💡 Life Tip - Work the Chain (Issue #69)
Apply systems thinking to your problems
I remember how painful my knees used to be many years ago. They flared up any time I tried to start running again. So, I would eventually give up and quit. Again and again.
We often apply point solutions to a failure like that.
But, anyone who is familiar with injury recovery knows you have to examine the full system.
You have to work the entire chain, not just that single point of failure.
Surprisingly, weightlifting made my knee pain go away. I initially feared it would make the problem worse. However, I needed stronger muscles and ligaments above, around, and below to stabilize the joints. As the entire chain grew stronger, the pain lessened and eventually vanished.
The same thing happened with my lifelong back pain. As I used weightlifting to strengthen the muscles around my spine (e.g., deadlifting), the pain went away. My back has felt great for the last 15 years and counting!
I see this all the time in people's careers and lives, too. They're experiencing a specific type of failure, so they throw targeted point solutions at it.
However, they ignore the full system. They don't examine the chain that led to that failure.
Masking or simply treating a symptom won't address the real problem.
It requires an intentional deep examination of the failure and what led up to it. It requires a more holistic approach to build a robust system overall.
Unfortunately, most people aren't willing to put in that kind of effort. So, sadly, they suffer with that pain over and over, year after year — at work and in their lives.
They hate every job.
Their relationships keep failing.
They just can’t seem to find happiness.
If you're tired of the pain, take the time to examine your entire system and work the chain. Fix the real issues instead of masking the obvious discomfort.
It does require deep work and a lot more effort, but it will be worth it!
Hi, I’m Larry Cornett, a success coach who can work with you to optimize your career, life, or business. My mission is to help you take complete control of your life so you can become a more “Invincible You.” I currently live in Northern California near Lake Tahoe with my wife and Great Dane.