Well.. it’s election day here in the good ole’ US of A. I promise I will not get political on you. Your choice is your choice and that’s that. I want to focus on the process. The fact that in our country we are allowed to have the discussion. And that come what may, it was done in a fair and civil way.
Many Americans are not happy with this election cycle, and to be honest, neither am I. I am some what of history buff. I believe that to know where we are going we have to know where we have been. The good news as it relates to this election cycle is that as nasty as it has been, it’s not new in our national debate when it comes to elections in America. Does that make it right? No, but… the outcomes have always been civil. A handshake and some sort of support in the end. In the early elections the man that came in 2nd place was elected as the Vice President. How do you think that would work today with the party system the way it has become? Interesting thought though.
When in comes to our personal vision we need to know who we are, what we are, and where we want to go to make it real. A simple road map of our lives that lead us to seeing our dreams come true. It is what we want our lives to look like when we reach a destination. Notice I did not say THE destination. It’s about that journey and the destinations that we pass along the way that shape us, allow us to grow, impact our vision, and see it (the vision) to reality.
As we have watched the two primary candidates this year heat up in debate and try to convince us to vote one way or the other, what I have noticed is that I don’t clearly know where they want to go. It has become more about attacking one another than articulating their visions. Now I know you can visit their web sites, and tucked away in a speech somewhere there was a plan or outline for the future.. but I am sure you can agree that they have not done a great job of letting us in on their vision.
That is where the 20 questions come in for us. We need to be clear about what our vision is so we can start creating that road map to get there. The questions give us the outline or platform for us to distill our thoughts and focus on where we want to go. I once heard a motivational speaker say “If you can see it.. you can be it”. Knowing what and who you are gives you a better idea of where you want to go. Your vision is the picture of what that looks like.
You do not have to eat the elephant all at once. You may have a lofty vision that may take lots of time to come to fruition. Set intermediate goals to get there. Those are those stops along the way.. the journey.
So here are the next four questions:
9. If I had unlimited time and resources, what would I choose to do?
I would choose to be a professional speaker. I would love to help teach leadership and provide opportunities for personal growth and development. I feel that we are missing real leadership in every aspect of our communities. I don’t know that I have all the answers, but I do have a foundation that can be of help. It would also force me to keep learning and getting better.
10. When I daydream, what do I see myself doing?
Retiring, traveling with my wife, and being a leadership mentor (as stated in answer #9)
Living happily ever after.
11. What are the three or four most important things to me?
Family. Health. Living stress free. Making a difference.
12. When I look at my work life, what activities do I consider of greatest worth?
My greatest worth is my work ethic. I do not get any satisfaction from my employment. Other that the fact that it provides me and my family the means to live well. My daily work is not where I find satisfaction. My work ethic though is what I take great pride in and would consider that my worth to my family, Scouting, and my employer. I think that this is something that is missing in younger generations. I think if I continue to demonstrate those ethics then I model what I expect in others.
No matter who wins in this election the next months will be the difference. It will shape the next four years. No matter who our next President is they will have to lead. They will have to show us their vision. They will have to express that vision in a way that makes us want to follow them. President John F. Kennedy clearly outlined his vision during his inauguration speech. He told America what we were going to be and where we were going to go. He said, in my opinion the most important words of any modern era President. Words that whoever our next President is needs to repeat, ” My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
We all need to take heed to those words and know that leadership in our near future will come down to us being servant leaders. That is what and who we are.
Have a Great Scouting Day!