So close, yet so far away – A Leaders Journey

It’s Guest Post Monday!!! This post is by Juan Cruz who writes at Leading Everyday. Make sure to check out his blog and follow him on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to be featured as a guest poster on my blog click here.

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?

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  • Great title, Juan!

    All the four insights you mentioned here are worth remembering in order to be a successful leader.

    In my leadership journey, sometimes I have faced the task of rightly handling success. I may be waiting for one door to open and suddenly many doors open simultaneously! In one sense, we could call it a blessing. But it also brings a major challenge as to which is the best one we must go through. Experience and discernment play a major role during such times.

    * Good guest post, Dan.

  • Joe, thanks for your sharing your thoughts. As you mention, it is very important to know how to manage success. Many opportunities get presented to us, but we must discern which ones we need to pursue.

  • Joe, thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts. I must agree that is important to discern what road to success as a leader one should take. With many opportunities presenting themselves we don’t have time to pursue all options. But we must work in our areas of gifting, passion, and our calling.

  • I am waiting and waiting and waiting right now for my dream to come true! As I wait, I learn. But I sure am excited to move forward…so close and yet so far away.

    I can so relate to this post. Well done!

    • TC, that’s the important piece -having forward momentum. Thanks for sharing.

  • floyd

    Oh man. I’ve been close to over so many times in business that I can’t even recount all of them. Each day brings a new obstacle. It is our resolve to move around or over them. The journey is life long. I think once we realize there is no destination, only check points, we begin to have a better perspective on life, family, and business.

    Glad I’m not the only one who has the blog police in my house!

    • Floyd, thanks for sharing. I certainly have the blog police at home : )

  • great post Juan. Love all the points. I especially identify with ‘teaching moments’. John Maxwell says that change is inevitable, growth is a choice. We need the transformation that ‘process’ offers. It’s what helps us stay and flourish, once we reach the end goal.

    • Ngina, thanks for sharing. Those learning momments have been particularly important to me. So much so that I just reached out to one of the borther’s in my church to be a mentor to me. I want to continue learning, and also help others learn.

    • Great thoughts Ngina. You should check out John Maxwell’s new book about personal growth, it’s a great read.

  • I’m a huge dreamer and, as a huge dreamer, I naturally want that dream to be reality right now. It never happens that way. Learning to live in the in-between is one of my biggest leadership struggles. I can see where I want to go, but don’t always have the patience to allow God to get me there in His timing, without trying to do it all on my own.

    • I have found dreaming is the easy part, it’s pursing and at times waiting on God’s timing that can be challenging. I’m still learning this lesson:) Thank you for sharing.

    • Jason, I know what you mean. I try to make things happen as well in the natural, but unless God opens door all of our planning will not lead to much. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love focusing on your dream. You have to imagine where you are before you are even there. Its so important and it takes intentional behavior in order to focus like that. Great post.

    • I think we gain energy to move closer to our dreams when we nourish and focus on our dreams. Thank you for adding to the discussion. I appreciate you.

    • Lincoln, focusing and being intentional is key. It requires effort and willingness but there is no way around it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great post Juan! I love how many people here are dreamers…I feel right at home 😀

  • I love how you talk about waiting. We hate to wait – at least I know I do! But God doesn’t cause us to wait without a reason. He’s always growing us during those times.

    • I feel the same way about waiting. I think your right on when you said, “God doesn’t cause us to wait without a reason” it’s so true. God has a purpose for those waiting times. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

    • Loren, I no I hate waiting. But I’ve been more patient lately. I certainly believe that God has good stuff in store for those who wait.

  • Juan,

    I like to think of leadership as a journey with many destinations (goals) along the way. In other words leadership is like a family road trip. My biggest obstacle is often impatience. I have to be self aware in order to combat this problem.

    Great post, short, sweet, and to the point!

    • I think most leaders deal with being impatient. Leaders like to do and not wait so it can be frustrating if we have a season of waiting. Great key about how to combat against it, being self aware is essential. Thank you for sharing your insights with us.