Day 16 – I Am Growing…

Day 16 – I am growing…
 
The process of growth changes you. Many people want to change their circumstances but are unwilling to change themselves. This is one of my fights. I, like so many others, want to go, but I am slow to grow. Growth is the only true way to improve yourself.
 
Sometimes the path is steep, or slippery, and you keep sliding back. But even sliding back is an opportunity to grow, if you take the time to learn the lessons.
 
You might have to get off the main trail and make your own. But, don’t let the fact that the tail is tough, and that you seem to be losing ground, slow you down. Growth is a journey and we all need to discover the best path to take to move forward.
 
If you feel like you are stuck, or falling, reach out to somebody and together, you can overcome the tricky parts of your climb. That reaching out, might be the best growth that you do on the climb.
 
I am growing…

Marshall Townsend II

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Day 15 – I Am Not on My Mountain…

Day 15 – I am not on my mountain…

I came to a revelation that I am not on my mountain. I am laboring in vain to climb my mountain, but I do not own a mountain. It’s not mine. At best, I could pile-up some rocks and call them a mound. But a mountain? No way. I can make a lot of little obstacles to be in my way, but not a mountain. I surrender to the fact that the mountain belongs to the Grand Overall Designer (GOD) and when I reach the top, it still will not belong to me. I cannot claim it.

Thus, the idea within my head that I created this mountain, that I created the journey up the mountain, and that success is when I own the mountain… is pure arrogance.

The mountain was there before me, and it will be there after me. I know now, that the mountain called me, and not the other way around.

I have been treating this mountain, and this journey, like it was my business. I just realized I don’t own the business, which make me a bad employee because there were days when I did not show up for work with 100%. I thought I owned the business, so I could take a break or go easy. Na-Na, I’m not the boss… I don’t own this business. I must remind myself of one simple fact…

I am not on ‘My’ mountain…

 

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Day 14 – I Am Seeing the World from New Heights.

Day 14 – I am seeing the world from new heights.

The higher you go, the more you know… but knowing is nothing without execution. The two, go hand and hand. I have studied a lot about doing but, doing teaches you more than studying. (Those might be fighting words in some academic communities.)

When you take stock of where you have gone and what you have accomplished, you begin to see yourself and your path from a new perspective. You are no longer a down-hill person, you are no longer a campfire person, you are no longer a person that does not see the value in others as well as yourself.

This new vision, and our enhanced awareness of our abilities, gives us the strength to climb higher. I may not know what to do, but I do know what I can do. What I can do, changes everything…

I am seeing the world from new heights.

 

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Day 13 – I am Looking Up…

Day 13 – I am Looking Up…
 
AC/DC says, “It’s a long way to the top if you want to Rock ‘n’ Roll.” I think we all know that. And, we all know that it gets steeper the higher up we go. Many think it’s going to get easier, but the truth is, it gets harder. That is why I feel it is so important to keep your eye on your target. Hold your image. Keep moving up; keep looking up.
 
Just a little note on this journey… the shortest distance between two points, may be a straight line…true – but, it may not be the best line of march. Straight up, does not always work. Sometimes, we must take the long-way around. No matter what, keep going, keep climbing, keep… well, you know – looking up.
 
I am looking up…

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Day 12 – I Am Reflecting…

Day 12 – I am reflecting…

I used to consider reflecting the same as daydreaming. Daydreaming about the past, present and future was a waste of time. There was always enough to do in the present and no time to waste thinking about the past or things that are yet to happen. If I needed to reflect, I could do that next year.

I learned, however, that there is a better definition of reflecting than daydreaming. Reflecting is taking stock. Reflecting is assessing what is working and what is not. Reflecting is, what we call in the Military, ‘Mission Analysis’ or ‘Needs Analysis’ in the business world. In the 15 Laws of Growth, it is the Law of Awareness. You must know yourself, to grow yourself. You must see yourself daily.  

Napoleon used scouts to watch the enemy, but also to watch his own forces. His ability to influence the battlefield better than any other leader of his time, was because he knew where his forces were and what they could do. Nobody else was doing that. Napoleon’s Maxim number VIII reads: A general should ask himself frequently in the day, what should I do if the enemy appears in my front, or on my right, or on my left? If he has difficulty answering… then he should seek to remedy it.

Napoleon reflected daily and with every changing situation. We must do the same. Think into the day and harness the power to influence tomorrow. Reflection is part of my daily routine and I am no longer afraid to ‘daydream’.

I am reflecting…

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Day 11 – I am seeking common ground, so I can take others to higher ground.

Day 11 – I am seeking common ground, so I can take others to higher ground.

