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Declaring a New Future

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on Monday, 16 July 2012 in Team Motivation

declarepossibleEach and every one of us has the ability to be strong, confident and assertive leaders. Whether we help manage a large school district, or are integral parts of a team, we are all leaders in our own right — and vital components to our success as a company!


At Whitsons, every position offers our team members the chance to thrive as a leader. That's why, as a company, we recently examined, discussed and dug deep into the core of the book, "The Three Laws of Performance" — and we encourage all of our team members and leaders-in-the-making to read it, too. Penned by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan, this book is full of simple, yet essential tools for growing personally and professionally — and harnessing the potential leader found within us all.


My favorite lesson? That true leadership stems not from climbing up the corporate ladder, but from pursuing our goals — and sticking to them! It's been said time and time again that we are the creators, the developers and the advocates of our own future. Take some time to self-reflect: Are you actively setting and achieving goals for yourself? But more importantly, are you committed to them?


The authors write, "A declared future is not a dream or a hope, but a future to which you commit yourself." What do you stand for? And how will you commit to your future? You'll see that speaking, thinking and acting in future-based language quickly transforms the way you see yourself, your peers and your work or home environments. By declaring your own set of personal goals, you will soon be committed to a bright, successful and transformative new future.


Start by composing a personal pledge to yourself and then share it with others. Using the phrases, "I commit to," "I stand for," "I declare the possibility of," and "You can count on me," as the book suggests, will help you discover that becoming the leader you wish to be (or already are), involves active dedication, confidence and the support of others.


I recently shared in this personal journey and it was truly an unforgettable experience! I told my team members:

"I declare the possibility of being a strong, confident and assertive young woman.

I stand for integrity, respect, diligence and compassion.

I commit to being courageous in my communication by speaking openly and honestly with others.

You can count on me to be a team player and a proponent of our mission to enhance life one meal at a time."


By verbally expressing my commitments, these phrases felt less like words on paper, and more like words that seemingly jumped, echoed and danced throughout the entire room. Each syllable, sentence and phrase articulates action, holds meaning and is unique to me. These are my own personal vows towards becoming the leader I strive to be. What are yours?

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Robert E Whitcomb Friday, 20 July 2012

I enjoyed reading you pledge for the future. It is very impressive and I am certain you will live into it!
Warmest Regards,

Leslie Fazin Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Bob, Thank you so much. And thank you to you and the Whitcombs for inspiring me to write this pledge! I am very excited for what the future has in store for me!

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