Getting going again

In a few weeks, I head up North for a grand and exciting adventure to drive the ice roads to “Tuk” before they're decommissioned.

Then, I have the wonderful privilege of camping on Arctic ice under the northern lights.

It is time to get in to the mental and physical process again of creating routines:

  • Start to exercise more frequently - programmed exercise that will help during the long, arduous hours of driving.
  • Ease into a different diet, a healthy diet that is oriented to less physical energy although battling the intense cold at night while sleeping in tents will consume a few calories.

It is an familiar territory for me.

The beginning of an expedition is a time of questions, concerns yet confidence must always be the final emotion. Confidence that we can succeed, that we can meet the timelines and the budget, that we can meet the intentions of the project partners. It makes for a complex start. 

I will be able to update you on the project more formally in the next few weeks as we make announcements. 

  • It made me think about how many times I have had to jump start a project or life.
  • It made me think about how many times I have been knocked down with the best laid plans.
  • It made me think about how many times I got up again and started a fresh journey one step at a time.

Getting going again is tough. Let's face it, once you have not succeeded at something, you probably are not benefitting from a big crowd of supporters in your corner.

Like me, you probably have some very close friends and family who know what you have been through and understand that you have what it takes to get the job done. They may be the only supporters you have, but let me tell you, one cheerleader is all you need.

We all have what it takes to get the job done. We were born with the same amount of brain power as some of the most successful people in the world and interestingly we were gifted the same amount of time in a day to get things done.

We simply use our mind and time differently.

Talking of which, the perspective from the ground is terrible. That is why I spend as little time as possible there. Whenever we need to navigate, we do it form a position of high ground.

Even sailboats had crow's nests to warn them of impending doom. So what good could it possibly do us to roll around on the ground whining about how we just failed miserably. 

I prefer to fail and learn as much as possible so that in a short amount of time, I can be moving ahead again cheerfully.

Truly it is about perspective. Standing up and charting a new course is a whole lot better than rolling on the ground looking for direction; just get up and get going again.

And, if you need help with that, contact me.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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