Would you like to be the type of leader that not only other people follow, but are initially attracted to? If so, in this post, you’ll discover how just one little 5 letter word can be used to provide the inspiration to become, as the US Army slogan says, “all you can be.” Or at least a better leader than you are today.
WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
John Maxwell writes extensively on leadership, and what he feels are its attributes and principles. Some time ago, I read an article by him in which he referred to that little 5 letter word, and it has stuck with me.
If I say the word, “ordinary” – what kind of picture does that produce in your mind?
Something that’s OK, or not bad, maybe, but certainly, not very exciting, right?
But what if I say the word, “extraordinary”. Notice how that changes the picture for you. That is something you could get excited about, and so could others, especially in terms of leadership. And the difference is all contained in those 5 little letters.
When it comes to leadership, you can move from ordinary to extraordinary by concentrating on the five “extra” letters, and by choosing to do the “extra” things other people choose not to do. But as John Maxwell tells us, they don’t have to be big things in order to make that difference.
Choosing to do the extra things has the power to transform common, usual, boring, normal, and average,
uncommon, special, amazing, incredible, and above average.
According to John, the difference separating the two is more often exaggerated in our minds, than it is in action or performance. Sometimes what we think of as a miniscule separation in execution can actually be monumental in term of results. John uses the example of the elapsed time of an Olympic champion over his nearest competitor to show the difference between wearing the Gold Medal and not. Can the slightest of margins change your ordinary life to become extraordinary?
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
What are some of the little “extras” that can help you make that change? How about:
* extra effort – doing more than what’s required. What are you willing to pay for success?
* extra time – investing your most valuable resource to improve yourself. What are you willing to give up for success?
* help – seeking the wisdom and counsel of those who have gone before . What are you willing to learn for success?
One might say, it’s really all about going the “extra mile”, when others don’t or won’t.
This is a video Rory made for the song “The Extra Mile”. Set to the inspirational story of the father/son team Dick and Rick Hoyt…this is a powerful message to all of us. Joey adn Rory’s friends Paul Sikes & Bonnie Baker wrote the song and the sing…
YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON YOU
Putting out a little more effort, investing a little more time, and seeking help when it calls for it, can move you faster on the road to success. I once heard it said that the distance between ordinary and extraordinary is measured in a tea cup, not a wine barrel. Following John’s advice can help you become the type of leader you need to be – one that others will respect and follow.
For more wisdom from John, read his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
To your success!