Are You So Focused On The Process, You’re Forgetting The Goal?
Last week Larry spent several hard days working on the top to our convertible. He could have taken it to someone who does this all of the time but like many men I know, he’d rather have a root canal than trust his car to a dealership or mechanic.
Besides, he enjoys the problem-solving process.
This one involved hoses, removing the back seat, and hanging over and in the trunk.
All this while we had 90% humidity and temperatures that made it feel close to 100 degrees.
He came to a point when he couldn’t figure out how to replace the hoses as he had found them. He researched the problem on the internet and called the manufacturer of the hoses.
Finally, on Saturday he decided to take a break to give his back some rest and watch college football.
And that night, having backed away from the problem, in the middle of the night he had an epiphany.
The next day...BAM...he was done. (well almost, he still had to get the car put back together)
He’d been so focused on trying to put the hoses back in the original place, he’d forgotten that there were other ways to get them where they needed to go.
Sometimes we have to step back and readjust our focus.
We get so focused on the procedures of how we’re doing something that we lose sight of the goal.
Where do we ultimately want to be?
If you come across a roadblock to where you’re going, remember...there’s always another way there.