Do you know someone who always wants to think things over for a loooooong time before taking action? Wants to read just 5 more reports before making a decision? Needs to ruminate, debate, theorize and endlessly reflect?
Likely they are a Stop Life Lens™ – oriented towards reflection rather than action.
Likely also means that you’re a Go Life Lens™ – oriented towards action rather than reflection. (You have your sore points too, we’ll get to that in another post.)
If you’re a Go Life Lens™ working or living with a Stop Life Lens™ here are some tips for smoothing out rough waters:
- don’t ask a Stop Life Lens™ to make a decision quickly because their default decision will be ‘No!’
- if you do have a legitimate reason for asking a Stop Life Lens™ to take action in a hurry, acknowledge that you understand they’d ideally like more time
- ask a Stop Life Lens™ to identify three key pieces of information they need in order to be able to move forward (e.g. put a limit on things)
- acknowledge a Stop Life Lens’™ ability to prevent running headlong over a cliff – their caution can save your impetuous hide!