What exactly is a Journey?

Written By: Lance Piatt

Excerpt from The Cornerstone: Knowledge & Perception
What exactly is a Journey?


The Latin adjective “diurnus” means “pertaining to a day or daily”; English diurnal stems ultimately from this word. When Latin developed into French, “diurnus” became a noun, jour, meaning “day,” the medieval French derivative Journee meant either “day” or “something done during the day,” such as work or travel. Middle English borrowed Journee as a journey in both senses, but only “a day’s travel” survived into modern usage. In modern English, the “journey” now refers to a trip without regard to the amount of time it takes.

So a “journey” in today’s language is about “trip” without regard to any amount of time.  It could be a day, week, month, or season. We can also insert synonyms like “voyage, adventure, expedition, pilgrimage, sojourn, or even wandering.” The extreme insertion we’ll want to add here is – planning, vision, storytelling, inspiration, and expansion.

Like all great journeys, the process begins to unfold when key elements have been introduced, acknowledged, and digested.  Our greatest leaders never started to be great leaders; instead, they began to do “great work.”

A “great work” is worth remembrance.  Built into a “great work” is excitement, engagement, thrill, connection, and engagement. Simultaneously there is real tension within it; fear, anxiety, uncertainty, risk, and even ambiguity.  A “great work” will cost everyone something.  Great Works have a cost to follow as well as the cost of walking away.

What Is Your Scoreboard?

We often want to boil things down to wins and losses, and this is both good and not so good.  A team can win the game but still lose in the stats.  A team can have extremely impressive stats and yet again lose the game. So if winning and losing were all that mattered, we would make the argument that wins and losses only matter.

Externally we often play this out, but internally we have a philosophical problem with it.  In short, however, the measure of stats is determined by goals, ambitions, the “tangibles and intangibles,” progress, and the big one… legacy.  In other words, how do you want to be remembered?  What pathways did you use to empower others in their decisions?

One way we can “measure” things would be the mantra “better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today.” In other words, continually working to improve will require some sort of measurement, but how you accomplish this is more art than science?

Another conscious effort towards excellence in leadership is “work to be the best version of you”.  There are vast helpings of grace and mercy to those to put themselves out there (risking all they have).  We can not give what we do not possess, but we most certainly can receive from others what we desperately lack and need.

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