Pick Up The Pace
About 8 months ago I decided to tackle a new adventure… the game of tennis.
I began taking lessons with a pro to learn how to play the game instead of just chasing a ball around the court. I’ll be honest, this has been a lot harder than I expected. I thought I had some game, but truth be told – I had nothing! So over the course of the last 8 months I have learned the fundamentals, built a forehand and backhand, and developed a serve (kind of).
Most recently my coach has been challenging me to pick up the pace. He’ll hit with me and gradually increase the pace of our play pushing me to the limit of my skill. In these rallies I find myself very challenged but also really thriving as I realize that I am improving and I can keep the new pace.
I’m finding that my season of leadership is much the same. Over the years I have learned the fundamentals. I have played a few rounds and I have improved some of my skills. And now I’m finding myself in a season where I’m being challenged to “pick up the pace”. The game is a bit more complicated. The ball is moving a little a LOT faster and my ability to react and respond quickly is being tested. But, guess what? I’m thriving. I’m enjoying the challenge and I hope I’m improving along the way.
Much like my game of tennis, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to pick up the pace on my own. I’m much more comfortable with a steady, even pace that I know I can manage. Too many times we settle for what is safe and predictable and lose the opportunity to be challenged and grow by “picking up the pace”.
Where can you pick up the pace in your life and leadership? Go for it, you can do it!