thoughts control the world. It was so in
the past, is in the present and continues to be so in the future. What you believe and think so you will be. If you believe you can do something you will
do it. If you believe you cannot, even
if you try you would fail. Why this is
so? It’s very difficult to answer this
question. God has created the world to
move on belief.
Great legacies of faith: In the Holy Bible one of the greatest adventurous
traveller and apostle of Jesus Christ, St Paul says, “I can do all things
….” I don’t know any bolder statement
than this from anyone in history. As he
believed he could accomplish more than anybody in history in regard to legacy
and followers. He travelled between
Europe and Asia not less than four times through the stormy Mediterranean,
moved through wild inner lands of Asia Minor (now Turkey), Galatia, Phrygia,
Bithinya, inland Asia like Antioch, Damascus, and in Europe, Greece, Macedonia,
Philippi, Corinth, Thessalonica, Rome and many other and possibly Spain, and so
on! He has done all these things not
when there were modern travelling facilities; he virtually had no such
throughout the world; you will not fail to see some institution or church under
the name ‘St. Paul’s’. Then you listen
to a Christian sermon whether it may be from a TV channel, or public meeting or
church, one in every three sermon will have St. Paul’s name mentioned! When you
know about this man you will certainly exclaim, ‘what a legacy!’
is the actual reason behind all these? I
am hundred per cent assured that it was his rock solid belief, “I can do…” that
made him the St. Paul’. His is the most
powerful positive statement I have ever heard.
You believe and you will. You
doubt and you cannot. There is a sage
statement, “you cannot go beyond your belief.”
St. Paul had such a faith because he believed in a God who is all
powerful and controls the universe above every natural and human power. He was fearless for he believed the one who
only can give and take life. He said
towards the end of his life, “I know in whom I have believed…”
Thoughts that rule the world: Belief gives birth to thoughts and thoughts rule the
world. We human beings are endowed with
the faculty to think, reason and reflect. As some has said everything is made twice;
once in man’s thought and then the actual making. Thinkers change the
world. This tells us that a leader must
be a man of thoughts. S/he must think
well enough and well in advance. You think
for a moment, who were behind the progressive movement of the world? Thinkers, in fact, thinking leaders.
Leaders are made and not born: The foundation for healthy life, growth and service of
any society is an effective leadership programme. This leadership programme should recognise and
develop the potential of people and promote them to leadership. Careful
mentoring and right ambition together would make great leaders. However, so many in the society ascribe the
leadership to certain people and they become onlookers. This is one of myths that need correction.
One of the
prominent figures in leadership development, Warren G. Bennis states, “The most
dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic
factor to leadership. Myth asserts that
people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is
true. Leaders are made rather than
born.” Our experience with people is in
total agreement with Bennis: leadership characteristics can be developed.
One can be a
better leader by conscious efforts. It
is true that some leadership characteristics show up very early in life, but it
is also true that people often can’t predict who will become the great leaders. Some people come into the world endowed with
self-confidence and a keen intellect.
That is clearly an advantage. But
nearly all people are made better leaders from specific developmental
activities. Leaders are a lot more ‘made’ than they are ‘born’. Leadership potential can be developed. With effort and practice, you can move beyond
the skills you are born with to be an excellent leader.
leaders of the world knew this. Philip
of Macedonia not only prepared and handed over to Alexander an army to conquer
the world, he trained Alexander under one of the best of the teachers the world
has had, Aristotle. This training made Alexander the greatest war strategist
the world has ever seen.
Christ selected twelve young individuals and trained them to preach his gospel
to the world. St. Paul trained many youngsters and had serious watch over their
leadership development. His letters to
Timothy and Titus are the best attestations in the world to show a leaders plan
for the next generation.
Listen to your
inner voice that tells ‘you must grow’.
You cannot stand in the same place forever. You must move on. There is a saying like this, “Shoot for the
moon, you will end up among the stars.”
Think big, go higher, and keep your aspirations as high as you can. You need serious thinking. You need worthwhile reflection on the kind of
leadership you want to exercise. You
need development in leadership to influence others in the right direction.