Whatever the crisis that’s plaguing you this week, month, year or decade, look at how that crisis holds you down – and what that crisis does FOR you!
Yes, I said, “What it does FOR you.” Any repetitive behavior in which we allow ourselves to engage – and keeping on and on “in crisis” is repetitive, to be sure – is something we are allowing to stay in our lives for a reason. And if we uncover that reason, and understand the good things we’re getting from the so-called crisis, then we’ve taken a necessary first step toward resolving it.
Think about it: do “crises” go away on their own? Some do. This can happen when they have deadlines attached. Miss the deadline, no more crisis!
Perhaps under-performance in one’s work leads to a crisis of one’s job being in jeopardy, or one’s business failing. At work, under-performance ranges from doing less than one promised to do last year, when one received a performance appraisal, to entrepreneurs who persistently put their heads in the sand when it comes to some essential aspect of developing their businesses.
Why do so many business owners wait until they’re practically bankrupt to call in a consultant who might help them resolve the challenges they’re facing in their companies? It’s for the same reason that people who need to diet think, “I’m going to go on that diet—another day!”
It’s painful to start, it’s restrictive to change one’s way of operating, and it’s probably going to involve some discipline that they’d just as soon not introduce!
And yet, how many good things come to us without our exhibiting the discipline to work for them? Do we value the things that come easily? I’d submit that we often don’t – not the way we value the things we had to discipline ourselves and sacrifice for!
Resolving a crisis often takes a plan – and clear thinking about what you WILL and WON’T allow yourself to do, or to accept from someone else, or to stand by and observe. And it takes acting on that clear thinking, of course, and continuing to act on it over time, when you’re tired, when you’re bored, when you’re overwhelmed.
You also have to admit when the plan isn’t working, when progress isn’t there, when the crisis isn’t lifting, and then you have to have the courage to develop yet another plan, and work THAT.