Last week I had an opportunity to see Dan Heath present on his book, “Switch: How To Change Things When Change is Hard.” I want to share one of his thoughts with you. He gave the example of a child coming home with his report card. Imagine that your child’s report card reads like this: B, C, B, A, B, F, B. Which one of those grades are you most likely to focus on? You’re right – the F! We want to find out what went wrong. Why is he failing in that one subject? What is the problem and how can we fix that? And that’s typically how we handle issues in our lives and in our businesses. We tend to focus on the problem and try and find a solution. Dan’s suggestion is that rather than primarily focusing on what went wrong, when we’re stuck on a problem and we want ot move forward, he suggests focusing on the bright spots In that report card there was also an A. In one of those subjects that child is doing very well. Dan suggests taking time to focus on what he/she is doing well, and then continue doing more of it.
I love that thought. Sometimes we get paralyzed by the analysis of a problem. We don’t know where to move. It’s in those moments that we can focus on the bright spots, do more of what’s going well and consequently, move forward.