Around the house I am often asking Dave for help with something that I cannot quite fix. I sometimes hesitate out of concern that I am going to break it (with my brute strength apparently) and I do not force objects where they do not seem to want to go. When I call on Dave, he comes over and bangs, pushes, or turns until it works. This was driving me crazy because I thought – well, why didn’t I do that?
Now, when I think to ask Dave for help, first I ask myself: what would Dave do? I try a little harder to open the jar. Or, I pull harder on the nail to get it out. Usually it involves doing something a little rougher than I normally would. Usually, it works.
This has helped me to learn that sometimes taking action is better than overthinking which precise and specific action would be best. It’s also pretty unlikely that I am going to break something if I try to use my strength and if I do break it, well, it’s probably replaceable. No big whoop.
I am sure there is a metaphor for life in here somewhere. When times get a little tougher, we need to get a little tougher too. Dave says, Oh no – his secret is out! Sometimes you gotta just muscle through it.
What’s your strategy when you come up against an obstacle? Do you muscle your way through it?