I was walking my dogs this morning on what we affectionately call “The Avoidance Tour”. You see, there are many dogs in my neighborhood and when I am walking my two together they are difficult to control when they encounter other dogs. They want to play, bark, fight, posture and essentially take me down (together they weigh 20 pounds more than I do)! So, when walking them, I “avoid” any path that is well-traveled by other dog owners.
In this avoidance, I am very conscious of where I am going and the path I am taking to get there. If along the chosen path another dog is on the horizon (a potential obstacle), I may “choose” a different path. But again, it is a very conscious choice and the result is a very enjoyable and peaceful walk – a success!
This afternoon I took them on a less “conscious” walk. As a matter of fact, I had one of those “how did we get all the way over here” moments. Have you ever had one of those? Like when you are driving home and have no idea what path you took to get there. It was a much different walk. I noticed nothing and enjoyed even less. Actually, what brought me out of my stupor was my big hound diving toward a Shih Tzu! It was clearly an “unconscious” walk.
However, in that moment I realized how many of us do this in life and in our businesses.
In life, we see those people who really do have it all together. They are happy from the inside out. They are consciously living their life. These choose with intention and accept the consequences with responsibility. They have a chosen path. They make adjustments, as needed, but generally follow what they have chosen for themselves.
Choosing a Path
Our business may be a huge success or a simple failure and yet, we have no idea how we got there! We essentially put ourselves on auto-pilot and simply go through the motions of “doing” what we do. There is no path or plan. No way to determine what obstacles are out there or to have a plan for going around the obstacles when they arise. We have created an “unconscious” business.
Then there are those business owners who go down a chosen and well-planned path. Although, it does not guarantee success, it does give them a blueprint for what works and what doesn’t. They have the ability to make timely changes on the path to “avoid” the obstacles as soon as they can “see” them. They can determine their options and consciously decide on their new path. They consciously choose their path and therefore their success.
What’s Your Choice?
Let’s create an Avoidance Tour together. Let’s make conscious choices for our business (or personal life) and consider the consequences.
Let’s commit to looking at our path, outlining the potential obstacles, and creating a plan (our blueprint) for how we are going to get to where we are going. But first, make sure you know where it is you want to end up and then…. Focus and, of course, execute! Who’s with me?