Considering that RiverCrest is a name from our history, perhaps this proverb will be easy to remember, “Don’t test the depth of the river with both feet”. This proverb is from the Ashanti in Ghana. I really liked the image when I first read this advice. If you are not a great swimmer it is pretty important to know when the water is over your head. But the real purpose of the proverb is the broader issues around how we perceive the unknowns in life and face our fears. We all have goals, and we all have problems. Sometimes the goal or task seems too big to achieve. So we avoid it. If we can’t go all in, change overnight, we don’t do anything. But what if we inched in, what if we took just one step? What if we tried to make a small change? This advice came to mind several times this past month.
First as we looked at our processes to hire new staff. There are many steps involved, and the screening requirements from our regulations change in ways that only add requirements. But could we do something to make the experience more positive for the applicant, could we take one step to make it easier for the applicant and faster overall? Second, we know that we need a new concept for our adult training facilities. The Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule says that our current model violates a Federal Supreme court decision around inclusion. However, the model which will support our individuals’ goals has not yet been created. So we worry, but we will meet this challenge. All our challenges in life would be easier if we just took one step. As you look for your “rivers” this year, I hope you will look for ways to put just one foot in the water. Make this year, the year to test your depths (just remember, one foot first).