Travel arrangements made, accomodations booked and connections with people planned. Well, most were. There was one last one, an important one. That one had said no.
Why did this single hiccup in our trip matter? An award was be given to us. Two even. We were meeting with some incredible new people and some old friends. It was a great trip even before we left.
This one “no” felt like THE failure, and I could not stop thinking about it. It bothered me for weeks. Why? At the time, I could not objectively understand the why.
Now I see the why. I was taking myself too seriously, hanging my leadership (and my worth) on one detail. That detail was a failure. The dreaded gatekeeper had locked the door, so to speak, and I could not see past it.
Failing should be (I have realized now) built into the plan from the start. Most of all failure can’t be about me.
Getting stuck doesn’t help anyone. Getting stuck blinds us to moving on.
In the end, the trip was great. In the end, it didn’t matter at all.
Over the next month or so some of my daily posts (including this one) will be assignments from a leadership class I am taking from Seth Godin.