Those Romans, masters of strategy, knew the value of retreating.
For sometimes, in the face of the enemy, the best thing to do is to withdraw. To pull back and to take stock of what is working and what is not. To gain a clearer picture about what is needed in order to adopt a more favourable position.
The enemy, if that is what you want to call it, can come in a variety of forms. We can get focused on it being external, the competition, an outside influence, the other. However sometimes the most challenging of all is that which is within us. As written in the Bhagavad Gita, “the mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it”.
The value of retreating, whether it feels imposed or our choice, lies in exploring our inner world.
In the context of having a community, organisational, leadership or personal challenge, is it time for you to retreat from…
… a deep seated fear?
… a fixed belief?
… a cognitive bias?
… a deep rooted opinion?
… a faulty assumption?
… a negative habitual pattern?
… energy-sapping thoughts?
… being a prisoner of your own mind?
… a way of working?
… an unsustainable lifestyle?
… unbalanced priorities?
The gift of retreating, is when we use the opportunity to understand our world and ourselves a little bit better. We take ourselves out of the day to day ways of reacting to develop and practise new ways of thinking, being and doing. In doing so, we treat ourselves to fresh perspectives, new alternatives and a reconnection with ourselves and our objectives.
I encourage leaders and teams to undertake strategic reviews, immersive leadership journeys and deep nature work, for their own healing, rejuvenation and development.
May you retreat well, whatever form you want to take.
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