“You can’t bake a cake until you crack some eggs.” - Unknow
Okay, I know what some of you are thinking. Ole Jack has the early onset of writer’s block. What in the world is he talking about?
That might be a legitimate question, but let’s see if I can dispel the earlier diagnosis of my writing ability.
Here’s what I want us to think about today. Ever thought about taking a shortcut to accomplish something that needed to be done? Don’t kid yourself. Of course, you have. I have. Everyone has. Not only have we thought about it, but we’ve chosen that shortcut.
Hopefully, it worked for you. If so, you are much luckier than I have been. Most of the time I’ve chosen that option, I’ve either accomplished less than I had planned or just simply regretted that I chose that option. I also have to admit that in some cases, that shortcut ended up taking me longer than the correct path. Things that came up that probably wouldn’t have had if I had proceeded with the proper steps to do what needed to be done.
Why do we sometimes lean toward taking the short cut (not cracking the eggs)? I‘ll share with you some of the things that came to mind when I asked myself that question.
Didn’t want to put forth the effort that was required to do it right
- Procrastinated and was rushed
- Thought I was smart enough to figure out a quicker way
- Downgraded the importance of the task (Why put forth that much effort to do it?)
- Realized what was really going to be required and was not committed enough to invest the proper effort
- Convinced myself that all those steps really weren’t necessary
I’m sure I could come up with some more excuses, and I’m also convinced you could do the same. The reasons are not what is important. What is important is that we realize there is the right way to do something and there is a REASON that it is the RIGHT way.
I hope when you get ready to bake your next proverbial cake, you’ll go to the refrigerator and pantry and get out all the ingredients that the recipe calls for. Oh, by the way, don’t forget the eggs!