7 days. 1 week. It's not a long time. Think about when you take a 7 day vacation. It takes a few days to unwind, you start to relax and it's over! It goes by so quickly, especially when you are having fun and making memories.
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"You've got this!". How many of you have said this to someone or have been told this before? Many of us have. Why do people say "You've got this!" and what does it mean to have it? What is this 'thing' that you've got?
A teammate yells "You've got this!" across the field to the pitcher in the 9th inning, with 2 outs and a full count. One pitch away from a win. A father and mother tell their daughter "You've got this!" as she attempts to get her driver's license for the first time. A supportive colleague sends you a last minute “You’ve got this!” text as you enter the meeting room to deliver a key presentation to some important decision makers for a project you are leading.
Why do we tell people “You’ve got this!”? We tell people because we want to encourage them and we want to express our genuine confidence and belief in their abilities. If we are being honest, we’ve probably all been in situations where we could have benefited from hearing the words “You’ve got this!”.
When do we need a “You’ve got this!” statement the most? We need it when we’ve prepared, we’re ready, we have the ability, yet for some reason, we are lacking in our self-belief or perhaps we’re simply overwhelmed. Our confidence is shaken and self-doubt settles in. We don’t think or feel that “we’ve got this!”
I'm here to tell you that "You've definitely got this!" You've got this great opportunity every single day to be awesome, to make a difference for yourself and others and to live intentionally. You've got this responsibility to focus on your growth so you can be a better leader in all areas of your life. When you plan, prepare and practice, you will be ready to perform when it matters most. You've got this!
And you know something else you've got? You've got this great opportunity this week to invest in yourself so that you can continue your journey of personal and professional growth. I want to encourage you to attend L2L:Live2Lead in Moncton this week on October 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre. John C. Maxwell will be discussing his new book Intentional Living along with launching a global movement of living intentionally through a 30 day challenge. It's a small investment of your time, yet the payoff is huge and powerful.
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Someone recently asked me, "Who is the most important person on earth?" I had to stop and think about this. Was this a trick question? If I picked my wife, how would my kids feel? If I said one of my kids specifically, how would the other two feel? If I said that my mom is the most important person (and she's very important to me), what would would my dad think? At the risk of sounding conceited and full of myself, I humbly answered and declared: "I am the most important person on earth!" just like the person I was speaking with is the most important person on earth in his world.
Now before you stop reading here and think "Great! More 'me' focused people. Just what our world needs.", I encourage you to keep reading. The reason why I believe each of us is the most important person on earth is because we are the only ones who can take 100% responsibility for our lives. I am responsible for my decisions, my actions, and the consequences that result from these decisions and actions. If I want to focus on my health and fitness, I need to make better choices about what I eat and how much I exercise. And no matter how hard I have tried in the past, I can never outrun fast food. It wins every time! And guess what else? Nobody can do my pushups for me! I simply can't benefit from your effort at the gym. So when I take the full responsibility, I suspend the right to complain and blame others for my failure to achieve. I own it! I own the process, the action (or lack of) and the results! Period.
So why does this matter? Well, when we take 100% responsibility for our lives and lead ourselves exceptionally well, it puts us in the best possible position to be useful, valuable, energized and engaged in the lives of other people who depend on us for collaboration, contribution and commitment. We make the best use of our talents, passions, knowledge, skills and attitudes to help add value to others when we've done the heavy lifting of taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. When we prioritize our self-care, we prepare ourselves to help others know and feel that they are the most important people on Earth.
So here we are. Part 2 of the Changing Leaf story where we go a little deeper on the meaning behind the name. As mentioned in my June post, the story involves a painting (yes the one on the left!), a personal commitment and the tale of an organization struggling to raise the lid on its leadership effectiveness. So where to begin? Let's go back 5 years, in a galaxy not so far away...
