Some days, we all have to search for the motivation to Stay the Path. When those days hit us, it is good to remember your why, your reason, your plan. It helps especially if your day starts out with conversations about Rams and plans.
“I am going to be very- very disappointed if I do not get a Ram. I’ll tell you this right now!”
Well! How about that, because your Outfitter and the Professional Guides you contracted with for the opportunity to hunt a Dall Ram, will probably be disappointed too, if you don’t get your Ram!
I always thought God appreciated my attempts at humoring Him by making plans. Plans are subject to change. Changes. Murphy’s Law. Mother Nature. Just simply damn chance.
Planning, on the other hand, is the way to go, the way to be. Planning, the act of planning, whatever it may be you’re planning, can be incredibly motivating. Planning something out is a sure-fire way to get fired up and ready to go!
(Yeah, I can hear you mumbling from here.)
So what if you’ve already traveled long past that point? So what if you spent ages of time doing exactly that; planning. When I find myself searching for a way to move forward in a positive manner, with a good heart and strong purpose, I have found if I take a deep breath, and begin to think it all through again, remind myself of the why, the reason, the plan; it helps me to Stay the Path. It makes me strong enough to Walk the Talk, without the frustration, offense and anger diminishing and tainting it all.
About Rams and Plans
So, the frustration, offense and anger at the typical-small-minded-implied-threat made towards a company I am not only proud, but also even honored to know, but a company that I am part of; also replenished the motivation I have felt so strongly over last years, sharing who we are and why, with you.
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
In my post, Stuck on Stupid, in the Alaska Wilderness, I believe it covers the law of the underlying issue, guarantying game, quite clearly. What I didn’t really get into, in that post was how we, Pioneer Outfitters, feel about the whole idea that becomes the issue. (It wouldn’t be polite.)
Hunter Tensions Reality Check! Continues to speak of similar frustrations. Pioneer Outfitters is the real deal, folks. Real Alaskans, real outdoors-men (and women), real Professional Guides with real honor, ethics and integrity. “We are”; in very simple terms, spoken long ago, “in the memory business.” Walk the Talk, is a way of life that has no sway in its standards.
“The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower
Another post, inspired by the dark side of this life I have chosen, Alaska Wins, You Loose, we talk about how if we allow it, if we are not vigilant, fear, can destroy the dream. Fear, so often disguised as frustration, offense or anger. Disguised, even from ourselves.
About Rams and Plans
The discussion concerning the Rams and the distraction it was spreading, was easily and calmly brought to a close with the simple reminder that we had an opportunity to share a lesson in this frustrating business. (Yes, they ALL looked at me as if I had lost my mind.)
So this is how I explained my feelings about this rare but incredibly present dark side of our business to our own Team and Alaska Guide Trainees.
Alaska Chick’s Blog is our (Pioneer Outfitters) way of inviting you into our lives. It is a clear window into our days and nights living in Chisana, in the remote Alaska bush. It is about whom we really are, how we really feel, how we work, work together and work things out. Alaska Chick’s Blog is our way of following the guidelines of being “real” online; baring ourselves to and for you, all the Good, Bad & Ugly that makes up each of us. It is a way for us to let you know us, so that we may get to know you.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I am Alaska Chick. I am also (and forever) Amber-Lee Dibble. I am part of Pioneer Outfitters Team and I am a Mother. My children watch me and listen closely (as children do) and my own Mother subscribes to my Blog. Trust me, it is the real deal! (LOL, can you imagine the wrath that would come down on me if I attempted to “pretty things up”?) So, saying that, I feel that I can remind you, this is the real deal. We, are the real deal.
There are a couple of hard and fast rules that we here at Pioneer Outfitters live and stand by. “Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” (Check! Got it.) and “Walk the Talk.” (Check! Got it.) We will not lie to you and we will not lie for you.
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” ~ Larry Bird
We want to become stronger, smarter and better. Everything we are and hope to become depends upon those who come to us. Those who come to us to dream, to experience the wilderness, to feel the history, rejuvenate their soul, to become more knowledgeable of the great outdoors, to climb glaciers, pan for gold, horseback ride across the tundra, through icy rivers, to climb the mountains or to pursuit the dangerous animals we share this wilderness with, safely and ethically.
(Yes!) LOL, so as I explained this (and as they all looked at me as if I were absolutely loosing my hold on my last wit!) and went on to also explain how these frustrations were nothing more than another lesson to share of the Leadership that we strive for, I not only remembered my why and reason, but also witnessed the motivation and purpose for all we do, brighten my Team’s outlook on the coming season and push the future-maybe-worries-and-issues back into the dark box they came from.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or to be the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” ~ Jim Rohn
We will Stay the Path. We will pursue the Rams and enjoy the plans. And we will be ready, as Professional Guides must be, to make a new plan or review and revise the old plan to keep moving forward and being who we are. As we live our lives, we make our living. And as we share those with others that come to experience this great and wild land, we will continue to become stronger, smarter and better.
About Rams and Plans
“Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.” ~ Max Lucado
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” ~ George Washington
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