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Watch Your Lane

“Clear on the left?  The left is clear!  Clear on the right?  The right is clear!  Firers take up a good prone supported firing position and “WATCH YOUR LANE.”  These are part of the commands coming from the tower at any M16 qualification range anywhere in the world when the range is HOT and service members are conducting a live fire.  

When we’re engaged in pursuit of a contracting opportunity, we’re on a HOT range.  Just as there are rules to follow and obey on a HOT range, there are rules to follow and obey when in pursuit of contracting opportunities.  These rules are made up of the individual processes we’ve developed and established for our respective businesses.  We already have a good idea what we’re doing and have been working to refine our processes for quite a while now.  This is not the time to become distracted by the activity in someone else’s lane.  This is time to “Watch Your Lane.” 

There will always be people more successful than you, even if you start on a path or journey at the exact same time.  Likewise, there will also always be people less successful than you, even if you started on your journey at the exact same time.  Don’t worry about other people’s success or failure.  What is meant for them is meant for them.  Just continue to rock steady and “Watch Your Lane” so you can see what is or is not happening, determine the reason why and take the appropriate corrective action to fix it. 

On the firing range, when service members don’t watch their lane, they miss their targets when they pop up and present themselves for engagement.  When service members don’t watch their lane, they engage their neighbor’s targets.  When service members don’t watch their lane, they potentially create unsafe acts on the range that could get the entire range shut down.  When you don’t “watch your lane,” you loose focus and take your eye off the prize, which can easily result in your business getting off track, stalling or worse still, coming to a complete stop.  The time will surely come when we have progressed and grown our businesses to the point that we can effectively reach back and help other less business savvy Veteran business owners “watch their lane.”  Until then, always, always continue to “Watch Your Lane.”

See you on the high ground!    

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2 Responses

  1. Patrick Hernandez says:

    This is so very true. When taking up that prone position we need to remember the basics of Rifle Markmanship. Know where you stand (Steady Position), Set your eyes on your target (sight picture) Concentrate (Take a deep breath) Go for it (Trigger Squeeze).

    This article is a reminder to me that I’ve got to know what I’m aiming at. I’ve got to take down one target at a time.

    Fast Freddy, watch out!

    • Thank you for your observations and most importantly, thank you for your feedback. We want to make Government Contracting relevant for all Veterans and use experiences we have all had to crystalize the belief that we too can do this business. Stay tuned for more articles and information. See you on the high ground!

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