Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Molly Gordon. Marie Kondo’s KonMari approach to transforming cluttered homes into havens of peace and contentment has captured imaginations worldwide. If we look to the […]
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Molly Gordon. As I grappled with this post’s theme for the dozenth time, I found myself writing, “Who doesn’t wasn’t to be optimally productive?” […]
Every conversation is an opportunity to connect with and understand another human being. The ability to listen with nothing on our minds determines our ability to realize this opportunity. At every moment, we either encounter the other person or encounter our preconceptions. Which we choose determines both the profitability and the meaningfulness of our endeavors.
Listening to clients and customers is the basis not only for effective marketing and selling, but also for sustaining motivation, engagement, and satisfaction in your work. This post takes a look at how the innocent misuse of intuition may be sabotaging your ability to listen wholeheartedly and well.’
What keeps people from getting traction on the things that really matter? Today’s guest contributor Molly Gordon thinks it has to do with finding the shortest or most direct path to where you want to go.
According to Gordon, the chief problem with trying to find an optimal path is simply that you can’t know what you don’t know. Whenever you set out to create or accomplish something, you project yourself and your desires into an unknowable future. There’s no end to the possible permutations to be considered at every step. Beyond a certain point, the effort you invest in optimizing the path actually puts you backwards.
Then there is the fact that a path is not merely, perhaps not even chiefly, a means of reaching an objective. The nature of what you create or achieve is inextricably wrapped up with the way in which you create or achieve it. A path shapes both the outcome and who you will be when you get there.
If getting traction isn’t about finding the shortest or most direct path to your objective, what is it about? Read more to find out the four keys to getting traction on an important creative project or life change.