Decisions sometimes need to be made even when it is undesirable. Have you encountered unexpected choices during adverse conditions?
If you have, then you’ve probably recognized that freezing, seizing up, or having a reluctance to consider alternatives may result in poor choices.
People deal with the stress of the unexpected in different ways. Some immediately want to explore while others just want everything to go back to what they considered normal.
In many cases, there is not a back to normal option. The status quo is no longer available. There becomes a new normal.
People often believe that a persons environment shapes who they are and who they become. Others believe that people are who they are, regardless of any environmental observation or stimulus. There is even a psychology based term for this, it is known as the Fundamental Attribution Error.
Our environment is powerful. Situations and circumstances are powerful. Your habits, ethics, and integrity are also powerful.
What do you do or assume during adverse conditions? Are you looking for new options or do you find yourself restricted to known paths?
Innovators seek new options.
You may discover that it is time to pivot. Time to explore the unexplored and discover a different direction.
What do you do when the store is out of your favorite brand?
How do you get to work when your normal route is blocked?
What happens when you don’t have the right tool for the job?
You improvise. Discovery of options and choices provide an opportunity to keep moving.
Everyday decisions always have an outcome. Decisions that you make under pressure or adverse conditions also have an outcome.
Certainly a decision or choice to do nothing is still a decision but the opportunity to pivot gets new things started.
It may be the unexpected choices or options which require you to go in a new direction that yield the best results.
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.