Have you ever been through a deep dark time? It’s like going through a long , cold, damp tunnel. Maybe you can see the light at the end of the tunnel . . . or maybe not. It makes a difference. Think about it. When you can see where you are going you visualize a future, hope. And your pace, your step picks up because you know where you are going.
On the Bike Trail
Just last weekend Wally “the retired Marine Corp hubby” convinced me to take our mountain bikes out on an old rail road trail up in Susanville, CA. It was beautiful and not difficult but it did mean going through two 800′ & 400′ deserted earth tunnels. Cold, dark, gravel under the tires was challenging since we had to walk the bikes and stay together to continue moving forward. Our focus was on the “light at the end of the tunnel”. It wasn’t much but it gave us a focus and that gave us the momentum and direction to continue.
Powerful Leaders See the Light
Leaders that have the gift of inspiring others always “see the light at the end of the tunnel”. They see where the team needs to go and they are able to describe that goal to their team members in language that is meaningful. Is it easy? No. But even if the leader is struggling personally with their own doubts they are able to have faith in the ultimate outcome – that in the chaos of change that possibilities and opportunities will emerge.
So if you are that leader or that follower in the dark tunnel look up and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Tell others you see it and then pick up your pace until you’re out in the sunlight. Then jump back on your bike and pedal like crazy on down the trail to your next adventure!