Leadership by Lincoln

First, great movie. I actually hate history but if i have to learn about history a really good movie is an acceptable method. HA!

Anyway, as I head into 2013 where the last few months of my life have been consumed with a NHL lockout and an impending fiscal cliff the most refreshing thing about the movie was how Lincoln handled his Leadership responsibility.

Here’s a few things I took away:

1. He did what he knew to be RIGHT even though it wasn’t a popular choice. My favorite part of the movie is when his cabinet who has repeatedly told him  that trying to pass the 13th amendment is a bad idea, starts in again and Lincoln explodes (it’s the only time in the movie he got angry with co-workers) and he says something along the lines of “i know you can’t see this as important but it is, I know it is and we are going to make it happen”.

2. He compromised. He knew in order to get to the end game, he’d have to take baby steps and get buy in from his enemies.

3. He moved deliberately, slowly and questioned himself constantly. It was refreshing to see a leader who could admit he didn’t always have all the answers and that his tough decisions were thoroughly thought through.

4. He made his points through story telling. Often, in the middle of a negotiation Lincoln would start of by telling a story to make his point. It was a very effective, light-hearted way to make a point.

So, that’s it. I can only hope I’m half of a shadow of the leader Lincoln was. He seemed like one heck of a guy 🙂

If you’ve seen the movie, let me know what leadership traits spoke to you that you plan on implementing in 2013.


Why Running is a Mental Game…

I did it.

I committed to run 500 miles in 2012 and as of 7:45pm on December 2nd, i have hit that goal. Yeah, me!

Back in January, I made the following pledge. And over 100 people joined me. The concept was simple.


Average 10 miles per week for 50 weeks. Some weeks I ran NO miles, one day, I ran 13.1 during the Disney Half Marathon (see pic above)

Only rule was you had to be going at least a 15 min/mile pace so while walking would count it had to be fast (not walking your dog). For the record, I ran 500 miles at an average pace of 11:27 for the year.

Halfway into the journey, I wrote this.

As of today, there are only 12 of the original 125 that still have a prayer of getting to 500 miles. As you can see, it was not an easy task.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Running is mental. I rarely ever felt like it. If i didn’t mentally decide I was going to run come hell or high water the night before my body usually won and talked me out of it.

2. The first step is exactly that. Take the first step. Move. Put on your shoes and go outside and just take one step at a time.

3. A “runners high” is an elusive thing. I can honestly say I can count on 1 hand the few times I ran and felt great. Like I was Forest Gump on maybe 2 occassions where I didn’t want to stop running. Considering I have done almost 200 runs this year, feeling amazing a handful of times is not great odds.

4. Life is in the journey. For me, running allows me time to reflect. In today’s busy world, i don’t get this often so this is definitely a benefit.

5. I never regretted a run AFTER it was done. I’ve never heard a runner say they were sorry they went running. Which is why it’s mental.

So, that’s it. I’m going to take a little break and reflect on what my next running goal will be. One thing I do know is, there will be a next goal. And i highly encourage everyone to put on some running shoes and get out there.