Get on With It to Get Ahead

hiding from the truth

I’m not a mind reader but I’m willing to bet that there’s a tough decision you keep putting off, and it’s probably limiting your success. You tell yourself, “Things will get better,” or “It’s not as bad as I think.”
You’re wrong.

Don’t worry, we all do it.

Whether it’s an employee who is just not performing, a business deal that never seems to happen or a partner who never lives up to expectations, we all have those little professional frustrations we’d rather not deal with.

It’s so easy to say, “I’ll give her one more chance,” or “I’ll deal with it after vacation.” There is always a reason to wait, but deep down, you probably know the situation is not going to change. Against your better judgement, you keep putting energy into to the situation, hoping you’ve misjudged the circumstances, underestimated  someone or overlooked unseen potential.

You haven’t. When it comes to your gut instincts, odds are your gut is telling you the truth.

I’m not saying that  every management decision should be made based on an arbitrary sense of “it just feels right.” That’s hardly the case. Important decisions require careful analysis which can happen quickly or may require a more thorough approach.

Even then, sometimes the facts don’t line up. Like the employee with the great resume who is terrible in customer interactions. Or a product that looks perfect on paper, but just doesn’t sell. Those are the situations when you second-guess your instincts, fighting what your intellect tells you should be right when at the core you know it’s all wrong.

It’s time to get out of the quicksand.

Sometimes all it takes is admitting to yourself that it’s time to move on. Don’t prolong the agony. Stop kidding yourself and get on with it. Make the tough call. Have the difficult discussion. You’ll be glad you did.


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