (environment)?

So here is the lesson, in cast net fishing you have to assess your net, your approach, your effort and the environment. We should do the same when it comes to our business development, team development, personal and professional growth.

Here are a few tips to help you cast your net for a better return.

1. Assess Your Net.

Check your net for size, tangles and holes. These tangles and holes represent challenge areas and where you need to grow and develop. If you keep finding yourself casting your net with little to no return, you have minimal to no influence; you should assess your net and consider your approach. A 360 assessment can help you identify and develop your challenge areas and strengthen your net!

2. What’s Your Approach?

Sometimes we do the same thing expecting a different result. INSANITY!!! We stay in the insane lane because that’s all we know, we were never taught OR we learned from someone who didn’t have the best approach. Nevertheless, we need to change our approach in order to get a better return on “catching” more opportunities. When we fail to adjust or change our approach, we will find that although we have replaced or repaired our net, it still returns empty.

3. What’s Your Level of Effort?

In order to increase your level of effort you must be proactive! In Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People habit #1 is Be Proactive. This habit states YOU must STOP the blame game, take responsibility and execute! Things don’t just happen; YOU have to design the life, business, team, and even the number of fish you want. Habit #1 offers the perfect opportunity to produce the results YOU want.

4. Where are You Casting?

Are you REALLY in the best environment and location to cast our net? Where are you spending your time and who are you spending it with? In order to secure more “fish” you are going to need to cast a larger net which means, get outside of your comfort zone and expand your reach. When we remove the limits we have placed on ourselves and explore other environments, relationships, networks – then we increase our opportunities for a great casting experience. We must not be bound by our limiting beliefs, move one foot at a time OUTSIDE of the comfort zone and cast your net.

Let us help you cast a net that will return bountiful! Visit our website,www.drtaunyalowe.com to learn about our services. We would love to talk to you about our 360 Assessment, Executive Coaching, Strategic Planning and Consultation, Leadership Boot camps and the Human Services Leadership University. Call us toll-free 855-873-4445

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Taunya A. Lowe, Ph.D. is a Human Services Strategist and the CEO of a human services and leadership development consulting firm located in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Lowe is an international speaker, trainer, success coach, professor, entrepreneur; and the Siegel Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Character 2013 Phenomenal Woman. Trained by John Maxwell and his team, she is a skilled change agent with a focus on developing people and organizations. She enjoys combining her photography and writing to motivate, inspire and lead people and organizations toward transformation. To contact Dr. Lowe, visit www.drtaunyalowe.com email taunya@drtaunyalowe.com or call her office toll free (855) 873-4445. Check out our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/drtaunyalowe/videos, follow us @drtaunyaalowe; like us https://www.facebook.com/TheImpactExperience or connect with us on www.linkedin.com/in/drtalowe