The most well-intentioned plans, the most heart-felt desires – they’re great.
That’s the fuel that can help things get done.
But that passion can also be blindingly detrimental, strangling the life from an otherwise excellent venture or project.
Sometimes your passion will get in the way of your success.
Sometimes your passion will paralyze you.
Sometimes your passion is actually setting you up for failure.
How, you say?
- By giving you the false hope that what you’re doing is the best way to do it.
- By allowing you to rationalize procrastination as “due diligence.”
- By helping you to stubbornly refuse seeking or adopting better tools or methods.
- By ham-stringing you with the thought that with a change, all your work will be undone.
- By making you dig your heels in because you didn’t come up with the idea first.
- By painting the illusion that it’s too hard to learn something new or better.
- By filling you with a fear that it will be too scary to make changes.
- By making you believe you’re the only one that really understands the issue.
- By perceiving help from people as a threat to your own position.
- By creating barriers between you and those that can help you most.
We’re in a wonderful point in time where there are easy and remarkable tools, ideas and methods to accomplish most anything we want. The beauty of this is we have the ability to really take our projects to other heights, and do so like never before. We don’t need to reinvent things, we merely need to find better ways to get there. And we need to accept that while we don’t know everything, we have the potential to learn anything and leverage ourselves with people that share the same vision and have the same desires.
It’s time to build a better mousetrap.
And it’s time for a challenge: Take a deep breath and loosen the reins a bit. Let people and ideas into your life that will help you get where you need to go.