Ultra Lesson #3 . . . Hold Up

48 hours now and counting until the 7:00 AM start of the North Face Endurance Challenge.  However, the “challenge” probably won’t show up until about the half way point, a few hours in to the race.

That is when I will be required to apply Ultra lesson #3 . . .

Hold Up

Let’s be honest.  The past couple of lessons, to sign up and to show up, may be half the battle, but they are not the hard half.  In fact, they don’t even compare to the “holding up” that will be required.

Having completed 5 road marathons, I can tell you that there will be several moments (possibly even miles) that will put my resolve to the test.  There is a very real “wall” that distance runners hit and there is nothing glamorous or easy about it.

I have discovered that leadership can be a lot like a marathon.  Full of bad patches, drained energy, doubt, fear, and even despair.  All of those feelings cause leaders to do one of two things . . . “Give Up” or “Hold Up.”

How much does it take to make you give up?  To surrender your dream?  To let go of your vision?

If you find yourself at a place where your leadership is being pushed to the limits, let me encourage you to “hold up.”

After years of running I am convinced that the pain of endurance is less than the pain of regret.  The same can be said for leadership.

If you want to leave a leadership legacy, there is no way around it, you have to “hold up.”

 

i2i,

Randy

 

Why do you think so many people are quick to “give up?”

 

 

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Chris Patton

9 years ago

Sometimes people are quick to give up because they feel (or are) alone.
When I read your post, I thought of Moses leading the Israelites into battle against the Amalekites. When Moses’ hands were raised, the Israelites prevailed. When his hands dropped, they faltered. Because Moses had Aaron and Hur there to support him, he was able to keep his hands up for the victory.
Even though we are often somewhat removed from those we lead, we still need strength and support from someone. A great spouse fits the bill. A like-minded partner works also. Regardless of how we do it, we must seek out and draw on that support rather than trying to do it on our own.
Though you will be running alone Saturday, you will certainly have prayer and moral support! Finish well!

Randy

9 years ago

thanks Chris. Those prayers will hold me up!

Stephen LaFond

9 years ago

“I have discovered that leadership can be a lot like a marathon. Full of bad patches, drained energy, doubt, fear, and even despair. All of those feelings cause leaders to do one of two things . . . “Give Up” or “Hold Up.” ”
I really love that paragraph. In the recent several weeks I have felt those exact feelings. I have to agree with you Chris, a partner is a must. My wife has been very ill for about 8 weeks now with a infection she acquired from surgery. I don’t know how things are going to turn out, I rely on her more than I ever knew. Trying to balance work, 2 kids, her grandmother that lives with us and has dementia and my wife not well, I am trying to rely on God for that strength and support. For now I am in the “Hold Up” stage, but sometimes that “Give Up” wanders into my head, I know I don’t have a choice.
Randy, you are in my prayers, I have all the faith in God that he will bring you through this amazing challenge. Just one step at a time, it is just going to be a whole lot of more steps than what is normal. Easily said, very few can stand up to that challenge.
God Bless!

Randy

9 years ago

thanks Stephen. I will be praying for you and your family!

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