Once we have found the ten types of opportunity that exist in any situation, we then need to choose the best way forward.
Peter Drucker had a very clear opinion about what that direction should be.
Drucker was an author and consultant whose thinking had a major impact on the formation of the modern business corporation. He said:
“Doing the right things is more important than doing things right.”
It is better to choose a difficult path that will take you imperfectly towards the outcomes you want than to choose an easy path in the wrong direction.
The tools of Chapter 4 of Inner Leadership enable you to gain clarity on the ultimate destination that is right for you.
Then you can decide whether to head directly towards it or (if the winds are against you) to tack and jibe for a while as the best way to reach your destination.
No matter what is going on around you, knowing what the ‘right things’ are for you in the long term is the first step to choosing and committing fully to what you do in the short term.
Adapted from Inner Leadership.