I’ve been around the world several times, stood on the world’s largest stages, and created some of the most powerful experiences you can imagine. And part of my continual effort to improve and fine tune my craft has created in me a desire to study history and the great leaders before us, that have created some pretty awesome experiences themselves.
Do you know the greatest thing I’ve learned from all those years of studying great leaders from history and watching leaders as they’ve grown to lead impactful and meaningful lives?
They make the hard decisions.
They don’t cower.
They don’t run.
But they do, from a safe place of knowing who they are.
Their creative order is in perfect balance; being before doing.
Important stuff for you and I today if we’re going to succeed in leading great lives, and living great stories.
Here’s a question for you:
How are the conflicts or situations in your life leaving you cowering afraid to act? In what ways are you avoiding action today?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
I can’t believe I’m just now catching this for the first time. Obviously I’m late to the party, but the good thing is that doesn’t matter one bit.
I’m probably not alone and so if you haven’t seen this: watch it. Share it.
Why can’t everyone just be exactly like me?
Ever wonder that or want that?
Do you know that place?
I do. If only everyone were just like me, then the world would be such a better place, and on and on and on. What a joke right! I mean if that were true of you or I, then this world would be an awful place to live! How miserable! But truthfully, isn’t that the way we live?
We create our art, write our books, preach our sermons, build our dreams, live our experiences as though everyone were just like us. Carbon copies of the same field of vision. There’s not a lot of depth of field there.
What I’ve grown more awake to over the last several years, is that in order to build and create authentic experiences and live authentic stories and impact lives, culture and community, we have to be willing to meet people where they are. We have to understand and love them just exactly where they are.
In the New Testament, Jesus didn’t simply just camp out and say “let them come to me,” although, he most certainly could have. No we see that He and his disciples went out and did their work, and then left us with the same command. GO!
Donald Miller, who just so happens to be one of my mentors, although he doesn’t know it, recently wrote about how we need to tell better stories, in fact we need to LIVE better stories.
We are not going to do that sitting still, expecting everyone around us to morph into a carbon copy of ourselves. I’m sorry if that comes as a shock or disrupts your universe, but its true. I believe thats part of what we can take away from scripture when it talks about being all things to all people.
If you’re a CEO, Executive Director, or manager, your company or organization will not succeed if your true desire is for them to just be like you. If you’re an author, speaker, pastor, or musician, you must develop a sensitivity to your audience or sphere of influence. Know and understand the intricacies of their differences and move closer to them.
Its through our ability to learn compassion and love others well that we’ll be most effective. Then and only then will we be participating in creating great experiences for those we love, lead and impact.