Why Are We Obsessed With Seeing Where We Are Going?

by | Oct 18, 2022 | Thought Piece Series | 0 comments

While I’m still processing my leadership lessons from horse (often called equine-assisted) coaching, I wanted to share one thing that keeps popping into my mind.

And I’ll tell you now that this is one of the occasions when I don’t have a canny conclusion or tip from it. This is one of those things that deserves contemplation over time.

Horses have almost 360-degree vision. With eyes on the side of their head, they see all around them without even turning their heads.

The only things they can’t see are what’s right behind them and what’s in front of them.

So as they walk, canter, and gallop, they can’t see what’s in front of them.

They literally can’t see what they are walking into.

And yet they still walk forwards.

They trot. Canter, Gallop.

They move through the world anyway. Successfully. Most often assuredly. Confidently.

I’m having a “well duh” and a “mind blown” moment all at once.

For most of my life, I haven’t been able to see where I’m going.

Where will I be in five years? What career do I want? What do I want to study at uni?
And even now: where do I want to take my business?

I can’t see it.

I’ve had an underlying sense that I was doing something wrong, that maybe I should be able to see it.

But what if we’re not meant to see what’s ahead?

What if our eyes being in front is fixing us into a “seeing” perspective, unwittingly?

What if we’re just meant to find out a way of knowing the path without seeing it?

I think that’s enough questions for today. Have a think about those, that’s what I’ll be doing.

And if you want to exchange contemplations, happy to chat with your about your musings and mine.

This is part of my Thought Piece Series, where I explore topics related to leadership and provide both answers and questions. My intention is to start meaningful conversations that help us move forward. Want to connect? Click here

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