When something doesn’t work, I sit up and take notice. Could it be a fluke? Absolutely. But if there’s a trend of dysfunction, then there’s something wrong with my approach, or the obstacle is insurmountable. Either way, I need to employ the most honest assessment possible, make necessary adjustments and try again, or shoot for another goal.
If I ignore dysfunction—if I’m lazy about articulating the reason behind failures—I risk becoming a narrow-minded ideologue, one who erroneously rationalizes why they don’t need to change their approach or their viewpoint.