Leadership lessons learned training for a marathon 2


Leaders are most effective when they develop patience in the process. Many Leaders are “results oriented” people. We want results, and we want them yesterday. Growth never happens fast enough. Change never comes quick enough. We want what we want and we want it when we want it. The problem is things don’t happen that way. There is always a process to get from point A to point b.

We can’t deny the process, we can’t avoid the process, and we can’t eliminate the process. The key is to be patient in the process. Running a 100 yard dash is quick, you have an almost immediate result, but life is not like a sprint, it’s like a marathon, and believe me training for a marathon is a process.

I had a revelation about this the other day while reading the Bible. Something I had never thought of before, even though I’ve read the passage over and over again. Do you remember the passage when Jesus was at the climactic moment in his life, where he would have the internal wrestling match with His desire and God’s will? He took Peter, James, and John to the garden of Gethsemane with him, and he told him something, then he went to the garden to pray, just a few yards from them.

What He said to them is very important, we have had people do major series on what he said to them, we have preached meaningful messages about what He said to them, but we have missed what He actually said to them. We have asked the question, can you not pray for an hour? He did not ask them to pray, He ask them to wait. Wait and watch. He told the disciples to watch and wait. So what does this tell us? It tells us that it is important to wait and watch in the process.

In the process we need to learn patience, to wait on God with a faith filled positive attitude. We also need to learn to be attentive in the process. Pay attention what is going on in the process; if we do this we will save ourselves a lot of heartache, eliminating some surprises because we’re paying attention. We need to learn how to not let stress or pressure causes a weariness to drive us into sleep. One translation says they slept for sorrow. Did you ever get that feeling, if you could just go to sleep you would wake up and everything would be different. Only to awake and find that things are the same or worse. Stress makes us want to hide, to deny, and to give up in the process.

As I have been training, I have realized that on long runs several things can happen, you can get bored, you can get tired, and you can go into auto pilot mode. If we realize that the process is the most important part of this journey, even more so than the outcome. If we realize that if we pay attention, we can set ourselves up for success. If we realize that if we are attentive in the process, we can have some of the best ideas. You can come up with some of your most creative thoughts. We can’t sleep through the process, we can’t hurry the process, we can’t eliminate the process or deny the process, but we can have faith, patience, attention, and prosperity in the process. If we fulfill the process we will obtain the promise. I can’t run the 26.2 miles unless I go through the process of getting to that point. Don’t love the promise and hate the process. Love the process, and obtain the promise.

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Leadership Lessons learned training for a marathon 1

There are many leadership lessons to be learned when your training to run in a marathon.  I will start with this one.  You can always do more than you think you can.  There is no doubt that we all have limitations, the problem is we think our limits are much smaller than they are.  We look at obstacles and make excuses instead of seeing opportunities and finding reasons to stretch.

Doing more than you think you can requires you to think.  Doing more than you think you can requires you to push all the way to the farthest places you’ve gone before and go farther.  When we get to places that are on the verge of beyond where we’ve been before our mind, our will, our emotions rebel against us.  That is precisely when we have to decide to lead, to realize and actualize the fact that we can do more than we thought we could.  Just keep going, stretch beyond, and don’t quit.  The advantage is it sets the bar higher and it makes the normal press seem much easier.

Right now, i am at the 15 mile wall, I have gotten to that point and both times gotten ill and had to stop, I am researching to figure our the problem and will continue to run and build up to i get past it.  I will run the 26.2 and will be able to say, I did more than I thought I could!

Press on!

David

15 miles and counting…

2 days ago i did something that I use to believe I could not do.  I ran 15 miles.  WOW, what a challenge.  It was very difficult.  If you have read my blog before you know that I have run up to 12 miles, and thought that was quite an accomplishment.  When we ran this 15, i was doing great until we got to about 12, the furthest i had gone to that point.  My body just wanted to quit, but my friend and coach Andrew just pushed me and kept running in front of me to get my body to just come along.  It hurt, and was hard, but I’m so glad I did it.

This is why leaders are so important to our lives, because when we are struggling we can look out front, and there is someone who has been where you have before and knows you can make it.  Just keep running they say, come on you can do it they might say, but the thing that helped me, was the fact that andrew did not stop or slow for me, he just kept running, so when i wanted to stop, i couldn’t because he was out in front leading me on.  When I wanted to give up, I would look ahead and he would just keep going, so I felt compelled to keep moving.

I encourage all of us to look to our leaders, and be encouraged and keep going, even when it hurts, even when its hard, and even when you don’t think you can.  look out in front, and see the example that you can do it, because someone else has.  Then look behind you, there is probably someone on your heals.

David

12 miles and counting…

Saturday morning was quite a work out…we took a step up to twelve miles, with the humidity, and the distance it was a challenge let me tell you. I have to say however I am very excited to have completed it. To be able to say I am almost half way there is a big deal, to me anyway. I am training for a marathon on November 16. So we are getting there, we are going to be ready.

I was very inspired when I went to run, because when we got there, there were a couple of guys who were taking a break, that had already run 24 miles and were running 25 more. I cant imagine what kind of condition you must be in to do that, they were training for a 100 mile run, I didn’t even know there was such a thing. WOW, 100 miles. It was truly inspiring to think that you can get your body to do that. It just takes consistant discipline and major mental drive to do it.

I have to say there were a couple of times I wanted to say I can’t finish, but my friend, kept me going, and I begin to imaging the young ladies that we are raising money for. Their little faces are forever etched in my mind, and not only them but the thousands who I haven’t seen, that we will reach in the future that are currently captive in the sex trade, one of our objectives in this run is to help fund our global reach efforts next year, which all will either directly or indirectly combat human trafficking. We want it to stop, and we are doing what we can, and this is a way to raise money. When you think about what they go through, what they contend with day in and day out, let me tell you it will keep you running.

Secondly its a goal I set that before I turn 40 I will run a marathon. I will do it. I’m believing for God to keep us healthy and strong to continue our training, and get it done so we can run and raise the money needed to do what needs to be done.

What is it that inspires you to go beyond where you think you can?

David