We all want to make a difference. We want our work to matter and for our voice to be heard. Even if what we’re saying has been said before, even if it’s nothing new. It may be old to you but it may be that I’ve just figured out for myself.
The thing to remember though is that you cannot be everything to everyone. You also cannot do it all. If you stop to think about what’s going wrong in your life or your career and decide to take a logical approach, it might mean making a list of what’s wrong and what’s right. A logical approach here means not just reacting in the heat of the moment and making empty promises to yourself. It means making an honest assessment. It means taking the time to critically evaluate. Being honest about this helps in getting the right outcome but let’s say that you do find nine things you need to fix.
What are the chances that you will proactively, systematically try to and gun for fixing all nine problems? Let me tell you, if you did fix them all, you won’t be in this position in the first place. So, the best thing in my mind, is to be a tad realistic about the whole thing. Let it be a given, that fixing all nine issues wont be accomplished. Let it be a given that you will fix the one.
Firstly, you won’t get depressed about not having achieved anything simply because you are fixing at least one thing.
Secondly, the typical response to having such a number of issues to fix is to throw your hands in the air and say, this is too much, I’ll deal with it tomorrow. Yea, right.
Thirdly, if you’re looking to do this now, chances are high that you’ll probably be a little introspective again some time in the future when you can perhaps tackle another single issue and give it every chance of success. Little by little, you make progress.
What am I getting at?
Frequently, we complain about problems. We think we can craft out ways to resolve them but then sometimes, things get too hard and complicated and perhaps, laziness sets in and nothing gets done in the end. If you can choose to say to yourself, that you are serious about wanting to make a change and just commit yourself to one thing at a time, you have a serious chance of actually achieving something there. As opposed to just blowing a lot of hot air and looking like you’re always on the cusp of progress.