Sunday, December 5, 2010


At one time or another I suspect we have all felt this way - stuck.  Our career seems to be on an extended "pause" and we can not figure out why.  Our efforts to change the culture within our teams have hit a permanent plateau.  Now we're starting that familiar self-doubt talk that creeps in when life isn't going according to plan.  Indecision rules the day.


Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot still speaks to us many years after it was first introduced in Paris.  Estragon and Vladimir spent the entire play in front of a tree waiting for the mysterious Godot to arrive, and presumably, change their lives for them.  Neither one took any action, despite their desire for good things to happen.

Could it be that our inaction is an excuse?  Is it easier to simply "wait and see" if things turn around?  I submit that although it is a popular strategy, it is also a most ineffective one.


In order to move past the proverbial rut we find ourselves in from time-to-time it seems necessary that we take two important steps to move forward.

Step 1 - Believe you can move forward.  Believe you can move beyond the doldrums you find yourself in at the moment.  If you do not believe you can do it, I guarantee you won't.

Step 2 - Take action.  Do something.  Anything.  Even if you take one small step.  It's a start.  You do not have to solve your problems all at once, but you do need to start addressing them.

For the record, I have struggled with Steps 1 and 2 on a consistent basis since...well...since forever.


Do you recognize that being stuck is not a terminal condition?  Are you willing to believe in yourself, and take just one step forward to get back on track?  Or, are you the third member of the play sitting quietly with Estragon and Vladimir waiting for Godot?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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