Casting a great vision is required of any leader worth his salt. He has to be able to look forward and KNOW where the organization he is leading will go.
And that’s what we’re told. Great leaders look forward.
Unfortunately, this statement is often followed by bad wisdom. After someone tells us how every great leader looks to the future, we are told great leaders never look back.
I can agree with the first part of the statement. Leaders who get things done know they have to have an eye on the future. I take issue with the next part, that leaders can’t look to the past.
I know great leaders must look to the past. For there are many lessons to be learned there.
Why Great Leaders Look Back
George Santayana, a poet and philosopher, said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Read more...
There are many things in life I wish I could do over. But I can’t.
The past is the past and there’s no changing it.
People will go so far as to say that we shouldn’t reflect on the past. It’s done and over with.
No use crying over spilled milk. Or so the saying goes.
The Wrong Attitude
From my experience, this is the wrong attitude to carry in life. Moving on from the past and never analyzing the past is a disaster waiting to happen.
There’s another saying:
Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
My belief is this quote on the past is a better mantra to carry on in life.
Get rid of the wrong attitude on the past. Take a new view on the past. Read more...
Throughout our lives, we have multiple identities. We may be fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, leaders, businessmen, athletes, and the list goes on.
We have title after title. We have position after position. We have responsibility after responsibility.
The crazy thing is, we can get lost and easily forget who we are.
That’s one of the reasons why I loved watched the beginning of CBS’s CSI: Miami. The theme song for the show was The Who’s Who Are You song.
Who Are You is a catchy song that, at the beginning, simply asks Who are you? Who, who, who, who?
The question is pointed and it’s loaded.
Do you know who you are? Do I know who you are? Who are you?
There’s a good reason this resonates with me. It should resonate with you. Read more...
Everyone has a past. We all know this.
Some pasts are filled with darkness: Sexual abuse. Emotional abuse. Accidents. Fear
Some pasts are filled with light: Great families. A happy childhood. Adventures lived again and again.
And most are filled with a mixture of the light and darkness.
Regardless of how much light or darkness we have in our pasts, we can’t allow our pasts to define us.
Our pasts tend to leave a mark on us. Our opinions are typically formed on the basis of what we’ve experienced.
We see our worth through lenses tinted by our past.
“Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.”
― Mister Fred Rogers
Your Past Doesn’t Define You
We see so many people dogged by their past. They live in their failures or success. Read more...
My wife and I have recently found a show we really enjoy. It’s called Arrow on the CW.
Arrow follows the story of Oliver Queen after he is rescued from a remote island.
Oliver pretends to return to his previous life as a rich playboy. Except that’s not who he is now.
The island had changed him. It left him with scars. Both physical and mental. And it’s changed his mindset.
His story got me thinking about the issues we face in our daily lives. How we’re often left with mental scars that redirect our lives.
How We Get Mental Scars
We are left with mental scars by many of the situations we face daily.
An abusive boss. An argument we had with our spouse. Words said by an abusive father.
The wounds cut deep and leave us altered. Guarded and scared. Read more...