Shortcomings

Unless you can see the shortcomings in your present position, you have no incentive to change it.

We have many reasons to gloss over our current shortcomings.

We need confidence to work in the world, which is most easily found when we believe that our current position is correct. Acknowledging shortcomings is acknowledging weakness, and as Brené Brown reminds us, the one trigger for shame in men is weakness.

The limits of our understanding is the limits of our vision.  If we are doing what we were taught, what others around us are doing, we are not acting from considered choice but rather from rote and habit.  Without more perspective and more thought, context and longer term consideration, the shortcomings of our present position will be invisible to us.

Change requires work.  Not only do we have to become a beginner again, taking new risks to find and master new ways, we also have to convince others around us that change is required.   If we don’t get them to go along, we will just feel the pressure to shut up, get in line and do it like we always have done.

The seeds of our next failure are always in our current success.   We take what worked last time and try it again, scale it up, expecting it to work again.  Things change, though, and unless we understand the shortcomings of our strategy, we can’t change and adapt our approach to consider changed circumstances.

Unless you can see the shortcomings in your present position, you have no incentive to change it.   This is why change people are almost always seen as bomb throwers, trying to open eyes to shortcomings that others either ignore or dismiss so they can just carry on as usual.

It is easy to understand why people work so hard to stay blind to the shortcomings in their approach to the world.

It is also easy to understand why that means those shortcomings often end up leaping up and biting them in the ass.

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