Do you ever get overwhelmed with the amount of things you need to get done in a day or week?
I know I do! Always trying to get the balance right between “the urgent” and “the important”. I can get so frustrated at trying to balance everything that somehow, sometimes, all of that seems to paralyse me and even less gets done then there’s “even more” to do tomorrow! I am sure I am not alone in this?
Recently I (re)heard the story of the child on the beach throwing Starfish back into the sea. When an elderly man approached them and asked what they were doing, they responded that at the sun was rising and the tide heading out, the starfish would die if they weren’t in the sea. “But there are tens of thousands of them, you’ll never make a difference” said the old man. At that, the child picks up another, throws it into the sea, looks at the man and says “I made a difference to THAT one!” https://youtu.be/Q-R5LqE3nzY
I like this metaphor. When we have so much to do in each day and the task list seems endless, all we have to think about is making a difference to the next task…pick that Starfish up, throw it back into the sea and breathe life back into it.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” Lao Tzu
I have a question: how many “single steps” can you take today? How many Starfish can you throw back into the sea?
When the whole picture looks overwhelming, let’s do one great thing at a time and rest assured that we are now further on our journey….after all, iTS Leadership!
Author: Antony Tinker