I’m about as directionally challenged as you can get—so much so that if the pink Pepto Palace at the end of my street ever changes color, I probably won’t be able to find my way home. You don’t have to spin me around to disorient me. Generally, turning the key in the ignition and placing my foot on the accelerator guarantee that I’ll be traveling in the wrong direction within a matter of minutes.
Getting lost used to make me nervous, and sometimes even afraid. But after years of winding through neighborhoods with endless loop de loops of cul de sacs lined with houses that all look alike, searching desperately for the way back to a main road, I finally realized something that calmed me: Somehow I got here. A street, a highway, an entrance of some sort allowed me in. Unless I’m in some kind of a warp field that swallowed up the road behind me as I drove, I can get back out.
So it is with our businesses. There are times as entrepreneurs when we plain and simply lose our direction. We take wrong turns. We drive in circles. We feel lost. But somehow we got where we are, and we can get back out and headed in the right direction again. Sometimes finding the right path takes as much winding and maneuvering as it took to get lost in the first place. Sometimes we are shrewd enough to discover a shortcut. Just remember, dead ends usually have warning signs – if we’re alert and spot them, we can back up or turn around. Sometimes, though, we give up when the way out is just around the corner.
Importantly, we can’t forget that we’re the driver and making the decisions—a GPS is about as good as spellcheck; it can give us guidance but it doesn’t fix everything.