We’re all guilty of reactionary thinking at some point or another. The bills stack up until late fees accrue. Car maintenance gets overlooked until the warning light turns on. Those extra ten holiday pounds we swore we’d lose are closer to becoming fifteen. We finally think “enough is enough,” declaring to the world that we are going to create transformational change immediately. Acting in a reactionary manner, we essentially go into full panic mode.
Dangers of reactionary thinking
When working from a place of reactionary thinking, we typically rush into some ill-advised action, trying to make up for the lost time that originally led us to the predicament in which we find ourselves. While we may make some short-term progress based on pure adrenaline alone, the chances for lasting, meaningful changes are less likely. Why is that? When we respond out of chaos, we are simply reacting. We do so without a plan, no logical pathway to follow nor measurable goals to gauge our progress. The long-term result is usually failure.
The same concept applies to business.
When we react in the business world, we don’t take the time to develop a plan, to get others’ buy-in or to set measurable goals. Thinking on the fly leaves out many important details and considerations. In extreme cases, we may move so quickly that we say or do things we wish we hadn’t. What if we took a different approach?
Creating transformational change in the absence of crisis
Consider how much more effective a business could operate if all major strategic innovations came from a place of calm with a thoughtful plan that included the buy-in of all those involved. What if that buy-in could be achieved in advance of the project starting and everyone was on the same page and ready to work together? Can you imagine the possibilities?
Former sports agent turned entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Molly Fletcher, has honed her message of creating transformational change in the absence of crisis and brought it to the masses. She’ll be doing the same at TTISICON on January 11, 2019 in Scottsdale. This event is open to the public and registration is open.
Fletcher’s basic premise is that when you operate from a place of calm instead of chaos, the end result can be wholly different than when simply reacting to a negative stimulus. Equally important, having a why for whatever you are doing can make all the difference between success and failure.
In a state of calm, team members can get together, create a plan, gauge its viability and rally the staff to become fully engaged. With everyone on board and heading in the same direction, things get done more effectively, often quicker and with less obstacles to overcome.
The answer in front of us
In Fletcher’s blog entitled 5 Ways to Make Room For Inspiration, she cites an example we can likely all relate to, about missing something worthwhile right in front of us because we are too busy to notice.
“I remember one time my Mom was visiting me at the apartment complex where I had lived for years. As we exited the elevator, turned left to walk twenty steps to my apartment complex (like I had done hundreds of times.) My Mom stopped me and said, “Molly, oh my gosh! Look at this magnolias tree….these magnolias! They are gorgeous. I’ve never seen a magnolia flower so big!” I had no idea what she was talking about. I had walked by this tree hundreds of times but never had the created the space to notice it. Whereas she saw it – and she noticed one of the prettiest magnolias she’d ever seen (and me too, once I actually looked).
Why hadn’t I noticed it earlier? Because it wasn’t on my to do list. When we create space and take moments to declutter our mind, we create room to notice new things. And this space can lead to inspiration.” It all comes down to working and living outside a state of chaos.
It often takes a crisis to create the impetus for change in our lives. How can we create transformational change in the absence of crisis and unleash our true potential? We can start by replacing reactionary thinking with proactive, transformational thinking and watch the results change overnight.
The bottom line is that creativity gets crushed in times of chaos. If we allow ourselves enough space to let our creativity flow, all the answers we need will follow. And when we take this same approach in a team-setting, the level of creativity grows significantly.