Have you ever heard the expression: There’s light at the end of the tunnel…
In this COVID-era world, it sure does feel like the tunnel is long, doesn’t it? It sure feels like this is not a light that we’ll be at in 2 seconds after the train goes another 200 yards. But the fact of the matter is, when you’re in a tunnel and you see light, no matter how dim the light is, it shows that there is an opening. It’s irrefutable that the closer you get to the end of the tunnel, the bigger the light appears, and the brighter the light shines.
Same is true for when we’re going through difficult times at work. Whether we were furloughed, lost clients, lost jobs, gained responsibilities with no additional support, or had to work from home without the best equipment to do so, COVID-19 has created its own tunnels. But the idea of the light at the end of the tunnel is the concept of hope. And if we focus each day on our difficulties and challenges, sometimes we can lose sight of that which gives us hope.
I was working with a client recently, and we talked about the importance of having a long-term vision, of having a goal, of having some collective rallying point that we could all move toward together. That gives us hope.
I was listening to a Ted Talk last week, and the speaker talked about the importance of leaders being servant leaders, and he described servant leadership through a definition of what service to others means. An interesting point he had was that if we have vision of what tomorrow will look like, it helps us to get through today. That gives us hope.
So, a suggestion or question or a challenge I have for you as you go through your own personal or professional tunnel is to identify: What is your goal? What is your vision of a more pleasing or productive or joy-filled tomorrow?
Take time to write it down, because it’s much easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel if we figure out what “light” means to us.
Find your own light at the end of the tunnel.