Nope! I haven't vanished. I've just been very busy. I had to come in and share my thoughts.
Ever feel like you are battling a no-win scenario? I believe in Star Trek it was referred to as the Kobiyashi Maru (No I'm not sure of the spelling:).
Like Kirk in Star Trek, I do not believe in the no win scenario. I don't like to lose.
Recently I was in a meeting and there were workers present who have worked at this company for about 2 years. They've seen a lot of changes, but said that for them, things never change. Things never get better and they seemed focused on the the thought that no matter what, things would never improve. I pondered this for over a week, and today I expressed my feelings to those same individuals.
Failure is a state of mind. Even at your very lowest point in life, if you do not feel defeated, then you have not failed. You see, life is like chess. If you play against a master chess player for years and you never win, you ask yourself, "why do I keep playing?" The answer is as simple as the question. You keep playing because in your heart and in your mind you believe that you have the capability to win. Then one day, you find that you have not won, but neither have you lost. Is a stalemate another form of winning? Yes it is! You have progressed to a level where you have become the challenge instead of the challenger. Once you reach that state of mind, you begin to slowly take control, and eventually you will win. You cannot stop playing the game though, if you want to succeed in achieving your goal.
I explained to my friends at work that we will win our work battles. We will make changes and those changes will re-shape how our area of the company is run. If our first approach doesn't work, we will change our approach and try again. We will keep tweaking the engine until it is not just running, but purring. We will utilized all of the pieces on our chessboard, protecting ourselves in the process, and eventually we will find ourselves in a position where the tiny battles we fight and overcome will be that force which drives us on to winning the war. When we have won, and when we have succeeded at those things that we set out to accomplish, we can proudly stand before our other friends, smile, and simply say, "Checkmate!"