Today I embarked on one of my favorite activities, morel mushroom hunting. While I don’t like eating them, I enjoy being outdoors and the hunt for them.
They are a very rare mushroom that only comes out for a brief time period. When they are in season, they blend in so well with the environment that you can spend 5 minutes looking at the same spot and still not see them.
Today’s hunt did not yield a mushroom but it did yield something unexpected, a great lesson. How you define success will have a big impact on how your perceive your activity, your day, your week, your month, your year and your life.
If my trip to the forest was only defined by finding a morel mushroom, then it was a failure. In reality, I got great exercise, I enjoyed spending time outdoors and it’s always a great way for me to connect with nature.
My creative flow is at it’s best when I’m disconnected from technology and sometimes people in a self-reflective, meditative and centered state.
When you venture out in your endeavors, define what success is but balance that with an openness to find an unexpected positive result, a learning lesson or a different opportunity.
As my old business coach used to say, any strength overused becomes a weakness. Focus is a great trait. In fact it is necessary to reach a high level of success. But if you’re so focused that you lose site of everything else, it becomes a hindrance.
A microscope is a powerful tool that gives a glance into the smallest details of life. If you approach life with a microscope like focus, you will miss out on perspective.
Learn to harness your microscope like focus but balance that out with a bird’s eye view, giving you perspective of the world.
When you can focus on the details but maintain a strategic perspective, you are the path of success.
You may stumble upon a morel mushroom or maybe you’ll just enjoy a great hike.