Sir William Osler is best known as one of the most famous physicians in his day; someone that was knighted by the King of England, was widely written about and helped organize the John Hopkins School of Medicine. If you study his life you’ll discover that one principle was responsible for dramatically changing and shaping his future. This principle came from the writings of Thomas Carlyle who said: “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” This is simple yet profound advice for all of us in life and business when we are often faced with tough decisions.
There are many keys to success but perhaps one of the most important is doing the next logical thing when you don’t know what to do. We can avoid the trap of indecision and failing to execute well by continuing to move ahead one step at a time. We teach businesses the value of incremental delivery and change and this is precisely the underlying thought in Carlyle’s statement; don’t get paralyzed by the big picture, get to it one step change at a time.
What is the next logical and right thing you can do to move the needle and keep progressing?