Joan showed a video of her in the beautiful Las Vegas Red Rock desert. There was bright colored flora and wonderful wild life. When she and Dave came out in 1999 from Michigan, she was sold on the beauty of the desert when the realtor took them over to the West side of Las Vegas near Red Rock Canyon. She was amazed, and twelve years later, she is continually mesmerized by the beauty and significance of the desert.
Throughout the year, the desert changes. She sees the views with clouds, snow, sun, wind, and it is all beautiful. The mountians are continually shaped by weather conditions such as flash floods, wild fire and wind.
We are like the Red Rock mountains. We are shaped by experiences, people and events, both good and bad. But there is a difference between us and the mountains: we have a choice. We can mold ourselves to be what we want to be.
So what gets in our way of mastering exceptional leadership and being bold?
- people (even our own family!)
- our fears.
Even when things in the desert look stark, there is life in the desert. Vegetation grows! And even when we feel empty, we still retain that seed inside of us. We need to believe. We need the foundation of five strong pillars working well in our lives.
Mastering exceptional leadership is a lifelong process. Living boldly has no bias, it crosses over all generations! It has no age limit or expiration limit!
And, it takes time.
So we make some changes and we are doing well. Then we experience a slip. And we beat ourselves up over it.
Joan urged us to recognize that it takes a while. Behaviors don’t change overnight. Recommit. And in time, you will crave the new behavior as you start to feel good. The hunger to be on track will drive you back to recommitting. You will build momentum.
Keep practicing! You will get the hang of it.
Joan showed a wonderful video of a little boy encouraging other kids to learn how to ride a bike. When the lights came back up, she thanked us for joining her at the conference, and told us we could master exceptional leadership one day at a time, and we would find our significance by being bold enough to live our lives authentically.
Many lives were touched through this conference. Many careers were deepened and renewed. Friendships were made. Leaders were born. Dreams ignited. Resolve was strengthened. Leadership and boldness kindled from tiny sparks into bright burning flames of light.
After a standing ovation and long applause, with her words still ringing in our ears and our dreams burning in our hearts, we stepped out into the bright sun of that same desert Joan had described. With a fresh vision for excellence now focused plainly in sight, each of us departed for home, our lives and career purposed, strengthened and defined.