On Sunday, I went for a cycle ride. I had a couple of objectives – firstly to get to Weatheroak Hill and secondly to explore some of the Lickey Hills in Worcestershire. I knew the way to the first objective as I had been on that journey before. I understood the roads, the hills, and the obstacles. When reached, I pondered my plan ahead – thinking about the best route, wondering about the challenges ahead and working out exactly where I wanted to get to as the Lickey Hills is not a geographic point but an area.

cycle trip to Lickey HillsI decided on the route and, as I was without bike sat nav, had to frequently stop to check that I was on route, usually after a hill climb. I took time to look around me and to take in some of the scenery – some of the views were lovely. I then moved on to the next waypoint and so it went on. The waypoints turned into celebrations, as well as a reassessment of my proposed route.

Having cycled around the Lickey Hills for a bit, I decided it was time to head back. I soon found myself on a well known route home. However, instead of going direct, I decided to take some time to enjoy some more of the open countryside, and acknowledge what the countryside is about.

You can draw whatever analogy you want from the above. The story could be replaced with business objectives, and the navigation with the constant flip flopping of knowing and not knowing…. or it could remain as a very wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning.