I am not sure why but I woke up this morning feeling like I needed to get some fresh fuel in order to persevere in some personal challenges I am facing.
I was reminded by watching Dick and Ricky Hoyt that to try to make it through this life on your own is insane. So important to cultivate a solid ‘network'(hate that word) of friends who really do care about what happens to you and what is happening to you and aren’t quick to fix you but are quick to listen and sit and allow you to just ‘be’ as you walk through your challenges.
I trust you will find some hope to take another few steps in whatever you are facing from this wonderful piece simply called Don’t Run Alone.
During this time of year I get nostalgic with the fall air and as I enjoy watching elementary, high school, and university students running cross country races. It reminds me of my days as a runner in the late 60s, early 70s, and more recently, my own sons’ many fall cross country running seasons. It’s a wonderful time of year. This video piece from a high school runner’s determination to finish her race inspired not only the spectators but allowed her team to have a superb result.
This season also reminds me of a poem I have had in my possession but not been able to discover the author.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Question: Is there anything you wish you had finished? What can you do to increase your capacity to finish the things you start?
I have been enjoying Liz Wiseman’s book called Multipliers.
This is how she defines a multiplier…..
mul · ti · pli · ers
are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go on; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire the people with whom they work to stretch themselves and surpass expectations. These leaders use their smarts to make everyone around them smarter and more capable.
Having work with ‘diminishing’ leaders, I know what I don’t want in a leader or a coach or a teacher, or even a parent.
I find Wiseman’s distinctions between a Multiplier and a Diminisher very helpful in my primary roles as a life and business/ministry results coach, and even as a husband and dad.
The following interview was done with the author at a recent leadership conference in Chicago.
If after viewing you this or reading this blogpost you would like to engage a conversation on the topic, feel free to contact me.
Trailer features the dramatic story of 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Kohir. The footage includes some of the best distance runners from Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.
My son Michael and his coproducers with Storystream film productions have been working night and day to bring this film to the public.