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How heavy is a glass of water?
There's a story that has been doing the rounds on the internet which you may have come across already but I'd like to share with you here.
It goes something like this:
A psychology professor walked around a room with a glass of water in her hand. As she raised the glass, her students exchanged knowing glances, expecting they were about to be asked the usual "half empty or half full" question.
Instead, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Various answers were called out, ranging from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
"The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralysed - incapable of doing anything."
Aside from it being a great lesson in stress management, there was something else that struck me about this analogy.
Isn't this what a lot of business owners end up doing?
Caught in the daily grind, they carry all the burdens of the business around with them just like that glass of water.
As each day, week, month and year rolls into the next, the glass feels heavier and heavier until the owner becomes ‘paralysed'. When that happens, they cannot do the thing we now know to be most important for growth - change!
To alleviate stress and anxiety, the psychology professor's message was simple - remember to put the glass down!
One of the important factors in the growth of any business is the ability of the owner to do exactly this -taking time out from the daily doing (putting the glass down) to reflect on everything taking place within their company.
This is not just about remembering what has happened, but understanding it and using that knowledge to develop priorities and plans for the future.
So, shake off the burdens you're carrying around and set your glass down on a virtual table before you.
Those burdens can then be viewed from a much wider perspective, giving you the understanding you need to follow-through with the kind of changes that will positively impact on the future of your business.
Based on concepts covered in ‘The Levels- Can Your Business Step Up to the Growth Challenge? and The Levels: Can YOU Step Up to the Growth Challenge?
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