It had been a stressful few days. Running is one of my best releases from tension. It had been raining for days. I’m a runner. I decided to get wet. I went for a run. A long run.
If you’re a serious runner, sometimes you have to run in the rain.
It was a good reminder. It is that way in leadership too. It’s that way in all of life.
Sometimes you have to run in the rain.
You can have the best principles and serve on the healthiest of teams, but…
Life happens. People happen. Unexpected happens. Things break. People break. Times change. Sometimes quickly.
Sometimes it rains for days. It even storms at times. Lots of times.
Don’t be surprised on days it seems everything is going wrong, you can’t keep up or you feel overwhelmed. It is part of leadership. It is part of running in the rain. It’s part of life. Even John Maxwell’s team would occasionally, probably often, run in the rain. All teams do.
Great teams learn to run in the rain.
In fact, if it didn’t rain we wouldn’t need a leader. Most of us could take a walk in the park on a sunny day on our own. When it’s raining; when the storms come…When the wind shifts in a different direction…That’s when we need a leader.
As I think about it, leaders prepare us on sunny days for days when it is raining and the winds are stronger than normal.
But it’s starting to sound like another post, isn’t it?
Next time. In the meantime, don’t shy away from the rainy days. Just run.