I’m here in Portland for a few days to update my designations. Last night, I went out to meet a couple of my fine colleagues who live in the Rose City. The Sheraton I’m staying at is right by the airport and they suggested a nice restaurant on the other side of the city. No problem…I have a car and I like good food.

As I left the Sheraton parking lot on a dark, cold December evening, I realized I had no idea where I was going, or really where I was. I didn’t know if I was traveling north, south, east, or west. What I did know is that I had Sofia next to me. All I did was listen to her. She told me when to turn right, when to merge left, what sign to look for, and how far away I was. Luckily, she doesn’t tell me what I can or can’t eat!

Without Sofia I may have ended up in Eugene, which for a Husky is bad news. I put my faith and trust in her…the GPS in my iPhone.

I really had no idea how I was getting to where I was going. In the old days, it would have been a debacle. I had no problem taking a leap of faith with Sofia and I ended up successfully reaching my destination.

What about you? When was the last time you took a leap of faith in your business? When did you last make that investment in yourself, create a new product, step outside your comfort zone, or take a wild hair, yet calculated risk?

Standing still is death in business. Sometimes you even get lost or don’t know in which direction you’re heading. You need your own Sofia. You need someone to guide you, inspire you, tell you when you are wrong and when you are right, and get you to your destination successfully. Good coaches and mentors do that in business, just like Sofia does that on the road. Heading into 2013, is your direction in need of a little guidance?

Copyright 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved


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