Can you relate to the image of a hamster wheel? I would definitely say that there are times that this is exactly how we all feel. So what brings on this frustration. It can’t be that we are being run any faster then the next person and surely we are all smart enough to figure out how to get off. But time and again we get caught back on the wheel running in this endless circles hoping for any chance to jump off.
So I started thinking, what are some ways we can get off that wheel?
I know what you are thinking, am I proposing we just start working less and get less done? Absolutely Not!! What I am proposing is that we slow down enough to stop the madness and get the right things done that will have the most impact. Sometimes that wheel is spinning so fast that the momentum alone pushes us forward and we end up missing so much along the way.
Jump Off Fast In One Direction
In other words, pick a direction or as my colleague so nicely put it, Focus, Focus, Focus. If you jump, you should be prepared to make an impact. Jump off when you know the timing makes sense and be prepared to stick with your decision.
The hamster can’t tell anyone they want to get off or that they have that feeling of going nowhere, but we can. Share with your colleagues the challenge that you see and help initiate a better direction.
But Really, We Need to Get Off the Wheel
I think that most of us get on this wheel because we are not completely sure of the direction we want to take. We think if we work harder and faster something will happen. What we see is that this rarely works. You need to do a complete reality check on where you want to go and how you can get there.
At ifridge, we have been quite passionate about expressing this idea in the form of “Everybody is Beautiful”. Here we discuss the ability of an organization to express “who they are” and “what they do” but more important how they plan to move the organization towards this expression of beauty.
We call this the Reality Check because it is the time when you can see how close or far you are from your end goals and make a plan to get there successfully. It’s this reality check that takes you off the wheel and onto one exciting road where you have the ability to look ahead and not feel you are spinning in circles.
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