No matter how much you take care of our minds and bodies it is inevitable that you will have an “off” day. A day when you can’t get into a healthy rhythm and accomplish all that’s on your list.
It’s okay to have an off day. You’re human. We all are. But just because you’re having an off day doesn’t mean that day is as a waste.
There is no secret formula to transform a loser day into a winner day. Anyone who tries to tell you there is is only fooling themselves. Being productive in the midst of a dry spell is all about team work. When Lebron James has an off night D-Wade is right there to pick up the slack.
My Loser of a Day
I was recently in a creative team meeting and I was not in my usual rhythm. Our meetings create space to give birth to ideas and give time for those great ideas to develop into great content and strategy. In the midst of my off day I was slacking by compromising basic principles. I didn’t have the energy to change. Then something happened. I wouldn’t even realize what happened until hours later.
I don’t know if my teammate and friend noticed that I was not myself, but in the midst of my fumbling, she stepped in and started asking the questions I usually pose. “Who is our audience? What are we asking people to do? Why are we even desiring a presence in this market?” Her leadership helped guide conversation and through it we avoided wasting time with misdirection.
What Is the Lesson We Can Learn?
The lesson is not found in what happened that day. The lesson to be learned is found in the months leading up to that day. By investing in my relationship with this teammate and explaining to her why we do things the way we do them… why we shoot for the stars though the street light is much closer, she was able to step in. She applied everything she had learned and did what I could not on that day… be an effective leader. We won on my worst day.
This Is a Call to Mentor
If you consider yourself a leader you must pursue a deep and significant investment in your teammates. Only the narcissist would turn a blind eye to mentoring and raising up others to contribute to the overall mission of the team. Are you a narcissist or are you ready to admit you’re not perfect and you need others?
Who are you investing in? Who will be your D-Wade? Who will help your team shine in the midst of the cloud hanging over your head?