In It For The Long Haul

Long haulIn today’s microwave society, there is a tendency to want to get from A to B in one minute. We are quick to throw in the towel when things don’t go our way and go back into a lifestyle of being comfortable. We all know that overnight success is not a reality for most successful businessmen and successful leaders. For some it was a long slow and methodical climb to the top.

We must understand that leadership is a marathon, not a 40-yard-dash. Have you ever ran a marathon? I have watched a few in person. Some runners give up after a few miles. Others make it halfway before calling it quits. Still many come within miles from completing the marathon while only a few actually finish.

Interesting enough that many began the race with the same goal in mind. FINISH. Only a few actually finish. Below are some principles regarding staying on course during the long haul of your journey:

  • Pace yourself (all things don’t need to be done by tomorrow).
  • Engage your team; they are there for a reason
  • Focus on your goals. Try not to get sidetracked.
  • Finish tasks
  • Never Quit (others are looking at you).

Kevin Parker is the owner of Frontline Leadership Training & Development Services. Contact Kevin for Life Coaching or Speaking engagements. Visit or email


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