As I awaken today, I am really excited about my future. More excited than I have been in a long time. I’m convinced it is because I recently made a turn onto a different road in my work life.

A few months ago I was on pavement. The same pavement I had been on for several years. It was a comfortable road with friends I love and work that came easy. But over time, the blacktop had become too familiar; the landscape changing very little.

It was a good road. Just no longer the right road for me.

I remember the way I felt as I considered my choice. A painful choice. Should I stay on my comfortable road, or should I exit off and head in a new direction? I knew exiting would require courage and, even worse, a departure from some of the greatest teammates on the planet. Perhaps these realizations kept me on the pavement longer than I intended … I have no regrets.

Two things convinced me to turn on the blinker.

First, I knew in my heart the road I was on would never take me to the place I dream of going. Truthfully, I’m not even sure I know the name of my destination. I do know it will be a place where my gifts and talents will be called on to encourage leaders and teams on a broader scale.

The second reason I made the turn is I remembered the old adage, “Your direction determines your destination.” I knew the longer I stayed on my old road, the further I would ultimately end up from my target.

Dirt Road

My new road is dirt. Unfamiliar and rugged. The horizon is distant. But after years of being a traveler, I am both smart enough to know I am naive, and quite certain I am headed in the right direction.

So, how about you? Are you on the right road?

If not, I want to remind you that you are running out of time. There is only so much fuel left in your tank.

At some point, you also will be faced with a choice. You can stay on the pavement, or turn onto the dirt. The question is, where do you want to end up? Remember, like me, your direction will determine your destination.

The dirt road is scary, but it sure is exhilarating and the view is amazing.

And by the way, you won’t be alone. It is where you will find me.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is one change you need to make over the next year?

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