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3 Clues that something is broken
No pilot would take off if they knew something important was broken.
No business would launch their revolutionary product if they knew it would have to be recalled.
No leader would hire a team member or engage a mission objective if they KNEW it would be subverted and fail.
We loaded up the mold to be delivered to our customer. We were proud of the sample parts it produced and were glad the project was complete. But when the customer called the next day with parts stuck in the mold, the nightmare began. After our own molding supervisor couldn’t get it to run production in their machine, he transported the tool back to be disassembled in our shop. It was embarrassing and it was costly.
Inadequate cooling in the tool kept it from running production without eventually sticking parts. It was impossible to keep the temperature consistent, no matter what we tried. The entire design had been predicated on cooling the plates and now we were going to have to find a way to cool each insert independently. It was a disaster.
The moment that design decision was made, the problem was inevitable. We just didn’t know it yet. Isn’t it the same with many of the decisions we make; many of the issues of our lives? We’re broken, we just don’t know it yet.
So how would you know if you’re heading toward brokenness? It seems obvious when you’re looking backward. 20/20 hindsight, they call it. But how do we see it in advance. Here are 3 clues I think might help if you pay attention to them.
1. Seeking the path of least resistance. You may not be pursuing pleasure but you’re always avoiding pain. Even good, therapeutic pain. If the decision isn’t challenging you to climb above the obstacles, you might be going down. If it’s the trend, you’ll eventually crash.
2. You don’t feel you have a choice. This is the road to cascading brokenness. You’re facing a decision and you feel you no longer have a choice. The real decision was made in the past and now your hands are tied. Small brokenness leads to catastrophic breakdown when we believe we no longer have a choice.
3. It feels like duty rather than passion. You’re being pursued instead of being the pursuer. When things are broken, they gradually go upside down. When momentum is moving against you, fear, duty and obligation take the place of passion and peace.
These three clues are evidence. You can see them in the past and if you look closely you will see them in the present. Climb. Surround yourself with people who share your values, your purpose and a...