Choose Your Own Leadership Adventure

More times a day than we probably are aware of, we’re receiving messages about how to be a better version of ourselves; do these 5 things to be a better partner, don’t do these 7 things in an interview, adding these 3 foods to your diet will change your life, etc. These prescriptions are limited, they ask you to fit into a specific box that might not have anything to do with what you think is important in life, what your heart knows (or is learning) has meaning and purpose for you.  So, instead of taking 5 steps toward a pre-set ideal, I’m challenging you to pick one step that sets you on a path you can claim for yourself.

Here is a link to a quick blog post from Seth Godin, entitled “If not now, when?”  They are copied and pasted below as well.  Select one action, decide what it means to you.  Practice it or focus your attention on it at least once a day this week, twice a day next week, and increase your engagement with it from there.  If you’re comfortable, share the action you’ve chosen with others.  Ask for support or ideas if you need them.  See what happens.

You can make real changes to your life by making small adjustments to your behaviors, thoughts, and focus, and repeating them often over time.  What new muscle do you want to grow?


If not now, when?

Care a little more.

Show up.

Embrace possibility.

Tell the truth.

Dive deeper.

Seek the truth behind the story.

Ask the difficult question.

Lend a hand.

Dance with fear.

Play the long game.

Say ‘no’ to hate.

Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there aren’t any left.

Risk a bigger dream.

Take care of the little guy.

Offer a personal insight.

Build something magical.

Keep your promises.

Do work that matters.

Expect more.

Sign your work.

Be generous for no reason.

Give the benefit of the doubt.

Develop empathy.

Make your mom proud.

Take responsibility.

Give credit.

Play by a better set of rules.

Choose your customers.

Choose your reputation.

Choose your future.

Thank the ref.

Reward patience.



Because we can.

It really is up to us. Which is great, because we’re capable of changing everything if we choose.

All we can do is all we can do, but maybe, all we can do is enough.

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