You ever drive in a thick fog? It’s completely disorienting, isn’t it?
If you’re driving to a familiar place, you trust your memory of how to navigate the streets. Your surroundings, even your destination, look unfamiliar in that context, but you’re confident you can find your way because you’ve done it lots of times before.
If you’re in an unfamiliar place, though, it’s darn near impossible. You can’t see more than a few feet in front of you. You have no sense of where you are, what’s around you, or how close you are to arriving at your destination.
Ever feel like that in your professional life? Ever feel you can’t see more than a couple of feet in front of you? Ever feel like you have no idea exactly where you are or whether you’re even headed the right direction?
Ever just want to stop and holler, “Would someone, for Pete’s sake, just tell me which way to go?!?”
When your mind is clear, you have a sense of the larger picture. It may look like a long way to where you want to be, but you can see it up there in the distance, and you can see all the obstacles, all the twists and turns that lie ahead. In that confounded fog, though, you don’t see those things until you’re absolutely on top of them, and you have no idea how many of them lie between you and your goal.
It’s overwhelming, but you know what? You can almost always see a few feet in front of you. You move as far as you can see, and when you get to the edge of what you can see, another few feet will be visible. If you just keep moving, keep paying attention, eventually you’ll find your way through.
Think back on your life. How many times have you done exactly that? You were in the fog, unsure about a bunch of things…and then you weren’
After you’ve done this a few times, you realize that when you’re in a fog, even when it’s in unfamiliar territory, you’ll find your way. As long as you keep moving toward the edge of what you can see, as long as you pay attention to the twists and turns as they present themselves, you’ll find your way.