Posted by admin on September 26, 2018 in Leadership
Have you ever had one of those seasons in life when there seemed to be more questions than answers? Where the distance between the restlessness and the resolution appeared endless?
Those are tough seasons. Everyone goes through them. It's part of life and especially a part of leadership. Seth Godin wrote about this season in his book, "The Dip." The dip, or valley, is a clarifying experience that either reveals our resolve to see it through or determines it's not worth continuing to move forward.
TOUGH SEASONS OFTEN PRODUCE LIFE-GIVING PEOPLE
It’s precisely in those times—the dips—when certain people have shown up for me. These people know the questions to ask, the wisdom to share, and are patient with me as I wander through my thoughts.
Those people—and those conversations—are life-giving. It's often exactly what I need in the moment, and I am so grateful I have people like that in my life. They give me the strength to bring new thinking and new actions to a persistent problem.
I know how meaningful those encounters have been for me, which is why I place such a high emphasis on doing that for others whenever I can. In a way, I'm merely paying it forward.
SO, HOW DO YOU SPEAK LIFE INTO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU?
Talk to them. It's incredible how so many people can go throughout a day surrounded by people and never have one meaningful conversation with anyone.
Listen to them. This is key. You’ll never understand someone until you know their story. And you’ll never know their story until you listen.
Invest your ideas, experience, and wisdom in them. The most valuable thing in life is not money; it’s wisdom. Wisdom only comes from experience. Your scars can become the healing agent in someone else’s life.
The human connection and relationships are powerful things. When people are treated as humans and not resources, the best of humanity shines through. You’ll know you’ve struck gold when you see a frustrated person laugh, a sad person smile, and a lost person find their way.
There is no single greater experience in life than to speak life into someone else. It is life-giving to everyone involved.