Over the summer my wife and I have been taking long walks each morning in an effort to get in our 10,000 steps by 10:00AM. We’re fortunate to live in an area that offers a variety of paths from which to choose. Each path has its challenges, its advantages and its disadvantages. While walking I can’t help but to think of the comparisons of those daily walks have in common to what leaders face each day.
Some paths are new and unexplored. We find we’re a bit slower on those paths as we navigate our way, not exactly sure what the next bend has in store. Taking a new path can indeed slow our pace, even throws us a bit off balance, but there is something exhilarating of exploring, trying something new, something different.
Some paths taken are familiar enough that we’re able to anticipate the next difficult climb or where the trees offer shade and a brief respite from the heat of the day. We know the spots to linger and enjoy the surroundings, and those areas to move a bit faster as better things lie ahead. The familiar paths are the safest and fastest to take, but rarely is anything new learned or explored.
Some paths are so much a matter of routine; I swear we could walk them in our sleep. These are typically the paths taken when the job just needs to get done…just get us from point A to point B and let’s just call it a day…typically, these are the least favorite, and offer the least amount of enjoyment, but in the end, we’re compliant.
As leaders we face similar paths as we go about our daily routines. Sometimes we even have the ability to veer off one path and incorporate another to get us to the end we desire. There are times that paths are a matter of choice, and times we’re “encouraged” to take the path less traveled.
Whichever path you find yourself on this summer’s day know there are others to explore which lie just around the bend…
Be good to yourself…