Working hard in leadership is not something someone asks you to do. Once you begin your leadership role, you already know hard work is what you do.

As a leader, you fall in love with what you do and the people you serve. Then you discover people you serve love what they do and you. It is a glorious feeling when these align. There is no stress because everyone is working hard for and with love.

Enthusiastically our passion shines bright with opportunities. Optimistically we know the value of what we do, but most importantly, the value of who we are and who receives our work. Our example to others will not be forgotten as we give the gift of love each day as we lead the way.

Lead with L.O.V.E. In February and every month of the year! Love what you do, Do what you Love! Be the Solution Daily in a world that needs you!

Today in my blog post, I posed the question of who you are. I wanted those who vied the post to share an I am statement. I am a caring learner. I am physically fit. I am spiritual.

I shared in my weekly post that I would begin a “Stamping to Connect” project with my grandchildren. I have gathered all of my materials, and I am ready to start. So, I will share with you a few of the items I have collected and my approach to connecting.


Understanding Self

Along our life journey, I believe we are continually growing and developing who we are as individuals. Can you reflect on your childhood days, and if someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what would you say? I believe it is becoming harder and harder for children to cut through all of the noise adults have created to determine The who, what, how, when and why of growing up in this age of “unknowns” or “continuous changes.” I cannot keep up with all of the changes which are happening.

Brains begin developing at conception, and it takes all of us to support positive brain development. Have you asked your children what they want to be when they grow up? I ask my grandchildren, but I will ask again to see if there have been any changes. Our middle grandchild wants to go professional with his athletic talents in two sports areas. He has high expectations. Our oldest grandchild, as a young child, was always interested in rocks and wanted to be part of researching rocks. Now, I believe she is interested in serving others, maybe as a teacher. Our youngest is interested in driving a big dump truck. He loves building and making things. It will be engaging to see what they have to say about who they want to become.


Ask yourself, your team members, your family, or the classroom who they want to become. Begin with a discussion about people they admire, qualities these individuals have, and the careers or positions they have. When we discover the answers to these questions, we can reflect on what we are doing to help us achieve the goal of being who we want to be and add a goal at a time to work towards becoming.

Questions to ask


If you are interested in learning more about yourself, a free personality test is something you can also do. I did this one, and it is interesting to do. I found it to be vital and supportive of myself.

“This girl is on fire
This girl is on fire
She's walking on fire
This girl is on fire”

“Looks like a girl but she's a flame
So bright, she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you'll never forget her name
She's on top of the world”-Alicia Keys - Girl on Fire

Do you ever take your temperature? Not your body temperature, but the temperature of your attitude and drive. What would you describe your temperature as you go about your day? Are you a girl on fire or lukewarm? Alicia Keys' song Girl on Fire was the first song that came to my mind when thinking about ways to describe the temperature of our attitudes, drives, and approaches to work, life, and overall experiences. You can change the wording to accommodate your gender, but the meaning is still behind our temperature to approach life.

There are many songs you can connect to weather and temperatures to help teach lessons or discuss feelings, motivation, and attitudes. “You're as cold as ice. You're willing to sacrifice our love. You never take advice. Someday you'll pay the price.” Lyrics from Foreigner, Cold as Ice.

I love using music to demonstrate meanings about issues we need to discuss. Music is a great platform to utilize as a way to connect all of us. Every generation has utilized music to share feelings about social issues, political views, traumatic events and celebrations.

I started with fire, and I would like to end with it. My favorite song is “Pass It On.” The lyrics to this church hymnal are: It only takes a spark To get a fire going, And soon all those around Can warm up in the glowing That’s how it is with God’s love. A newer version of a Christian song includes a portion of the lyrics I will leave you with to enjoy. I think it is essential to take your temperature and those around you. Let’s get a spark started to finish strong, begin strong , and never lose sight of the effects on what we do daily. Why not start a fire in the hearts of everyone? #Bethesolutiondaily in a world that needs you!

So happy for this book launch today!

Thursday is a day for thinking and thoughts. I am thinking lots of P words today! This week has focused on Potential. In the past posts, I have mentioned Purpose and Passion. I often talk about your spiritual side and the power of prayer. Maybe we should ponder on these P words today to see if we can bring them together to project, protect and propel to our future with success!

Potential

We have discovered a great deal about Potential. In each one of us, we have skills, abilities, desires, and dreams. It is when the key is found to unlock the doors to open us up to the “shoulds” to “coulds” and believing in ourselves. Different people hold the keys during the journey of our life.

Building trust relationships allow the keys to unlock the full potential inside each one. We cannot grow, learn and develop when we close our minds. No key can open a door with multiple locks. The importance of building positive relationships is essentional. As I continue to talk with you about Two Rules, the significance of this as a foundational piece is critical. No one can grow in a place where they do not feel good or safe, where people choose to be part of the problem and not the solution.

Purpose

Your purpose fuels the drive to find your potential. If someone asked you to describe the meaning of purpose, what would you say? It is a great question, and I hope you ask others within your team. You need to think about the question and come up with some thoughts and then read on. The thoughts I share are my thoughts.

Purpose to me is Why. It is the why in everything I do. When I break it down to a simple phrase, I always come up with the same answer. “Bringing value, joy, love, and service to others.” My phrase: Be the solution daily. It is how I approach each day in everything I do. Is it perfect each day? Absolutely not; I am human, so I make lots of mistakes. It is the efforts that count.

Passion

When you hear the word passion, what do you think of first? If you are like me, you think of feelings of love. I describe passion: “Passion is the emotion behind our Purpose. We begin with the love of what we are doing, working on, or the excitement of being part of it. Then it becomes our purpose with a more focused agenda. When purpose begins, so does the plan to achieve. Passion is the dream to believe, and Purpose is the plan to achieve!”

I hope you have enjoyed the past and present posts on Potential, Purpose, and Passion. People are brought into our lives to help us plan, prepare and ponder on our thoughts. Pieces of our plans can project significant meaning to others, and some, may not find meaning. When our message is not precise, clear, and targeted to our audience, confusion sets in, and the plan fails.

Portray each day who you are authentically and believe in yourself. The approach of your passion and purpose will take you very far. Your potential is not measured by what you achieve, the titles you hold, or the money you earn. Others measure potential in how you supported, guided, and helped create a better tomorrow than today. I can remember the day I received the phone call from MaryAnn Moore asking me if I would consider coming to join her team. I would work as her teaching assistant. I did! I stayed with her, learning and growing. I became a teacher with her and then left to be a classroom teacher. My growth continued, but it started with a phone call from her and the belief I could make a difference.

What is stopping you from your Potential, Purpose, and Passion? Take the step today or pick up the phone to jump-start it for someone! #Bethesolutiondaily

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