STAYING ON TRACK: MAINTAINING SUSTAINABILITY
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul, the apostle, exhorts us to “forget those things which are behind” and then to “press toward the goal.” one thing we must do is stay on track. An important question to ponder (as we press toward our goal or target and maintain our course) is:
What is a thing?
a material object without life or consciousness; an inanimate object.
some entity, object, or creature that is not or cannot be specifically designated or precisely described
a fact, circumstance, or state of affairs
an action, deed, event, or performance
In order to press forward and stay on track, we must forget "those things."
Those Things that contend with the discovery and deployment of our dreams
Those Things that convince us to faint, to give up, cave in and quit
Those Things that condemn us for our weaknesses, failures and blind spots
Those Things that contradict our purpose, passion, progress and productivity
Those Things that conjure up false internal narratives and illusive stories
To stay on track is to be sustainable. Often, success is not the result of a single brilliant action, but rather the cumulation of several actions, each performed as intended, repeatedly over time.
Sustainability is a mark of excellence.
As human beings we are often inclined to do something a few times and then grow tired of it. We wish to change and move on to something else. In order to stay on track, a sustained, repeated behavior done consistently several times over is what’s required. People often stray from delivering the results as expected. We are close to the target but not “spot on.” We are there, we are working, we are applying ourselves, but we have grown weary, and are unable to sustain the level of excellence with which we began. We miss the mark slightly, only hitting the target occasionally. Without sustained commitment (staying on track) to excellence and follow through, we will meander, with an unpredictable outcome as a result.
Sustainability, staying on track, can be the difference between the life or death of the organization, and so must be managed with care and commitment.
Sustained success requires sustained concentration.
What can you do differently to stay on track?
How can organizations be sustainable in the current global business climate?