Navigating Change: Walking on Stepping Stones In Dense Fog

I think and feel in pictures.  When I am asked about navigating change I often share this analogy:

I feel like I have been on a path of stepping stones.

Most days this path is surrounded by intense fog that is so thick you can’t see anything – not even the next stone.  

On those days I stand and wait.

Eventually one stone emerges from the fog.

I step forward in faith and have to wait again.

Each time, I’m thrilled to see the next stone and wish I could see further ahead.

Each step is taken in faith.

Each time as I wait for the next stone my patience is tested.

And each time my faith is rewarded as another stone appears and I step.

This morning as I tried to decide if this was the post I should  share with you today, I read this in Proverbs,

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

This afternoon I came across this quote from Peter Drucker,

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

How about you?

Have you ever felt this way?

What are you learning as you wait and as you step?

Please share!

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President, Giana Consulting

Chery believes that:
• Anyone can be a leader.
• Everyone knows something that the rest of us don’t.
• We all need to leave our workplaces, communities, nation and world – better than we found them.

Those beliefs caused her to instigate change from every position she ever had and continually provided opportunities to lead system-wide change from the middle and the edge of organizations.

Her faith and my firm belief that leaders need to walk their talk were the reasons she agreed to move to a part of the world that she once feared. As an expat she embraced daily opportunities to meet and learn from people that represent the nations in our world.

Today Chery is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

She leverages true leadership stories and expat experiences to inform, inspire and emphasize life skills that cause her clients to be more energized and productive.

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9 thoughts on “Navigating Change: Walking on Stepping Stones In Dense Fog

  1. Wow. Powerful image. I get frustrated that I can’t see the future. I need to remember that none of us can but we can see the next step if we’re willing to be patient enough to see it and make the leap. Thank you!

  2. Chery, Well said. Some of us can’t stand the waiting part and prematurely step off into the fog. Some of us miss a stone or stub a toe and stop stepping. I can see how this analogy can get us back on track. Love your work.
    Thanks Chery.

    • Thank you for the comment Victor! I agree, I am one of those people that struggles with the waiting. It is so helpful to have a vision to focus on while I’m waiting!