We all have had an idea of how to do things better or more efficiently. Getting from that idea to making it work is tough. There are many obstacles and pitfalls along the way. Here are five things I have learned in 55 years of leadership that have helped me with my dreams:
1) Don’t procrastinate. Don’t wait until tomorrow to do something you could do today.
2) Never Give Up! Don’t let the words “can’t” or “no” shut you down. Keep pushing, if nor no other reason than to see if you can make it work.
3) Follow Your Heart. It was your idea, so run with it. Who knows, it may be an idea God had that He entrusted to you.
4) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help. See if anyone else is doing anything like this. Share with others what you want to do.
5) Surround Yourself with People You Trust, Then Turn Them Loose. Others may be the ones who make your idea work.
I think every area of growth in my leadership has happened because of these five things. At this point and time, looking back, it is number five that brings me the most satisfaction. It has been said that it is amazing what you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit. That goes for personal ideas as well as organizational goals.
20 years ago, I asked my leadership team if we could possibly operate without putting our name or logo on everything we did. They thought we could. Since that day, the organization has spread out around the world working with over 100 other organizations, many don’t speak the same language. It has been wonderful to watch a dream become reality. And, it was all done by other people.
So, what are you dreaming about?