January 9, 2012
Niles Nerd

70,000 Feet – Strategic Perspective

The first time I went to Jamaica, I left the resort I was at and caught a ride, a helicopter ride. Wonderful fella the pilot, and there were about, I don’t know, half a dozen of us in an old surplus army helicopter. We started flying around. The minute he got us in, he just scrafed the top of a grove of palm trees. Of course the palm fronds were coming in and slapping against our thighs and our calves and stuff. And of course people were shouting “Hey! Hey! Higher! Higher” (laughter). He was smiling away, and eventually we got higher and higher and higher. Before you know it, we could see the pretty much the whole city we were on top of – I think it was Ocho Rios. He kept going higher and higher until we FINALLY got to a place where literally we could pretty much see the whole island. Now the higher we got – of course, he was whipping like MAD across the top of those palm fronds, and the higher we got, the slower it seemed we were going. I shouted “We’re slowing down now?” And he said “Same speed, man. Same speed.”
The higher you get, the slower things tend to appear. They’re still moving ( but seemingly not as fast ). But most of us have flown at thirty-five-to-forty thousand, I was on a Concord once, and you are up to sixty or so thousand feet. There you can actually SEE the horizon. It’s a wonderful sight! The curvature of the Earth is clear, I should say, not the horizon. But the curvature of the earth, right up there at the edge of our atmosphere.
Ten thousand feet beyond that is seventy thousand feet. At seventy thousand feet, I mean, EVERYTHING is a dead stop. Dead still. And at seventy thousand, you can see BEYOND the curvature – what’s coming beyond the curve. That’s where strategic planning starts. It’s SEEING that which others don’t… understanding all-the-while that you may be wrong, But starting from that perspective, taking a leap, that’s what true “visioneering” is all about. Taking a leap of faith, and committing and resolving to a cause of consequence.
So, when you’re going about the day-by-day, if it’s possible, think about what it’s ( what you’re doing at that time ) plugged into – what are they higher levels. What is it at the five hundred foot, the three thousand, the thirty thousand! See if you can find a way to take yourself out of the game for a while, and start thinking about the seventy thousand foot perspective. The things that are beyond belief, truly UN-BELIEVABLE!
Start to craft full bodied pictures of you engaged in something well beyond the possible! And see if it doesn’t add some energy, and some drive, some motivation in the moments that are NOT the real pleasant ones, as we all have ( from time to time ). See if it doesn’t – when you plug back into that – give you just a little bit of gumption and follow-through.
Good planting! Good Harvesting! Good Day!

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