It takes a lot of power to escape the gravitational pull of all the stuff that tries to hold us back.
It takes a lot to break free of the urgent issues that suck up our time and energy.
It takes a lot to push beyond traditional tactical roles in an effort to move into a position of strategic importance.
It takes velocity to escape the bonds of the urgent and travel to the lofty heights of the important.
It’s hard to help clients rethink their approaches to marketing — to think beyond brochures and websites and press releases, to think in terms of audience and message and outcomes.
It’s tough to say no to people who are used to getting their way.
It’s tough to be both a service provider and a strategic partner within an institution.
It’s hard to set priorities.
These are just a few realities that have set in this week as the newness of 2010 begins to fade into the past. These are lessons I thought I’d learned before. But I’m re-learning them. Some days, I re-learn them several times.
But if I’m going to move myself and the organization I lead from the tactical to the strategic, then I must learn to do the hard stuff and to reach that escape velocity needed to soar.
Postscript, Jan. 23, 2010: This morning I read a quote in John C. Maxwell’s book Make Today Count that succinctly captures everything I tried to express in this post. It comes from Mike Abrashoff, author of the book It’s Your Ship:
Up is not an easy direction. It defies gravity, both cultural and magnetic.
Photo courtesy of NASA.