Stop it. Just stop it!

peas in a pod

Out of the PodWhen an inspirational story is on the news, at some point you can bet that the success story says  – in an effort to relate to everyman – “If I can do, it anyone can.”  As if we’re all just happy little peas in a pod, alike in every way. It’s often uttered when someone has…

  • Run a marathon
  • Stopped smoking cold turkey
  • Written a best selling book
  • Lost 125 pounds
  • Gotten married for the first time at 62
  • Started a successful business with only $10 in their pocket
  • Made a million dollars before turning 30
  • Learned to walk again after traumatic injury
  • Overcome depression

Essentially that person is  saying that even thought she is  just a regular Joe without any special skills, privileges or support, she did this amazing thing. So you, in all your equivalent ordinary-ness should be able to do it, too.

Horse hockey.

If one person can do it chances are somebody else could too.  But not everyone. You have different life experiences, different mindsets, different resources, different skill sets, different physical capabilities.  You get the drift.

If someone, perhaps a coach, gives you that line, think carefully about the ramifications of him having that opinion. How would that affect your work together? Is he going to understand your unique circumstances and be able to provide insight and guidance tailored specifically to you?

Sure, it can be inspiring to see someone do something great and be told that you can do it, too. But just because you are both humans isn’t enough to make it so, much less being a given. Stretch yourself by all means, but don’t feel like you should be able to accomplish a magnificent feat simply because someone else has done it. It just makes no sense.

 

Ideal Worklife Strategy Session

Being in leadership, you have enormous responsibility and yet few with whom to discuss personal or sensitive work issues.

It makes sense. Being at the top of the org chart, who, internally, do you reach out to when focused on your own professional development? Or when dealing with confidential challenges?

If that sounds familar, you’re not the first or only leader to be in that position! Clients reach out when they need a coach and confidant to help them step up their own game and/or handle workplace issues and improvements.

Feel like something you might benefit from? Let’s talk. In this complimentary  strategy session, we look at how things are for you right now and what changes you’d like to see. After our conversation, you’ll have a clearer idea where you want to go from here.

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