Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Envision - Engage - Embrace - Entrust

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together"
- African proverb

Anyone who has had a dream, and I mean the kind you want to spend the rest of your life bent on pursuing, can actually achieve that dream in 4 easily understood steps. Fortunately for those few of us willing to outwork anyone - there is still plenty of opportunity for hard working dreamers, because many people don't get past the first step.

1. ENVISION

What does your dream look like?
What does your life, and the world, look like once that dream is fulfilled?
What need does that vision fill in the world today other than just a better life for you?

Once we have spent time on the 50,000 square foot level of that dream, we can...

2. ENGAGE

There are lots of great dead ideas out there. The ones that change the world - those ideas had more than one person working on the logistics, the planning, the implementation and the follow up. Hence the African proverb to open this post.

3. EMBRACE

If you cannot enjoy the journey - you will never reach your destination.
If most of the path to the promised land is hell, and you can't see the finish line off in the distance, many people drop out of the race.
While balance might be a tough struggle for us all in the building or highlight years of our career, we all fail if we don't make time to play with our kids, raise a glass with our loved ones, take care of our bodies, and embrace nature/ a good book/ God/ whatever grounds you or inspires you.

4. ENTRUST

"Great leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders" - Tom Peters

If you've gotten to the level of leadership and achievement that your life is where you want it to be headed and you've mastered the arts of time management, goal setting and achievement, well then you have one more profound duty on this Earth as a leader... recruit, engage, support, hold accountable, and pay it forward through a new breed of leaders that you find a way to make even better than you.

"The purpose of life is a life of purpose" - Robin Sharma

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