“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”— John Muir

There are times of the year when our walks inevitably encounter deep, unavoidable mud.  That mud used to ruin the mood of my walk. I soon realized that it really was all about my own attitude.

I had to accept that there will be mud.

As leaders, you will find that leading projects of any worth also have hard parts that are like difficult slogs through the mud.

As the leader, you have the ability to set the attitude of yourself in a way that influences of all those that follow you through the muddy patches.

You can pick to hesitate.  You can even try to avoid the muddy patch.

You can try and tiptoe through that muddy patch.

You can apologize to everyone with the belief that somehow you are personally responsible for getting everyone muddy.

Or you can leap in and splash through that mud with joy.

Who would you choose to follow?

The dry land is not that far away.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

Alan Willett
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