Certainty is one of the3 c’s along with comfort and convenience that are eroding creativity, courage, and curiousity and replacing it with the mire and muck of complacency . In my opinion we need more uncertainty, inconvenience and discomfort.
Certainty justifies and facilitates intimidation and bullying. When you or a ‘leader’ are so sure that you are right, you stop listening and asking questions. You stop widening your knowledge and begin digging a narrow trench. From the rut, outsiders begin to look dangerous so the ditch gets deeper in order to keep them at bay. Soon they are so far removed from the trench worldview that their unclean ideas feel like a threat so whenever you are able you put them down and diminish their worth. The self fulfilling prophecy of reciprocal resentment leads to ad hominem mud slinging. He said ” nasty stuff”, they said “nastier stuff” and the barrage escalates until someone is pushed too far.
Certainty means that I don’t need to be creative because “my way is the right way”. Comfortably entrenched, I punch the clock and trust the “tried and true”. If we weren’t so certain we could be open to the possibility of different ideas and positions. I could be curious about how, why, what you believe and you might be open to listening to my h,w,w.
I challenge all of you to be observant today and throughout the week for opportunities where you are certain of your position or conclusion and then lean into uncertainty and see how uncomfortable it makes you. – Stay curious.
Make Today Remarkable, by leaning into uncertainty,
I am re-reading Margaret Heffernan’s ” Willful Blindness” and was reminded about the Febreeze (I think) ad that depicts how we can go nose blind to the odours around us because the become part of the soup we are swimming in. What would be the Febreeze solution to not seeing other possibilities as possible because we have such a great investment in continuing the current practice? What spray could get rid of (not mask) the stench of complacency? How do we break the confirmation bias mold and launch into the unknown?
Maybe it happens by playing against tendencies. I am going to explore ‘taking the other path’ this month and will report in when I am stunned, surprised or disturbed by the results. I will try to persistently think about my decisions and when faced with a fork, take the one that my ‘instincts’ reject. Today, I don’t know what to expect but I am excited about how shaking things up a bit more might unfold.
Make Today Remarkable, by getting rid of some blindness,
My comfort zone can be a trap. Like a big sagging hammock, it can pull me down and lull me into a satisfied stupor. When I recognize the problem I can usually drag myself out by doing something outside the zone. Jumping on a trampoline, walking in the rain, reading an author who I don’t really appreciate … A couple hours of uncomfortableness reminds me that the status quo and stability lull me towards mediocrity. In order to be near my best I need tension in my thoughts, my actions, my intentions and my expectations.
Taking someone or something for granted or being taken for granted is disrespectful and destructive. Add some spice. color, absurdity to add friction and see if any of the sparks light a new approach.
Simply walking in the rain can make you taller, sharper, handsomer, quicker …