I learned a leadership lesson through a joke I played on my Creative Arts team leader.
It was midday Saturday, and I sent him a text asking him to do what I thought was an impossible list of tasks. These would have to be done by Sunday.
I sent the request, expecting to hear a reply of exasperation. I would let him know I was joking. I was just trying to get his heart beating a little harder.
I can try.
That was his reply. Not what I was looking for, but it revolutionized my mind.
He was up to the challenge.
He was ready to go.
I can try.
That’s the attitude behind every movement that has succeeded. Big moves and bold action.
We can try. Let’s give it a shot. I’d rather go down swinging.
Attempt great things for God. At a minimum, even if the target goals aren’t reached in full, you will have surpassed anything you’ve accomplished in the past with small goals.
Here is the lesson:
- Don’t say no for somebody else. They may be ready to say yes.
- When asking a high achiever to join your team: don’t say their no for them. Give them a chance to seize the opportunity.
- Ask your disconnected friends to come to church. Do so without implying their no for them. Expect a yes.
This lesson translates well with your banker, real estate agent, etc.
Quit saying no for other people.
Those people may end up surprising you with, “I can try.”