What Camping and Leadership Have in Common

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Growing up, I spent countless weekends camping with my family and it’s where I developed my keen sense of adventure.

My outdoor experiences, including hiking, rock climbing, and repelling, taught me many leadership lessons that I use today with clients. leadership - Upside Thinking

I remember years ago hearing a speaker say, “The time to have the map is before you enter the woods.”

And, I remember it resonating with me because I often share with clients that the time to build a network is not when you need one.

The work you do today is what will enable you to reap big dividends tomorrow.

Great leaders understand the value of preparation and planning ahead.

And, this is why the 1st Pillar in my 7 Pillars of Leadership that I share onstage at Design Your Destiny Live is Start with a Written PLAN – and Begin With the End in Mind.

Before you design your destiny, you’ve got to be clear about where you are and where you want to be.

Most people start their journey with excitement and enthusiasm and never get to the finish line.

And, I get that because I’ve done that with certain projects, too.

Every time I failed to fully plan, I unconsciously planned to fail.

Looking back, I have evidence that my thoughts of “well, let’s see if this sticks…” never resulted in much of an outcome.

On a recent client group coaching call, several questions were asked about how to determine what action to take first when you’re mapping out your plan, especially if you’re seeking greater influence.

With many opinions on how to optimize growth, how can one truly decide that they’re on the right path?

This created an insightful conversation around what it take to succeed.

What I appreciated most about the conversation and follow-up questions that ensued was the desire to choose well, not shortcut the process.

Every person wanted a map before they entered the woods – and they were willing to do whatever it took to get it right.

The second thing I appreciated was the value my clients place on having invested in getting training and mentoring so they don’t have to go it alone.

By showing up and asking questions about what action will produce the best results, they rely on the collective knowledge of the group – and my expertise.

Great leaders recognize they don’t have all of the answers – and they don’t have to try to figure it out on their own.

They understand the value of having a clear vision and destination in mind – and mapping out the first step to get there…

…and the next…

…and the next…

…and the next…

When I first started out, I didn’t do this – and quickly learned how important it was to build a strong advisory board that could help me navigate and benefit from their wisdom.

And, because my background was in Federal law enforcement and not business, I began interviewing successful people in various industries about what they did to get to where they were.

What I discovered is you need a map – a system to follow.

SYSTEM stands for Save Yourself Time Energy and Money – S.Y.S.T.E.M..

Remember, the world needs you and your brilliance.

And, the faster you can be of service to the people you’re called to serve and fully step into leadership, the faster you will be able to make an impact and difference.

You have a message that matters – and your voice can change the world.

Create a map that will inspire others so you can be the kind of leader that is worth following.

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The Upside Challenge of the week is to examine where you are and where you’re headed. Do you have a clear plan, starting with the end in mind? Have you mapped out your first step? And, the next?

People follow the person first, then their great plan.

Remember, the world needs you and your brilliance.

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