One of the most common things I hear from leaders week in and week out is this, “We’ve been doing the same thing for the last few years and have gotten decent results, but I feel we need to try something different…but I don’t know what to do.” If that’s you, it’s okay. You’re not alone, in fact, you’re pretty normal.

A pressure we fight as leaders is to be the one who always must know what to do, where to go, and how to get there. Here’s the problem, we are so close to the action that it is almost impossible to consistently…

I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve walked by a new decoration that my wife has put up or a small piece of furniture has moved a bit and never noticed it. I’m sure I’m not the only one!

Our sense of smell responds in a similar, but much quicker way. We typically recognize odors, especially bad ones right away. Over time we experience something called desensitization, and our nose stops sending the smelling signals to our brain.

In professional life, there is something about being close to the action. When you’ve worked in the same place for a period of time you begin to get lulled to sleep, the problems don’t seem as glaring anymore, and…

Experts call this Proximity Blindness (Geography + Time = Blindness).

How do we fight it? For me, I have some trusted mentors and friends in my life who help me see blind spots and come up with potential solutions. On an organizational level, there are a couple ways. The first is to get feedback from staff who have been employed by your company for six months or less. They will have fresh eyes that see holes and opportunities for improvement – this must be part of your culture and not a one-time experience. Secondly, get some feedback from an expert, outside, third party who can be your trusted advisor and help you get to the next level. There are many who specialize in helping organizations grow and get better.

Therefore, if the future of your business or church is keeping you up late at night and you don’t know what to do next, be proactive and engage the right people to help you take the blinders off and tackle the road to living out your potential!