Well let me say this. Leadership is not reactionary. Leadership is not power. Leadership is not prestige. Leadership is not even a position. Then what is it? I’m working on that. Others say its influence. Others say its a mindset. That’s pretty good. Others say it leading through example. And of course there are titles, like Thought Leader, Influencers, Movitivational Leader, you name it and they have said it. However I’m learning that being a leader is all and will always be about people. If you lose that, then you can forget about leadership. People, people and more people. That is the core or heart of leadership. Oh, and you must love them. Think about that for a while!
First of all, I want to apologize to every leader that try to lead me. And I want to say I’m sorry to every leader. Why? Because I thought (wow I really thought that?) that your job was easy and I could do it better. Boy was I wrong. Now operating in a leadership position and running an organization I have learned and still learning that this beep is hard! Let me just talk about one part of it. Cultivating, training, trusting and having an innner circle. I mean really?? Now I think I have a pretty good one. But if you think this inner crcle stuff is easy? Think again. First of all, building that team takes much prayer, a lot of patience, trial and error, disappointments, betrayal, trust, vulnerability, strengh and forgiveness to name a few. Your inner circle can either help you or hurt you, lifted you up or tear you down, cover you or expose you. So choose wisely! Then you can start building teams, relationships, people, places and things oh my!! Next time we will look further into why this leadership stuff is no joke.
Sometimes we wake up stress because there is so much to do in one day. We try to fit it all in. Somethings get done and somethings do not. Which causes another set of problems. We feel like a failure and then try to figure out how to fix that which really cannot be fixed. Then we read books on time-management hoping that the answers are there. We go to seminars and listen to time-management gurus that share their expertise concerning time-mangement. They have their methods on how to do things quicker. How to utilize all of your time wisely. How to pack it all in without compromising your mental soundness. All of this sounds great. And it might work. However the first question that you should ask yourself that will bring clarity to time-management is this.
DO I HAVE TO DO IT? ENOUGH SAID!!!!!
I read something in Romans concern Abraham that blew my mind. It says in Romans 4:19, And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: Do you know that he was mentally strong? He looked at his body every day and he didn’t let his mind consider it. Wow! He considered more of what God said, then what he saw. Do we consider the negative more than the positive? Do we consider the problem more than the promise? Do we consider the lack more than the provision? Can we remain focus (focus means to aim at the target) even when things look bad? Do we read, think, reflect, meditate, focus or excerise our minds, so we can stay mentally sharp? Can we believe way beyond what we see or feel? Or are we derailed at the first sign of trouble? I wonder? Have become mentally lazy?