If you feel frustration where you are, cast a vision for where you are going. Not everyone will buy in. Not everyone was meant to. That's ok.
I was going to tweet that thought just now...then I paused.
I felt like it needed to be unpacked a little bit.
Here is the heart behind it:
There are times when there is a resistance to something we feel passionate about. Instead of seeing that as the reason to stop, it just might be the time to see it as a confirmation that we need to press on.
Here's the thing...think about any time in history when something happened that was full of significance. Most every one of them came with a healthy dose of resistance.
Breakthroughs require pushback.
New ideas will be met with naysayers and doubters.
Change that excites you makes others uncomfortable.
Pushback, naysayers, doubters, and the general feeling of being uncomfortable can be filed in one drawer in your journey to accomplishing your goals...
I say file, because I like to keep all of it around to refer to from time to time. I like to see what people said I couldn't accomplish once I did. Not to bring it back up and throw it in anyone's face...that's arrogance. I save it there so that the next time I am tackling something I have a reminder. I let my past encourage my future.
Where are you today?
Can you relate?
Do you feel frustration where you are at? Perhaps there is a distraction(s) that is creating the weight of that frustration. That weight is lifted when we start moving forward and casting our vision onward.
And, yes, it's true. Not everyone is going to feel the way you do. Not everyone is as passionate about what moves you. Bill Hybels calls it your "firestorm of frustration". Taking the one thing you can't stand to see stay the way it is, and creating change. Create better. Create a future that reflects the joy in your heart of what it would look like to see the task accomplished.
Steven Furtick once said, and I paraphrase, "Don't rush to the door to beg someone to stay, get there first to hold it open so they will leave faster." If someone doesn't want to be there, stop begging them to stay.
There is a phrase I use that I share with any team I work with.
At first it can seem direct, maybe even harsh. But it's just the truth.
For you. For me. For all of us.
We are invited, not needed.
Today...take a deep breath. Look around. Are you reacting to your current circumstances, or responding to your opportunity?
Amidst your current frustration, cast your vision.
Be ok when someone walks away.
Once that dust settles, now you can really get down to the business of going and growing. You've got the team around you that believes in you.
The first invitation you must accept is the one to yourself.
That your idea matters.
That your heart is full for a reason.
That your vision has meaning and a purpose.
Once you accept that invite, let the pursuit begin.
We can't wait to see where it takes you.
And so that you don't feel like you are in this alone?
I'm heading out on a new journey of my own right now, too.
We'll talk more about that another day.
Today is about shifting our perspective from seeing our current challenge as paralyzing frustration, to the moment in time when everything changes.
A watershed moment.
A moment when we embrace our calling, and start casting its vision.
Look at the picture I shared in this post today.
It looks a lot like our future.
While everyone else is getting run over by them, jump the wave. You'll be a little closer to your goal every time you do.
The wave is symbolic of your next challenge. It's excuses. It's pushback. It's doubters. It's naysayers. It's the change others don't want any part of. It's your chance to put them all behind you.
Bend your knees.
Take a deep breath.
I can't wait to see where the journey takes you!
And when it gets hard along the way?
Turn your frustration into your fuel.