Do You See Cheese or Holes?

Early on in my career, a mentor told me that everything is like Swiss cheese.

Every situation has “cheese” and “holes.”

Your choice is whether to focus on the cheese or the holes.

“So what?” you say. Well, this is important because of part 2 of this advice, which was … “Whatever you focus on is what you see more of.”

Plain and simple:

  • If you’re looking for problems, that’s what you’ll see.
  • If you’re looking for opportunities, that’s what you’ll see.

In Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, he advises, “Put your best people on your biggest opportunities, not your biggest problems.”

And cognitive behavioral psychology has demonstrated that action follows thought. We do what we think about.

So the next time you sit down to prioritize your day – it’s your choice. Spend your best time and effort on the cheese or the holes? Which is going to get the results you are looking for?

Until next time … wishing you business readiness success!

Kirsten Jordan is a Partner at PeopleResults. She can be reached on Twitter @Kirstenkbdb.