What tracks are you leaving?
No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.
What tracks do I leave behind? Do people trip over my potholes or do I whisper a way forward? It’s a balancing act to avoid being disruptive or too subtle. I like the idea of influencing others through positive modeling and acts of joy.
Often I find people are busily walking forward in their life with their mind busily chattering away. And as I learned through some of the neuroleadership studies, our mind has a tendency to look for what’s wrong or what can go wrong….all part of that fight or flight mechanism that kept us safe from lions, tigers, and bears!
So what can we do uplift others while we track through our life? Laughter is infectious. Guiding someone who is catastrophizing instead of strategizing. And when someone is very upset, connecting to them emotionally, but maintaining enough of one’s center and neutrality to walk them through their thought process, without becoming part of their thought process.
Today is my birthday and as I look back I’m proud of the tracks that I have left behind me.