Leadership Minute – Where’s the map?

Have you ever gotten in the car and just started driving, not really knowing how you were going to get to your destination? Sometimes we can fudge our way along and make that work, but usually only when we know where we started from and have at least a vague idea of where we’re going.

If you or your team want to get anywhere in life, produce anything of value, and avoid wasting time just spinning around in circles in the dark (sure, it sounds kinda fun to start with, but the shine wears off when you smack into something and get seriously hurt!), then you’ll need to get clarity around a couple of things:

  1. Where are we at now? Be honest and specific about this.
  2. Where are we going, or what are we aiming for? As I said last week, if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit nothing.

Once you have clarity around those things, figuring out how to get where you’re going is much easier. Not necessarily easy, but easier.

If you’ve ever looked at a map, there’s usually more than one route to get to where you’re going. For some people, that choice might be paralysing. What if I make the wrong choice and it doesn’t go well??? Word to the wise – there is no perfect way of getting to your destination. Even the routes that may look easier at the start can throw all sorts of roadworks, bumps and incidents your way (e.g. things like your system crashing and losing your blog post when it’s nearly done!). Just keep your eye on the goal, pick a route, plot some possible steps and get moving…or at least take ONE step. As you know, it’s much easier to redirect and change course when something is already moving and has momentum.

What if the destination is not even on the map and you can’t see how to get there? Again, take ONE step. Keep an eye on the goal and take one more step, and another, and another.

As Martin Luther King once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

  1. Where are you now?
  2. Where do you want to go?
  3. What is ONE STEP you can take to get there?

take one step


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