NEW YORK NURSE: January/February 2009
Excerpted from a presentation by Lorraine Seidel, director of the NYSNA Economic & General Welfare Program, at a meeting of the Delegate Assembly in September 2008.
Leadership is a choice, not a position or a title.
We are each designed to be brilliant, not to shrink from our potential. We create the world we live in by making choices that determine the quality of our lives and the significance of our contributions to the world. There are seven personal choices that will determine whether you will be indispensable or hardly missed.*
Make no mistake: After all is said and done, in the end, how you lived your life was 100% your choice.
There is a revolution underway. When men and women refuse to be victims, reject a sense of entitlement, and choose to take charge of their lives at work, there will be a revolution that will blow the doors off business as usual.
This is our moment – we are ready to reach beyond the mediocrity of dead people working and grab hold of something new. We want to do extraordinary things with our gifts and talents.
If you accept this call to gutsy leadership, at least three things will happen:
Whichever way you decide to go, keep in mind that the moments of opportunity you miss can never be regained. Your life is not a dress rehearsal. It’s your move.
*From Boom! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-as-Usual by Drs. Kevin and Jackie Freiberg. Used by permission.