“I Can’t Deal With That Right Now”
Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
- When people are juggling a lot of problems, they give up in trying to solve them all and adopt tunnel vision. There is no long-term planning. They don’t think strategically. They don’t prioritize their issues. Instead, they just react to whatever problem feels most urgent at the time.
- The immediate benefits of tunneling may seem to justify putting things off, but the long-term consequences are fierce. Plus, you will never run out of urgent things to react to. It’s why you look up at the end of every year and realize that you’ve not accomplished half of what you set out to accomplish.
- You must be intentional about stepping away from your day to day work of solving problems so that you can do the real work of making sure that you never have to deal with that problem ever again.
Do you ever feel like you are playing a constant game of “whack-a-mole?” Would you like to be focused on your vision, mission, and core values but there are so many issues popping up right now that you find yourself saying “I can’t deal with that right now?” If so, you may be suffering from a phenomenon called “tunneling.” Tunneling is where you feel like you don’t have the time, energy, bandwidth, or resources to deal with your problems right now, so you just focus on what’s right in front of you. While this might seem like a prudent, even natural response to the stresses you’re facing right now, tunneling is a trap. Tune in to today’s episode to find out why tunneling is a trap and how you can escape the tunnel #LikeABuilder.
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