Here’s part three of chapter three of my book, A Day of Hope.
YOU’RE A NATURAL
Have you ever heard someone say, “Man, he’s a natural” or, “That kids got pure natural talent”?
Barry Bonds is a former player for the San Francisco Giants baseball team and is current record holder for the most home runs in a single season. It’s been said he had so much natural talent that he could wake up on New Year’s Day after partying all night and still go out to the ball park and hit home runs!
I remember watching his first game back after an injury which had kept him out of the season for almost four months. His first two at bats he almost knocked the balls out of the park even though he had very little practice and no real game experience in four months. Anyone who can swing a wooden bat and hit a small three inch wide ball being thrown at 100 miles per hour has some serious talent.
Barry Bonds was fortunate because he found an area of life where he was good, where his natural, innate abilities were able to shine and show through with very little effort on his end. This is exactly what I mean when I talk about discovering and deploying your strengths. As a leader you have to do the same. You need to find out what activities and tasks come naturally to you. Then you have to dedicate the time and effort to develop yourself in these areas.
My question for you is, what comes naturally to you? What comes with very little effort? What were you good at it right from the start? Earlier I reminded you that your areas of strength might be areas where people often compliment you or they say they admire a specific character quality you have. Those might be your clue for finding and discovering what you do well.
I was fortunate enough to have someone in my life who helped me to realize my strength was in leadership. I remember talking to my mom one night while walking home from work. We were talking about A Day of Hope, and I was giving her an update on all the great progress we were doing. Her reply to my update about our project are words I’ll never forget. She said, “Maybe you’ve found something you’re good at.” It was at that moment I began to realize I had an ability to lead people.
There are many strengths that will help you be to be a successful leader of A Day of Hope:
- Caring Heart
- Building a Team
- Managing People
All of these qualities have the potential to be part of the leader for A Day of Hope. However, this certainly isn’t a complete list of what you must have. You can have different strengths and still lead a successful effort.