Success in Duck Hunting is defined differently that success in hunting most other animals. You don’t focus on the ducks that got away; you focused on the ducks you actually bagged. You might see hundreds of ducks when you go on a hunt, but you only bag a few. Those are the ones you focus on.
Leadership is like that. You can cast vision to hundreds of people but only a couple will truly be sold out. Those are the ones you focus on. As more people start to get on board, they can become your focus as well. Stop focusing on the ducks you have missed. Start focusing on the ones you hit.
The last project I started, I didn’t have the relational equity to borrow against to get people involved. I find relational equity is something which takes time to build and I simply didn’t have enough to leverage. Response was thin. Only a couple of people out of hundreds got on board. As more and more people start to help, I find it is the relational equity of those early adopters that are driving the growth.
Going forward, I will be focusing my time and attention on those ducks and not focusing on the ones who got away.
As I work through my next book for the year (#18 unless I finish another one beforehand), I will be journaling my answers to the book “Habitudes: Images that form leadership habits & attitudes”. This particular book is the 3rd in the series. You can read the other posts in this series here.