So last time I talked about the first four lessons about zipline-style leadership based on my personal ziplining experience in my group coaching program “Discover Your Passions, Live Your Purpose, Leave Your Legacy.” (Yep, that’s me getting ready!) Here they are:
- Thinking about it is worse than doing it.
- The first step off is always the hardest.
- Baby-step it if you must.
- Your team is waiting on you.
Now, here are four more lessons:
New view, new perspective.
Well, it’s worth repeating: It really is hard to see the forest for the trees. Walking along the path until we reached each line, I couldn’t help but witness the quiet, majestic beauty of trees. They stood upright like soldiers, branches swaying in the gentle breeze, their feet planted firmly in the moss-covered earth. Eighty feet up was a different story. No longer did the trees grab my attention, but I sought out the curve of the valleys, the wildlife hiding amongst the brush, the possibility of a stream.
Sure, I’m asking the obvious, but what are the trees of your life, the ones you’re standing so close to that you can’t see the bigger picture? And if you were standing atop the mountain of your career (or life, for that matter), what would be your view? Do you need a fresh perspective? Do you need to get out of the trenches and climb high so you can see?
Play it safe, and you’ll miss out.
Ironically, my brand is about adventurous leadership and adventurous living because I want—no, need—to have a no-excuse reason to get out of my comfort zone so I can pursue personal and professional excellence. Did you get that? No excuse. I’ve lots of excuses, and probably so do you, why I should play it safe.
Yet, playing it safe can actually be a form of failure. Were I to have played it safe, I would have stayed home and missed the rush. Have fun everyone else! Let me know how your adventure goes! Wish I could (ahem) join you!
Opportunities only present themselves when you’re looking, when you’re willing to truly see, when you’re willing to step outside your box—regardless of risk—to experience life and work anew.
A higher, more thrilling adventure awaits.
Once the zip tour was over, I was ready for something bigger and better. Zipline? Puh-lease! That’s nothing! I’m ready for bungee jumping. Well, maybe not bungee jumping, but parasailing perhaps?
Likewise, one risk leads to the next, and soon enough you’ve become an adventurous leader, in the workplace or otherwise. Don’t settle for good enough; strive for excellence. Keep seeking, because great rewards are always around the corner.
The ride is fast.
The one disappointment from ziplining is that the ride is too fast. Before you know it, it’s time to go home. Yes, the thrill and challenge was satisfying, but too soon the adventure was over.
Your career adventure will be over before you know it too. Are you taking enough risk? Are you confronting the challenges? Are you basking in the rewards? Are you making the most use of your time? Leadership is part of your overall legacy. Where are you going? Who are you taking along for the ride? And for what ultimate purpose?
So there you have it: Leadership—zipline-style. Unfortunately, you can only learn so much from my experiences. Really, you’ve got to get out and explore for yourself.
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