It’s a risky proposition to continue to drive your vehicle with the fuel light on and the gas hand on empty. I know “On Empty” is probably not the best word choice for the grammar teachers; however it is a phrase that I think you understand. You can run on empty for a little while, but eventually the car is going to stop. This is also very true for leaders.
Leaders can’t continue to run if they don’t rest, relax, take time off, allow others to pour into them, learn from others, free their mind and refuel. I know this sounds like a novel concept, unfortunately many leaders don’t time to rest and even worse they don’t allow their staff the opportunities to refuel.
If you are a leader and you have the mindset and take the position that I don’t need to rest, YOLO and I can rest when I’m in my casket… you aren’t leading.
Leading on empty! No such thing. If you stay on empty, you are no more than puttering around on fumes all while putting yourself and everyone around you at risk of a train wreck.
What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you?
You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with. If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly believe n yourself and prove them wrong.
“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” ~H.H. Swami
You tend to become who those closest and most important to you think you will become. Choose those that are most important and closest to you wisely.
Leadership can sometimes be tricky; and by tricky I mean difficult to evaluate the true impact of one’s leadership. Some leaders push people really hard, create an environment where individuals can’t ask questions or challenge the king and results are more important than anything else.
These leaders and leadership environments may produce results for a season, but in the long-run, morale will be negatively affected. Those employees will do just enough to meet the performance expectations and they will begin to plan their exit from that environment when the 1st lateral or better opportunity comes available.
Don’t confuse great performance with great leadership. There are plenty of organizations, environments and teams that have great performance, while the implications of the leadership is devastating to the employees. These teams are generally over-worked, under-valued, under-appreciated, stressed out, carry their work problems home and are flat out unhealthy. Great leadership produces healthy teams.
The best way to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership is to get true and honest feedback from the team. If this feedback is filtered through an independent 3-party it’s even better.
Don’t measure success from performance alone… The best way to measure leadership success is to dig a little deeper and answer this question: ”Are my team members happy, healthy, satisfied and excited to come to work everyday?”
Healthy teams are comprised of healthy people and teams of healthy people generally produce great results. Ultimately, it’s the responsibility of the leader to create an environment that fosters the type of health necessary for success.
We have all seen and walked through the automatic motion type doors at various businesses. It’s a simple concept, the heat motion opens the door as you are walking towards the door. The challenge for those doors, is that if you are outside of the motion area the doors won’t open.
In the picture above, if you are outside of those yellow barriers, there is a good chance the door won’t open. The same thing is true for God. When it comes to God opening doors, we have to make sure that we are in His motion, in His space, His presence, connecting with Him, reading His word, communing with Him, not denying Him and doing what His word says. This allows for God to better feel our motion. In other words, our presence in His presence.
“I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.” Revelation 3:8 MSG
In the above scripture, God opened the door for the Philadelphians once He was able to feel their motion. It was an after effect. Let God feel your presence and feel what you’re doing in His name. He will open doors that you don’t have the strength or ability to open and no one else has the power or ability to close.
Get In God’s Motion!
Some people look for success in things.
Some people look for success in their jobs.
Some people look for success in approval from their supervisor.
Some people look for success in all the wrong places.
Success truly happens when you begin looking in the mirror.
Looking in the mirror, asking the tough questions and embracing the tough answers.
What does God think about me and my perception of success?
What does my family think about me and my perception of success?
Success is illusive when you are looking in the wrong places.
Success is a more realistic chase when you look through the proper lens.
Look up to God, look in the mirror at yourself and stop looking out to others.
There are so many entrepreneurs that never seem to get their entrepreneurial ship to set sail. They have the ideas, the vision, the story, the expertise, the ability… but they lack the faith to make it happen. Notice I didn’t say they lack the finances, the support or the opportunity. Entrepreneurs are individuals who take a series of faith steps to pursue what’s already inside of them.
Unfortunately, most people never realize their entrepreneurial dreams because they settle for being The Nontrepreneur. The Nontrepreneur has all the potential to be a successful entrepreneur but they settle for helping someone else achieve their goals and dreams instead of pursuing their own.
To those that are stuck in chasm on Nontrepreneurism, allow that to be temporary and motivation for the entrepreneurial success that is to come. You have to chase after what is inside of you, otherwise what’s inside of you will slowly eat you up like the drippy faucet of regret. The late Steve Jobs says it this way:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs
Remember, no successful entrepreneur ever jumped to the finish line of success, they all started their journey by planning, plotting and taking that single step of faith. Mr. and Mrs. Nontrepreneur it’s time that you get to stepping.