John Maxwell talks about this in several of his books. You can’t just lead people and expect them to follow. Level 1 Leaders expect people to follow because they ‘Have To’. Level 2 Leaders develop ‘Relationships’ with their teams and their teams begin to follow because they ‘Want To’. Relations are the foundation for building common ground.  That may mean taking a moment on the trip to check the map, get their input into which trail to take, and confirm that the mountain you are climbing is the mountain everybody else is climbing. That’s good, … we are all on the same mountain, the same common ground. Together, with a team that wants to grow and go… you will begin to achieve amazing ‘Results’… and the next level of Leadership.

I am seeking common ground, so I can take others to higher ground.

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Day 10 – I am aware that it is not the mountain, but the process of climbing…

Day 10 – I am aware that it is not the mountain, but the process of climbing…

There are days when we just want to quit because we have not made it to the top of the mountain yet. Those are the days we must remember it is not the mountain, but the process of climbing the mountain that counts. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

Sometimes we get so focused on success and failure that we don’t see that we are growing and learning everyday as we climb. We need to think into it… Climbing without reflection is wasted climbing. We’re simply out for a walk. One of things that I fight, is taking time to reflect. No, not just thinking about the journey, but really reflecting on what worked and did not work. Taking notes, and not repeating the things that did not work. When I do not do that, I find myself walking in circles.

Yes, I am expending a lot of energy, but I am not going anywhere. I think it was Roddy who said, “it takes the same amount of gravity to hold an elephant on the ground as it does an ant.” It takes the same about of energy to walk in circles as it does to go to the next level. Make the climb count by focusing on the process. Forget about the mountain and grow from the journey.

I am aware that it is not the mountain, but the process of climbing…

Day 9 – I am traveling with Uphill Stuff…

Day 9 – I am traveling with Uphill Stuff…
 
You can look at a picture and see many things. You can see a team, working together to overcome obstacles. You can see ‘power-down’ leadership in action. You can also take a whole different look…
 
A few days ago, I talked about getting stuck in basecamp and trapped by Campfire people. Paul Martinelli says, “Stuck Stinks” True; not only does “Stuck Stink”…, “Stuck Sticks.” I look at the picture and I see a group of people weighted down, in search of their next Campfire.
When we broke camp and started up the tail again, what did we bring in our backpacks? Did we bring the old ideas, habits, and beliefs that caused us to seek safety around the fire the first time? Are we simply moving from one Campfire to the next Campfire? Are we stuck in Campfire mode, with Campfire people, with Campfire dreams… and Campfire stuff?
What is in our backpack that we can drop alongside the trail that is weighing us down? I know, I know, it’s good stuff. Stuff that you want to show everybody when you get to the top. How much of it is just Campfire stories and things. Uphill people do want to hear your Campfire stories or see your Campfire stuff. Sorry…
 
Time to drop the excess baggage and travel in search of uphill stories, ideas, habits, and beliefs. Uphill stuff is something worth sharing… and it does not weight as much!
 
I am traveling with Uphill Stuff…

Marshall Townsend II

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Day 8 – I am a leader that is not afraid to let others lead.

Day 8 – I am a leader that is not afraid to let others lead.
 
Here we are, deep on a 5-day trek into the Idaho wilderness. A journey to get to the base of Trinity Peak, so we could climb it. Nobody in the group has been there before. This is all new. I am the Scoutmaster of this group of Scouts. The parents would later ask when they saw this picture, ‘If I am the leader, why am I not out front leading?”
 
First, I have a 45 lb. pack on my back and it is a little tough keeping up with these teenagers… so… ah… umm… I am hanging back, so I can take these great picture… Yea – that it.
 
Second, that morning I sat down with the all the Scouts, and a map, and they chose the trail they were going to take and the location of where they were going to camp that night. I turned to the Senior Patrol Leader (age 15), handed him the map, and gave simple guidance. “Keep them together, don’t leave anyone behind. Now, ‘head-um-up’ and ‘move-um-out.’  I will see you at the next stop.” For the next 5 hour or so, the other adults and I worked hard to keep up.
 
Some might think that was dangerous or irresponsible as a leader.  But I disagree. You need to empower your leaders to lead.  John C. Maxwell says, “The best leaders are humble enough to realize their victories depend upon their people.”
 
You must be willing to take a “Learning Risk” and let your team develop through discovery learning. Give them a chance and your team will take you to new heights. I am a leader that is not afraid to let others lead.  

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Day 6 – I am aware that my progress is watched from above

Day 6 – I am aware that my progress is watched from above.

When you are climbing, and things get really tough, really steep, really ugly, it is calming to know that your progress is watched from above… Not many words today… but in the big picture, the fact that I know my progress is watched from above, says a lot…

Marshall Townsend II

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