Are you longing to be a more effective leader?
Great leaders do this one thing REALLY well...
They lean on the wisdom of a mentor.
They lean on the accountability of a partner. (Gym, AA, spouse, etc...)
They lean on the value of anticipating the needs of their team. (SERVE)
They lean on praising progress regularly, so they can leverage small wins into huge gains.
They lean on seeing risk through their vision as a foundational asset, not a liability.
Leaning is a posture of seeking.
As you think about what you are longing for as a leader, start your week by leaning.
Because leaners learn.
That's a leader others want to follow.
Settling is stopping short.
To settle in is being content.
In either case, where you are may not be where you thought you'd be by now. It may not be where you want to be right now. And it may not be where you know you could be by now.
All of that can either paralyze you, or propel you. It can hold you back, or launch you forward. It can frustrate you or remind you.
Wait...remind you? Of what?
Your past may have played a part in your present, but it doesn't have to determine your future.
There isn't one of us, myself included, that doesn't need to hear this from time to time.
There is value in a little self-reflection, to provide new direction.
It's at those moments that we have to decide if we are going to feel sorry for ourselves, and start settling for less than our full potential. Or...take a deep breath, settle in, and see things from a fresh perspective.
Be fully present where you are, who you are with, with what you have.
And when you start moving forward, bring contentment along for the ride.
Stop settling today for what your past is lying to you about. Stop settling today for who others say you are. Stop settling because the obstacles in front of you seem like they are too big to take on.
To believe your past is your launching pad, because it was your learning ground. To believe who you are isn't determined by the the insecurities of others. To believe your future is what you make of the opportunities you leverage today.
And when you do...
Enjoy the contentment you find when you settle in, because you've committed to stop settling.
I'm not sure if this will find it's way into discussions in your boardroom at work, living room with your kids, or bedroom as you lie awake at night trying to figure out how to be a more effective leader as a parent...but it's hitting all three marks for me today.
Here are the 10 things I learned playing MarioKart last night with my kids and their friend.
From the desk of our founder, Brett W. Gould.