Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Leading or Convincing?

[Post by Cliff Harvey]

My good friend Coach Bott of Human Motion Strength & Conditioning  once said something that really stuck with me; 'I'm not here to convince anyone of anything'.
When the British wouldn't repeal the salt tax Gandhi simply began walking. . . He walked all the way to the sea to evaporate sea water  into salt...
We have all been in discussions and tried to convince people that our position or our perspective is the 'right' one, and having all been in this position we can see how in most cases it is futile.

I think most of us have been in the position too of not having a thought of convincing others that our way is the right one, but instead simply doing what we know and believe to be the right thing. And hey presto, people begin following!
When we lead with conviction and a clear sense of purpose people will follow for the simple reason that they are being given a role model that inspires them, and most importantly that they do not feel that they are being sold anything.

We're just out there doing our thing, doing the work and inspiring people along the way.

You can spend your valuable time and energy trying to convince people of your position, or you can act and do something to make a positive change in the world.

You can either try to convince people, or lead them. The choice is up to you.

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