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Last week some very generous friends invited me to join them and some others for a week of hiking and biking in the lush green mountains of Vail, Colorado. By the time I arrived, they were already acclimated to the 8500-foot elevation and were familiar with the type of trails we would be hiking.

On my first day out, as I made my way down one steep section, my trail-wise friend said, “I think there is an easier way to make that descent.”

From his vantage point, he could see the path I was taking and saw an even better, perhaps more fluid way.

He was right. When I adopted his suggestion, I made my way down with much greater ease.

It’s important to have people in our lives who can be sources of insight and information that we may miss if we rely only on our own perceptions.

I’m not suggesting we surrender our own judgment about a situation or a course of action. We all know people who are crippled by indecision and endlessly seek outside advice or confirmation before making a move. I don’t want to be one of those people, and I’m sure you don’t either.

But there are times when smart, perceptive people realize the value of a different perspective.

If a situation is frustrating or you feel stuck, experiment. Ask a trusted friend or colleague: “What do you see that I’m not seeing? What perspective do you have that could expand my thinking?”

Just remember that the final decision is still up to you.

Until next Tuesday,



PS. In a few weeks, I will be rolling out a special program for small groups based on Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next, where you will have the opportunity to connect with courageous people like yourself who are planning that next big step. More info soon!


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