Principle 12: Next Level Thinking
Without goals and objectives, we are either at a standstill, going round in circles or the journey we are on is not our own. Clearly defined objectives are vital, and just as important that those objectives are our objectives, and that the direction of them is externally focused not internally focused.
There is a time for thinking, for creativity, goal setting and planning and there is a time for doing. Once we have determined our objectives and the path to achieving them we must let go of them, thereby enabling us to maximise our chances of achieving them, by focusing and immersing ourselves in the journey to them.
It is striking the right balance in this confusing dichotomy between committing ourselves to our objectives by letting them, and the outcomes of our journey, go, in order to maximise our chances of achieving them that is at the heart of much Eastern philosophy such as Zen and Taoism.
There is a Japanese phrase "mono o mirume" which in normal everyday parlance means "to look at things", yet it also has a deeper meaning, particularly in the martial arts where it means "to look into things", meaning looking beyond the surface or the superficial, taking time to understand the deeper meaning and significance. Michaelangelo used to practice this when looking at a piece of stone he could "see" the sculpture inside waiting to be revealed.
Leaders look through the surface to the "Next Level".