[vimeo id="144698319"] I love travelling! And as you can see, I’m here in Chicago. You know one thing I’ve really found useful here is my map. I can see exactly where I am. And it also helps me get wherever I need to go. In leadership, we also have maps. Whether it be a business plan, a mission statement, or even our own personal “life-map,” we have something that helps us see where we are and where we want to go. But even with a map things don’t always go smoothly. Here are a few things about our “life-map.”
First of all, you should always have a map. If you’re going to travel from Lakeland to Chicago, you’re going to need a plan. Are you going up I-75? Who’s going with you? Are you going to stop overnight at a hotel? These are all decisions you have to plan ahead of time. It’s no different for a leader. An effective leader will always have a running five-year plan. Even in your own life you need a plan. Where do you want to be in five years? And how do you want to get there?
Secondly, be ready for a detour. It’s often been said that a road atlas is outdated before it’s even printed. You see, roads change – both in cities and in life. Sometimes you have a new expressway you can take. Other times you end up on a dirt backroad. The thing is you have to be prepared to take one of life’s detours even when it puts you behind your schedule. Maybe your job asked you to relocate. Or maybe you got a promotion you weren’t expecting. Whatever it is, be prepared for one of life’s detours.
The third thing is you’re going to get lost sometimes. You know, losing your way in a strange city can be a very scary experience. Losing your way in life can be even scarier. But do you know the best way to get un-lost is? Just ask for directions. When you’re in a city, the best people to ask are the locals because they’re familiar with the area. In the same way, when you’re lost in life the best people to ask are the ones that have been there before. Maybe it’s a mentor or a close friend. Maybe it’s your boss or a professor. The important thing is don’t be afraid to ask. Everyone has gotten lost sometime.
Finally, the only way to travel is one step at a time. Even your GPS only tells you what the next step is. Life is just the same. Most of the time we only know what we should do next. You know, that’s all God tells us because otherwise we’d probably get confused. It would be like your GPS telling you all of your directions at the same time. You wouldn’t know what to do next! So don’t be worried if you don’t have your whole life mapped out. If you’ve got a plan and you’re prepared for some detours and wrong turns, you’ll safely arrive at your destination!
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