When you are faced with a task or project you know nothing about and feel like you are sent sailing off to the edge with the dragons, when you see the rest of the fleet set to sailing on calm waters, there are a few things you can do to turn those dragons into your friends.
1. Maintain your objectivity
2. Accept the dynamics at play and maintain your composure
3. Keep your mental attitude positive and alert
4. Have confidence and beat fear down
5. Make a plan and be accountable for it
6. Keep the horizon in sight – this will keep your eyes looking up
7. Be strong enough to change course as you need to
8. Find delight in new worlds
Each change in leadership direction, each shift in the wind builds our leadership story in how we manage it, how we face those assignments and circumstances.
I am inspired by the story in another quest and some wise words;
“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien