The first two miles are always the worst. It doesn’t matter how conditioned I am or how well I’m rested. My body screams and fights back with every step I take at the beginning of a run. Throw in some additional factors like extreme temperatures, high wind or unruly hills and things get even more grueling. I often wonder just how miserable I look to the average passerby. I’m sure they are convinced that I’m about to keel over, but what they don’t know is what I know… that if I push through this ugly part I reach a point where I’m hitting my stride physically and mentally and I can keep running for quite some time.
The same is true in many challenges that we face in life and as leaders. The first part of anything worthwhile is most likely going to be difficult work and our faces may just show the toil we’re wrestling with. While I’m not overly concerned about what others think of my ugly running face, I think as a leader it’s important for me to be aware of what I’m projecting to those I lead.
What is my countenance and attitude when I’m in a difficult project or season?
What do others see or perceive?
Do you have an ugly running face when you’re diligently working? What do you do to lead well in the midst of your challenges?