Over the last few weeks whilst out for a walk I've been finding nails on the pavement.
One day I'd just picked a nail off the pavement, and thought I saw another one - until I realised my error - as it was just a twig!
It reminded me of the saying
When you've got a hammer everything looks like a nail.
Its easily done - and may be the reason for a current situation you're feeling very stuck about?
When we're seemingly going around in circles, or stuck in a rut, or getting the same unwanted results, you may want to check you're not just walking around with a hammer in your hand!
The metaphorical hammers in our lives might be as a result of:
- Being too comfortable in our comfort zones. The best means I've found for getting out of mine is to do something different everyday. Although I did enjoy exploring what impact a comfort universe might have last year!
- Making assumptions that everyone is just like us - and using what we see as evidence to support that - even though when we're seeing a nail it's really a twig!
- Forgetting that we only know a very small percentage of the facts and data and do need to ensure we get as wide a perspective as possible.
- Being stuck in a rut of just doing the same thing over and over. One unconventional means of getting out of a rut is to go and find a real one ... as you'll see here
- Expecting different results from doing the same thing
- Blaming others
- Getting stuck in a role or pattern of behaviour with another person
- and so on (I'd love to know your suggestions for hammers we carry in our lives - work or personal)
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