Hurdles hinder hustle: don’t hide from the challenge, they’re hurdles after all
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
... the human race is rife with impediments to our smooth momentum
Have you encountered a hurdle, a problem, an obstacle?
Surely we all do, have, and understand – that most days, those hurdles, problems, and obstacles are on our familiar path at home or work. Familiar territory where we can solve, dodge, weave, and overcome most obstacles. In the fullness of time, they aren’t usually enormous or actual obstacles – they are disturbing inconveniences that happen.
These dynamics play out at home, too; the nature of these speedbumps are different, but we deal with them the same ways mostly. Being out of milk or bread or some other household essential is simply an inventory and logistics problem. Having to manage bills, money, and asset purchases is being CFO of home HQ.
Volunteer groups, community organizations – anything else we do, the same scope of problems and similar solutions come along; scope-creep, but manageable.
But what do we do when we are on an unfamiliar road without a map or GPS? Our eyes see, but we are blind to the landscape, unaware of norms and pitfalls – and this is where we learn (or show) what we are made of – in that we might explore intrepidly, yet others will stop to do research. Some will retreat, saying, “I don’t want to go there,” while others will call a meeting or strategy session to engage the help of others.
Too often our ‘calling a meeting’ is a flawed exercise of ‘Google that’, which produces results, opinion, and strategies we don’t know from people we have no experience with – and we trust our future, or the next decision, to these nameless faceless unaccountable people. And when we fall flat, we say “oops”.