Bill Belichick has just a few rules for the New England Patriots. One being “Ignore the Noise”. Sounds simple. Simple it is, but easy it is not. I once heard a saying that a wise person takes something difficult and make it simple and a fool takes something simple and makes it difficult. Too many of us have been entangled in the web of corporate gossip, rumors, business politics, decisions we have no authority over, non-negotiables, etc. The simplicity of ignoring the noise can seem impossible in these situations. Let’s face it. There is nothing more juicy than gossip. We all feel we could have made a better decision than the person responsible for that decision. Heck, we have all probably played Monday morning quarterback and in just a few conversations we can solve all of the NFL’s problems the day after the game. Truth is, decisions are hard. They have consequences. Yes, sometimes a leader makes a wrong decision. Sometimes rumors and gossip do take our time and resources and focus. Sometime we do get caught up in “it”. The problem is, there will always be an “it” if we let it. And once we cave, or allow our team to cave, we have yielded to slowing our team down. Our team will be distracted. Our people will get discouraged. And ultimately, Our EBT will suffer. OUCH!
So, how about it? Start today. Let’s have the discipline to walk away from the gossip. Better yet to squash it. Let’s have the restraint from voicing what we would have done if we were allowed to make the decision that someone else made. Let’s have the fortitude to stop the rumors. Let’s start today to not worry an ounce over things in which we have no control. Let’s control what we have the control over. Let’s Ignore the Noise.
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