Are You On Autopilot?

I have a confession to make. I run on autopilot far more than I would like to admit.

Can I share a story about one of my recent autopilot experiences? Ok, I knew you wouldn’t mind.

Black and white instrument panel of an airplane

Photo by Adam Johnson

I had gone to our local Wesco gas station to grab a couple of Coke Zero/Coke Zero Cherry 20 ouncers. I opened the front glass doors, went to the pop section, picked out my choices, and went to the cashier. There, I made my payment and went to exit the store.

Cue the autopilot moment.

I get to the door and SMACK!!! I walk right into the glass door. Yeah, the one I opened up by hand to get into the gas station.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Death Wish

A Reel Leadership Article

I’ve often wondered what I would do if I was ever put into a situation like Bryan Mills from Taken or, now, Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) in the new Death Wish movie. Would I want to extract revenge for the pain brought upon me or the deaths I had to witness?

Bruce Willis in promotional image from Death Wish

As a man, these questions often flood my mind. And I love watching movies explore this thought process. Death Wish tells the story of Paul Kersey, a doctor whose job it was was to save lives. Only to have his wife brutally murdered and his daughter shot and left in a coma.

What would you do? That’s the question Death Wish gets you thinking about.

And, if you’re intentional, it’ll also get you to think about leadership.

Caution: Death Wish spoilers below.

Is It Time To Let Off The Gas?

A lot of recent advice I’ve heard is that when you reach the end of the project, you’ve got to push hard. Probably harder than you’ve ever pushed before.

To be a success, you’ve got to give it your all. Push the pedal to the metal and floor it.

But could this line of thinking be wrong? Could it be it’s time to let off of the gas?

Blazing through the snow on a snowmobile

Image by Paul Williams

I got to thinking about this after a recent snowmobile accident I had. It was also my first time on a sled.

My friend was showing me the ropes. We were blazing through the snowmobile trails in the woods near his home.

Midway through the trip, we decided to head back for a quick repair on his snowmobile. Right before we arrived at his house, he made a beeline for a snowbank.

How Leadership Becomes Easier

Leadership is a labor of love. You’re going to pour your all into it. And you may never get the energy you put into it back.

Leadership is hard. Leadership requires much of you.

You’re never going to find a quick fix to make your leadership easier.

Valley Towards Denali

Image by Nic McPhee

Leadership Is Difficult

There’s no way around this. Leadership will be difficult, especially as you start out.

You’ll be called on to provide everything you’ve got. Sometimes this isn’t enough. And you’ll be required to give more.

Your tribe won’t always want to follow. Your vision won’t always lead to sunshine and roses. Your leadership will be questioned.

Leadership is difficult. No question about it.

While there will be difficulty, don’t give up. You’ll regret it when you do. And you’ll be so close…