As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
We leap to conclusions because we don’t like being uncertain.
Sales are down because of X.
The patient got an infection because of Y.
But there’s a huge problem with this. X and Y are often stories that we use to explain the facts. So, we end up solving for the symptom and not the cause.
To get the correct answer almost always requires more facts.
Sales being down are a fact. There is a lot of data behind this fact to accurately diagnose why.
Don’t solve stories, solve facts.
Or else you’ll be solving a different story next month when this ‘solution’ fails.
Change isn’t that hard.
Our lives are filled with paths that we have seduced ourselves into believing are impossible for us to take.
A while ago I encouraged my daughter Zara not to listen to a friend who wanted her to do something that she didn’t feel good about.
When we focus on a past that we don’t like, we are living in a state where we are hoping an imaginary future will heal a non-existent past.
Recently I was in a situation that wasn’t what I wanted, but there wasn’t anything I could do to change it.
Is it to never stop believing?
If you fill up every area of your life with little regard for the quality of what you’re filling it with, there’s not much room left.
“Fortune favours the bold.”
“Look before you leap.”
So, which one is it???
We all make them.