It’s a great story. One of my favorite movies. Dances With Wolves. I used to watch it all the time as a kid. After about 20 years, I watched it again recently. It’s funny how music, scriptures, books, movies can mean something so different depending on one’s circumstances. This time, I saw a lesson of management/leadership that didn’t really apply to me at age 12.
Procrastination is a challenge for many of us. For some (me) more than others. There are plenty of causes to procrastinate a decision or an action … (insufficient information, analysis paralysis, laziness, passive-aggressive attitudes, misunderstanding, feeling stuck in a rut, etc.) About 18 months I found myself feeling stuck.
Almost like a victim of circumstance.
That, my friends, is an uncomfortable feeling. I was trying to navigate personalities, agendas, and business objectives and I felt like I was failing.
Looking back, I was taking a passive approach which is very much not my style.
Luckily for me, I snapped out of it. Or, I got slapped out of it :) I doubt I’ll forget that particular meeting wherein the conflicting personalities, agendas, and business objectives blew up. Toward the end of that meeting, I resolved to “get back in the game.” Maybe, just maybe, Dances With Wolves came up from my subconscious. Lieutenant John J. Dunbar had a similar wake up call …
“I realize now that I have been wrong.
All this time I have been waiting.
Waiting for what?
For someone to find me?
For Indians to take my horse?
To see a buffalo?
Since I arrived at this post I have been walking on eggs.
It has become a bad habit and I am sick of it.
Tomorrow morning I will ride out to the Indians.
I do not know the outcome or wisdom of this thinking, but I have become a target and a target makes a poor impression.
I am through waiting.”
It can happen in a moment. The change of momentum. In fact, look at the word.
Momentum. It is the secret to love, health, body, mind, spirit. How do you get it? We all know what it’s like to have it. Those happy days when we were ‘on the wagon.’ I don’t care how or why we fall off whatever wagon matters to us. I just care that we get back on. Quickly. But how?
Momentum is made up of one ordinary yet powerful word: MOMENT. We take moment(um) back moment by moment. The moment we turn off the TV and go to bed early. The moment we arise early in the morning and run instead of sleep longer than is needful. The moment we say no to the candy, fast food, junk food, soda, and choose healthy food. Each moment builds upon moment until you feel the momentum lifting you out of bed to exercise, eat right, make time for the most important things and people in your life. If you don’t have the momentum you once did in any aspect of your life, it’s just a moment away. Seize the moment. Regain the moment(um).
Whoa. Took a little personal life detour there.
What about your facility? What are you waiting for?