One of the greatest stories of leadership is in the Bible, the book of Nehemiah. The story chronicles Nehemiah’s vision and mission of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. Deluged with enemy attacks and coercion, Nehemiah had to trust his gut and his God and keep focused on the task at hand.
One distraction came when some of Nehemiah’s enemies found out how well he was doing and tried to get him to leave his mission to meet with them. Nehemiah told them something that all of us who call ourselves leaders should repeat daily. He said, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”
How many times a day do we get distracted and unfocused from that which we are called to do? How many times do opportunities present themselves but they do not fit with your own personal or organizational mission? Stay focused on that which you feel call to do and you’ll complete that for which you are wired. When you feel distracted, remind yourself like Nehemiah did, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”
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