At some point in our lives we all experience obstacles, challenges, or barriers, things that keep us from moving ahead. And sometimes we become so fixated on the problem that we actually feel stuck. And the longer we remain stuck, the harder it is to break free or move forward. When this happens, we typically overthink the situation leading to what is referred to as analysis paralysis.
For some, it feels like we are in a maze, and each path we choose to follow leads to a dead end, forcing us to turn back the way we came. If you have ever been to an amusement park with a Fun House, you are probably familiar with the part of the Fun House that is a house of mirrors that needs to be navigated before moving on to the next part of the journey. As we step up to the challenge of the maze, we understand the problem and use reason or logic in choosing the right path, or process of elimination until we find the right one.
However, in a house of mirrors, there is another layer of complication, we see ourselves everywhere we look. And sometimes, we realize that as we look in the mirror, the challenge or the problem is that we need to get out of our own way and stop being our own worst enemy. We need to find the way out to find the way forward.
Going through a house of mirrors forces us to look at ourselves while we are having fun, or for some people, getting frightened. We decided to buy the admission ticket, we made a conscious choice to enter the funhouse. That’s all fun and games, right? What about when we know we are the problem or have a challenge that we created? When this happens, it’s not so much fun and games anymore, is it? And sometimes we can’t even look at ourselves in the mirror, knowing that the mirror never lies.
There are a few words that receive a lot of attention when it comes to leading ourselves or leading others. Words like ownership, accountability, responsibility, setting proper expectations, and building trust. These are powerful words and when applied can transform the person or change the situation for the better. When we are willing to be open and vulnerable and to admit that we just might be the problem, it’s the first step in finding the way out so we can find the way forward.
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Written by Michael “Go-To” Norton, XINNIX President, former CEO and Founder at Tramazing, former President of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, and former Executive Vice President of Sandler Corporate Training, Michael Norton has helped companies accelerate their growth by elevating their talent through learning and development programs.
Michael has had the pleasure of working with world-class companies such as Siemens Healthcare, WebMD, 7-Up, Cardinal Health, Cemex, Boral, HPE, Indeed, Lonza, KONE, Evonik, Quest Software, Dell, Anixter, and many more. for 30+ years he has developed, written, delivered, reinforced, and sold sales and sales management training programs that deliver real ROI while fitting into a company’s culture, processes, daily sales workflow, and budget.