The conversation often starts with a workplace comparison. Someone else did it wrong, someone else had permission, or everybody does it.
Often it seems we live life in comparison. The grass is always greener. Someone else was lucky, or they must come from money.
The Illusion of Shortcuts
It may be a way to create blame or it may be a way explain shortcomings. It may also be a lure into the trap that shortcuts exist and the best way to get ahead is knowing how to navigate them.
When you look for the bad, the things that could go wrong, or a reason why it won’t work, you’ll likely find it. Finding someone or some circumstance to blame may be self-protection or it may create a reason to give up before you get started.
Careers have a beginning and an ending, and a whole lot of stuff that happens in the middle. You work for a paycheck, job satisfaction, or to make a difference.
You also probably wonder from time-to-time if you are getting left behind.
There are some guarantees. One guarantee is that when you compare your life’s work against another’s, you’ll find some differences.
Some people are worn out, tired, and want a break. Some will cite fear, hesitation, and hurry as the cause for their outcome.
There will still be other onlookers who claim the shortcut was the reason.
The shortcut is an illusion. An assumption that because you know now, and didn’t before, you’ll be able to get there quicker.
Speed may matter, and so will timing.
Comparison over action may be similar to a dog chasing its tail, or the rocking chair on the front porch. Lots of activity, things in motion, but no one is going anywhere.
Shortcuts are often an illusion and so is the comparison.
Reserve judgment and stay focused.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.