There’s a difference between being lazy and ‘the impossible task’. Sometimes people lack the will to complete a task, chase their dreams or get out of their comfort zone. If this is the situation, we can quote Charles Bukowski by saying ‘their ambition is handicapped by laziness’.
But … in other cases it is not laziness, nor apathy nor procrastination preventing them from achieving their goals. It is the idea of the task being impossible. The impossible task is a term a lot of people can relate to nowadays. Much more so than its technical counterpart avolition, a lack of motivation that makes it hard to start or finish even simple, everyday tasks, and more. When you’re stuck on the impossible task, there is a constant thought of wanting to complete these tasks, but there’s no “oomph” to do them. It can feel paralyzing because it can’t be overcome by reason, logic, or willpower alone. People can feel ashamed, guilty, angry, and disappointed in themselves. (drsarahedwards.com)
The impossible task can occur in a personal and professional context. Personally, it can variate from simple household or personal hygiene tasks to more complex or important things of important consequence to tasks you really want to do. These are often the most vexing. You used to enjoy doing them, but cannot put yourself up to doing them now. In a professional environment the same issues can occur. Personal of professional it may feel like you’re going through a rough patch, or should we say path.
Either way, the will is there and so is the power. So, the only question is how can you pave a path and make way to achieve your goals? We have some tips and tricks to help you break down the impossible task and make it possible.
1. Observe your situation from a distance
When being right in the middle of an impossible task – stressed to the max, taking heat, working around the clock – you can easily lose perspective. You can get sucked into a crashing wave of work and worry that makes it hard to know which way is up. (brendandreid.com) As a company or employee, it can be useful to ask for the help of an interim manager who may see things from another point of view because he or she is not in the middle of it all.
2. Try something new
If you yourself feel stuck in the mundanity of it all, of your job, it might help you to try something new. Take on a new project or a new responsibility. Taking on a new project or charting out a plan for success will stimulate your brain, causing a surge and release of endorphins, and give you a feeling of expansion. Becoming an interim manager may make it easier for you to try new things.
3. Seek opportunities
Think of what projects will make you feel good. This is a different way of looking at your career and making the most of it for yourself. Bare this in mind when you take on a new project, as an interim manager.
4. Say no to boredom
At times it can be easy to become bored with the monotony that accompany most positions. This can be overcome by becoming an interim manager. Being an interim manager gives you the opportunity the develop and practice your skills in different companies and in roles. By keeping track of your development process, you can find ways to become more inspired, explore creative solutions that invigorate interest, and identify areas for professional development.
Based on the above we can conclude that the impossible is only the untried. By questioning and breaking up the impossible in smaller pieces, we ourselves by taking smaller steps make the impossible possible. With a bit of help, that extra push and believing in ourselves we can accomplish anything.