If you have a Global Positioning System (GPS) device in your vehicle, you’ve most certainly, at some point or another, heard the condescending and cringe-worthy phrase “Recalculating …” delivered in the dulcet tones of the GPS genie. Because I’ve heard this phrase more often than I care to admit, I’ve actually cracked the code. You see “Recalculating …” really means “Hey moron, you missed your exit!” 🙂
All joking aside, despite the honeyed timbre with which it is delivered, most of us wince, at least a little, when we hear “Recalculating”. Why? Because it makes us feel stupid. But really, when you think about it, we shouldn’t feel foolish at all. A recalculation only happens when the GPS device realizes that it’s off track and it knows where it took a wrong turn. So “recalculating” is actually a positive statement; it means that the GPS knows that it took a wrong turn, it knows where it is, AND it has the information it needs to correct course, get back on track and proceed in the right direction.
Let’s apply this logic to the workplace. Have you ever taken a “wrong turn” in your decision making? Found yourself in a situation where you’ve realized that you have to turn around and retrace your steps in order to get back on your intended path? Or recognized that because of your misstep, you have to find a different route to your destination? No doubt at that very moment, you’ve probably mentally chastised yourself and felt a little foolish. But really, when you think about it, you shouldn’t! What you’ve really said to yourself is “recalculating …” and that’s a good thing! Because you know you made a wrong turn, you know where you are, and you have the knowledge and the skills to correct your course and get back on track.
So how often does your “recalculating …” kick in? Do you mentally kick yourself, or do you see it as a positive step? I’m curious to know how successful you are at keeping the negativity at bay. Please share by commenting below.