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This years summer family vacation was in Orlando, Fl. It was a great time of spending time together, and just having fun.
On one of the days we went to Island of Adventure. My girls really wanted to ride the new Harry Potter ride, so we waited hour and half in line.
As we got up to the front of the line, shortly before you get on the ride, we were stopped.
Something was wrong with the ride and the problem was being worked on. The delay lasted about 15 minutes. Total wait-time almost two hours.
My daughter looked at me and said, “so close yet so far away”. I immediately thought, “hey blog post”. My daughter must have seen the look on my face because she said, “you are going to write about this, aren’t you.” Well here it is.
We spend many days, weeks, months, and years preparing for our careers, working on a huge project that will bring us accolades and glory, or some other life events, just to be faced with obstacles, delays, or simply just be derailed.
But we must understand that leadership, and leading, is not a destination, it’s a journey.
As you embark on your leadership journey, you must remember several things:
1. Focus on the goal. Yes, the leadership journey is awesome, but eventually you are trying to get somewhere in life. You are trying to accomplish great things. Stay focused on your ultimate goal until you see fruition.
2. You might have to do some waiting. Our culture doesn’t value waiting. After all time is money. But many times we have to wait for the perfect opportunity. Sometimes you might have to wait for the right people to come alongside of you, or you might have to wait for much needed resources.
3. The journey can bring a lot of teaching moments. You might learn to speak a new language which might open doors into a foreign country. Take advantage of the learning opportunities. Newly acquired knowledge or information will benefit you in the long-run.
4. The journey might be slow and painful. Nothing that is worth accomplishing was quick or without pain. If you have a physical work-out routine, you can relate to this. I started working out on a consistent basis 18 months ago. The transformation was gradual and there was quite a bit of pain and discomfort along the way.
Question: What obstacles or challenges have you faced on your leadership journey?