As I write this, I’m in Scotland as I head further north.
We’re somewhere in the highlands and the landscape is mountainous, green, and about as picturesque as you’re likely to find on these shores.
As we travelled north, the landscape started to open up ahead of us.
The road winded around the mountains, we gradually climbed higher, and suddenly we could see the full picture – and the view’s incredible from up here.
I couldn’t help but think of how true this is in so much of life, including business…
A Broader Perspective
Finding clarity and the right perspective can focus your view, make you appreciate the landscape in front of you, and help you understand the challenge ahead.
The further along the business journey you venture, the more you open up the possibilities for success – and that can be in a variety of different ways.
I’ve been guilty of not seeing the full picture before, without a doubt. I’ve been so focused on what I’m doing each and every day that I haven’t paid enough attention to the road ahead and how I’m going to navigate it.
And as you get better at driving up the switchbacks, your experience means that you make better decisions. There’s no panic when something goes wrong because you know that you’re on the right path and that might be some bumps in the road.
Think about it, I’m sure there are plenty of things you know now that would’ve helped you two, five, or even ten years ago – I know that’s true of me.
There’s no chance I’d make the same mistakes I did if I had my time again, but that’s not how it works. The good news is that when you’re in the moment, there’s still time to learn, adapt, and overcome.
Because the experience you acquire in one year will influence and inform your perception of what you can achieve.
And while you’re driving around the bends and hairpin corners, you need to be able to watch the road ahead whilst also checking where you want to end up, making sure you’re on the right road.
They say that it’s not the destination but the journey that makes it but the reality is that it’s both. You couldn’t reach the destination without the lessons you learn on the journey… but the destination is the ultimate goal.
So, take a step back from the day-to-day once in a while and give yourself the space you need to ask the big questions and figure out how the journey ahead looks for you.
I’ll leave you with a piece of wisdom my motorbike instructor imparted to me when I was learning to ride…
You don’t want to focus on the road, you want to look for the next exit point.