Some anonymous person
You know what they say about couples in a long-time stable relationship, right?
“I still get a thrill when I see her, just like the first time we met.” Yeah, right …
Time and familiarity has a way of playing with our perceptions and our emotions. You might feel an overwhelming and positive emotion when you see someone you care deeply about, but it’s not the same experience as when you first met. You have added years of shared experiences and growth to your perceptions.
Same thing applies in business … maybe more so.
We get used to people, procedures, and activities. If we see something as a creative and innovative process, we might be tempted to continue to view that process as creative, even as it is eclipsed by more current or evolved thinking. We see our protégé or favorite co-worker and sometimes still see the young and energetic sparkplug, rather than the quiet and tired colleague of today.
So what to do about the possibility that you are not seeing reality, but rather nostalgic perception clouded by memory?
Try this … do not rely on your own perceptions.
Seek the counsel of others and listen to their views on what is before you. This will be especially useful if the person whose counsel you seek is not familiar with what they are looking at. You are not after technical analysis … you just want fresh eyes looking at what is there to be seen.
This requires some trust and some bravery, but the results might be truly “eye-opening” …
Trying to see what is there to see, rather than what I want to see, in the Heartland ….