One morning I was reading during my quiet time and came across this passage.
“If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap. It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?”
Boy does this hit home. How often do I enter the workplace thinking if I say the right things, or come up with the key solution, or push (or encourage) people harder, or just plain want it bad enough for everyone – I can make things to happen. And it results in my saying the wrong things, distracting people from what they are supposed to be doing, tick the staff off, and overpromising results (causing us to appear to fall short regardless of how herculean the effort).
I need to coach effort. I need to have confidence. If I have done my job well in preparing and training the team around me, it is like Coach Wooden said, “Game time is when the coach’s job is almost over.”