It’s Really That Simple
During a recent interview, the interviewer shared one phrase he uses in the workplace:
“Love it or fix it.”
Music to my ears.
I can’t tell you how close I was to jumping out of my chair and giving this big, bearded man a hug.
As someone who has an extreme bias towards action, I can confidently say most people complain about problems without offering up solutions.
I get it. After all, it’s much easier to focus on problems instead of creating thoughtful solutions. It’s the path of least resistance and, as we all know, us humans loath resistance.
Since hearing these simple words, I have already taken steps towards identifying the parts of my life I don’t Love and doing something about them.
Why can’t my friends and I have deeper conversations?
Welp, it’s pretty hard to dig deep when we’re at a noisy bar surrounded by people on Tinder. Should we should start meeting at coffee shops instead?
Why can’t I seem to wake up early enough?
Spoiler alert! Staying up late tends to make me sleep in. What if I set an Evening alarm accompanied by an evening routine to wind down?
Why do I feel like crap every time I eat ice cream?
Okay, this one’s a little trickier. Sure, I might be a little lactose intolerant, but that’s not going to stop me from splurging every one in a while.
As you can see, there are plenty of things in my life that I don’t love and they range from trivial to pretty freaking important.
I’ll be the first to admit — it can be really tough to change your mindset in a moment’s notice. Most of us walk around with preprogrammed thoughts that we’ve been carrying since we were itty bitty children.
However, part of growing up into a mature adult is challenging your assumptions and making room for healthier thoughts.
In this case, I can’t think of anything healthier than developing the ability to identify and solve your own problems.
William Frazier is a designer, writer, founder, and productive fumbler who blogs about making ideas happen at The Imperfectionist. He’s also on Twitter.
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