Getting from here to there requires getting into a different paradigm. First, some definitions. The "here" refers to the present you and to the present circumstances of your organization. The "there" refers to the point at which you are irrevocably on the path of determining achievement. The "paradigm" refers to your standard way of looking at and thinking about yourself and your organization - and the world in which both function.
Why a different paradigm? Well, if you use the same paradigm every time, you will be doing the same thing over and over again. Or, at the best, you will be on the path of the ordinary, of carrying out whatever is inevitable in your present paradigm. Your destiny is either given or chosen. To choose requires moving into a way of thinking and doing that is different from the one that presently holds you hostage.
Here are five points leaders should consider if they truly desire to go from "here to there".
- Leaders are roused to commitment and action through dissatisfaction.
- Dissatisfaction with the status quo, with being merely adequate, with being victimized by whatever happens, with the deadly suffocation of mediocrity, with the mundane same-old, same-old, has to be the leader's driver.
- Leaders lust to live in the rarefied atmosphere of being exceptional.
- The faith required, the effort required, the perseverance required - all fade to irrelevance in the face of the raging dissatisfaction of being no more than a pawn in the clutches of yesterday, forever recycled.
- To attempt to write your own story, you have to be powerfully dissatisfied with the one you're in. That's part of what it takes to lead the struggle from from "here" to "there."
A reminder: You can't live in the conventional world, wallowing in a conventional lifestyle, with its conventional orientations and attitudes, and still expect to be a real achiever. A would-be leader who does not have the courage to follow that proverbial "path less taken" will not make much of a difference in his or her own life, or the lives of others.