Do They Admit The Problem?Jul 14, 2023
In life there are rhythms that call us to embrace new beginnings, and some that necessitate endings. Deciphering which rhythm to follow can be a daunting task. Whether you're dealing with a relationship, an employee, a business strategy, or a health strategy, knowing when to pull the plug and change direction is fundamental.
The balance between investing more time and effort to improve the current situation and deciding to end it altogether relies on the distinction between hope and wishful thinking. While we might yearn for a troubled relationship to mend or a stagnant business to revive, we must assess whether this longing is grounded in hope or merely a subjective wish.
Hope, being objective, serves as a beacon of change. When rooted in reality, it gives us the conviction to invest more time, more effort into turning the situation around. Hope tells us that despite the storms, there's potential for better days. It relies on concrete steps towards improvement - the 'new' and 'different'. Wishing, on the other hand, is a passive desire without the foundation of change. It's a longing for things to get better without the accompanying actionable plans.
When considering a path forward, one must first ask, "What new and different strategies or behaviors are being introduced?" This could be anything from hiring a new manager in a business setting to seeking professional help in a personal one. Secondly, an admission of need and ownership of the problem by the other party is crucial. It brings the much-needed self-awareness for change. Lastly, consider if there's a tried-and-tested system or approach being implemented. This could range from a proven business strategy to enrolling in a recognized program for personal growth.
Let's reframe our narrative from a place of wishful thinking to a well-founded hope. Ask yourself these four questions:
1. What 'new and different' actions or plans are being introduced into the situation?
2. Is there an admission of the problem and a desire for change from the other party involved?
3. Are the strategies or plans in place based on proven methods or systems?
4. Is there a support system in place to facilitate the change?
The balance between hope and wishful thinking might just be the key to unlocking a better future. And remember, every ending has the potential to create a new beginning. Are you ready to step into it?