This phrase hit me like a ton of bricks as I was watching the TV show Blue Bloods.
The detective (the commissioner’s son) made a decision that he knew was a step or two out of bounds. When he was called in to explain his actions things became very uncomfortable. He knew it was coming.
When his partner asked about the “dress-down,” he instantly replied by saying, “I got jammed-up.” But then something very noticeable happened.
This guy kept moving forward. Sure, he might have regretted his decision after playing Monday Morning Quarterback and giving it some more thought, but he wasn’t going to let a single decision ruin his day, week, month, year, or career. He wasn’t heading off to the Brooklyn Bridge to showcase his own personal rendition of a “Flying Wallenda move.” He kept moving forward.
So he got “jammed-up”. Big deal.
Every time I see, hear, experience, or witness a lesson like this in action, I think of my associates in the travel business.
Let me see if I can net this lesson out for you:
1. You will make knee-jerk decisions at times. Some outcomes will prove to be better than others. Life will continue. You will go on.
2. If you are not getting “jammed-up” now and then, perhaps you are not exiting your comfort zone. Getting “jammed-up” won’t kill you. In fact, it just might help accelerate your learning curve. It certainly will take the “boring” out of your life!
3. It is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. (You didn’t hear that from me!)
4. Some days you will be the bug; some days you will be the windshield. Just don’t get comfortable being the bug.
So I ask you this: When was the last time you got “jammed-up”? If you can’t remember, then it just might be a good time to do something about it. Get up. Get out. And get “jammed-up”.
Mike Marchev is the author of the sales book titled Become The Exception and is a popular speaker at industry events. You can receive a complimentary copy of his Special Report titled “Your 12-Word Marketing Plan.” Email Mike and put the number “12” in the subject box. Also, ask about his 3rd Annual Training Cruise coming in November. Mike@MikeMarchev.com.