In coaching leaders, I often hear these responses, “I don’t know what to do.” “I’m not sure of the next step.” “I don’t have what I need to go forward.”
My usual reply? “What’s in your hand?”
A phrase from historical literature, “Moses says to God, my paraphrase follows, “They won’t listen to me and I don’t know what to do.” God replies, “What’s in your hand Moses?”
In this case, it was a staff to lead people just as he had led sheep for many years.
Moses already had the very solution he needed.
In your case?
It may be any number of things, or answers, or solutions, or the next step, already at your disposal.
In 2016 I was interviewing for a position that is a role where you remember, rehearse and recite a lot of content and on a daily basis speak to audiences both large and small, on camera, not on camera.
During this series of interviews, one segment was to present content live in front of an interview panel. It did not go well.
That evening, when I got home, my wife and youngest daughter was asking me how it went.
Daughter: “How did the interview and presentation go?”
Dad: “Not well.”
Daughter: “What went wrong?”
Dad: “I could not remember the material.”
Daughter: “Did you have your notes?”
Daughter: “Were you allowed to use your notes?”
Daughter: “Where were your notes?”
I bet you can guess the next response.
Dad: “In my left hand.”
In this specific case, I was called back for an fourth interview and used what was already in my hand.
Many times, if not every time, what we need and seek we already have.
We simply have to realize this or have someone, like a coach point it out.
What’s in your hand?
It’s your next step.