Happy Mothers day to all the amazing moms out there!!!!
I appreciate the job a mother has to do. My mom has been extremely influential on me. I am who I am cause of what God has done in my life and because of the mother that he gave me. I grew up without my dad and was raised by my mother and
grandmother. My mom was the strong type, worked hard to provide for me and never thought twice about it.
I learned so much from her and wanted to share a couple of those lessons. So here they are, 3 Leadership Lessons I learned from my Mom.
- Your Work is your Brand: I was 5 years old, still remember getting ready to go to school and my mom would check my homework. She would say it was sloppy and would make me do it over. I remember redoing my homework, 10 minutes before I had to go to school, eyes full of tears, my mom standing over my shoulder. She would say, “do it right or you’ll have to do it over.” I think that’s why I’m a perfectionist – which is great sometimes but most of the time I spend over thinking projects cause I don’t want to do anything wrong.
What I did learn is that “Your Work is Your Brand.” Does not matter what you think, or feel – people view you based on what you produce. You can read all the books in the world, attend all the conferences, the bottom line is this – “can you produce.” And what you produce is really how you are perceived. One more thing about this topic, your work also gives you credibility. If your a hard worker, who always produces at your job, your boss is most likely to listen to your suggestions. Simply because he see’s you as a producer. So don’t forget, the work you produce is your brand. What people think of you, will be based on the results you produce. If you want influence then produce work that is excellent. Trust me, people will listen.
- It’s Never As Bad As It Seems: I’m not sure if it was the size of my lips, but every time I fell I would some how land on my lips and be covered in blood. The minute I would see my blood I would freak out. In my mind I thought I was going to bleed to death. My mom would always have to calm me down, and it always turned out to be a small cut. I didn’t even need to see the doctor. For some reason, in my estimation the situation was always worse then it seemed.
As a leader, I’ve learned that it’s never as bad as it seems. Offerings are down, the marriage your counseling seems to be over, someone has gotten diagnosed with cancer. As ministers, we deal with some pretty intense situations. But because we serve a huge God, there is always hope, the situation is never to bleak. Our job is to remind people to continue to believe and continue to trust. Our job is to remind those whom we lead, counsel and support that as hard as the situation is, God is the God of the impossible. We must be communicators of hope, cause it really is never as bad as it seems.
- Sacrifice is the Soil of Success: My mom has sacrificed so much for me. There would be days she would not eat well, so that I could eat. She would wear the same clothes so that she could buy me new clothes. She would stay up at night with me doing homework, so that I could do well. Overtime she would save up money and buy me a word processor (some of you may not know what that even is). Many of you can relate, you have a long list of things your mom has done for you. Many of them she has done, and we have no clue of. My mothers sacrifice has set me up for success.
Sacrifice is the soil, that nurtures our success. My mothers sacrifice was the foundation of my success. In the same way, as leaders we do the same for others. We do the work that no one notices, at times thankless, so that others could benefit. We through our sacrifices, up all night, up at night interceding, counseling long hours, studying for sermons, leading ministries, encouraging people. All of these, plus the hundreds of other things we do that go unnoticed, become the foundation for someone else to grow. As a leader, remember that your sacrifice is never in vain. It may take sometime but eventually it will yield fruit.
It was hard for me to decide what three lessons to share. I’ve learned so much from my mom, she’s been an amazing influence on me. I’m sure many of you feel the same about your mom. Recently, Kevin Durant, an NBA basketball player, won the MVP award. MVP stands for Most Valuable Player. In his acceptance speech, he turned to his mom and said that she was the MVP. The sacrifices she made for him, the mornings she would wake him up so that he could train, the late nights she would work to put food on the table. The culmination of her sacrifice was his success. It’s the same with all of our moms, they are MVP’s. And we should celebrate them, not just on Mother’s day but on everyday of the year.