5 for 5 blog – Two steps back

24 Apr

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Bad things happen. Sometimes unexpected. Sometimes not.

To feel like we are taking one step forward and two steps back is very common. The question is that second step: Are you falling back, out of control, or are you planting your foot, preparing to move forward again? One is view of things happening to you, one is about dealing with  challenge and digging that second step in and moving ahead.

Don’t get me wrong, there are days and weeks I would love to forget. I have made mistakes, said goodbye to friends, and been faced with frequent unexpected crises. The funny thing is the more you go through the “two step back” times, the more you realize you will survive….the faster you make the decision to dig in and recover.

A good analogy is the idea of planting your foot. There is no move in athletics that I am aware where you can generate power and momentum without having a firm plant foot to move from: spiking a volleyball, hitting a baseball, kicking a football, or shooting a basketball. In any of those moves, sacrificing your footing, gives away power and focus. So too it is with our ability to stand in the face of challenge. Sometimes two steps back may be exactly the perspective we need to reevaluate our approach or humble ourselves to see more clearly.

People are amazingly resilient. But it often comes back to a choice…to get better or bitter? To learn or to lag? To feel grateful or guilty?

Fall down seven times, get up eight. – Japanese proverb

Two steps back, plant your foot, and three steps forward.

Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:

You’re Too Busy. You Need a ‘Shultz Hour.’ – by David Leonhardt

The Most Important Lesson George Lucas Taught His Student Are These 3 Words – by Benjamin Hardy

Could Time-Blocking Replace Your To-Do List? – by Gwen Moran

A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email – by Vanessa Bohns

A CEO Manifesto for Better Meetings – by Douglas Conant

All the best, kevin