For any of you out there who grew up in the 80s, you likely remember watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. You know, back when there were just 13 channels and the TV was this huge wood contraption that sat on some plush brown shag carpet. I LOVED me some Wonder Woman and her invisible airplane, and it got me thinking that new leaders at Liberty National need an invisible blindfold.
Glad you asked.
New leaders should slap on a Wonder Woman (guys, you can channel Superman) invisible blindfold and just go 100mph after your dreams. Don’t hesitate. Don’t be idle. Don’t procrastinate. No fear. Follow Nike’s slogan: Just Do It. Right now.
Sometimes we become too paralyzed by the fear of unknown, or the fear of failing. But why? This is a word my toddler likes to ask me a lot lately. Why? Well, perhaps leaders are afraid everyone will point and laugh if a mistake is made. Maybe a hesitant leader is afraid if he makes a mistake and falls, people will kick him when he’s down.
Very likely scenarios, and unfortunately, sometimes these things do happen, figuratively. But, nobody promised you leadership would be a crisp green meadow of unicorns, rainbows, and four-leaf clovers.
Leadership is hard. Real hard. But if it wasn’t hard, everybody would do it. If it was easy, there would be no sense of accomplishment. No pleasure in the pain it took to achieve the milestones along the way up the mountain. To the top.
That’s where new leaders wanna be, right? The top?
First, if anyone points and laughs when you make a mistake, realize they are just insecure and probably don’t have your back. Be assured that you tried, which is more than the person pointing and laughing did. And they know it. Second, if you make a mistake and fall, any kicks will make you tougher. Stronger. More aware. More confident. And after you get back up, remind yourself not to be around the person who discouraged you. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people who want to see you succeed. People who enjoy competing with you – because it makes you AND them better.
So, next time you start feeling those butterflies of doubt in your gut, start chanting: Bring it on. Bring it on. Bring it on. Oh yeah. Psyche yourself up. Do it. Now. You can do it. Go after it. Get it done. Achieve results. Slap on that invisible blindfold. Be Wonder Woman. Be Superman. Put the pedal to the metal, and go full throttle toward uncharted dreams.