This week’s #WednesdayWisdom comes from some of my own thoughts with some quotes:
Adam Grant, in his new book Hidden Potential, talks about languishing. Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. It resembles the feeling of being stuck. You may not be depressed or burned out, you definitely feel BLAH. You’re muddling through the moments, watching your weeks go buy in shades of grey. Languishing doesn’t just make you feel stuck, it also keeps you stuck. It dulls your focus and dulls your motivation. This can lead right into a Catch-22: you know you need to do something, but you doubt that doing anything will accomplish anything.
This train of thought led me to a quote from Inky Johnson about talent: “In life, you can be so gifted, so talented and so skillful. A thing that can serve as an advantage your whole life. It can make you win. It can get you out of problems. It can help you problem solve. It’s your strength. This is the trick of life: If you don’t personally develop, grow, and evolve…at a certain point in your life, your advantage is going to be come your disadvantage. Don’t allow your advantage to become your disadvantage.”
In everything we do – our talent alone isn’t enough to sustain excellence. Sure, talent helps. It can set us on the right road. It can even give us a competitive edge. But the edge we get is not static; it takes nurturing, sharpening and constant refining. The second we stop trying….the second we become complacent, the advantage that once gave us an edge will start to erode and become an obstacle rather than an advantage. We start to languish. We get stuck.
What got me to this point in me life may not be enough to get me to the next. I can’t keep holding onto what I know has worked for me in the past if it’s not working for me now. The best way for me to get unstuck? Start moving. One step at a time.