You tweak your knee and start limping a little, only to find that your lower back on the other side starts to ache.
Your job has gotten overwhelming, you are working too many hours, and now, no matter what kind of day you had, you’re finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
Two colleagues have misaligned expectations for who will do what, the deliverables get botched, and, going into the next client presentation, they are reticent to work together.
We’re all told to work on the root cause, and not just the symptoms. But often the symptoms become just as real as the thing that caused them – whether pain in your back, learned anxiety, or another deliverable that’s not up to snuff.
If the thing you can work on today is the symptom, and you know how to do that work, then that’s the right place to start.
Often, we behave our way into new attitudes, not the other way around.