Why You Need an “Oh, Shucks” Moment

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http://telegra.ph/Kak-delayut-amfivitamin-video-04-12 “When was the last time you had an “oh shucks” moment? I’m not talking about the time you dropped your car keys down the storm sewer, or when you forgot to put the lid on the blender. I’m talking about the “oh shucks” moment of commitment – the pivotal moment when you execute your plans, make a major change after which there is no going back, or take a big business risk and put it all on the line.

So, when was the last time you had an O.S.M?

I’ll bet you can remember exactly what happened, who was involved, and how it all went. You can almost relive the emotions you had going in… and how you felt afterward. For our purposes, it doesn’t matter whether or not your plans were a success; what matters is that you remember the heart-pounding exhilaration – that pump of adrenaline – when you created real and significant change. I want you to feel that lump in your throat.

That’s what I call an O.S.M., an “Oh Shucks Moment”. And it may be the most important element in personal and professional growth.

An OSM is the mark of significant change. If you aren’t creating O.S.M.s on a regular basis, either you’re lucky enough to be riding the right wave (which will surely subside), or you are probably not experiencing growth. O.S.M.s make things happen. O.S.M.s stretch your limits. O.S.M.s are great teachers. If you expect to make significant progress, you need to start creating O.S.M.s.

go site You see, real change begins at the edge of your comfort zone.

Imagine a circle with eight, evenly spaced marks on the circumference. Starting at the top and moving clockwise, label the marks: Complacency, where nothing is happening. Catalyst, a change in your environment that requires action. Following that is Create. It’s the plan you design for how to proceed because of that change. Next, you will Implement the plan. This is followed by the most critical part: The O.S.M. Lastly, after everything is accomplished, new Learning takes place: What worked, what didn’t, and why? I call this The Capacity Engine(TM). (Click on the image above to see a larger version of this chart. Or Click here to print out a PDF.*)

Today, I’d like us to focus on the O.S.M. There are times when change doesn’t involve much risk, but if you hope to grow, you need to set your bar high. Regularly seek out opportunities to create significant change for yourself and your organization. I’ve found a direct correlation between the significance of an expected change and the level of anxiety – or rush of adrenaline – felt at the moment of implementation. “Oh shucks…this had better work!”

Significant growth occurs with every O.S.M. When you make change, consider creating change that will put a real lump in your throat. If others are to be engaged, be sure to teach them about the O.S.M. prior to expressing your plans.

An old English proverb expresses it well: “A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. I say, “Seek the O.S.M.” Create – or respond to – change in a way that will really rock your boat.


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