Impossible is nothing, and toenails are indeed for sissy’s

16 03 2015

“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” ~George S. Patton

I’ve talked to several folks who have run marathons (one of our employees ran one this past weekend, if I’m not mistaken).  Whenever I say something like “Those 26 miles must have been hard!” they always point out that a marathon is 26.2 miles.  I can only imagine what kind of guts it takes to run those 26 miles, and then realizing that you still have 1/5th of a mile to go.  The intestinal fortitude that it takes to keep going when you think you’ve got nothing left in the tank is the measure of a winner.

As leaders, we’re going to have employees who fail, or who struggle and are near the edge.  We’ll have team members who think that they’re done trying (whatever it is that they’re finding hard to accomplish).  At times like this, they need you to take your cheerleader tool out of your leadership tool bag, and let them know that they can do it.  By now, you know that you’ve got the other tools in there (disciplinarian, coach, sleeve roller, visionary, story teller, etc.), but don’t forget the cheerleader tool.  Sometimes, you telling your employee that you have seen the effort they’ve put in, and they are this close to success is what they’ll need to put their head down, and make it that last .2 miles.  After all, impossible is nothing, and for you marathon runners out there, “toenails are for sissy’s”.

Speaking of hitting the bottom (with style)…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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