What do you do when you are sailing and you find yourself half way to your destination when the wind dies?
On Saturday I had the opportunity to find out.
The short answer is, you wait.
As I sat there by myself in the middle of the lake, I couldn’t help but think about the parallel between sailing and leading.
Many leaders I know get to the middle of their journey and discover they have “lost their wind.” Often the result is that they abandon ship and end up tarnishing their legacy.
Call it a midlife crisis, a slump, halftime, whatever you want. Regardless, the results are predictable. Moral failure, disengagement, relational problems, and an attempt to escape usually are not far behind when the wind dies.
The secret to surviving is patience. As I sat there alone in the sailboat, I had two choices. I could either do what my teacher had told me to do and just wait. Or I could make up my own plan and hope I was smarter than my teacher.
Psalm 27:13-14 is a great reminder if you are at a place where you have lost your wind.
The Psalmist writes, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
If you are stuck and contemplating something crazy, I encourage you to wait, be strong, and take heart. The wind will blow again, and you will make it back to shore.
I did, and I’m not even a sailor.
Where are you finding it difficult to wait these days?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.