[vimeo id="133927385"] Many short distance sprinters would agree that one of the most – if not the most – important parts of a race is the start. If sprinters have a bad start they end up trying to recover instead of setting the pace. I was thinking about this a little more as we draw closer to a new semester at Southeastern University. It’s an exciting time for all our students. Many of them are starting a whole new journey in their lives, and like sprinters it’s important to get the adventure started off on the right foot. I’ll share a few ideas about how we begin a new journey the right way.
First, get your foundation set. In other words, have your values clearly identified. It’s good to write these down so that they are a constant reminder to you. Values are the guiding principles that are going to direct and drive your decision-making as you navigate your new journey. Remember, you’re entering a whole new environment. Things will be unfamiliar and foreign to you. Having the right guiding principles will help you navigate the new circumstances that come into your life.
Second, surround yourself with good people. As you may know, I am a strong believer in teams. Whenever you start a new journey, make sure that you have good people in your inner circle. The right people in the right seats will make a world of difference in the level of effectiveness in your journey. The right people will keep you accountable. However, in order for people to join your journey, you must be willing to accept correction, criticism and direction from them. Proverbs 15:22 says that “plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.” Bottom line – take advice and remember that your ideas don’t always have to be the right ones.
Third, accept the unexpected. Once you embark on your journey you’ll have a vision of what it might look like. The key is to not get so focused on the end goal that you miss opportunities that come along the way. We must be open to accept the unexpected surprises that may arise along the way. These could be new relationships, partnerships, innovative ideas and a myriad of other opportunities to maximize the journey. So make sure you are open along the way.
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