I was cooking fried rice for dinner last night and having a heck of a time seeing what I was doing.
After struggling for a few minutes and getting frustrated with my pan, the spatula I was using, and finally the eggs and ham, I realized I hadn’t noticed the sun had moved and there wasn’t sunlight streaming in my window anymore so my kitchen was dark.
Flipped on a light switch and oh what a difference!
Turns out, the ham, eggs, spatula and pan weren’t conspiring against me. I just couldn’t see what I was cooking clearly.
Business is sometimes like that. We’re so busy working, trying to get things done, and focus on what’s right in front of us that we don’t notice we need to flip the light switch so we can see clearly.
- Getting help from someone else (coach, friend, mastermind) to put things in perspective or figure out our best next step
- That great feeling when the light bulb goes off in your head with the solution or idea you’ve been waiting for
- Finding the answer to the question you had that was stopping you from moving forward
- Realizing you needed to take a simple action to change the way things appeared
So when’s the last time you stopped and turned on one of the those light switches? What was it for you?