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Depression is a horrible affliction. It’s as different from discouragement as a migraine is from a tension headache. One is devastating. The other distracting.
When the future looks more horrifying than death, death appears more appealing than life.
All of us battle with discouragement. Occasionally, it can lead to despair. Getting
free of toxic emotions, like discouragement and despair, begins with finding out
what thought triggered the emotion. We need to follow the example of the despairing
man who asked himself, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within
me? (Psalm 42:5).
It would be easy to think the best leaders are those who have a track record of uninterrupted success. Accepting that as a pressing truth, many leaders feverishly work to cover up failures and magnify their successes.
If you’re a leader it may surprise you to hear that many of the people you lead think you know exactly what the future looks like. The problem is they don’t think you’re telling them because you’re afraid they won’t like the future you have planned.
In light of this amazing reality, it’s a good idea to tell everyone in the organization where you’re going. A failure to do so is a mistake you don’t want to make. It’s crucial you repeatedly share the blow your socks off vision. Fill in as much detail as possible, but be careful to only tell what you know while honestly admitting what you don’t know. If the picture is fuzzy, admit it. Tell them you can’t fill in the missing gaps or pull off the dream without their help.