I gain strength and encouragement from top leaders in the LIFE business. They lead by example in many areas I need to grow in. Here is a recent article from Bill Lewis’ leadership blog on overcoming the things holding us back.
“I’m sure everyone has heard the story of David and Goliath. I Samuel 17 tells the story of a small shepherd boy who defied a giant and TOOK HIM DOWN. The Philistine army and the Israelites were facing each other ready for battle. They were positioned in a valley and had their backs to the steep slopes behind them. The Philistine army had the advantage because they had a big whopper of a guy named Goliath who was over 9 feet tall. The giant would come out everyday and taunt the Israeli army to come and fight. This went on for 40 days. Neither side would attack because it would put them at a disadvantage based on where the armies were positioned. One day David comes to the battle field to check on his brothers. He sees what this giant is doing and is outraged. David decides to go out and kill the giant with a slingshot and a bag of rocks. David was not qualified to fight anyone, let alone a giant. He was a teenager and not trained as a soldier but he had the most powerful weapon on his side, FAITH. He took his stones and slingshot, ran to the battle field and slew the giant Goliath.
The point I want to make is this. Are you attacking the goliath’s in your life or are you cowering on the sidelines. I am experienced on both sides. It is not easy to face the goliath’s that we have in our lives but it is necessary for growth. In leadership and life you are getting ripe or you are going rotten. The second you stop facing goliath’s and growing from the experience you are beginning to rot. It is even more of a tragedy if you have a mentor that can help you defeat goliath but you still choose to run circles. My mentors Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady have helped me immensely with conquering and with calling me out when I am running circles. Do you give your mentor that freedom?
Lets look at a couple of key teaching points about this process. The first one is, David killed the giant with a stone. Not a bazooka, M-1 tank, or a cannon. A simple little stone that was lying on the ground. I have found that conquering personnel goliath’s is very similar. It may seem like you need a bunch a fancy things and be trained in special ops techniques but it doesn’t. It is a bunch of small process and thought changes that lead to the big victory over your goliath. So don’t be afraid that you have to make some radical changes that you wont be able to maintain or implement.
The second point is did you notice that the story said David immediately questioned what was going on and then he ran into battle. Does this sound like someone who was worried about what others thought about him. NO, I am assuming that it didn’t even cross his mind. One of the biggest factors in people not attacking their goliath’s is, they don’t want to look bad. Well let me help you clear something up. If you are using a mentor by definition they are going to be helping you identify weak ares and come up with a plan to fix them. They are not there to judge you they are there to help you see the areas you can’t see. They are also going to give you a different way of thinking about your situation.
The last one is simply that David had total faith that he would destroy Goliath. When you start the mentoring process you need to have total faith that you will overcome your goliaths. Once you conquer one goliath you start to feel like you can take down any of them. This process is not fun or easy but it is necessary. I wish you the best of luck in attacking your goliaths and becoming one of the rare people in this world. The person who won’t run from Goliath but will face it head on.”