Are you at a crossroad in your career or business at the moment?
I mean, are you are in a position where you need to make a significant decision?
Do you turn left or do you turn right?
Do you step back, or do you step forward?
Do you step down, or do you step up?
I was reminded recently of that quote from Steve Jobs that he gave during the Stanford University Commencement Address in 2005…
You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.
These are very powerful words and ones which are worthy of reflection and consideration.
Often we are all too pre-occupied with the day to day to give ourselves this gift.
We have our eyes so close to the ground that despite wanting to see the bigger picture, we wonder why we cannot.
Think about the Nazca Lines!
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru. The only way to view them in their entirety is from the air!
I mean, what a metaphor that is for many of us – yet somehow we cannot see that big picture from where we currently stand today.
I believe, that half the battle when we are at a cross road, is to see that bigger picture.
We may not always get it right, but we need to sometimes step up from where we are currently, to gain that clarity required.
Patterns, cycles, decisions…
I can see them all very clearly now, the dots that Steve Jobs refers to because I have a few years under my belt, but as for the future, that is another question!
To address this dilemma, it is essential that you create this time and space to gain clarity.
If you have a business, then make sure you take time out for your annual retreat.
Make it a ritual where you are in an environment that allows you to expand and see that bigger picture.
Years back, I worked for a company in which I would participate with my divisional management colleagues on a retreat at a small lodge in the country – nothing fancy, but it allowed conversations and reflection and then momentum.
I even remember attending one retreat, where we we waking up to the news of 9/11. It certainly a different focus on things that day.
Since then, I have replicated something similar on an individual basis where over the Christmas / New Year period, I will take stock of the past year and plan for the next.
This personal ritual, allows me to move forward on my goals and ultimate life ambitions.
As that other quote says…
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination
If you are at a cross road today, then give yourself and / or your team the gift of time out and step up to see the bigger picture.