The other day one of my friends noted that I was a creature of habit and as I thought about it, I couldn’t help but do a little self-analysis and come to the conclusion:
He might be right.
Consider that I generally:
- Show up to work at pretty much the same time every day.
- Park in pretty much the same place every day.
- Wear the same color of shirt every day.
- Haven’t changed my hairstyle since 1985.
That all sounds very predictable.
But is being predictable a bad thing?
But it doesn’t have to be.
Consider the possibility that being predictable can lead to being memorable.
And being memorable is what can make a good result a great one.
Legends are built on events where seemingly predictable situations result in surprising, memorable outcomes.
- Most people expected Mike Tyson to knock out Buster Douglas.
- In 1980, most people expected the Russians to beat the Americans in Hockey.
- Few people in 1991 expected Coack K.’s Duke Blue Devils to beat Tark-The-Shark’s Running Rebels from UNLV.
In each of the above situations – something memorable happened.
Something no one really expected as an outcome.
And in each case — I suspect that there was a whole-lot of predictability that went into the preparation of the people who were responsible for the memorable outcome.
It just may lead to being memorable.
Or, at least I hope it does.