Wednesday Words

To Go Where Your VisionPoints, a few inspiration points for you and your business.

Part of leadership (a big part of it, actually) is the ability to stick with the dream for a long time. Long enough that the critics realize that you’re going to get there one way or another… so they follow.
—Seth Godin, in Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

I have a dream here at the Maximum Customer Experience Blog. I’ve been plugging away at it for a year and a half publicly, and behind the scenes for six months or more before that. I do dream of leading—and of learning—here. I also have a dream for leading my company, VisionPoints, and I have dreams for my family and my personal life.

Some times my dreams are one step forward and two steps back. At those times, it’s “never coast, never count my chickens before they’re hatched, never say never,” I remind myself.

You’ve got dreams in every aspect of your life, too. Grow your business, lose a pound, earn respect, lead a tribe.

Well, I have a confession to make: Sometimes I count my chickens. Sometimes they don’t hatch! My critics sometimes get to me. Sometimes I get worried, sometimes I get down on myself.

(Okay, maybe I coast sometimes, too. Could we not talk about that?)

Seth hit upon something I’ve been cultivating my whole life, and I hope you will, too. The ability to stick with it. Coast if you must, gain a little strength, resolve never to count a chicken again, or not to get too bummed out if you do; give yourself a mental pep talk, or read work by someone who’s always got a ready laugh, relaxed wisdom, or a quiet inspiration.

Stick with it, for a long time, and be the leader you dream of being. Setbacks be damned.


Grow and be well,

Kelly Erickson