Right after I published the last post I immediately began to think about what is the appropriate next step. I added an update the next day that I am ceasing all improvement initiatives until I can answer why. The next step starts with that question, Why? Not long after the posting I came across this post at Station 515, by Burkey. I do not believe in coincidence. It is an appropriate and very inspiring read. I have kept it up every day since and continue to read it daily. Why do I keep reading it everyday, because it has the one question I am scared to answer because it’s not a question, it’s a decision – How far do you want to take this? Because I know that is a painful process, Henry Sidgwick sums it up best, “One has to kill a few of one’s natural selves to let the rest grow – a very painful slaughter of innocents.” How far are you willing to take this? Our perception of the pain greatly outweighs the distance traveled; we can endure far more than we believe we can, companies included. This is a question not many are willing to face, not even willing to ask. They believe there is a clear and easy path towards their destination. They are fooling themselves just as I have, there isn’t. It is eloquently captured in the Pain Principle. But how do you get there, to turn pain into fuel? You learn by putting in the time, you suffer by doing, by pushing, by asking, by ruthlessly assessing yourself. We must be willing to fail and to learn from the failures, adjust and push again.
I am fool to have listened to lust of my own talk, convinced of the easy path. It is time for a ruthless assessment of habits, habits of thinking, abilities and the solutions to problems, community, environment. They shape the view of the world.