“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
We are all a work in progress. And Paul is telling us to not live off of our past accomplishments. Let’s not focus on the past, good or bad, positive or negative. Let’s press forward both in doing and growing.
As leaders we often get worn out by the daily challenges of solving problems for both processes and people. We are pulled into meetings and discussions about all kinds of issues that pop up and weren’t on the calendar. This is all in addition to the daily tasks we already had on our schedule. It can be overwhelming for sure.
With that being said, we cannot neglect one of the most important areas of our responsibility. It is our job to lead the rest. But, this is a critical piece, you can’t lead where you haven’t gone, you can’t teach what you haven’t learned. And, don’t expect them to do what you haven’t done.
So I encourage you. Dig into what will build you up on the inside. Read a book on leadership. Spend time with someone who is a little farther down the road than you. Make the connection. Take responsibility for the connection, don’t expect your mentor to seek you out. You are the one who needs their insight, be bold and go ask for it. You are a leader, it’s your responsibility to develop you. Don’t expect your boss to do it for you. Take ownership of your journey. I promise you won’t regret it.