I picked out one of the many books in my library to read while on my overnight trip in Cancun, Mexico and came across a favorite of mine called, ” Leaders without borders“, by Doug Nickerson.
This book is only a 100 pages long but it packs some powerful, thought-provoking teaching and ideas that can have a positive influence on you. I’ve heard Co Founder of LIFE and best-selling author Orrin Woodward say that “ideas have consequences”, so I wanted to share three “factors” from the book to help set the course for success in LIFE and in your leadership journey.
#1 The factor of a positive response You are in command of your response. Henry Van Dyke said, ” There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.” As a leader, you set the tone not only for yourself but for your organization by the way you react to the things that happen to you.
A positive response is not a willful denial of the reality that exists. Your response, however, reflects the realization that whatever happened is only a snapshot of one moment in the larger picture of your destiny. When you choose not to be defined by one negative moment, but rather re-define it for good, you have chosen a positive response.
#2 The factor of a positive attitude– I like Herm Albright’s lighthearted observation: ” A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort” A positive attitude in the midst of negative circumstances is exactly the right prescription to turn things around.
While certainly no one can deny that Thomas Edison was a man of accomplishment, he also suffered great setbacks. Yet Edison said, ” I never did a day’s work in all my life, it was all fun.” What a great attitude. The right attitude propelled him to unimaginable accomplishment, and it can do the same for you.
#3 The factor of positive perseverance- When you choose a positive response to negative circumstances, you begin to experience exponential growth as a leader. Your reactions, positive or negative, set in motion the laws of reciprocity. The choices you make have a great impact.
Emerson said, ” That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has become easier”. Your reaction as a leader is charting a course for your future, so choose it wisely.
Some last thoughts. When it comes to your life and your business, what does your face say about you? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? A strong leader is one who does not shy away from reality , but looks through the lens of optimism when faced with challenges.
An optimistic leader confronts his fears
An optimistic leader gives others confidence
An optimistic leader looks for the good in all situations
An optimistic leader will certainly have moments of being tested
Doug Nickerson says, “the next time things go haywire, just remember that you are not alone. When times are tough and adversity strikes, let your confident words be,” I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”
Optimism does not prevent difficulties or make you immune from them. Optimism, however, empowers you to face difficulties with a confidence that gives you an advantage to overcome them.
Robert L Stevenson said, ” You cannot run away from weakness; you must sometime fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where do you stand? Now is the time to rise up with courage and be the optimistic leader you were destined to be.
This great book is an example of not only great teaching on the key principles of success but a great reminder of the factors we once knew but don’t apply on a regular basis. Listening to one CD or attending one meeting does not build habits. It takes little bits of information, energy, effort and application over time, to experience full results. We cannot change our destination overnight, but we can change our direction. The journey is certainly worth the destination.
Plugging into leadership training and personal development material from LIFE over the last 5 years, has been one of the best things I have ever done, not only for me and my family, but for many others looking to Live the Life they’ve always wanted.
Lead on and may the wind be at your back.