Are you ever tempted to give up?
I don't mean in the big scheme of things -- of course you should not give up on that -- life is a beautiful gift and meant to be meaningful and joyful. But, on the smaller, less grand things. I am often tempted to give up or give in because:
a) I want to be cooperative and in-service to others, and
b) I do not like conflict
The trouble with giving in is that you don't get what you want. And while it's easy to see that is not your best outcome, it's also not great for those who must work with you.
Think about it. If you yield to every autocratic order barked your way and every bureaucratic nonsensical procedure how much would that slow you down? It might slow you down to, oh say, zero.
We must sometimes confront the thing that stands in our way. Stands in our way of justice, stands in the way of our freedom, stands in the way of our dignity. (You could build a wall of all the bricks of injustice that stand in our way.)
Leaders don't give up. High performance leaders do not give in. We may accept defeat. We may even capitulate. But we know that if we are right, there is a better outcome waiting for the price of the effort. And, if we're wrong (hey, it's possible) we can move forward with dignity and respect knowing that we explored our boundaries and found them.
-- doug smith