On NPR I heard a guy say, “Turn into the wind of your weakness.”
I don’t know the topic or the context of the conversation, but that phrase stuck with me all afternoon.
I began an informal list of my personal weaknesses: lazy, stubborn, impatient, demanding, blah, blah, blah, can’t finish a list of my personal weaknesses.
So I thought about my professional weaknesses. Those seem likelier to be turned into the wind of, anyhoo. The paper and pen were waaaay over there, though, so I mentally listed them — demanding impatiently that I just get it DONE, already. They all seemed to boil down to this:
Trying to do too much.
So how, I asked myself, do I turn into the wind of that? It’s not acceptable to me to do less because I love everything I do. I know what I’d tell the participants in my Time Management seminars to do — prioritize, baby!
But I know I already do the important stuff first … you know, that which makes me money. And then it hit me — trying to do too much isn’t a weakness.
Not attempting to do it all would be the weakness.
Thinking about it, though, it’s kind of a drag because now I have to turn into the wind of that lazy thing. But I figured it could wait while I checked Facebook.
It was not the diversion I thought it would be because one of my friends had posted this: “The cave you fear holds the treasure you seek.” Now it seems I must steer the wind of my weakness right into the cave I fear.
Luckily I’m seeking a place where I can stall, er, find time to make a list of priorities. Hoist that jib, matey!
How would you turn into the wind of your weakness? Do you think that’s good advice? Is there a cave you fear? Are you seeking metaphorical treasure?