Recently I had an interaction with someone in a business I own. Some people had pointed out some challenges and this person was freaking out a bit.
“We’ve already identified those challenges,” I said. “We’ve diagnosed the issues and we have a strategy to address them,” I continued, “Don’t panic.”
Worry is a useful emotion if it spurs you to look at something critically, to diagnose the problem, to build a solid strategy.
Beyond that it becomes wasted energy and counterproductive.
Decide comes from the Latin root to cut off from. Once you’ve diagnosed the problem and built a strategy to address it, stop worrying. Absolutely look at the results you are getting when executing and question if the strategy is working, but stop questioning the strategy theoretically before you’ve had a chance to execute it and get results.
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.
In summer I walked up to the Rob Roy Glacier near Wanaka.
There are two ways to find the limit.
When I was skiing professionally, I knew that standing on the edge of a cliff for longer didn’t make it any safer to drop.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.