The hill was more than I bargained for. It was a struggle and I should have realized earlier that is was time to act now.
I had all kinds of excuses: the weather was bad. I didn’t have time. It could wait another day. I had other plans.
No, I wasn’t hiking up a steep section of trail or riding my mountain bike up a hill. I was mowing my yard. If you have ever used a manual reel mower in a bermudagrass lawn, you know what I am talking about.
You can’t put off cutting the grass or the work required to cut it goes up exponentially. The grass grows taller and thicker every day. It is much easier to stay on top of it before it gets out of control.
The issues we face in business or life are the same. Avoid, ignoring, or putting off the issue rarely makes it easier to deal or go away. Usually it just makes it harder to deal with later.
For example, an employee who isn’t a good fit isn’t going to just change. They will create friction with others on the team or not produce the results you want. You either must intervene through giving feedback, or you have to remove them from the team or the company.
And while you wait to take action, the damage they cause continues to mount. Bad attitudes become contagious. People leave to find
Decisions and actions about upgrading your infrastructure, replacing your software, adding or removing products and services you offer are no different. And you aren’t going to magically get in better shape physically or strengthen relationships with inaction.
If you need to make a change or address a problem, act now. Don’t let it become a bigger challenge than it has to be.