I was having a conversation with a Blanchard Certified participant recently – she was talking about her career growth and where she might go next. She was worried that she might not be able to achieve her long term goal, and that even if she did reach her goal, she might not like it. I was trying to convince her that she couldn’t worry too much about it, just to stay focused on the step in front of her when I remembered this quote:
“It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow
I stumbled on this many years ago when I was having a similar crisis of confidence, and I wrote it on a post- it. and stuck it over my desk. The metaphor was powerful for me and I use it for myself to this day. It is important to have a vision for where you want to be long term, but to manage your day to day, just worry about as far your headlights show you.