A Trail To Keep You On Track
Every morning, bright and early, I go for a 5-mile walk on a vey familiar trail. Some mornings the sun is shining very brightly and other mornings it’s dark and dreary.
The days when the sun is shining I merrily go along my way on the trail beside the ocean and enjoy the scenery and the freshness of it all.
Today I headed out for my walk and when I got outside I noticed the sky was very heavy and there seemed to be a lot of fog around.
This didn’t bother me a great deal because I’ve certainly walked on this trail in the fog before and actually found it quite enjoyable as it gave me a real sense of solitude and I look for that on my walks.
It gives me time to be alone with my thoughts and maybe come up with some good ideas I want to accomplish for the day.
Today was different!
As I walked along the pathway beside the ocean, the fog kept getting thicker and thicker.
Pretty soon I couldn’t see more than 3 or 4 feet in front of me.
I noticed how this seemed to disorient me completely and I didn't know for sure where I was or how far along I was on my usual trail.
The fog got thicker yet and there was no place to sit down and wait for it to dissipate.
I thought, "well I better turn around and start heading for home."
I was so turned around that I wasn’t even sure if I was going in the right direction.
I stumbled along, only able to see 1 or 2 feet by this time, and then I came across a familiar landmark!
So I knew then I was at least going in the right direction.
Following very carefully along the path that I’ve walked so many times before and of course, even though I could only see a couple of feet in front of me, I knew if I stayed on the path it would lead me to where I wanted to go.
When I had safely navigated my way back I realized that this same thing happens in our day-to-day business building.
We get lost in the fog of all the other things that turn us around so we don’t know where we were going.
Time to regroup and pick up the familiar pathway and get us back to where we were going or wanted to go before the fog settled in.
I guess the moral of the story is,lay out your plan for the day and stick to that path!
It works for me!
Rod Jellison is a semi-retired tax accountant that has more than 30 years of self-employment under his belt. He has shared his experience and insight through seminars, classrooms and one on one instruction. His love of being an entrepreneur is the motivation for his website.
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