Anyone that has been in a car equipped with GPS has heard this word – “Recalculating”. Actually it can be quite annoying at times. But the other day as I was listening to a guest on a radio program talk about their GPS, it got me to thinking about how the word “recalculating” could apply to how we view our world.
We may get very annoyed hearing the repetitive sound of “recalculating,” but have you ever noticed that the GPS never sounds annoyed with us? The system keeps the same tone and repeats the same message. It doesn’t matter how many times we miss a turn… it will continue to notify us with the same non-judging message. It never runs out of patience and yells at us. How often do we get frustrated with ourself and others when mistakes (wrong turns) are made? We have little patience for mistakes and for the people who make them.
Once the GPS lets you know that it is time to recalculate, it will offer solutions. Those solutions will include instructions such as making a U-turn or choosing a new route for you. Again there is no judgment in your ability to navigate - just some words of advice from your GPS. It will continue to offer potential solutions for every wrong turn. But there are times we don’t want the advice of our GPS because the potential solutions do not align with our own inner guiding system. We will turn-off the GPS. At times our inner guiding system is right, and sometimes it is not. Then we find ourselves going in circles. Sound familiar? Often we are not open to advice of others – even if we are lost.
So, the next time you’re feeling a little uncertain about your direction or the direction of someone you are leading, here are some things to consider as you “recalculate”:
I challenge you to consider if you need to do some “recalculating”. Do you need to make a U-turn? Take a new path? Be a little more trusting? Try it. It will be ok..if you make a wrong turn again, don’t worry…your GPS will let you know.
JoAnn Auger serves as a coach/consultant/educator with MSBCoach. JoAnn’s experience was developed through for the largest auto insurer in the US. JoAnn incorporates more than 30 years of business and personal experience to help organizations and individuals identify and close gaps in performance and needed results. She does that by helping leaders maximize their own potential and then teaches that leader how to tap into and leverage the potential of their employees.
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