Charge or retreat?


“Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat” – Latin proverb which means ‘Fortune Favors the Bold’

“Sit quietly, you happy, lucky idiot.” – Nanao Sakaki

Your 40 days change initiative is either a charge or a retreat.

charge is action-focused, creating something new, building something, saying yes to something that’s scary. It’s a leap of faith into the unknown. The charge is action.

retreat is just that – a withdrawing from the outer circles of your life and the world’s sad pants-tugs. You stop doing something. You create space where there was none. You sit quietly, assess, reassess and plot a new course.

Working on my posture for 40 days calls for a charge. It needs action to succeed. There are three legs to the stool of support for change – action, thinking and feeling. In changing my posture thinking and feeling are used, but secondary to action.

Looking at what I’ve harvested in my first 50 years on earth and determining what I want to grow for the next 50 requires a retreat. It requires the other two legs of the stool – thinking and feeling primarily. Actions I take support the primary work of thinking and feeling.

Support is essential for a successful change initiative. Determining whether the desired change will be most helped by a charge or a retreat helps us target the support needed.

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