No matter what else we achieve, if people do not have an environment that encourages the development of their human potential, then we have achieved nothing significant. In fact, nothing significant can be achieved except people have an environment that allows for the flourishing of their potential.
The first step toward achieving anything noteworthy is making a resolve. For many, procrastination robs them of that. For others, it is the immediate fear of the required sacrifices. Our resolve to confront the inevitable obstacles that will come our way, and to make the tough and uncomfortable decisions necessary for significant achievement, is what ultimately sets us apart. Be assured, however, that life will test your resolve. By offering you short-term respite in lieu of your long-term goals or by resisting you outrightly.
The truth is, we all have roles to play; from the man or woman at the helm to the street sweeper; from the octogenarian to the ten year old. We cannot stress this enough. Every great nation has been built on the strength of individual resolutions and actions.
Think about it. You can only gain the cooperation of others or inspire them to achieve particular goals if they trust you. And people will only trust you to the extent that they believe in your integrity and competence. It is this trust deficit that has made leadership, or the lack of it, a growing challenge in recent times. This is why your role in the world today is crucial. You have something that puts you in good stead for leadership. You have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
The challenge for today’s leadership... is to truly recognise the power of the people to make a difference and to create the enabling environment that will allow for the flourishing of individual potential – making it easy for personal ideas to become viable businesses, investing heavily in infrastructure and in the education of the people.