Well I have set a large (BHAG) Big Hairy Audacious Goal for myself this year to walk the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrim’s route called The Way of St James. There are various Caminos – but the one I am walking is The Camino Frances, from St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, through to Santiago de Compostela on the west coast of Spain, some 800+ kms away. So in April I am hoping to depart Australia to walk from France to Spain in a month by walking about 20-30km’s a day.
The biggest thing I have noticed is how similar the emotions of preparing for this journey are to preparing to achieve in business.
Initially, it is excitement. I have committed, I have no doubt it can be achieved. I haven’t done any research to say otherwise.
Then you start to tell people and you have one of two types of people:
1. Those who are interested and excited for you
2. The doubters who without the full information (as even I don’t have the whole plan yet) believe that you can’t do it.
The challenge is to not allow the doubters opinions to outweigh those that are excited. Truth be told the doubters have just as much chance of being correct as those that are excited.
From here I can choose to be fearful as to my success, stubborn to prove people wrong or just open to go along with the ups and down of the journey.
As at present I have had more of the excited people who have wanted to hear about the journey so I thought I would start now and share with you as I go.