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crossing the rubicon
The Rubicon Metaphor
The term ‘Crossing the Rubicon’ goes back to Roman times. In 49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River and entered Italy from Gaul with a standing army. To do so was treason, an act of audacity against the Roman state and it effectively started a bloody civil war. Crossing the Rubicon was the point of no return for Caesar. It was an act of war, an irreversible step with no turning back. He knew the implications of his actions.
When he had crossed the river he declared “Jacta alea est” meaning “The die (or dice) is now cast, there is no going back, ever again”. He was irrevocably committed to that course of action.
Crossing the Rubicon is, therefore, a figure of speech for taking bold, decisive and irreversible action. It is the point of no return and a hugely symbolic statement. When you formulate your personal, professional and/or business strategy you cross the point of no return in that you take control of your own life and set a transformational course of action into play.
When you embark on Crossing the Rubicon Personal Leadership Strategies, you effectively burn your bridges and face down your best excuses. You move from knowing about the steps to transform your situation to doing something very practical about it.
‘To know and not to do is not yet to know’ is how Confucius put it over 2500 years ago. Moving from knowing to doing is crossing the Rubicon. Turning your talents and competencies into delivering consistently meaningful results is a very clear ‘Rubicon’ action point.
CROSSING THE RUBICON IS A METAPHOR FOR RELEASING YOUR POTENTIAL, TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE AND ACHIEVING PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS. IT HELPS YOU MAKE THAT MOVE FROM KNOWING ABOUT THE BEST IDEAS AND SUCCESS TECHNIQUES TO DOING SOMETHING PRACTICAL ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE. THAT’S LEADERSHIP!
The central thrust of Crossing the Rubicon Personal Leadership Strategies, therefore, is to provide you with a mechanism to apply best practice business strategies to your personal and professional life. Knowing about the ingredients of success or competency management is not enough to realise your potential; you must integrate all the pieces of the jigsaw into your own special design.