In both life and leadership, the picture or dream we have for our lives and enterprise is grand. I’m yet to meet an honest person who says they want little or nothing out of life. If we all dreamt untethered by disillusionment, failure, and life’s other realities, something grand would emerge. In their purest, our dreams are big. The haunting, perhaps even taunting question, is “how to live your big dreams everyday?”
Many things trigger reflection for me. Someone says something, a statement in a book, road trips. I’ve just been watching a TV series, which highlighted the role and importance of coaches. This got me reflecting on coaches in my life. I’ve had many coaches at different times in my life. All them made unique contributions to my life.
I’m always on the lookout for cool stuff. There’s a quirky coffee shop I visit from time to time. They understand coffee and probably make the best coffee compared to a lot of other coffee spots in the area. Their decor and vaab (Cape Town for ‘vibe’) are unusual. Well, I suppose, just about everything about them is ‘unusual’. Anyways, they’ve painted part of their coffee shop with chalkboard paint. And, they allow people to write. Today one of their doors had something to remember, always.
With the post, Looking Back Move Forward, I started an untitled series on pivoting or managing transition. One of the things I led with in that post was that change is inevitable. We have to navigate is somehow. Thinking about the future used to scare me more in my younger years. I’ve learned to be more chilled with time. Speaking to another friend in transition made me think about why the future can seem intimidating.
Change is often a question of time; when and never if. One of the worst and naivest things we could do is think or assume it can’t and won’t come. Pivoting, a change in direction or strategy, if done well can move us forward; make us better. Managing transition is not always easy. We have to make sure we ask the right questions. We have to start with the right step. As I navigate change I remember to start in the past. Looking back move forward.