National Society of Leadership and Success – Interview with J. Reese Lasley
I am really excited about a recent interview I had with the National Society of Leadership and Success as part of my launch of my book “The Abilities – Realize the Power within You.” The NSLS is near and dear to my heart and been a guiding force for me since being at Colorado State University. Preview the interview by listening to the audio clip or request to stream the full interview below:
Beware of stagnation. If you stop moving, absorbing, flowing and thirsting, you will become lifeless. The essence of a good quality of life is newness, production and cultivation. A barren desert is to a meandering river as stagnation is to excellence.
Excellence is not being the best; it is always doing your best and trying your hardest to be a better you. There is a significant difference between knowing excellence and doing excellence. You can recognize when someone is excellent, but being the person who is excellent is a different story. Do excellence.
There are two superlative words that depict excellence: kaizen and auspicious.
Kaizen: A Japanese philosophy meaning “continuous improvement”
Auspicious: Characterized by success
Challenge yourself to not live by the confines of the status quo. Be better. I call this having the case of the “ers”. Bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, longer, happier, wealthier, healthier… whatever is better. Learn to raise the bar and then raise it again. Keep breaking records, continually discover, overturn the next rock, measure and analyze, find innovative solutions, create value, modify techniques and push your limits.
It’s a bit overwhelming going into your newfound desire with all the unknowns and change, and thinking about who you are going to be, and what you are going to do. Fear of the unknown is a common reality. Take a deep breath! You’re going to be okay! Just hold on to your passion and take that truth into your journey. There is never a wrong journey, only a journey that is never taken. And God will take care of you. No journey is wrong, so take the journey. The majority of people try to avoid change because it makes them feel uncomfortable. People become stagnant through all the knowns, rituals and similarities. While it is good to find what rings true to your heart and what you like, I challenge you to get out of your box as well. Build on top of the things that you hold onto and experience the blessing of newness.
You need to believe in yourself. Believe that you can do it and believe that you deserve it. Your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them. Let your choices be driven by your hopes, not your fears.
Overcoming your fear of change offers many blessings, the greatest of which is learning. You should try to learn something new every day. The only thing constant in this world is change. If you embrace that, you will come to realize that dynamics are healthy and a necessary ingredient of success.
Eventually, you will reach your goal, and the revelation of your new life will be a blessing.