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What is your plan to
stay on track when the
path ahead gets scary?
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Four years ago, my family and I moved to Colorado, and it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. Every
year, we rent a condo in a town called Granby
near the Continental Divide. Last year, I convinced my family to go on an adventure to the
top of the divide on snowmobiles.
It was one of those decisions you make
without really knowing what you’re getting into. Everyone was really excited until I
pointed to where we were heading. It was one
of those clear days, and as we looked up to the
very top of the massive mountain, we could
see that things were not as calm there as they
were where we stood.
As soon as I pointed this out, my daugh-
ter started to rethink the adventure. It was
written all over her face and in her voice. I
told her how great it was going to be when we
made it to the top and not to worry. I said the
view was going to be amazing, and I will never
forget her response: “Dad, is this going to be
worth it?” Like every good dad would, I said,
“Of course it will be!”
The instructor finished the safety talk,
and we started up the mountain. My daugh-
ter kept saying, “Dad, slow down! Dad, I’m
scared!” As we climbed, the path started to
narrow, and she began to elevate her concerns
to “Dad, let’s turn around!” At one point, I
was concerned myself, because taking a wrong
turn meant going over a steep cliff. I tried to
convince her that once we got to the top it
would be worth it, but she was not having it.
We finally reached the first lookout with
an amazing view. My daughter felt relieved
and took in the scene. But when the instructor told us to keep going because we had not
reached our final destination, my daughter
officially lost it. She insisted she was not getting back on the snowmobile, but I was able to
convince her to keep going.
We continued up narrow, winding roads to
the top. It was awesome. Even my daughter
said the view was so much better. We felt like
we were on top of the world. Later, I asked her
what she thought of what we had just done.
She said, “It was so awesome, dad, and I would
do it again.”
When it comes to your business, setting
goals can be exciting and maybe a little un-
certain at the same time. We all get our plans
together and set off with great enthusiasm
to achieve them. But much like climbing the
mountain, things can become difficult, espe-
cially when we hit parts that are challenging
and even scary. We naturally begin to rethink
our choices and say, “Is this worth it?” That
answer should be, “YES!!!”
Nothing great ever comes easily. We could
have stopped going up the mountain at the
first lookout, which was nice but nothing like
what we experienced when we finally made it
to the top of the divide.
Stay focused on the goals you set for yourself in 2016. We are rolling into April, and the
first quarter is behind us. Maybe you’re ahead
of your goals, or maybe you’ve forgotten half
of them. It does not matter as long as you are
on your path, because being on your journey
and moving forward is what is important.
Ideas to help you stay on track
• Accountability Partner: One thing that
has been most beneficial for me is finding
someone to help keep me accountable and
encourage me to continue the climb when I
really want to stop.
• Embrace Change: The truth about change
is that it is difficult and inevitable. Just
know life is always molding us to be better
even if we do not recognize the “why” at the
• Seek to Understand: Remember the world
has so much more to teach us.
I hope this topic sparks some ideas you can
implement with your team. As always, I look
forward to continuing to share strategies that
will help you grow your practice. RA
What is your narrow road?