Friday, March 2, 2018

Our Friend The 9-Ring

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? - Robert Browning

The 10-ring is success, but is it mastery?
Something about the topic of ultimate success always gnawed on me; it just seemed such a lonely place to be, so final. Whatever the context, there's always some version of it that seemed like settling into a long-term stay at Forrest Lawn... that of getting the gold medal, of hitting the bullseye, of landing the perfect job, of winning the state powerball lottery, or even getting to heaven itself. Because, then what?

I was thinking that maybe attaining perfect success isn't all it's cracked up to be. Maybe, there's something even better. 

The first few seconds I watched Sara Lewis on TED this weekend, I knew she had something to say. There's an aura of energy about her that just drew me in, the kind that let me know the show's not over til it's, well, it's just not going to be over... because if we do it right, it's going to just keep on going... in a good way.

We thrive not when we've done it all, but when we still have more to do. - Sara Lewis

I hadn't thought much about archery in almost 40 years, since I was in the Boy Scouts and also an archery instructor during those summer camps. And, who knew... how much those days on that big, open range would then influence what's happened in my life ever since, especially recently, as I've tried to instill a passion in others for putting as much effort into handling the bow itself, as into what happens down range at the target. 

As you enjoy her talk about how we need to celebrate and honor near-wins to the same
Mastery - a new back-of-the-house standard?
levels of respect we now reserve for success, we learn the art of mastery will take us beyond the simple finality of success and into where our real abilities are discovered and provided for others, where we can truly be... of service

He knew he was giving himself over to a voracious, unfinished path that always required more.  - Sara Lewis

Think to your own professional lives, including day-to-day successes, or lack thereof:  How many dinner parties, renovation projects, and household staff team meetings on your estate have actually hit the 10-ring?  No doubt, a few have. 

And, yet, if they all did, what does that say about your success, about your mastery... and where you should now be aimed?