Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. We get paralyzed by our daily routine and activity and instead of looking beyond what we’re doing today, we accept that some things should just be the way they are. Work isn’t always exciting and realizing a vision you once had, or are currently shaping for yourself or your organization, requires different lenses. Constructing the narrative to support the vision is some of the most important work we can do in order to grow. Personal, professional and corporate growth all stem from these moments when we tackle the hard work of going further. How do we do that?
We take risks; we consider all possible scenarios; we get input and feedback from a variety of sources, even those we don’t rate. We also stop projecting our insecurities into situations where they don’t belong. We do all that we can, in every way that we can. I suppose it’s not about having all the answers but rather the willingness to keep asking the hard questions.
The Marquis of Salisbury, an English statesman and diplomat, upon being criticized for his colonial policies, replied, “Gentlemen, get larger maps”.
What’s your stretch goal? What do you see beyond where you are now that reinforces the need to change and go there?