Leaders Share about Dreams and Callings-A Frontline Festival

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our November Festival is all about Dreams and Callings.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Finding Our Dreams and Callings

“There are those who look at things the way they are and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and ask, ‘Why not?'” – Robert Kennedy

The call to lead sometimes whispers very softly or it can trick you when it’s really a desire for more money, power or position. Mary Jo Asmus  of Aspire Collaborative Services advises us to listen carefully.  Follow Mary Jo.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Managment Improvement has discovered the lasting impact of a particular person in his life, and carries on that dream and calling in his own. Follow John. 

Tom Eakin of BoomLife encourages us to make our big idea an experiment and start doing what it takes to rise above the confounding things that distract you from doing what it takes to live your dream. Follow Tom.

Examining Our Dreams and Callings

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

What if I told you that most people don’t even know what their true dreams are? You may have goals and aspirations, but do you know the things deep down inside that drive you? That’s what Matt McWilliams of Mattmcwilliams.com asks us. Follow Matt.

What makes you come alive? Leadership Coach Julie Pierce of Empowered by Pierce helps you take notice and find your leadership passion.   Follow Julie.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center  shares that if you’re not clear about what you really want, you are likely to set goals that will not be truly satisfying once accomplished. If you look below the surface of your dreams, you might find that what you thought you wanted is not exactly what you truly desire. Follow Jesse Lynn.

Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership challenges us that if you want to do even greater things with the rest of your life, there is one critical step you must take. You must CHOOSE. Follow Susan.

Jeff Harmon of Brilliance Within Coaching shares that the most important leadership practice to connect with your calling and the deepest part of yourself is solitude.  This is not only the place where you will meet your calling, but also a source of contentment.  Follow Jeff.

What is your life quest? What will you create and curate? How will you manage conflict? Key questions to answer for your life quest, according to Jon Mertz of Thin Difference. Follow Jon.

As we head into the New Year, use these questions to plan how you will transform your leadership, your workplace and your world. Thanks, Linda Fish Thornton of Leading in Context. Follow Linda.

Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents “It’s never too late” where she shares that when we give ourselves time to reflect on what we’ve always dreamed of, or what would make us our “best selves,” we allow ourselves to become who we want to be. Follow Lisa.

In this post, Mike Henry of the Lead Change Group opens up to his readers about how his personal calling has shifted in the past few years and reminds us that, “…our highest calling inflates or inspires us to rise to new heights and achieve great things.” Follow Mike.

Overcoming Challenges to Dreams and Callings

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

Jeff Miller of the Faithful Pacesetters shares that somewhere along the line we stop dreaming so much…and we start turning into planners.   There’s great importance in planning, but constant planning takes us away from unconstrained dreaming. Follow Jeff.

When life gets tough, it’s hard to look truth in the eye according to LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center. We’ve all paid a heavy price to get where we are today, and we need mental toughness to keep this important promise to ourselves—that if we keep looking for positive alternatives in our life, we will find them.  Follow LaRae.

Life makes demands of us when we want to achieve something in life.  Here David Brown of Avis and Brown shares his learning from experiences on his journey towards his calling. Follow David.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame says there is one thing standing between this moment and what you most want to create...hard work. Follow Alli.

Sharing Our Dreams and Callings

“A dream you dream alone is a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – Yoko Ono

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership reminds us that you can’t just persuade people to change. You have to share the dream. Follow Wally.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership takes a look at how our dreams serve as both the inspiration and drive necessary to fuel our organization’s growth and long-term prosperity. Follow Tanveer.

Michelle Pallas of Michelle Pallas, Inc. remind us that as leaders, it’s up to us to inspire others to hope; otherwise they never create the dreams that propel them forward. Follow Michelle.

Call for Submissions. January’s Frontline Festival is about Confidence. Please send your submissions no later than January 9th. New participants welcome.  Click here to join in!

Dreams & CallingsI’m so grateful for to Larry Coppenrath for creating this beautiful visual map of the the thinking in this month’s Festival.




The Importance of Applauding Yourself

Confident, humble leaders take a moment to privately applaud themselves. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a mini-timeout to tell yourself “Wow! Great job,” particularly for the incremental baby steps that change the game. Privately applauding yourself is vital if others aren’t looking at or caring about your greater mission.

One of the great joys of my new journey is that I get to meet so many kindred spirits from all over the world. I’m honing my “confident-humility” radar-detection system. I’m pleased to introduce Roberto Martinez from Bogota, Columbia to you through his guest post and short video interview.

I met Roberto after a speech I gave at the National Speaker Association’s Business Accelerator Lab.  He’s a doctor, a musician, a teacher, a speaker, a husband and father doing important work. You have to pull all of that out of him, though, because mostly he’s a humble man working to inspire good where it needs to happen most.

I was inspired by his thinking on taking time to “applaud yourself.” (Watch the video to hear more.)

See my interview with Roberto here. 

Roberto Martinez’s Thinking on Applauding Yourself

Some time ago a friend of mine asked me how to stay true to your journey toward fulfilling your dreams.  After all, it’s hard. There are competing pressures. Here’s my best thinking for the LGL community.

  1. Link to Passion:  Be sure that what you’re doing is connected to your passion and to your greatest purpose in life. It is not about “the what”… it is about the “why” and “the what for.”
  2. Don’t Think Small: The key is to verify that you are not doing what you want for a small reason. As I told my friend, make sure you are walking up that road not only to pay the rent, or to be able to go to the movies after you paid the bills of the month, but to create something really great. Something that counts for many and helps many people around you,while you are in the process. Your true passion is that thing that will get you out of your bed every morning full of energy and with a big smile in your face!
  3. Bring Optimism:  You have to mix that passion and intention with optimism, so you can ignite persistence. Remember that real optimism is not about being always happy, or never finding a bump in the road. It is about having confidence that sooner or later you will reach all your goals, even if you don’t necessarily know at present how you will accomplish them. If you persist in the intention and do the homework, you will find the way and you will meet the right people to overcome the barriers.
  4. Applaud Yourself: Celebrate the small victories that you have along the way. Usually people throw big parties, receptions and celebrations when they accomplish great steps, but you know what? You do not have to celebrate these great victories! Other people will celebrate them for you.  The ones that you have to celebrate are precisely the small ones. Those that nobody know about but you. Those victories that in the bottom of your heart you truly know they were very hard to gain, but you did it. Those victories will give you the confidence and the strength to continue when everything seems uphill.
  5. Be Aware of Your Legacy:  Make sure you are going accompanied in the road. Whose life is easier down the road as a result of your efforts? This is certainly one of the steps that creates the greatest commitment to your vision because is no longer just about you– it is about them.
  6. Enjoy the Journey: At the end of the day, it is not so much about the goal itself… it is about the type of person that you will become as you pursue the goal.

The synergy of these six steps will inspire you, and others, to support your vision.

I would love to hear your insights and thoughts. Feel free to reach out. Roberto@rmleadinglife.com

Visit Roberto’s site rmleadinglife.com or find him on Facebook, or Twitter @rm_leadinglife