Having worked in the field of peak performance and leadership with coaches, athletes and corporate executives, I find myself talking about the topic of leadership on a frequent basis.
Today, I want to share 4 of my favorite thoughts on leadership from a man who motivates me to be my best and to serve others on a daily basis, the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr…
#1) “If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl – but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
We are two weeks into 2017… Are you still moving forward towards your goals or have you been sidetracked by life? Are you growing and moving into the best version of you that you have ever been or are you on the treadmill of life, just going through the motions?
#2) “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”
Whatever you do, do it to the best that you can do it. Excellence is giving your best and going all out. Wherever you are, be there and be great at being there. The best and fastest way to move up is to be the best where you are.
#3) “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Nobody can control the future. All you can do is learn from the past, prepare for the present and take the next step in the direction of your dreams.
#4) Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
Are you a person who is built for others? Do you walk into a room and say “here I am” or “there you are”? Today, focus on what you can do for others. You don’t have to be great to serve, but you do have to serve to be great.
Today, serve with a clear mind and an open heart. Give away all of your gifts so that you are receiving them from others.