When I decided to devote the month of March to Leadership, I wasn’t really sure what path we’d journey down together and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. I just spent a week at the essential oils Leadership Retreat. If you aren’t familiar, it is an every year event. The company I work for invites the top 2% to join and learn more about becoming a leader. Then afterwards there is an additional two day training put on by one of the top leaders for those who want more. I went to both because I always want more; my theory is when you stop learning, you start dying and nobody wants that. It was an important reminder about what a leader really is… a leader inspires people to more. It isn’t like a boss or management. After all, who really likes having a boss? Who likes to be managed? No one. Not the people you supervise, if you have a traditional job, not the people on your team if you have one and certainly not your kids.
It is our role to model behavior and have them see it and want that, or want to be that or start to see what they can be. If you take a step back and look at that it is a little bit scary. That is a large mantle to carry and a big responsibility. I’m not sure I ever envisioned doing that or wanting that but here I am looking at shoes that seem impossibly large to fill. This week I learned that I don’t have to look at those shoes as big shoes to fill or the burden of a large mantle to bear. I just have to be me. I have to draw on my strengths and make the most of them. I have to work at being the best I can be and continue to grow and learn and evolve. To continue to work at helping people to see the gifts they have that they can’t see themselves. To help them step outside their comfort zone and reach for more and to find peace and happiness.
I learned something that really surprised me in one of the classes. They started by asking questions about what you want which leads to more questions and more questions until everything is stripped bare and you are left with just a word. My word was joy. I want joy. I want everyone to experience and bathe in joy. I want them to feel successful and happy with themselves and joyful. That little tiny moment when you are at peace and you are happy and you just feel good… joy.
I’ve decided that I’m making it a priority to find joy at least once a day. Because I tend to slip into workaholic mode I’m putting a reminder on my phone that at five o’clock I’m going to add some Joyful Blend to my diffuser and take a few moments to just allow it to envelop me and I’m going to savor what I find my joy in. I hope you’ll join me.