Taking Steps Toward Leadership–direction

“Always Forward, Forward Always.” ~Pops from Luke Cage

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Why not back?  Why not sideways?  Why is “forward” always the way to go?  I have been watching rock climbers.  One of the things they do is concentrate on the goal…getting to the top of the route.  But many times you have to go down or sideways to go up.  See Tom Cruise’s climb in Mission Impossible 2.

What I have discovered is that forward is the strategic goal but might not be the tactical goal.  Does that make sense?  The strategic goal is a better life, a more fulfilling career, a nice vacation.  Tactically, a person could find that instead of pursuing more money and stress, he might want to trim down and simplify to get his “better life.”  Someone might have to change careers or take a demotion to move toward what he ultimately wants.  Sometimes you look (in vain) for a bathroom, become separated from your group, and you find some places everyone else misses.  That can be the most memorable part of your vacation.

The trick is that which ever direction you take, you become delighted at the view.  Your new perspective might help you reach your strategic goal faster or it might make a secondary tactical goal visible where it was hidden before.  You need to become aware of yourself and your surroundings before you can reach your goals.


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