Life Prepares You for the Journey

Happy New Year!

I realized something over the holidays, life works itself out. What I do at RT Consulting is specialize in marketing plans, which requires me to forecast months and quarters ahead for client goals. When the holidays were “planned”, my role slows down as business carries on. Through the holiday, I realized life prepares you for the journey.

One day I was working in the morning and had a play date with my nephew in the afternoon. The plan was to get work done early, play in the afternoon, his mom (my sister) pick him up, and get more work done. Easy enough.

We went to the playground and I brought a pen and notebook to write my thoughts as I had one eye on him. After a few minutes of writing, I found myself playing “monster” on the playground with him and the other kids. When I got tired, I sat down and soaked in the atmosphere. Another parent got of his phone and he started where I left off. It was a magical experience.

When it was time to leave, my nephew asked me to carry him on my back. He is six and over 40 pounds. Sure he could have walked, but I’m his favorite aunt and I know he is young only a short while. I carried him home a mile away. It wasn’t easy but it made his day.

Life - Journey

Fast forward to today. I was leaving a client’s office when I was asked to take some equipment out of the office for an event. I had to carry it to my car. Guess what? The equipment was actually lighter than my nephew, which made the process easier.

During another client meeting I was asked what my resolutions were for 2015. When I was at the park the day before, I wrote down:

Be present – focus on what is in front of you

Be proactive – step out of your comfort zone and unwind when it is time

Be prayerful – find peace in between the now and not yet

as my focus for the upcoming year. My writing has turned into action and shaped my meeting with campus leader and friend, Sarah Greenwald.

I was prayerful prior to our meeting and definitely present with her in the time we spent together. We shared stories since we last met and it was great. I wasn’t “clock watching” or worried about my next meeting. It was great to be in the moment with her.

What does all this have to do with life and our individual journeys?

Maybe we are supposed to go after what our heart desires until we find peace. Keep searching for what brings value to you and your purpose. Peace brings the assurance that propels our path for what lies ahead. It is the process from searching from within that prepares us for the world. We may not have all the answers or timelines figures out, but what we face today prepares us for the journey for what lies ahead.

 

 

15 Quotes about Leadership to Remind Us What a Leader Looks Like

  1. Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch
  2. Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18
  3. Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis
  4. A leader is a dealer in hope. —Napoleon Bonaparte
  5. Leadership is influence. —John C. Maxwell
  6. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  7. A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position. —John Maxwell
  8. Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy
  9. Do what you feel in your heart to be right–for you’ll be criticized anyway. —Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams
  11. Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better. —Bill Bradley
  12. What you do has far greater impact than what you say. —Stephen Covey
  13. There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage. —Fuchan Yuan
  14. Earn your leadership every day. —Michael Jordan
  15. Without passion, you don’t have any, and without energy, you simply have nothing. —Donald Trump

 What are some of your favorite leadership quotes?