From the moment we are born, we face constant pressure to do things the right way and to not make mistakes.
This is generally dictated by societal expectations or by someone superior to us—whether it be via the teacher’s big red pen in school, a scolding from our parents or a displeased look from a boss. Regardless, we are encouraged to get things right or to do things in a certain way.
In most cases, this helps us determine what is right and wrong, and suggests there’s a sense of order: Do bad things, go to jail. But as we enter adulthood and go on to university, the workforce, enter relationships, vote…well, the lines between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ become muddier.
“…Seeking the truth is sometimes like chasing a rabbit through the underbrush. As you approach, it darts away from you. At any given moment, you’re not sure exactly where it is. But you do gain certainty about where it isn’t. That knowledge is useful; it matters”. – Genership 1.0: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul, David Castro
Have you ever had a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right? Have you ever thought that there might be an easier or better way to do something? Or have you ever felt slightly uneasy but weren’t sure why?
That’s your intuition, your street smarts, your inner guru sending you a message. Whether it be in the form of butterflies in your belly, alarm bells or a big red flag, sometimes something just doesn’t feel…right! It’s in those moments that we have a choice. We can choose to face what is making us feel uneasy, to interrogate it and see what is really going on or we can choose to ignore the feeling.
None of us like feeling uneasy, and most of us don’t like confrontation, but the ability to turn and face our discomfort and to question what is going on— whether it be internally or face to face with someone—is essential to holding ourselves and others accountable, and to making change and progress.
“To know what is not right, what doesn’t work can be an important part of making progress, of moving toward the truth. Some of the greatest discoveries are through trial and error…” — Genership 1.0: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul, David Castro
Life is a series of lessons from which we can all learn and grow from.
We can either choose to trust our intuition or to ignore it completely. One of my own lessons learned has been to question what I see and hear. To question everything. It’s not because I’m a disbeliever, it’s because I acknowledge that everything we see and hear is tainted with the viewpoint of someone else. In order to get to the bottom of what is really going on, you need facts, and you need to interrogate those facts. Perhaps that’s why I ended up in a career of Program and Project Governance. The drive for transparency and accountability was ingrained! It’s also why I left that career.
What is a major lesson you have learned?
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