Cleaning Out The Junk That Stands Between You And Success

What exactly is HeadTrash?

We refer to thought patterns and emotional tendencies that hinder your ability to respond to business issues in a productive and professional way as HeadTrash.

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Chapter One

Storm Warning: It’s Your Wake Up Call

You’re driving your team to a business meeting during a winter storm. The salt trucks haven’t gotten to this part of the road yet. Everyone is crawling, trying to maintain momentum without sliding out of control. You become irritated by others’ over-cautiousness and lack of speed. You see no need to adjust your driving to accommodate a little bit of snow. You’re coming up to a red light, so you pump the brakes. As you reach the intersection, your car skids and slues to a stop, just missing the car in front of you.

Storm WarningYour forward motion is gone, but at least you’re in a safe spot and didn’t hit anyone. You wait, the light changes to green, and you tap forcefully on the gas pedal. Your wheels start spinning; you’re stuck in a quagmire of slush, ice, and snow! You press hard on the gas, spewing snow and ice and digging yourself into a deeper hole. The cars behind you are also stuck, their drivers fearful of what you’ll do next. Yet the cars to the left and right of you are slowly making their way forward, including many you passed on the road earlier.

Why did you get stuck? Was it arrogance, assuming you could handle the weather and did not need to slow down? Insecurity about how your team might judge your driving? Or fear of the client’s reaction if you are late for your meeting? You can’t move forward, and you surely can’t go back. You try again and again, but the wheels just spin. Every time you hit the gas, your team gets more nervous. Soon they’re asking: “Should we call a tow truck?”; “Should we get out and push?”; “If we can get going again, is there a better route to take the rest of the way?” You’re irritated, and you begin to worry that you won’t get to your meeting at all. Missing the meeting will be bad. But maybe you’ve got a bigger problem, junk in your head that is causing you to make poor decisions like driving without regard for the weather and road conditions or the attitude and opinions of your team.

Getting stuck on the snowy, icy road is typical of how your days have been going. You’re expending energy, lots of it, but not making progress. Even though you’re frustrated and know something is out of sync, you can’t seem to change the situation. Each day you’re becoming a little more anxious, which is making you less productive and more concerned about the future. You know something has to change. You’re just not sure what it is.

Why do executives get stuck? Why do leaders sometimes find themselves pushing hard but not gaining traction? Frequently it’s because they’re working against themselves, defeating their best efforts with their own problematical thoughts and emotions.