How Far Can You See?
A coworker told me a great story that illustrates the Critical Doer philosophical question of “how far can you see?” Remember, no person or organization can go any further than you can see. The following story makes the point.
A hunter has a very special dog used for retrieving ducks while duck hunting. The hunter takes a friend along to watch the dog at work. The hunter shoots the first duck and the dog walks…walks…across the water to retrieve the duck. Another duck flies by, the hunter fires, the dog walks across the water again to retrieve the duck. Thus far there is no reaction from the hunter’s friend. The hunter was expecting some reaction of amazement at the sight of a dog walking across water so the hunter asked “what do you think of my dog?” The friend dryly replied “your dog can’t swim.”
Unbelievable…the friend had such a critical and conventional view that the sight of a dog walking on water went unnoticed for the negative perception that the dog couldn’t swim!
We tend to find whatever we’re looking to find. If we’re constantly looking for what’s wrong, we normally find it. If we’re looking for the positive, we normally find positive. It’s important to stress that a keeping a positive outlook is important to having a sense of resilience to overcome obstacles, succeed where others quit, and find opportunities others can’t see for a competitive advantage.
To perform at the level of a Critical Doer, let me suggest that maximizing your performance comes from a vision of truth. A positive outlook as a matter of expectation is important, but critical thinking that reveals truth is equally important in turning your own expectations into reality.
Your challenge is to learn from the hunter’s friend who had an outlook so negative it clouded the vision of seeing something amazing. Expect the best, but know that critical thinking increases the breadth of your vision through looking at situations from numerous perspectives. It’s what a Critical Doer would…do!
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