You're on a beautiful hike with friends when you notice some discomfort at your feet.
A tiny pebble has lodged in your shoe.
You don't want to hold everyone else up so you ignore it and keep walking.
A mile later and it's really starting to hurt but you think: oh well, we're almost done anyways.
By the end of the hike, it's no longer mere discomfort; you're in real pain now.
And just like that, a nonproblem is now a problem.
Every day different pebbles are getting stuck in our shoes; often in the shape of:
- That thing you know you need to get done, but keep putting off.
- A process at work that can be improved but you haven't said anything yet.
- Some resistance toward amending a friendship or relationship.
Removing that pebble benefits everyone around you.
Your friends don't have to hear you moan about your foot hurting.
Your co-workers don't have to suffer the problem you've already solved.
And your friends and partners don't have to wonder how you're feeling.
Enjoy the hike, don't just endure it.