There’s no better day to explore what it means to LiveFullOut than on Martin Luther King Day. So much of what the great reverend stood for and taught us has incredible relevancy to where we are as a nation and a planet. But his lessons have much to teach us about being ever-improving and growing humans, to reaching our potential in business and in all of life.
Dr. King told us to TAKE THE FIRST STEP IN FAITH. Isn’t that what’s required every time we take a risk, big or small? When we choose to talk to someone or not, say yes to something outside our comfort zone? None of us know for certain the answer to the questions that are always there: Can I do this? Will this work? Am I enough? Every day we must have faith and know the answers are Yes. Yes. And Yes.
He also taught us that “YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEE THE WHOLE STAIRCASE, JUST TAKE THE FIRST STEP.” How many times do we as humans not take action because we can’t see what every step along the way is going to look like? I hear all the time from people who are afraid to move forward toward their goals because they don’t know how they could lead a group of people or handle financial success or heightened visibility, and on and on. No one sees the entire staircase. But to rise in our lives, we have to be willing to believe that the next step will be there waiting for us when we need it. That’s certainly proven to be the case with John and me. And the most amazing thing is, the more trust you have, the bigger and stronger the step is to take you to the next level of growth.
OUR LIVES BEGIN TO END THE DAY WE BECOME SILENT ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER. Yes, Dr. King was talking about what plagues our society. But this is also a powerful message for our personal journeys. Last week I asked our entire team and all of you to join me in declaring your ONE WORD for the year and establishing your Priorities that serve that WORD. I explained how it’s easy to be unhappy, unfulfilled and lost when we’re not living our truth, not living in service to our WORD and our Priorities. Yet think about how often we silence our Heart Voices, putting our own needs and desires aside because we’re Should’ing all over the place or letting the comments of others derail us, or because we don’t think we’re worthy of coming first. If we’re not loud and intentional about what we want to elevate our own lives, then how can we all possibly come together to collectively elevate humanity?
And perhaps one of my very favorite things Dr. King said is, “EVERYBODY CAN BE GREAT….BECAUSE ANYBODY CAN SERVE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE TO SERVE…YOU ONLY NEED A HEART FULL OF GRACE. A SOUL GENERATED BY LOVE.”
Why oh why do we limit our possibilities because we think we don’t have the right schooling or professional pedigree or body type or age or connections? The profession I’m a part of has certainly proven that no demographic has the monopoly on success. It requires grit, and hunger, and humility and humor. And yes, Dr. King, grace and love. Grace with ourselves as we fail forward and doubt and pre-judge and learn how to be, well, less human. Grace with others as we realize the critiques and disappointing behavior isn’t about us.
And LOVE. Love of the journey and the lessons and the teachers along the way. LOVE of who we get to become every time we choose faith, every time we have the courage to take another step, every time we make our Heart Voice the loudest. Every time we choose to love ourselves.
That’s what I wish for all of us, this day and every day. Because it’s all about LOVE.