Leaning Forward

“There are moments in our lives when we summon the courage to make choices that go against reason, against common sense and the wise counsel of people we trust.  But we lean forward nonetheless because, despite all risks and rational argument, we believe that the path we are choosing is the right and best thing to do.  We refuse to be bystanders, even if we do not know exactly where our actions will lead.”  -from Onward by Howard Schultz

Every day as leaders we face a multitude of choices…some are easy and off-the-cuff while others are agonizingly painful and difficult.  While others stand alone as monuments determining the turning points in our leadership.  Those are the ones that define us.  Those are the decisions that leave their imprint on us and our leadership from that point forward.

And deep down inside, we recognize those moments when they stand before us.  They hit like a flash of lightning and yet, often flicker out in the twinkling of an eye…especially if we fail to seize the moment.

Those are the moments when we catch ourselves leaning forward

Because we recognize the moment for what it is.  It is the moment when we decide there will be no Plan B, there will be no back-up plan.  And like the seasoned gambler…it is the time when we determine that all bets are off and we are going all in.

And deep down in our gut we know it is the best thing to do…it is the right thing to do.  And yet it is not the easy thing to do.  We know that not everyone will understand.  We know that we may take a lot of heat, criticism and scrutiny.  And yet, nothing feels better.  Because we know we are right.

When you look in the mirror…what decision is staring you in the face?  Is there a difficult decision holding you back?  What decision do you know that you need to face?

Determine this week to stare status quo in the face and be a difference maker.

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