Driving on the wrong side of the road!
My wife and I recently embarked on a dream family trip to the United States with our two children Levi (8), and Olivia (6).
The trip was everything we dreamed of, and our expectations were blown away and memories made forever.
BUT this isn't a blog about our travels as such, but a lesson in adjusting to new conditions, in particular adjusting to the driving habits and conditions of America.
Now coming from New Zealand where the steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car, and we drive on the left hand side of the road, verses the US roads where it's completely opposite positions is at first weird, then slightly scary.
Not to mention the speed dials are in miles per hour versus kilometers per hours, so getting a handle on how fast your going is also an adjustment!
"you cannot truly grow and develop without first getting uncomfortable"
So it's pretty safe to say that most of my senses were working in overdrive (no pun intended) to adjust to the new environments of Los Angeles.
BUT what does this all mean when it comes to success?
When writing this and figuring out what could be learnt here from driving on the 'wrong' side of the road, I came to the simple conclusion that adjusting and adapting are vital components when it comes to success.
Well, as I mentioned earlier my senses were in over drive, I had a few things going on in my head and safety senses were in 360 view mode, checking mirrors, transmission, steering wheel, other cars, lanes, kids, traffic lights....basically everything in my vision and some!
The difference was black and white, I was driving on the wrong side of the road, therefore my brain and senses were trying to adjust and adapt.
BUT what didn't change as such was HOW to drive.
I didn't focus on the physical driving because I was confident enough I could mange steering the car, and pushing down the accelerator and brakes.
WHAT I had to adjust more of was all the other elements around me, like the other cars, what lanes to turn into.
The point I'm trying to make here is that sometimes when it comes to success we all have the foundations to succeed, we all have the potential to adjust and adapt.
BUT often we don't take the step forward, or embark that risk, or take the chance to see if we are capable of adjusting.
Like driving on the opposite side of the road, all I had to do to succeed in driving in Los Angeles was adjust my perspective and adapt to my surroundings. It would've been easier to take a taxi, take a shuttle or bus everywhere, BUT for me personally I wanted to experience the challenge of driving on the opposite side of the road, and be able to take my family to places around Los Angeles without the limitations of public transport, basically have the freedom to go where ever we wanted to, and having our own car allowed us that freedom.
When it comes to success, you cannot truly grow and develop without first getting uncomfortable, I wrote a blog about how a lobster sheds its shell in order to keep growing, to read that click here.
So when it comes to success, take the leap, take that risk, get a position that will allow you to get uncomfortable, but know you can rely on the current foundations to help you get through, and if you fail, then you can use that to learn and add to the foundation you are always building!
If you're wanting to learn more, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time,