Two weeks ago I went to The Global Leadership Summit (well, I watched it on a large projector screen). At this summit I had the privilege of listening to a few of the top leaders, businessmen, and pastors in the world talk about their area of expertise.
I heard success stories about some of the most profitting businesses in the world, I learned leadership strategies from a few of the best minds on specific topics, and I soaked up tips on how to send out burst of energy as a leader from the senior pastor of one of the largest and most influential churches in the country. It was incredible, but overwhelming. I remember sitting infront of the oversized projector screen and thinking, “Wow, these people are truly dynamic. I’m not there yet.”
During my time attending the leadership summit I also had the privilege of spending two full days with four amazing people. They are all on Younglife Staff and are Area Directors across the Kansas City and Chicago area. Time spent with these people between sessions was more valuable to me than the summit itself. During our breaks and lunches I was able to hear these four leaders process the information with each other and discuss how they could apply what they were hearing to their current platform (aka Their Younglife Area). These conversations were great, but also overwhelming. I can recall sitting at lunch, staring at my sushi, and thinking, “Wow, these people are truly dynamic. I’m not there yet.”
I left the summit with a mixture of thoughts and emotions. On one side I was very encouraged and motivated to apply the new ideas and information I just listened to. On the other side I was having a pity party because I realized I wasn’t as dynamic as the people I was surrounded by and I don’t have a platform like they do.
I came home and started to tell my self lies about not having a big enough platform where I could apply the information. I was also discarding information because I thought it was for people with real jobs or real influence, not college students or volunteer leaders. My mind was flooded with crippling thoughts. I started to justify not trying by saying, “I’m not there yet.”
I listened to, and was surrounded by, some incredible people for two days. The simple truth is that these people did not become dynamic overnight. They did not gain all their experience, wisdom, passion, and knowledge in two days at a leadership summit, and neither will I (Cue exhale).
I’m not there yet.
And that’s okay.