I remember a story Seth Godin shared in his 2008 book, Tribes. It was about a former U.S. rock-climbing champion, Obe Carrion. Obe was said to have won a tournament in an unusual way. He was one of four finalists; each had to climb a very difficult route up a steep wall. The first three finalists did the same thing. They entered the roped-off area, inspected the route, and then slowly began climbing--one hold at a time, trying to work their way up to the top. Two made it with a slip or two. One fell.Obe was scheduled to go last. He came out of the isolation area and, like his predecessors, began by inspecting the route. Then he did a curious thing: he took twenty steps back, then ran. Up the wall. He didn't hesitate or interpolate or hedge his bets. He just committed and nimbly adjusted along the way.
I was thinking about that as I considered the route I would take through 2010 as I navigate my business, my career, and of course my role in the Chapter. Like you, perhaps, I have this tendency to sometimes over-think things. To want to have most things planned out before committing to a course of action. "It's too risky...", "What if they don't like me...?", "I have to assess whether or not I have time...".
The irony is that I've tended to say these things about activities I've WANTED to participate in. Instead, I sometimes find myself some months later marveling in retrospect about how the things I WANTED to do had once again been OBE'd. That is, overtaken by (other) events. Events, in retrospect, that didn't really motivate me too much, yet to which I gave no thought about assigning as higher priorities in my life.
So here's a question: Pretend you can fast forward to a point six months into the future. What is it you wished you had committed to six months ago?
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