Straight-Line Chipmunks

Full speed.

A straight line. 

Perpendicular to the road. 

The shortest path between two points.

This is what I see when a chipmunk or squirrel dashes across a road in traffic. Occasionally one will panic, freeze or turn back.  But not often. Usually it is a full-speed dash at an appropriate (hopefully) moment, made with purpose and focus to a clearly targeted destination.

As I saw a chipmunk make this dash across a busy five lane road recently, I thought about how often I see people that never make a focused and determined effort to attain ANY goals.  They pace the edge of the highways of life, business and careers.  They complain about the obstacles.  They wait and wait for the obstacles to disappear.

Do you want to improve your career, your relationships, your business, your idea, your dreams, your education, your income, your skills?  Do you do work to really improve or just talk about doing this one day?

Now, is crossing a busy road dangerous?  Sure.  And there are dangers in making progress in our career, business and life too.  But if you are going to attain some goals, occasionally you need to do it with the same determination as the chipmunk crossing the road.

Pick your destination, commit, do all you can to be successful and go full speed!



About the Author

Glenn S. Phillips works with leaders who want to leverage technology and understand risks within. An author and blogger, Glenn is often quoted in national media, plays a really ugly tuba (it even has a bullet hole) and is a fan of dark chocolate and great puns.