So you have a vision for something. You see something that others don't. Part of you is excited about it, and the rest of you is petrified as to how to make it happen. Congratulations, you are normal. You are staring risk in the face, and asking yourself if you want to take it on. If you do, and it's a huge win, you look like a generational hero. But...it's never that simple, is it? Most of the time walking out a new vision comes with bumps, bruises, failures and setbacks along the way. Not that they always knock you out of the game, but they generally don't feel great.
So why in the world, knowing all of that,
does this vision still consume your every thought?
Let me encourage you today as you wrestle with that. (I can't answer it in a one-liner, and no one else should try to do that for you either. I'm just glad you are feeling the itch to make a difference in the world)
New paths blazed don't come with paved roads, stop signs and traffic lights. So when you feel like you are bushwhacking with a flashlight in a jungle in the middle of nowhere, take heart. It's a path no one has taken before...but the work you are doing may open it to countless people behind you that desperately need to travel on it.
Going first brings more briars and prickers across your skin, so that it won't for others. Leading the way inspires others to do the same for their teams. It stirs the heart of people who want to be there for you on the journey. It builds healthy culture. It makes a difference.
So as you move forward today,
don't judge progress by setbacks...rather focused bushwhacks.
One step at a time. One day at a time. Keep moving in the direction of your vision.
The clearing is just ahead.
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.
Brett W. Gould