Good evening, my friends. Thanks for stopping by. Our movers came today and our stuff has officially followed us to Kansas. I spent much of a very hot summer day directing traffic on where to put everything.
This evening I had several errands to run. I thought I’d closed the garage door when I left the first time, but it was open when I returned. I closed it again, but when I came back out to my car it was up again. I tried closing it only to find that the door was closing partially and then coming back up.
Ninety-nine times out of a hundred that because something is blocking the door sensors. I made sure the path between them was clear and that nothing was within three feet of either. Still, the door would not close.
After hearing the door start to close several times, April came out to see what I was doing. I explained what was going on. She tried it a couple times and got the same result. However, the second time she happened to notice that the manual pull rope for the door had jammed into the track and was preventing the door from closing.
A simple solution, but not if you’re bound and determined, as I was in this case, to find the solution you’re expecting. Even though 99 times out of 100 my line of troubleshooting would have fixed the situation, in this instance it did not. I don’t know how long I would have continued down that path had April not made her casual observation.
We all do this in life sometimes. We keep on operating from a comfortable perspective. It may even be one that has worked for you before. Yet, we’re not making progress in addressing the challenge or moving forward.
That’s when fresh perspectives from other people can pay rapid and massive dividends. We can get so into our own heads and what we know that we miss the obvious like the pull string is stuck in the track.
Trust your judgment and your instincts, but don’t be afraid to enlist other perspectives or even force yourself to see other possibilities. The answer you’ve been seeking may be obvious from those fresh perspectives.
Power hack: Here are some tips for getting new perspectives.
- Enlist the help of a friend.
- What would Superman do? If you had no fears, what would you do in this situation?
- What would younger/older you do?
- Physically get a new perspective. Lay on the floor and look at the ceiling. Get out into nature and ponder your situation. Stand on your head. Literally change your physical point of view.
- Ask someone who’s done what you’re trying to do.
- Screw convention. Walk and own your unique path.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope your Monday was fantastic! Sleep well and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow.