Last weekend, I sat in a small ducky boat and paddled through whitewater rapids. I didn’t spend a lot of time looking behind me, because the current was moving fast and I wanted to be prepared for the next rapid ahead.
I looked forward.
Here’s something that race car drivers don’t spend a lot of time doing: Looking in their rear view mirrors.
Here’s something that Tour de France cyclists don’t have: rear view mirrors.
Here’s something that ski racers don’t have: rear view mirrors.
When you are moving fast, you spend little time looking behind you.
Watch the leaders you admire.
Leaders look forward.
Great leaders do not get stuck on thinking, “I wish I had made a different decision. I wish I hadn’t done that. I wish I hadn’t said that. I still feel so bad about that.”
Leaders learn from their choices and re-engineer. They recalibrate. They reassess. They become more efficient, more creative, more innovative, more successful. They are grateful for their failures because of how much they learn from them.
Leaders acknowledge the past and learn from it. Then, they get off those past pain points and move forward.
What if hundreds of people were following you? Where would your focus be? Would you spend a lot of time looking back to regret or complain?
You are the leader of your life.
Leaders are relentless in their focus: they focus forward.
We are constantly, endlessly, beautifully moving forward in life.
Whether we like it or not.
Do you like it?
When I was in that boat last weekend with my friend headed down whitewater, it made no sense to paddle upstream. We looked ahead. We scouted the line. We made a plan and went forward. We went fast and had a great time.
Gorgeous, courageous, intelligent reader: That time you are spending looking back may be keeping you from where you want to go. You aren’t headed backwards. You are going forward.
Point your boat forward. See where you want to go. Dream where you want to go. Imagine where you could go. Choose a line.
Oh wow. I see it too. An exciting path with beautiful scenery up ahead.