Our Tendency To Retreat


I was recently ill. Sick. Fever. Chills. Headache. Cough. Snot. Lots of snot. Sorry, I am just being real with you. I felt awful. I didn’t want to get out bed. I slowly recovered. The new challenge? Now I was much further behind than before!  I didn’t know where to begin. It was actually paralyzing.

Can I make a confession to you? There was a big part of me that just wanted to go back to bed pull the covers over my head. I was tempted to retreat from all that I hadn’t done and needed to do!

While this internal battle raged,  the thought occurred to me that this internal battle actually takes place every day in our leadership.

The pace and the tasks are already relentless. Then one final blow knocks us down. Sets us back. Makes us ill. We slowly recover, but in the wake of it all, we reflect on how much work it’s going to be to get back to where we need to be. Our tendency at this point? Retreat. Go back to bed, pull the cover up over our heads, maybe binge on something, and hope somehow things get better tomorrow.  

You’ll be glad to know that in the case of my recent illness, I defeated the temptation to retreat. I crawled out from under the covers, put my feet on the floor, and got busy! How did I do it? How did I overcome my temptation to retreat? I was reminded of three truths I will pass on to you:

No one ever won by retreating.

Whoever won by quitting? My best shot is to fight. I had rather go down in a blaze of glory than in retreat. I’ll die trying, thank you. If you think about it, our backside is actually more vulnerable in retreat!  

Everyone gets knocked down.

The winners just get up faster. My struggle is real but it is not all that unique. Everyone experiences setbacks. Everyone faces pressure. My success will not hinge on my setbacks but how I respond to them!

Traction equals satisfaction.

There is a gratification that comes with any progress made. So I can just focus on getting the next thing done. When one thing is done, I will have some momentum to build upon.


So here it is. This post is my first step back to the land of the living. I did it! 

My question for you is: What will be your first step back?

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