This week’s Monday Morning Message from Wm. H. Danforth, founder of Ralston Purina:
What is the Monday Morning Message?
Nobody loves an adventure any more than I, but you wouldn’t catch me setting sail over an uncharted sea with no maps to guide and a captain who didn’t know the way. Before I get on a ship I want to know what port it makes.
January 1st we all launch out into another year. Although we cannot tell what lies ahead, we can plan to avoid the shoals and danger points of other years. We can at least know what port we want to make. If you don’t know your destination, how can you ever hope to get there?
I’ve sailed across more years than many of you, and my navigation chart shows the shoals and cross currents and ice fields that must be avoided. My experience tells me that we are bound to meet with fogs and storms as well as sunshine and fair weather.
Take some time this week to chart your courses so as to avoid known dangers and difficulties and plan to reach port.
Where do you see yourself at this time next year? Do you want to be exactly where you are today, doing exactly what you are doing now? Or do you want to “explore new ports,” having new adventures along the way?
Perhaps your life and career are on the right path, and your goals and objectives relate to continuing on your present course. Or you may want to make major changes. Either way, knowing where you are headed makes it more likely that you will end up where you want to be.
As we come to the end of another year, this is a good time to take stock of where you are, contemplate where you want to be, and determine how to get from here to there.