Do You Really See What’s In Front of You… Or Do You See What You Want to See?

HR trends, tech trends, communication trends, the list goes on. And there’s a fair number of organisations and consultants out there that want to impress you with their ability to see the trends before they actually arrive.

To those predicting, perhaps it serves to showcase their authority and expertise.
To you receiving, perhaps you’d like to catch on, catch up or just be aware of what you’ve missed.
But I don’t know that it is always so good to catch up on all these trends.

What do you really see before you? Is everything not subject to perception and positioning? Could there occasionally be a touch of smoke and mirrors?

I think we are inundated with data and our lives would be simpler if we cut back on our obsessive need to keep abreast with every development out there. You simply can’t keep up anymore, you have to be selective. And the problem with keeping up to date with all that data, I fear, is that you simply do not spend an equal amount of time, truly processing what that data means to you.

Our obsession with looking over our shoulder, to our past or future, does not leave us enough mental space and energy to deal with what is right in front of us. And we need all the energy and space we can to make sense of it, because there’s just so much to deal with. We need to make sense of events, emotions, decisions, consequences, nuances, interconnectedness between different elements as they all kick and scream and manipulate their way into our consciousness.

You know, what we have, in front of us, is more than enough for us to deal with. So why take on more than you can chew?
Let’s just deal with here and now.


About rowena morais

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One response to “Do You Really See What’s In Front of You… Or Do You See What You Want to See?

  1. vincent bradbury

    Very thoughtful, as always. Very timely as well. Earlier this morning I read an account by a soldier who participated in the D-Day invasion of how Winston Churchill visited and addressed the troops prior to the invasion, in short telling them this would be their “finest hour”. It caused me to think that at any given time in anyone’s life they are living their finest hour. Because all you really have is the present moment. If you can realize and remember that, you will strive to make each and every moment, hour, day, etc. all that it can be. But you have to be alert, motivated, decisive and, as you say, selective. It’s all too easy to be distracted, manipulated, overwhelmed or just plain daunted by the challenge. Thanks for your thoughts.
    Keep putting them out there. They are very stimulating.


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