Traveling along the mountain roads of South Korea sounds absolutely terrifying as told by Jon Acuff in his book Start. No guardrails. Steep cliffs. Winding roads. Water buffalo. Oh, and cars and buses squeezed onto the narrow dirt roads.
But what makes Jon’s story fascinating is his description of how he stumbled across French cyclists trying to navigate those roads. What were cyclists doing in such a place? How did they get that lost? After all, this wasn’t simply a wrong turn. They were on a remote, dirt, mountain road.
Here’s the kicker… the cyclists had a detailed map. Shouldn’t they have known where they were going? Maybe not. As Jon explains, even the best map in the world won’t do you any good if you don’t know where you are. This is one of the simplest, yet important takeaways from Start.
When most of us try to plan where we’re going in life or business, we don’t stop to ask the question of where we are.
…most of us, when it comes to figuring out where we’re headed in life, never stop to ask the simple question, ‘Where am I?’ We just keep marching forward, day after day, cubicle after cubicle, moving faster and faster but not really going anywhere.
– Jon Acuff
I’ve been doing a lot of planning for my business. It’s an exciting time and I’m ready to take things to the next level. I guess you could say that I’m riding a wave of success. But, simply riding the wave isn’t enough to get me where I want to go. As Jon reminded me in Start, I need to pause and consider where I’m at.
So where am I? I’m serving amazing clients that inspire me. I’m making a big impact on the lives of small business owners. I’m enjoying a work-life balance that allows me to spend lots of time with my family. I’m pursuing a purpose in my work that is in alignment with my values. And, I have an audience that wants me to share my expertise and gifts with them.
That last point was a big one for me. I realize that while I have been serving my clients, I haven’t been serving my larger audience who I have value to offer. That’s going to change.
This blog post represents the start of a new commitment to you. A commitment to share more with you on a regular basis, to help you grow in life and business.
What about you? Have you taken the time to stop and ask where you are on your journey?
When you ask the question you may be surprised by the answer. Maybe you’ll realize something you’ve been ignoring, like me with my audience. Or maybe you’ll be reminded of the great work you’ve been doing and recognize the importance of stopping to recognize our accomplishments.
Please share in the comments and let me know where you are, and where you’re going.