Leadership is a lonely path and only for very few

There's a freaking LOT of #leadership stuff out there. Mostly shallow advice from people with a lot of social media energy, but very little real leadership experience. 

Leadership is not just being a boss or being first at something. True "leadership" is a much much deeper; it's about impact, it's about showing the way, leading, not commanding. Setting good examples, and helping move things forward even at the sacrifice of one's personal benefit. 

Webster defines leadership simply as: "the office or position of a leader." 

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This is technically true of course, but wholly misses the real impact a leader can make, so much of what sets apart a "boss" from a "leader."

Frankly, "leading" in anything that's worthwhile is going to be hard. Darn hard. It's going to take sacrifice, and humbleness, if it's done well. 

Leaders don't have to hire, command, or boss around their followers. You can always spot a real leader because, through very little effort of their own, they will naturally have people following them.

It's not as glamorous as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter makes it look. It's hard and lonely. 

So lonely. 

A true leader will make sure they do what's right even at their personal cost. They take the high road with regards to truth and ethics. They take the hard times straight on and make the tough calls. The calls that are not fun in any way, sometimes sacrificing their personal well-being or relationships that are important to do what's right. 

It's hard, very hard. Despite what you might see on social media with everyone and their dog posting about #leadership this and #leadership that, it's a path for a few. A hard path often with low rewards. 

It's a good path though. It's a necessary path, and while hard, it's rewarding in its way, and in its own timing. 

To the real leaders out there, just getting started, and old veterans. 

Thank you and good luck; press on.

Onward, 

Chris Behnke


Inspiration from original Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJglccDgBqM/

Leadership is a lonely path and only for very few

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Make your priorities match your goals

The tyranny of our busy world usually dictates a set of priorities. Stuff that needs to be done ASAP. "Things," these urgent tasks and responsibilities, rarely if ever align with our long-term goals and objectives. 

They just don't. 

They don't align, and they don't care at all what you want or need long term. 

They come along and demand your immediate attention. 

It's easy to let them the control your time. Easy to let them take over and even run your life.

It's the most natural thing too. All too often this stuff is important, trips to store, prescriptions to fill, forms to complete, meetings to attend. It's their very nature that makes these "distractions" so darn dangerous. They "feel" important, and in many respects they are. 

No matter what though, you must ensure that overall, on the whole, these tasks, interruptions, and distractions fall in line with your overall goals. When they don't work for too many days in a row, you will miss your goals altogether.

Don't let that happen. If you find yourself day after day unable to accomplish what matters most, chances are, you need to make some adjustments in your life, and fast. Time is ticking.

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from the Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJgp2vcg_wi/

Make your priorities match your goals

My office for this afternoon, cranking on projects while my 13-year-old is in the background training and putting in the #hardwork

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Take care while finding your path

It's a scary world out there alright. Downright frightening.

There are a lot of reasons to be fearful for sure, fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of being found foolish, or fear of rejection. ALL common; ALL not valid.

Oh well sure, you may fail or look foolish, that could happen. It just doesn't matter.  It just doesn't. 

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You should, however, be fearful of not finding your path, your purpose. Yep, it's a darn crazy world out there, one full of distractions and temptations all calling your name, telling you that you're not good enough, smart enough, or brave enough to do what you know you need to do. 

It's that truth you should be fearful of, missing what you're called to do, what you're made to do. 

At the end of the day, you will be remembered for what you did. Not what you didn't do. 

Your ability to influence the world around you, to do something cool, beautiful, amazing, or just plain fun, is a direct reflection on your ability to move past the fears that hold you back, the fears that hold most back. 

Look your fears in the eye, and say "back off sucka, you're not going to take my dreams this time." then press on. 

Press on right past the fears, distractions, and haters out there and do what you know you're meant to do, do what you know you need to do; prove us all wrong. 

While you're at it, finding that path just for you, please take care, it's  a crazy world out there!

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Post originally inspired by Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJtuouDgjs3/

Take care while finding your path

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We need less patience and more action

My entire life I've heard "Chris you need more patience."

Frankly, we do not need more patience. We need more action.

More patience has caused us to have a failing economy with national debt and liabilities of over 100 trillion. ( don't believe me? see >> http://www.usdebtclock.org/)

More patience has caused us to have a failing healthcare system, a bloated legal system, and an incompetent government. 

More patience has caused children to suffer, dictators to reign too long, and people to go hungry. 

More patience has caused "would be entrepreneurs" to pause and wait, or sometimes not even start the business the world needs them to start. 

More patience has caused students to get a degree they won't use, or reluctantly wait to get that new job they really should go after but are too scared to take action.

More patience, NO, we need LESS patience, we need people like you and me to get off our collective butts and take some freaking action. 

Now hold up all you patience promoting cautions people out there. I'm not saying there isn't a time for patience; there is. I know enough about myself to know that a lot of times when I was told "you need more patience" it was spot on good advice, and I DID need to wait and be more patient for the right timing. There ARE times to wait, times to ponder, plan, or go slow. Don't misunderstand. 

However, the vast majority of what I have seen our culture drift too is cautious laziness disguised in "patience."

We need fewer people sitting around "waiting" and more people "doing."

There are real problems in this world, problems that COULD be solved by some out there, but they are too fearful to try, and told by the world to be careful and not take risks. 

We need some more risk takers; we need more entrepreneurs, we need more passionate visionaries making the world a better place, and using the gifts God gave them to impact the world around them in an amazing way. 

We need a bit more action, a little less talk, and a little less patience.

Onward, 

Chris Behnke

Inspiration from Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJt9VUDgO2M/

We need less patience and more action.

This is one of my favorite morning trail runs in Bend

My whole life I've been told "Chris, you just need to be more patient." What I've learned is that this may be true for situations and circumstances that are not in my control, but most of the time what's needed is not more patience but more action! If more people would stop calling for patience but instead get off their butts, take action, and make a difference, the world would be a lot better place.

Less patience more action, please!

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