I am, “a dog with a bone” with my clients. I want what they want and I’ll champion them and cheer them on until they’ve accomplished what they want to accomplish.
Personally though, I don’t always feel that I have the tenacity that some people have when it comes to grabbing a hold of my own things and not letting it go. It’s not so much the persistence as it is, leaping out into the unknown and making things happen. I have a tendency to “sniff bones” for a very long time. I walk around them. I size them up. I look at them from every angle. I analyze every aspect of them. You could say I’m working the whole time I’m evaluating. It’s just a different approach. Some people just go! I evaluate. Sometimes I evaluate so long though that while I’m evaluating the chicken bone, the beef bone has been taken by another dog.
Is it out of fear that some of us evaluate instead of leap? I think fear is a big piece of it and may be everything. Are those people that just jump fearless or do they just not notice until they’re in it? At that point, do they have to just go with it? Really, once you’re swimming in it, you might as well just go with the flow and see what happens. Is this a good way to approach decisions in your life? Leap and then look? I don’t know if it’s necessarily bad.
What about those of us that evaluate? Is that a bad approach to making choices in life? I don’t think either approach is a bad one unless it’s impacting your life in a negative way. If you need evaluation time but you are still making decisions and accomplishing what you want in life, when you want it, than you are succeeding.
Take the time to reflect on your choice to leap or evaluate. What emotions are behind the choices you’re making or not making?
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
– Michael Jordan
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.