There is a time when, despite the fact that so much of what you hear tells you to stop, you go on. You become convinced that people are concerned that you have lost it….what ever ‘it’ was. Sanity? Perspective? A firm grip on reality? Is this personal leadership or is it a delusion?
There is a simple truth that is in play here. You have a vision of what is possible. It resonates with the convictions you have and the core of what you believe to be not only possible but doable and you see it to be worthwhile – worth your while.
And so you persist. Even through those moments – sometimes milliseconds – that whisper that you are being stubborn, unrealistic.
Here’s the thing. You are going to need to be stubborn sometimes.
You are also going to have to keep a firm balance of focus between the reality of now and the reality you are working to create and, in some cases, working to be ready to create.
This is a key issue for technical leaders who are running projects.
This is particularly and ironically true in environments that are filled with clear understanding of what you are working to achieve for them – given that most of the time the very people who are perplexed at your doggedness may be the ones that charged you to execute this project, this program, to begin with.
A vision that holds a major shift from what today looks like requires boldness of spirit and steadiness of resolve in the face of people and circumstances that would prefer to remain the same.
So asking yourself if you’re just being stubborn may not be the question that will serve you best.
Perhaps the real question is this: Ask yourself if the world without what you are trying to accomplish is one that you will gladly live in. Then ask yourself what that is worth to you.
You change the world one decision at a time, one question, and one answer at a time. Be persistently stubborn! If what you are working towards is worth your energy, time and your team, then give yourself permission to be persistently stubborn.