Are you ready for Monday? It’s the last week of 2Q and the midpoint for 2016 – can you believe it??? The year is half over!!
We live and work at a fast pace; I’m sure you know about the pressure to keep up and also get it right, day in and day out. How do you balance the two – faster, faster, faster versus accuracy, rigor and sureness?
That wise sage, Lemony Snicket, said it well, “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting the rest of our lives.” Isn’t that the truth? Taking too long to get something done is often the same as doing nothing. Yet, we often take more time, not less, to make decisions. Why is it so difficult to move faster? My bet is most folks would say the risk of not getting it right makes them cautious, sometimes overly so. Reality bites. Failing isn’t fun but it’s also completely normal because real life is full of failures and recoveries. If we only worry about the failures, we miss the opportunities, don’t we?
One way of taking the sting out of failures is to talk about them. By hiding them away, or hoping folks don’t see them, we make them bigger than they really are. Instead, how about we talk about our failures, big and small, and also what we learned from them? Let’s think about them just enough to put them in context and then put them aside.
I’ll get you started, here’s a random list of my failures:
- Didn’t make it into Stanford.
- Had to withdraw a tariff filing.
- Called someone by the wrong name on multiple conference calls.
- Didn’t pass an undergrad biology class.
- Fell off my bike. Repeatedly. While standing still. In front of a bunch of other riders, some of whom I worked with. Pfffft.
Now here’s that same list with the other half of the story:
- Graduated from UC Berkeley.
- Fixed the tariff and refiled it.
- Took the class again and passed. Graduated summa cum laude from two graduate programs.
- Got back on the dang bike and pedaled. Crossed the finish line of the Hotter Than Hell. Whoot!
I’m ok with my failures. I’m even better with the other half of the story. How about you?Does thinking about your failures and putting them in perspective make it easier for you to take a risk? I hope so. I hope they inspire you to keep trying!
Have a great week, let’s wrap the month, the quarter, the first half of 2016 STRONG!