I drive my wife crazy.
A few weeks ago, I finished a book called Game Changers. It’s a book on how to go local to defeat violent extremism that will come out this summer. It took over two years to research and write. It was exhausting on not just me…but my wife, my boys…Hell, the entire Family.
But now, the hard work was over. The draft e-mail to my publisher was on my laptop screen with the fresh manuscript attached…blood still dripping from it. As we stared at the keyboard with nervous anticipation and shallow breathing, I slowly clicked the send button.
My wife gave me an excited kiss and we just sat still for a moment. Before I even felt the pace in my heart start to quicken again, the furrow return to my Scots-Irish brow, and the gears in my mind start to clack and grind…I noticed the smile on my wife of twenty years receded to a look of disbelief.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she said trying to seem angry, but knowing the nature of the man she married. (She had a few other choice words here, but I’ll omit those since we might have young eyes reading this blog) “What are you thinking about now?! Can’t you just give yourself a little bit of time to enjoy the moment?!”
“Sure,” I said, trying to sound convincing and failing miserably at it. “I was just thinking how much these combat lessons could help the civilian world and the business sector. You know…just thinking out loud,” I said sheepishly.
A slight smirk came across her face, she shook her head, and walked off to check on our boys. We both knew the deal…
Leadership and leaving deep tracks in this world is hard. It is a grind. That is why most people don’t do it. It is also why our world is full of managers…and lacking in leaders.
The leaders I know – the ones committed to deep impact – are restless. They are comfortable being uncomfortable. That’s just how it is.
How about you? Are you comfortable right now? Or is there something inside you burning to get out…something that seems almost out of reach, but not quite. Something that you know you are uniquely put on this earth to do?
I say CHASE IT. Pursue it! Run it down.
We don’t know how many breaths we have on this earth…and we are at our best, and closer to our greatest selves when we are pushing our own comfort zone and LEAVING TRACKS!
Until next time, thanks for what you do.
Author of Game Changers and How to Drive your Wife Crazy! 🙂
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