Knock Off The Training Wheels

June 13, 2020

Today is a moment of unprecedented change. The COVID – 19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to all businesses around the world. Don’t think of this a problem, but opportunities for those individuals that are faster, flexible, and responsive to change. We cannot let fear paralyze us from inaction.

One of the biggest challenges I see with organizations is to just start. They need to set aside their self-doubt. I’ll say to them: “It’s time to Knock the Training Wheels Off and start our journey”. This is exactly what many organizations need to do right now!

Don’t get frustrated or discouraged.  Many owners and managers are looking around and feeling disillusioned: and thinking to themselves “what’s the point of all this extra work?” It would be easier just to go back to the status quo and play it safe.  There will always be someone smarter and more successful who has more toys than you.

Be cautious of the negative thoughts.  You might just limit your own capabilities. Dig your heels in, pointed yourself north, and bounced back!  Realize; it isn’t fear of failure that you’re afraid of.  It is a fear of success! 

Your Journey

Your Foot Prints

Your Legacy

We need to plant a stake in the ground or draw a line in the sand. Just start!

Do these five steps to get started: P – B – P – C – T

  1. Pick – one item that you are hesitant in moving forward on.
  2. Brainstorm – spend no more than 10 minutes brainstorming what can go correctly and incorrectly when implementing.
  3. Plan – spend no more than 10 minutes outlining how you will implement it.
  4. Create Action – implement your idea right then and there. DO NOT wait for this afternoon or tomorrow.
  5. Track – Measure results and course correct to achieve the goal.

The inability to start is real sin! What’s the worst thing that could happen? You learn something!

The only thing to fear is fear itself!

Don’t let the “status quo” rob you and the organization of their true potential.

I see this every day in organizations that I’m advising. I call it the rubber band effect. It’s easier and more comforting to go back to the office, answer e-mail, or go to a meeting than to confront the fear of change.

Beware of this false security blanket. Don’t be tricked by this facade of comfort. It is the equivalent of the wolf in sheep’s clothing to the growth and survival of any organization.

Invest in yourself and your team members. Success, organizational wealth and sustainability is a long-term game.

Before you know it, you will have an engaged and thriving team with excellent results. There is no better way to attract and retain high potential team members than to give them the opportunity, tools, and authority to make an impact. What are you waiting for…?

Knock the Training Wheels off and join the race!

Categorized in: Art of Change Series™