We’ve all said it – usually referenced in times of great frustration, whether at home or on the job. The work has piled up, the jobs are seemingly endless, and the to-do list has no checkmarks. The words spill out quickly and furiously, as if uttering the phrase will magically change the fate of your current predicament. “I just don’t have the time.” Exhausted and irritated, you move on attempting to determine which of the unfinished items will prove most detrimental in the long run and ponder the best excuse you can provide to cover for it.
In his New York Times bestseller, Principles, billionaire investor and philanthropist Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Consulting, challenges leaders to willingly and purposefully accept their most uncomfortable realities as a part of a comprehensive strategy for success.
While it’s true origins have been disputed, French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery is often attributed with authoring one of the most powerful (and subsequently most cited) maxims in the field of organizational development and business:
Bring on the New Year’s resolutions. Our annual declaration to the world that this is the year we will finally own it. Crush it. Achieve it.
I love the actionable detail of resolutions and the feelings of excitement and possibility that they inevitably elicit. There is a certain freedom in the idea of a clean slate and an opportunity to start fresh without looking back.
We’ve all heard someone say, “It took me forever to finish this,” or “I worked overtime last night.” We often share details about what we’ve done, but we rarely talk about the meaning.
One of the unfortunate realities of modernity is the constant and ever-looming potential for distraction. Distractions constantly surround us and seem to work in 24-hour shifts. To combat distractions, cutting edge technology and consumer marketing strategies consistently attempt to promote methods and products with the goal of helping us to simplify and focus.
It’s happened a million times. You ignore the alarm clock, hit the snooze button for what seems like an eternity and finally (reluctantly) roll out of bed. Without a plan, you move aimlessly from one room to the next trying your best to remember what needs addressed before leaving the house.
- Do you have a goal set for yourself, but others cannot see it?
- Do you have something that matters to you, but others cannot comprehend its depth?
- Are you striving for something, but aren’t seeing results?
There’s truth behind the well-known statement: people don’t leave jobs; they leave leaders. Most often, employees will look for new jobs not because they are underpaid or overworked, but because they feel unappreciated and undervalued.
Your staff members, spouse, friends, kids – why is it so difficult to get people to do what you want without having to nag them?