Out On A Limb

One of my Facebook connections posted a photo of Alex Honnold standing on the ‘Thank God Ledge’ in Yosemite National Park. It reminded me of when I belly-crawled my way through a section of the Sedona Mountains, knowing that one false move wouldn’t end well for anyone. As I inched my way forward, I silently prayed that everyone in my group stayed in sync and, I refused to look down.

Going out on a limb for someone or something can be a terrifying feat. And as leaders, we are tasked with taking our team, the organization, and ourselves to new heights. Rarely, do our team want to leave the comforts of what they’ve come to know, to venture into uncertain territory that is risky or scary.

It takes courage to go out on a limb and can be paralyzing to even the best leaders. Moreover, as a leader, we often have to go first. But what is the risk if we don’t? If we don’t grow or transform our business, we fail. This pandemic has proven that.

A motivating factor in the workplace is a sense of accomplishment. And that’s what I felt once I made it to the top of the mountain. Taking a chance on something new can lead to great rewards. Calculated risks often overshadow the uneasiness we may feel on the road to meaningful change.

Forgiving

 

Forgiving people is a challenge.

It is tempting, especially in an argument, to bring up what one has done in the past. But, to truly forgive, you must lay to rest what is not relative today.

Retaining anger, resentment, or bitterness stunts your growth by blurring you to the realities around you and ultimately causing others to suffer behind the emotions you are harboring.

Extract the lesson from the event and understand that it is no longer destiny but history.

Forgiveness is more powerful than anger and will allow you to grow in a place that cannot be measured.