So, you wanna make an impact; create a legacy? Trust me, you will experience a seismic shift in your leadership when you begin encouraging others to become leaders themselves.
It’s easy to over look what it means to encourage others to lead. They lack confidence in their abilities, and evidence that they are valued and they have something of value to offer others. An action so small can change the mindset of a future leader: VALIDATION.
Here is my call to action for you: HURRY UP AND VALIDATE SOMEONE. It’s such a small effort on your part that can ignite a future leader the spark they need to keep blazing their own trail.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when the desire for approval exceeds everything else. We need to be needed. We need to fit in, even if we don’t like the people we’re fitting in with. Acceptance, validation, evidence of our value is one of the most powerful human needs but it comes with a price. If we choose to accept validation, we in turn give value to the validators..
Wait a minute… does that make sense? Let me try again. If I want to be validated by the bullies in school, does that mean I am validating their power over me? If I need to be needed by people I don’t even like, am I crazy?
Why do we do it? Why do we hand over authority for validation in our lives to people or circumstances? Validation is like heroin. We don’t want it but once we’re addicted, we can’t live without it. It’s easy to be confident when you’re surrounded by those who already validate you.
Validation is a powerful weapon, for us or against us.
Some see power in withholding validation or approval. I say, go out and look for something you can approve of and get busy validating others.
If you want to have influence and make a difference in the world that lasts longer than you do, then HURRY UP, validate someone. Give the gift that keeps on giving. Who knows, you may have made the greatest contribution of your life.
You may have given someone the seed that leads to Breakthrough.