In my keynote performances, I use a six-foot unicycle to demonstrate how we can more effectively manage uncertainty and move through change.
If you’ve been in the audience, you’ve seen me weaving in and out of tables and chairs, racing across the room in dramatic fashion to convey simple, but meaningful points:
Idling is the illusion of progress – effort without accomplishment. Basically, you are marking time, moving forward a bit, then backward to stop your progress. Moving through life this way is exhausting, as you can’t seem to build momentum for forward progress. And, when you glance backward at your life and realize that, after all that work, you really haven’t gone anywhere, it can be quite disheartening.
To break this pattern of idling in your life, you need to intentionally lean yourself forward, Off Balance, but On Purpose. This means reconnecting to a sense of purpose or meaning in your life, and taking action to propel yourself toward a worthwhile pursuit.
If you idle for any length of time, marking the same territory, backwards and forwards, you can begin to cut a rut beneath you. This well worn path feels comfortable, so you choose to remain their just a bit longer. Before you know it, you may feel “stuck” – trapped in the familiar patterns of thought and action. If you are in this predicament right now, follow these steps and answer the associated questions to break free from your “entrenched” position.
Idling can be comfortable, and it appears to be safe. But, as I often say, “If you limit yourself to what’s comfortable, you deny yourself what’s possible.” And, in the long run, idling is anything but “safe.” Withdrawing from the natural process of change, growth, and progress can be very risky business.
I wish you purposeful forward progress in all areas of life. And those sentiments are anything but idle.