Interesting, right? A Thirty One coach told the story about her bull dog sitting in the rain. The bull dog went out in the rain and proceeded to sit at the end of the walkway in a downpour. Alright, some dogs may like the rain but this bull dog, sat looking up at the sky and because of their facial structure, the water dripped down his throat and made him gag. Did he stop looking up at the sky to avoid the rain? NO! Even when tempted with treats, food and his favorite toy – he continued to sit looking at the sky, gagging as a result of the rain running down his throat. When did he stop and come in – when HE was ready. No amount of coaching or incentives could change his mind until HE was ready.
So what does this have to do with anything? Whether you are a mom with young kids at home or are in direct sales with a growing, we can all learn a lesson from the bull dog.
Kids and our teams are like bull dogs. No matter how much we try to inspire them or motivate them, it is something that happens on the inside. As leaders, we need to lead by example. No one person is BORN into leadership. Let me tell you that I was glad to hear that because I never really thought of myself as a leader. There are traits that are common to ALL leaders and if you have at least one or two of these traits – YOU are leadership material. This was an AHA moment for me. Cast those doubts aside and let’s see if you have any of these traits:
- Do you share the vision? Can you share the vision of the company, your upline and your personal vision?
- Do you see the potential in others? Are you always looking for the positives in others? Do you encourage them?
- Are you humble in whatever role you have?
- Do you DREAM BIG knowing that no idea is crazy?
- Do you believe in yourself?
Here is one more way to visualize yourself as a leader – consider the people who have made a positive impact on your life, who have inspired you, who have become a mentor for you. Write them down along with three of their personality traits. What are some of the common traits that they had – kind, strong, independent, positive attitude. So, as I look to grow my team this year wider as well as deeper, I am going to look at my ENTIRE team to see if I am missing any potential leaders.
“Failure is an event not a person and can change at any moment”.
So, TRUST your instincts, TAME your inner bulldog and DISCOVER the leader in you! So, who is ready to GROW into leadership? Remember that the greatest leaders seek the advice of others and don’t have to have all of the answers!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!