One day at a time…


There are numerous professionals, systems, programs and specialists today that make a living by assisting people and businesses to develop, grow and achieve better or just different results. Obviously they have to maintain a certain level of success to remain in business or to stay alive themselves.

The question that I investigate this week is what happens before…

How do we “lose track”, stop making money, stop enjoying what we do or even tire of performing the tasks that once gave us so much joy?

The true answer is slow and steady growth…

I know that this sounds counter-intuitive; but if you think about this for a moment, we will discover that almost all social, emotional, physical, spiritual and financial stagnation is the result of change.

We start a new venture, relationship, project, initiative or endeavour filled with the desire to make a difference, prove some point, experience or learn something. These goals are worthwhile and meaningful, should scare us slightly and challenge us enough to get excited, get butterflies in the stomach, grow anxious, stress and even panic. We question ourselves, our abilities, our partners, commitment, capability and frankly anything that we can think of.

Then we get to work… Head down… Hearts in thought… Sweaty palms…

We learn as we go along… Efficiency… Open communication… Process simplification… Standardisation…

Apollo 17

Apollo 17

Then one day we launch a rocket to the moon… The eyes of the world are fixed on us… Everything we have learned along the way is needed to get those astronauts back to their families alive… We all watch transfixed, mesmerised, and if all goes well through this phase, we await the dawn of the next phase with abated breath… There is sighs of relief when the equipment, people, systems, processes and other elements come together to do almost exactly what we thought would be impossible to achieve.

As they splash down safely into the ocean, we all know that this was a momentous achievement. Nothing will ever be the same again. We have changed human history forever…

Now for the next one, even bolder, even more daring – some minor glitches – safely home… Phew that one was a close call…

Then we dare even more – it pays off – home again…

Now we… ARGH… who cares…

The absolutely wondrous has changed into a humdrum background noise… It is just not special any more…

Why is a 4 minute mile nothing special? Just because thousands of people have achieved it does not make it less difficult…

1954 - Roger Bannister

1954 - Roger Bannister

The speed of sound used to be an insurmountable barrier to our human potential… Now… ARGH… Who cares…?

1947 - Bell XS-1 - Chuck Yeager

1947 - Bell XS-1 - Chuck Yeager

How did this happen?

We have changed… Our expectations have shifted…

WE HAVE GROWN!!

Oh yes, that daily slog, the grind and the uphill battle that we vaguely remember has produced people in an altered state… We have moved along…

So next time you take one day at a time, drag one foot in front of the other; REJOICE… While you are not looking; focussing or searching – You are changing…

Organic Growth

Organic Growth

Organic growth – Humans – simply wondrous…

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