Blog & Insight

Getting to a higher vantage point

One benefit of embodying in nature words we're using to describe a current situation we're grappling with is that we get so much more insight than if we just tried to explore it in our minds.

Getting to a higher vantage point is one such description where I've been surprised many times by the insight received whilst out for a walk in nature on a Landscaping Your Life walk and is the subject of episode #54 of the Landscaping Your Life with Alison Smith podcast (Spotify/Apple). Also see How to get the most from the podcast for an index of all the episodes to date.

Here's all the links mentioned in the episode.

With insight shared in the episode that can be applied to business strategy and explores

  • Why we avoid finding time for strategy development, and
  • Hints and tips for making the most from strategy development

It all started with a stanza in a poem I wrote entitled Paths & Destinations (see this blog for the poem in full) - the stanza was:

Other paths

A means of getting to a better vantage point

To higher ground

To enable the observation of all possible destinations currently unseen

Other podcast episodes that cover the whole Paths & Destinations poem in more detail include

with the following episodes possibly adding further insight to vantage points

  • #22 What to do when you're stuck between a rock and a hard place (Apple/Spotify)
  • #25 What to do when life feels like an uphill struggle (Apple/Spotify)

See the video for more about the standing in other people's shoes technique I mention in the episode

You'll find out more about Edward De Bono's 6 thinking hats here.

And you'll find out more about the Your prescription for wellbeing journal by following the link.

Here's some more general information about the Landscaping Your Life with Alison Smith podcast and the Landscaping Your Life process used in the podcast episodes to help you get back on track when you don't know what to do.

If you're interested in finding out more about the Landscaping Your Life coaching, speaking or team sessions do get in touch +44(0)7770 538159.


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