Races Don’t Have Ties

At the end of the day, a winner is always selected.

Whether it be a presidential candidate, a sport, or even a job opening at the office, there will never be a tie.

When ten or twenty teams play for a championship only one team wins. When dozens of job applicants are interviewed for one job position only one candidate is selected.

Sometimes you win, many times you lose. In fact, most of the time you lose.

Even if you lose, you can still win, if you choose to win.

You can see pain at a catalyst for growth. You can see setback as perspective. You can see obstacles as the raw materials for growth.

When you play to win, you grow, even when you lose.

When you set a goal to lose twenty pounds and you lose only seventeen you still win. When you start a business you may not succeed but you’ll learn, be stretched, and become stronger.

When you run a marathon, you’ll most likely not take first but you’ll still win.

Challenge yourself, think big and bold, and take risks. That’s how you’ll succeed.

How to Inspire and Lift Those Around You

Not all leaders use the same methods.  Some use carrots and incentives, which can work effectively.

Some leaders use a dictatorship style; methods that are in your face and consequence driven.  This can be effective as well but does not cultivate loyalty.

Inspiration is the true motivator.  To inspire is to motivate, strengthen, and share a vision.  Inspiration starts with the “Why” and not with the “What” or the “How”.  (See Start with Why by Simon Sinek)

When you lead with why and follow closely with what and how you get buy-in.  This buy-in has the potential to be deep, profound, and long-lasting.

How can you inspire and lift those around you?  Why do you do what you do?  Inspire those around you with that vision and then take action towards that ideal.