We all know the story of David and Goliath, a true account of a young man who solved a huge problem for the people of his community and went on to be the king of Israel. Problem solving is one of the greatest attributes of a leader in any sphere of endeavour. In business, we have an opportunity to stand out from everyone else by “solving problems” whilst our competitors are selling their goods and services.
The Israelite nation was being tormented and downtrodden by the Philistines who had sent out their champion, a giant named Goliath, to challenge them to fight. The King and his “warriors” were hiding behind the safety of rocks, in fear, not knowing what to do. Along comes David, a young man with a passion for his people, who stood strong in the face of adversity. He understood the effect the problem was having on the people and cared enough to do something about it. We all know what happened next, he took his slingshot and put a smooth stone right between the eyes of the raging giant…..sending him crashing to the ground, dead. Problem solved!
David was heralded a hero and went on to become king, all because he understood the problem of his people and went into bat for them to solve it.
I am not suggesting we all need to become king of our people…I am however suggesting that the best way to serve others in our lives is to focus on what they need and we will be set apart as someone who can be called upon to lead. This is a great place to be in business, your workplace, your church, family or any other place in your community.
Have an outstanding week, solving problems for those around you. You deserve it!
We may not always get what we want in life but we tend to get what we expect!
In building strong relationships with people as a leader, I have found that I must set the pace in the arena of belief. My belief in others has a countering effect on the lack of belief they have in themselves. This has been true many times in my own life when a mentor has shown me their belief and have raised the bar by expecting me to succeed. After a short period of time, when this belief has given me all I need to take positive action and see results, my belief in myself rose to a healthy level, high enough for me to self motivate and bring my best game to the table every time.
Every one of us is driven by a need for certainty and significance. Everybody wants to be a somebody. Author George M. Adams said “There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I do not care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause”. Everyone wants their life to matter, even if they don’t always show it. As leaders, we have the power to give people the significance they yearn for by simply showing them how valuable they are. “You can do it, I believe in you” is sometimes all it takes to see them grow.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. We have all heard this cliche but what does it really mean? Too often we want to help people with what we know instead of caring for them because of who we are. Everybody needs someone who shows genuine interest in them and gives sincere praise and encouragement. Someone today will rise up and become all they can be, just because you showed them you believe in them and that you care about their success.
When you believe in your people…seeing everyone as a 10…every day is a great day. Why? Because every morning brings a new day in which someone’s life can change. What a wonderful gift!
Have a truly rewarding day, bringing out the best in others, I believe in you!