The Moment You Doubt Whether You Can Fly …

by Michael Reuter

 J.M. Barrie in his 1904 book, Peter Pan, writes: “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” The relationship of Barrie’s words to leadership is found many years later in Stephen Covey’s definition of leadership: “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” It is this beautiful and profound belief that great leaders have of themselves – that joyous understanding of who they are in all our extraordinary gifts and human imperfections and what they can achieve. The belief gives boldness, daring and they eyes to see the world differently, a world than can be. Bob Moawad wrote: “The best day of your life is the oneon which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on , or blame.  The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you along are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”

 

Remember always: “A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.” May you soar high and always believe in yourself.
Embrace the words of Ayn Rand: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Fly with majestic and powerful wings. The world is yours. We are what we believe. On your journey, it may be necessary to take counsel from the words of Ann Bradford: “Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.” Please take care – “You have everything you need, if you just believe.”

 

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

 

Mike

Orginial post published on our dear friend, Mike Reuter‘s leadership blog (Three Minute Leadership).  

Professor Michael M. Reuter is the director of the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development, the Honors Program at the Stillman School of BusinessSeton Hall University. His passion for leadership and understanding of its operational application is reflected in his work with senior executives in co-authoring papers that document their career learnings and experiences.

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