Every day I tell myself to live my principles – model the way, embrace pain and suffering, and embody truth in love. I fail to live these perfectly every, single day. Instead of changing my beliefs, I’m focused on changing my behaviors. My focus is on progress not perfection. Progress. Good.
When starting BTL back in 2002, my aim was to transform every client and every one of their teammates into One, both individually and collectively. I have failed in this endeavor too. Here, however, I’ve changed my belief. I no longer aim at transforming every client much less everyone on their team. Studying history, both mine and human history as a whole has changed my belief. I no longer believe transformation takes a team. Transformation doesn’t even take a few. Transformation is possible with just one – one warrior, that is. This I believe. This has transformed my thinking and our BTL practices. Good.
Heraclitus, back in the 5th century BC, said this about the power of one warrior on the battlefield. Slowly let this truth sink into you, my friend. “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior…”
You, leader, are one warrior. Your team must see shoot in your eyes for them to have any hope in theirs. You are the one. Embrace this. Everything rises and falls on leadership. Your job is to model the way, embrace pain and suffering, and embody truth in love. Your job is to focus on changing your behaviors and change your beliefs about others. Stop expecting a team of warriors behind or beside you. Be one. Your belief will transform you and at least a few of your followers. Eighty are targets and ten have no business being here. Focus on the few. Be one. Transform from a lone toward becoming all one – one L of a difference. Like me, you’ll learn that mass attracts mass. One warrior will attract another. Good.
Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…