As businesses and entrepreneurs grow, it gets more difficult to innovate. There are issues of coordination, sure, but mostly it is about fear. The fear of failing is greater, because it seems as though you have got more to lose. So urgency disappears first. Why deliver it today if you can deliver it next week instead when it is perfect?
There are a number of excuses, but ultimately it comes down to this: If every innovation is likely to fail, or at the very least, be criticised, why be in such a hurry?”
This lack of urgency is not different from lack of accountability. Ideas get shuffled from meeting to meeting, but only until someone actually steps up and takes responsibility will things get accomplished. In this way, meetings are not always necessary; the point is to hold someone accountable to making an idea happen.
We see the two symptoms (fear and lack of urgency by holding endless meetings) of the business unable to move forward with a cheerful readiness to do something , the two warning signs of the person in the grip of the resistance. You don’t need more time, you just need to decide.
There is a redemptive power that making a choice has rather than feeling like you are an effect to all the things that are happening. Make a choice. Just decide what it is gonna be, who you are gonna be, how you are going to do it.
Just decide, and from that point on, the universe will get out of your way.
When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things: Define the moment, or let the moment define you.
Oprah Winfrey said “As you become more clear about who you really are, you will be better able to decide what is best for you, the first time around.”