January 11, 2003.
Children really do seem to have all the fun, don't they? Children see the wide open spaces of life as their playground, while adults tend to foster a more tarnished viewpoint where they see their lives being played out in a much smaller picture. A child sees opportunities to explore and have fun, while an adult's prior conditioning only allows him or her to see obstacles and dead end streets. Children get to play a lot of games and have a good time, leaving all of the worries associated with the trials and tribulations of life to their parents. It doesnt seem fair, does it?
Why do the kids get to have all the fun? There is one very good reason. These young children have not yet been burdened with a lifetime of negative conditioning. Life to them is a big bowl of cherries and they get to eat every one! It sometimes seems that the only down side of being a kid is you eventually have to grow up.
While we all have to accept the inevitable reality that we do indeed have to grow up eventually, should growing up require that we relinquish some of those priceless child-like qualities of our youth? Not at all! Why should we ever allow ourselves to lose that limitless imagination we enjoyed as children? We shouldnt. Wouldn't we all dearly love to regain some of that child-like enthusiasm as adults, where we could once again live out our fondest dreams? You bet we would!
Well heres some good news. There is still one game most of us played when we were young that we can still play as adults. This game is called follow the leader. Thats right, even among adults the game of follow the leader is still alive and well. If you recall the original rules of the game, one child would be designated theleader of the group and everyone else would then follow the leader's instructions or commands. This game was fun and every one could participate.
Even as adults, when a leader takes the lead, others willingly fall in line to follow that leader. Not quite convinced this is true? Fair enough, but have you ever known someone who seemed to be a natural born leader? I bet you have; in fact, most of us have. Did you notice how everyone seemed to be attracted to that person? As a matter of fact, didnt that individual seem to have an almost mesmerizing effect on others?
Without question, success always seems to come easier to people who exhibit strong leadership characteristics. Since there is never a shortage of people who are willing to pitch in and help, leaders regularly accomplish one amazing feat after another with an almost effortless flair. OK, so what's this have to do with you? Absolutely everything, since YOU ARE A NATURAL BORN LEADER!
More than ever before, the world desperately needs leaders and it is your destiny to fill this void. Hey, you dont become a leader by pushing, prodding and pounding others into the ground. Far from it. Pushing people around is not leadership. Leaders are those rare individuals who can rally the troops, motivating and encouraging each team member as they collectively work towards the fulfillment of a common, worthwhile goal.
You can assume your leadership role by setting a good example for your family, friends and coworkers and by bringing value to everyone you are privileged to meet every day. You can take the lead by taking charge of yourself and your immense abilities.
Winners are born to be leaders, not followers. Just because you have grown up doesnt mean you cannot once again enjoy all of the fun and merriment you experienced in your youth. It is time to have some fun once again and become the leader you were always born to be. Go ahead, step right up and take your place at the front of the line.
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Leadership is action, not position.
Donald H. McGannon
The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell
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