Stop, Collaborate, and Listen
While that phrase may take you back to 1990 with Hypercolor shirts and Saved By the Bell (you are welcome for your earworm of the day), there are actually some keys that you can apply when working on a project that keeps you spinning your wheels.
When you are not sure if you are heading in the right direction, often times the best thing to do is stop and evaluate what it is that you are trying to accomplish. Often we get caught up in trying to do things the quickest way, but we are not doing it the right way. By taking a break and coming back at the idea with a fresh perspective, you can see a different way of approaching the task.
Gather a group of people you trust, co-workers or advisors, explain the issue and your proposed solution. There is strength in the wisdom of others. People with more experience or different perspectives often can turn a frustrated scenario into one with a clear resolution.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been given advice only to totally disregard it because I thought I knew better. And I can tell you the results were not great. Once you solicit counsel from outside individuals, it is best to listen to it and contemplate whether or not it is valid. Sometimes it just will not work, but it is worth taking the time to seriously think about other’s perspectives.
To sum up, do not be afraid to take a little time and re-think things. A fresh perspective can save a headache later on.
“Word to your Mother”
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