Last week, I wrote about the personal transformation I experienced at a very intense strategic advisory board session earlier this month.
And about how when the heat got turned up and all the pleasantries were stripped away, what was distilled were the real strategic, tactical, leadership, and management challenges that I and my company face.
It was one of those intensely memorable “crowded hours” of life and business that when in the midst of it, feels as if life and one’s perspective on it will never be the same again.
And then Monday morning comes.
And half your team is late for the meeting.
And that big prospect all of a sudden stops returning your calls.
And the e-mails stretch on for as far as the eye can see.
And all that great insight and momentum to think, act, and be “big” creeps down just a few critical notches.
So we start to ask – was all that hard and courageous work and introspection for naught?
For sure, the vast majority of businesspeople rarely if ever subject themselves to the white heat of a hard, intense and brutally honest strategic planning session and/or leadership assessment.
So those that do so automatically raise themselves into a far more exclusive, high growth mindsetted group.
But the great ones - when Monday morning comes - take that next crucial step.
They know that backsliding is the fatal entropy of business and must be fought and overcome daily.
And they understand that exceptions and let-downs anywhere so dangerously lead to exceptions and let-downs everywhere.
So when those “ah-ha” moments start to fade, as they inevitably do, catch yourself.
Stay true to your best self. To your mission.
To those childhood imaginings of the possibility filled world that can be.
It is just that when you are all grown up that you have to look a little harder, dig a little deeper to keep them alive.
And, on Monday mornings, those that do….
Well, they are the brave, inspirational souls - in the famous words of Thomas Paine – who deserve the love and thanks of man and woman.