DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
Have you ever asked yourself that question?
About a year and a half ago I began getting a picture of some major shifts that needed to take place in my leadership. They were big one’s. And the clearer those shifts became, the more I found myself asking myself: “Do I have what it takes?”
Fast forward 18 months – today – March 30, 2012.
For now, I’ll skip getting into all the details of what’s transpired, but I will tell you that this past year and a half has been one of the most energizing, clarifying, and invigorating seasons of leadership I’ve ever experienced. More on that later…
But here are a couple of things I’ve learned that might help some of you.
Don’t think that you are the only one asking this question.
I’m convinced that the majority of (if not all) leaders who are leading anything that requires internal growth and change all have moments when they find themselves asking this question.
I also think it’s complete B.S. that most of them never get honest about it and aren’t willing to (at some point) share about their journey through it with those they’re leading.
Listen….people need to hear this. It will be a great help to them! They need to hear that there will be times when you will doubt whether or not you truly do have what it takes to lead. There will be times when you will wonder if you’ve hit your lid and need to move on so that you don’t become a lid for your organization/church/whatever.
You aren’t crazy. Just because you don’t always hear these types of things being talked about from the conference stage doesn’t mean that even the greatest leaders aren’t struggling with this question from time to time.
This is a good question, but I don’t think it’s necessarily the right question.
I don’t think the primary question should be: Do I have what it takes? The more important question is: Is this where God wants me to be? Am I supposed to be here?
The question of whether or not you have what it takes is always secondary! Think about it – Do you have what it takes in that moment when you’re asking yourself that question? Probably not!
BUT….if you have a conviction that you are where you’re SUPPOSED to be….then it really comes down to an issue of trust. Trust that God will honor your YES to him. Trust that he will show you what steps need to be taken. Trust that he will bring the right people around you to do what you are unable to do alone.
So instead of asking that question from where you’re at right now – reframe it and ask it through the lenses of faith and trust. Ask it with your eyes pointed forward into the future.
Assuming that I am where God wants me to be….
- WILL I have what it takes….as I bring more and more of the right people around me to help?
- WILL I have what it takes….as I continue to grow and stretch myself as a leader?
- WILL I have what it takes….when God provides future resources that I’m unable to see right now?
And the answer is. (INSERT DRUM ROLL)………. Yes, I believe so.
Now move forward and lead from there.