It’s easy to see what’s not working and what could work better, especially to the outside observer.
On the surface, problems can seem simple and the solutions obvious.
Of course, sometimes they are. On the other hand, what seems like an easy and obvious fix may only serve to treat the symptom and not address the underlying problem. Other times you solve one problem only to reveal or even create another.
It can be hard to identify what symptom to address or problem to solve that can make the biggest difference.
“We always hope for the easy fix: the one simple change that will erase a problem in a stroke. But few things in life work this way. Instead, success requires making a hundred small steps go right – one after the other, no slipups, no goofs, everyone pitching in.”
― Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance
Focus on finding that magic fix that will make everything better, or the simple universal solution to the problems you see, and you might just miss the opportunity to make things go right today.
The belief that leads us down the path of seeking the magic fix is this: something is wrong. And if you believe something is wrong, you will have your attention on why things are broken or how they should be different than they are.
This belief keeps your attention on the past and can lead to endless spinning and frustration trying to fix what appears to be broken. You can easily get caught thinking you “fixed” it, only to discover there is a never-ending stream of other things that are wrong — feeding frustration at best and a sense of hopelessness at worst.
On the other hand, if you choose to believe that nothing is wrong with the way things are now, you will naturally shift your focus to what you can do to make things go right today.
When you adopt the mindset that nothing is wrong, you will begin to trust that the things that are really important will likely get handled as a matter of course.
It’s those small steps you take every day over time to do things right that will lead to the progress that will fuel your belief.
So try this on… choose today to adopt the mindset that nothing is wrong and ask yourself: how can I make things go right today? tweet this
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