How many times have you, I or someone in our circle muttered “What the heck are they doing?” referring to the leadership in any particular organization? We could be talking about our jobs, our significant other’s job, the Association office, the grocery store we frequent or the current list of presidential candidates were seeing on the news every other day.
It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback and spew venom on what this person or that person did wrong, in our opinion, after the fact. It’s another thing altogether to be the person on the hot seat making those decisions and knowing that others will be judging you for your point of view. Understanding that whatever decision you make will not please everyone is part of leadership.
So, here’s the deal… When you believe in something and are passionate about it, you might just be the perfect leader for the group, committee, workshop or other type entity that’s looking at this particular topic.
One of my favorite quotes, and I’m not sure whose quote it is, is this:
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!”
As we are clearly deep into the second half of the year and near the 4th quarter, it may be time to reevaluate our personal role in life. It’s time to look at our personal life, our work life, our health and welfare and whatever else. Personally, I find that planning for the upcoming year (2016) is best thought out during my 4th q uarter o f t he previous year. This provides us time to really give some thought to what changes we’d like to see in our lives and it creates a far different accountability than simply making a new year’s resolution on the last day of the year or during the first couple of days of the new year.
So JC, who is looking for leaders? I have found that without knowing it, each of us is looking for leadership in our lives.
Through study, books and real life personal experience, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing more rewarding than setting a personal goal to do or accomplish something which requires us to really stretch our comfort zone, and then achieve it!
It causes us to feel good about our achievement, instills confidence and most times, others notice what we’ve done and compliment us on having done it!
Personal reflection has not been taught or encouraged in our schools. Sitting by oneself and just thinking is an asset that many of us have not gotten comfortable with yet. Spending 45 to 60 minutes a day thinking (some would say dreaming) about the wildest possibilities that could happen in our lives will yield some incredible thoughts and ideas. Do it every day and these crazy thoughts and ideas become real life possibilities.
Begin to write these goals down and pursue them with a plan and some passion and poof, you’ll discover that you may be the exact leader in the world you’ve been looking for.
Yes, the world has changed a bunch in the last 50 years and things that our parents and grandparents never even conceived of are real possibilities today.
Many of us, based in part on some of the influences from out parents and grandparents, still have some limiting beliefs about our own personal possibilities. I say drop all the limiting beliefs and become that wild, powerful, loving, successful, giving, sharing, teaching human being that you know lives inside of you.
You can be the powerful leader that many look up to by simply allowing your greatness to come alive. This is The ONE Thing we should each be focusing on… It will make your world a better place!