The Tipping Point. We all reach it and at the point in which we do, we initiate change. Think about the times you’ve reached The Tipping Point in your life. Did it cause a shift in lifestyle, a job or perhaps a relationship?
Thinking about those times, can you identify the signs that you’d reached your personal Tipping Point? More importantly, did you see it coming? In hindsight, it’s generally clear to us as to when things got to the point where change had to happen. But, how can we take more control and respond more proactively?
There is the theory that The Tipping Point occurs when the pain of the status quo becomes greater than the feared potential pain from change. Let’s briefly examine a couple of examples-
Sadly, it sometimes comes at a life or death moment such as a heart attack. If the habits leading up to The Tipping Point included the eating the wrong foods, a lack of exercise and a stressful lifestyle, it is not hard for us to draw the line from A to B.
Now, let’s look at another widespread habit, procrastination. To some, procrastination can be used as a catalyst. You’ve given your task marginal thought, been sidetracked by more pressing matters and you’ve known about the deadline. However, you’ve not made any strides toward completion of the project. Suddenly, The Tipping Point arrives. You know in an instant that you must accomplish the task immediately. The pain and discomfort of doing it are far less the consequences of not doing so.
Unfortunately, in both cases, your best work isn’t being done. You can’t completely un-do the effects of a poor lifestyle. You may live through The Tipping Point and go on to lead a long life, but it won’t be all that it could have been. In the example of procrastination, The Tipping Point may well have lighted a fire under your tail, but did you give the task the thought and consideration that it really deserved? Did you consider alternatives? Is your plan the best it can be?
If you only consider today, I suppose simply making it through The Tipping Point is enough. After all, you survived a heart attack. You met your task deadline and the boss never knew that you could have possibly done much better work. Isn’t that enough?
Isn’t that what they tell us to do? Carpe Diem? If we worry about tomorrow, how can we live life to its fullest today? Right there, my friends, is the fly in the ointment.
If your life, love, or business feels good today why should you consider change for tomorrow? Why make the effort and face the uncertainties of change? Because you haven’t reached The Tipping Point. But you will.
Just because things seem wonderful today doesn’t mean that they will be tomorrow or in the more distant future. So, I am going to propose is something to you that is incredibly difficult. I propose that you step back and take a granular look at your status quo.
Whether you like it or not, examine the factors that have been in play and helped get you where you are today. It’s hard work. It will take some time and guidance, otherwise you will likely get off track and will not find what you are seeking. Identify those forces and situations and consider how you can build on or eliminate them.
You can be responsive and delay your Tipping Point or you can be reactive and play ‘’catch up’’ after the fact.
Do the hard work, even though it doesn’t look necessary. After all, if the status quo feels good and you are living “for the day”, imagine how amazing the next days could be if you had prepared for and expected them to be even better.
What is your Tipping Point and how are you preparing for it?
Venomous Consulting can help guide you through all these processes. We are specialists in examining today, uncovering a greater tomorrow and assisting you in building your own road map toward your future. Call us today and let’s talk about your Tipping Point.
Thanks for reading.
-For additional resources and thoughts, I suggest picking up a copy of Malcom Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point, How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. I read it nearly 20 years ago and while many of the examples may seem dated, the basics will always hold true.