Optimism!Â That’s the word on the card I hand out to each of you as you board the LiFeTrain today to start a new week.
My favorite quote (which I believe to be but one of the greatest statements ever uttered) is from Nelson Mandela. Mandela is an icon – a rare species of a man, who was jailed for more than twenty years yet stayed focused and came out to break apartheidâ€™s back, becoming his countryâ€™s first black president. In his book, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela has a quote that I have shared so many times with different people. He says,
â€œI am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature of nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping oneâ€™s head pointed toward the sun, oneâ€™s feet moving forward. There were many moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lay defeat and deathâ€œ. (p. 377)
What it means to me:
Leaders face many unique situations. There are times when their vision is clouded by present circumstances and it is so easy to give up and throw in the towel. There are times when even driving the process of change becomes a weary task and their motives and judgments are brought into question. All leaders experience those times when they are surrounded by situations that donâ€™t seem to align with their purposes and plans. It is in those situations that true leaders thrive. True leadership demands an optimistic attitude. If you are going to achieve that which you set out for, you must stay focused and continue to believe in the vision. That is the key to success as a leader.
It is my prayer that as you leave the Train today you will be pumped up and full of O-P-T-I-M-I-S-M
So, as we say each and every Monday…”MERRY MONDAY”…
All Aboard…The LiFeTrain!
Oops…One Mo Thang…Let’s try to find some beauty this week, some Beauty in everything.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. â€“ Emerson