By Andrea Goeglein
The award for the best line from a book: stuck on stupid! The book? The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. The statement was a gentle, loving piece of parental advice shared by the author. When you keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result, you just might be ‘stuck on stupid.’
Here is a personal ‘stuck on stupid’ from a recent business review I did for myself. I multitask. What does that look like? I can be fully engaged writing a blog. A text will come through. I will stop and read the text. I may or may not answer the text. I will continue writing my blog. A message comes in the upper right hand corner of my computer telling me an email has arrived. I will stop, exit my blog and open my Outlook and read the email. I may or may not answer the email. I continue writing my blog. A thought comes into my mind about a business video I should review. I decide that the video lesson does not warrant my full attention. I make myself believe I can continue to write my blog, listening to the video presentation in the background. I am wrong.
Allowing for all that multitasking is causing the writing of the blog to take a minimum of 3x longer.
Here is the worst part. I enjoy writing blogs. I don’t enjoy all the minutia of linking sites, adding photos and such, but I really enjoy writing the blog. My multitasking is actually taking away the joy of writing the blog. I am allowing myself to be so fragmented, I do not build up the feeling of joy I usually experience when I write the blog. Instead I am thinking of so many different things, I am not getting satisfaction from any one thing.
That is what it means to be stuck on stupid.
When you know better you do better. Clearly this is something I needed to teach so I would learn. Be brave and don’t get stuck on stupid.
Dr. Success Challenge
Pick one area of your business life. Thoroughly review something that appears to be a challenge. Be honest with yourself. Is there something you are doing again, and again, and again that might be suggesting you are ‘stuck on stupid?’