What a weekend! On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the LSU – Auburn college football game, and I must say, watching Cam Newton run wild was one of the most impressive things I have witnessed in a long time. Can you say Heisman?
My wife (an Auburn grad) and I celebrated the victory until we got back to our car, or at least where we left our car. Can you say tow truck?
It turns out that I had unknowingly parked in an illegal space. Unmarked, I might add, which turned out to be irrelevant to the driver of the tow truck. “That will be $100 if you want your car back, sir.”
It was at that moment that I had a choice to make. I could either focus on what was important . . . the fact that we won the game and sent the Mad Hatter back to Louisiana in tears. Or I could allow my day to be ruined by a tow truck driver who is (in my opinion) running a racquet. I chose the former.
Don’t get me wrong. Paying the fine was not a pleasant experience. For those of you who know me, you know that I don’t easily part with my money. However, you also know that I would rather win than almost anything.
As the driver took my money I made a decision. I decided to focus on the positive.
Leaders are forced with such decisions every day. The reality is there are far more good things than bad surrounding our lives. But the tendency is to be affected by the negative more than the positive. Many leaders are defeated everyday by a couple of critical people or a difficult circumstance.
Don’t give in to the “tow trucks” this week. They will try to drag you away from what is important. Naysayers and circumstances will be beyond your control, but your attitude and outlook is your choice.
Make the right one. And, oh by the way, WAR EAGLE!
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.