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Flying High

“Look Dad, you’re flying!”
Those wonderful words spoken by my three-year-old son, Christian, while I struggled to regain my balance, inspired the theme of my speaking business: “Who needs legs, when you have wings?”

Flights of fancy, I believe, are as important as real flight. Of course I will never really fly. That is impossible.
Or is it?

It is a beautiful misty morning in the spring of 2003. I am driving alone on Interstate 15 near what we call The Point of the Mountain. There, the Wasatch Mountains intrude into the valley with an enormous steep ridge or “point.” Winds that hit this ridge produce huge updrafts that support swooping, climbing, and diving hang-gliders. On a good day, over a dozen kites move in and out in an eclectic pattern like a free form dance of brightly colored butterflies.

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Twenty Twenty Foresight

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

Leaders are men and women of vision- not just grandiose vision, though that larger vision is important. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins calls it a “Big Hairy Audacious Goal.” They also see what needs to be done right now, today and tomorrow. They let the energy of that vision move them through a problem, even if the solution isn’t readily apparent.

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Belief in Your Vision

Having a vision for the future is like holding your dreams in the palm of your hand.  It will give you purpose and allow for your dreams to come true.  If we can but follow a few short steps, we can make our dreams a reality.

The first step is to write down your goal and place it where you will see it every day.  Reminding yourself of “the bigger picture” will help get you through those detours that life inevitably throws in your path.

The next step is to know exactly what is necessary to reach this goal.  Once you have determined what these are, follow up by putting these written words into action.  Make sure these steps our practical, as well as reasonable.

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The Wind beneath My Wings

It’s always hard to believe in yourself or in what you’re doing when others are telling you that it’s impossible or that it can’t be done. I know what positive and negative comments and reactions can do to someone. I have experienced them both. We all have.

Had I not had the belief and support from my family, especially by beautiful wife, Shondell, I would not be where I am today. Even in the darkest moments of despair, she has always been “the wind beneath my wings.”

Christopher Reeve felt the same way. He refused to accept the fact that doctors and medical scientists looked at spinal-cord injuries as hopeless. At that time, research in this field was considered a dead-end street. They actually referred to it as ‘the graveyard of neurobiology.’

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“The Wind Beneath My Wings”

“Look Dad, you’re flying!”

Those wonderful words spoken by my three-year-old son, Christian, while I struggled to regain my balance, inspired the theme of my speaking business: “Who needs legs, when you have wings?”

Flights of fancy, I believe, are as important as real flight. Of course, I will never really fly. That’s impossible. Or is it?

One beautiful morning in the spring of 2003, I was driving near a wondrous mountain in Utah. When winds hit this ridge, huge updrafts are produced that support swooping, climbing and diving hang-gliders. On a good day, over a dozen kite-like objects move in and out in an electric pattern.

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Shoot for the Moon

With the New Year rapidly approaching, most of us will take some time to reflect on the changes we want to make, and resolve to follow through on those changes. I believe setting goals for the coming year is always a good thing. We all have hopes for a better and happier future and should take the time to see what needs to be done to achieve this.

Goals can help you visualize what you want to accomplish, as well as carry them out. They can also force you to set priorities, which will, in turn, help limit those things that are distracting you, as well as define real life actions and separate them from wishful thinking.

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