The idea of small sprocket is it will take a small sprocket spinning like crazy to get a bigger sprocket to make just one revolution. This means the leader will have to work like crazy just to get members of the team to buy in to the vision, let alone do anything with it.
This has to be one of the more bothersome Habitudes for me. As much as I do not want this to be true, it proves valid over and over. I find that if I want to get people mobilized, I have to work 100X as hard as I want them to work just to get a minimal effort out of them.
Take the ant for instance. An ant is successful because it puts in the work. As tiresome and laborious as the work is, the ant just keeps working. The reward is the ant gets to eat. On the other hand, if the ant is lazy and a sluggard, it doesn’t get to eat. Neither do we. If we aren’t careful, our laziness will lead us right into poverty. You have to work!
When you seem stuck and stagnant, you need to persevere through it. Have the integrity to keep doing the right thing. There will be seasons of rest and growth. Do both seasons with all your heart. it can seem like you are doing all the work by yourself. Just keep doing it. Keep going. When you find someone working just as hard as you are, join with them.
You have to love the process, not the result. Once you fall in love with the process of doing something, you have it made. Learn to love the grind. Learn to love the things you do to become successful and not being successful. When you can do that, you will never grow weary of the grind. It will make you smile.
As I work through my next book for the year (#18 unless I finish another one beforehand), I will be journaling my answers to the book “Habitudes: Images that form leadership habits & attitudes”. This particular book is the 3rd in the series. You can read the other posts in this series here.