“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
Sometimes people believe the myth that leaders always have it together. Clearly, we don’t. Every single human being, even the leaders we most respect and admire, go through rough patches. It’s part of the journey.
I struggle a lot with this reality because I want to be the best version of myself. I’ve set an unrealistic expectation that this is possible 24/7. Yesterday I attended a panel discussion with a bunch of amazing Mom Bloggers, and one of the things they shared is that a lot of blogs are only showing someone’s “highlight reel.” I immediately remembered Steven Furtick’s quote:
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”
There’s nothing like reading a few blogs, scrolling through Facebook, or checking out Pinterest to get you thinking about everything you’re not doing that you could be doing. And once you start going down that road, it can sometimes result in an all-out pity party.
Even the greatest leaders have pity parties from time to time. But I’m convinced that leaders REFUSE to engage in the “woe is me” stuff for very long. They keep moving forward. Why? Because the best leaders recognize the value of growing slowly, but they deeply fear standing still.
Every day we have opportunities to learn and grow. Do you recognize these opportunities? Do you embrace them? Are you grateful for what you’re learning and how you’re growing, even when it’s slow going?
Leaders choose to learn. Leaders choose to grow. Do you?