Ever wonder what you would do in crisis? How you would react? Would you rush to the aid of those in trouble? Would you stand and watch the flames moving towards you with an utter sense of calm despite impending danger?
Though not a natural disaster, there are issues all around our teams that need our attention, but we are blissfully unaware because of our view of normal.
Maybe houses aren’t burning down, hurricanes and typhoons causing massive damage, tornados or zombie apocalypse but there are concerns on every team and we are simply blind or naive to them.
No, no one is sleeping with anyone.
No, no one is addicted to crack…hopefully.
No, no one is skinning people and wearing their skin as clothes.
Are there tactics, or opportunities you are simply not taking advantage of because of your view of normalcy?
The ship may have metaphorical fires that you simply see as how things should operate, and when some one questions it or attempts to put out the fire you quietly and sternly tell them to stop because of YOUR view of normal.
- THIS is how the worship service should operate.
- THIS is what it looks like to disciple students.
- THIS is what it looks like to give a sermon.
- THIS is what it looks like to lead and facilitate conversation.
- THIS….fill in the blank.
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Every great man is unique.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Rather than simply finding the next great book and replicating their methods, mirroring everything that you have experienced and producing a carbon copy….take your blinders off and evaluate your sense of normal.
If you cannot take your blinders off…bring others into your core team and ask them to critically evaluate the process.
The problem: they have blinders too. They have their sense of normal.
Ultimately, We can either think for ourselves; or we can have our thinking done for us by the influences around us. Julian James.
Is there any value in asking others to evaluate your final product critically? How do you usually respond when someone lets you know you can do it a different way?