“You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” ~ David Allen. Why then, are so many people in business hesitant to delegate? I have asked this question to countless individuals and the amazing realization is that the answers are virtually alike. There are many reasons given.
One of my idols, Vince Lombardi, was fond of saying: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” However, another one of his famous quotes was: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Therefore, it is obvious that Lombardi himself is not perfect in that he states how to become perfect on one quote and then contradicts himself on another quote in that the closest you can get to perfection is actually, ‘excellence’.
“That will never work!” said a member of my new program, The Action Suite, emphatically a couple of weeks ago. “Why?” was my only question. He came up with a merriet of excuses. When he was finished, I simply asked: “What if it does work?” This time he came up with some very positive outcomes to his business, but quickly dismissed them by saying: “But it will never work.” The discussion came to an abrupt end when I stated: “Then prove me wrong.”
Plato stated: “Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” How many times have these three simple words gotten you in a lot of trouble: “In my opinion”? However, we all have them; opinions, that is, but we continue to get ourselves into difficulties if we express them. Therefore, should we continue to give our opinion or not? That all depends on how you frame the opinion.
There is a time in everyone’s life, and just not in their career, but in all facets of their life, where they hit what has been commonly referred to as the ‘barrier.’ This is the spot where a decision has to be made as to either stay where you are, or, go through, over, or, around it and explore the unknown. In other words, to get out of your comfort zone.
I am going to take a little side trip from my usual blogs today and share with you something that happened a week ago and still has me extremely annoyed, which is putting it mildly.