In business as well as in our personal lives, things don’t always happen at a fast pace. We wish they would. Waiting is a drag especially when we don’t know the outcome of a particular action, deed, or behavior.
Waiting in business can sometimes become a humdrum affair. My mom use to say: Hurry up and wait. I know from personal experience that when you’ve initiated a great change in your office, (procedures, new boss, new position, new anything) that our anxiety levels go through the ceiling if we don’t receive our “instant gratification” of what’s going to happen next.
In taking my company to the next level, a multi-media company, I find myself full of doubts, complications from the doubts, and inhibitions of whether I’m doing the right thing or not.
The idea then is not to allow these changes to effect your overall behavior, your actions, words, thoughts, or deeds. You didn’t initiate action on your part unless you felt it is needed. Sometimes, people are afraid of change. So, they procrastinate. They put off what they feel is the next appropriate step. In making those future wheels turn slowly, you help them turn at a sluggish rate. Thinking it will slow down the pace of progress.
By slowing down the pace, you can deal with each individual chunklet as it arrives. The problem with this is that it slows to a crawl so that your mind isn’t wrapping itself around the changes that must be made, but the changes already made and did you do them right in the first place.
When you feel that the wheels turn slowly whether from change or even staying static, remember this. You’re the one in charge in how fast or in how slow those wheels do turn. Make sure when you finally make your choice, make your final decision that you stick with it to its logical conclusion. Don’t change horses midway because you think the horse is tired. Only change midway if you believe there’s a crisis at the end of your decision.
I, sometimes, believe that wheels of progress are made to go slow to give us all a chance to reflect, think over, and decide whether or not the right choice, the right decision, or the right behavior is properly employed, and if not, here’s your chance to change it before someone get hurt, someone feels betrayed, or before someone is humiliated.
Think about your wheels. How slowly do they turn?
And, then, ask yourself, WHY?