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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Looking for Some Inspiration? Find the Right Maxim Then JFDI!!

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am an avid and dedicated collector of maxims, quotes and mantras and I spend a great deal of time in looking for new examples.  Too much time probably when I should be doing something more productive. 

Thanks to the good offices of Marcus Child and David Caton Roberts, I have come across this epic: 

·       “All the maxims that are ever needed have been written - the challenge is in implementing them” 

How true is that! 

True, not every maxim demands action and some are merely sage advice, if sage advice can be described as merely. 

Nevertheless, it is a brave soul who will say that every maxim that has come their way has been implemented and frankly this goes for much advice and counselling that we hear as well. 

The tendency is to nod wisely in total agreement, perhaps pass it on to other needy souls and then get on with life. 

When I was doing rather more active consultancy than I do nowadays I constantly felt short changed when I presented a report with its Executive Summary listing all the tasks which needed to be done to accomplish the objective of the study, knowing full well that it would be filed under R for report and perhaps looked at in a couple of years time by the probable successors to the management. 

I had a friend who was also involved in business consultancy and he was brave enough to tell potential clients that he was prepared only to undertake a study on the basis that he would be equally involved in its implementation. 

A very laudable approach and one that he proved to be successful even though the potential for problems at a later stage are considerable.  That is why Professional Indemnity insurance is a good idea. 

I am in the process of reading (on Kindle) a truly excellent book, The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters which describes the difference between the rational Human brain and the irrational and emotional Chimp brain which we all have in abundance. 

In effect, the Human brain would say that it is important, having read a maxim or had a report published that the obvious and sensible thing to do is to implement it as soon and as effectively as possible. 

Correct, but this ignores the siren sound of the Chimp brain saying things like:

·       It won’t work
·       Who is going to implement all that stuff?
·       What will you gain by doing it?
and so on and so on. 

Modern life is full if distractions and the Chimp brain takes full advantage of it hence the likelihood that something else will take the place of the so-called priority. 

Unless we take action and JFDI all the brilliant advice and sage sayings in the world are nothing but froth.  Taking action, knowing that the Chimp brain will try to change your mind for you, gives a great sensation of well-being and accomplishment and that can’t be a bad thing at any time. 

I will leave you with another little mantra: 

·       Think, Feel, Do 

I wish you all a very happy, prosperous and peaceful 2014.
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