Anxiety Of The Unknown 16 Mar 2013
Vision is hard: it requires you to see beyond the immediate; to anticipate a destination shrouded in unknowns; to set a course where you have more questions than answers; and to provide leadership to make it there.

We’ve been struggling with vision for the past several years. Initially, we had a vision for what kind of work we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it. We saw that through and have made different attempts to cast a new one, but we’ve always fell short of what I think we could achieve.

A lot of good has come out of these attempts. With every failure we’ve been able to learn and grow; nevertheless, it’s been a struggle and at times very frustrating. To see the abundance of possibilities of where you could be but never achieving them.

Over the past few months our leadership team has been trying to wrangle this. It has been one of the hardest thing I’ve ever done. At several points throughout I wanted to give up. There’s too much talking and not enough action. But therein lies a dangerous trap: it’s easy to give in to what you’re comfortable with. Comfort is the enemy of acheiving new heights.

Reflecting on my own involvement over the years I’ve realize I’ve given into the familiar more often than embracing the discomfort that comes with casting a vision and setting goals beyond our current reach. These past few months have been an opportunity to revisit my past behavior and to change it.

There’s an anxiety around entering into the unknown. But, there’s more harm remaining within the walls of what’s comfortable and familiar.

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