We all know the use of a blindfold, but are you wearing one when you least expect it? Ed talks about the importance of removing the blindfold and seeing a way forward.
Everyone has difficult times, whether it be a work issue, a personal issue or just having a bad day. Sometimes the way forward is right in front of us but we can’t see it for various reasons.
In my personal experience I find that I can lose sight of my goals and what I’m trying to achieve, as if I’m blindfolded. There are many things that can ‘blindfold’ and block me from finding a solution; getting stuck in the detail, my own perception or mindset, the environment and a lack of constructive feedback.
Here are a couple of ways I try to remove the blindfold during tough times:
Talk about it
However basic this may sound, talking to a trusted friend, family member or colleague is my go-to method of removing the blindfold. Although they may not have the solution, this helps me to break down what is actually happening by talking it through. Depending on the problem, it may be better to speak to someone who’s not involved for a different perspective.
Change the scenery
I also try to step away from the environment where the problem lies. Although this may not always be possible, I try to step into a place that makes me happy. For me, this would be onto a cricket field where I can take my mind elsewhere. I often find this helps me return to the problem with a fresh mindset. Engaging in something such as sport also encourages creative thinking, collaborative working and problem solving. In the past, I’ve spent hours trying to perfect one tiny detail. Instead, I could have stepped away, changed the scenery and returned to the problem with a fresh mindset and new ideas.
There are plenty more methods to remove your blindfold.Try figuring out what works for you and discuss your ideas with those around you.