Eleven Percent

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion
raised against the knowledge of God,
and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5

Recently a family member had surgery to remove her gallbladder. That’s what happens to body parts that don’t work efficiently. Tests showed her gallbladder functioning at 11%. She suffered from severe bouts of pain and developed unexplained, inconsistent allergies that prevented her from eating most foods. Doctors couldn’t identify the issue for many months. She had emergency room visits for her most debilitating bouts of pain. The doctors who finally identified it informed her that there was no hope for her gallbladder to regain the efficiency it lost, and after ruling out stomach ulcers and other possible obvious culprits, the solution was to remove it.

In the workplace, we would consider removing someone operating at 11% or anyone hindering the overall health of the organization. Not only is low performance an efficiency issue, but it’s a toxin that begins to permeate the organization. The damage starts showing up in unexpected places. It can weaken the infrastructure and cause relationships to suffer. It’s not always easy to diagnose the issue.

In our own hearts, if we’re not getting traction in life, our thoughts could be hindering our efficiency. The toxins might be our own negativity. Jesus says to take these thoughts captive and don’t allow them to breed. We do have control over our thoughts and attitudes.

What areas of your life or business are you operating at 11%?