This has not been a good year for forest fires in the United States. Over 7 million acres have burned and in Colorado, 19 firefighters lost their lives trying to protect homes and people. Yet, as we are beginning to find out, nature needs the regular cleaning of fire to renew itself and create new woodlands.
This regular fire cycle cleans the woods of brush, dead trees and other plants that harm the natural cycle of the area. Some trees even need the heat from the fires to cause their seed cones to open and grow. This excess growth on the forest floor makes it hard for animals and the natural plants to grow and prosper.
As we enter the last few days of 2013 and the first days of 2014, how many of us need to have a “fire”? How much baggage is littering our floor and prevents us from excelling?
How many outdated believes about our industry, our company, or ourselves are preventing us from growing as we should? How many of these thoughts and actions have been littering our mind floor for years and years and has prevented us from developing new skills, approach new customers, repair old relationships?
How many years have we been littered with techniques and skills that only confuse us about when and how to use them? How much litter is preventing us from using the new concepts, skills, and ideas? Or is our litter so thick that anything new can’t grow or soon withers and dies?
While fire can destroy, it can also cleanse and create. Do you need to have a fire?