What Bold Leaders Do

Dennis Perman_Message of the Week

Dear Doctor:

Ah, I had such high hopes for 2020 – an active seminar schedule, fun and enriching Winners Circle weekends, meeting my new grandson, not to mention shows, concerts, baseball games, fine dining experiences, the list of cancelled plans is long and disappointing.

I know, many had it much harder, look at me complaining that I couldn’t eat out when so many are unemployed, out of business, sick or otherwise suffering, directly or indirectly from the coronavirus pandemic, too many mourning the loss of a loved one.

What can we do? Regular readers of this column know that October First is Goal-Setting Day, to give your subconscious mind ninety days to cook your goals before the new year commences. We have to transcend the unsettled and frustrating feelings from 2020 in time to get 2021 off to a great start.

Bold leaders realize that we need to expect the best, prepare for the worst, and then aim down the middle. To be sure, there’s a lot about next year that we don’t know and can’t predict. On the other hand, there’s plenty we do know, and if we scan the horizon effectively, we can adapt our targets and strategies to suit the coming conditions. That’s what bold leaders do.

Bold leaders don’t get hung up on what anyone says they can’t do. They start with a clear vision and a dedication to the greater good, a just cause that is supported by their intentions. The combination of a higher purpose and an unrelenting willingness to be decisive and act lovingly on those decisions paves the way for achievement, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversities. Tony Robbins taught me over twenty years ago, “There’s always a way if you’re committed. If you can’t, you must, and if you must, you will.”

So, will you be able to do live talks, health fairs, lunch-and-learns or in-office promotions for next year? Hard to say right now, but I suggest being ready if and when the opportunity arises. At the same time, you can opt for Zoom or Facebook or YouTube or Google or any number of modern conveniences that connect you with your sphere of influence, individually and in groups, contact-free.

Set your goals as if you will have full latitude to do what you prefer, but construct a Plan B so if it takes longer to reset certain aspects of our society, you’re never blindsided by your current reality. Bold leaders anticipate the unexpected and head for where the puck is going, not where it is.

Morihei Ueshiba, renowned martial artist and founder of Aikido, reputedly had the best balance of anyone on earth. A student asked him, “Sensei, how come you never get knocked off center?” He smiled and confessed,  “I do get knocked off center – I just recover so quickly no one can tell.”

And that’s the way you’ll need to navigate the rocky waters ahead. We have to advance with as much certainty as we can muster, but with the 360 degree perspective and the unwavering resiliency to stay responsive, light enough on our feet to make change as called for.

Remember that there is more need for your services now than ever before. It has never been so obvious to health care consumers that they’re better off reducing their risk than closing their eyes and wishing for a fairytale ending. Wellness is the new standard for quality of life, not simply money or status. Healthy people are admired, and everyone is eventually going to want to be one of them. And no one is better at helping people get healthy and stay healthy than we are.

Keep that in mind when you set your goals. That’s what bold leaders do.

Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global

PS As the world awakens, don’t go to sleep – prepare to step up. Work together. Be loving. Do good.