Hosing all the dirt and leaves off my back courtyard and down the side path this past weekend, I observed a few things.
Firstly, that in different sections of the courtyard I was pushing the dirty water uphill as the paving foundation had not been correctly prepared.
Secondly, that when I was intentional with the focus of the water jet, everything moved forward. When I tried to take shortcuts or lost my focus the dirty water receded.
Thirdly, there was a point that became easier. It was the apex of the path. Once the mass reached that part it all started to flow downhill.
My lessons were these.
- Starting a process is just the beginning. Whether it is personal or organisational change, we have to continue to push things through in a forward and focused manner in order to reach the tipping point – the apex of the path. This is where, because of the prior focused work, things become easier and gain their own momentum.
- When pursuing change, it’s important to maintain forward focused pressure. As soon as we lose this, the old habits and the previous ways of doing things simply have a gravity about them that prevents forward flow.
- Focus and consistency is everything.