So far I have survived 3 teenage drivers. How? Target fixation.
If I have said it once, I have said it dozens of times. “Keep your eyes on the white line on the right side of the road. The white line will never hurt us. But the yellow lines in the
middle are bad news. What is on the other side of them . . . you don’t want to know”
The rule of Target fixation is a motorcycle term. It states, “Wherever you look on a motorcycle, the bike will follow.” In other words, don’t look at the guard rail when you go into a curve.
As a leader, it is vital that you keep your eyes focused on the right things.
The temptation is to look at your circumstances, problems, or emotions. Big mistake.
If you focus on your circumstances you will begin to be consumed by them. Look at your problems and you will become your problems. Lock in on your emotions and you will start seeing yourself through your frustrations.
Great leaders are able to look beyond their circumstances, problems, and emotions and see the mission. They see the possibilities.
What are you looking at these days? I hope it is an inspired vision. If not, don’t be surprised if you end up in a ditch somewhere.
But learn to pay attention to the rule of target fixation and you will take your organization into the future with great success.
What are the things in your leadership environment that distract you from your vision?
repost from 3.29.11