The Most Powerful
"The most powerful dreams are the
ones that wake you up." What a wonderful quote - even if
it originates from a Honda motorcycle advertising campaign.
Much of our lives at both a professional and personal level
could be tremendously enriched if we all had this quote
tattooed to the inside our eyelids. Every time we closed our
eyes we could see the real potential each of us has. This
potential is often never fully realized.
While the quote in the
advertising campaign is designed to stimulate our consumer
glands into running out in the middle of the night to find an
all-night motorcycle store, it struck a different chord with
the HR Doctor.
have written often before about our two greatest enemies.
These are the enemies which create the greatest harm in the
individual lives of others, cause the greatest suffering and
waste, and prevent us from reaching our full potential as
individuals, professionals and citizens of the country and the
world. These are also the enemies we can successfully combat
with relatively simple, but profoundly important, personal
two enemies are, first, our penchant to see a problem in our
relationships with family, work, neighborhood or out in the
world and then simply walk by something wrong without taking
some personal action to improve the situation. This
inattention allows a situation to fester, worsen and make
later efforts at solutions less effective and far more
second enemy is the inertia which we allow to invade our daily
lives. Inertia is the property which makes us default to
inaction until some outside compelling force pushes us,
however briefly, in some new direction.
Whether we are speaking of the
inertia that turns us into couch potatoes and leads to a
situation where a majority of Americans are overweight or
obese, or whether we are speaking of an employee who takes no
action on a project, hoping that the assignment will be
forgotten or can be completed with second rate last-minute
staff work, the effects of inertia on our lives are terrible.
It makes us less healthy personally and less successful
professionally. Inertia makes us substitute complaining and
whining for positive action.
the individual level, the HR Doctors experience with tens of
thousands of job applicants over the years has led to the
conclusion that a great many are still eligible for featured
roles in the next remake of "Night of the Living
They live in a world of
expectation that others will give them things to which they
claim entitlement. When things dont work out as expected, the
default is to blame others and to threaten others. All the
while, these colleagues seem to use a two-way mirror which
does not reflect any behavior back at them for coaching or
same is true of many governmental agencies which resist
innovation. Such organizations are quickly befuddled when it
comes to addressing new problems and for seizing new
opportunities in a nimble and innovative manner.
Instead, the default is to the
book of regulations which was perhaps written years earlier
and denies the agency the flexibility it needs. It may also
lead the agency and its employees to reach the conclusion that
the principal purpose of the organization is to serve them
rather than serve clients or the public in general. It is true
that the most powerful dreams are the ones that wake you up.
However, the "wake-up call" is really a call to confront these
two enemies aggressively and to defeat them. Merely waking-up
is not enough. It is too easy to go back to sleep or to grab
the remote control and watch several hours of brain-deadening
television. Powerful dreams not acted upon can turn into
job as professionals, not to mention as human beings, is to
let our dreams become real. Dont ignore or be victimized by
turning a blind eye to opportunities which are all around you.
Improve lives and bring joy to yourself and others. What
better launching point for such a life mission than a career
in public service.
Want to learn more about these
two great enemies and how to confront them? Click your way
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purchase the HR Doctors new book Dont Walk by Something
Wrong! Pleasant dreams.