I remember having a conversation with a colleague of mine, I'll call him Gus, well because that was his name, and still is. We were both facilitating leadership development courses for our organization at the time. We desired to create clarity around the type of work environment we wanted to work in and the type of positive leadership behaviours that were needed for such an environment to exist. We wrote a 'Personal Commitment' statement titled Manufacturing Hope and Inspiring Trust. It has 7 statements of commitment one of which says, "I aspire to create a work environment that is truly collaborative and one that is based on trust and mutual respect." These statements inspired, informed and influenced how we facilitated leadership development and coached leaders and are still relevant today.
Fast forward one year when a mutual colleague, who I will call Mike, (yes, you guessed it! That's his name) was challenged by me to paint a visual representation of this 'Personal Commitment' statement. The painting above, which I have come to simply refer to as 'Hope', is what Mike created. When asked to explain the painting I was thrilled to hear what he had to say. Mike shared that the mature trees on the sides represent the seasoned leaders in the organization and their deep roots represent the values that promote growth, integrity and significance. The growing sapling is the emerging potential leaders who will thrive and grow in the proper conditions while under the watchful caring and helpful guidance of our seasoned leaders. And of course the light represents energy, excitement and positive influence that is needed for people to thrive in a hopeful inspiring work environment. Amazing!
Fast forward again another 3 years and I am in a position to open my own organization focused on developing leaders. I had recently returned from my certification training with the John Maxwell Team. My wife and I are driving down the road on a fall day brainstorming possible company names and she says "What about Changing Leaf?" She reminded me of the personal commitment statement written several years ago and the painting that represented these unchanging truths. It was perfect.
And so, this is the completed story of how these events inspired the name Changing Leaf, an organization dedicated to developing leaders who create confidence and inspire trust. How will you manufacture hope and inspire trust in your work environments this week?
Great question and thanks for asking. The short answer is that people are like seeds of a tree. Stay with me here. In nature, a seed from a tree begins to grow when the environment provides nutrients in the soil, water, sunlight and proper temperatures. People have seeds of greatness, success and potential inside of them just waiting to grow. Great leadership activates the growth process in people. You see people experience growth when the environment they work in provides encouragement, challenging assignments, opportunities to develop, and chances to learn from failure, clear direction and supportive positive leadership. A growth environment doesn’t just happen by mistake. Leaders create it and nurture it.
So what does this have to do with Changing Leaf? There’s an old expression of ‘turning over a new leaf’, which means to begin again, start fresh or begin living and behaving in a more positive and productive way. Changing Leaf Inc. is about changing the lives of leaders by helping them be intentional with their continuous growth journey. It’s not enough to simply ‘turn over a new leaf.’ That’s only the starting point. A tree grows for years and changes as it weathers storms, adapts to a changing environment, and grows deep roots of strength. A growing leader is a changing leader and growth happens daily and not in a day. In other words, it takes a lifetime to grow as a leader. Personal growth has no finish line and a truly effective, positively influential leader will always be growing and changing to raise the lid on their leadership effectiveness. When a leader gets better, everyone wins. Changing the life of a leader positively changes the lives of many.
The longer answer to the question will be revealed in another blog entry. It involves a painting, a personal commitment and tale of a time when an organization lacked leadership and the people were looking for inspiration, relevancy, guidance, support, and clarity. Stay tuned, stay inspired and keep leading and learning.
When was the last time you were intentional about your personal growth and development? Have you spent time this year learning something new or improving your performance in some area? Most of us want to improve, develop and grow. We just sometimes lack patience with the process of getting better. We want to BE the person we want to become NOW without the effort. It takes time, focus and intentionality to grow and there are rarely any shortcuts.
It’s been said that, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” It takes time for a tree to grow and form deep roots much like it takes time for us to grow personally. The good news is that it is never too late to begin. You can start working on your personal growth now!
So what are you waiting for? More time? That’s not going to happen. We all have the same 24 hours each day. The question should not be “Do I have time to grow?” The question needs to be “How will I make time to grow?”
So what is your plan for personal growth? Let me know how we can add value to you. Consider joining one of our Mastermind Groups on ‘The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth’ by John C. Maxwell. It’s only one hour a week for six weeks! Click HERE to register and you’ll be growing in no time!