It’s been a month since my last post. I lost momentum. Gone was the initial excitement that came with finally launching a site that had been percolating in my head for years, and coming off that high was hard. Much harder than I anticipated. What had begun as a creative outlet was now a chore, and the prospect of producing high-quality writing each week was intimidating. Even more frustrating? I knew it was coming. It’s part of my M.O.
My strength comes from inspiring big ideas (just look at my DISC profile), but following through — navigating the day-to-day challenges of putting an idea into practice — I’ve always struggled with that. I allow myself to get too embroiled in the politics of change. I’m too quick to abandon one idea when a newer, more novel opportunity presents itself. And sometimes, just like my beloved Iowa State Cyclones, I fall victim to my own hype.
Is this a common problem for novice leaders? Fresh out of grad school and looking for that first administrative position, we certainly speak the right language. We know we’re supposed to maintain a laser-like focus on student achievement, adopt a balanced leadership approach, and commit to change. We can say these things, but when the rubber hits the road, how well do we follow through on our big ideas? How do we sustain our momentum?
Image Credit: Brentingby Derailment by Frosted Peppercorn (with some artistic license).