In a world of instant gratification and constant distractions, we can unconsciously find ourselves farther away from where we wanted to be than we would like.
The opinions of others so closely within reach, literally.
The voices of others so much louder than ever before.
We find ourselves arriving at destinations we barely remember how and when we got there.
It also seems that we most people are more scared than ever to take risk - for fear of their peers and the world finding out through social media - but also will forget sooner as they too are more distracted than ever before.
Which brings me to my point, RISK-TAKING.
"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson
In order to do, accomplish and BE what we wish to be, we must risk who we are, for who we want to become.
This belief is a foundation that all great leaders have shared.
They have refused to stay status quo and mediocre. They have refused to stay with the pack or herd for too long.
They don't just break rules, they create new rules.
They don't just innovate, they disrupt. They improve. They create new paths where there were none....and they do one other major and massively important thing.
They create BOLD VISIONS that are CLEARLY COMMUNICATED.
Such powerful and ginormous endeavors cannot be done alone.
The hardest part of any leader is to be able to take a vision that at the time, they are the only ones that can see it, is to build a team around them that can begin to see the vision with increased clarity as time moves on.
In order to best and optimally communicate it to their teams, leaders must sit with their vision and begin to connect with it, so that they may begin to articulate it to others in a way that they can understand and then help them bring it to life.
"You can never cross the ocean unless you are willing to lose sight of the shore." Christopher Columbus.
Leadership is about team building around a common vision that is shared and communicated often and clearly, such that as the communication increases and the vision becomes clearer, the steps to achieve become more obvious.
This is why the most important quality that leaders must build, is their ability to keep their dream and vision alive through adversity, trials, ups and downs, criticism and judgment.
"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you must settle for the ordinary." Jim Rohn.
As a leader, you must protect your vision and do all in your power to keep it alive through action and clear communication.
The day before you are lauded as a genius or overnight success, you will be called insane or out of your mind. You will be told that you are crazy and no one will ever follow in your footsteps.
Just remember the words of Winston Churchill, "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every barking dog."
Continue to strengthen the reasons for why you believe what you believe. Keep giving your vision and dream life through research, dedication, discipline and commitment to what you believe in.
Leaders are those that are not easily swayed, that remain focused on what is most important and that are able to CLEARLY COMMUNICATE what they see and believe to others in order to bring to life something so powerful.