Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Embrace the Obvious

One of the most curious things about people is their difficulty in recognizing what's right in front of their faces.  Do you ever notice that when you are looking for your keys, they are in your hand?  Or when you want to find your glasses, they are sitting right on top of your head?  If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is this:  THE MAGIC IS IN THE OBVIOUS.  That means:  the answer to your dilemma is often right in front of your face.  Your job is to look and discover it, and then... DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

Example:  If you tend to be pessimistic, how much time are you spending complaining or feeling sorry for yourself?  If your business is doing poorly, how much are you contributing to poor customer service?  How much are you actually helping the customer be dissatisfied?  If your marriage is one where you feel emotionally malnourished, how much are you withholding nourishment yourself?  Or expecting nourishment from a spouse who is ill equipped to give it to you?  If you are tired and winded going up a flight of stairs, how much do you need to lose weight and get in shape?

The answers are often so obvious we have trouble seeing them.  What is even more curious is that everyone else can see what's right in front of you except you. 

So, what to do?  Ask yourself regularly, "What is obvious here?  What do I need to see?  What can everyone else see here that might be difficult for me to see or accept?  What is right in front of my face?"

Then, do something about it!  CHANGE SOMETHING!  Your behavior, your contribution, your relationships, your habits, something... anything!  Do something different and the situation will change. 

Remember, you have much more power over yourself anyway.

So, the message is:  Embrace the Obvious:  There's magic when you recognize what is right in front of your face.  THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

If you have any questions, please let me, Dr. J. Mitchell Perry know or check out some of our life coaching products.

Posted via email from Dr. JM Perry: Leveraging Human Performance

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