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 Gegelman is an adventurer that loves to learn. ...Deep conversations, books, travel, and daily living are all food for growth.

As a speaker, facilitator and workshop leader she creates energizing environments that reflect God's grace, tear down walls, help people to consider new perspectives, and inspire change.

Chery is the Founder of Giana Consulting and Conversation Safari's, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two leadership books.

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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!