“The runner who is concentrating on how much his left toe hurts will be left in the dust by the runner who is focusing on winning. Even if the winner’s toe hurts just as much. Hurt, of course, is a matter of perception. Most of what we think about is.”
– Seth Godin
If you think long, long enough about it, you probably be able to recall and write down dozens of things that you’re not satisfied with or are causing you some level of grief right now. Kind of like the runner’s toe.
The question is, what are we focusing on and what message are you sending to your people each day at work? As a strong leader, do you focus on what you can accomplish – rather than what’s in the way?
Do your people see a leader who is optimistic rather than pessimistic?
Do you wait until you get home, after a long hard day at work to massage your left toe?