The past couple of weeks have been painful to watch my Atlanta Braves lose their grip on the National League Wild Card lead. It remains to be seen whether they can regroup and make the playoffs or not. A betting man would say no.
The Braves meltdown will seemingly come down to these final two days of the season. However, I would argue that is not exactly the case.
While these final two games are vital, the reality is they are no more important than the first two games of the season, or two games in the middle of the summer. Every game was equally important.
As a leader, there are some days that may look as if they are more important than others. A big presentation, an important review, a key meeting. All can exaggerate our perception of importance. But the fact is, when it comes to being an i2i leader, every day matters.
Truthfully, integrity is often compromised more on days that feel less important than it is on days that receive strong focus.
Just like the Braves, your legacy will be decided on those days that feel insignificant.
If in your mind, today is just another day, you might be headed for a meltdown.
Today matters. At the office, at home, and when you are alone.
Get out there today and win!
Why do you think leaders often overlook the significance of “lesser” days?
Great post, Randy!
It makes me think about Jim Collins’ book “Good To Great.”
In the beginning of the book, he makes a profound statement…
Good is the enemy of great.
He goes on to say that we don’t have enough great businesses because we have too many good ones. He say the same for schools, churches, etc. The problem is that people settle for “good” every day. When that happens, they never reach for great!
If, as in your example, I approach today by trying to make it a “good” day, but not a “great” one, then I am holding something back. I am not giving it my all.
Whether you apply this to the Braves, a local church or business leader, or an everyday disciple of Jesus, the results will be the same – a shortage of greatness! Good is not bad, but it is not what we are called to.
Can you imagine John 14:12 reading like this, “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even ‘gooder’ works than these…”?
I know that is corny, but it makes the point!
Thanks for the reminder to make today GREAT!
“GREAT” comment Chris!
Liked the post a lot – I think too many of us shoot for “good enough”.
I must say, however, that given the fact that my Giants already bit the dust this season, I don’t feel too sorry for your Braves. Have a GREAT day!
Thanks for the comment Gary. I have not given up hope!
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