Prepare to Lead

“Are you ready?”  You hear the words being asked and your life changes in that instant.

Your mouth is dry, it feels like dust; Your tummy feels as if the floor just dropped out from beneath you; Your legs are like jello and you are surprised in some distant way that they are still holding you upright.

Everything you have dreamed of, worked for, studied and sacrificed for is being offered in those three little words, “Are you ready?” Right here, right this minute, it is all being held out to you.

Prepare to Lead

Prepare to Lead.

That amazing and horrible moment came to each of us. We have all felt the excitement war with the horror and fear. Each of us had our first time, that first time we led the way. The step we each took to be fully all we had hoped to be. It is both terrifying and exhilarating. Are you prepared to lead?

It may be you wedding day; are you prepared to be honorable, faithful and to love this one other person for the rest of your life, through the hardest times, misunderstandings and sickness?

Prepare to Lead.

It may be you are about to become a parent; are you prepared to the kind and loving, guiding hand and presence to help such a pure and precious new person become all they can be and a bright light to shine in the world today?

Prepare to Lead.

It may be that you are a Sergeant; are ready to lead other men and women with honor and integrity, courage and determination to fulfill the mission at hand that may claim any of their lives in the name of country and duty?

Prepare to Lead.

It may be you have made a decision to quit working at a certain job that although you feel unappreciated and unchallenged, it provides a steady income to you and yours. Are you ready to risk everything to live the life you dream of?

Prepare to Lead.

You may be an Alaskan Guide Trainee; are you ready to be responsible not only for helping to make someone else’s dreams come true, but to be responsible fro their safety and lives as you lead them into the remote Alaskan wilderness?

“To every man there comes in his lifetime that special moment when he is tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared for the work which would be his finest hour.” ~ Winston Churchill

Prepare to Lead.

One of the most valuable characteristics of a leader is to be a life-long student of the world. To have the desire to continually learn more about himself and improve upon whatever he may find. To lead is to continuously learn and grow, to be open to new ideas and directions. A leader must always work on themselves first, to strengthen weaknesses, to explore new avenues of thought and action, to become stronger and smarter. To understand there are many ways to do a thing that may get a job done, but that there are fewer ways to do that thing with honor and heart.

“We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. That’s what it means to lead the way.” ~ Tom DiTomasso

Are you prepared to lead?

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6 Responses to “Prepare to Lead”

  1. Terri Klass says:

    Love your motivational post, Amber-Lee!

    “Prepare to lead” is a brilliant way to think of making that next step that may seem scary or that we are not fully equipped to make. Sometimes talking ourselves through the fears and obstacles can propel us into action. I sometimes look myself in a mirror and state out loud what my concerns are and how I will embrace them.

    Thanks for a great one!

    • Alaska Chick says:

      That is wise, Terri.
      “Look into the mirror and state out loud what my concerns are and how I will embrace them.”
      ~ Maybe that is similar to one of my own oft repeated lessons. You MUST say it (what ever IT may be) to truly learn from it or move past it, even to let it go. Our young Trainees are pushing hard to be given the go. They need to remember that the weight of the world rests on that “go” and it is not something to be taken lightly.
      Thank you for being here! LOL, it reminds me that here too, the words I share is another responsibility for so many reasons. Thank you.
      ~ Amber-Lee

  2. Ann says:

    How do you always do it.. This should be a kick in the butt one..lol..sometimes I KNOW you are reading my mind and I haven’t said a word to you..kind of awesome if you ask me..and yes I’ll explain..but not here..lol…Love you bunches!

    As Always ~*~

    • Alaska Chick says:

      Ann,
      The quote from Winston Churchill really sparked me. Our 2nd year Trainees are yanking at the bit and really, they are ready- technically. There is nothing but sharing our own experiences ~ if they listen closely and open their hearts, that can prepare them for what comes. Push, push, push! We all did it ~ and then stood in shock when it was finally time to call it our own. It’s a flip of the coin- Protect our clients /protect our Trainees, LOL ~ Gosh, who would have thought I’d end up being Momma?!
      xxoo

  3. Heck yeah Amber, you know it!

    And even when I’m not ready, I know I must. For there are others counting on me. One thing I’ve learned along the way is that there will be others that will come alongside me if I’m not all the way prepared and that I can learn on the journey. Those keep me going. What about you?

    • Alaska Chick says:

      Absolutely, Joe.
      We are never truly alone. One of the most important and precious things (IMO) about a Team, is no matter what- no matter what little dramas or disagreements (or even big ones)~ there is always someone there to stand beside you. Ready to help fill in the blanks, ready to listen to you figure it out, bouncing ideas back and forth with… Oh yes.
      And even when we are not “ready” we know, we will do what needs to be done. Because that is exactly what we do. That is exactly who we are. It’s all an adventure Joe- LOL, it’s just a little harder to enjoy the adventure while you are inside it sometimes!
      Thanks for stopping in!
      ~ Amber-Lee

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