Word of the week
This week my featured word is COURAGE. Yesterday I displayed a lot of it. Mind you I am a fitness pro that has always wanted to do motivational movies, V-Logs( ya get it???) and video conversations with just my friends. I haven’t done it in the past because I got”busy” but by the same token, I was scared of the ridicule. I am not a size 000 by any means and I never will be.(That’s another discussion I won’t get into. Anyway back to the subject at hand). Well MKE Familia yesterday I went live on Facebook (www.facebook.com/victoriaaldavenport) and Instagram(@victoriathefabulous)!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it.
The leader’s mantle
I never do that stuff, but something in me said it’s time. It’s time people see you now and watch the journey with you. I allowed myself to get sucked into seeing the final product instead of the process. I realized every leader on the planet in past, present, and future will be criticized that is the leader’s mantle. Why?
One, the people you are responsible for cannot see what you see because they are not in your place. Two, sometimes the people you are responsible for do not have the vision you have and even once it’s communicated to them, they don’t have the faith that it will work. What is the end product? Ridicule.
A Change In Pace
So I was watching one of my favorite preachers talk about the concepts in his latest book called Soar. TD Jakes said, “as a public figure, you have to become tougher—-not meaner—tougher”. Steven Furtick, the interviewer asked him,” what does that mean?” I’ll tell you all the paraphrased version, He took his son to the Rock of Gibraltar and noticed a lot of monkeys all over the car as they were ascending the rock.He was informed by their tour guide that it gets to extreme temperatures and their tales freeze off. Their offspring eventually were born without tales because they had adapted to their environment. Bishop Jakes said,” that is what I mean by being tougher. You have to freeze your tail off [to adapt to the environment of ridicule and all that comes with being a public figure]. In my heart, I said, “I got it”.
Next thing I know I said in my heart, “I am ready for the fires of ridicule because I will meet them with love and at best, I will burn off the weights I don’t need and at worst I will know who I can not trust. Let the games begin.”
So here we are fam. I did the FB and IG live video yesterday without hesitation. Next will be Youtube videos with a unique view on health fitness and financial fitness as soon as I buy a suitable camera and video chips. I realize there are many health and fitness icons out there. I get it and in truth, I don’t want to be an icon, I want to be effective in helping my family and my community become healthier. There is so much information out there that it would make your head spin but that is what you have us for.
Cowardly Lion who?
My last post I told you all that I was committing to paying attention to who was trying to control my time. That takes courage. Every yes you give is a no to you for something you may need. The courage to protect my time, my heart and my sanity it like a breath of fresh air for me.
I realized that it’s okay to be a magnet, just make sure the people you attract don’t transform from magnet to vampire and suck the very life, talent and drive out of you. I used to tell my students I was responsible mentoring at a local university, ” Pay attention to who people are. They will always show you who they are without fail if you just listen and watch(if you met them while they were gossiping about someone else, they will do the same to you given the right amount of pressure). If they walk, talk and act like a snake then why are you treating them like a puppy? You can not do that. Pay attention to who they are and treat them accordingly in your relationships. They certainly are doing the same to you.” As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week! Give ‘em heaven.
Live long and live strong,
p.s. if you want the link to that interview let me know.
p.s.s. I can’t figure out how to add the social buttons so I just gave you all the links and handles to my pages:).