I recently visited the great city of Savannah, Georgia. It was so beautiful, so friendly, and had so much history. I loved walking through the historic streets and looking at the beautiful trees. Getting the chance to smell and taste so many different foods, certainly contributed to the overall culture of the city. We were so fortunate to stay right on the water where the big cargo ships passed by three or four times a day. They were massive and carried so much cargo.
My friends and I began to discuss the role of the tugboat and how they operated and certainly their main task. Each cargo ship had at least two tugboats with it and we saw them in all different types of positioning. Sometimes they were on the side, sometimes leading the way and sometimes traveling from behind. The point of today’s blog is Who’s Got Your Back? Who is helping to guide you? When you go off the path, who is helping to steer you back on?
It’s important in our lives that we have people who are not afraid to try to step in and keep us on point, voice their opinion, and redirect us when necessary. It is also important for us that we listen and allow these people in our lives. When people give you feedback, what is your reaction? Do we listen with intention, or push back and not be willing to accept the feedback? Could you imagine if the big cargo ship did not take the direction from the tug boats? How disastrous would those results be?
Work hard to develop these important relationships in your life so that when the time comes that you need a redirect or refocus, they will be there to guide you. If I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out at @andrewmarotta21 (http://https://twitter.com/andrewmarotta21) on Twitter. Contact me about keynoting your next conference or workshop.
Quote: “The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”