Everyone loves a good start and few things are as much fun as a finish, but what about the mundane middle?
No one can sleep on the eve of the first day of school. Toe the line for the start of a race and the excitement drips. The first tee of a golf course always brings promise.
The same is true for endings.
The finish line of a marathon is one of the most satisfying places on the planet. Graduation day never arrives soon enough. The last five minutes of a good movie can be riveting.
But oh how we dread the in between times. Middles are made up of mostly ordinary stuff. Average days, unmemorable moments, and unexciting monotony. No one loses sleep or experiences anticipation over the stuff in the middle. Look up mundane in a dictionary and, rather than keeping you awake, the definition might actually send you to nap time – it means, lacking interest or excitement; dull.
However, if you want to be a great leader, may I remind you that the middle matters. Legacies are built by those who consistently show up, recognizing there are no average days, only opportunities to be appreciated.
Perhaps you will start something new today or a finish is on your horizon. True or not, today is all you have. So if mundane middle stuff is on your schedule, please give it your very best focus … a legacy is on the line.
Leadership Begins at Home,
What do great leaders do differently from average ones when it comes to the mundane?
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.