Is Going With the Flow Good for Business?Jan 13, 2021
Often our ideal is to be 'in the flow' with our life and work but our reality might be somewhat different as we struggle to learn on the job, handle an infinite workload and adapt to all the changes that come our way.
But does going with the flow, following our passions and doing what we love lead to business success?
Let's consider 3 approaches by imagining 3 travellers all about to set off on their journeys...
The first traveller chooses the path that looks most attractive..
They enjoy looking at the plants and smelling the flowers which means some days they cover a lot of ground and other days very little.
They meet other travellers and accompany them for a while sharing ideas and sometimes going where they want to go and helping them get to their destination.
When there’s a fork in the road, they go down the one they’re most curious about, the one that attracts them. They go off the beaten track and take detours for the same reason.
At one point a fallen tree blocks the path, so they go off in a completely different direction.
The second traveller looks at the sign post...
They decide on a destination that has good reviews on Trip Advisor. They note the direction, map the journey and calculate the distance they must travel to reach their destination.
Each day they do their best to cover the required distance. If they do not travel so far one day, they must make up for it the next. Time is only allocated for the journey not for looking at the scenery or taking any detours.
Although other people are going the same way, they are not distracted, their focus does not waver from their focus.
This is not a fun way to travel but they know their rewards will come when they reach their destination.
However, when a fallen tree blocks the path, the journey becomes rather stressful. After all the hard work of the journey, they will fail to get to their destination as planned.
The third traveller has a different approach
They spend some time initially looking at maps and guide books they choose a destination that really appeals. They can imagine themselves enjoying both the destination and the journey.
They have an idea of the direction and distance but they also know there’ll be interesting scenery, unexpected opportunities and issues along the way which they allow time for.
They meet other people and share ideas but they remain clear on their direction whatever seductive offers come their way.
When there's a fork in the road, they pick the one that will lead to the destination they have in mind. They take some detours but always return to the path they have chosen.
The fallen tree that blocks the path presents a different challenge but they work with a group of people who are also travelling in this direction and together they are able to clear the way.
Are there parts of these three scenarios you identify with?
Many of us get to know the second way through our corporate lives. We learn about planning, goal setting and measuring progress but, we are not always fully invested in our destination, sometimes what we’re measuring isn’t what matters most to us and we miss out on some of life’s richness along the way.
Once we realise this, the temptation is to switch to ‘following our heart’ like the first traveller. If we do tune into our inner wisdom and stay present, that deep knowing within guides us. However there’s also potential for us to get caught up with our thinking and distracted by our feelings which can send us round in circles.
Traveller 3 shows the importance of the having a clear Vision. This is where we choose a destination that excites and attracts us and then set a course that brings in the best elements of 1 and 2.
We are more easily able to make choices in the moment when we can assess if something takes us closer to our vision, we can access more creativity as we are more in tune with our heart’s desires and, if we get caught up in our thinking, it’s easier to spot the detour so we can bring ourselves back.
A wonderful group of people are gathering to get clear about their Visions and learn more about using them in their businesses and lives. Will you join us?
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