Running on a treadmill is good cardio exercise. But it won’t transport you from where you are to where you need to go.
When you live in a reactive organization where your goal is survival, you are running on a treadmill. When the fear of making a mistake by doing something new outweighs the thrill of succeeding in unfamiliar ways, you are running on a treadmill. When you dismiss the disruptive changes that threaten your continued relevance and justify your actions as being “practical,” you are running on a treadmill.
When you are content to let the growth rate of your market dictate the growth rate of your business your people will be busy, doing the stuff that needs doing in order to maintain what you already have. They will be in motion, but they won’t be moving. Life today will be the same as yesterday, and all your tomorrows will look like today – until one day you wake up and it hits you. What you do is no longer needed or valued. But you never saw it coming. A blind spot of epic proportions.
The comfort found in the sameness of habitual behavior is about motion.
Adaptability is about movement. Movement requires continuous awareness – of a changing environment and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Movement requires that you embrace the discomfort of learning new skills and habits and becoming an awkward student and making mistakes and falling and getting back up.
Movement is reinvention.
Where, on the spectrum of being in motion vs. moving, are you right now? And if you’re just moving, what are you going to do about it? Today.
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