Many of us have heard the old adage, “Can’t see the forest for the trees”; meaning one doesn’t realize the vastness of what they are exploring, because they are focused only on the immediate things in front of them. As I ponder this saying, I think about my own personal and career journeys that I have endured. Like most people, it was often that the trees I focused on were the foreseen obstacles I would encounter along my journey.
An unfortunate outcome to only seeing trees throughout our journeys can be leaving the forest entirely in hopes of finding a way around it. However, over the years, I have found that leaving the forest for a while may result in a better outcome than we expect. When we leave the forest, we are able to survey more of the area and broaden our perspective; we are able to see the vastness of what we are undertaking. It is from this vantage point that we can see between the trees as opposed to seeing only the trees.
Our broadening perspectives experience outside of the forest allows us to redefine our journeys. If it is our only intention to move through the forest as quickly as possible, then we need to seek out paths that have been tried and made true by others. If our intention is to define our own path entirely, then we need to prepare ourselves to clear the path that has not yet been defined. This requires loads of courage, perseverance, diligence, patience, understanding, and more courage.
Take Action: Gain some perspective, define your path, and give it everything you got!
Leadership on the GO…..It’s O.N