In my journey of adding value to others, I take the time to meet inspiring people and keep learning new things. I learn mostly from their stories. Sometimes stories of successes, sometimes struggles, but all in all I learn about their hero’s journey. Leaders who achieve excellence, follow a consistent path to success.
I have been blessed to be around people who are smarter than me. I believe that as a leader, you must create an environment of growth around you. People from all backgrounds and professions have inspired to write this post.
Some are entrepreneurs, CEOs, business executives, school teachers and community influencers. As I listened to their stories of successes and struggles, I thought about three consistent themes that shapes their journey. They had three drivers that I took away and want to share with you in this post. Those drivers were the consistent message in their journey to achieve their dreams.
These themes also appear in my own personal journey. John Maxwell once remarked that the dream is free, but the journey is not. Many of us dream big dreams and that’s a great place to start, but once we think about the work, the hustle, the potential speed bumps, we fade away from our dream.
Your dream needs growth, creativity, personal development and the three drivers I will discuss here in the post. Jim Rohn said it best, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
So, let’s begin to look at the three drivers that leaders pack to achieve their dreams:
I never met a successful leader who lacked passion. Successful leaders have a surplus of passion. They need to build relationships with people who share a passion similar to their own. In doing so, leaders develop a tribe of passionate people to spur them on while their dream is developing and growing. You need a passion for what you believe in, passion for your vision, and passion to take daily action to get things done. A leader’s passion gives life power and energy that creates meaning around their vision. As I listen to successful leaders, you can sense that there is something that fuels their energy.
They are motivated to create and build their dreams with passion. They simply kick it up a notch! In my role as coach and mentor, I have a passion to help people, to add value to their day. It makes me passionate to elevate someone’s thinking to new possibilities and live a life of no regrets. To actually live their dreams.
Without purpose to guide you and drive you daily, your goals and action plans may not be rewarding to you. I truly believe that God created every leader for a purpose. Each one of us has a purpose for which we were created in this world. We have to discover what our purpose is to fulfil our true potential. Each one of us is born with the “raw materials” but what we do with what’s given to us, is up to us to grow, expand and develop. As they say, “to whom much is given-much shall be required.”
Your true purpose comes from within. It comes from inside your soul. Each one of us has a journey, an experience. We go through those in a unique individual way. Take time to reflect on your purpose in life because when you do, it gives you reason to wake up to every day. When you are clear on your purpose as a leader, you have the fuel to continue to push. You are not deterred by obstacles and setbacks. You know that there is a reason why you are chosen for the mission of your life.
You can have great talents and gifts, but if you lack persistence and commitment to your dream, you will always come up short of achieving it. Calvin Coolidge spoke about persistence this way, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
When you think about persistence, it’s about never giving up on your goals and dreams. What’s stopping most people from achieving true success, is that extra step to keep going without giving up in the face of obstacles. And trust me there will be plenty along your journey. You gotta keep your head up and build resilience to keep momentum going. Some days it will be very difficult, but the only person that gives up on their dreams is you, not others. So keep shining the light on your dream, because your light will always bring it back to life.