READY! AIM! FIRE! We’ve all heard this phrase before. We play games as children and call it out to our friends as we cannonball into the pool or launch a stone at a perched pigeon.
It’s all fun and games as children, but as adults, for all intents and purposes – we aren’t very good at it. At least the stage where we are supposed to “aim.”
Society seems to be drunk on success and stardom. There’s no arguing that we’ve bought into the idea of “aiming for the top.” Haven’t we heard this idea our whole lives? Aim for the moon, shoot for the stars, swing for a home run.
However, if you were a warrior in days past and had the responsibility of firing the canon in order to knock down a castle, where would you aim? Would you aim for the top? Of course not. Who wouldn’t aim straight for the foundation and cheer as everything came crashing down?
THE CHALLENGE: It’s good to be at the top of the ladder, the top of the mountain, the top of the totem pole. (Or whatever other “top” is working for you these days.) Just keep in mind that arriving at the top isn’t exclusively dependent on “aiming” for the top. There is whole lot of bottom feeding you need to achieve along the way. Learn the very basics of your craft and master them. Ensure you aim for a solid foundation. Look to nature as your guide, the tree’s roots grow down and outward before it grows upward. Before it can provide shade it is very intimate with the dark, damp and lonely soil. Examine your goals, if you haven’t made it to the top, maybe it’s time to aim for the bottom.