Often times, you’re stuck precisely because you choose to be. When faced with a difficult decision or when the complexity of prioritizing multiple directions at once becomes overwhelming, our own resistance to the pressures gets in the way. No one is there to tell you just what to do next or what to prioritize first. You have to set the course and make it happen as the leader. If there were someone there to tell you what to do, it would be so much easier. But then you would not be determining your own fate. You’d be managing and not leading.
The choices you make as a leader and a human for that matter, require action and not passivity. When you make active choices you are choosing autonomy. From his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Nazi concentration camp survivor Victor Frankl offer this insight: “A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining.” “What he becomes–within the limits of endowment and environment–he has made out of himself.” This is why it is so important for each of us to have a defined purpose with which to know why we must do something. Without purpose, passive resistance and negativity will easily settle right in.