I love to run. But the further I run the more blisters my feet get. They don’t make me incapable of running the next day, but they do make the process more uncomfortable. I can put a band-aid over a blister, but that’s just a short term fix. It’s a solution that becomes obsolete the first time you run through a puddle, get your foot wet, and it slides off (the band-aid, not your foot.)
Are you putting band-aids on all the problems in your life?
When you have a monumental fight with a friend do you change your phone number instead of talking through the problems? Do you purchase Hydroxycut instead of re-evaluating your caloric intake and amount of exercise? Are you guilty of going through the motions in an unsatisfying relationship because it’s easier than hurting someone’s feelings and admitting there’s someone else?
Is your company using band-aids to patchwork all its shortcomings?
Instead of flexible processes that empower employees to get their work done more efficiently, are you instructed to create template after template of techniques that become negligible the second the market shifts or something changes? The vast majority of templates are band-aids that take valuable time to create; time better spent developing a culture that speaks for itself.
The point is these solutions are not the kind you acquire from a book, an expensive seminar, a high priced consultant, or a fancy band-aid, even the ones Nelly wears.
You have to first turn the lens on yourself, examine the way you think about yourself and the problems you’re encountering. Try and solve the underlying problem by changing your stride, getting a better pair of shoes, or wearing thicker socks, because at some point you’re going to realize that no matter how many band-aids you use the symptoms will keep popping up elsewhere.
By then it might be too late!
Are you guilty of using band-aids to solve your problems? Are there examples of businesses/corporations/teams that haven’t figured out the problem isn’t on the surface? What techniques do you employ when you encounter nagging blisters in work? In relationship? In life?
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