There will occasionally be times when the work and the manner in which it is done will appear to fall short of expectations:
The mission gets slowed down by a colossal road block that you and your team could not have foreseen.
Bad information is received from a trustworthy source.
The first several iterations of the work created to serve others is met with a chilling silence.
It’s okay and here is why:
It’s okay because stumbling and experiencing frustration over outcomes that we care deeply about is part of the human condition. It’s okay because the act of undershooting does not need to dictate the quality of you or your team member’s determination, compassion, and abilities to learn, improve, and strive forward.
It’s a given that a marathoner will run some miles faster and others slower; likewise, for every sprint of uninterrupted productivity, you can expect the occasional stumble to slow you down.
When the stumbles do happen, resolve to learn what you can and show up the next day. Because when you continue to learn and show up, everything balances out in the end with you eventually recognizing just how far you, the team, the work, and the people you serve have come.
The ability to move forward well depends on you and your peers receiving compassion for these realities.