Are You Out Over Your Skis?
For those of you who know me, you might know that I LOVE clichés, figures of speech and kitschy sayings. What you might NOT know about me is that I do not ski. To me, skiing is a bizarre past time in which people strap little sticks of wood to the bottoms of their feet and hurtle themselves down a mountain covered with slippery ice and snow. Are you KIDDING me? That is just straight up crazy.
So I was recently introduced (by a client) to this phrase, “He’s over his skis.” I took it to mean that he was over his head or trying to do more than he was capable of. But I decided to consult the always reliable and 100 percent true internet to see what the accepted definition was. And I got a couple of different interpretations.
Learnings.com says that it means that “you are engaged with situations above your pay grade.” OK—but that’s actually a pretty cool situation to be in in that you can learn a lot from doing stuff that is a little beyond you, as long as you have support, guidance, and are not risking messing something up majorly.
Urban Dictionary has a different take. “To get entirely too far ahead of yourself”—To me, this has a different feel to it—you can get ahead of yourself in your thinking or your actions; and this does not necessarily have a specific business application to it.
For the sake of this discussion, let’s say it is a general sense of getting overwhelmed; a state in which you start to feel that you may not be able to handle everything that is coming at you at present.
I have to produce more than 20 hours of presentation content from scratch that has to be delivered between now and the end of April. Hence trying to put a name to the deep dark fear and terror that I am facing every moment that I spend working, thinking about work, or preparing to work or think about work. Feel me?